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Advocacy Group Flags Off COVID-19 Vaccine for All Campaign, Unveils Glamdemic Beauty Pageant



By Eric Elezuo

A group, under the aegis of Global Health Advocacy and Innovation Alliance (GHLADIA), has flagged off its campaign to sensitize the public on the safety and need to take the COVID-19 vaccine to curb the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

At the event, held recently in Ikeja. Lagos, the President/Founder of the group. Dr. Kennedy Eguagie, speaking on the theme of Vaccine No Be Bad Thing, informed the guests that it has become imperatively necessary to sensitize the public on the safety of the vaccine and the increasing need for everyone to be vaccinated considering the myth that surrounds the exercise presently. He frowned on what he called ‘insensitive spread of false stories concerning the vaccines’, saying that those involved in spreading unfounded stories about the vaccine do not mean well for the society.

“There has been stories making the rounds of how people die or will die after taking the vaccine. These are all false, and hence the launch of this advocacy group. We can’t continue to fold our hands and watch our people die when the remedy is on our finger tips. As a result, we are calling all Nigerians to take it as priority to get vaccinated as it is not a bad thing, rather for the health and good of the society. People die from not being vaccinated, not from vaccination,” Dr Eguagie said.

He added that vaccination points are available in all primary health care centres across the nation, and the exercise remains free for all and sundry.

Earlier in his speech, the Publicity Officer of the group, Mr. Oki Samson, itemised that that the priority of the group is to ensure that more Nigerians are vaccinated, thereby stemming the spread of the pandemic. He also disclosed that one of the ways of pushing the advocacy is by a soon to be held beauty pageantry termed Queen of Glamdemic Beauty Pageantry.

Also lending his voice to the advocacy, the group’s Director, Mobilisation and Logistics, Mazi Sidney Nwachukwu, informed the guests and members of the fourth estate present that the advocacy has the mandate and approval of the government of Lagos State, and so will go a long way to affecting the lives of Lagosians for a start, and Nigerians at large. He echoed the voices of previous speakers, appealing to all to support the advocacy for a COVID-19 free Nigeria, especially now that a new, more dangerous variant, Delta, has hit town.

Consequently, the team, led my the special guests of honour, proceeded to unveil the advocacy campaign initiatives and logo as well as the Glamdemic Beauty Pageant, with Chaline Anarado as the face of the pageantry.

In his address while cutting the tape, the Medical Director, Ulticare Services Limited, Dr. Wilfred Ugwoeruchukwu, said the advocacy is one of the best things to happen to the health and social sector as there is no better time time than now to speak to the minds of the public for whom the vaccine is meant.

In their separate responses, Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Emmanuel Owie and a medical practitioner, Dr. Olajumoke Oke, agreed that vaccines are not bad, but needed and should be embraced.

And like all the other speakers, they advised the members to continue to adhere to the various COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which includes wearing of facemask, intermittent washing of hands and maintenance of distance at all gatherings.

The group revealed that a lot are in store for the public as the advocacy marches forward, adding that a walk will soon be organised to further draw awareness to the need to take COVID-19 vaccination.


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NSCDC Vows to Investigate Alleged Involvement of Officer in Banditry, Maintains Zero Tolerance to Criminality



By Eric Elezuo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has vowed to investigate the alleged involvement of one of its officers in banditry as a supposed video which has gone viral is suggesting.

Speaking through a statement, the Corps’ Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, noted that there’s a possibility that the culprit is telling lies as most criminals are fond of impersonating security personnel.

He added that the Corps is disciplined, and will not condone criminality from anyone, especially a staff.

Odumosu further promised that a thorough investigation will be conducted, and members of the public will be informed of the outcome.

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The attention of the management of the Nigera Security and Civil Defence Corps has been drawn to a video clip already gone viral in relation to one Abdullah Saidu, an acclaimed Civil Defence personnel arrested in connection with a group of armed bandits terrorizing some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi state.

It is pertinent to point out that the Nigera Security and Civil Defence Corps is a Federal security agency saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others, hence, would not in anyway condone any saboteur of National Security or sponsors of criminalities.

Based on the aforementioned, the Corps wishes to inform the public that the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in anyway give credence to or affirm his membership of the Corps as experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime.

