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Gov Obiano’s wife takes sickle cell campaign to rural communities




Wife of the Anambra Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has urged parents to encourage their children to know their partners genotype before going into marriage to avoid producing children with sickle cell.

Obiano made the call in Ukpo, Dunukofia, on Wednesday, during the 2019 August Women meeting in the community.

She explained that conducting marriages without genotype test was capable of exposing couples to producing sickle cell anaemia children.

The governor’s wife noted that intending couples should first ascertain their status so as to prevent persons with incompatible genotype from marrying.

“When intending couples conduct genotype test, if the results show that they are AA and AA or even AA and AS, they can marry, but if it is AS and AS, such a marriage should not go ahead.

“The danger of cementing the union of AS and AS partners is that they are very likely to give birth to children whose genotype are SS, which is sickle cell carriers,” she said.

The governor’s wife also advised parents against the mistake of ‘Love is blind syndrome’.

“Some people say that love is blind, and as such, you can marry whoever you meet and love irrespective of the person’s genotype.

“This is totally deceitful, because when couples plunge themselves into incompatible marriage and produce sickle cell carriers, all that follow that relationship is misery,” she said.

Obiano, thereafter, called on the women to acquire skills to enable them contribute to the running of their homes, adding that the era when women relaxed at home to consume their husbands’ money was over.

She commended the Transition Committee Chairman of Dunukofia, Mr Emeka Okonkwo, and his wife, Ifeoma, for the warm reception organised in her honour.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Anambra House of Assembly had enacted a Law banning marriages between couples with incompatible genotype.

According to the law, signed on April 30, violators can be imprisoned for three years or made to pay a fine of N200,000.

Mrs Aisha Edward, National Coordinator of  People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, who spoke to participants, said living with sickle cell was very painful.

She said that since the commencement of the 2019 August Meeting, the governor’s wife had extended the campaign on sickle cell prevention to more than 16 LGAs.

Earlier, in two separate addresses presented by Okonkwo and his wife, Ifeoma, the duo praised Gov. Willie Obiano and his wife for their services to the people of Anambra

Ifeoma specifically said that poor people from Dunukofia had several times benefitted from the benevolence of the governor’s wife.

She said that Dunukofia, blessed with young and vibrate people, was willing to key into the skill acquisition vision of the state government.

The traditional ruler of Ifitedunu community, Igwe Emeka Iluno, appreciated, what he called, the transformational leadership of Obiano’s administration, especially in areas of health and infrastructural development.

NAN reports that Obiano, during the visit, distributed gift items including bags of rice, and cash to selected widows in Dunukofia.



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Former Niger governor extols IBB at 78



The immediate past governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday extolled the virtues of former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) of contributing positively to Nation building.

Aliyu made the remark in Minna, while congratulating IBB who turned 78 years on Aug. 17.

“Many people will be interested to know about IBB’s birthday because he is an elder statesman who has contributed positively to the development of our country.

“I am happy that he is still alive and healthy, I wish him well at 78.

“We hope he will still live longer because we need him around to continue to contribute to national development,” he said.

He assured he would continue to encourage and support Babangida towards contributing to the development of Nigeria.

“I think IBB is a statesman that we will continue to pray for,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that IBB, who was born Aug. 17, 1941 was the military President of Nigeria between Aug. 27, 1985 and Aug. 26, 1993.

He previously served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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First Lady celebrate APC ex-chair at 80



First Lady Aisha Buhari has described the former national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as a complete gentleman and a peace maker.

She made this known in her Instagram handle on Saturday in a message to celebrate the former APC chairman on his 80th birthday anniversary.

The first lady also described the celebrant as a unifying factor who worked tirelessly for the development of his fatherland.

She therefore wished him long life in good health and prosperity.

The message reads: ”Happy Birthday, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC.

”A complete gentleman, a peace maker and a unifying factor of our time.

”Wishing you many years ahead in good health and prosperity.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Mr Ray Morphy, said the committee plans to mark Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday in Abuja on Aug. 17.

Morphy said that eminent Nigerians, including top APC chieftains, are expected at the event.

He urged young Nigerians to emulate the leadership qualities and values demonstrated by Odigie-Oyegun when he served as a Permanent Secretary, governor of Edo and National Chairman of APC.

“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has kept his name clean right and fair over the years.

”Even as he left office as National Chairman of the APC, you noticed that he has never engaged in any battle with anybody in the party.”


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Road crash claims 1 on Lagos-Ibadan highway



The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says one person lost his life in a road crash at Danco, near Sagamu, on the LagosIbadan highway.

The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, told Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Ota that the accident happened at about 8.00 p.m on Friday.

Oladele explained that a Toyota SUV with registration number GGE 30 DF, was coming from Lagos when the driver lost control due to speeding.

He said that the driver veered off the road, somersaulted and crashed into a parked bus.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary of Idera Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State,’’ he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid avoidable road crashes and its attendant fatalities.

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FG flag-off agric. inputs distribution in Adamawa



The Federal Government, through its North East Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, has flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs in Adamawa.

The over 20,000 beneficiaries would be given inputs and non food item kits from seven local government areas affected by insurgency in the state.

Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, Chairman, North East Development Commission (NEDC) flagged off the distribution in Michika Local Government Area.

Tarfa, who was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Danjuma, federal project coordinator of the Programme, said the intervention included rehabilitation of infrastructure affected by insurgency in the areas.

“The North East Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) is being implemented by the Federal Government in partnership with the World Bank in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“The core objective of the project is to support Government of Nigeria in rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructural service delivery to improve and sustain the livelihood of conflict and displacement in affected communities in North East,” Tarfa said.

Mr Maurice Vonubolki, Adamawa project coordinator of the programme, listed the benefiting councils to include Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Song and Gombi.

He said the distribution was a continuation of several interventions made by the programme in the benefiting communities.

“Apart from the distribution of agricultural inputs and non food item kits witnessed today, the project under component one had reached out to thousands of beneficiaries with improved small animal inputs, non agricultural livelihood and soft skills training for small entrepreneurship.

“Under component two, the project has commenced rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure that include water provision, transport sector, education, health and public buildings in the affected areas,” Vonubolki said.

He noted that already about 295 hand pumps and 59 solar boreholes had been provided across the affected communities in the seven councils.

Responding on behalf of the state government and the benefiting communities, Mr Haruna Ali, Deputy Transition Caretaker Chairman of Michika, thanked the federal government for the intervention.

Ali tasked the beneficiaries to use the items to improve their living condition for sustainable economic development of their areas.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Matawalle of Zamfara appoints new HOS



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has approved the appointment of Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe as the new Head of Service for the state’s Civil Service.

Until his appointment, Balarabe was the Permanent Secretary, Government House.

A statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Press Affairs to the governor and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, said the appointment takes immediate effect.

The appointment followed the retirement of Alhaji Mujtaba Isa, the former Head of Service.

Matawalle charged the new Head of Service to live up to the administration’s expectations by restructuring the service in the state and making it a role model.

Born in March, 1966, Balarabe, a graduate of the University of Sokoto, joined the civil service as a Research Officer in the old Sokoto Military Administrator’s office in August, 1991.

He had served in various capacities including as Private Secretary to late President Shehu Shagari between 1993 and 1996.

Balarabe was also a Principal Private Secretary to the Zamfara State first civilian governor, Sen. Ahmed Sani and a former Local Government Sole Administrator of the old Kasuwar Daji Local Government.

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