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How Childhood Trauma Causes Complex Trauma – Merino

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How Childhood Trauma Causes Complex Trauma - Merino

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John Michael Ojo

The President of Jars Group and Jars Therapeutics, Professor Akindotun Merino has disclosed that childhood trauma can become a foundation for complex trauma in the life of an individual if not properly treated

Merino said this during the trauma care awareness walk to mark this year’s mental health week on Wednesday

Jars Education Group and Jars Therapeutics,  bodies which seek to provide mental health care services to individuals in Lagos State and its environs embarked on a trauma  awareness walk to  sensitise Lagos residents to the impact of trauma among individuals and the nation at large.

The exercise led by the US-trained professor of psychology began with a procession from Allen Junction in Ikeja axis of the state to the governor’s office in Alausa where they had intended to register their presence and mission.

The awareness walk which had participants carrying placards such as “trauma kills”, “if it is hysterical, it is historical,” “stand against domestic violence”,  “end childhood trauma”,  “emotional trauma is real in Nigeria”,  “domestic abuse is a human rights violation” amongst others had other groups such as Sickle Cell Management Initiative in attendance.

While responding to questions from our correspondent,  Prof. Merino who is in the country to contribute her quota to addressing mental health issues such as trauma, stated that there was a great need for government to collaborate with other professionals in the country to provide effective and affordable trauma care services to individuals at all levels in order to address the menace’s long-term consequences such as under-productivity.

According to her, there are different types of trauma which are type one and type two. While type one trauma is well known and can be easily identified by people, the type two trauma is often not psychosocial in nature, she said.

“This is a trauma awareness walk, this is mental health week and we are addressing trauma because trauma is a mental health issue. There are different types of trauma.

“There is type one and type two trauma, type one trauma are the ones you all know such as an accident, an abuse of all kinds but type two trauma are not well known. There is a neglect of a child, abusing a child probably verbally, some types of domestic violence that includes financial violence, emotional abuse.

“They are not usually taken into consideration but these things have a way of impacting your life, Childhood trauma is the foundation for complex trauma”, she said.

According to her, if one is not strong enough “once you have a childhood trauma,  you are set up to have different types of trauma all the years of your life if you are not treated.

“We are drawing attention to Nigerians and Lagos State especially to say this is something we have to care about,  not just mental health but trauma care. That people in homes are suffering,  little kids don’t need to be told that they are not good enough, abuse them and things like that, parents working several jobs without dedicating time for their kids, when you  are hitting your wife or husband all these could become traumatic,” she said.

While commending the Lagos State government for its support towards providing its residents with comprehensive health care services,  Merino urged the government and other nongovernmental  organisations to support her course through collaborative effort in order to reach a greater number of people as the government cannot do it alone.

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“The government cannot do it all alone,  we need other people. I also want International bodies to know that this is something they all need to gather around to fix up”, she said.

She also disclosed that an individual could be dealing with trauma if he/she lacks  concentration, unable  to complete a common task, constantly yelling, having insomnia (the inability to sleep) etc.

She added that the group has two facilities located in Ijaiye and another in Ikorodu area of the state. She said the facilities are very accessible and provide services to the public almost at a no cost and anyone who is dealing with any trauma-related challenges can walk in to receive appropriate support from professionals who are ever-ready to lend their services.

 

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

A former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Paul Unongo is dead.

Unongo, who hailed from Jato Aka in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, died Tuesday morning in Jos, the Plateau State capital at the age of 87.

A strong politician, he aspired to govern Benue State in 1983 but lost to the late Aper Aku.

In 2017, Unongo succeeded Maitama Sule as the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum.

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A close family source, who confirmed his death to reporters on the phone in Makurdi on Tuesday, simply said that his death would be announced in due course.

“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today Tuesday but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” he said.

Another source in the state, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed his death.

“This morning, I called and was told that they were bathing him but about 20 minutes after they told me he passed on,” said one of Tiv prominent sons.

Until his death, Unongo was the chairman of the Governing Council of Nigerian Educational Research Development Council.

Born on September 26, 1935, Paul Unongo, belonged to the Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry, in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

For disobeying a valid court order, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The sentence came from the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeys an order it made since October 21, 2011.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt”, the court held.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP, refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered the payment of N10million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

 

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

With the Federal Government’s approval of the 14 working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants, the implementation of the policy has taken off.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in a November 25 circular with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.

The circular titled, “Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service,” said that this is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leave shall be based on working days.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of 14 working days,” Yemi-Esan said.

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She said that the request for such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

She also said that the effective date of the circular was November 25, 2022.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September this year approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, to make men properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.
She said the bonding was important to help the newly-born or adopted baby properly bond with the father in the early period.

“So, that is what has been approved for men so that the men and their babies also can bond well together. It’s important because we want the young children and the youth really to bond properly with their fathers, just as they bond well with their mothers.”

 

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