Breast Cancer Not Death Sentence, Lagos State Governor Tells Women

Breast Cancer Not Death Sentence, Lagos State Governor Tells Women

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday counseled victims of breast cancer not to see the disease as death sentence but rather embrace early medical solution to overcome it.

Governor Ambode, who said this while receiving the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu at Lagos House, Ikeja on courtesy visit with members of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), said it was time for people to see solution to the disease from medical point of view and not only view it from spiritual or cultural points.

The Governor said though it was true that there is spiritualism, but that the common-sense approach to overcome breast cancer is to seek early medical solution.

He said: “This is more about the people at the lower level. People talk so much about spiritual issue on cancer. Yes, there is spiritualism but again there is common sense. This is obviously more about common sense and we don’t want to continue to lose our people.

“On our part as government, we will do more of public enlightenment, we will do more of advocacy and whatever it is that the association is doing, I want to be put in the front burner because I want to be a partner in this. I believe that anybody having good health, there is hope for good life and that is the way we should treat every citizen that we come across in the course of our duty.”

The Governor commended Mrs. Akeredolu for coming up with the initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer, and pledged to do everything necessary to support the overall objective of the group.

He said: “The most significant part of this is that you (Akeredolu) happen to be the President of the association, not because you are the First Lady of Ondo State, but because of the fact that you have been a survivor and an advocate of the issue of breast cancer prior to becoming the First Lady and that is very significant for me.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right); First Lady Of Ondo State, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (middle); Chairperson of Lagos State Chapter, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Vivian Okorie (4th left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga during a courtesy visit by the First Lady and members of BRECAN at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

“I say this not because you are a survivor but because you are a proud one at that and also trying to send a message that breast cancer is not a death sentence. Twenty years after surviving it, you are seated here and we are propagating something that we should also sell to all Nigerians.

“The strong point of this association is more about advocacy to liberate our people from all these cultural myth and things that have actually held us down and eventually allowing Nigerians that have been held down by this to become part of the productive sector of the country which is the main purpose.

“When we are able to solve this; when we are able to advocate very well on the issue of cancer, we are technically increasing the GDP of Nigeria because it then means that more people will be part of the production sector,” the Governor said.

He said the State Government, through the Ministry of Health and other agencies was already doing a lot on issue of breast cancer, but that more efforts would be geared toward scaling up the advocacy especially at the grassroots.

Besides, Governor Ambode also appreciated the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu for his efforts in securing the release of the six students of Igbonla-Epe Model College.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presents a souvenir to the First Lady Of Ondo State, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu during a courtesy visit by the First Lady and members of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presents a souvenir to the First Lady Of Ondo State, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu during a courtesy visit by the First Lady and members of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Earlier, Mrs Akeredolu said she was at Lagos House to introduce BRECAN to the Governor as part of activities marking the formal launch of the Lagos State chapter of the association on Friday, as well as seek the support and partnership of the State Government to jointly tackle cancer in the country.

The Ondo First Lady, who formed the association twenty years ago after surviving breast cancer, said the main objective of BRECAN was to raise awareness and advocacy about the issue, saying that early detection and medical solution is key to save victim.

“People now misconstrue the issue of breast cancer to be a cultural issue or spiritual attack and so they resort to prayer centres. But the truth is that breast cancer is a medical issue. Early detection and care is key. If you notice any unusual change in your breast, go for check-up and not prayer centres,” she said.

Lagos Records 852 Domestic Violence Cases In Nine Months

Lagos Records 852 Domestic Violence Cases In Nine Months

…Set To Launch Short Code To Report Cases

Between January and September 2017, a total of 852 cases of domestic violence and related cases were recorded in Lagos State, the State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has disclosed.

Speaking on Tuesday at a media parley held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said out of the total number, there were 564 domestic violence cases, 60 defilement cases,  30 rape cases, 11 attempted rape, 123 child neglect and abuse cases, and 84 other cases.

Kazeem, who is also the Chairman of DSVRT, disclosed that the trend from the data showed an increase in men coming forward to report cases of domestic violence, just as he said that this year alone, a total number of 55 men came forward to report in contrast to 14 men that reported last year.

Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice/Chairman, DSVRT, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle), addressing the media during a parley to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. With him are Coordiantor, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivor-Adeniyi (left); Director, Citizen and Right Alternate, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (2nd left); Divisional Police Officer, Adele Police Station, SP. Ayodele Umujose (2nd right) and Founder, Mirabel Centre, Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba (right).
Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice/Chairman, DSVRT, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle), addressing the media during a parley to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. With him are Coordiantor, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivor-Adeniyi (left); Director, Citizen and Right Alternate, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (2nd left); Divisional Police Officer, Adele Police Station, SP. Ayodele Umujose (2nd right) and Founder, Mirabel Centre, Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba (right).

