A civil society group, the Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI) has called on the Federal Government to restrain the excessive powers of the Chairman, Governing Board of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Alhaji Ibrahim Gwarzo. This is informed by the fact that CWAI discovered that Alhaji Ibrahim is unilaterally running the institute of government as his private property. In addition, he has appropriated all the tools of governance and administration to himself by administering FIIRO as a Military Administrator (MILAD). He takes no orders, instructions or initiatives from the supervisory ministry – the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
CWAI discovered to its dismay that, Alhaji Ibrahim Gwarzo has changed the signatories to the accounts of FIIRO and keeps on bragging to the ears of anyone that cares to listen, that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha is his godfather and mentor. As such, he can do anything legally or illegally and nothing will happen to him so long as Mustapha remains the SGF. CWAI gathered from reliable sources at FIIRO that Gwarzo has bragged in notable places and in the institute that as long as Boss Mustapha remains the SGF, his (Gwarzo’s) sins at FIIRO are covered and he remains untouchable.
It will be recalled that Dr Chima Igwe, the suspended Acting DG has not been reinstated despite clearance from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the Independent Corrupt Practices (and Other Related Offences) Commission (ICPC) and other governmental organizations. Though the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology ordered for his reinstatement since May 2020, this directive has not been carried out. This lacuna has given the Chairman unfitted access to the treasury of the institute for unethical contract awards and commissioning. He has wilfully delayed the reinstatement of Dr Igwe as Ag DG of FIIRO in the past few months, due to this delay, a lot of insider dealings have overtaken the foremost institute.
In a press release signed by the Executive Secretary of Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, CWAI wondered what must have kept the governing board of FIIRO from reinstating the Ag. DG after the Ministry had given the directive to the Chairman of the board and after the orchestrated investigation carried out had declared his innocence to all allegations.
While it is public knowledge that the grand standing of Gwarzo is linked to his senatorial ambition in Kano State, trying to show his people he has the muscle to thwart the efforts of the management at FIIRO as a result of his perceived closeness to the SGF.
CWAI insists that Nigerians are aware that it was the office of the SGF that brought about a stop to the arbitrary sacking of the Directors-General of MDAs by Ministers of the Federal Republic through the enactment and description of the extant laws and rules but the same SGF is now seen as aiding and abetting the sins of Alh Ibrahim Gwarzo at FIIRO to the detriment of the institute in particular and Nigerians in general.
CWAI therefore calls on the SGF to reign his power on the FIIRO governing board to stop forthwith all the shenanigans and unethical practices, contract racketeering that are on-going at FIIRO. CWAI is of the view that the friction of the governing council was clear and insisting that “among the many functions listed therein, none empowers the board/council to even oversee the daily running of the affairs of the institute, as being witnessed under the current board headed by Gwarzo.”
CWAI therefore calls on the Presidency, the Minister and Board of Science and Technology to look into this issue dispassionately and thoroughly and call the Alh Ibrahim Gwarzo-led governing board to order and prevail on the cabal at FIIRO to reinstate Dr Chima Igwe as Acting Director-General and stop all the unethical practices going on.
In conclusion, CWAI warns that if this step is further delayed, the organization will be forced to seek redress in the courts of law.
Capacity Building: CCD Holds 4Days Training on Shadow Reporting, Rights Based Approach and Impact Tracking
In an effect to support in-depth trainings for Nigeria , Organisations of persons with Disabilities (OPDs) on UN treaty monitoring mechanisms, alternative reporting, as well as rights-based advocacy using Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) principles, the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) organized a one-week training for organisations of persons with disabilities in Nigeria with support from the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) through its Technical Assistance funding program
In his opening remark at the training, the Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Mr. David O. Anyaele said that the training was provided as a prelude to the preparation of an alternative report to the CRPD Committee, following Nigeria’s submission of its initial report in Spring 2021.
CCD Executive Director further stated that the funding program provides resources to grantees for specialized advice and customized support to resolve specific problems and increase the capacity of organisations of persons and the larger disability movement in target countries.
According to Mr. Anyaele, the first three-day of the workshop was used to train selected leaders of organisations of persons with disabilities OPDs on alternative reporting so that participants understand the UN treaty system and monitoring mechanisms and the major steps in writing an alternative report.
“The last two-day of the training focused on rights-based advocacy and outcome tracking and harvesting with concentration on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) principles. This is to ensure that grantees become more strategic in their advocacy and design projects that are result oriented. It is also to ensure that participants are able to produce reports that clearly identify outcomes of executed projects or activities” Mr. Anyaele said.
