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Those Addicted To Hard Drugs Today, Started With Tobacco-Foundation Warns

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By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

An NGO, Eye Opener Women and Youths Foundation, and two -time award winner of World Health Organisation’s (WHO), ‘World No Tobacco Day’ (WNTD), has distributed free Jackets to National Youth Service Corps members at the orientation camp in Kaduna, warning that those who are currently hooked on hard drugs began with Tobacco smoking

The jackets, branded with “No! To Tobacco”, were distributed to the corps members during sensitization of over three hundred of them by the Foundation on Tuesday at government college Kaduna orientation camp lecture hall.

Speaking, the Founder of the organization, Mrs. Margret Julius in company of her team, said many people who are into drugs today started with Tobacco.

She said a number of the corps members were inaugurated into Tobacco abstinence club by the foundation last years in same camp.

“We are here this year on health talk to sensitize them on dangers of Tobacco to health”, she said, adding that there are a lot of teenagers in camp of 19 years and above who require to know the danger of tobacco for purpose of prevention.

Tobacco, she said is a subtle enemy and substance that many people did not know, also saying, “We’re here to help those smoking to quit and those not , to stay abstained and take the message to their various place of primary assignments, to primary and secondary schools where most of them served to safe lives.

“Spread the messages to their Community Development Service (CDS), for purposes of prevention of younger people from falling into Tobacco smoking habits.

“We distribute Free jackets to the corpers on our own provision because WHO has not given us anything yet but we know they’ll support us when the time comes”, she said.

She ,however , disagreed with the general impression that hardships and depression engendered Tobacco habits, pointing out that such habit only compound the situation and does not solve the problems.

“It’s erroneously believed, every human being has potential in him or her to do something to survive.

“I’m an example, I graduated many years ago and I have never had a white collar job till now. But you can see, I’m doing something now”,she said.
Also in an interview, an Assistant Director Kaduna Orientation camp, in in interview reiterated no smoking in the camp rules, saying authority will continue to push the message across to during CDS and let them no the dangers associated with the habits as usual.

Also in an interview, a corps member, who appreciated the foundation, enjoined his colleagues praying for long lives to abstain from smoking habits, saying it’s of no benefits to human being.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing

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…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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