The Chairman of Agege Local Government of Lagos State, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, on Wednesday bagged an award of excellence and exemplary leadership in fight against human trafficking in the area.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the award was presented to Egunjobi in Lagos by Julie Okah-Donli, Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NATIP).
Speaking during the ceremony, the NAPTIP boss said that the award was in recognition of Egunjobi’s involvement in fight against human trafficking beyond “mere political rhetoric”.
“NAPTIP has recorded no fewer than 404 convictions, while many cases are still pending in court and investigation of many still ongoing.
“Over 17, 000 passed through the NATIP shelters, given psychosocial support, provided skills, education, medical support, empowerment and reintegrated with their families and society,” she said.
The NAPTIP DG said that five survivors trained by the agency had been absorbed as staff of the council with the support of its partners.
“This therefore explain why the giant step taken by the chairman in empowering numerous Agege people remain commendable.
“As little as this may appear to be in the eyes of some critics, it has saved numerous lives, restores hope to the hopeless.
“It mends broken homes and restores future of many future leaders within and even outside the council area,” she added.
In his remarks, Egunjobi thanked the NAPTIP DG for the award adding that it was the first award he would receive such prize in person.
“This is the first award I will present myself to receive an award and I choose to receive it because it touches and so dear to me.
“If not for God and my parent, I would have also been a victim too. I have seen so many people who have traveled to Libya and other countries ignorantly.
“It is a dangerous journey, many of them were being deceived by the so called agents who tell them “See Morocco See Spain”.
“Majority of them did not embark on the journey willingly but convinced, deceived of getting greener pasture abroad.
“That is why we made empowerment a priority in the local government, we ensure about 25 people are being empowered on monthly basis at the grassroots level to discourage human trafficking within the community,” Egunjobi said.
The council chairman appealed to the monarchs, community and market leaders to advise their people to desist from aiding and abetting any form of human trafficking.
Egunjobi said he dedicated the award to people who traveled out of ignorant thereby maltreated out there and suffered unjustly. (NAN)
Edited by Wale Ojetimi
Eid-el Fitr: Omo-Agege harps on personal sacrifices, self-denial
The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has called on Nigerians to draw enduring lessons from the holy month of Ramadan, which include personal sacrifices and self-denial.
Omo-Agege, in an Eid-el Fitr message issued by Yomi Odunuga, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, also called for prayers for the country to overcome its challenges and Nigerians to coexist peacefully.
The lawmaker noted that the auspicious occasion of Eid-el Fitr did not only mark the end of fasting, kindness and good deeds during the holy month, its global focus on worthy virtues could help lift the world towards being a much better place.
In view of the global COVID-19 health challenge, he said that Muslims were making unusual sacrifice, because they were not able to congregate and perform Iftar during this year’s Ramadan.
“Today, the health challenge is a test for all our Muslim brothers and sisters. While not being able to congregate, it has enabled them repair and build stronger bonds with their families, especially as children were encouraged to join in the prayers and fasting at home.
“Nonetheless, Eid-el-Fitr encourages Muslims to reflect on themselves and draw closer to Allah, reflect on the lessons learned during this special Ramadan and show compassion to the less-fortunate and the needy.
“During the fasting period, bodies became weaker but the human spirit became enriched.
“I, therefore, join all Muslims in praying that the world will recover from the prevailing pandemic.
“It is also my prayer that the wounds of division will be healed in Nigeria and that all citizens can enjoy the realisation of the Buhari administration’s goal of attaining better standards of living,” he stated.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Sen. Omo-Agege mourns Abba Kyari
Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege (APC-Delta) says the death of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari was a big blow and rude shock to the nation.
Omo-Agege said this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yomi Odunuga on Saturday in Abuja.
He said Nigerians must pray for Buhari for divine help in charting the way forward.
Omo-Agege expressed sadness that Kyari who had been one of the President’s major pillars of support, succumbed to the Coronavirus disease.
“Malam Abba Kyari was a very hardworking patriot.
“There is no doubt about his encompassing influence and bold imprints in the conduct of official affairs at the Presidency over the past five years.
“Sadly, his exit came at a time when the world is reeling under unprecedented challenges and at a time when his counsel is most needed.
“Clearly, such grave loss will be deeply felt by President Muhammadu Buhari and we should pray that God Almighty grants Mr President and Kyari’s family the strength to bear this irreparable loss.
“May God Almighty grant his soul eternal repose,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Lockdown: Agege LG distributes foodstuffs, other items to vulnerable families
The Chairman, Agege Local Government Council, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, has flagged off the distribution of bags of rice, beans and other items as stimulus package to vulnerable families and the elderly in the community.
The package is to cushion in the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
Egunjobi delivered the items to community leaders and other stakeholders on Friday, to ensure proper distribution of the palliatives in the community.
“Today, another token effort is being made to support indigent families with 400 50kg bags of rice and 150 of beans; 600 2kg bags of Semovita; 150 bags of garri; and 100 gallons of cooking oil to be shared among them.
“The Leaders of Community Development Associations (CDAs), under the supervision of Baales who we have already taken care of, are tasked with the distribution of the foodstuffs.
