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Covid-19: OONI & AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY PARTNER ON CLINICAL RESEARCH FOR DRUGS AND VACCINES

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Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) is partnering with ABUAD-Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on a clinical research aimed at developing drugs and vaccines for viral infections with special focus on Coronavirus pandemic.

Ooni Ogunwusi made this known at his Ile-Oodua palace on Monday while receiving reports from his Clinical Research Team.

The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) after the donation of the motorized modular fumigator to Ekiti State on Thursday , April 30th , 2020 paid a courtesy call on Founder of the Afe Babalola University , Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State , Aare Afe Babalola to discuss further on moving health of the nation forward. Ooni Ogunwusi after presentation of the locally designed motorized modular fumigator to the university poured encomiums on the founder for his great interest in education and health and described the legal luminarie as a rare asset to the continent of Africa.

“Baba Afe Babalola at the age of over 90 is still very committed to the greatness of Africa, Nigeria is indeed blessed to have him and I am particularly blessed to have him as a descendant of Oduduwa. He has already invested millions of dollars in the ABUAD College of Medicine which is very outstanding in Africa and he is currently making great efforts to upgrade his Laboratory to Level 4 Biosafety that can handle very sensitive and other deadly infections like covid 19 . There is a need to develop joint clinical research on drugs and vaccines from plants / herbs to fight the Covid-19 infection with its peculiarity in the black race. With this, lots of vaccines to prevent sensitive and deadly infections will be rolled out for use globally. This is unprecedented! May the Almighty Olodumare keep this Baba Afe Babalola for us.” Ooni said.

Ooni who doubles as Spiritual Head of the Oduduwa Race Worldwide and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) used the occasion to call on Nigerian government and wealthy people in the country to support the university researchers and partner on massive industrial revolution that will enable internal solutions to national challenges.

“It is very shocking that many professors have found solutions to sickle cell disease and other ailments in Nigeria but received no support for research from the government .

“We must look inward and solve our problems by ourselves. There is no need for our government officials and wealthy ones to go abroad for medical checkups. They should rather focus their resources on making Nigeria medical system work better.” Ooni said

“Now that the House of Oduduwa under my watch and Afe Babalola University are about to start aggressive clinical research against all deadly diseases including Covid-19, it is about time we stopped looking up to the foreigners to solve our problems for us.

“It is so marvellous, what else do we want? With the ABUAD Multi -System Hospital and research facilities in place, we do not have to go outside Nigeria again for solutions to our medical problems.

Ooni Ogunwusi added that YEMKEM Herbal Therapy, a Lagos based globally recognized African Medicine experts has been a reliable partner in the mixtures of herbal solutions. The herbal solutions will be unveiled soonest and forwarded to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) / Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(PSN)/National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development hoping they will review and respond to us very promptly. The herbal formulations will eventually be taken a step further for vaccine development with the partnership with research groups in ABUAD and availability of clinical & laboratory research facilities.

“I rejoiced because the facilities will enable our herbal solutions go through the clinical rigors and transforming it to be internationally acceptable.
The research on the Herbal Mix right now have started and Dr Akintunde Ayeni of YEMKEM Herbal Therapy and us have been working assiduously on these herbal solutions

Recently , I proffered some mix solutions which I inherited from this throne as the custodian of cultural heritage of the Oduduwa race. A team of four from the research unit of the House of Oduduwa Initiative which include Professor Esimai presented the mixture to the founder of ABUAD , Aare Afe Babalola who immediately constituted a research group to develop drugs and vaccines from the herbal mixture.

“ABUAD Teaching Hospital is 2nd to none. This is a major breakthrough, another interesting thing in the Alternative Medicine(Herbal world)..

I just thank God for Baba Afe Babalola who is now challenging younger professors

“With this, we now have solutions to vaccines. Vaccines of Covid-19 and several alternative medicines in clinical ways. Ooni added.

Prof Olapeju Esimai in her report thanked the Ooni for the opportunity given her and the research team in House of Oduduwa Initiative to work with Afe Babalola University’s medical research team on drug and vaccine development from the herbal mix made from calcium salts and processed leaf plants.

Professor Esimai also stated that the team was introduced by Chief Afe Babalola to the Provost of College of Sciences at the university, Prof Abiodun Ojo. The ABUAD research groups on the drugs and vaccine development include Prof Abiodun Ojo, Prof Okiki (microbiologist), Prof Onasanya (molecular biologists ), Prof Sanya ( Provost of College of Medicine & Clinician who has worked on local herbs),great number of researchers , laboratory technologists and graduate students. The research group held the inaugural meeting on May 6th , 2020 and since then series of meetings have been held and work is in full progress.

Prof Esimai who made a brief presentation at the inaugural meeting informed the research group that the herbal mixture have been used on people with symptoms suggestive of covid19 infection and there have been remissions of the symptoms within few days. However for wider and continued use, the mixture need to be compounded into drugs and vaccine need to be developed.

