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Itunu: Buhari govt under fire over death of Nigerian in Cote D’ivoire

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The federal government and Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri are currently under fire over the death of Itunu Babalola in Cote D’Ivoire prison.

DAILY POST had reported that Itunu who was wrongly charged and sent to prison died last night after contracting an undisclosed infection.

Recall that Gabriel Odu, the commission’s Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit officer, in Abuja, had confirmed that Itunu was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she didn’t commit following a series of investigations.

NIDCOM at about eight months ago promised to do everything to secure Itunu’s release after the case was brought to their attention.

However, the commission failed to secure the release of Itunu before her death.

This has stirred reactions from Nigerians who expressed disappointment in Buhari government and it’s lack of concern for human lives both home and abroad.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST;

@Dipo “I have just spent a few minutes reading about Itunu Babalola’s story. The anger on the TL against the federal government is justified. The consulate could have gotten her out. This is really very unfortunate.

@DrOlufunmilayo “ 23yr old Itunu was wrongly arrested and jailed in Ivory Coast in 2019.Her story and her pain became national discussion after David Hundeyin tweeted about it. Abike Dabiri and this evil govt promised to act 8 MONTHS AGO.They abandoned and neglected Itunu. Abike Dabiri particularly promised to get involved and sort out this problem.However NOTHING was done.
She was neglected, abandoned and left to languish. She’s DEAD now.”

@ArinzeOdira “ If Itunu was an American, she wouldn’t have died in prison in a foreign land. Nigerians are seeking PR in other countries because it seems we place no value on human life down here.Besides awarding contracts and moving around with SUVs and DSS officials, what else do our leaders do?

@Williamsxl2 “ She doesn’t bear a Fulani name so they refused to make her case an urgent one. There’s a precedent to their blunt refusal to act on her case. Remember the Kano girl that was almost killed in Saudi Arabia for drugs? This regime helped free her.”

@Nellycrowns “ Dear Lord, may I never be in the situation where my freedom and survival depends on the intervention of the government of this country.”

@MikeDavidson “ Yesterday, I remember Obasanjo, I’m not his fan but dude won’t allow any Nigerian to be maltreated anywhere.Someone told me that a Nigeria passport is useless in Ghana, you can’t use it to access anything, not even buying a sim card. This government is totally clueless and inconsiderate.”

@Von_bismack “Itunu’s death shows a total failure of governance and drive of this administration. People will say that we should not politicize it until you are the one caught up by this government’s inertia and lack of direction.This government failed her. Nigeria failed her.”

@AbdulMahmud01 “It’s only an irresponsible government that cares little for the citizens abroad. Worse still, it is only an irresponsible government that doesn’t provide consular assistance for its citizens abroad. Nigeria fails its citizens.
Itunu is the latest example of that failure.”

@DemolaRewaju “ Understand that every failure of government kills the Fire of Patriotism in Citizens, one candle at a time. Itunu Babalola didn’t just die alone – her death has snuffed out the light of hope in those who dared to believe that just maybe this time, Nigeria would turn up differently.”

@Nkemchor “ Nigeria is a country that literally feeds on its people. Nigeria does not give you anything rather it takes from you. If you are lucky ,it will not be your life. Now Itunu is dead. Giant of Africa indeed !

@Ayemojubar “ Itunu was not from Arewa like Zainab, so what do you expect? One country, two systems.”

@Kdenks “ The death of Itunu is yet another reason to lament the state of ECOWAS, the world’s worst supranational union. A supranational Union that has poorly observed norms on work permits, barely has regional trade, and that often goes towards jailing citizens of other countries.

 

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BREAKING: Lagos govt shuts Dowen College in Lekki over Sylvester Oromoni’s death

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Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of Dowen College in Lekki over the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

The school will remain shut pending the outcome of an investigation.

Oromoni was allegedly murdered by students and there are fears that the culprits are on the run or left the country.

Gory details of the act have sparked outrage on social media with Nigerians demanding the arrests of the perpetrators.

On Friday, Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo announced the seal of the college.

A terse statement by the ministry’s spokesman, Ganiu Lawal, quoted her as saying state officials met with the school management and staff.

Adefisayo appealed for calm, saying “no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident”.

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2021 World Disability Day: We suffer discrimination to get employment in Kogi – PWDs

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People With Disabilities (PWDs) have cried out over discrimination in employment for Ministries Department and Agencies in Kogi State.

Kogi State Chairman of PWDs, Comrade Ibrahim Arome, who disclosed this on Friday against the backdrop of the 2021 World Disability Day lamented that many of his members have been denied employment opportunities even when they have the capacity to deliver.

