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A 2017 study listed the 150 least to most stressed out cities in the world. With Stuttgart in Germany nabbing first spot as the least stressed city to live and work in, Lagos came in at 148 (just two spots ahead of the most stressed city – Iraq) which will be no surprise to daily commuters on Lagos streets.

There were obviously factors other than traffic playing a role in defining this list but lack of space and cramped environments, including high traffic areas, featured high on the list of reasons people are stressed out in cities like Lagos.

Traffic is a challenge, no doubt about it, but there are tools available for Lagos road users to use to help smooth their journeys and make life a little easier.

Do the most with your travel time using Google Maps:
Lagos traffic may seem like an insurmountable, unavoidable, stressful part of the workday, over which it may seem you have no control. The truth is, there are several ways you can use technology to reclaim a few hours every day or make good use of your time on the road.

First and foremost, how real is the traffic situation?: Who says you have to hit the road at 07h30 or 17h00 sharp? With just one tap, you have access to information like ETAs, live traffic updates and quickest routes to familiar places – like home, work and the gym. This will help you decide whether you should join the fray or stick around, head off to the gym or make a stop to buy the milk you know is needed at home.

Know before you go: If gym is an alternative to traffic for you but queues aren’t, try using Google’s “Popular Times” feature. This is accessible through Search and Maps and will help you decide how to better use your time. If the gym’s too busy and filled with other traffic dodgers, for example, you can choose to see how busy things look at your local mall or the library or the supermarket.

Share your ETA and location: Sitting in traffic on your way to work and your boss keeps asking for updates? Use the Share Trip Progress functionality in Google Maps to share your journey with them, via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or even email. Once they open your shared link in Maps, they’ll be able to track your progress with ease. In much the same way, you can share an actual estimated time of arrival at home with your family, keeping their minds at ease on those “extra trafficky” days.

Driving in cars with kids: If it’s your turn to drop the kids off at school, and you have an Android device, why not use Google’s Bolo app to use their time in traffic wisely? Bolo is a speech-based reading app that helps kids learn how to read in English – your kids can read out loud with the app, which “listens” to them while offering encouragement and feedback to help improve their reading skills. Bolo operates offline so there can be no “poor coverage” excuses!

Mixed Transit options coming soon: People, in general, are quick learners and those faced with traffic on a daily basis will often find ways to shorten or ease this process. For some, this means mixed options when it comes to transport. You could drive or cycle to a taxi/bus station, taxi/bus or rideshare from there and then walk the last few metres to work. Google has announced its Mixed Transit feature, which will be coming to your phone soon and promises to help commuters plot their mixed transit options out every day – choosing the fastest option available.

Google today announced that it is expanding itś Digital Skills for Africa program to reach children in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google is engaging local organisations via its partnership with the Cape Town Science Centre to train 200,000 students in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa within 1 year.

CS First is a Google program aimed at children aged 9 to 16. Created by educators and computer scientists, CS First introduces coding and computer science to students in a collaborative and creative club environment. CS First club members build projects in Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), a blocks-based programming language. The training will be delivered through 26 collaborating organisations across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. For areas with limited access to the internet and limited devices, CS First may be delivered through CS Unplugged.

In addition, Google also aims to reach students through an Online Safety Roadshow project building on itś work with the Web Rangers program. This project will reach parents, teachers and students in all three countries.

Google is once again joining forces with SAP and UNESCO as part of Africa Code Week 2019 to engage community-focused organisations across Africa to enable them to host coding workshops for children (aged 11-18) in their local communities during Africa Code Week this month. Some 55 organisations have been identified across the continent.

These activities form part of Google’s commitment to train 10 million Africans in digital skills by 2022.

“The training programmes promise to improve the children’s confidence in interacting with computers and their overall confidence and willingness to try new things,” says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, SSA. “With growing internet penetration across Africa, and the increasing trend of kids interacting online, Google believes it is important to provide helpful information to children and parents to enable children to take appropriate measures to stay safe online while exploring the internet with confidence. The training takes learnings from Google ́s Be Internet Awesome campaign and the content is carefully drafted to provide helpful tips to kids and parents, and information on useful tools like Google’s Family Link.”

