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Ogogoro Ban not solutions



WHY should a suggested ban of ogogoro, the locally produced gin linked to deaths in Ondo and Rivers States, be the first solution that crosses the minds of the authorities?

How does the ban solve a challenge that could spread to other States? Why are there more interests in a ban than in finding the substance used in the production of the ogogoro? Why is it that after centuries of production and consumption of ogogoro along the same axis, deaths are just becoming the consequence of consuming it?

Should the authorities not be interested in the motives, if any, for lacing the drinks with poison?  Is this an individual acting or a group? Are there connections between the incidents in Rivers and Ondo States? Are there some unreported deaths linked to these incidents? Can the health authorities explain the survival of some identified among the group that took the drink? What is the source of the poison? Is it an agent added to the drink or a reaction from the manufacturing process or handling? Is the poison local or imported?

These, and more questions, should bother the authorities, as they search for solutions to the situation. It is advisable that people be alerted about the unwholesome ogogoro. It is also very important that there is an early resolution of the problem for ogogoro is not an ordinary drink to its patrons; it has deeper roots.

It is rooted in tradition. Few occasions in some places could be contemplated without gin, principally, the locally manufactured one. As a local substitute, ogogoro saves the economy billions of Naira wasted in importing fanciful versions of the drink, adorned in packaging that adds little else to the content. It is an industry that employs thousands of people across its delivery chains, in the often-derided informal sector.

The extension of the concerns to consumption of dog meat, another delicacy for some, is a further speculation that could cripple social life in the threatened areas.

Governments’ interests in the matter should not be perfunctory for more reasons. Would we ban other foods and drinks if the purveyors decide to poison them? A ban is a quick fix, which like all quick fixes would create more challenges. The incident reveals the fragility of the various spheres of our lives that governments have failed to secure. It calls for more proactive actions that could forestall poisoning of foods and drinks.

An immediate collaboration of government agencies in the affected zones is important for a comprehensive investigation of the incidents without further damage to the local economies that the ogogoro fosters.

These incidents have thrown up more issues than a ban can resolve.

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‘Do Not Use Police Uniform, Accessories Without Permission’ – NPF



The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has expressed concern over unauthorised possession and use of police uniforms and equipment by movie makers, skit makers and others in Nigeria.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) issued the statement about police uniform and accessories on Sunday.

He stated that the police were also worried about the illegal sale of police materials and accessories by traders in shops and open stores not approved nor recognised by authorities.

According to the statement the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman has equally frowned at the ‘demeaning manner’ in which movie and skit makers portray the police institution in their productions.

The use the police uniform has been without recourse to the provision of Section 251 of the Criminal Code law, and Section 133 of the Penal Code Law which criminalise unauthorised use with accompanying necessary sanctions.

“The IGP, therefore, charged all commands and formations, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Provost marshals and X-Squad to arrest and immediately prosecute, in accordance with the law, all persons or groups of persons engaging in the illegal sales of police uniforms and accoutrements within their jurisdictions, while film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a bad light, without applying for and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law,” the police spokesman said.

“The IGP further reiterates the commitment of the force to guaranteeing compliance with the law, as the Force Public Relations Officer has been charged with the task of ensuring prompt authorisation for all applications for approvals of usage of police items in movies, in tandem with the extant laws and which will portray good values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, add value to our system, provide police officers with modern innovations to actively carry out policing duties and on-screen role models who would influence their lives and career, and consequently improve security mechanisms in Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police strongly believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of sales, possession, and usage of police uniforms and accoutrements will definitely impact positively on resuscitating moral values and correcting wrong perceptions and ideologies towards commissioning of crimes in our society.”

Adejobi also said that the force will curb the proliferation of police uniform, kits, and accessories, as well as eventually reduce police impostors-induced crimes in the society.

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Police Commence Recruitment of 10,000 Personnel Based on Merit- IGP



The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has again restated unequivocally that the recruitment process of the Nigeria Police Force is merit-based and not subject to the whims and caprices of any individual or groups of persons irrespective of their position or status in the society.

The IGP emphasizes that the recruitment process comprises a physical screening of all applicants who have expressed interest in serving with the NPF by filling the application form online, which is totally free; a Computer-Based Test (CBT), set and organized by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for all who met the legal requirements for the physical screening exercise as provided by the Police Act 2020; and a Medical Screening of all applicants who passed the CBT Examination to confirm their fitness to take up the policing duty. Those who have successfully passed these processes are collated, and an equal number of them, prioritizing the best amongst them, per Local Government Area (LGA), are selected to form part of the Police Constable Intake for a particular year, including the just concluded 2021 intake.

The process ensures that only those suited for the job are amongst the final individuals from whom the required 10,000 would be selected. It is therefore surprising and misinforming to read in the news from some quarters that the recruitment of Police Recruits, was influenced and facilitated by some individuals to suit their interest for whatever reasons best known to them.

The IGP further reiterates that the Police recruitment process is not for sale neither can it be influenced. He therefore urges the general public to disregard comments ascribing glory for the efforts of young men and women who burnt the midnight candle and exerted all effort to emerge successful in the police screening exercise to some individuals for their pecuniary reasons or gains. The IGP vows to continually intensify efforts in upholding the sanctity and standards of modern policing in the NPF.


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By Goke Oluwole
The Primary Health Care PHC,Services was recently boosted by the Chairperson of Akoko North West LGA, Deaconess MOPELOLA AKANDE by facilitating the donation of Medical Testing Kits by the J & D Foundation.
The Medical Testing Kits were donated by Deaconess Akande at the Council Headquarters Complex, Okeagbe-Akoko during a Stakeholders Meeting that attracted all Senior Management Staffs from the Health Department.
Akande who said the lamentation over the appalling states of the PHC has reached the J & D Foundation that necessitated the donation of the kits to assist the workers in carrying out their duties.
The Chairperson who has been at forefront of the Advocacy again all Gender Vices noted that the rate of sexual transmitted disease has been on the rise due to unchecked incident of rape.
She explained that the J & D Foundation is a Non-for-Profit Communal based Advocacy organization established and fully funded by Akande Family of Okeagbe-Akoko.
In his response,the Executive Chairman of ANWLGA, Honourable Ayodele Samson Akande, FCA commended all Stakeholders present at the meeting for their efforts in sustaining the community primary health sector.
Hon.Akande pleaded with the Stakeholders to increase their commitment towards delivering the best service to the public in their respective locations.
He said the deplorable working conditions of most of the different PHC Centers and Hospitals necessitated the top Executive management team of the Council to call for the crucial stakeholders meeting.
The different Health Sector Management Staffs were led to the meeting by Comrade Awe Foluso D. the LACA Manager.
While the PHC Officials who speak at the meeting lament bitterly over the lack of conducive working environment.
They requested from.the Chairman to help in liason with the State Government through the Ministry of Health to make the necessary tools available.
The Vice Chairman,Comrade Chief ADEYANJU on his part acknowledge the vital roles and services rendered by the Health Officers despite the lack of adequate facilities.
The vote of thanks was taken by Mr.Sarumi Raymond Ola-Iya, Acting Head of Local Government Administration,HOLGA who rounded up with a promise that the Chairman will look into Al there needs and try as much as possible to ameliorate their sufferings.
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