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Group Commences Nationwide Campaign Against Organ Harvesting, Drug Abuse

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The Scout Association of Nigeria has revealed plan to embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the youth about the dangers of organ harvesting, drugs abuse and their negative effects.

The Chief Scout Commissioner of Nigeria and Chief Executive Officer of the association, Mr Dave Padopads-Awunah, made the disclosure at a news conference on the forthcoming Nigeria Scout Parade and Presidential Award, on Thursday in Abuja.

Padopads-Awunah noted that with about 70 per cent of Nigerian population, the youth has enormous roles to play in contributing to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on a sustainable basis.

“The Scout Association of Nigeria will take campaign to the nook and crannies of the country, recruiting the youngsters and grooming them to learn about the dangers of drug abuse and its negative effects on human capital development.

“We will also educate them on negative effects of drug abuse on the health of the nation at large as well as train them as peer influencers against drug abuse.

“Other areas on our strategic plan to the youths of Nigeria include campaign against human organ harvesting, trafficking, prostitution and child abuse, terrorism, fraud and criminality,”

He stressed the need for the Federal Government to make a policy for compulsory participation in scout activities in all public primary schools in the country.

The Scout Commissioner also urged the government to reinstate the policy of monthly subvention and grants to the 36 states Scout Councils and National Scout Organisation which was stopped almost three decades ago.

He lamented that scouting has over the years diminished to the disadvantage of young people and the nation.

According to him, the clear absence of the role of scouting in tailoring the minds of young people is clearly shown in the inexplicable crisis of youth mismanagement.

“Vices like secret cultism, terrorism, fraud, trafficking of vital human organs, drug abuse, trafficking of persons and prostitution have reduced Nigeria to a land of the unknown.”

On the forthcoming scout parade and presidential award, Padopads-Awunah explained that the event was the brainchild of the present scout administration to enhance cohesion among members.

According to him, the event will give the youth a window towards peace and capacity building, networking and synergy for the growth and overall development of the country.

“At the same occasion, we shall be launching two important projects of our administration.

“The Kit a Scout programme designed to attract our leaders in all areas of endeavor to provide uniforms for less privileged scouts in their respective communities.

“The Kit Scout programme is also designed create three million new young scouts across the length and breadth of Nigeria by 2025.

“Secondly, is the Nigeria Scout Smart City Abuja with a design to seat on 1,000 hectares of land along Abuja Airport-Kaduna road?”

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FEDERAL COURT BARS FCDA, FCT, AMMC FrOM Naming streets, Roads

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has awarded the sum of One hundred million Naira ( 100,000,000.00) as exemplary damages against the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency and the Federal Capital Development Authority for unlawfully removing the street sign named after Chief Obidi Ume by the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.


In an originating summon filed against the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency and the Federal Capital Development Authority on the 20th of June,2022 before Honourable Justice Edward Okpe of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, with Suit No:

FCT/HC/CV/2083/2022, the plaintiff, Chief Obidi Ume sought for the determination and interpretation of section 7, 303,318 as amended whether the Abuja Municipal Area Council is not conferred with powers of naming roads, streets, numbering houses within the Area Council as done by every Local Government Area of Nigeria.


The plaintiff also sought for the determination and interpretation of the court on whether the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and indeed any other Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority has powers to roads and street naming and house numbering in Abuja Municipal Area Council and indeed any Area Council in Abuja. And also whether the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council or any other Department under the Federal Capital Development Authority has the powers to demolish, dismantle or destroy street posts and sign boards mounted by the Abuja Municipal Area Council or any other Area Council for that matter in view of the provisions of sections 7,303,318,Part 11 of the First schedule and section 1 (g) of the Fourth schedule to the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).


In his ruling on 12th December,2022, Honourable Justice Edward Okpe ruled among others that:
AMAC is not conferred with the powers of naming roads and streets, numbering of houses within the Area Council as done by every Local Government Area of Nigeria. That by the provisions of ” section 7, 303,318, Fourth schedule particularly part 2 and section 1 (g) of the Fourth schedule to the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 ( as amended), the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and indeed any other Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority has powers of roads and street naming and house numbering in Abuja Municipal Area Council and indeed any Area Council in Abuja.


The Court however ordered the Abuja Municipal Area Council and the Federal Capital Development Authority to remove the street post bearing Adesola Olusade from the crescent with immediate effect and restore the name of the plaintiff; Chief Obidi Ume forthwith.


That only the Abuja Municipal Council has the power of naming of Roads and streets and numbering of Houses in the Area Council and no any other institution , body or agency.


The Court also restrained the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and any other Department or Agency of the Federal Capital Development Authority or the Federal Capital Territory itself from tampering with the street named after the plaintiff and a perpetual injunction restraining the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) and any other Department or Agency of the Federal Capital Authority from further destruction and demolition of Roads and streets named by the Abuja Municipal Area Council of which the plaintiff is a beneficiary.

The Court further granted the sum of One hundred million Naira ( 100,000,000.00) as general and exemplary damages against the Abuja Municipal Area Council and the Federal Capital Development Authority.

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