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Olufolake Ajayi Steps Out As Inner Wheel District 911’s 39th President 

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Olufolake Ajayi Steps Out As Inner Wheel District 911’s 39th President 

Olufolake Ajayi Steps Out As Inner Wheel District 911’s 39th President

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Service is a lifestyle and no one understands this better than members of the Inner Wheel Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 16, District 911 Inner Wheel members gathered at the Ayo ROsiji Hall Cathedral to usher in the 39th district chairman and her executives for the 2022/2023 year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well attended by members of the society alongside Rotarians and friends, the event saw the successful installation of IWM Olufolake Morohunranti Ajayi as the district chairman.

 

 

 

 

Olufolake Ajayi Steps Out As Inner Wheel District 911’s 39th President 

From right: Deputy National Rep., Zainab Ikheloa, IPDC Dupe Oyeduntan, District Chairman Olufolake Ajayi, her husband PP Kehinde Ajayi, International Inner Wheel Past President Yemisi Alatise and guest lecturer Dr. Tamramat Iyabo Runsewe-Abiodun

 

 

 

In an exclusive interview with INDEPENDENT, IWM Ajayi shared her thoughts on Inner Wheel’s journey so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We started as wives of Rotarians about 98 years ago and they used to call us Rotary Hands. When they formed the International Inner Wheel, we carried on with our work. Now, even though they admit women to Rotary, we are unique in our ways and we stand beside all Rotarians to make the world a better place. We help to support and carry on more projects in support of humanity.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking on her charge as the new district chairman, she said, “My charge is to empower women and we’ve started it but I’m going to continue and raise the bar. Train a woman and you train the whole world. We want women to be confident, competent, and to be able to stand by themselves and look after the children. We’re not talking about girl children now, we’re talking about children because if you concentrate on one gender, the other will suffer. Our focus is on children. A woman will have girls and boys, so you cannot concentrate on one and leave the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We also intend to imbibe this attitude into the younger ones now in schools for them to know the ideals of personal service.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of her goal for the year, she plans to empower clubs and mentor members for greater tasks ahead. She revealed that she intends to work in line with the 2022-2023 International Inner Wheel year theme ‘Work Wonders’ in the service of humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When asked about her background and how she came to be a dedicated Inner Wheel member, she explained that “I was born to serve, and I have a passion to care. As a result, from youth, I made up my mind that I was going to go for Nursing and the Nursing profession is a caring profession. I’ve worked in Nursing since 1971 and I’m empowering because empowerment is my passion. I’m empowering nurses, empowering students, empowering mothers. The empowerment process is key in my life because I empowered myself to move forward. I put in as president in 1996, and that was when we completed Ikota Health Centre in my year, and we handed it over to Munira Marwa and they are using it till today as Eti-Osa Local Government Headquarters For Public Health. So it’s been in me and when I was called on to come and chair, I said ‘well, why not?’ I’ll be 70 this year believe it or not and I said, ‘Father Lord I want to serve, here I am.’ Service is my passion, it is an innate ability in me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While speaking about the incoming district chairman, the outgoing chairman, Modupe Oyeduntan revealed that the incoming chairman is a woman worthy of honour based on her life of service.

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FG Deploys 10,000 Booklets To New P/Harcourt Passport Production Centre

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There is no shortage of booklets again for the production of passport in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the commissioning of the Enhanced Passport Production Centre in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital on Tuesday, 9 August, 2022. The newly commissioned passport centre will now be responsible for the production of passport demands from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

 

 

 

 

“We have left no stone unturned in our quest to make passports available to Nigerians. Last year alone, we provided 1.3 million passports to Nigerians. As of today, there is no booklets shortage in Nigeria.

“As at the second quarter of this year (in June), the NIS have provided 645,000 passports out of the 750,000 applications received. To address the challenge of the backlog, we have sent 11,000 booklets to Ikoyi, 11,000 to Alausa and 8,000 to FESTAC centres in Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also sent sufficient booklets to all the centres nationwide to address this challenge. There is therefore no excuse again for delay and non-issuance within a reasonable period,” Minister told the cheering public.

The Minister also urged the listening public to make sure they apply by themselves online to avoid being shortchanged by unscrupulous elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I will urge applicants for the Nigerian passport to apply early enough before their travel date to avoid cutting corners and falling into the hands of scammers and other opportunists. It is important also that they apply by themselves at the Nigeria Immigration Service portal and not through touts and unscrupulous officials, which often bring heartaches.

