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Maryam Onikijipa-Belgore: Living An Impactful Life For The Downtrodden

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By Oladapo Sofowora

Not many of her peers would shoulder the responsibility of creating succour to the less privileged around them. They would rather invest their resources on frivolities and absurd materials that would never impact peoples life positively. Maryam Onikijipa Belgore, chooses to be different as her giant stride towards creating an egalitarian society, where equity, justice and fairness thrive seems to be actializing. Just like the proverbial rattle snake that saunter through the rocky path without it’s presence recorded, Maryam has made an indelible mark, cresting her name in gold as history will forever be kind to her for contributing to humanitarian ideals. If Cheerful giving were to be a craft, maryam would have had a mastery of it. She does it effortlessly without blinking an eye.

During her formative years, she has always had this covenant with her creator on using her God given wealth to service humanity. She further promised that; she would invest in the education of many girl-child and empower them to reach their full potentials. She has since been living her dreams, fulfilling her heart desires. Not much people are blessed with such a benevolent heart Maryam is blessed with, she has showed the world that; you can be beautiful in and out and still be a kind person.

Despite having an aristocratic and bourgeois background, born into the family of popular clergyman; Sheik Sulaiman Farooq Onikijipa, she was raised Inline with the tenents of Islam which gives strong references to ‘Zakat’ ‘Giving’. Through her Maryam Onikijipa Belgore Foundation, she has done fantastically well. She has extended her hands of help to the downtrodden. She has visited several IDP camps in Nigeria, where she sponsored children educations, distributes sanitary towels to kids, distributes Food items, toiletries and other important materials for survival.

Apart from her philanthropic gestures, The graduate of Cresent Univerisity is an advocate against rape, child abuse, genital mutilation and sexual abuse. She has constantly lend her voice by galvanazing the private sector in the need to address illiteracy affecting children as they are all entitled to quality education and good life regardless of their background. Despite the recent surge in mental health related issues leading to depression, suicide, trauma and low self esteem, She has also assisted by raising funds through, mental health care and policy advocacy. The fund will be used to cater for anyone who needs mental health recovery either as a result of drug abuse or other mental health related issues.

Today the 3rd of October, the super pretty mother of three saunters into a new age on earth. At a time when the world is currently ravaged by a global pandemic, she spent million of Naira in distribution of palliative to people in Lagos, Abuja and Kwara. Like popular Nigerian Professor and writer and dramatist; Prof Femi Osofisan wrote in one of his masterpiece; ‘Birthday are not for Dying’; which aptly captures that birthday are for the living. Being alive to witness such day is a clear indication that the creator still watches over his own people. Maryam sees birthdays as a day not only to celebrate by throwing big soiree and entertain friends but a time to reflect on the past and work on the future.

To further show her commitment to humanitarian related works, on Thursday the 1st of October, Maryam and her crew visited the Durumi IDP Camp in Abuja, where she donated food items, sanitary towels, cash. She also cut her birthday cake with displaced children who sang and merried with her. For her, celebrating her birthday in such a way was the best. The children she fed matters more as it gives her great joy to put smiles on their faces and share her birthday cake with them.

As she would have loved to throw a massive Shindig in celebration mood, most expecially her Cosmopolitan husband, Abdulsalam Belgore, would have treated her to an expensive birthday treat, that would never be forgotten in a hurry but Maryam chooses to keep it on a lowkey and also spend time praying to her creator to grant her many more years in good health and wealth. For those willing to visit her Abuja Home, Maryam will be displaying her culinary skills as she hosts her close friends, family to a special dinner.

Those privileged to attend would be treated like Kings and Queen with grand opulence. Trust Maryam when it comes to hosting a shindig, you should expect the very best of continental and local dish laced with lavish supply of high cost Champagne, Cognac, Vodka, Rums, Whisky, Red and White wines. As she celebrates, we indeed wish her many more years with continuation of her philanthropic and humanitarian works.

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SCHOOLS SECURITY: LAGOS CP LECTURES PRINCIPALS, DIRECTORS

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The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has been sensitive and proactive to fortifying security in and around schools in Lagos State, particularly, the boarding schools with a view to protecting students, staffers and their facilities.

The Commissioner of Police, in order to build confidence in the principals, students, parents of the schools and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, had a security meeting and lecture with the principals and officials of the Ministry of Education on redesigning and fortifying security of schools across the state, on Thursday 1st April, 2021 at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Ikeja-Lagos.

The Hon Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, and the Police Command had deemed it necessary to organise such a meeting to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of all schools in the state by building confidence in the concerned staffers, students, parents and the Government of Lagos State; and intensifying efforts on deploying its human and material resources to protect lives and property in the schools.

The police boss had an interactive session with them and shared some security tips with them so as to propel them into actions on the general security of schools, both private and public, in the state.

The Hon Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisoye, appreciated the command and other participants at the meeting for their time and supports so far on the security of schools in the state and encouraged them to put in their best to work with the police and other security agencies in the state in ensuring that our schools in Lagos State are safe and fortified against any attacks.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, was accompanied to the meeting by all the fourteen Area Commaders in the state, Heads of Departments and the Intelligence officers of the command. Others that were present at the meeting were the Chairman Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, who was represented by Mr Sulaiman Ajayi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Omojola, the Chairman Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon Wahab Alawiye-King and the Tutor General/ Permanent Secretaries from Districts 1 to 6 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police therefore assured all and sundry, especially owners and principals of schools to remain calm as the command has taken necessary steps in deploying its human and material resources including Intelligence gathering, patrols, raids of black spots, sensitisation programmes, Town Hall Meetings, threat analyses etc to brace up the security in and around both private and public schools in Lagos State.

