Five lucky persons yesterday emerged winners in Dangote Cement Plc. ‘Win Big in the Dangote Bag of Goodies’ consumer promo in Edo State.
Our correspondent reports that Momoh Ali and Evbuomwan George won GAC Saloon cars each, while Edigi Precious, Albert Elugie and Okwezi Azuka won a television set and two refrigerators, respectively.
Presenting the items to the winners, the company’s External Executive Director, Mrs Ufot Dorothy, said that the promo was part of the company’s social responsibility to its distributors, retailers, wholesalers and consumers, who had contributed to the company’s growth.
“We are here to fulfill our promise. This is part of our efforts to encourage our customers to keep patronising us and the promo runs till September,” she said.
According to her, the presentation of the items shows that Dangote group keeps to its promise of rewarding loyal customers and there are several other prices to win in the promo.
Earlier, Mrs Funmi Sanni, the company’s Marketing Director, said that of the 43 cars to be won, nine had so far been won, while 32 had yet to be won.
Sanni put the monetary value of the promo at about N50 million, adding that the promo had already taken place in seven states.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ali commended the cement company for the promo, adding that the gift items would change their lives positively.
“With just 10 bags of cement, I am now a proud owner of GAC Saloon car. Today is the happiest day of my life,” he said.
Herdsmen, Farmers Clashes: Okowa Challenges FG To Tell Nigerians Truth
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Federal Government to disclose to Nigerians the steps it had taken so far to stem the trend of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
He decried the frequent loss of lives from herdsmen attacks on defenceless farmers and other Nigerians, and insisted that the Federal Government must curb the menace through stringent measures.
Okowa revealed that his administration was doing its best to check the havoc being wrecked by Fulani herdsmen on famers through interface with critical stakeholders but expressed regret that his efforts had been restrained by his limited control of security apparatus.
The Governor, who made the call during an Annual Lecture Series organised by Onu Ika Nigeria at Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, expressed sadness that Nigerians have been kept in the dark over the menace for too long.
“The Federal Government has to tell Nigerians the steps it had taken to stem the ugly trend”, Governor Okowa insisted.
On irregular migration of youths seeking greener pastures in foreign countries and increasing child-trafficking cases, he charged parents and caregivers to live up to their responsibility by openly condemning the act and restrain their children from embarking on such dangerous journeys.
Okowa condemned the situation where parents mounted undue pressure on their children and wards to embark on journeys to Europe through the desert, saying that the lives of many promising Nigerians had been lost in the process.
Earlier, the Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr Daniel Usifor, had said in an address that “for three consecutive years, Onu Ika has consistently forewarned of the devastating influx of these deadly Fulani herdsmen in our communities.
“We even saw them as foot soldiers on reconnaissance mission waiting for trigger action or orders to act; we also cautioned that there is an undeclared war in Nigeria.”
He urged the government to take actions to check the menace of the herdsmen and thanked the governor for his administration’s commitment to the development of the state.
Albert Ograka, Asaba
State Of ADP Worries Rivers Stakeholder
The President, Etche Cooperative Union, Amb. Godwin Akandu, has expressed concern over the poor state of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Rivers State.
Amb Akandu said with the current state of ADP offices across the state, rural farmers may not benefit much and appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to help in revamping them for more effective impact on local farmers.
He said most of the ADP offices across the state are in a pitiable state, deroofed, and taken over by wild bushes and reptiles.
“His Excellency has shown interest in commercial agriculture this year, those of us in agric sector give him kudos for such proclamation.
“I am soliciting that ADP in the 23 LGAs should be revamped. A typical example is the one in Okehi wild bush and reptiles have taken over the area”, he stated.
Akandu explained that in the past, ADP offices provided technical advice, inoculation or vaccines to the local farmers in an event of outbreak but regretted that such assistance were today hardly there to help the farmers.
Akandu who is also the Treasurer, Rivers State Cooperative Federation, said Rivers state is not only the oil capital of Nigeria but a state with enviable potentials in agriculture.
He, however, regretted that political leaders especially at the local government level merely pay lip service to agriculture instead of really supporting the rural farmers.
“If you go to these councils, they have HODs, Supervisors for Agriculture, which facilities are they actually supervising?
Vaccination Against Meningitis Begins In Rivers, Today
The Federal Government’s programme introducing Meningitis vaccine into the existing immunisation programme begins today in Rivers State.
Declaring the programme open in a parley with the media at the weekend in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB), Dr Agiriye Monima Harry, said the actual commencement of the targeted category of children will commence today in all primary health care facilities in the state.
Dr Harry, who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Community Health Services of the board, Dr Isaac Opurum, used the opportunity to call on parents to take their children within the age of 9-15 months to the nearest health facilities to be vaccinated against “meningitis A”
“The meningitis A vaccine, popularly call “Men A” is safe and free. It is very important because our children have the right to live”, he said.
Throwing more light on the vaccine, the state immunisation officer of the RSPHCMB, Dr Inwon Joseph Urang, said the vaccine was introduced because of the need to protect children against the causes of meningitis due to the wide spread nature of the organism causing the disease.
“This he said, is because Nigeria is among the countries regarded as meningitis belt,” which are prone to the disease.
He explained that although Rivers State is not among the identified 25 states that are prone to the ailment in the country, there are inherent factors that has necessitated the state’s involvement in the vaccination against meningitis.
“Rivers State is not among the 25 prone states, but due to global warming and the fact that there are no restriction of movement of people from the meningitis-prone states into the state, there is the need to vaccinate the identified category of children within the state,” Dr Urang said.
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