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    Wold Diabetes Day: Charity moves to combat diabetes in Nasarawa, targets 200 indigents for free testing, drugs



    In a concerted effort to confront the escalating diabetes crisis worldwide, the Ahmed Bola Oduleye Charity Foundation (ABOC) in collaboration with the Nasarawa State ministry of information, Culture and Tourism launched a groundbreaking campaign emphasising the criticality of understanding and managing the risks associated with diabetes.

    The campaign, unveiled on World Diabetes Day, at Adogi development area of Obi Local Government Area of the state underscores the imperative of early detection and prevention strategies to stave off the onset of diabetes and mitigate its severe health implications.

    Program Officer Olanrewaju Kefayat Oyindamola, during the outreach emphasised, “It is our responsibility to ensure that people around the world have the tools and knowledge they need to lead healthier lives and manage diabetes effectively.”

    Drawing attention to alarming statistics, Kafayat highlighted that 1 in 10 adults globally is affected by diabetes, with over 90% diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Shockingly, nearly half of those impacted remain undiagnosed, emphasising the urgent need for increased awareness and accessible screenings. She said.

    She added that the core mission of the initiative involves advocating for healthier lifestyles, expanding diabetes screenings, and enhancing care for those already living with the condition.

    “Today, we must commit to supporting initiatives that promote healthier living, increase access to diabetes screenings, and provide better care for those living with diabetes,” urged Kefayat

    Kafayat however call on governments, healthcare professionals, and communities, urging collaborative efforts to combat the burgeoning diabetes epidemic.

    “Let us unite in our efforts to combat diabetes on this World Diabetes Day,” concluded” she added.

    Expressing his delight, Mr. Ahmed Bola Oduleye, the CEO of the foundation, encouraged community members to actively participate in the testing initiative while extending gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule and the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, acknowledging their pivotal role in facilitating a conducive environment for the program’s success.

    Acknowledging the commendable efforts of Sarki Adogi in mobilising his community and disseminating vital information about diabetes, Mr. Oduleye emphasized the criticality of community involvement in spreading awareness and ensuring widespread testing for diabetes.

    In a show of government endorsement, TLP Ibrahim Othman Angbolo, commissioner of information, Culture and Tourism, represented by a ministry Director, Mr. Shehu Ibrahim hailed the foundation’s initiative as a pioneering effort in supporting government endeavours to address healthcare challenges. The commissioner highlighted the significance of public-private partnerships in delivering impactful healthcare solutions.

    Shehu said the foundation’s contribution in providing essential diabetes medication to individuals who lack the means to acquire them, emphasising the significant support extended to the less privileged through such initiatives.

    With a sense of satisfaction, Sarki Adogi, Malam Idris Usman Omaku, conveyed his appreciation to the Governor Nasarawa state Engr. Abdullahi Sule for entrusting him with the leadership of his community.

    He emphasised the significance of collaborative efforts in advancing community well-being and expressed contentment in seeing essential healthcare programs being brought to his people.

    Highlighting the critical role played by the ABOC Foundation, Sarki Adogi expressed his gratitude for the foundation’s intervention in providing assistance, specifically in tackling diabetes-related healthcare challenges.

    He praised the foundation’s dedication in extending vital healthcare services to the community, recognising the substantial relief it has brought to individuals grappling with diabetes and related issues.

    Mrs. Esther Waryit Yonah, head of Gender Adolescent school Health Services and Elderly Care, state ministry of Health, expressed her satisfaction with the comprehensive approach taken by the foundation and its collaborative efforts in empowering communities with crucial knowledge and resources for diabetes management.

    Freelanews reports that the convergence of community leaders, government officials, and the ABOC Foundation underscores a unified front against the diabetes epidemic. This concerted effort not only highlights the importance of proactive healthcare strategies but also signifies the impact achievable through collective engagement and partnership in addressing pressing health concerns within communities.


    Gambia To Explore Tourism, Economic Opportunities With Nigeria



    A high-powered delega­tion from The Gambia, led by Mrs Isatou Dram­meh, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, recently visited Badagry, Lagos State, to explore potential partnership op­portunities in tourism, trade, and economic de­velopment.

    The delegation met with authorities in Badagry to discuss part­nerships in tourism devel­opment, cultural exchang­es, hospitality investment, and trade.

    The high-powered team from The Gambia acknowledged the simi­larities between the two countries in the areas of rich cultural heritage, his­torical sites, and beautiful coastlines.

    After the meeting and a tour of the ancient city, the facilitator, Hon. Apata Sam­son Nunayon, Chairman, Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria, (ATPN) Lagos Chapter and CEO of Eko Destination Ltd, briefed the delegation on the upcoming Destina­tion Lagos Awards.

    The delegation that showed enthusiasm about the upcoming event en­dorsed it and pledged full participation.

    The Destination Lagos Awards scheduled to hold later in the year aims to celebrate excellence in tourism, hospitality, and entertainment.

    It would also showcase Lagos State’s best offer­ings and create a strate­gic platform for regional tourism promotion and networking.

    The Gambia’s en­dorsement will, howev­er, strengthen the bond between the two nations and foster cooperation in tourism development and economic growth.

    “We are thrilled to support the Destination Lagos Awards and look forward to a fruitful part­nership with Eko Destina­tion Ltd,” said Mrs. Isatou Drammeh.

    According to the orga­nizers, the partnership signals a new era of co­operation and collabora­tion between The Gambia and Lagos State, driving growth and prosperity in both regions.

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    Federal University, Lokoja inaugurates zoo



    The Federal University, Lokoja on Thursday inaugurated a zoo to ease students’ practical learning in biodiversity, wildlife and recreation.