He said the data revealed that most of sexual assault cases were perpetrated in the afternoon during weekdays, while corroborating that 95 percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence are known to the victims, which according to him, necessitated the need to embark on sensitization campaigns for parents on parenting skills and child abuse prevention tips as well as trainings for children on child’s rights, child abuse, safety and how to preserve evidence.

While some of the cases have been charged to court, Kazeem said the State Government through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and other stakeholders, provided shelter for the survivors.

Aside that, the Commissioner said all the survivors of sexual assault received medical attention from comprehensive Primary Health Care Centres and referral centres, among other efforts to properly rehabilitate and re-integrate them into the society.

Kazeem, however, noted that under the present administration, the interventions of DSVRT were gradually breaking the silence around issues of sexual and gender based violence in the State.

“There is a growing confidence urging people to speak out more, there is an astronomical increase in reporting of cases in the media. Lagos has indeed revolutionize the way sexual and gender based violence is being tackled in Nigeria with all the pioneering initiatives of Governor Ambode,” Kazeem said.

Besides, the Attorney General revealed that the State Government has concluded plans to launch a short service code that would afford residents the opportunity of reporting cases of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse and other related offences with ease.

He said the initiative was aimed at ensuring that victims of all forms of abuse reach out to the appropriate agencies and receive timely information on what to do and where to get assistance.

“This would be achieved by members of the public using keywords, that is, ‘Child Abuse to 6820’ or *6820# and an interactive menu browser to get the relevant information from such users such as name, location, specific case or complaint which would in turn ensure that the whole response team is automatically activated.

“Anybody that needs to report a case of child abuse, rape or domestic violence or requires a child or a woman to be rescued can make use of the platform and should receive timely and accurate information”, Adeniji said.

Lagos Enlists Two Million Residents In Fight Against Domestic, Sexual Violence

Lagos Enlists Two Million Residents In Fight Against Domestic, Sexual Violence

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has begun a six-month intensified campaign against all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the State with a target to reach out to two million residents to lead the crusade against the menace.

Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi who disclosed this during a training session for Media Practioners on Best Practices for Investigating and Reporting Sexual and Gender Based Violence cases, said the development was in a bid to ensure that no community is left behind in the fight against all forms of SGBV.

According to her, the DSVRT would be embarking on intensive sensitisation campaigns at communities like Fagba, Ajuwon, Surulere, Ikeja, Kosofe, Ikorodu, Iwaya, Epe, Badagry, Onike, Ijanikin, Ojo, Idimu, Lagos Island, Alimosho and Agege.

She also said that inner communities in Badore, Sangotedo, Oke Yaya, Owutu would also not be left out of the intensive campaign to reach out to at least two million Lagosians.

“The campaign will be conducted through door-to-door canvassing, engagement of children in schools, town hall meetings, market rallies, engagement at religious gatherings, and visitation to salons.

“There would also be an extensive media outreach through Billboards, radio and television jingles in English, pidgin and other indigenous languages,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

The DSVRT Coordinator also said that the Team would ensure that relevant details on Domestic Violence prevention are distributed through Local Governments and Marriage Registries to intending couples.

She said the aim of the six months intensive campaign is to drive increased awareness within the populace, improve on coordination of response and more effective prosecution of cases with better witness corroboration, and ultimately a reduction in the number of SGBV cases within the State.

 

LASG Welcomes Release Of Kidnapped Epe School Students

The Lagos State Government on Friday expressed excitement over the release of six students of Igbonla-Epe Model College who were abducted on May 25, 2017 in their school premises.
In a press statement, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde congratulated the parents of the students and all concerned stakeholders over the development, just as he said the students would undergo series of medical tests and trauma therapy before they are reunited with their families.

“This is a welcome development and the State Government has always believed that the students would be released unhurt. The news of their release is therefore a confirmation of that belief and we are glad that they would be reuniting with their families,” Ayorinde said.

He said the State Government remains resolute in its commitment to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the State and has already beefed up security in schools to prevent a re-occurrence.

“It is on record that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration has invested massively on equipment and welfare of security personnel so as to ensure that the State remains safe for residents and investors.