However, due to the high premium placed on integrity, discipline and professionalism by management of the Corps, an intelligence based team has been set up to carry out thorough investigation on the matter and check available records to confirm the authenticity of his claim. Thereafter, the general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings

We wish to reiterate that the Corps will continue to discharge it’s statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity, while also synergizing with other sister agencies in combating all forms of criminalities in the Nation.


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Security Alert: Ogun Police Warn Against Praying in Forests at Night



The Police in Ogun on Sunday warned the public against organising prayer sessions at night, especially at forest area, to avoid being victims of kidnappers.

Police spokesman in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, gave the warning in a statement made available to journalists, in Ota, Ogun.

Mr Oyeyemi noted that the Ogun police command has observed “with great concern that, despite the series of warnings and security tips from the command, some members of public are still in the habit of organising prayer sessions in the forest, thereby making themselves easy prey for kidnappers”.

“However, in as much as the command is not oblivious of right to freedom of religion, it is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favorably disposed to organizing prayer sessions in isolated places,” the PPRO said.

He appealed to the public to refrain from creating opportunities for kidnappers to operate as the command was working assiduously to get rid of the criminal elements, “who turned kidnapping into business”.

Mr Oyeyemi explained that security should be seen everybody’s business and “we should all play our part in securing ourselves and our property, adding that after all the scriptures even enjoined us to watch and pray.”

“However, if there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organizers should report to the nearest police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area.”


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Safeguard the Nation or Be Removed, NSCDC Boss Tells Zonal Commanders, State Commandants



In view of the prevailing security situation in the country which has made it imperative to redouble effort towards ensuring effective delivery of the Corps mandate in the enforcement of peace and development of Nigeria, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, PhD, mni, has charged all Zonal and State Commandants to function optimally by stepping up their operational activities in securing the nation and safeguarding critical assets and infrastructure.

A statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, noted that the CG made this known during the Commandant General’s Conference at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, where he emphasized the need to justify the confidence reposed in the Corps by the Government through concerted effort and by making significant impact in the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Disaster Management, supervision of Private Guard Companies and the protection of farmers and farmlands.
According to the CG, the wave, dynamics and sophistication of crisis such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, ethnic agitation, kidnapping, oil bunkering and so on has led to very serious devastation particularly on the economy, hence, the need for the corps to develop strategies that could best address this social menace.

Speaking further, Dr Audi decried the spate of Insecurity in Nigeria which has recently assumed an alarming Asymmetric dimension and affected every facet of Nigerian life, thus, leading to severe unimaginable social consequences across the six geographical regions but particularly the North-East, North Central and South-South.

He gave a stern warning to all zonal and state commandants to resist any attempt by criminals or any group of individuals to unleash terror and destroy the peace of Nigeria. ‘’The only way to justify your existence is to carry out your duties beyond reasonable doubt; our mandates are very clear, so, we must resist any attempt by criminal elements to subvert our peaceful coexistence and be able to show to Nigerians that we are collecting government salaries’’ Audi said.

He directed all the state Commandants to renew and strengthen their anti-vandalism drive by closing down more illegal refineries, arrest and prosecute oil thieves, illegal bunkering suspects and tankers loading, reloading and transloading crude oil across borders. Reiterating that, safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure is a task that must be done as it impacts directly on national prosperity, human capital development and survival of the people.

Therefore, any state commandant that perform below expectation would be removed immediately without delay.
The CG reminded the Corps formations of his vision to rejig, reinvigorate, revitalize, reengineer, refocus and reposition the Corps towards building a strong, virile and proactive organization that is knowledge driven, bearing in mind the need to improve on quality of service, productivity, professionalism and operational efficiency.

That one of the focuses of his administration is training and manpower development, bearing in mind the need to enhance the capacity of personnel to effectively deliver on its mandate and every State Command have been mandated to key into this policy.

He promised to introduce career development progression courses for each category of officers which will be the main determinant for their promotion and progression in service. In his words, the CG said ‘’What this means in essence and as a matter of policy is that you must have passed a prescribed career development course before you can be considered for promotion to the next rank.’’

Dr Audi encouraged the managers of affairs of the Corps to continue to sensitize the public on security consciousness and to seek their cooperation in getting credible information that could help in nipping crime in the bud.

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