    Akonitv reports that the zoo and conservatory situated at the Field Main Campus of the institution, was inaugurated by the Conservator-General of the National Park Service, Ibrahim Goni.

    Some of the animals in the zoo include donkeys, snakes, ostriches, horses, monkey, among others.

    Akonitv reports that the zoo has a children amusement and recreational facilities to serve as a recreational and educational facility for the people of Lokoja and its environs.

    It is also expected to provide a space where families, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts could learn about Nigeria’s rich natural heritage.

    Mr Goni, while inaugurating the facility, described it as a centre with the potential to contribute to global conservation efforts that would benefit humanity.

    He said: “Nigeria, as a nation, is rich in natural and cultural diversity, so the protection of its natural resources will always be of utmost importance.

    “The role of zoos and conservatories in the preservation and protection of biodiversity cannot be overstated as they serve as living laboratories, fostering deep understanding and appreciation for the natural world.”

    He disclosed that about 180 million people visit Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos and aquariums each year, and contribute about $24 Billion to the U. S Economy.

    According to him, in Nigeria, travel and tourism contribute about 3.6 per cent to the country’s GDP annually.

    Mr Goni expressed the belief that through effective collaboration among the academia, conservationists and the government, the objectives of the centre would be achieved.

    The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. Akinwumi, described zoos as educational resources, providing a living laboratory for students and researchers in the fields of biology, environmental science and wildlife management.

    “For creating a safe haven for various animal species, we are not only contributing to global conservation efforts, but also raising awareness about the importance of protecting our natural world.”

    Earlier, the director of the centre, Prof. Jacqueline Badaki, had lamented the ever-changing wild landscape being ripped apart by climate change and habitat loss across the globe.

    Ms Badaki opined that captive breeding programmes were needed more than ever before to “assure the survival of some species that cannot survive on their own”.

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    Sanwo-Olu unveils Ashimolowo’s N6bn Makarios Aquatic Park



    Sanwo-Olu unveils Ashimolowo’s N6bn Makarios Aquatic Park

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, unveiled Makarios Aquatic Park located in Aiyeteru, Ibeju along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos.

    The N6bn project is celebrated as the first multi-sensory aquatic park in sub-Saharan Africa.

    The innovative park is expected to offer a unique recreational experience and serve as a major attraction, boosting tourism and the local economy in the area.

    The project, envisioned and developed by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, underscores a commitment to transforming the region into a premier destination for both residents and visitors.

    Ashimolowo is an entrepreneur and founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, and the Chairman of Makarios Luxury Properties Limited.

    Sanwo-Olu, who alongside many dignitaries was treated to a stunning view of jets of water moving in perfect harmony with musical rhythms, described his experience as that of “power of imagination and bringing imagination to reality”.

    He said, “With those things that we see in other parts of the world, the inspiring landscape we hear about, bringing them here, the least we can do is to acknowledge and appreciate it. As your governor, we are proud of this masterpiece this evening.

    “For us, it is about being an enabler of the greater things to happen. As Lagos continues to be home for all of us, it is also a future we all aspire to. Lagos is not only growing, but it is also a very resilient and forward-looking state.

    “When we see investments from our citizens or foreigners coming to the city, we are always very encouraged to support those investments. I assure you that this is the beginning of a lot of things that will be happening at the Makarios.”

    The governor commended Ashimolowo for the huge investment, noting that the Lekki corridor has been the fastest-growing corridor in Africa thus luxury living and properties will still come and differentiate the axis from others.

    “Putting this here to salivate the development that is to come here is very inspirational,” Sanwo-Olu added.

    Speaking on the inspiration behind the Makarios Aquatic Park, Ashimolowo, who revealed that his dream was to transform Lagos into a global hub of sophistication and leisure, said the concept was borne out of his experience in Dubai during the COVID-19.

    According to the preacher and author, he reimagined waterfront living, bringing the essence of Dubai’s iconic waterfront right to Lagos, Nigeria.

    Moreso, he observed that whenever he visits Nigeria with his grandchildren, they get easily bored as there are fewer places to take them to.

    “It became obvious to me that I could do something and be a part of the legacy. I wanted to be part of the solution and answer this question. People wanted to come to Nigeria but there are no tourist places to visit. That’s what gave birth to this place. I am very glad it has happened. I have lived in the United Kingdom for 40 years —and I still live there. I don’t want to be part of those Nigerians in the Diaspora who are always lamenting. That is what most of them do. I want to be part of solving problems,” said Ashimolowo.

    He described the Makarios Aquatic Park as an uncommon, unusual water display show. “A symphony of water, sound, and music, mesmerizing to the eyes, to the mind and the spirit. Firstly, you see water dancing, secondly, you see water responding to music, thirdly you see water mixed with laser light and fourthly you see water rise,” he stated.

    The Makarios Water Fountain is one of the few that has a water screen in the middle. It has 180 pumps that form a water screen and shoot about 12 meters with no building around, the wind can blow the water. As the water rises, it meets with the one cascading down to form a spectacular scene.

    The entire Makarios Ecosystem comprises both business and leisure districts. Built with the upper middle class and upwardly mobile people in mind, aside from the Aquatic Park, the entire Makarios Luxury Place will be a community where work, leisure, and luxury coexist harmoniously. Works are ongoing at the iconic shopping mall —sprawling across 8000 square meters—, a plush hotel as well as a 10-storey Imperial Towers with over 800 living spaces including chic apartments and elegant terraced and detached houses.

    “Makarios is designed to be more than just a residence; it’s an experience. Our vision is to offer a lifestyle that transcends boundaries, creating a world where dreams meet reality,” he said.

    The Makarios Aquatic Park opens to the public on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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