“This Government has already taken giant steps to secure all our schools especially those in the suburbs and riverine areas and we are confident that the steps taken so far will go a long way in nipping a repeat of such in the bud,” Ayorinde said.

The Commissioner also quoted Governor Ambode as commending the efforts of security agencies who worked tirelessly to ensure the safe release and return of the students.

LASG Donates N55m To Families Of Slain Security Officers

LASG Donates N55m To Families Of Slain Security Officers

…Injects 20 New Operational Vehicles To RRS Fleet

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday presented cheques totaling N55 million to the families of security officers who lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

The families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, while an officer who sustained injury during the attack and still recuperating in the hospital, Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu got N5million.

Also, a cheque of N10 million was presented to the family of a military officer, Capt. A Mohammed who lost his life during the attack.

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Chairman, Lagos State Neigbourhood Safety Corps, Rtd. D.I.G Israel Ajao; widows of killed Policemen, Mrs. Temilade Godwin; Mariam Mamuda; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Son of killed Policeman, Mr. Francis Emmanuel; CSP. Ejiofor Obiora during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Chairman, Lagos State Neigbourhood Safety Corps, Rtd. D.I.G Israel Ajao; widows of killed Policemen, Mrs. Temilade Godwin; Mariam Mamuda; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Son of killed Policeman, Mr. Francis Emmanuel; CSP. Ejiofor Obiora during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants.

The police officers’ whose families benefited from the death insurance scheme of the State Government are late Insp. Godwin Iroagbalahi, Insp. Francis Pemi, Sgt. Mamuda Dembo and Sgt. Idor Ekoro.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Governor Ambode said the move was in appreciation of the supreme sacrifices paid by the late officers in the course of ensuring the safety of residents of the State.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said the donation was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits to security operatives in the State.

 Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, presenting a cheque to widow of one of the killed Policemen in Ishawo, Ikorodu, Mrs. Temilade Godwin while the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, watches during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, presenting a cheque to widow of one of the killed Policemen in Ishawo, Ikorodu, Mrs. Temilade Godwin while the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, watches during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Bello recalled that since coming on board, Governor Ambode immediately reviewed the insurance benefits for security operatives in the State with a pledge to pay N10million to any officer killed during operation, adding that the ceremony was in consonance with the earlier promise.

“This is to appreciate what the gallant officers have done; they sacrificed their lives in the course of protecting several of us and we have to appreciate them. As a matter of fact, if we don’t do this, who will? The Governor has always said that we must continue to appreciate those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our lives because they died for us.

“We must continue to appreciate them because if we don’t do this, who will be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for our safety? The officers are sent out to protect us and when they are going, they are not even sure of coming back and having paid the supreme sacrifice, should we leave them just like that, definitely not and it is in appreciation of what they have done that we are doing this,” he said.

Cross Section of the 20 Patrol vehicles presented to the Rapid Response Squad by the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Cross Section of the 20 Patrol vehicles presented to the Rapid Response Squad by the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.

The Governor, while commiserating with the families of the late officers, assured that the State Government would continue to support security officers and their families in the State.

Responding on behalf of beneficiaries, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni commended Governor Ambode and the State Government for the donations, which he described as a moral booster, saying that the gesture would go a long way in motivating officers.

He said: “On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I stand to appreciate Lagos State Government for this morale boosting gesture that you have showed to our colleagues who, in the course of discharging their statutory duties to this nation, demonstrated bravery, gallantry and courage but unfortunately lost their lives in an encounter with criminal elements.

“The IG appreciates this kind gesture and on behalf of the respective families of the officers that lost their lives, in as much as we know that money will not bring their lives back, but you have given us that confidence that in our trial and sadness period, the State is standing solidly behind us. This will spur us to be more committed to the security of the State,” Owoseni said.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Chairman, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale; Executive Secretary/CEO, LSSTF, Dr. Abdulrazaq Balogun; Commander RRS, ACP Tunji Disu and Board member of LSSTF, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje during the handing over of 20 Patrol vehicles to the RRS at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Chairman, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale; Executive Secretary/CEO, LSSTF, Dr. Abdulrazaq Balogun; Commander RRS, ACP Tunji Disu and Board member of LSSTF, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje during the handing over of 20 Patrol vehicles to the RRS at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Earlier, Governor Ambode, on behalf of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) presented 20 brand new operational vehicles with modern communication gadgets to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command.

Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazaq Balogun, in his remarks, said the donation of the operational vehicles was in furtherance of the commitment of the State Government to bequeath a robust security architecture to residents, just as he assured that the government would soon donate another round of vehicles to other security agencies in the State.