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O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation Donates Relief Items to Elem-Sangama Flood Victims

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Elem-Sangama flood victims

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Relief items worth millions have again been distributed to the community of Elem-Sangama, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State by the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation.

Recall that in November, the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation distributed relief items worth N60 million to 2,000 families displaced by flood in Akinima, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

This time, the group shared food, toiletries, medication, treated mosquito nets and wrappers, with a medical team from the organisation attending to people with health challenges in the community.

Elem-Sangama, one of the islands in the Kalabari Kingdom, was totally devastated and cut-off by the recent Nigeria 2022 floods, which wreaked havoc among its inhabitants.

Chairman of the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, Dr Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs, said the intervention after the earlier one in Akinima, Ahoada West Local Government in November was fulfilling her promise to stand by Nigerians affected by the catastrophe.

“After the Akinima event, I stated that the O.B. Lulu-Briggs remains committed to caring for the under-served through interventions that have an immediate impact; we will provide humanitarian relief to Nigerians when disasters like the flood emergency occur.

“We are in Elem-Sangama to fulfil that promise, and we shall do more with the right strategic partnerships and collaborations,” she said.

Dr Lulu-Briggs added that the plight of families re-building from the disruptions caused by the floods on the remote island touched her.

“Our intervention coincides with the Christmas season. Christmas is a season of giving by God. We recall that He gave his only begotten son to bring us peace and joy. We are doing as instructed by God by sharing what we have with our brothers and sisters in Elem-Sangama.

“We are His hands and legs. It is our mandate to ensure that no natural occurrences stop anyone from experiencing the wonderful spiritual gift that brings us eternal life. And I call on other individuals and organisations who can afford it, to support underprivileged Nigerians and make them happy this Christmas,” she added.

Dr Seinye Lulu-Briggs further noted that efforts to build resilience, climate adaptation and mitigation strategies must commence immediately as a matter of urgency in our communities. She said everyone must also play their part to ensure a safe and sustainable environment.

In his remarks, the Amayanabo, HRH Tamunobere D. Onisah, thanked the foundation’s thoughtful intervention and Dr Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs for her kind gesture.

“The people are very happy and thankful for this assistance. It is very timely. We will write her a letter of gratitude confirming that we received the consignment she graciously sent. I have also told my people that we must nurture this relationship between the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation and us into the future. Nothing must come between us,” he said.

Also, one of the beneficiaries, Ere Mathew, praised the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation for its kind gesture, noting that it will be a good Christmas for the community.

“You can say Christmas has come early for us in Elem- Sangama this year, despite our flooding experience. We never knew we would have cause for cheer this yuletide, but we now have through the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation. We appreciate this kind gesture and pray that the Foundation continues to grow in strength,” he said.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Gulu Ngo, spoke in the same vein, saying, “Thanks to the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, we will have a truly merry Christmas. We would have called you a joker if you had told us last week that an organisation would come bearing such needed materials, including food and medication. But this is happening, and the whole community is joyful. We couldn’t have wished for more. Thank you, O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation; we are grateful.”

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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LASEMA Battles to Curtail Fire Outbreak at Balogun Market

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said it was working tirelessly with other agencies to put out the fire at 3/5 Gbajumo Street, Balogun, Lagos Island.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the organisation said it received a distress call from concerned persons in the wee hours of today over the unfortunate incident.

It was gathered that a 5-storey building at the Balogun Market was gutted by fire, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.

Giving an update on the situation, LASEMA said the joint teams, which rushed to the scene of the inferno, were having a constraint preventing the fire trucks from having direct access to the source of the fire, which are the shops constructed on the road blocking all routes.

“The agency received a distress call around 12:30 am today, Thursday, January 26, 2023, regarding a fire outbreak at No 3/5 Gbagumo street Balogun market, Lagos Island, which prompted the immediate activation of the Emergency Response Team to the scene of the incident.

“Consequent upon arrival at the scene of the incident, information gathered revealed that some shops (rubber shoes and clothes are stored) on the first floor of a 5-storey building was gutted by fire. However, the cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

“Fortunately, there is no loss of life or casualty involved in the incident.

“Collaborative efforts to put out the fire are ongoing by the agency’s Response Team and its fire unit, alongside Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Federal Fire Service, Police Force, CBD, LASAMBUS, LNSC and NEMA.

“However, the joint teams have a constraint which is preventing the fire trucks from having direct access to the source of the fire, which are the shops constructed on the road blocking all routes.

“Efforts are still ongoing to prevent the spread of the fire to nearby buildings. Operations are also still ongoing,” the statement said.

