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President Tinubu Appoints Aderinsola Abiola As Senior Special Assistant

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Ms. @RinsolaAbiola as the Senior Special Assistant on Citizenship and Leadership. In this role, she will be working closely with the leadership of the Ministry of Youth.

Ms. Abiola is a public relations professional and youth & gender advocate. She works at the intersection of politics and civil society to promote civic education and political literacy, and advocate for the enhanced inclusion of marginalized groups in decision-making/governance.

Rinsola is an active member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a pioneer member of its youth and women’s wings. She is also a founding member of the party’s young women’s movement, and was appointed as one of three youth representatives to the party’s Board of Trustees in 2015. In keeping with her sustained advocacy for the full recognition of young women as equal stakeholders in the political youth movement, she made history in 2022 as the first woman to vie for the position of the APC National Youth Leader.

Ms. Abiola currently coordinates the activities of the Progressive Sisters’ Network (PSN), a women-focused, grassroots-oriented support group which she founded in 2022; the Network has active chapters in all 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The group was actively involved in the Renewed Hope campaign and has received awards for its contributions since the party’s victory in February 2023.

In addition to leading a notable women’s group, Rinsola also served in the women’s wing of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign as a member of the Administrative, Media and Contact & Mobilisation Committees.

Prior to her appointment as SSA to the President, Rinsola worked as Managing Partner at a Public Relations and corporate events firm which she co-founded in 2020, and which specialises in media and government relations.

She also previously worked as Senior Manager in charge of Government Relations & Partnerships (for Northern Nigeria) at ORide, the e-mobility arm of the fintech giant, OPay.

 

She has worked in several other roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Director of Public Affairs at a non-profit focused on voter mobilisation and civic education.

Rinsola also runs the Derinsola Abiola Foundation, which is domiciled in Abeokuta, her hometown, and which serves as an empowerment platform for women and young people. Since its launch in 2021, the foundation has introduced an empowerment fund for women and a scholarship fund for indigent students in government-owned secondary schools.

Rinsola volunteers as a facilitator at The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-profit organisation committed to civic education and youth mainstreaming in politics & governance.

Ms. Abiola has a BSc in Statistics and a Diploma in Public Relations, and has been on study visits to the United States (2016 International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the US Department of State), Sweden (via the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria) and the United Kingdom (sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy).

She has also participated in other programmes by organisations such as the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Women in Politics Forum (WiPF) and INEC (party agents’ training), among others. Ms. Abiola also participated actively in the Not Too Young To Run campaign.

In recognition of her commitment to gender equity and women’s political and social advancement, she was selected as a UN Women Beijing Eaglet/Intergenerational Mentee in 2019 (i.e. one of 25 young Nigerian women chosen to carry on advocacy regarding meeting the goals outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action – BPfA). She also served on the advisory board of the World Youth Movement for Democracy (Africa Region) from 2019-2020, and has represented Nigeria at youth engagements across the Continent.

Prior to joining mainstream politics, Ms. Abiola was involved in the activities of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) via one of its Voluntary Youth Organisations and she served as the South-West Coordinator of the Nigerian Youths Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Summit Group

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.

 

“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair

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The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.

 

“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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