Ms. Katiya Sakala, Regional Head of Program, DRF said that they are supporting the Nigeria OPDs DRF grantees to prepare to submit an alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “With Nigeria now having submitted their initial report on the rights of persons with disabilities. This is a requirement as provided for in article 33 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is required that when the government submit their report there should be a parallel report which supposed to be submitted by the Civil Society Organisations” Katiya said.
Mr. Theophilous Odaudu, Nigeria Program Officer, DRF on his part said that the significant of the training is that when country ratifies international treaties, they have obligations, they have also reporting obligation to the treaty bodies. When they summit this report, it is expected that Civil Society Organisations will also be expected to bring an alternative report to show what is on the ground, to agree or disagree on what the government has reported.
The lead facilitator at the training, Mr. Foluso Adegalu in his presentation said that right-based advocacy is all about NGOs tracking their activities so that they can see the impact of your work on the ground. It gives you the opportunity to reassess and reevaluate what you are doing and if there is any reason to modify your strategy and all that.
“Rights based advocacy as the words suggest is advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities on the understanding that persons with disabilities are entitled to their rights not because it is a charitable option that is given to them by the State” Foluso said.
One of the participants, Mrs. Patience Ogolo-Dickson thanked CCD and its partner Disability Rights Fund for the full week training on shadow reporting, rights-based advocacy and impact tracking.
“I have learnt so much about outcome tracking from this training. As an NGO and OPD, that is one thing that is really missing in most of our work. It is a great opportunity for us, and for me in particular, especially to learn that, and I am very sure that this would improve our work and further strengthen our organisation” Mrs. Ogolo-Dickson said.
Ms. Florence Attah,
Program Officer, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) said that the training provided an opportunity for simulation exercise on CRPD Committee, including having participants draft an alternative report on specific sessions of the Nigerian Report and present their report to the Committee amongst others.
Organizations of Persons with Disabilities that participated in the training include
Association of lawyers with Disabilities. (ALDIN)
Advocacy for women with Disablities initiatives (AWWDI)
Disability Rights Advocacy centre (DRAC)
Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAl)
Inclusive Friends Association (IFA)
Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD)
Lionheart Abilities Leaders International Foundation (LALIF)
Nigerian Association of the Blind (NAB)
Network of Disabled Women (NDW)
Nigeria Association of the Deaf (NNAD)
She Writes Women (SWW)
The Albino Foundation (TAF)
Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative (WHER)
Centre for Human Rights
Spinal cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN)
Hope Alive for Possibilities Initiatives ( HAPI)
Children Development Centre (CDC)
Disability Advancement Initiative (DAI)
Sound Abilities for Vulnerable Women Initiatives Nigerian ( SAVWIN)
Hope Inspired Foundation for women and Youth (HIFWY)
Nigeria Association of the Blind, FCT
Centre for Inclusive Development
Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria. ( ASLIN)
Festus Fajemilo Foundation (FFF)
Human Development Initiative ( HDI)
Voice of Disabilities Initiative ( VDI)
Disability Law Advocacy Project.
Itel S17: A Selfie Smartphone With Unbeatable Features For Users
From meeting lifestyle needs to blazing new trails, itel is continuously proving its dominance in the smartphone industry. The global smartphone and accessories brand has been in the news in recent weeks for yet again delivering on its promise to tailor its products to meet the everyday needs of users, laced with superior technology, user-friendly designs, and trail-blazing features. The itel S17 selfie smartphone fits that description with a few more extras to go with.
Olamide with itel S17
In an exclusive online launch held on 8th of October 2021, some of Nigeria’s biggest stars were on ground to share glowing remarks about the mind-blowing features of the itel S17 smartphone along with other products released the same day. itel brand ambassador Olamide ‘Baddo’ Adedeji- flanked by Nollywood star Mercy Johnson-Okojie and celebrity TV host Stephanie Coker- demonstrated how the itel S17 Smile Selfie Smartphone can lighten up your day and help your unique personality and style shine through.
The itel S17 rears its head elegantly on the heels of the S16, a user-friendly smartphone which gained glowing reviews from consumers and critics. The newer model, already a success in the industry, revolutionises the Smile Selfie technology that makes every smile count. Just turn on the camera and smile to capture your most beautiful moments and looks without trying too hard. But beyond that, the S17 helps you stay connected to family and friends all day long, with limitless social media time, music, movies, and fun games.