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Tinubu Never Blamed Buhari for Fuel Scarcity, Others—Onanuga

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Director of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Mr Bayo Onanuga, has said the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Bola Tinubu, did not blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the current challenges in the country.

On Wednesday, during his campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr Tinubu accused some powerful persons were behind the current scarcity of petrol in Nigeria, as well as the scarcity of the new Naira notes.

President Buhari is the Minister of Petroleum Resources, and fuel scarcity has remained for months under his watch. He also approved the redesigning of the Naira when Mr Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), brought the proposal to him.

But while speaking yesterday, Mr Tinubu said, “We will use our PVCs to take over government from them. If they like, let them create a fuel crisis; even if they say there is no fuel, we will trek to vote.

“They are full of mischief, they could say there is no fuel. They have been scheming to create a fuel crisis but forget about it. Relax, I, Asiwaju, have told you that the issue of fuel supply will be permanently addressed,” he said at the campaign rally.

“Whoever wants to eat the honey embedded in a mountain won’t worry about the axe. Is that not so? And if you want to eat palm kernel, you would bring a stone and use it to break it; then the kernel will come out. It’s not easy to…

“Let them increase the price of fuel, let them continue to hoard fuel, only them know where they have hoarded fuel, they hoarded money, they hoarded naira; we will go and vote, and we will win even if they changed the ink on Naira notes. Whatever their plans, it will come to nought,” he added.

His comments generated mixed reactions, with some commentators saying he was indirectly indicting Mr Buhari for the crisis facing the country.

But Mr Onanuga rebuffed this, saying the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was plotting to “create a wedge between our presidential candidate and President Muhammadu Buhari.”

According to him, the former Governor of Lagos State was only empathising “with the Nigerian people facing the dual crises of fuel and new Naira notes scarcity.”

“For the records, Asiwaju Tinubu, during the APC campaign rally at Abeokuta on Wednesday, in his statement, did not mention, blame or accuse President Muhammadu Buhari for the current challenges in the country.

“Asiwaju Tinubu was only adverting the government’s attention to the sabotage being carried out by some Fifth Columnists in the system, possibly working in cahoots with the PDP.

“The CBN officials, including Governor Godwin Emefiele, have said many times that enough new Naira notes have been supplied to the banks, yet our people complain that they have not been able to get the new notes.

“In recent days, many ATMs are either not working, or when working, they are dispensing the old notes, just a few days to the  January 31 deadline.

“Similarly, Asiwaju Tinubu is aware of the salutary efforts by President Buhari to end the fuel queues by chairing a 14-man panel. Yet the queues and agony continue.

“For a presidential candidate, who cares about the suffering of our people, he has a duty to warn the government that its efforts to make life better for Nigerians are being sabotaged on several fronts.

“Our presidential candidate only re-echoed what is well known and acknowledged, even by President Buhari himself, at different fora: That there are Fifth Columnists in and outside of government who often throw spanners in the works against good intentions and programmes of the government.

“How does an advisory genuinely made by Asiwaju Tinubu to protect and create goodwill for the government of his party become an attack? It can only be so in the jaundiced view of the PDP,” a part of the statement issued on Thursday said.

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DLM Capital Sponsors Employee’s Philanthropic Projects

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DLM Capital Group, a development investment bank, partnered with the Shile Akinjo Charity Foundation (SACF) on two of its charity initiatives: “Love Feast on the Street” and “Back-to-School Project.”

Shile Akinjo, a corporate finance associate at DLM, started SACF in 2022 to support low-income families and the less privileged to fight poverty, receive decent health care, and achieve a basic education.

The “Love Feast on the Street” was held on the 17th of December 2022 to celebrate Christmas with over 400 kids at Makoko Slum, Yaba, Lagos. The day’s highlights include face painting, a dance competition, popcorn, food, drinks, and the gifting of party packs to the kids.

The “Back-to-School Project” was held on the 20th of January 2023 at The Light School and Boanerges School at Akesan, Alimosho, local government. All the pupils in basic 1–5 were given school supplies such as school bags, socks, notebooks, pencils, biros, erasers, rulers, crayons, water bottles, and snacks.

Shile Akinjo commented on the initiative, stating, “Happiness is as essential as food if a child is to develop into normal manhood or womanhood.” Being able to put smiles on these kids’ faces is fulfilling, and we will continue to carry out initiatives that support these goals. I am grateful to Mr. Sonnie Ayere and DLM Capital Group for their full commitment to these projects. I feel lucky to work for a company that supports and encourages its employees to do good things for the community.

In a statement highlighting DLM’s sponsorship of the projects, Chinwendu Ohakpougwu, Head of Corporate Communications, said: “At DLM, we are committed to impacting human lives. The management of DLM will continue to support good causes that promote the welfare of others.”

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