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NGO donates 200 sanitary pads to teenage students+Photos

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A non-governmental organization, Queen Lizzy Shades and More, on Friday, donated over 200 sanitary pads to girls of the Army Day Secondary School, FCT-Abuja.

The CEO of the Queen Lizzy Shades and More, Queen Elizabeth Agbor, while addressing newsmen during a “Pad a Girl Campaign” at the school, called on other non-governmental organizations to also help in empowering most of these students.

She said, “We came to Army Day barracks to empower the female students to enlighten them on how to take care of themselves on personal hygiene before, during and after their period and also several awareness on cervical cancer and blockage of the tube.

“So we are here to give them the basic knowledge that they need to know, how to take care of themselves during their period, in order for them not to get infected. And after that we empower them by giving them sanitary pads to take care of themselves.

“I’m appealing to the federal government and other NGOs as well to come out and give a helping hand in empowering most of these students. During the course of this program, a child told me that she comes to school on her period without pad.

“She said anytime she goes to meet her aunty, she would tell her to use her pant or leather, that the aunty doesn’t give her any pads to use. So I’m appealing to the federal government, if they can be giving out pads to students while on their menstrual period, it will go a long way.

“I’m also suggesting that if sanitary pads can be made free for students, not for all females but for students from 13-16 years that cannot afford pad, it will be a good initiative.”

Fielding questions from journalists, a Public Health Practitioner in the Health Strategy and Health Foundation, Kayode Alabi, said there was nothing wrong in taking drugs to help with pain during menstrual cycle but should be taken with prescription.

According to him, “A lot of propaganda is out there on taking pills before, during and after menstruation. Science has proven that there’s nothing bad in taking pills, especially nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, talking about ibuprofen and paracetamol. It can be taken before the menstruation, there’s nothing bad in that because it helps to relieve pain.

“It won’t affect the fertility of the girl, it’s just to help suppress the pain that the person will be passing through during the menstruation.”

Also speaking, an Estate Surveyor, Ogar Okoli, lauded the organisation over their initiative to conduct an awareness for the students and gifting of sanitary pads.

On her part, CEO Vervirds Palmoil, Edidiong Iorver, said it was a dream come true for Queen Lizzy and called on all girls to be hygienic when going through their menstrual cycle.

She said, “This is a dream come true for Queen Lizzy, she has had this project in mind right from when she has been a teenager and we are glad to be here to show our support. Generally, girls should take their hygiene seriously when seeing their period.

“We know things are not easy for some people and some families that don’t have the means to educate their girl-child on the need to take care of themselves during menstruation. At least with the little effort we have done today, the girls here will be very hygienic when it comes to their menstrual cycle.”

Giving her appreciation, a Student in the senior secondary section of the school, Samuel Blessing, said “It’s nice for them to reach out to us because most people do not have this awareness but hopefully with them being here today, I’m sure most people would have learnt one or two things from it.”

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Power Sector: FG To Establish 3 Gigawatts Of Solar Energy in 25 States – Minister

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Power Sector: FG To Establish 3 Gigawatts Of Solar Energy in 25 States – Minister
…say poor funding, insufficient gas supply responsible for power deficit
By Gloria Ikibah
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, had said that the federal government is working towards the establishment of three gigawatts of solar energy sources across the 25 states in Northern and South Western parts of the country.
According to him, this is a novel approach that will go a long way to solve the power problems, even as he called on state governments to invest in power generation in their states.
The minister stated this at a two-day Power Sector Stakeholders Interactive Dialogue/Workshop organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Power with the theme “Confronting Nigeria’s Power Challenge as the Nation Migrates to a Multi-tier Electricity Market: A Legislative Intervention” on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adelabu who said that hydro energy would be deployed for the coastal cities, also lamented that the country has witnessed incessant collapse of transmission which is caused by lack of adequate infrastructure.
He admitted that most of the infrastructure in the power dates back to the 1960s, with no single backup for the national grid, and called for alternative sources in the situation where there is a collapse of the grid.
The Minister also disclosed that the major factors responsible for the power deficit currently faced by the country is as a result of inadequate financing and insufficient gas supply.
Adelabu who lamented the current state of power supply across the country, however, assured Nigerians of the determination of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to address the challenges and make Nigeria a suitable place for business.
He said “No sector can function optimally without the power sector. Over the years, poor financing, and inadequate gas supply have been responsible for the energy deficit we have in the country. But a lot of work is going on to address these challenges.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the
Chairman, House Committee on Power, Rep. Victor Nwokolo explained that the purpose of the interactive dialogue/workshop was to provide a dynamic platform for stakeholders to evaluate the progress so far in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) development.
He revealed that discussions will centre around the seamless transition to a Multi-Tier Electricity Market, as outlined in the Electricity Act of 2023.
According to him, “his transition, holds immense potential to enhance competition, efficiency, and reliability within the electricity market, ultimately benefitting consumers and driving economic growth”.
He said: “Through collaborative brainstorming and analysis, we aim to chart a clear roadmap for this transition, ensuring that it is smooth, inclusive, and conducive to sustainable development.
“Furthermore, this workshop will serve as a platform for stakeholders to explore innovative solutions to the persistent challenges plaguing the power sector. From infrastructure development and financing to regulatory frameworks and consumer engagement, we will examine a wide array of issues and propose actionable strategies for improvement.
“In addition to these objectives, we aspire for this workshop to foster enhanced collaboration and partnership among stakeholders. By bringing together legislators, representatives from government agencies, regulatory bodies, industry players, academia, and civil society, we aim to cultivate a culture of cooperation and collective action towards our shared goal of a vibrant and resilient power sector”.
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How Yahaya Bello withdrew $720,000 from Kogi account to pay child’s school fees -EFCC Chairman

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

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Yahaya Bello Withdrew $720,000 From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees -EFCC Chairman

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

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