“The drug and vaccine development are in phases, the first phase is the drug development. This entails analysis of the mixture for microbial , mental, photochemical, chemical characterisation, toxicity, pharmacological and medicinal property classification. The second phase according to her which is the vaccine development will involve animal experiments to derive antibodies to introduction of recombinant protein antigens of different viruses. These experiments will take place in the laboratory which is about level 4 Biosafety. While the third phase is the clinical trials”. She said.

Professor Olapeju Esimai, a Public health Physician, a public health consultant to WHO, UNICEF and many other international health agencies, also current Head of the Community Health Department, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife said the members of the research group were so enthusiastic and as such work has commenced immediately.

Founder of ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola who had earlier received the Ooni’s Research Team in his office praised the African foremost monarch for his partnership with the university, describing him as a great monarch with visionary leadership, promising his best to make the research a huge success.

“I have already dedicated my life to humanity. What else Am I looking for in this world? God has been so kind to me, that’s why I must be so kind to the humanity too. Even if I have to increase the laboratory from Level 4, I will do so without any hesitation, so that this partnership can be a huge success.

“All my life has been challenges, I never saw the 4 walls of the university but I have several university degrees.

“It is my happiness that Arole Oodua Ooni of Ife has visited us to see what we have here at Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti and he(Ooni) is impressed. He is a great African king with visionary and pragmatic leadership.” Afe Babalola said

It will be recalled that the Ooni of Ife, two months ago had prescribed herbal solutions as potential treatment for the coronavirus pandemic. He later unveiled his invented motorized modular fumigators which he gives two each to the 36 states in Nigeria and FCT.

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NIGERIA @ 60: DON’T DESPAIR, EXPECT A GREATER NIGERIA, SAYS GOV. DAPO ABIODUN

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Sunday called on Nigerians not to be despair saying a greater Nigeria is possible in the foreseeable future.
Gov Abiodun said no matter the prevailing circumstances, the country has proven to be an enigma, defying all predictions by pundits that it would not survive but “Nigeria has always wriggled out of the most difficult situation better. I have no doubt that Nigerians should be hopeful and we all must be ready to contribute to that future which we desire. Be hopeful. As a nation we are moving towards a better Nigeria.
Prince Dapo Abiodun expressed this optimism at the Special Church Service to mark the 60th National Day Celebration, held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peters, Ake, Abeokuta.
He noted that the task ahead “is a collective one. We shouldn’t allow the prophesies of doom to define us. With prayers and given the human and material resources available, believe that things would get better.”
Governor Abiodun recalled that many countries that gained independence with Nigeria are no longer together. “They have either been balkanized by their internal realities or civil war. We have survived many vicissitudes and our despite her numerous challenges, especially in the area of economy and security, the country is still together and would move forward more prosperously”, he said.
“Despite all predictions, Nigeria is still standing. Our diversity is our strength. We are a resilient and confident people. We surmounted the Civil war, Boko Haram. Tomorrow will bring the best in us. All we need to do is to work together. Nigeria will move forward. We must not prophesy doom. Nation building is not for government alone, but the responsibility of all.
“We were able to manage COVID-19 very well. We defeated Ebola which was deadlier. About seven million people died in the United States and thousands are affected on a daily basis; but we thank God that is not the case here. There are a lot to be done in the area of economy and security and I believe with everyone on board, we shall overcome”, he said.
He said the nation has produced men and women of substance who have distinguished themselves in all spheres of life, adding that a lot needed to be done towards economic sustainability and nation building. Abiodun who also affirmed his conviction that the country would continue to grow stronger as the democracy it currently enjoys continues to fledge, added that with the collective prayers of every Nigerian, all problems being faced by the country would be overcome.
While reeling out some programmes of his administration, the Goverrnor disclosed that the State government in conjunction with the Federal government would embark on the construction of 10,000 low cost housing units across the State.
Prince Abiodun said the houses which would be built under the Social Housing Project, in the next three years, would provide accessible and affordable houses to Nigerians at the cost of N2m.
He said though the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the economy of the country, his administration was addressing the issues of power and infrastructure by ensuring that interrupted power was made available for small and medium business concerns, as well as inter connecting roads to neighbouring states.
On housing, the Governor said his administration has constructed affordable housing in Abeokuta and currently constructing similar units in Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Ifo, while efforts are on to revitalize the educational and health sectors of the State.
While urging the people not to lose hope, Governor’s Abiodun enjoined them to continue to pray and remain united as the future of the country was looking good.
In his sermon, the Retired Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Peter Akinola, decried the State of bloodletting in the country, saying that for the nation to experience development, efforts must be made to stop bloodletting, while the people must repent of their sins.
The retired Primate of the church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) who took his sermon from the book of Ezekiel 22 vs 3-6, traced the era of spilling of blood in Nigeria to the time of independence, opined that no land full of blood could move forward, called for repentance and tendering of apology to the families of those who lost their love ones as a result of killings.
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Lagos based business man wins TYLgames N1million grand prize

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A Lagos based young entrepreneur, Emmanuel Umoga, has emerged the first N1million grand prize winner at the inaugural draw and cheque presentation ceremony of the lottery platform, TYLgames in Lagos.