Big Battery for Premium Value
For those who love to binge on their phones, here’s a smartphone that offers you the freedom to talk, play and have maximum enjoyment without any worries. The itel S17 comes with a 5000mAh battery; that’s 1000mAh more than what the S16 offers. This big battery gives you as much as 7 hours of Selfie time, 30 hours of chat, 70 hours of non-stop music and 10 hours of entertainment. Unstable electricity has got nothing on you, as the itel S17 charges more quickly and lasts longer than most devices in its price category.
itel S17 has a 5000mAh big battery
This battery efficiency is further enhanced by the AI Power Master software that helps you save battery power by hibernating unused apps and allocating energy to only your most used apps. This is a high-tech power cataloguing system that gives more power to apps you use often, thereby optimising their performance, and less power to those you seldom use for all-round premium performance. So, whether your phone is your office or store, or you need to stay in touch with your social media followers all day, the itel S17 is your best bet.
Super-Stylish design for fun lovers
Nengi with the itel S17
Not many brands can conveniently combine efficiency and style in one smartphone. You can see why itel S17 created quite the buzz after its launch. We can talk all day about its sleek unibody design or its amazing 6.6″ HD+ waterdrop fullscreen, and we still won’t do justice to its exceptional beauty. At 8.85mm, this is one of the slimmest and most compact smartphones in the market today. It fits seamlessly in your palm, adding colour and lots of bright smiles to your day.
Other Premium lifestyle and safety features
Olamide with itel S17
The itel S17 smartphone also features three rear cameras that function interdependently to absorb all the light around you and make your photos come out just as you love them. And the front camera? Perfect for Selfie lovers. The itel S17 is ergonomically designed to support your lifestyle. The bottom speaker makes it even easier to communicate on the go. And in a world where cyber security is constantly an issue, the upgraded fingerprint unlock, and facial recognition combine to give you that trusted shield for confidential files and information.
The itel S17 is available in three amazing colours of Multicolour Green, Sky Blue and Deep Ocean Black in select stores nationwide.
Laugh Out Loud With itel On Your Campus
itel will be coming to your campus with Akpororo this October with the itel S17 Laugh Out Loud comedy show. It promises to be lots of fun with the new itel S17 smartphone, itel accessories, and other gift items up for grabs. For more information, please visit @itelNigeria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: Getting Ready to Shake the World
Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris: an online global phenomenon that has blessed so many lives in countless ways. Streamed via the internet and on various terrestrial and satellite TV and radio stations all over the world, billions have been tremendously blessed by the power of God through healing miracles, salvation in Jesus Christ, and spiritual endowments.
Testimonials of supernatural encounters and divine interventions into human situations abound aplenty from those who have participated in these programs since its inception in September 2020, and more especially for the March and July 2021 editions that featured the man of God, Pastor Chris.
“My son had skin problem on his back. During the July Healing Streams Live Healing Services, I placed my hand on his back as Pastor Chris was praying. When we woke up the next morning, we saw a huge difference on my baby’s back. He is completely healed. Indeed, God is amazing, I can’t stop praising and thanking Him for what He’s done. My son’s skin was so ugly, but is now perfect,” says Lesego from South Africa.
“On the Monday of the week of the recent Healing Streams program in July 2021, I developed a sudden lower back pain whilst in the kitchen. The pain became so severe that I could not sit or even stand but could only lie on my back. I participated in the program from Friday and by the close of the program on Sunday, I was totally healed. The pain disappeared and I can now sit and stand normally. Glory be to Jesus!” Harrison from Spain proclaims.
Neither time nor space in any one article would suffice to even begin to tell of the many glorious wonders that God has wrought through the Live Healing Services, which is reminiscent of John’s declaration when he said, “Jesus did many other things. If they were all written in books, I don’t suppose there would be room enough in the whole world for all the books,” (John 21:25 CEV).
Still, all that has happened is only just a foretaste of things to come. The Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris will hold from Friday to Sunday, 29–31 October 2021, and it is set to be the biggest and grandest crusade yet. Nothing the world has ever seen will compare to it.
On the impact of the upcoming program, the man of God, Pastor Chris says, “We are going to shake the world for Jesus one more time. It’s the biggest thing happening in the world right now.”
Language? Time? Distance? There are no barriers to your miracle. The program will be streamed live in over 4,000 languages, on the Healing Streams TV website (www.healingstreams.tv), the Healing School Mobile App, and on Loveworld Networks (TV and radio stations all over the world). You can participate from wherever you are!
So, the only question is this: are you ready?
There are 4 Ps to remember when preparing for the Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris:
- Pray about the program and for those who will participate in it.
- Publicize it to your world. You sharing the news is the only way some people will hear.
- Prepare places; share the program with other by creating on-site and virtual healing centers
- Partner. Sponsor the program.
To register for the program and for more information on what to do, please visit www.healingstreams.tv/3days.
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