“Phone numbers of contact persons involved in the distribution will be made public in subsequent statements from the council.
“It is our hope and prayer that the food items will get to the right destinations, the poorest of the poor in the neighborhood,” he said.
Egunjobi said that across the globe, the human race is facing barrage of attacks from the pandemic.
“Here in Nigeria, at the last count, almost 300 persons have been infected with a number of casualties suffered.
The council boss also said that the total lockdown on Lagos State as one of the measures to limit the spread has hampered economic activities.
He also said that LG is the closest to the grassroots, its job as government at this critical hour is well cut out.
The chairman said that the local government had been on a mission to ensure that life went on within the community.
“We have also continually embarked on sensitisation on the deadly disease and the place of personal hygiene and social distancing in curtailing its spread.
“We are carrying out fumigation exercise across the community and have provided several palliative measures to ensure that the indigent in our midst do not go without food,” he said.
COVID-19: LG seals Agege mosque in Lagos for flouting ban on religious gathering
Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, the council Chairman, said in a statement in Thursday that Agege Central Mosque, located at Balogun street, was sealed after the taskforce fumigated the area.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had banned the gathering of more than 20 persons to prevent spread of the dreaded disease.
According to Rotimi Sulyman, Media Aide to the Chairman, the mosque was shut down because hundreds of worshippers flouted the governor’s order during their evening prayer.
“Attempts by officials of the Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce, who arrived at the scene to enforce compliance following a tip-off, was viciously rebuffed.
“A drama ensued when some of the religious youths sighted the team and became aggressive, unruly and started to attack the team.
“About 300 others in the mosque rushed out chanting ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ and joined in the attack by throwing stones at the vehicles.
“All entreaties to talk to the Imam failed as the youths were persistent. The police escort rose to the occasion, stopped further attacks and ensured safety of the team,” he said.
The council boss said that the shutdown became necessary to avert recurrence and serve as deterrent to other erring faith groups or worshippers.
“We cannot continue to condone act capable of spreading the dreadful disease.
“Even, Saudi Arabia placed restrictions on the number of people who must worship in the two holy mosques, Haram and Nabawi, and banned congregational prayers in all other mosques across the country.
“Honestly, we cannot be more Roman than the Romans. We have met with the leadership of the mosque including, the Sarkin Hausawa, Musa Muhammed.
”The meeting resolved that the mosque should be closed till further notice,” the council chairman said.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi
Covid-19: Agege LG boss tells religious leaders to stop gathering more than 20 people
The Chairman, Agege Local Government, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, has appealed to religious and community leaders in Agege to stop gathering more than 20 people at prayer centres to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community.
According to him, government has suspended all official activities that require physical contact with humans except at our clinics.
“We call on traders and all business owners to comply with the latest directive of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on all markets and shops.
“It’s only those selling essential commodities such as foodstuffs, water vendors and pharmacies that are allowed to operate,” he said.
According to him, it has come to our notice that some madrassas (Qur’anic schools) are still operating in our community, a reckless and pointless defiance of the state government’s order.
The chairman said that apart from the fact that this was against all known canons of self-preservation, in these days of coronavirus, this act is also disobedience to order banning congregation of not-more-than 20 people.
“On our part, we have set up a taskforce to monitor public gatherings and ensure full compliance with all government’s order on precautionary measures to stem the rising tide of the ugly virus,” the council chairman said.
According to Egunjobi, the ban on school closure does not exempt madrassa (Qur’anic schools) and we are resolutely committed to ensure that all Agege residents abide by it.
He said anyone flouting the order on gathering irrespective of tribes, tongues, religion, and creeds would face the consequence.
“We call on state security apparatus to co-operate with the council in this battle against the scourge,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the council has designated Salvation Army School, Dopemu, as Isolation centre as a proactive measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the community.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Felix Ajide
Coronavirus: Agege LG designates Salvation Army School, Dopemu as Isolation centre
The Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State has designated Salvation Army School, Dopemu, as Isolation centre as a proactive measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the community.
“We have earmarked Salvation Army School, Dopemu, as Agege Isolation Centre, in adherence to the state government’s directive.
“The last few months will go down in infamy as one of the periods the human race was under threat by the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, which is claiming lives across the globe per second per second.
“ln Nigeria, the casualty may currently be low, but we must not be deceived. The reality is that we are in for a tough time.
“We must scale up our personal hygiene and environmental sanitation to stand any chance of winning this battle against this dreadful disease.
“It also behooves us to maintain adequate social distancing and adhere to the government’s directives in order to combat this disease of biblical proportion,” Egunjobi said.
According to him, as government, it is our resolution to do our bit by sensitising the public on the pandemic and ensure strict enforcement of environmental regulation to contain the spread of the virus.
Egunjobi, however, advised the residents to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to curb the spread of the pandemic in the state.
“In case of any emergency bordering on the pandemic, either in the form of a sick person exhibiting symptoms of the disease or a gathering beyond 25 people, I urge residents to call the following phone numbers.
“The numbers are: (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) and (Phone/Email) .
“In our bid to continue to promote social distancing, we implore persons who want to have anything with the council to call these lines: (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) & (Phone/Email) for enquiries and correspondence.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Olagoke Olatoye