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Army Chief inaugurates projects in Ondo, resolves to provide support to personnel



The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has stated his resolve to provide sound administrative support to personnel of the Nigerian army and their families.

Lagbaja, in a statement signed by Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, on Tuesday in Abuja, made the remark while inaugurating multiple infrastructural projects in 32 Artillery Brigade Headquarters in Akure, Ondo State.

The projects consisted of remodeled and renovated Headquarters of 32 Artillery Brigade office complex and the newly constructed official residence of the Brigade Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM).

Also inaugurated was a remodeled and renovated Local Authority Primary School II, Oke-Bola, as special intervention Civil Military Cooperation Project in the community.

He assured that the army under his watch would continue to develop and improve on infrastructural facilities across formations, units and barracks to provide deserved incentives and succour to all personnel and their families.

Lagbaja enjoined the personnel to judiciously utilise and maintain the facilities, while urging them to remain loyal to the Constitution and government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Commander 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Muktar Adamu, said the office complex contained 32 offices, a conference room, operations room, canteen and library, while the RSM’s House is a three-bedroom bungalow.

Adamu thanked the COAS for his outstanding leadership and for providing befitting office accommodation for the Brigade.

He added that the projects would highly motivate the personnel to be more productive in ensuring peace and security in the Brigade’s area of responsibility.

At the inauguration of the civil-military project, the project executor, retired Maj.-Gen. Omotomilola Akintade, said the project comprised of four blocks of nine classrooms and a hall.

Others are Basketball Court with spectators’ pavilion, Five-Aside Football Pitch with two spectators’ pavilions, Sports Changing rooms, Lavatories, Borehole for water reticulation, Perimeter fence, electrification, solar lights and a play ground.

Akintade expressed gratitude to God for the opportunity to give back to the society and also lauded the COAS for sponsoring the intervention project in his alma-mater.

He said that it would create a conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning in the school.

He also urged the staff and pupils of the school to jealously guard and maintain the facilities.


Stakeholders appeal for justice in Ogoniland



Stakeholders in the environment sector on Sunday in Abuja appealed for justice in Ogoniland to alleviate the plight of the people of the area.

Mr Michael David, the Executive Secretary of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO said this at a workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Afrika Vuka Volunteers in Nigeria.

This is a build up to power up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

The Power up for Climate Solutions action would take place by Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.

“We are to promote the injustices happening in Ogoniland. I have been there, I can feel what the people of Ogoniland are passing through.

“Their water and farmlands are covered with oil, it is very sad. This should not be happening.

“I’m not sure we can proclaim the land in Ogoni, the level of pollution is indescribable,” David said.

He assured that the actions revealing the injustices in Ogoniland would be carried out in Ogoni and Abuja.

“We want to call the world’s attention to what is happening in Ogoniland.
They can’t farm, fish or drink clean and safe water,” David said.

He said that Karen community in Ogoniland never knew what electricity is like since existence.

“We shall carry out the action in Karen community in Ogoniland where we shall provide street lights for the market women only.

“We want to do a massive photo exhibition in Abuja of all the injustices in Ogoniland from 2018 till Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) came into inception.

“Vuka is a Zulu word from South Africa and it means rise up or in Swahili it means awaken so the came up with this campaign to say Africa wake up. We also intend to have a group tagged Nigeria wake up,” David said.

He appealed to stakeholders that are into climate advocacy to partner to fight against climate injustices in the country and also appealed for increased budgetary provisions for key agencies in the fight against climate injustices.

NAN reports that is a group campaigning against fossil fuels, and the promotion of renewable energy and has also been in partnership with GIFSEP to build up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

Rukiya Khamis, a representative from said that the group is a platform for climate advocacy and justice and urged stakeholders to take the message #PowerUpOgoni across the world.

Khamis said that the group uses grassroots organising to run locally-driven campaigns in every corner of the globe.

“The climate crisis is about power — but not just the kind of power that keeps the lights on.

“We believe that the only way we’ll see meaningful action on climate change is if we can counter the power of the fossil fuel industry with the power of people taking collective action.

“We use online tools to connect that power, help those people see themselves as one movement, and to facilitate public actions,” she said.
(NAN) (

Edited by Razak Owolabi

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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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