By Eric Elezuo
The membership and activities of Focus on Disability Foundation, with headquarters in the United Kingdom (FODUK), has been beefed up with the entry of two prominent and illustrious sons of the land. They are Aare Dapo Rennaiye and Engineer Ogundele S. Adewale.
Welcoming the duo into the FODUK family as reputable global ambassadors, the Founder/CEO of the charitable organization, Mr. Abiodun Enilari Paseda, said the men are tested and trusted movers of the society while describing them as men of timbre and calibre. He also noted that they have travelled wide.
“We are blessed to have these men of timbre and calibre in our fold today. We are sure they will bring in their wealth of experience to the better functioning of the Foundation, and of course support the large for which the Foundation is known in terms of rendering selfless assistance to the disabled and the needy in our society,” he said.
In his response while accepting the honour, Rennaiye, a graduate of Economics from the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, with 13 years unblemished career in the banking sector, said he is was blessed to be considered an agent of putting smiles on the faces indigents and destitute.
The 2008 MBA holder, who has plied his banking trade in reputable banks such as Union Bank, Fidelity Bank, Sterling Bank among others, pledged to contribute his quota to see to advancement of the Foundation.
Fondly called Dappy by well wishers, Rennaiye, who is presently running a prolific auto business, is widely known for his generosity and act of giving back to the society, especially the less privileged.
Also responding, Engr. Adewale, a Principal Mechanical Engineer and active member of Ogun state Vehicle Inspection Services, said it is with that he received the invitation to be part of affecting people’s lives positively in the society.
The proud member of many professional bodies including COREN, MNSE promised to pool his resources as well as experience and goodwill to see that the disabled and needy are well looked after.
Adewale has served in various capacities as an inspection officer and excelled, prompting his steady rise. Presently, he is a Deputy Director, Vehicle Inspection Services, Ministry of Transportation.
Focus on Disability Foundation is a non governmental, not for profit humanitarian organization, saddled with the responsibility of catering for the needs of the indigent citizens, especially the disabled.
Both Rennaiye and Adewale are happily married and blessed with wonderful children.
The Foundation is based in the UK with very functional presence in Nigeria and Ghana. The Foundation has assisted many disabled with materials to aid movement, sight, reading and much more including educational equipment.
Bisi Olatilo Recovers from COVID-19, Discharged
Famous veteran broadcaster, Prince Bisi Olatilo has now been declared COVID-19 negative and has been given an all clear by his doctors.
Fondly called Uncle B by admirers, the polyglot and Chairman, BISCON Communications in a message sent to The Boss revealed “Thank God The Doctors say I am fully recovered infact discharged already heading home any moment from now”
This is cheering news for Prince Olatilo who only a few weeks back had to dispell wicked rumours that he had died as a result of the virus.
In a video message at the time, he confirmed that he had contracted the virus and was undergoing treatment. He stated that he was not in any danger and was recovering steadily.
Truck Crashes: Oyeyemi Deploys Safety Engineers to Akungba
Owing to the renewed vigour and rejigged operational strategies the Federal Road Safety Corps embedded into tactical eradication of road traffic crashes in the country, the Corps Marshal , Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has deployed Safety Engineers to Akungba to ascertain the causes and recommend solutions to incessant trailer crashes that have bedevilled that particular route of the highway. This is in addition to an Ambulance rescue point earlier established close to the notorious spot for prompt rescue operations.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, the deployment of the personnel came as part of strategic proactive step by the Corps Marshal to mitigate incidences of crashes on the highways, following the fatal multiple crash that killed several passengers with others sustaining various degrees of injuries on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 along Ikare-Owo road by Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
The Corps Marshal who spoke on the readiness of the Corps to bring road traffic crashes to an end in Nigeria lamented the fatalities recorded in recent times on our roads, promising that the Corps will double its efforts to eradicate crashes, particularly those by articulated vehicles.
While recounting the number of people affected by the multiple crash, he said that the crash which was caused by break failure that resulted in loss of control, involved a Dangote truck, a Suzuki mini bus (XB973KAA) and a Lexus saloon car (KWL 522 AY) conveying a total of 18 passengers comprising of 11 female adults and 7 male adults.
Out of the afforementioned number of persons on board the 3 vehicles, a total of 09 persons comprising of 5 female adults and 3 male adults were killed while a total of 09 persons comprising of 5 female adults and 4 male adults, sustained various injuries.
The FRSC rescue team deposited the remains of 06 of the passengers who got killed at Ikare Specialist Hospital Morgue and took 06 injured for urgent medical attention at the emergency ward of the same hospital. While the rescue team of the Nigeria Police Force deposited 3 dead and 4 injured at Iwaro General Hospital. The entire rescue operations was carried out by a combine efforts of the FRSC, NPF, Big Army, and the DSS.
Oyeyemi expressed satisfaction with the growing synergy and friendly collaboration of security agencies in Nigeria, as he praised the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Services who played a vital role in assisting in the evacuation of the victims and ensuring adequate deployment of men to control traffic around the crash scene.
“With the deployment of these professional and certified safety engineers, I am optimistic that the general factors responsible for road crashes on that route will surely be ascertained, and when that is done, necessary actions will be taking by appropriate agencies” he concluded.
Army Announces Opening of NDA Admission Portal For 73rd Regular Course
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced the opening of its portal for admission into its 73rd regular course for prospective applicants to apply from Jan. 23 to April 24, according to the Registrar of the Academy, Brig.-Gen Ayoola Aboaba.
Aboaba, who made the disclosure in a statement issued on Sunday night, in Kaduna, said admissions were open for both eligible male and female Nigerians.
”Interested candidates should log on to the application portal, rcapplications.nda.edu.ng, select “Purchase Form” and pay for their application via REMITA in the sum of N3,500.00 only.
”Please note that only payment against RRR Codes generated via the application portal would be accepted”, the statement counseled applicants.
Aboaba also said: ”all Instructions/guidelines for the 73rd Regular Course application is on the application portal (rcapplications.nda.edu.ng) and interested candidates are advised to download and read the instructions/guidelines carefully.”
He stated that applicants applying for admission into NDA, must also apply to Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) and must select NDA as their first choice institution.
Similarly, Aboaba said such applicants would be expected to sit for the JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UMTE) and obtain a minimum score for the course of choice, adding that entry requirements for various undergraduate degree programmes are also detailed on the NDA website/applications portal.