…She slumped in public view – Chrisland School
The father of Miss Whitney Adediran, 12, a student of Chrisland International High School, Opebi, Lagos, Dr Michael Adediran, has demanded a probe into the death of his daughter during the school’s sporting competition last Thursday.
Adediran, in a message shared on social media at the weekend, said the call became necessary because of the circumstances surrounding the death of the girl.
He said he gave the school a healthy child and was surprised that the girl was returned dead.
He said, “Good day Nigerians. This is a call to all well-meaning Nigerians to come to my aid. All bloggers, all media and all government agencies. Ministry of Justice, DSS and every intelligence agency. All human rights activists. This is a call to all of you. If you are reading this information kindly come to my aid.
“My name is Dr Micheal Adeyemi Adeniran, I am a father of 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran who died at Chrisland International High School, Opebi, Lagos inter house sport at Agege Stadium.
“it happened that my daughter attended Chrisland High School, and it was their inter-house sport event on Thursday, February 9th 2023 and she dressed up from home, healthy with no health conditions or sickness at all,the school bus came to pick her up to the venue of the event at Agege Stadium.
“To the biggest shock of my life by 1pm in the afternoon I got a call from my wife that she was informed that our daughter slumped at the inter house sport and she was rushed to the clinic. My wife was at the venue even before she started.
“She was never informed or called untill they have conveyed our child out of the venue before they informed her. On arrival of my wife at the health center where they took my daughter, my daughter was lying dead with her lips black and her tongue black.
“My wife called me urgently, I left my office to the place and found my daughter lying dead on ground. I asked question for what happened to my daughter and the school authority could not get me any information as to what happened to my child in their care.
“I gave Chrisland School a healthy vibrant young girl what Chrisland returned to me is a dead child. My entire family is in deep sorrow but the school authority claimed they know nothing about my daughter’s death and all they know is that my daughter slumped and died.
“For the general information of the public Chrisland School held such a magnificent event without a simple fully equipped ambulance, no paramedics, medical personnel or no safety corps, no paramedic except a school quack nurse . Who later confessed to me that the child died even at stadium but she can not pronounce her dead because she is not a doctor.
“My question is what happened to my daughter at Agege Stadium. As a father I demand answer from Chrisland International High School. I am in deep pain and sorrow right now. If you are a father you will understand my pain. My daughter is highly loved by us. We cherished her existence and we can never allow any institution to gloss over the death of our daughter.
” I am calling on the Pathology Department of at Lagos State University Teacher Hospital, LASUTH, to please be honest with their result. Lagos State government, Nigerian Government, please intervene.”
Meanwhile, the management of Chrisland School has exonerated themselves of any culpability in the matter.
While consoling with parents of the student, the school noted that the said student had last month complained of being sick, was taken home by the father, before the recent event that saw her fainted and slumped in the presence of people at the event.
“The management and staff of Chrisland Schools limited are heartbroken and distressed over the death of our precious student, Whitney Adeniran whose painful exit occurred on Thursday February 9, 2023.
“Whitney was one of our day students who opted not to participate in the inter house sports march past for reasons we were not very sure about. However, on discretion, we respected her decision to err on the side of caution because on the 20th of January, it is in our records that she complained about a not too buoyant health and we immediately contacted her parents. Her father, Mr. Michael Adeniran came to the school to take her home. We emphasized to her parents to take a critical look at her.
“It is instructive to state that Whitney slumped in public view and not under any hidden circumstances whatsoever. Our immediate response was to take advantage of proximity by identifying the nearest medical facility to take her to, where the doctor on duty administered oxygen and every aid possible on her.
“Even as her family made funeral plans for an immediate burial, we differed politely and reiterated the need to establish a scientific verification of the underlying cause of death as required in circumstances like this. We immediately notified regulatory stakeholders and agencies to allow for a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of the developments.
“In spite of the compelling imperatives to fill any information gaps in public space, we stopped short of making any media sensation out of this because the deceased in question was a minor and is deserving of our unqualified respect. We also prioritized according respect to the privacy of the family and were with them consistently to mourn together.
“As parents, We feel the deep pain of this loss and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this wonderful girl. As we continue to uphold the sobriety of this moment. We resist any urge to join issues or trend her treasured memory on media traffic.
“As we eagerly await the outcome of an independent post mortem processes, we remain unwaveringly committed to supporting the family at this critical moment and pray fervently for the fortitude to bear this painful loss. ” said the management.
Why We Seek Inclusion In Conditional Cash Transfer –Obiora Oti
THE National Vice President of Mobile Money and Bank Association of Nigeria (MMBAN), Obiora Oti, said money wallet bankers would improve their capitalisation and liquidity if the government included them as facilitators in the conditional cash transfer scheme.