Development Communications Network joins the world to celebrate and support the push for positive change for the future of girls.

Since 2012 the United Nations set aside 11th October of every year to celebrate the girl child, using the day to promote girls empowerment and fight for the right of the girl-child. The day was also to tackle issues relating to child marriage, education inequality, and gender-based violence, among others as the affect the girl-child.

These formed the crux of deliberations at the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China 25 years ago. The conference, with about 30,000 women and men from nearly 200 countries recognized the rights of women and girls as human rights. A major outcome of that conference was the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: the most comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women.

As the world celebrates two and half decades of coming together to tackle issues regarding women, we add our voice to every effort aimed at finding solutions and eliminating all harmful practices against the girl-child.

The girl-child is one of the most vulnerable when it comes to sexual violence, harassment and assault, especially in the home and school environment. This is most exemplified by the recent BBC investigative report on sexual harassment in universities across Nigeria and Ghana https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172wn2wpdlq3hf. The content of the report calls for some decisive actions to protect female undergraduates and girls in schools.

“We support all girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights,” says Akin Jimoh, Programme Director, Development Communications Network.

“Although, over the years there have been improvements in the projects around empowering the girl child, Nigeria still has a long way to go in the protection of the girl-child. Parents are still giving out their daughters for marriage at very tender ages, while many of them are still cut off from basic provisions like free and quality education, health care services and others,” Jimoh added.

In other climes, girls’ voices are being heard and recognized. They are speaking up for themselves leading to a reduction in cases of child marriages. In line with the UN’s mandate, we, at all levels, must support the girl child, encourage them to stay in school and pursue their dreams by giving them access to platforms as well as expanded access to safe, youth friendly services for their health and wellbeing.

By so doing, Nigeria could an end child marriage, female genital mutilation and all forms of practices that violates the rights of the girl-child.

This would require a concerted efforts, as the Nigerian girl-child is in dire need of empowerment, financially independence, free quality education and skills acquisition to make them reach their full potentials without fear of intimidation.

Home to over 250 ethnic groups who speak some 520 languages, Nigeria is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, and perhaps even in the world. This vibrancy seeps deep into our myriad of culinary traditions.

In celebration of this, Google Arts & Culture launched a brand new project that pays tribute to Nigeria’s exciting and diverse food culture. Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria showcases Nigeria-inspired flavours, culinary traditions, and food-related content in glorious detail. Below, we’ve pulled out a selection of classic flavours, dishes and delicacies, from Taste of Nigeria, for you to try for yourself.

1. Mama Ashake’s recipes – Mama Ashake runs Ashake’s Kitchen and is known for serving Yoruba food in her northern home. From jollof to Èwà Àgòyìn and Òfadà stew, in this article Mama Ashake shares what makes her cuisine so memorable.

2. Tundun Tejuoso’s tea recipes – Tundun Tejuoso is the custodian of the Jazzhole, the offspring of one of Nigeria’s most iconic book and record stores – Glendora Books. She’s also a tea fan. Taste of Nigeria convinced her to share the recipes to two of her favourite teas – Tiger nut milk (or Kunun Aya) and fresh lemongrass tea.

3. Aju Mbaise: soup for healing – Aju Mbaise pepper soup is a soup made in Igboland using tree bark and leaves. It is traditionally given to nursing mothers to help them regain nutrients lost and is also said to be good for weight loss and fertility. Find out how to make it here.

4. Twenty-five food items you can find at Mararaba Market – Mararaba Market, Nasarawa state, is arguably the largest market in Northern Nigeria. For Nigerians looking for fresh produce, the market is a reliable source of affordable, good quality vegetables in large quantities. For a glimpse of what you can expect to find, visit the visual collection on Taste of Nigeria.

5. Seven things you thought you knew about Zobo – Zoborodo is the Hausa word for Hibiscus Sabdariffa an edible plant that is used to make the refreshing drink Zobo. From parties to ceremonies to ‘just because’, Zobo is a firm favourite on any occasion. Find out everything you didn’t know about how it’s made and what goes into here.

