DIGITAL RADIO STATION SOON IN NIGERIA-LABARAN MAKU

At the recent retreat for the management and staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(FRCN) in Calabar, Cross River State, Mr. Labaran Maku gave the hint of his  ministry blue print to establishing ,a digital radio station in Nigeria.

According to Maku,the radio station, when it takes off  transmission,will compete effectively  with any radio station in the world. He therefore enjoined  the delegates at the forum to support the Federal Government’s plan to make a huge success of the project.

Maku was represented by his special adviser Mr Henry Abiodun Angulu who said “‘Nigeria is going through a very challenging period in its history and the role of the broadcast media especially  FRCN, becomes even more crucial. The public, therefore, expects some ideas that will improve the contents and programmes of the broadcast  media and help to sanitize the policy”

 

Do we need this so called Voter's Card?

It was just another chill evening in the lekki neighborhood, weather was so cool that if i don’t go out and have a beer; the gods will be angry. So after little contemplation, i decided to visit one of the lekki’s public beach. For a while i felt it was a very bad idea, the Elegushi beach was so crowded, and i coudn’t find a spot to clear my head. As the gods would have it, my paths crossed with a “SK” dealer; well don’t blame me, I am not an addict, i just needed to clear my head… to be in my zone… a planet of my own.

After quick deal took place, i found my sitting on the sands, looking onto the ocean. Few minutes later; i finally arrived on my planet… my zone… my head was finally cleared. I felt like the smartest person on the planet (after all is my planet). Alot of thoughts, ideas, solutions, tips and advices came flooding into my head; yea you did be amazed (after all when you clear our head, you have spaces to fill in thoughts, ideas, etc..)

NIMC-Card-front-and-backIt was during this period of reasoning that News about Nigeria Voter’s card came to me, it got me thinking; why is the Nigeria government spending billions of naira to print over 40 million voters card that is needed and valid for just voting. Do we need this voter’s card? One of the objectives of the voter’s card is to identify the voter, thus the voter can be checked easily by the presiding officer during an election.
I agree it makes sense alright, but sounds kind of stupid and unneccessarily when a new National Identity card is been introduced.

We do not need the voters card, the government should have easily have an ICT company develop a voting system that can work with the identity card, instead of printing 40 million voters card, they can develop a voting system integrated into the national identity management database. The system can identify the voter, and also perform “one person” “one vote” for a free and fair election.

We need intelligent Nigerians like me in the government, If our leaders can not be innovative like me, they should probably legalize “SK” and take an occassional walk to the beach to clear their heads.

 

LEAP’ ORGANIZATION : AGENT OF CHANGE IN AFRICA

‘LEAP’ ORGANIZATION : AGENT OF CHANGE  IN AFRICA

Denise Gray –Felder- (Rockefeller Foundation), in his foreword to’’ Making Waves’’ writes, ’’Capturing the essence of participatory communication on paper is by definition an elusive challenge. From the work I’ve witnessed, helped direct, or just monitored during a long career in communication, my observation is that most interesting work of participatory nature can often defy the written word. That is, when reasonably talented writers or public speakers try to explain what it is about this work, that is so captivating- and has the potential to so dramatically improves lives-their words fall flat’’.

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I n line with what Denise  said above, words are absolutely inadequate to express what a non-governmental organization in Africa  ‘LEAP’ is doing in empowering people living in poor communities across Nigeria- to seize control of their own life stories and begin  to change their circumstances of ignorance, ecological degradation, and exclusion. Youth and adults are exposed to training which include life and employability skill development, personal and organizational leadership, governance, business ethics, succession planning, talent management and organization management among others.

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Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. I t has dedicated its efforts to  working with visionary  youths, business owners and social entrepreneurs and over the years, LEAP  has inspired  and equipped its beneficiaries to lead ethically while implementing positive changes that transform their communities  and organizations,  thereby sustaining livelihood and contributing to national developments.

PROGRAMMES EXECUTED: LEADERSHIP, ETHICS AND CIVICS (LEC)

LEAP in 2008 introduced the Leadership, Ethics and Civics (LEC) programme in select public Secondary Schools to equip students with the skills and tools that they needed to cope with life’s challenges and serve as change agents in their local communities. It took off initially in Anambra,Lagos,and Ogun states through the support of NOKIA and International Youth Foundation, and was extended to Edo and Taraba states in 2010 with funding from T .Y. Danjuma Foundation.

