Some leaders in Tori-Lovi Community, Badagry, Lagos State, on Monday decried the lack of basic amenities in the area.
The Tide ource reports that Tori-Lovi is a community after Age-Mowo, in Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Badagry, Lagos State.
Some of the leaders in separate interviews with the source in Badagry said lack of basic amenities such as good roads, primary health centre, electricity supply and market had impacted negatively on them.
The traditional head (Baale) of Tori-Lovi Community, Chief Gabriel Gbetoho, said the roads within the community were in deplorable state.
“Tori-Lovi Community was founded about 700 years ago by our forefathers, but the roads within the community are in bad state because Lagos State Government has not reconstructed them.
“Our roads have been neglected over the years, and we consistently have been involved in ensuring that we vote peacefully during elections.
“Our professions are farming and fishing and due to bad roads, we find it very hard to get our farm produce to the markets in Badagry and Alaba.
“During the rainy season, it is always difficult to drive on the road because of water.
“We are appealing to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Mr Samson Olatunde, the Chairman of Olorunda LCDA to come to our rescue,” he said.
A community leader and former Councilor, Mr Sewanu Pinponsu, said there was no primary health centre in the area.
According to him, pregnant women walk for many kilometers before getting to General Hospital in Badagry and primary health centre in Mowo before being attended to.
“Getting medical care is a huge challenge for many of us in our Tori-Lovi Community.
“We have to travel kilometres to neighbouring communities to access healthcare, this is very bad.
“Some of our mothers die on the way to hospital while our children give up the ghost on their way to nearest health centre.
“We want the government to build a good health centre for us here so that we can make use of it,” he said.
Also, Mr Jogbenu Olorunnisola, a farmer and community leader, said electricity supply and lack of good market were other problems confronting the community.
“In Tori-Lovi Community, we do not have transformer and the ones supplying us is from the neighbouring community and we are on shift.
“Sometimes, the community will be on outage for complete one month and this has led to some people leaving the community.
“No standard market for us to sell our goods, we travel as far as Agbalata and Alaba markets to sell,” he said.
The community youth leader, Mr David Padonu, said there were no schools in the community for the children and youths.
“There is no primary and secondary schools in Tori-Lovi Community, youths and children have to go as far as Badagry and Mowo to study.
“We want the government to build our own primary and secondary schools in Tori-Lovi, we have land for all these.
“Due to lack of electricity supply, most of the youth are into commercial okada riding.
“Government should repair our roads and empower youths in the community and help us to complete our town hall,” he said.
Agriculture: NDE Earmarks N4.2m For Unemployed Youths
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has concluded plans to disburse N4.2 million loan to 42 unemployed youths in Adamawa State to boost agriculture production in the State.
The NDE Director-General, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, made this known at the orientation course for beneficiaries of agricultural empowerment scheme in Yola on Wednesday.
Fikpo, represented by the NDE Coordinator in Adamawa State, Malam Ibrahim Jimada, said each beneficiary would access N100,000 as start up capital.
He said the beneficiaries were trained under the Department of Rural Empowerment scheme (REP) on sustainable agricultural development.
“They were trained on Agricultural Enhancement Scheme, Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme, Community-Based Agricultural Empowerment and Graduation Agricultural Empowerment scheme,” he said.
The NDE boss advised beneficiaries to take advantage of the training to earn a living.
Head of Department, REP, Mr Edam Duke, commended NDE for the programme and urged the beneficiaries to be committed as they would appreciate the gesture at the end.
“Those who are serious will soon be self-employed and employers of labour. The Federal Government is committed to creating employment opportunities for youths,’’ he said.
In her remarks, Head of Department, REP scheme in Adamawa State, Zainab Audu, said farming was a lucrative business and urged beneficiaries to pay attention to the orientation for successful implementation in the field.
“With this skills you will become millionaires and employers of labour within a short time if you put it into practice,” Audu said.
She called on the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of their respective communities by ensuring peace and unity for sustainable development.
Also, Miss Deborah Gisilanbe, who spoke on behalf of the participants thanked the Federal Government and NDE for the training and gave assurance that they would utilise the opportunity toward achieving the objectives of the programme.
UNICEF Commends Niger On Penta3 Vaccination Coverage
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended Niger State Government for its progress in the administration of Pentavalent (Penta3) vaccine for children in the State.
Chief of Office, UNICEF, Kaduna, Mr Donald Burgess, gave the commendation at the sensitisation of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2021.
It is organised by the Niger State Planning Commission in collaboration with UNICEF.
The Tide’s source reports that MICS 2021 report shows that more than 40 per cent of residents of Niger were practicing open defecation.
Burgess, who spoke through the Health Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, Mr Idris Baba, said Niger did well as the Penta3 vaccination rose from 20 per cent in 2016 to 39.4 per cent in 2021.
He said maternal and child mortality had reduced considerably and was far below the national average child mortality at 18 per cent per 1,000 life birth while that of the national was at 42 per cent.
Burgess added that the neo-natal mortality in the state was 20 per cent per 1,000 life birth while that of the nation was at 34 per cent.
He, however, urged the State Government to put more effort in the enrollment of out of school children especially the girl-child education which had drastically declined in the state.
He noted that educating the girl-child would help reduce maternal and child health issues as more women would be educated on their rights.
Earlier, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State, expressed concerns that the State was lacking on enrollment of out-of-school children, especially the girl-child education as well as on practices of open defecation among residents.
Bello, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to come up with policies and programmes to achieve better results, pledging government’s full support.
Niger State Commissioner and Deputy Chairman of Ministry for Planning Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Zakari, in his address, said the event was to brief Government on data regarding the situation of women and children in the state.
According to him, data is key to planning and policy development.
Gov Inaugurates Skill Acquisition Centre In Enugu
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has inaugurated a Skills Acquisition Centre, Rancsfard Fashion and Skill Academy, in the State.
The centre, which provides a veritable platform for participants, especially the youths, to acquire skills in fashion and design, makeup artistry, baking and pastry production, photography and ICT, is located in Trans-Ekulu, Enugu.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who inspected the academy shortly after the inauguration, expressed delight at the facilities in it, and the initiative, lauding the proprietor.
Welcoming Governor Ugwuanyi and other dignitaries to the academy, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lady Princess Akunna Ubosi, disclosed that her decision to establish the facility was borne out of her burning desire to create a platform where individuals, especially youths, can easily acquire lifelong entrepreneurial skills that will reduce the high rate of unemployment in the society and also ensure a productive future for young ones.
Lady Ubosi, who is the wife of the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, added that she was also inspired by Governor Ugwuanyi’s “enormous strides in building capacity amongst our youths through various skill acquisition programmes anchored by the Enugu SMEs Centre.”
She informed the Governor that Rancsfard Fashion and Skill Academy is positioned and available to partner the State Government in building capacity among the people.
“The academy is willing to train verified indigent students free of charge”, she said.
She continued that, “The academy incorporates a bakery and clothing production factory through which our finished products are sold to the general public; and we are proud to note that our products are made in Enugu State to international standards.
“The world is currently in a knowledge-based economy in which ‘knowledge’ is the only meaningful factor of production.
“Therefore, creating a learning society will not be possible without building a platform where this knowledge can be transferred from one person to another”.
By: Canice Amadi, Enugu
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