The TYLgames grand launch and cheque presentation that took place at Calabar Hall in Surulere, Lagos at the weekend saw another 29 gamers being presented with their winning cheques ranging from N10, 000 to N500, 000.

TYLgames, a gaming (Lottery) platform is designed to positively touch gamers’ lives one game at a time. The focus is on gamers rather than on the gaming platform; placing in their hands the power to transform their lives with each game they play hence the acronym “TYL”.

TYL is an Instant Play, Instant Win, instant cash out game played on SMS, USSD, and Mobile Web platforms with the short code 33088. There are currently two games available to choose from, an instant numbers game tagged “SHOKI” and “SHAFFLE” which is a daily raffle game. With N100 game cost, a player can win up to N100,000 instantly and up to N1,000,000 in 24 hours by dialing or texting to 33088 or *33088# for USSD respectively.

According to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Humber Group, owners of TYLgames, Mr. Andrew Humber-Osofisan, “TYLgames is an innovative luxury product that is designed to positively touch gamers’ lives in real time.”.

“You can change your life with N100”, Andrew Humber-Osofisan said. “Currently, there are two games available to choose from, SHOKI and SHAFFLE. SHOKI is an instant number game while SHAFFLE is a daily raffle game. Every time you dial *33088#, you win a SHAFFLE ticket that qualifies you for a draw that will be done every night, making you stand to win up to N1 million. Every successful play is charged N100.”

On transparency, he said, the regulatory authorities and Lagos State government are fully involved hence the platform desire to be credible and transparent

The Managing Partner of Cognitio Communications, Mr. Sam Osunsoko, referred to TYLgames as a vision of empowerment due to the fact that it came at a time when the economy has suffered at the hand of COVID 19 pandemic.

“TYLgames gives you the opportunity to win different range of prizes that can help you cushion the effect of the current economic hardship” he said.

Mr. Bola Shodipo, Former Special Adviser to the Lagos State government on Revenue and Taxation,  who encouraged and mandated the managers of TYLgames to make sure the platform is fair to the gamers, stated that state government is to ensure growing opportunities that can increase the GDP of the state. “TYLgames is an economic activity that can grow the GDP of Lagos State and by extension, the Federal government”, he said.

The Deputy Director/Coordinator National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Lagos Zonal Office, Mrs. Onuzulu Priscilla Nkiru, ascertained that TYLgames is approved and that Humber Group has been doing the right thing from day one. She encouraged gamers to shout out if there is any reneging on promises made.

An elated Umoga who narrated his experience said, “I saw the game online and I played. I played only once and my number was picked. It is very refreshing to know that game like this exist in Nigeria. I want to encourage Nigerians to play this game because it is valid,” he said.

Amongst the thirty winners who emerged during the inaugural draws Umoga, the grand prize  winner of N1 million, Mr. Opeoluwa Ogundibo and Mr. Kehinde Sadik were present at the cheque presentation ceremony.

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OLOMORE RESIDENTS, MOTORISTS SEEEK ABIODUN’S INTERVENTION ON BAD ROADS

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Residents of Olomore Housing Estate in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State and Motorists have again appealed to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to urgently repair gapping potholes and bad portions of Olomore, Brewery roads.

Both residents and motorists had insisted that the areas has not had it as bad as it had been in the past two to three years under the past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The Community Leaders, Businessmen, Traders and Commuters in the areas have called on the governor to factor Olomore, Brewery roundabout into the key areas he would pay attention to, noting that it has been very difficult for people of the areas to ply the roads as they usually arrived lately to their various destinations.

A Community Leader, Elder Jacob Fagbounge said that it was pathetic that Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration had forgotten the people of the area, noting that no roads in Olomore Housing Estate was motorable, as even the link road had been in deplorable situation as such.

He said that it took the Community Development Associations (CDAs) of Olomore to take the bull by the horn in repairing the roads during the lockdown period, saying that no refund was made to them by the State Government till date.

“We need to repair the roads by ourselves during the lockdown period, as we find it very difficult to ply the road, though it was a self-help projects but now that it is beyond our capacity, Governments needs to come to our aid by putting the roads in better condition for the betterment of our people,” Fagbounge said

Solomon Ajakanri, a motorist, who plies Olomore- Brewery road, said it was sad that such a terrible road was still existing in Nigeria, while describing the road as a death trap, Ajakanri called on both the Federal and State Governments to take urgent steps to fix it.

“Imagine, a journey from Olohunda to Abeokuta that is supposed to be for one hour take well over two hours because of the poor condition of our roads, especially this Olomore and Brewery roundabout,” he said

It will be recalled that in July this year, Ogun State Government said that it was aware of the challenges confronting residents as a result of deplorable conditions of roads spread across the State, but till date most of these roads has not been attended to by the government.

The State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya then stated that all the deplorable roads across the state would be repaired, but those of Olomore, Brewery roundabout, Oke-Ata, Ibara Orile and many more remain same as at filling this report.

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