6. Ogi: the local custard of many colours – Ogi is the Yoruba name for pap, called ‘akamu’ by the Igbo and is a simple breakfast meal. It is made from fermented corn – white corn, yellow corn and guinea corn. The different corns used result in different colours of Ogi. While simple to make, Ogi need to be done right – find out how here.

7. Three delicious delicacies from the North of Nigeria – Northern Nigerian is known for its gruels, staple fufu and soups. Find out here how to make Kunun Gyada (light porridge), Miyan Karkashi (a popular delicacy) and Tuwo Masara (a corn staple) and treat yourself or your friends to a feast.

Nigeria has some of the lowest blood donation rates in the world, with just 10% of the population donating freely. That makes it crucial that what blood there is arrives safely and timeously where it’s needed.

Underlining the need for blood donations is the fact that Nigeria has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate in the world, accounting for 19% of all maternal deaths globally. Postpartum haemorrhaging (the loss of too much blood following birth) is the leading cause of such deaths. The lack of infrastructure to get crucial blood supplies in Nigeria compounds this problem.

One organisation doing vital work in addressing this issue is LifeBank, which is not only working to get more Nigerians to donate blood, but also to get blood safely to the patients who need it most urgently.

The second of these mandates is fulfilled using a digital platform, which sorts orders based on urgency, location, and price. Dispatch riders move blood in boxes that are padlocked and can only be opened by the recipient using a Bluetooth connection or key.

By designing a system to connect blood banks to hospitals via Google Maps Platform, LifeBank has been able to decrease delivery time from 24 hours to less than 45 minutes.

“In the race to get blood to patients, every second counts,” says LifeBank founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun. “Donated blood has a shelf life of just six weeks. Often, it expires before it is ever used because doctors are unable to locate the type of blood that they need. The doctors who need the blood and the blood banks who are discarding blood needed to somehow find a way to communicate with each other. Using the Google Maps Platform to create an interface for these once-disconnected entities by mapping each location involved in blood distribution across Lagos from hospitals to blood banks to the delivery drivers has given us a solution.”

To date, LifeBank has signed up over 5,800 new donors, moved over 13,800 pints, served 300-plus hospitals, and saved more than 4,000 lives. Today, as part of the build-up to the World Blood Donor Day, Google is using its voice to highlight the need for people to donate blood through a spotlight campaign showcasing the work done by LifeBank and Giwa-Tubosun. Google announced it is also supporting the creation of a short documentary due to be released later this year.

Says Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Head of Brand and Reputation, Google Sub-Saharan Africa: “Organising information and making it accessible is at the heart of Google’s mission. LifeBank’s system shows just how much magic can happen when universally accessible tools and information meet human creativity, aspirations and resilience.”

A semi-finalist in the 2018 editions of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, Master Emmanuel Chidiebube Igban has emerged the second-best candidate in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)

According to the results just released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), 16-year-old Emmanuel scored 346 out of a maximum of 400 in the nationwide examination. His result is just one point behind the best overall recorded by Franklin Ekene.

Emmanuel represented Ambassador College, Ota, Ogun State at the Cowbellpedia Mathematics competition at the junior category as a 13-year-old in 2016 and returned in 2018 to compete in the senior category.

That second attempt, he got to the final stage where he was outwitted by Juliet Ekoko and Enoch Adelekan, both of the same Ambassadors College.

At a recent media interaction in Lagos, Abiodun Ayodeji, the Marketing Manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, explained that the objectives of Cowbellpedia are to awaken the consciousness and interest in Mathematics amongst Junior and Senior secondary school students in Nigeria, improve students’ performance in the subject pan Nigeria, create a clear platform for identifying outstanding students, encourage and reward excellence in Mathematics through a creditable platform.

Apart from Emmanuel, other stars of Cowbellpedia Mathematics Quiz Show include Ayodeji Akinkuowo, winner of the senior category in the maiden edition of the competition, who is on a government scholarship to Russia studying Aeronautic Engineering.

The competition has also produced other highflyers like Munachi Ernest-Eze, who won the Junior Secondary School category in 2015. Two years later, he showed consistency by winning the Senior Secondary School category in 2017.

