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Over 600 Women Benefit From Empowerment Programme In Ondo



Over six hundred women from Ondo West and East Local Governments of Ondo State have benefited from women empowerment programme; Women Advocacy and Economic Empowerment initiatives.

The event was organised by Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiatives (DROMI), an NGO primarily dedicated to women empowerment.

The founder of DROMI, Dr Rhoda Makinde, said the programme was founded to bring women of diverse economic backgrounds together to educate, inform, and inspire attendees to take charge of their lives and contribute meaningfully to family, community, and society at large.

She said DROMI was created after observing the link between micro businesses and women’s self- empowerment in the state. 45% of Nigerian rural women cite financial struggles as hurdle keeping them from running their businesses.

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The founder added that DROMI has helped many women start their micro businesses and become financially empowered.

Makinde noted instrument that was given to the beneciaries are 114 sewing machines, 99 grounding machines, 41 dryer, 2 mixer and cash will also be given to some beneficiaries.

Some of the items donated

According to her, this summit will include information on how to use micro loans and save effectively from local banker.

She said it is imperative that every woman be equipped with the skills they need in order to take care of themselves and their families.

Speaking earlier, the member, House of Representative Ondo East and West Federal constituencies, Hon. Abiola Makinde expressed joy, saying the empowerment will allow women to obtain their right in the society.

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He enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of the instrument given to them so that they can be good to themselves.

Hon. Makinde urged men to empower their wives so that they can also empower others.

Also speaking, the programme coordinator, Mrs Dupe Oluronbi said recognition of women’s contributions to economic and social development and of equality between men and women have increasing interest among policy-makers and development practitioners.

She noted that despite the improvement in gender awareness worldwide, data on women’s work and economic contribution have remained far.

Oluronbi added that evidence and experience have shown that in many African countries including Nigeria, women have been abused, marginalized.

She said discrimination and denied against women’s rights in most aspects of human endeavours. The situation is worse for the rural women who have low literacy level and, have become mere tools in the hands of their husbands.

According to her, the need to empower women especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria, saying this summit attempts to point out the need to empower Nigerian women for economic development.

She said women perform enormous tasks in their families and the society at large, adding that they have been oppressed and relegated to the background.

Oluronbi further said that women have not been fully involved in decision making to enable them contribute their own quota in national development. Inaccessibility to health, education and particularly in the planning process have hindered women development.

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She posited that violence and abuse of women have also posed a great threat to the self esteem of women, saying the full potential and place is rightly in the sphere of human development.

She said that micro finance interventions will empower and stimulate women to achieve food security and economic empowerment.

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Edo Police Parade 21 Suspects Over Alleged Murder, Cultism, Pipeline Vandalism



No fewer than 21 suspects were on Tuesday paraded by the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, for alleged robbery, unlawful possession of fire arms, murder, cultism, illicit drugs, economic sabotage and pipeline vandalism.

Parading the suspects at the Command headquarters, Benin City, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, Mr. Funsho Adegboye, said the suspects were arrested at different parts of the state for various crimes.

Among the suspects were Ovie Samuel (46), Stanley Itota (45), Felix Oputi (46), Kadiri Hassan (45) and Alex Akaeze, who were arrested for being in possession of 1,080 kilograms of ICE (hard drug), worth ₦20, million street value.

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Adegboye described successes recorded by operatives of the different units of the Command in the last two weeks as “a season of harvest of criminals.”

“This has been a season of harvest of criminals. the suspects were arrested within a period of two weeks and all this is done to make Edo safe for the citizens to carry out businesses in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, CP Funsho Adegboye has advised parents to warn their children, especially university students, to avoid being used by unscrupulous politicians.

He gave the warning ahead of the commencement of governorship electioneering.

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“We want to implore members of the public to please warn their wards, especially young people, especially university students.

“Our youths should be discouraged, they should not be used as tools in the hands of some unscrupulous politicians.

“Like I advised the executive members of the Students’ Union of the University of Benin, the people that are making use of them, their own children are not around, so why would they want to get involved,” he said.

Adegboye, who commended the people of the state for supporting the police, appealed to all stakeholders to continue to give useful information to enable the police to fight crimes and criminality in the state.

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JUST IN: Aircraft Belonging To Dana Air Skids Off Lagos Airport Runway



An aircraft belonging to Dana Air has skidded off the runway in Lagos State.

Details about the incident are still unclear as of the time of filing this report.; however, a source confirmed to our correspondent that no casualties were recorded.

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Cable Theft Soldiers Dismissed



The Nigerian Army has dismissed two soldiers accused of stealing armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos State.

The soldiers, Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani, were arrested while moving out of the facility with 897 armoured cables cut to size.

Director Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who earlier described the action of the soldiers as “totally unacceptable and highly regrettable” confirmed their dismissal in a statement on Monday, April 22.

“In line with Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to upholding high standard of professionalism, integrity and discipline, the NA wishes to update the general public on the outcome of the investigation into the alleged theft of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery premises on 14th April 2024, involving Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani,” the statement read.

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Sequel to a thorough investigation conducted in collaboration with the management of the company, the two soldiers were found to have abandoned their duty post and to be in unauthorized possession of the materials.

“Subsequently, they were both charged for Failure to Perform Military Duties punishable under section 57, sub section (1) and Other Civil Offences punishable under section 114, sub section (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. They were summarily tried.

“During the trial, the evidence against them was presented and they were given the opportunity to present their cases and defend themselves, but were however found guilty of the charges levelled against them in accordance with military laws.

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“As a demonstration of NA’s zero-tolerance for misconduct and criminality within its ranks, the two soldiers have been dismissed from the NA with immediate effect and handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution.

“This decisive action underscores the NA’s resoluteness in maintaining its institutional integrity and reputation.

“The NA reassures the general public of its dedication to upholding integrity, discipline and accountability at all levels. We remain resolute in our duty to protect and serve the nation with honor and dignity.

“We urge the public to continue to support our efforts in safeguarding national security and promoting peace and stability across the nation.”

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