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Tinubu’s victory heralds new dawn in Nigeria, says group



Diamond Group Nigeria (DGN), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has described the emergence of Sen. Bola Tinubu as President-elect, as a new dawn for Nigeria.

This is contained in a congratulatory message to Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima on their victory in the just concluded presidential election.

The congratulatory message made available to newsmen in Akure on Friday and signed by the group’s Chairman, Mr Toyyib Musa-Omoloja, said that the victory reflected the wishes of majority of Nigerians across the country.

It said that after the hard-won election, the president-elect and his team should strive to unite the country that had been divided along ethnic and religious lines during the electioneering period.

“The incoming government must take note of the loud sentiment of the youth demographic which could be discerned from their voting pattern in the elections.

“The youth and of course the generality of Nigerians desire a new Nigeria that all of us will be proud of,” the group said.

It also said that since there was no victor and no vanguished in the presidential election, other contestants should congratulate the president-elect and support him to achieve the rebirth the country craves for.

The DGN also advised those with genuine concerns to approach the courts rather than put democracy at risk through unguarded actions and utterances.

“We pray that the new Nigeria, which the “Renewed Hope” mandate of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, symbolises, will usher in great blessings for Nigeria and Nigerians,” the group said.

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Enugu: Talent hunt coordinator presents awards to 17 boxers



The Coordinator, Enugu State Grassroots Boxing Talent Hunt, Mr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo, has presented N10,000 award to each of the talented boxers uncovered during the 2022 boxing competition.

Okoronkwo said this at a news briefing as part of the activities marking the grand finale of the competition.

He said that the boxers were identified in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

“We also have four boxers that their International Passport are still being processed by the Nigeria Immigration Service,” he said.

He listed the boxers to include Chinaza Okoronkwo, Zoe Okoronkwo, Isreal Ogbodo and Chinagorom Ngwu.

According to him, the boxers would have travelled outside the country after undergoing the 2022 U-18 trial for world youth boxing championship.

“The boxers could not travel because they have yet to obtain their International Passport and we do not want such scenerio to happen again,” Okoronkwo said.

Mr Akwene Chidiobi, the Special Adviser to the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi, said that the exercise had produced many boxers for the state.

“The most important aspect of this exercise is that some youths, who do not have interest in football, discovered their talent in boxing.

“From this exercise, we have uncovered good and quality boxers and believe they will represent the state and country and also ply thier trade outside the country.

“One of our major challenges to this exercise was getting the parents approval for their children to go into boxing,” Chidiobi, who represented the speaker, said.

Enugu State boxing coach, Blaise Ude, described boxing as a discipline sport that directs the youths focus and behaviour.

“Sports is a tool that keeps the youths away from mischief and we have to keep discovering and harnessing it to give them a focus in life,” Ude said.

A boxer, Chukwuebuka Azodo, thanked the coordinator and speaker for their humanitarian services in the state.

Azodo said that people needed to give back to society from what the society made them to become.

He called on government at all levels to pay greater attention to sports in the state.

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World Hearing Day: Make hearing aids affordable, available for aged, experts urge FG



Medical experts have urged the Federal Government to make hearing aids affordable and available for the aged population in Nigeria.

They made the appeal on Friday in Abuja while commemorating the World Hearing Day, which is held annually on March 3.

At a sensitisation campaign to create awareness on hearing issues, Dr Ogugua Osiogbu, Head of Geriatrics Unit, National Hospital, Abuja, said that making hearing aids available and affordable for the elderly was very important to enable them continually engage with society.

“With increasing age there’s a big risk for hearing impairment, but I must also say that the very commonest thing that will actually cause hearing impairment in older adults is wax impaction.

“It comes with a very simple treatment, just putting a dissolvent and the wax dissolves.

“The other major cause of hearing impairment in them is what we describe as sensory neural hearing loss and for that they often require hearing aids and these are often very expensive for them to get.

“So our campaign to government and charitable organisations is to make these hearing aids available and affordable for older adults.”

According to Osiogbu, if the hearing impairments of older adults are not taken care of properly, all the information about custom and tradition they have to pass on to the younger generation will not be passed on.

She, however, advised that as people get older, they should avoid things that bring about hearing impairment.

The Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Abba Gbadamasi, said that there was special attention on the aged because the body of the aged was not as fresh as those who were young.

“Naturally their body organs are tired and the risks are there that is why we look at that population and make sure that we risk access them and care for them and try to tell them how to avoid those challenges.”

Dr Undie NseObong, the Head, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department, said that the day was being commemorated to prevent and help people to be aware of so many things that might cause hearing problems.

According to her, if even a pregnant woman takes some drugs, it might actually cause that baby in the womb to become deaf.

“We just want to ensure that people do not cause hearing problems for themselves.

“For instance, it is very trendy right now to see people use their phones to listen to very loud music.

“There is something called noise induced hearing loss and it is as a result of excessive exposure to very loud sounds like the soldiers that are in the shooting ranges so all those things cause problems with hearing.

“We also do not want people to be using ear drops at random, people just walk into a pharmacy and buy an ear drop but some of those ear drops can actually cause hearing loss because people don’t know, they just use anything they like and it is very wrong.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the world hearing day, with the theme “Ear and hearing care for all”, is celebrated to highlight the importance of integrating ear and hearing care within primary care as an essential component of universal health coverage.

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