The 2018 edition threw up another hero in Faith Odunsi, a student of The Ambassadors College, Ota Ogun State, who set a competition record in speed and accuracy by answering 19 questions in the “60 Seconds of Fame” segment to advance to the semi-finals in the junior category.

Faith’s feat shattered the record of 17 questions in that segment set in 2017 by Emmanuel Mebude, a student of Ogunlade Memorial Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos.

At the 2018 finals in Lagos, the Director of Examination Development at the National Examinations Council (NECO), Mr Mustapha Abdul, who represented the Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, commended Promasidor for the Cowbellpedia initiative and pledged the council’s continued technical support for the project.

He described the project as laudable as it enables students across the country to compete openly, adding that Promasidor deserves a national award for promoting scholarship through this Cowbellpedia initiative over the years.

Result of the nationwide Stage One examinations for this year’s edition of the competition is to be announced in June with the best 108 students (54 each for junior and senior categories) proceeding to Stage Two, which is the Television Quiz Show. It will be in a quiz format which is further sub-divided into preliminary, semi-finals and final rounds.

The show will be serialised in 13 episodes weekly and aired on major television stations across the country.

The ultimate prize for this year’s edition is N2 million and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country. The first and second runners-up will go home with N1.5million and N1 million respectively.

While the teacher of the top prize winner will be awarded N500, 000, those of the first and second runners-up will get N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.

Have people been encouraging you to try white fasting, but you have no idea what it is or what it entails? Then check out this article to find out what to eat during white fasting in Nigeria.


White fasting definition

Before we jump into the foods, let’s define white fasting first, as a lot of people seem to be confused as for what it is. White fasting, also known as Daniel fast is a type of Christian fasting that gets its inspiration from Daniel chapter 10 verses 2-3 and Daniel chapter 1 verse 8. In said verses, Prophet Daniel did not eat ‘pleasant bread, flesh or wine’ for three weeks. In his words, he did not want to defile himself with King’s food while he was mourning. Unlike many other fasts, this one is not tethered to any particular religious holiday. You can choose to go on white fast whenever you feel like you want to strengthen your spiritual connection with God. Now, as these are the verses from the Old Testament, it is understandable that some things might have been lost in translation. That is why a lot of people are confused about what they can and cannot eat during white fast.

For that reason, we want to clear up any misconceptions you might have and offer you a list of things you can eat during your days of fasting. White fasting food
While the most common translation of Daniel’s writings states that he only drank water and ate vegetables, people who choose to go on the white fast can also eat fruits and whole grains. Why is that? It is because the earliest translations of his verses actually used the word ‘pulse’, which meant ‘food grown from seeds’. This includes, of course, vegetables, but also whole grains and fruits.

As for beverages, there has been no miscommunication, so all you can drink during the fast is water. And we mean it, no tea, coffee, juice, especially anything alcoholic. During this fast, all that is on the drinks menu for you is H2O. Just to make it clear, here are the things you can eat and use in cooking during the white fast: Fruits (frozen, fresh, canned or dried, as long as there are no added sweeteners); Vegetables (same as the fruits); Natural spices (ginger, garlic, peppers, etc.); Whole grains; Flat or whole grain bread (as long as all the ingredients are natural, and there is no yeast); Legumes; Seeds and nuts; Natural cooking oils (preferably olive oil, but any other natural oil will do); Plant-based milk (only for cooking, as you cannot drink it during fast).

Now that we have talked about the things you can eat, let us say a few words about the things you cannot consume. As you might have guessed, if a certain food is not on the list above, you cannot eat it during fast. Most importantly, you cannot eat meat or any other animal products in any way, shape or form. Imagine that you have become vegan for three weeks, only a much more hardcore version, as you will also need to say ‘no’ to deep-fried foods, most ready-made meals and snacks, and even regular bread.

To prove the point that Daniel fast is not that easy, you cannot consume any sweeteners, not even honey. This means that you cannot chew gum or eat breath mints either. You also should not forget that the only thing you can drink is water. All that said, even though Daniel fast is not the most extreme way to fast, you should still consult your doctor if you have any health issues that might be exacerbated by you changing your diet so significantly. Moreover, you should still take your medicine while fasting. All in all, if you already have a mostly plant-based diet and avoid meat and other animal products, this type of fasting should not be that big of an issue for you. So if you want to feel a deeper spiritual connection with God and take a step towards healthier food choices (even if it is just for three weeks), you should definitely try the white fasting.

