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Lagos NUJ holds maiden unifying cultural day, preaches love, unity



Lagos NUJ holds maiden unifying cultural day, preaches love, unity

(Photo: Edo/Delta State cultural dance session during a cultural day event organised by the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as part of activities to mark the union’s 2023 Press Week on Thursday in Ikeja)

The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday called for love and unity among Nigerians.

Its chairman, Mr Ajayi Adeleye, made the call in Ikeja, at the maiden cultural day event organised as part of activities to mark the union’s 2023 Press Week.

Journalists from different ethnic groups showcased thier colourful cultural attires, dance, music and meals.

Different media houses dressed in thier traditional clothing exchanged meals as people moved freely between tents to share with one another.


Ajayi said the union decided to go beyond the media rendezvous usually celebrated annually by adding glamour of culture to boost unity among journalists.
“This programme has come to promote unity of tribes in spite of our diversity.

“Everybody is happy wining and dining, there is food from various parts of the country. Everybody should be free to eat whatever he wants from any chapel, we are one family,” he said.

Ajayi urged the union to ensure continuity of the programme, while urging Nigerians in the Diaspora to join hands in developing the nation.

He said a new visionary government was in place and those in the diaspora should come back home with ideas and investments toward achieving the renewed hope agenda.

“As Nigerians, we should be our brother’s keeper, we should be united, we have no home than Nigeria,” he said.


He reeled out achievements of his administration, promising that by September, the union’s guest house in Somolu would be inaugurated.

High Chief Sunday Ossai, President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Lagos State also appealed for unity, saying Nigerians should not allow politics to cause division.

“I want to appeal that politics should not divide us. No matter what happens, politics should not divide us,” he said.

Ossai, who led the traditional breaking of Kolanuts prayers and the Igbo cultural dance session, said elections were over and all parties should allow healing in the spirit of brotherhood.

The traditional leader, who was accompanied by Eze Uche Digba, the Eze Ndigbo, Ikeja said Nigerians needed to live in love and unity.


Other activities at the event included march past by various media, dance and singing competitions with cash rewards to winners.

The event had in attendance traditional leaders of some other ethic groups and NUJ executives from Zone B led by the Vice President, South West, Mrs Ronke Shamo.


WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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FRSC launches 2023 “Ember” months campaign in Abia, warns against overloading



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abia Sector Command, has launched this year’s “Ember” months campaign against overloading and speed before and during the Yuletide.

In a speech at the event in Umuahia, the South-East Zonal Commander of the corps, RS9HQ, Mr Ocheja Ameh, said that the campaign would focus on encouraging road users to observe safety measures.

The theme of the campaign is “Speed thrills but kills: Drive responsibly and avoid overloading”.

Ameh said: “The focus of our campaign this year is against overloading, failure to install speed limiting device by commercial vehicles, dangerous driving, lane indiscipline and absence of wipers.

“Also, vehicles that are abusing the use of several lights in the night, other than the factory-fitted ones and use of phone, while driving, amongst others.


“I want to assure you that this year’s campaign will be more vigorous than that of last year, because we want to start early for best results.”

He thanked the government and stakeholders for their support to FRSC programmes, adding that the corps was poised to intensify it’s campaign against violation of safety rules by road users.

The Acting Sector Commander, Mrs Bridget Asekhauno, said that the campaign was targeted at recording minimal road crashes, zero fatalities and free flow of traffic during the Yuletide and going forward.

Asekhauno said that in order to achieve its goal, the command had deployed personnel, operational vehicles and ambulances in all the strategic roads across the state as well as made provision for mobile courts.

She urged drivers to install speed limiting device, use safe tyres in their vehicles and avoid overloading their vehicles with humans and animals, amongst other infractions.


She also said that the command would not hesitate to prosecute violators of any road safety rules and urged road users to cooperate with FRSC personnel deployed in various locations in the state.

In a speech, Gov. Alex Otti of Abia said that the FRSC core mandate of minimising road crashes and fatalities was in line with Abia Government’s agenda to achieve effective traffic management in the state.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Sunny Onwuma, described road safety as a shared responsibility, which makes it important for all drivers to drive safely to save lives.

Otti urged road users to obey traffic rules and regulations to enable them to arrive at their different destinations, safely.

Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, Mr Amobi Ohaeri, commended the corps for embarking on a campaign to encourage safe driving.


Ohaeri said that the effort would greatly help to improve the orientation of road users, especially commercial drivers, in driving responsibly and appealed to FRSC to conduct regular enlightenment programmes, particularly in motor parks.

“This campaign should go beyond Ember months.

“Take it to churches, mosques, town hall meetings, because drivers belong to all these places and do consider starting a road safety club for drivers to further drive the message home,” he said.

Also, the State Coordinator of FRSC Special Marshal, Chief Jerry Onyemachi, commended FRSC and the security agencies for their collaborative effort toward keeping the roads safe.

Onyemachi called on the people of Abia to be law-abiding and adhere to the safety measures outlined by FRSC.

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