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History as NBC approves Nigeria’s first women radio station*

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It has been in the rumour mills for some time, but we can authoritatively
confirm that history is in the making as the first radio station for women
and the family is set to hit the airwaves.

According to sources, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently
issued broadcasting licence to St. Ives Communications as operator of a
specialised radio station for women. By the time the radio station is
launched and comes on air very soon, it will be the first of its kind in
this part of the world.

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According to findings, the initiative is the brainchild of Dr. Tunde
Okewale, the Chief Medical Director at St. Ives Specialist Hospital, Lagos
and veteran broadcast journalist, Toun Okewale Sonaiya, a Director of St.
Ives Communications, owners of the radio station.

Dr. Wale, as he is fondly called, is said to have been inspired to conceive
the idea of a radio station for women having worked and related closely
with female clients in his career. This has made him to understand the
plight of Nigerian women and their struggle to be heard. “He felt a need to
fill an obvious gap in the Nigerian broadcast industry,” our source said.

He added that the brains behind the gender-sensitive radio station believe
that the initiative will improve the lot of the Nigerian woman by the time
the station comes on board.

As the radio station prepares to commence operations, it will provide a
platform to engage on issues of local, national and international
importance for Nigerian women. Its programming will be targeted towards the
advancement and social wealth of Nigerian women and their families. Our
source revealed that the radio station will provide the womenfolk access to
a truly quality, informative and entertaining programming that will cut
across business, politics, sports, news and entertainment from the woman’s
perspective.

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Our source also revealed that the radio station will not only focus on
women, but will also cater for the interests of the male gender and the
entire family, while highlighting issues that are very important to women.

As the radio station prepare to hit the airwaves with its test
transmission, our source revealed that the station will hit the airwaves,
broadcasting to Nigerian homes on 91.7 frequency modulation (FM) channel.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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