He also urged the parents and guardians to assist in supervising their kids (students) and volunteer information to the police and other security agencies as it affects the safety of schools in the state.

E-SIGNED

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
IKEJA-LAGOS
DATED 5TH APRIL, 2021

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ANTI CULTISM FIGHT: LAGOS POLICE ARREST SERIAL KILLER CULTIST, SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS NABS MAN, 43, FOR DEFILING WIFE’S NIECE, 15

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The Police detectives attached to Sagamu Road Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Sagamu Road, Ikorodu, on Sunday, 4th April, 2021, at about 10am, apprehended one wanted serial killer cultist, Segun Agodo, m, in Odongunyan area of Ikoodu, Lagos State.

In a communique E-SIGNED by CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
IKEJA-LAGOS
DATED 4TH APRIL, 2021has it that Segun, a senior member of Eye Confraternity, had been on the run for a while since he got the wind that he had been declared wanted by the police for his atrocities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. But he was sighted in Ikorodu today 4th April, 2021, while the DPO Sagamu Road Division and his men were on Surveillance patrol around Ikorodu.

The suspect, who has been fingered in many murder cases, including alleged killing of a policeman, in Ikorodu, was arrested in possession of two (2) locally-made revolver pistols, each loaded with seven (7) and fourteen (14) rounds of cartridges, one axe, some cutlasses and assorted charms.

Similarly, the police detectives attached to Alakuko Division of the command, on 2nd April, 2021, at about 5.30am, arrested one Sola Akinwole, m, 27, where the suspect and his gang members were robbing at a car/motorcycles shop located at AMJE Bus Stop, Alakuko Area of Lagos State.

The police detectives raced to the scene while responding to a distress call from the shop. The suspected armed robbers had shot one of the guards at the shop, Tairu Baba, m, 20, before the police arrived the scene. One Locally-made pistol and four (4) cartridges were recovered from the suspect.

In another development, the police operatives attached to Festac Division on 3rd April, 2021, at about 3pm, arrested one Jonas Nnubia, m, 43, for defiling his wife’s neice (name withheld) at 1st Avenue, L Close, Festac, Lagos State.

The victim, who was taken to the police station in company of some officials of the Child Protection Network, Lagos State, alleged that the suspect has defiled her severally and warned her not to disclose his criminal act to anyone or else she dies.

The victim has been taken to the hospital for necessary medical examination and attention in order to assist the police in carrying out their discreet Investigation into the matter.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects involved in the cases be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation and possible prosecution.

CP Hakeem Odumosu further stated that the command will leave no stone unturned in making sure that Lagos State is rid of criminals, especially cultists who are the major perpetrators of crimes and social vices in the state. He also promised to continually partner with the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and other interest groups in fighting against gender/domestic based violence in the state.

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Iwo Action Council, (IWAC) Honours Engr. (DR) Ademola Adedapo ln A Grand Style

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An adage says ” For someone to be Honoured, He/ She must be a good person in the society. This is a perfect description of the event of today.

Today is historical and unique in the life of Adedapo Royal family from Gbase ruling House of lwo, as one of their illustrious son and captain of industry, Engr.(Dr.) Ademola Adedapo an Abuja based philantropist though hails from foke’s compd, lwo. Osun state is being Honoured today by Iwo Action Council, (IWAC) with the prestigious PHILANTHROPIC SON of the soil Award having been contributing immensely towards the social economic development of his fatherland in many various capacities, ranging from sponsorship of vulnerable wards, paying WAEC fee of some selected students, handsome donations at every annual lwo day celebrations and yearly quiz competition organised for all science students in the state of Osun amongst other. Engr. Ademola Adedapo premised all these lofty and remarkable services to complement the effort and developmental agenda of our Amiable and dynamic Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola in his giant strides to turn Osun into a state of El dorado’s.
However, Engr. Ademola Adedapo as part of his developmental zeal and passion to develop and engage the upcoming school leavers.

He founded the following companies to assist in gainful employment of the young graduands: Aenon Foundations, DEEDAM INVESTMENT LTD, HERIPROM NIG LTD and above all, He is the Chairman, AENON HOTELS And SUITE, GRA, Osogbo.

Furthermore, Having done all these to the society towards raising the economic standard of the people of Iwo in no small way, I think, I will go by popular believe which I suspected geared IWO ACTION COUNCIL, (IWAC) that ” To Whom Much Is Giving, Much Is Expected”.

The PHILANTHROPIC Award bestowed on Engr. (Dr.) Ademola Adedapo is indeed likened to the saying which goes thus ; ” A Round Peg In A Round Hole”.

This kind of Award of recognition on eminent son of the soil, will surely spur him and others who are beneficiary of other various award to do more by investing in the service of humanity and God.

On a final note, kindly, help us to celebrate, felicitates and appreciate, Engr.(Dr.) Prince, Ademola Adedapo and wife as well as the family members as He is being bestow with the Award of PHILANTHROPIC SON powered by IWO ACTION COUNCIL, (IWAC). This award is a very clear testimony of Engr.(Dr.) Ademola Adedapo’s Goodwill and humanitarians service towards the development of people and it’s immediate environment.

Congratulations to Omo Oba Ademola Adedapo on your investiture as Most PHILANTHROPIC SON of the day, courtesy, IWAC.

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