By Eric Elezuo
The saying, ‘let he that is doing good continue, cause he knows not who is watching’ became apt in the life of Mr. Abiodun Enilari Paseda, who has come to take up the challenges of those living with disabilities as his own, as he was crowned with a prestigious humanitarian honours for his contributions by the Ceebee Gold Foundation.
The event was held at Ibadan under the able supervision of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams and the Olu Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Receiving the award, a joyful Mr. Paseda, beaming with smiles, appreciated the organisers for recognizing his ‘little’ efforts in the care of humanity through those living with disabilities.
Based in London, England, Mr. Paseda is the Chief Executive Officer, Focus on Disabilities (FOD) Foundation, a not for profit organization that is saddled with the responsibility of seeing to the wellbeing of those living with disabilities. The organization, founded in 2010, has supervised the provision of sundry humanitarian assistance to people living with disabilities across Nigeria and the African continent with special mention to England, his place of residence.
The recipient is a stern believer in the lifting of the downtrodden in the society.
Hear him: “Disable people are the most neglected in the world, especially in Africa. There were no disability laws to protect them as in the UK and other European countries. This aroused my passion to help them and other less privileged.”
A recipient of the BEFFTA Award, Africa achiever Award, Scotland among many others, Paseda has since 2012 been distributing movement enhancing materials to the disabled across the continent. Some of these distributions include 60 wheel chairs and disability aids in Kano and Kaduna states in 2012; distribution of clutches, wheel chairs, food items among other things in Ogun state in March and September 2013. Ever since, the selfless giver has not looked back in supporting the less privileged with his resources.
Paseda’s humanitarian outreach stretches across Africa and the UK where he is reputed to have touched a lot of lives. It is therefore, not a coincidence that he is being presented the humanitarian award by Ceebee Gold Foundation..
The man who humbly admitted that he learns everyday, singled out Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi, Henry Koffi esq and Dapo Williams as role models from whom he has cultivated the act of selfless giving.
“I will continue the fight for the disabled until they are treated as equal members of the society, with equal rights with the able-bodied,” he said.
Enugu CP Orders Investigation into Fire Incident at INEC Office
By Eric Elezuo
The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire incident at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office, at Obollo-Afor and the extent of damage.
The Commissioner gave the order via a statement issued and signed by the Command’s PRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe.
The statement reads in full:
Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.
2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.
3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.
Eid-el-Fitri: NAOSNP Felicitates with Nigerians, Sues for Peaceful Co-existence
…Commends security agencies for standing strong against insurgency and insecurity
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), a league of professional Journalists and security news publishers, has extended their heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim ummah as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, calling for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
Speaking through a goodwill message, the Association’s National President, Mr. Oki Samson, praised the Muslim faithful for a successful conclusion of the fasting period while urging them to at all times exhibit the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SWT) which allows for peaceful co-relationship with their neighbours.
“It is with great joy that I express my sincere wishes on behalf of NAOSNP, to our Muslim friends, partners and readers as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri. I urge them to at all times portray the tenets of Islam which makes for peaceful coexistence among all and sundry,” Oki noted.
He stressed that much as the country is in a volatile situation at the moment, all the prayers the faithful committed themselves to in the last one month of Ramadan will surely produce positive results in the days ahead.
While commending the efforts of the security agencies in standing strong against insurgents and insurgency, and protecting the lives and property of Nigerians, Oki said that there is need for all to redouble their efforts, and more importantly pursue the fight without fear and favour.
“We commend our security agencies and agents for their selfless efforts at stamping out insurgency in our midst, and making it possible for Nigerians to sleep with their two eyes closed.
“At this period of Eid-el-Fitri, the Nigerian public celebrates you and appreciates your efforts at keeping the country together,” Oki said.
He further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to build more confidence and trust in the mind of the people as what the people need now is leadership that encompasses all.
“We also commend President Mohammadu Buhari on his efforts to provide purposeful leadership for Nigerians. We urge him to continue to create the desired atmosphere for Nigerians to peacefully co-exist,” the President said.
He pledged NAOSNP’s continuous support for the good and development of Nigeria and it’s desire to uphold a just and free society, adding that as a body of distinguished security news publishers, NAOSNP is all out to see that Nigeria is the most peaceful place to be on earth.
“We at NAOSNP, as a league of distinguished security news publishers, pledge our continued support for the good of the nation and it’s unity and will continually contribute our quota to see that top notch security is maintained in the country,” Oki said.
Lagos LG Debate Pivotal to Improvement of Governance Deliverables in Lagos
By Kunle Lawal
Debates among electoral candidates are centerpiece of campaigns during elections, worldwide. As a result, more than 60 countries have developed a debate tradition, and civil society groups, NGOs and concerned citizens have been critical in making that happen.
Debates are pivotal in helping voters make informed choices on various levels of elections and encourage candidates to focus on policy issues.
The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-governmental organization which I lead as its Executive Director, has indicated its interest to conduct the Local Government debates in Lagos State.
I have also stated that the Local Government is the first handshake of democracy to the people and voter apathy in its election plus the poor accountability ratios of the tier of governance from the electorate spell why people are yet to feel the true impact of governance.
Last year, the Electoral college was responsible for hosting the Lagos East Senatorial debates at the end of the year with raving reviews from participants.
This year, we have mentioned that in conjunction with “Rate Your Leader”, a digital democracy app that puts registered voters in direct person-to-person contact with their local decision makers, making them justify every decision they make and every penny they spend and making them truly accountable to the people they serve,
now available in Nigeria.
The Electoral College intends to host the LG debates after the party primaries. The College’s commitment to democracy through civic education would be incomplete if the quality and presence of debates did not improve. The Electoral College intends to work in conjunction with LAISEC and other relevant non-partisan CSOs to deliver a debate that would involve the electorate, using the media available to different strata in the society.
If Lagos gets it right, it could trickle the progress across the nation and reiterate the College’s commitment to politeracy (Political literacy) and it’s target of educating over one million Nigerians before 2023.
Kunle Lawal is the Executive Director, Electoral College, Nigeria