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NGOs garner support for 2023 Girl’s Leadership/Mentoring Summer Camp in Lagos



The Cakasa Ebenezer Foundation (CEF) has joined forces with the Ornaments of Grace and Virtues Initiative (OGAV) to launch the 2023 Girls Leadership & Mentoring (GLAM) Summer Camp in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the year 2023 programme, holding at the Government Senior Girls College Agege, marks the 6th edition of the camp.

The theme of the programme is: “I’m a Girl: Career Exploration with Health & Wellness”.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 6th edition of GLAM and the 10th anniversary of OGAV, Mr Barnabas Olise, the Managing Director/CEO of Cakasa Nigeria Company Limited (CNC), represented by the Executive Director, CEF, Mrs Helen Egbe, expressed joy at the significant milestone.

He emphasised the CNC’s commitment to empowering young girls from low-income families in Education District I, in Agege, Lagos State.

Mrs Busola Kolade, the President and Founder of OGAV, praised Olise for the unwavering dedication and vision in empowering the girls to become independent, responsible, and influential young women who positively impact society.

The CEO quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, as having said that : “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”, highlighting the importance of empowering girls to overcome challenges and believe in themselves.

Olise acknowledged the transformative power of education and mentorship, lauding the collaboration between OGAV and CEF.

He mentioned that through the partnership, 10 outstanding girls from previous OGAV camps received scholarships through CEF, enabling them to pursue their dreams at various Nigerian universities.

Olise emphasised that education extended beyond the classroom, and that initiatives like the Summer GLAM Camp equipped girls with essential academic, social, and emotional skills for success.

He commended OGAV’s commitment to providing a safe environment for the girls during their summer holidays.

Addressing the issue of access to basic hygiene products hindering girls’ education, Olise recognised OGAV’s efforts in providing reusable sanitary pads to ensure proper menstrual hygiene maintenance.

“This support not only promotes the girls’ health and well-being but also enabled them to attend school without disruptions.

“As part of its corporate social responsibility, Cakasa Nigeria Company through CEF reaffirmed its commitment to empowering girls through education and leadership,” he added.

Olise also expressed delight in CEF’s collaboration and eagerness to support the 2023 Summer GLAM Camp, aiming to create lasting change within the entire school community in Education District I, Agege, Lagos State.

Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in her goodwill message, congratulated the Founder of OGAV, Mrs Busola Kolade, for her contributions to nation-building through the empowerment of the girl-child.

Dabiri-Erewa highlighted the importance of education imbued with social and emotional skills, enabling the rise of confident and independent women.

The Founder and Executive Director of OGAV, Mrs Olubusola Kolade, encouraged the students to be change agents in society, emphasising the enriching experiences offered by the summer camp in a safe environment.

The 2023 Summer Camp, hosting 1,000 girls from 15 different schools, will run from July 24 to Aug. 18, 2023.


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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