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JARS Mental Health Group To Hold Trauma Awareness Walk

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Prof. Akindotun Merino, Chief Executive Officer of JARS Education Group and the President of JARS Therapeutics

By John Michael Ojo
JARS  Group, one of the leading mental health care facilities in Nigeria  is set to organise a trauma awareness walk in commemoration of the forthcoming mental health care week celebration across the globe.

JARS  seeks to bridge the gap in mental health by providing accessible and affordable mental health services to individuals in and around Lagos State.

The institute which is run by a seasoned professor of mental health, professor Akindotun Merino calls on well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the initiative in creating awareness on trauma care which according to her has a huge negative impact on an individual and the society as a whole.

She also disclosed that the awareness would commence with a walk from Allen Aroundabout to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The sensitiizatiom is expected to take place on the 11th of May, 2022 with the theme “Community Trauma Awareness Walk and sensitization.”

She stated that “Trauma is pervasive in our Nigerian communities with a huge negative impact on life satisfaction, quality of life, families, education, career success, and finances.

“The Jars Community Trauma Care Initiative has a goal to improve community health and well-being by building momentum for taking action to build resilience and prevent problems before they occur. Our term objectives are to bring awareness to trauma and its effects and have affordable mental health care and wellness centres all over Nigeria. Starting with Lagos State.

“As part of the initiative, this year, we would be embarking on a series of active campaigns.The first in the series is the commemoration of Mental Health Awareness Month 2022. The theme we have chosen is “Trauma Care is Community Care.

“The walk starts from Allen Roundabout to the House of Assembly (JJT Park). It is a family affair – featuring dance all competition, a raffle, talks on trauma and building resilience and so much more.”

She added: “It would be our pleasure to have you and your organization participate in this first-ever Community Trauma Care Campaign in Nigeria. It is indeed a clarion call to action.

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“We strongly believe that this event aligns with your goals for impact and influence as we collaborate to push momentum for mental health/trauma awareness in our communities.

“We look forward to your participation on this important campaign – so that we can reduce the impact of trauma in our local communities.
JOIN US – Volunteer, Participate, Walk with Us, Donate too .
Register here – https://bit.ly/Walk-for-Trauma-Care.”

Professor Merino lamented the non-availability of mental health professionals to cater for the mental health of individuals in the country during the inauguration of JARS Institute last year.

She also revealed that billions of naira are being lost each year to mental health issues and that a trauma case not properly addressed can be transferred from offspring even unto the third generation. She warned that in order to effectively deal with trauma issues, all hands must be on deck to salvage the country from an impending doom.

 

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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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