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Lagos records it’s first rain in 2023

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By Francesca Iwambe

Some parts of Lagos metropolis on Sunday recorded the first rainfall in the year 2023.

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The rain fell around Lawanson in Surulere, Apapa Road, Costain and Oyingbo areas of Lagos.

The morning rain, which did not last more than 30 minutes, varied in intensity in the different areas mentioned.

The rain only drizzled around Ijegun, along the Jakande/Isolo area of Lagos.

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However, the drizzle was enough to reduce the dust on the road.

Some residents of these areas expressed delight but urged that measures be put in place by the government and residents to prevent floods.

They also hoped the coming of the rain will help to ease the heat experienced at night as well as make for improved yields in the year’s agricultural season.

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A Civil Servant, Mrs Joy Obinnu, told NAN that the rain, which started about 10:00 a.m, fell for 20 minutes consistently in Lawanson
Obinnu said that young boys were seen playing football under the rain in excitement.

She expressed the hope that the rain would reduce the prevailing heat being experienced in the neighborhood and usher cool nights.

Some other residents of Lagos state wished that the rain could fall more than it did on Sunday to reduce the heat being experienced, which according to them, have been made worse by epileptic power supply and fuel scarcity.

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Akin Obasa, an Agriculturist, said the rain should be a reminder for farmers to start preparing for the farming season.

He, however, said they should still wait a while for the rain to be a bit more consistent before they start cultivating.

“Farmers should not rush to the farm to start planting but they can start making preparations for the new planting season.”

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David Ola, a Geography Teacher, urged the government to prepare for the rainy season so as not to be caught unawares when a heavy rain comes.

According to him, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Works and all other relevant agencies should ensure that canals, gutters, drainage channels and roads are cleared of waste and silt.

Ola also cautioned residents against removing silt from gutters and leaving them on the roadsides only for rains or water to wash them back into where they were evacuated from.

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Dr Linda Ibe advised residents to observe precautionary measures to avert ailments usually associated with the rainy season.

According to her, the ailments included cold, malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhoea, cholera, Hepatitis A and conjunctivitis.

“This is the season when contagious diseases are on the increase.

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“The common diseases associated with the season include malaria, typhoid fever, cold , cholera, diarrhoea, and Hepatitis A, among others.

“Unfortunately, children and the aged are most vulnerable to these diseases.

“Many drain channels are going to be filled with stagnant water due to inadequate waste management.

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“Most gutters in Lagos do not flow. They contain stagnant water. So, residents should not litter the environment and gutters so as to avoid flooding.

“Grasses around the homes and environment should be cut. Empty and useless cans and containers should be thrown away to avoid breeding mosquitoes, reptiles and rodents.

“Parents are advised to take good care of their children and also keep them covered from cold.

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“All residents should keep their environment clean and safe and in addition, keep themselves healthy,” Otti advised.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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