“We have provided a window of six weeks and three weeks for fresh application and renewal respectively, after biometric data capture, by which time, other things being equal, the passport will be ready for collection. This timeline is to enable NIS investigate and validate the claims of applicants and confer integrity on the passport issued. It is a reasonable provision in passport administration by global standard. There is no wait-and-get passport service anywhere in the world. The only wait-and-get passport is passport-sized photograph from Polaroid camera,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister further stated that the Passport Production Centre launched today will serve applicants from Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States, but was quick to add that it doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on any of the centres, noting that a deployment of 10,000 booklets has been deployed to serve the fours states with immediate effect. He also stated that there are currently no backlogs in any of the four states.

“The production centre we are launching today will serve Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States for production purpose only. It doesn’t confer any advantage or disadvantage on the applicants in any of the four states. It’s simply a production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have also delivered 10,000 passports to this centre. This is in addition to the fact that there are no backlogs to be cleared. In some advanced countries we often like to cite, it takes months to procure their passports. But in addition to the standardized timeline, we have also introduced tracking mechanism in the application process, to enable applicants monitor the progress of their application.

“We are also introducing data capture centres all over the country before the end of this year, to eliminate physical contacts with NIS officials. We shall continue to introduce necessary and available innovations to passport administration in order to best serve applicants in our quest for establishing citizenship integrity,” the Minister stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While speaking, Governor Nyesom Wike, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Gogo Banigo, promised to continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state, as it was the policy of his administration.

“We would continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service, just as we provided the building now housing the production centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just as we provide support to all security agencies in the state and in particular, the agencies under the ministry of Interior, we would continue to prioritize the welfare of the citizens of the state,” Gov. Wike stated.

During his opening address, Acting Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Idris Isah Jere, revealed that the service will no longer condone any act of indiscipline by officer, noting that they must be professional in carrying out their assigned duties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also at the event were: the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, represented by Brig. General EC Echebuwe; Commander, 115 Special Operations Group, Group Captain AA Opaleye; Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr. Friday, Eboka; Controller of Customs, Rivers State Command, Dappa Williams; Rivers State Director, Department of State Services, Mr. Mohammed Shittu; Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Umar Salisu Galadunchi; Rivers State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mark Balm; amongst other dignitaries.

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Gov. Akeredolu Confirms The Arrest of Owo Church Attackers

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Gov. Akeredolu Confirms The Arrest of Owo Church Attackers

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Ondo state governor, Governor Akeredolu has confirm that the terrorists responsible for the owo attack has been arrested. He took to his twitter page to affirm what the defense minister said in the early hours of Tuesday about the arrest.

 

On his twitter page he said: “I am happy to announce that we have confirmed the arrest of the attackers of St Francis Catholic Church, Owo. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor has also announced it. We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

Five of the attackers have been arrested, including the owner of the house in Owo where the attackers stayed before the June 5 attack, while the security operatives are still on the trail of some of them.

 

We did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attacks on innocent worshippers. We will continue to give the necessary supports to our security agencies towards protecting the lives and property in the State.”
Recall that on June 5, some group of terrorists attacked a church in owo leading to loss of lives.

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Air Peace announce suspension of flight To South Africa Over cost of Aviation Fuel

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Air Peace has announced the suspension of flight services to Johannesburg, South Africa, effective from 22nd August 2022.

The Airline, in a statement, cited the increasing cost of aviation fuel, worsening forex scarcity and the delay in the issuance of visas to intending passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

It also urged passengers whose flights are affected to reschedule before 22nd August, 9th October or request a refund.

Air Peace also expressed optimism that the issues which had caused the suspension would be addressed before October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement read: “We hereby inform the flying public that effective from August 22, 2022, our Johannesburg flight operations will be suspended till October 8, 2022.

“This development is regretted but has become inevitable due to the delayed issuance of South African visas to travellers, worsening forex crunch and the increasing cost of aviation fuel as well as its scarcity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“However, having informed the South African High Commission in Lagos of the effects of the difficulty in getting SA visas by Nigerians, which consequence is the abysmally low passenger loads on our flights to and from Johannesburg, we believe that the situation will have improved within the next 60 days. Hence, our willingness to resume operations on the October 8, 2022.

“Passengers whose flights are affected have the option of rescheduling to fly before August 22, 2022 or from October 9, 2022. Passengers can also request a refund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We apologise for the inconveniences caused and will keep the public updated while we hope the situation improves.”

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