Oti told The ICIR exclusively on Wednesday, November 8, that many young people involved in the money wallet business could be supported with a seed capital of about N50,000 and become part of the Federal Government’s cash transfer scheme.
This development, he said, would ensure enough liquidity for them to stay in business since many of them have undergone financial inclusion training under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy guidelines.
Oti recalled how he supported someone with seed money of N20,000 in 2020, during the COVID year, and how the person has become an aggregator and now manages N15,000,000 capital.
“This is how financial inclusion works, and it is one of the fastest ways of removing people from poverty,” he said.
“Typically, you don’t grow the gross domestic product (GDP) by throwing money to people through interventions. When there is a channel for such distribution, it stimulates the economy’s growth,” he added.
He also argued that empowering money wallet agents was a sure way of driving Nigeria’s financial inclusion and economic base.
According to Oti, Nigeria has many lessons from Kenya in its financial inclusion success story because of the Kenyan government’s involvement and facilitation through policy direction and incentives to operatives.
Agency banking allows customers to deposit and withdraw money instead of going to the bank or using automated teller machines (ATMs.)
Currently, there is one agency banking agent for every 80 Nigerians and one bank branch for every 27,000, according to a 2023 report on the Nigerian Financial Services Market.
Naira Falls To N1, 000/$ In Official Market
Despite recent moves by the Central Bank of Nigeria to strengthen the foreign exchange market, the naira closed trading on the Investor & Exporter forex window on Thursday at N996.75/$.
This is a 13.95 per cent decline from the N874.71/$ it closed trading on Wednesday. So far, the naira has lost 27.75 per cent of its value since opening the week at N780.23/$ according to details on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange.
Since firming up against the dollar last week, after news that the apex bank was clearing some of its backlog broke, the naira has been on a steady decline in both the official and parallel markets.
So far, the naira has lost about 40 per cent of its value in 2023, earning the tag of one of the worst performing African currencies from the World Bank.
In the parallel market, the currency has lost value too, falling from N950/$ as of Friday to close to N1,140/$ as of Thursday according to Bureaux De Change operators who spoke to The PUNCH. This represents a 20 per cent decline.
A trader who only gave his name as Kadri said, “Dollar is N1,100 if you want to sell. It is N1,140 if you want to buy.” Another trader, Awolu, stated that he would buy the dollar at N1,100 from our correspondent.
He said, “Dollar is N1,100 if you want to sell to me.”
Earlier in the week, the President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, Aminu Gwadabe, told The PUNCH that the dollar was gaining against the naira because people who had bought it at a higher price were resisting its fall.
He said, “Speculators are always looking at elements of sustainability. Once they sense that it (the injection) is not continuous, they begin to react. They begin to react. It is the reaction of the market we are witnessing. Also, there is resistance. There are people that bought at a higher price that this does not favour. People are not willing to take further losses.”
Concerned with the fall of the currency, the presidency recently stated that it is planning policies to strengthen the local currency.
A Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr Tope Fasua, who was representing the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, at an event, said: “For those who are speculating and praying and wishing that the currency would become nonsense, I believe that the central bank is rolling out the policies and the government that I serve, led by the President, will shock some of them.”
Dangote Repatriates $688m From African Operations
Dangote Industries Limited has revealed that it has so far repatriated over $687.98m through various banks in Nigeria.
In a statement on Sunday, the company said it brought in $576,008,672.41 through various banks in Nigeria, in addition to a $111,968,109.38 cash swap arrangement between Dangote Cement Plc and Ethiopian Airlines.
Dangote re-affirmed its determination and belief in Nigeria, noting that the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had shown the will and resolve to get the economy moving again.
“We are not body-shop investors. We believe in Nigeria, and we believe in Africa. We are genuine and authentic about our investments, and we call on all relevant agencies to investigate our FX transactions in the past 10 years and make public any infraction noticed or discovered.”
Insisting that all forex purchased in respect of its African Project Expansion were genuine and fully utilised for what they were meant for, the firm noted that the projects for which the forex was utilised were visible for everyone to see.
“It is on record that some of these projects were commissioned by Nigerian top-ranking government officials and in attendance were chief executives of various banks, captains of Industries, and the Presidents of the host countries supported by their Senior Government officials.
“The commissioning events of these projects were well documented and covered by both local and international media. There are also print and electronic copies of the commissioning ceremonies as further testimony to the judicious utilisation of the funds.”
Dangote further explained that its massive investments in Africa would lead to the repatriation of forex in the very near future and boost foreign exchange earnings in Nigeria, as well as stabilise the forex market.