The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, said on Sunday that only 2,000 out of a population of 17,000 students had paid their school fees for the 2018/2019 session.

Soremekun lamented that the students’ failure to pay their school fees had negatively impacted on the university’s desire to meet many of the needs and demands of the school for more effective and enhanced academic and administrative activities.

The vice-chancellor said at Oye Ekiti in a chat with journalists that the fact that many of the students had diverted such fees had compelled the school management to devise a means by which parents could pay the fees directly instead of asking their children to pay.

He said, “It is very appalling that students these days have been failing to pay school fees for reasons we cannot fathom. By the last check, about 15,000 of our students have not paid. This is over 90 per cent of the student population because we have over 17,000 students in the university.

“What we have found out with this is that even though the demand for education in our country is high, an effective demand which caters for prompt payment of school fees as well as being able to pay for quality education is lacking in this country.

“Our school fees is only N40,000 per session. I believe an average Nigerian parent should be able to afford this, but we keep witnessing a situation where students don’t pay their school fees.”

Going through the numerous outputs of some bloggers in this part of the world these days could be as discouraging as they come as some of them appear to have lost focus.

The challenge they pose is a tragedy of our time, when we thought we should be having the best of time with information dissemination.

Indeed, one could conclude that this era of social media a la blogging and all kinds of news sites comes with its disadvantages and painful consequences.

While it is apt to agree that news is broken immediately it happen through the help of some of these next door social media; but how do you explain the use of obvious exaggeration and rhetorics in some of the outputs of bloggers and their media?

In a bid to grandstand and be commended for coming up with newsworthy materials, it is not uncommon to see these sites resorting to cheap blackmail and repackaging old reports to embarrass the organisation or person concerned.

If what we read in some of these reports should be taken retrospectively, then there is a need to apply decorum, at least for the sake of the reading public and of course the concerned organization (s).

Many readers are worried with the way few of these bloggers dwell on the past and insult the sensibility of the readers in their reports.

One of such reports that threw discerning minds off balance was a story relating to a popular bank, which was repackaged by an online medium as if the incident just happened.

It was reported by the online publication that nine staff of the new generation bank conspired to steal customers’ money running into N600 Million.

The story was not only repackaged, if the figures given in the breakdown are added they are not up to the N600 Million said to have been stolen by the staff of the bank.

This only confirms that some online media are just passionate about creating tension where there is none and misleading members of the public all in a bid to be relevant.

If we are going to get there as a nation, we have to get things right and do things the way they should be done.

Let the bloggers know that to build takes years, but a big edifice can be brought down in a day and when that is done it will take years to build again.

So, why destroying in the first instance, we should be building edifices and institutions.

It is certain that the bank must have handled the matter, when it occurred and do all within its powers to prevent a re-occurence.

Journalism is about timeliness and not writing for the sake of writing. Why repackaging an event that happened long ago, and presenting such as if it just happened?

Imagine a scenario, where it is being reported that the first Nigerian civil war is ongoing, this was an incident that happened about 50 years ago. This could mislead members of the public and cause more damage than good.

Blogging has been taken to a new dimension with what is being reported by some, may be, misinformed or unfocused bloggers, whose pastime is bringing up stale news and making it appear as if it is just breaking.

When issues like these are repeated without caution, then the essence of online media is eroded and slaughtered on the altar of charlatans and uncoordinated writers.

We must do all within our means to avoid publishing reports that have been stale as if they just happened.

Such reports belong to the past and they must be allowed to go into the dustbin of history.

There are so many things to write about today. There are issues that could engage the minds of the readers other than matters that belong to the past.

What comes to mind, when a story is read, especially in an online medium is, “oh it has just happened, ha, there they go again, let us see how it ends.’ But alas it has ended, someone is just trying to be mischievous and score a cheap goal like Argentina’s Diego Maradona in that famed World Cup finals of several years ago.

Social media and blogging sites dwell on immediate occurrences, presenting lucid accounts of fresh happenings and events, rather than bothering the readers with what belongs to the past.

