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Flood: Kwara Assembly flays indiscriminate dumping of refuse



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The Kwara House of Assembly has frowned at the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages, predisposing the state to flood.

This followed the adoption of a Motion on Notice titled “Need to Control Indiscriminate Dumping of Refuse on Drainages to Mitigate Flood in the state”, raised by the Chairman, House Committee on Health and Environment, Mr Razaq Owolabi (APC/Share-Oke Ode).

Owolabi, while leading the debate on the motion, drew the attention of his colleagues on the city currently littered with heaps of refuse at Kulende, Taiwo, Ipata and Oja Oba areas, among others.

He pointed out that the state is among the states prone to flood during this rainy season as predicted by the National Metrological Agency (NEMA.

He tasked the citizens of the state to be patriotic by avoiding unacceptable environmental practices.

Contributing, Mr Lawal Salihu (APC/Malete-Ipaye-Oloru) and other lawmakers attributed the collapse of culvert linking Shao-Malete in Moro Local Government Area of the state to drainage blockade occasioned by poor refuse disposal.

They enjoined residents to always evacuate drainages to guard against flooding.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Salihu (APC/Ilesha-Gwanara), urged Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to direct the state Ministry of Environment to equip Environmental Health Officers on enforcement of penalties.

He advised the ministry to ensure strict enforcement of penalties against anyone found culpable of environmental laws violation.

The speaker called for collaboration between government and religious leaders to intensify advocacy and public enlightenment campaign to reduce flood disaster.


LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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NGO takes free medical outreach to Plateau community



GDG Wellness Initiative, an NGO, on Saturday offered free medical services to no fewer than 400 indigent persons in Gyel community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr Gyang Dung-Gyang, founder of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exercise was his little way of giving back to the society that made him.

He said that he was spurred by the plight of the people and the urgent need to reach out to them, in view of the current economic realities and its implications on their health.

Dung-Gyang said that he had been organising such outreaches annually, adding that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy had made this year’s outing unique.

“It’s my heart desire and passion to reach out to the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

“And it’s not just this, we have been able to give scholarship to some students, with some already graduates.

“Today, we have planned to treat a minimum of 400 persons but from the way it is going, it may exceed that number,” he stated.

The outreach Team Lead, Mr Pam Chong, listed some of the medical services to include testing and treatment of patients for aliments such as malaria, hepatitis B & C, high blood pressure, diabetes among others.

Chong, a pharmacist, told NAN that the medical team comprised of doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists.
He said cases that they were unable to handle would be referred to hospitals that could handle them.

The team lead said that they have sufficient drugs to treat over 400 patients.

Mr Ishaya Pam, Vice President, Gyel Development Association of Jos South LGA, lauded GDG Wellness for the gesture, which he believed would improve the health and wellbeing of the people.
Pam prayed God to bless the organisers of the outreach to continue to impact the lives of the less privileged.

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