Arome, who noted that there is ability in disability, called on the Kogi State Government to implement the disability rights law to address some of these challenges affecting his people.

He added that there is a need for the government to establish the disability commission to enable PWDs to have a sense of belonging in the state.

Arome explained further that PWDs lack mobility in the state stressing that the special schools across the state have been abandoned by the government thereby making education difficult for their members as the existing public schools in Kogi State are not accessible.

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“We use this year’s celebration to appeal to the executive Governor Alh. Yahaya Bello kindly implement the disability right law and establish a disability commission in Kogi state. Governor Yahaya Bello should kindly provide PWD’s with mobility (Bus) because to our special being, mobility is not for fashion but a necessity.

“We are also appealing that the Government should ensure that all the MDAs in Kogi state obeys and adheres to the disability Act 2018 and reserve at least 5% of every employment, empowerment and appointment for PWDs,” he said.

“The Kogi state Governor kindly gives immediate order through the appropriate quotas for the renovation of special skills schools across the state and equip them with the learning special materials and manpower to help reduce the risk of our special members traveling to other states to acquire education”.

In his lecture titled “Bringing out the abilities in persons with disability”, the Chairman, Southwest Nigeria Association of the Deaf, Mr. Sulaiman Akinremi, said more than 500 million people in the world are disabled as a consequence of mental, physical, or sensory impairment.

Akinremi said, “In the majority of these countries, it is estimated that 1 in 10 persons has a physical, mental or sensory impairment and at least 25% of the entire population is adversely affected by the presence of disabilities.

“It is also estimated that at least 75% percent of these people live in developing countries and living in areas where they do not receive the services needed to enable them to overcome their limitations. Disabled people in the developing world often face more acute barriers than those in developed nations mostly those living in Isolated rural areas in the developing world. In some countries 20% of the population are disabled.

“It can be estimated that, when disabled people’s relatives are included, 50% of the population is affected by disability. In addition, disabled people are the poorest of the poor. They often do not have access to adequate medical services and where such services exist, the medical personnel lacks the experience of their needs”.

He noted that any country or society that is on the path to greatness will need to take a pragmatic shift in its orientation about persons with disabilities and it will greatly influence whether persons with disabilities become assets or liabilities.

“PWDs faced a lot of challenges but they are not limited by their disabilities except those placed in their ways by government and society. Though people may doubt the capacity of PWDs to prove their abilities, they have often proved them wrong. They are able to take negativities and turn them into motivation and drive with their different abilities.

“The world is witnessing a rapid transformation in thoughts, concepts, and behaviours aimed at bringing about development. Government and society cannot afford to be left behind by clinging to outdated ideas or concepts inhibiting transformation by undervaluing the particularly important and leading roles PWDs have to play,” he added.

Earlier in her address, the Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba said the present administration has continued to give priority to PWDs in the state stressing that over 2000 People With Disabilities benefited from the N10,000 COVID-19 palliative in 2021.

Represented by the Ministry Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aleni Emmanuel Allenclay, the Commissioner said, “Persons with disabilities are a very important segment of our population that requires special treatment.

“The Administration of new direction agenda under the leadership of His Excellency the Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is working assiduously towards giving a new liaise of life to PWDs in the area of education, health care, empowerment, and legal support system as well as main streams them into the State Development Plan”.

DAILY POST reports that, on September 23rd, 2013, the UN General Assembly convened the historic high-level meeting on disability and development aimed at creating a fully disabled agenda inclusive society.

The 2021 World Disability Day has the theme “Leadership and Participation of PWDs towards an inclusive accessible and sustainable post-covid-19 world”.

DAILY POST also reports that the World Disability Day in Kogi State which was organized by, the leprosy mission Nigeria, Sightsavers, had in attendance, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prod James Apam, Kogi State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,(NSCDC), and the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State.

The day is celebrated on December 3rd every year.

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US foundation donates ambulance to Benue IDPs

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A United States-based medical foundation with a branch in Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Adeel Foundation, also known as Shahnaz Shakeel Foundation, has donated a fully-equipped ambulance to the Benue State Government for use by Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

A representative of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Terver Atsewe, who presented the ambulance to Governor Samuel Ortom Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, said it is to be used in conveying sick people from the IDP camps to the hospitals.

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Mr. Atsewe who stated that the ambulance was equipped with the latest medical facilities such as gas cylinders and other first-aid facilities assured that more of such vehicles would be given to the state.

Receiving the ambulance, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to the foundation for the donation and assured that the ambulance would be utilized judiciously for the benefit of the IDPs.

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior led the representative of the foundation to the Governor for the presentation.

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