People want to know what is happening now and not then. They want to know if President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from his trip abroad, or if the National Assembly is sitting on Monday to consider the virement proposal of the president, or if anybody has defected from any of the leading political parties in Nigeria and what is the latest about the detained boss of the Department of Stated Security Service (DSS), Lawal Daura and the likes.

We may have started from somewhere, but we can do better than what is being done presently.

When the chips are down only the deep can call to the deep and the future belongs to those, who can do it better and give the people what they need now rather than insulting their sensbilities with old stories that belong to the past.

When things are done ríght, then we will get it right and avoid being left behind by the countries that started with Nigeria and have gone past us in all ramifications.

*Ade Oni, a social media commentator writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

With a ratio of one in 13, Nigerian women are at an elevated risk of maternal deaths, compared to one in 26 in sub-Saharan Africa. This is why Daniel Adeleye’s report that family planning users in Lagos are on the rise, comes as cheery news.

THE family planning clinics installed by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) in some selected Primary Healthcare Clinics (PHCs) in Lagos State are gaining roots and yielding the desired results.

To assist residents of the centre of excellence to attain quality lives, the NURHI in 2016 began a 72-hour renovation and equipping of family planning clinics in about 60 selected public health facilities in Lagos State under the aegis of NURHI 2.

A tour of some of these facilities organised by an NGO, Development Communications (Devcoms) with some selected journalists of print, electronic and online platforms, showed that family planning in Lagos State is yielding the desired results among residents.

At Dopemu Primary Health Centre, the clinic register showed that 275 residents of the area visited the PHC for family planning between January and March, 2018.

The Community Health Extension Worker at the facility, Olamide Oladegun, confirmed this while interacting with journalists. She noted that the turnout of residents coming for family planning is shooting up with a minimum of ten users per day.

Oladegun admonished women, especially nursing mothers, to endeavour to go for family planning immediately their babies clock six weeks, to avoid being pregnant while they are still breast feeding.

She said some of the residents have “expressed their joy for adopting Family Planning because it has reduced mortality rates among them and helped them live up to their (desired) standard of living.”

At Odunmbaku PHC in Orile Agege LCDA, the chief nursing officer, Abisola Badejo, stressed on the various family planning methods available for both male and female.

Badejo said, apart from helping with the regular community dialogue, which has geared up the data of users in the Orile Agege area, NURHI has also helped in renovating the Odunmbaku PHC to make it more accessible for the clients’ flow.

“Before I came to this facility in 2016, there was low turnout of users, but now with the help of NURHI 2, the number has shot up.”

“Before NURHI’s intervention, we were having about 20 per cent but now we are having over 90 per cent. On a daily basis, we have at least ten people coming for family planning daily,” she revealed.

Explaining the methods available at the facility, Badejo said, “We offer all family planning methods here in Odunmbaku PHC, except the permanent one, which is called vasectomy or tubal occlusion.

“We offer the pills; we have for the breast-feeding mother and we have for the regular users. We have the injectable for two months, 200ml and the one 150ml taken every 3 months.”

“We have implant, which we insert in the hand. We have for 3years, which is called ‘implanon’ and we have 5years which is called ‘jadelle’. There is another one which we call Inter Uterus Device, IUD, which we insert into the uterus,” she explained.

Speaking on the benefits, the chief nursing officer said family planning helps women save money in terms of buying pads every month, adding that they will be able to space their children and have time for their husbands.

“If a woman is on family planning, she may not menstruate and that does not mean the woman is pregnant.”

Badejo flayed the belief that family planning predisposes women to cancer, saying cancer has hereditary factor, which family planning cannot expose a woman to.

One of the users, who spoke to The Nation, Ramat Ganiyu, a 35-year-old mother of three, opined that family planning is the best source of happy home.

Recounting her ordeal when she got pregnant for her second child, when her first was barely six months, Ganiyu said, “I went through hell. For that reason, I encourage nursing mothers to go for family planning before six weeks after delivery.”

30-year-old mother of two, Temitope Rasheed, encouraged women to embrace family planning, saying she has been enjoying her marriage since she started using it.