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.
Army Chief Commissions Multiple Projects in Janguza Barracks, Commends Troops of 3 Brigade
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has commissioned multiple projects in Janguza Barracks, Kano.
The newly completed projects, according to a statement signed by the Director Army Public, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, which include 72 units of Corporals and Below Quarters (CBQ), 30 units of Single Officers’ Quarters (SOQ) and 5 blocks of Company Offices and training shades were officially inaugurated today 26 January 2022 during COAS’ maiden working tour of 3 Brigade area of responsibility.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, General Yahaya stated that the visit is in tandem with his command philosophy, to enable him interact with troops and obtain first hand information that will enhance his command and administration of the Nigerian Army (NA).
Gen Yahaya disclosed that the dearth of personnel accommodation in the NA is receiving adequate and prompt attention with the construction of befitting accomodations across formations and units of the NA, adding that the welfare of personnel is paramount to his command.
During the working tour, the Commander 3 Brigade, Brigadier General Sinyinah Nicodemus gave the COAS a brief on the Operational engagements and security situation in the Brigade’s <a href=”https://metrotimesng.com” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>area</a> of responsibility.
The COAS in his appraisal, commended troops of the Brigade for discharging their duties with diligence.
The COAS was accompanied during the visit by principal staff officers from Army Headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Kabiru Muhktar.
NIWA Poised to Change Safety Narratives on Waterways – Moghalu
The Managing Director, National Inland waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu, has said the apex regulatory agency on brown water economy will leave no stone unturned in the quest to ensure accident free water transportation in the country.
He also informed that safety on waterways as a major mandate of NIWA will be pursued with vigour under his watch as a process to engender confidence among water transportation operators and users, and also to attract local and foreign investment.
Speaking after inspecting navigational buoys facilitated by NIWA on Lagos waterways from Marina to Ikorodu, with an ongoing phase two from same Marina, navigating iworo to Badagry,. Dr Moghalu noted that the Lagos template, geared towards activating a national water transportation safety architecture, will further help in emergency rescue operations and provide distressed boats an anchor before help arrives, thus eliminating incidences of crafts drifting on mid waters.
Accompanied by Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engineer Sarat Lara Braimah and President, Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON), Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, Dr Moghalu assured that NIWA will not fail in its responsibilities to enthrone enduring accident free water transportation signature across littoral states in Nigeria.
Mr Gani Balogun thumped up the niwa initiative, saying that Dr moghalu is a man of his words and should be trusted to make water transportation safe and attractive for all end users.
“At the last stakeholders meeting last year in Lagos, Dr moghalu promised to ensure a navigable Lagos waterways through provision of buoys which would not only serve as an anchor point for distressed boat operators but will help provide access and geographical location to rescue efforts and today, we have seen that promised fulfilled and we say more grease to his elbows,” an excited Mr Balogun stated.
Lagos Govt Suspends Activities of NURTW
The Lagos State Government has placed indefinite suspension on activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge on Lagos Island.
This was as a result of the mayhem that engulfed the areas last week where union members freely used dangerous weapons to attack themselves and commercial paralysed activities in the areas.
At a stakeholders meeting comprising the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) at the Bagauda Kaltho Press center to tackle crisis often caused by the activities of the union, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.
Fayinka stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) would station an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.
Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope).
The Transport Special Adviser added that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in collaboration with the State Police Command would ensure safety of lives in the area.