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Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Calls Emergency over Helicopter Crash that Killed Yakowa

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yakowaThe thirty-six state governors of the country, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will on Monday, hold an emergency meeting in Abuja. According to the Vanguard the meeting is to enable the governors deliberate and take a position on the death of Kaduna state governor, Patrick Yakowa who died on Saturday in an helicopter crash.

Meanwhile, the NGF in a statement issued on Sunday, described Yakowa’s death as a huge loss to Nigeria and Kaduna State, just as it urged the aviation authorities to work harder at making flying safer and easier in Nigeria.

The statement reads: “We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities and equipment. The governors also mourned the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Owoye Azazi and others. According to them, “it is unfortunate that these six distinguished and remarkable Nigerians passed on at a time our country needed their invaluable services most. Their exit is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation.

“We pray God to give the families of the departed, and indeed all Nigerians, the fortitude to bear this great loss. May the soul of these great sons of our country, Nigeria, rest in perfect peace… The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, hereby commiserates with the families of Governor Patrick Yakowa, General Andrew Azazi their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Mohammed Kama; and the pilots, Murtala Daba and Adeyemi Sowole, who died in Saturday’s ill-fated helicopter crash.

“We also condole with the people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States over this tragic incidence that has again thrown our country into mourning… We are pleased that the President has ordered an investigation into the accident. While we await the outcome of the investigation, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and associates of our departed patriots at this trying time… We hope the aviation authorities will work harder at making flying safer and easier in our country. We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities and equipment.”

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  1. Solomon

    December 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    It is quite unfortunate tragic and unthinkable! It is important that the Committee incharge of the investigation carries out this task with high sense of diligence without being economical with sacred facts This will help unravel and implicate the lacuna that resulted into this avoidable tragedy My heart goes out to these families their well wishers to Governors Forum and indeed all Nigerians

  2. Garden-City Boy

    December 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The response to this scale of tragedy should not be in fits and jerks. We are not in George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM were, though all animals are ‘equal’, certain animals are ‘more equal’ than others.
    Our Governors must not make a scandal out of a tragedy with a hypocritical display of noisy emotion for one of their dead. How much of this concern or attention have these leaders given to the barbaric massacre of Igbos by awusas? What succor have been provided for survivors, widows and orphans created by awusa maniacal rage? What concerted effort have they made to expose and interdict members who have replaced the so-called constitution with sharia law, sponsor terror, and inspired islamic jihadist who kill and main THOUSANDS of Christians, even in their places of worship, who rape and loot property?
    Now, they will make a fanfare, run around the place in a pretentious showboating because A MORE EQUAL ANIMAL died in a plane crash, something they forgot to do after the DANA crash. Had they done their obligation to society and the roads safe and secure, Port Harcourt would be only about 20 minutes drive. But our ‘leaders’ and ‘governors’ choose to stay out of touch with both the grass-root society and realities. They overfly the inadequacies they create, as their personal comfort must have the right of way over the common good. Some have even boasted about how easily quickly and coolly they will spirit away in private jets to the safety of Ghana in the event of an “ARAB SPRING” type upheaval, leaving us -the poor- behind to stew and die in the boil, like bloodied baboons and dogs perhaps. It is a big, big shame. I blame us for giving our votes.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).

The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.

Also Read: Sanwo-Olu Moves To Scrap Pension For Ex-Lagos Governors, Deputies

Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.

He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

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WORLD TOILET DAY: HYPO TOILET CLEANER SEEKS END TO OPEN DEFECATION

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With the global calculation of about 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation and at risk of deadly diseases globally, Hypo Toilet Cleaner in celebration of the World Toilet Day, rehabilitated and maintained over 50 water closets in three high traffic areas in Lagos State while providing access to free usage to encourage the use of public toilets and reduction of open defecation 

2020 World Toilet Day in Nigeria is themed: “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change.

While demonstrating its contribution towards curtailing the global sanitation crisis and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6: “water and sanitation for all come 2030″ , Hypo took the World Toilet Day sensitisation and awareness campaign to Berger, Oshodi and Ojo area, offering free defecation service at these identified public facilities.

L-R: Mr. Opeyemi Awojobi, Sponsorship Manager- Tolaram Group,Mrs. Adenike Adebayo, maintenance manager Ojodu Berger Toilet; Mrs Sola Hassan, Director Public Health Education, Lagos State Min of Health;Mr Akintayo Akinseloyin, Brand Manager Hypo Toilet cleaner and Mrs Olasunkanmi Fasilat, Cleaner Ojodu Berger toilet during the Hypo Toilet cleaner maintenance activity to commemorate 2020 world toilet day in Lagos.

The three days long activity which was organized with the participation of the Lagos State Ministry of Health is geared towards building the trust of the public towards utilizing  public toilets while also bringing into their consciousness the need to ensure good maintenance and hygiene culture in these facilities to curtail the spread of deadly infectious diseases and encourage more usage.

Speaking at the event at Ojodu Berger Motor Park Toilet facility, the Brand Manager, Hypo Toilet Cleaner, Akintayo Akinseloyin, said with the huge infrastructural deficit in terms of toilet facilities across Nigeria, according to statistics, there is need to create massive sensitisation around behavioral change towards using safe toilets and eschewing open defecation. 

“We have decided to take over the cleaning and management of over 50 Water Closets in Berger, Arena market in Oshodi and Trade fair, all in Lagos state for the first phase of our programme. We shall be deploying our resources including the Hypo toilet cleaner to keep the toilet sparkling, attractive and germs free. By so doing, people who make use of the facilities can have a positive view of public toilet and develop a taste for using it when there is need for it.”

“Today we want to build people’s trust in using public toilet facilities, discouraging the act of indiscriminate defecation in open places while working towards the objective of a hygienically safe environment for all.

The Director, Health Education, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Shola Hassan commended Hypo on its partnership with the state government in discouraging the culture of open defecation, unhygienic practice among the people thereby keeping infectious diseases around the environment at bay.