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I n 2012, 2,132 student beneficiaries of the LEC program implemented 50 social change projects in Anambra, Lagos, and Ogun States. The projects which were implemented by students in groups are indigenous and germane to the respective communities to solve local problems in their immediate environments. These students utilized the newly acquired knowledge from the LEC programme such as self confidence, effective communication and fund raising.

Through these projects, the students from the participating schools in Anambra, Lagos and Ogun States have been able to positively impacted 20,000 community members.

For example in Anambra state, the project was: ’’Taking Back my Environment,’’   executed by community Secondary School Umuokpu. The challenge undertaking in this state was erosion which was a cankerworm that has adversely affected the environment, lives and properties of the residents of Umuokpu community. The projects were to check and control the erosion at the record time. To check the adverse effect of this erosion to the lives and property of the Umuokpu community, the LEC students of Community Secondary school partnered with the Anambra State Ministry of Environment and members of the Umuokpu Community.

The Ministry of Environment sponsored the purchase of 140 plants seedlings (80 tea plants, 20 palm trees, 20 ogbono trees and 20 bread fruit trees) Members of the community assisted the students in locating the erosion site and engaged labourers to clear the site after which the seedlings were planted on site. This project, at the developed stage would impact an estimated 150 family’s lives and property in about 140 buildings close to the erosion site. They would be secured when the trees are grown and erosion controlled. It will also provide employment and food overtime as the trees would grow to provide food.

The sustainability of the project is assured as the community is actively involved in nurturing the trees planted to grow properly to make for effective reforestation, check and eliminate erosion.

Also, the families living close to the project site are committed to erecting structures to ward against hazards.

Without any gainsaying, LEAP has been saturating Africa nay, Nigeria with its numerous programmes of change.  It will be more rewarding  if other non-profit organizations in Africa, and Nigeria in particular, take a cue from this to make our society a better place to live and make our restless youths duly engaged in positive ventures, since an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.

By-  Idowu   J.A.

 

 

TIME FOR A POSITIVE CHANGE

It is believed that indigenous knowledge is at best perceived as an acceptable claim from communities but rarely considered as one of the main components of development.The diversity of participatory communication experiences has always been a sign of its healthy status. However, the linkages with development projects aimed at economic and social change have not always been successful. It looks like ,at the grassroots level,the need for communication has been deeply felt by the people who took action to make it possible,while at the planning and implementation level of donor and government driven projects there has been little consciousness about change.

Perhaps, the mind to change this trend, to make Christians relevant in the social, economic, political and religious strata in Nigeria made the AIMP came together as bird of a feather-agents of positive change, using the biblical principles as a guide in business and other aspects of life.

The month of May,2014 had witnessed another thought provoking and inspirational lecture by the APOSTLES IN THE MARKET PLACE(AIMP) held at the Education Hub,1st Floor, East wing City Hall,Lagos, on Saturday, 17th May,2014.

Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker
Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker

REASONS WHY EDUCATION STANDARD IS DRIFTING?
1. Many factors, according to the speaker,are responsible for the drifting in education in the country.Youths are drifting seriously from the path of truth and chasing frivolous and mundane things. They are not seeking for the wisdom from the source of wisdom which is God . He said,’only God, the wisest could understand how he formed man and how the body work. So ,for somebody to acquire good knowledge , he needs the wisdom of God-James 1V5-6. God gave man a fraction of this wisdom and knowledge and also gave him the natural computer which is his brain.
2.LACADAISICAL ATTITUDE OF PARENTS-Dr.Akinboboye is of the opinion that parents are very vital in allowing good education for their children. That parents should teach their children from home:Ethics,moral instructions,principles of life and good cultural orientation practices before they move on to formal education and continue with them as they progress in schools.This will make these children to become Apostles in the Market Place later in life.But this is not always the case with some parents. Some parents are too busy to give good home training to their children because thy are escapee parents who look for simple way to abandon their children in pursuit of worldly ventures.Some allow them to do whatever they like (even when available)even when it does not conforms to the good moral standard or not in line with Godly principles.The mode of dressing by the youths today is much of a pornography in the street than the modest way of dressing.In-ability to open mouth to greet people they come across is another negative upbringing of the youths ,forgetting that youths can be rightly connected with the right people by the simple formation of the etiquette of greetings that can provoke good rapport.
THE SOCIETY- The Society has contributed much to the downward rend in positive change development. The traditional African society believes that you alone cannot ‘train’ your children. That,it is you and the society that own the children. So, you can even correct those who are not your biological children for their good and the nation at large. But some parents detest their children or ward being corrected. Watching filthy movies and reading despicable or erotic novels are some of the vices that are beclouding the positive change the nation much desired.
SCHOOLS-There is also a slide in the quality of education in schools. The reasons attributed to this, according to Dr. Akinboboye was mediocrity and lack of good on -on-the job-training for teachers, teachers conniving with students to cheat in examinations right from the elementary school,to secondary and tertiary institutions. He also attributed poor dieting, poor sleep, watching of movie at random,pornography, violence, drug abuse, cultism and bull dressing as the bane in our educational system. Lack of sporting activities and examination malpractices was also mentioned.
THE NATION-THE GOVERNMENT-Moral decadence in our society has affected the nation. The consultant in Family Medicine, Dr.Akinboboye, said, that”it is only Godly values that can build a strong nation”-2nd Peter1V3,Gal.5v22. A nation should invest in her human capital quotient. This is something higher than intellectual property. He made reference to Moses, Joseph, David Daniel and many other bible characters that went through different universities of life right from their parents home , in strange lands etc before they could affect their generations positively and cited by God Himself.The nation is drifting from God’s EXPECTATIONS FROM US hence, the mumbo-jumbo and topsy-turvy social,economic,religious and political imbroglio we are witnessing now. The Speaker , Dr. Akinboboye concluded his lecture by making the audience realize

Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker

that going back to the basics is one of the panacea to resuscitate a positive change in our educational , economic,social, religious and political sectors.The long abandoned technical colleges should be brought back,civics, history,and the like should be re-introduced in schools right from the elementary school because many of our youths don’t know the history of their nation.
Furthermore,peer role models should be introduced in schools whereby, the relatively sound ones should be more groomed to disciples the weak ones to affect their lives positively and this will continue in a circle to eventually bring our desired positive change in the educational and other sector of the economy.
PRAYERS-He also reminded the participants of the efficacy of prayers. We should take prayers seriously. Pray for the youths,nation, ,economy, our leaders, and believe a better turn around.
Finally, parental values, according to him, is vital. Parents should set good examples for their children. They should be close to their children and give them better attention. All these added together, will produce Godly values and a strong Nation.

FINGER TEST TO SPOT HEART RISK-BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Checking the pulse in the finger could predict risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that the finger’s pulse can measure stiffness in the aorta-a common risk factor for heart disease.

In the new procedure instrument called a transducer is placed on the finger or over the brachial artery,located inside the arm just beneath the elbow.

The read-out, combined with a person’s age and body mass index, lets doctors know whether the aorta has stiffened.

Currently, doctors have to record a pulse from the carotid artery in the neck and the femoral artery in the groin to check for hardened aorta.

The finger test is easier to record and almost as accurate , said the University of Iowa’s Gary Pierce, whose work in developing the procedure was reported in the American Journal of physiology-Heart and circulatory physiology.

It also works better with obese patients, where an accurate femoral pulse is difficult to record.

Professor Pierce said”The technique is more effective in that it is easy to obtain just one pulse waveform in the finger or the brachial artery.”It also can be easily obtained in the clinic during routine examinations similar to blood tests” As people can live for years without knowledge of existing cardiovascular problems, this new measurement tool is especially important, he said.

” Finding simple non-invasive methods to measure aortic pulse wave velocity in the clinic may help physicians to better inform middle-aged and older adults about their level of cardio-vascular risk”
Culled from: Daily Mail

TOP-BOTTOM-TOP APPROACH TO DEVELOP THE OIL COMMUNITIES

The Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,DESOPADEC saddled with the responsibility of developing the oil and gas producing communities of the state has organised a two-day training workshop for the Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas.

