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Woman cries over “goskolo”, says it killed her only son




Mrs Martha Paul, a 60-year-old resident of Tudun Wada Community in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, has decried the rising intake of dry gin, popularly known as “Goskolo”, among youths in Plateau.

Martha told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos that the substance claimed the life of her only son.

“I lost my son to goskolo; he was hooked on it and it killed him,” she said.

The petty trader said that her late son was a 300 level student of University of Jos when he died in 2022.

NAN reports that the liquid substance, which is also known as ”ogogoro” or ”kai-kai”, is far stronger than the average alcohol.

It is a spirit drink locally made in homes and hardly go through the usual process of gin production.

“My son developed complications that later affected his internal organs due to high consumption of the illicit drink.

”As we speak, my heart is heavy. No mother should experience my pains. This is why parents must play close attention to what their children are doing.

”I also want to appeal to young people to desist from taking illicit substances. Drug abuse is generally dangerous to our health and society as a whole,” she said.

She called on the goverment to ban the production and consumption of goskolo, insisting that such step would curtail the challenges that usually arise with its consumption.

On his part, Mr Agwom Azi, the community leader of Mado in Tudun Wada, decried the consumption of illicit substances by young people in the area.

Azi attributed the increasing rate of petty crimes and other social vices in the community to high intake of hard drugs by young people.

He added that the trend was constituting serious threats to the existing peace in Tudun Wada.

”I will be very happy if government and other relevant organisations can address the spate of drug abuse in Plateau.

”Petty thefts and other social vices are on the rise in most communities; young people have abandoned schools and other meaningful ventures, opting to indulge in consumption of illicit substances.

”As we speak, I’m handling a case where a young man impreganted his younger sister because he is always high on ogogoro.

“Children beat up their parents at the slightest provocation and physically abuse other people becaue they are under the influence of goskolo.

”As a community, we are calling on government to take drastic steps toward addressing this menace; that is the only way to guarantee a peaceful, virile and progressive society.”

Pastor Chukwuma Ukpabi of the Lord’s Chosen Church Abattoir, Jos, has equally decried the spate of sexual abuse among youths due to drugs
Ukpapi called on goverment to ban the production and consumption of goskolo in the state.

He decried the health implication of consuming unprocessed drinks, urging goverment to impose stiff sanctions on violators.

He, however, called on goverment to provide job opportunities and create an enabling environment for young people to put their potential and talents to good use.

”That way, most of these young people roaming the streets and resorting to alcoholism and drug abuse will not be available for the devil to use.

”They will be busy with meaningful ventures and won’t have the time to consume goskolo and other illicit substances,” he said.

On her part, Mrs Lana Habu, a business woman in Jos, called on parents to be good examples to their children.
She also advised parents to provide early and quality education to their wards, insisting that such move would enable the young people have solid foundation and sound moral upbringing.

”Parents should endeavour to send their children to school no matter the situation; in school they will learn and understand what constitutes a good habit and what is bad.

”As parents, we must be shining examples to our children too. Let them see us as role models and moulders at all times,” she advised.

Meanwhile, Dr Victor Shehu of the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos, has described as ”alarming”, the excessive intake of dry gin and other illicit substances by youths in the state.

“That situation is responsible for the rise in cases of liver and heart-related problems among young people in the state.

“The intake of the unprocessed gin and other alcoholic contents has direct link to cardiovascular diseases and increased risks of heart attacks.

”Excessive consumption of goskolo and other illicit substances can have harmful effects on the liver, kidney and heart.

“Frequent consumption of dry gin, expecially in excess, can have long-term effects on the brain and body.

”Generally, alcohol misuse increases the risk of health problems, alcohol poisoning and brain damage” he said.

NAN recalls that the state executive had, in 2016, sent an executive bill to the state House of Assembly seeking to ban the production, sale and consumption of goskolo in the state.

The bill, however, could not pass through the process required to become a law.


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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