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Group Commits To Climate Change Awareness Programmes

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Mushin To The World (MTTW), an environmentally friendly non-governmental organisation, has reiterated its plan to embark on continued climate change awareness programmes to achieve environmental sustainability.
The Founder, MTTW, Mr Babatunde Enitan, stated this recently in an interview with The Tide source in Lagos.
Speaking against the backdrop of the build-up of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of the foundation, he said the foundation had been involved in cleanup activities within the Mushin locality, adding that the trend would continue in the nearest future.
Enitan, an environmental changemaker who grew up at Mushin, a suburb of Lagos, said his journey into climate change activism bagan when he realised that the practice of people within his community was inimical to environmental sustainability.
He said activities such as charcoal burning, burning of wastes, open defecation and improper waste disposal were rampant in his community.
Enitan said the foundation would continue to educate Mushin residents on the implications of these activities on environment sustainability.
He noted that his basic knowledge of environmental sustainability and preservation arbored unwholesome practices leading to harmful effects of climate change such as flooding and rising temperatures.
“These and many other activities spurred me into climate change advocacy.
“I volunteered for different locally-led initiatives where I was exposed to the various causes, effects, and simple solutions that are peculiar to different communities like Mushin”, Enitan said.
He said his environmental and grassroots activism as a volunteer started at ICCDI Africa – 2016, a climate-smart, youth focused organisation.
He stated that the volunteering experience changed his passion, and drive for more actions to be carried out in his community, with over 900,000 residents.
Enitan continued that with the growing population in Mushin his interest grew over time which led to his efforts on campaigning, creating awareness and strategic partnerships, and simple locally-led adaptation solutions tailored to meet the needs and priorities of many of the people in his community.
He said MTTW was established in July 2017 with the aim of transforming lives, re-engineering the mindset of its citizenry and with particular focus on the youth.
Enitan said the foundation would to present solutions to social problems by its own indigenous youth, thereby taking the community to a whole new height of a 21st century sustainable society driven by peaceful living and development.
According to him, after his tutelage on climate action, he founded MTTW with a mission to nurture new breed of innovative change makers.
Enitan said MTTW faced daunting barriers at the onset due to funding.

“We are usually faced with community-related barriers. They have slowed down the process of carrying out some of our community outreaches to build climate resilience.

“However, we overcome them by applying community related solutions, using our networks of partners, such as the Community Development Association, Community Development Committee, different units of our local authorities offices, and government representatives,” Enitan said.

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Group Applauds MOSOP Over Stance On Oil Production In Ogoniland

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The Coalition of Supporters of Democracy and Good Governance, has commended the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People(MOSOP) for maintaining its stance on not allowing the resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland in Rivers State, and applauded the President of the body, Prof Wai Anda Ogosu for his rigid and uncompromising position on the matter despite deluge of pressures from different quarters.
The group, which made the commendation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by its Coordinator and leader, Comrade Gashon Bob Achor, said MOSOP under the leadership of Prof Ogosu has continued to show the Ogoni people a sense of purpose and direction.
According to the group, the insistence by the MOSOP President that there would be no resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland until the complete clean-up of the polluted environment is highly commendable.
Achor also noted that the demand for the exoneration of the slain Ogoni 9, including renowned environmentalist, Kenule Saro-Wiwa is a right step in the right direction, which is supposed to be acceded to and granted by the Federal Government.
This, when granted, he said is capable of bringing the Ogoni people back to the discussion table for the resumption of oil and gas production in the area.
The leader of the group, therefore, called on the Ogoni people to take advantage of the quality leadership Prof Ogosu is providing to unite against those he described as environmental polluters and political buccaneers who do not have the interest of the people at heart.
Achor also indicated that the MOSOP President, who is a Professor of Environment has always advocated against further degradation of the Ogoni environment and that of the Niger Delta, and enjoined the people to continue to support and rally round him.
He said Prof Ogosu has always called on political gladiators in Rivers State to sheathe their swords in order to pave way for the development of the State, and commended him for his conciliatory and peaceful disposition.

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Elder Statesman Tasks Abah Ogwuile House On Unity, Peace

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Descendants of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage of Obolo in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have been urged to be vanguards of peace in the local government area and the entire Obolo nation.
Newly elected President of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage, a socio-cultural organisation in Andoni Local Government Area, Sir Clifford Njah said this shortly after his election as the new president of the lineage.
He said it beholves on them to preach peace and unity in the Obolo nation as without peace there cannot be development.
According to him,all hands must be on deck to take the lineage to an enviable height, noting that unity is needed if the lineage and Obolo nation must move forward.
He also promised an inclusive leadership as far as the lineage is concerned.
Among those elected are Sir Clifford Njah, President; and Apostle Fyneface Ayayi,  Vice President.
The rest are Hon  Mbaba Charles Mbaba,  Secretary; Chief John A Nteogwuile, Treasurer; and Chief Enereujama Cletus Nkpan  Akong, Publicity Secretary.

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Police Uncover Fake Sachet Water Company In Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has busted a fake sachet water-producing company at Oluwole Market in the Apapa area of the state.
The suspects were said to be fraudulently using another company’s brand name to sell their products.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this in a post on his X.com handle said the perpetrators also duplicated the NAFDAC number of the company.
Hundeyin noted that their activities were discovered after a tip-off by residents in the community.
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He wrote, “Thank you, Lagosians, for giving us information and safeguarding the health of others.
“These suspects fraudulently used the brand name and NAFDAC number of another sachet water producing company to produce their sachet water inside Oluwole Market, Apapa.”
In the video attached to the post, one of the suspects caught on duty was seen conducting a team of policemen around the facility where they operated.
The suspect also showed them some of the bags of sachet water stored in the refrigerator, opening about three while the officers inspected.
A heap of other bags of sachet water was also seen stored in a separate room in the facility in the video. The suspect went further to operate the machine used in producing them on the instructions of the officers present.

Meanwhile, Hundeyin who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Monday about the discovery said the security operatives invaded the company on Friday, July 19.

According to him, only one worker was found in the building while the owner of the facility absconded.

“The facility was raided on July 9 and only was suspect was arrested in the process. The owner is now at large and efforts are ongoing to apprehend him. The suspect is in our custody and helping with investigations.”

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