The workshop tagged”COMPUTER APPRECIATION AND ADULTS EDUCATION”was for for Oil and Gas Communities of Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas.

One of the members representing the Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas in the Board of DESOPADEC,Chief Chris Obiuwevwi Ominimini said the commission adopted top-bottom-top approach to meet the demands of the oil and gas bearing communities of the state.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN AGRICULTURE-COMMANDANT GENERAL OF (VGN)

The Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria(VGN), Mohammed Usman Jahun, announced the selection of about 5OO women to be empowered in the area of agriculture.

The women were selected from the 36 state chapters of VGN all over the federation. These lucky women selected, will benefit from small and medium scale enterprise programmes organised recently,in collaboration with some commercial banks at the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing the gathering, the Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria(VGN) Mohammed Usman said ”We are having a 2-day capacity building workshop for women to empower them economically, specifically in the area of agriculture.

INNOVATION: INTERNET RADIO STATION IN NIGERIA

A new internet radio station,234 Radio, has been introduced in Nigeria. The station has started web casting with the best entertainment from Nigeria,UK, Jamaika,USA and other parts of the world.

The station is the innovative mind of a dynamic Nigerian youth,DJ .O’KAY MEGAMIXER.
O’KAY is a seasoned DJ with more than a decade field experience in radio programming and entertainment across radio stations in Nigeria.

BEADING AMONG YOUTHS AND ADULTS

IMG_6688The art of beading has been in existence since time immemorial. Children, adults and even the aged use beads for fashion.

Just as styles and fashion come and rest,beads for sometime was out of circulation only to be found among the aged. However,the 21st Century fashion conscious people have resuscitated this valuable,durable and socially and culturally universally acknowledged form of art.

Beading is pleasurable, indeed , a very potent leisure activity that can aid Children’s development in many dimensions as elucidated below:

100_6402ENTHUSES THINKING SKILLS-Anyone who engages in the art of beading will have to count his cost  in terms of of materials to use either for a necklace,wrist band or bracelet.He has to think  of the number of hours to make either a necklace or wrist band. How many of  these bead pieces she will put together to produce what he or she wants.He thinks further the type of pattern to employ and so on.All these require deep thoughts and good calculations that will help such child in this situation,thereby developing  deep thinking ability to solve immediate academic problems.

STRENGTHTENS SMALLER MUSCLES-Holding the thread and threading the bead, cutting the thread to size and other simple but vital aspect of it assist in strengthning  smaller  muscles of children making beads.

IMG_6685HELPS GOOD ORGANIZATION-Planning ahead is key to good organization. Beading helps children to be organized as he or she looks forward to making available every tool  of the trade-plier, needle,sock etc. The one that is not available is sought for with zeal -thus children take their assignments with all seriousness.

IMPROVES  DRESSING SKILLS/STYLES-Beading  also helps children’s(and adults as well) dressing skills/styles- Clothing, buttons and zippers are used to adorn  whatever material that is used just to make it beautiful.

GOOD SENSE OF JUDGEMENT/DRESS SENSE: Colour combinations require deep thinking and matching of  assorted colours before the final selection and production  is enhanced. Even professionals in this area ascribe fine motor, visual perception and cognitive skills as some of the vital advantages of beading.

IMG_6680COOPERATIVE ACTS ENHANCED-Socially, beading promotes inter-personal interaction and cooperation among children.  Children select beads and make sure  the task at hand  or projects are  carried out  on time in a group setting. Where two or three people are involved in a project, tolerance must be adopted to see the project through.

In a nutshell, use of beads of various magnitude have come to stay. Many of the advanced countries of the world are involved in this lucrative  and decorative art either for economic purposes or personal uses. Countries such as  Hungary, U.K, USA, Australia,India etc use beads as costumes. African countries are not left behind:Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa etc  just to mention a few.They use beads as occasion demands. Girls wear earrings laced with beads,  wrist bands, necklace etc.The natural outlook of the user, makes beading and beads  interesting and cherished  work of arts and you can be a maker of beads yourself. You too can be involved. Give it a trial.