Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Senator Deen Draws Lawmakers Attention to TaoFM

The senator representing Kogi-Central  senatorial district, Nuru-deen Usman Abatemi has drawn the attention of the lawmakers at the senate house to Tao FM radio in Okene which was bombed by unknown gunmen recently.

The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs who expressed himself on Wednesday while making contributions on the floor of the senate, presented the bombing of the station before the lawmakers.

He urged the government to make necessary contributions to reviving the only working radio station in the district, despite that it is privately owned.

Tao FM was bombed by unknown gunmen on the 27th April 2015 leaving four people dead.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Dokpesi Meets Adaba On Tao FM

The dust over the bombing of Tao fm radio station in Okene last week is yet to settle.

How to rebuild the radio station as well as improve security for media houses in the country was the thrust of a meeting on Sunday between chairman emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, Aleogho Dokpesi, and a member of the board of directors of Tao fm, Tom Adaba.

The meeting ended with a pledge by the Daar group to help rebuild Tao fm so it can resume transmission soon.

A delegation from Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower fm, visited a board member of Tao fm.

The meeting was to review the level of damage on the Okene-based community radio station, and the Daar group was there to explore ways of helping Tao overcome it’s immediate challenge.

Tao fm board-member, Tom Adaba was still battling to understand why anyone would think of ever bombing a station that was bringing so much enlightenment to it’s kinsmen in Ebiraland.

The Daar Group was offering the helping hand because it understood the pain, having experienced tough challenges in the past.

Tao fm, 101.9, Kuroko, in Adavi local government area of Kogi State, was bombed on Monday last week, with four persons killed in the process.

The incident cast a dark cloud on the safety of media workers in the country.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thousands Honour Slain Tao FM Radio Staff as Markets Close in Okene

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Okene, Kogi State, on Tuesday to protest the killing of four staff of Tao FM radio in a terrorist bomb blast.

The spontaneous protest march was followed by the closure of all markets, banks, offices and commercial ventures in Kogi Central Senatorial District in honour of those killed and injured in the deadly night attack on the popular community radio.

Protesters called on the federal and state governments as well as the security agencies to fish out those behind the attack.

"We will not allow this to be swept under the carpet again like other unsolved killings in the area in the past", said a female protester who did not give her name.

"We must find and punish those behind this crime. Enough is enough. This land belongs to all of us. No one can terrorize us".

The protesters later marched to the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebira, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, in Okene. They pleaded with him to do something to end the terrorist acts in his domain. The Ohinoyi promised to do all in his powers to end the killings.

The attack on the radio station on Monday night in which four staff died, one was injured and broadcast equipment and the building housing the station, has led to an outpouring of emotions and pledges of support for the station with some people demanding that an account be opened for donations to bring back the influential Tao FM radio station.

Tao fm releases dedicated bank account to receive donations

The Board of Directors of Ovidi Communications Ltd appreciates all An'Ebira, friends and well wishers within and outside Ebiraland who have expressed desire to help Tao 101.9 FM Radio.

The following dedicated bank account has been opened for the purpose:

Bank: GTB
Account Name: Ovidi  Communications Ltd.
Account No: 0169118744.

Please NOTE that the above account details replace the earlier one posted.

Thank you all. God bless and do help us pass the information to others who are interested in helping Tao Radio.


Job opportunities at LUCAF


Lift Up Care Foundation is a non –governmental, non -profit making, non-religious and non-political, charitable organization. It was established  and registered in 2006 with aim of ensuring societal development in the area of Health, Education, Vocational training, Economic Empowerment with focus on children, women and other vulnerable groups.

Job Description

Position: Care & Support Officer (HIV/TB) in Lokoja and Ankpa
Report to: Program Manager

The purpose of this position is to provide technical guidance and ensure the implementation of technical program activities for community based HIV Care and Support in the SMILE Program.  S/he will collaborate closely with the SMILE HIV Prevention, Care & Support Specialist to roll out and implement an integrated and holistic community based response to HIV/AIDS towards scaling up access to HIV prevention and care services for vulnerable children and their caregivers.  

General function:
The Care and Support Officer (HIV/TB) will be responsible for working closely with the SMILE Prevention, Care & Support specialist to achieve the strategic objectives of the program – focusing primarily on HIV prevention, Care & Support but also supporting cross-cutting themes and integration efforts across the project with other areas of OVC programming including Household Economic Strengthening and Nutrition. S/he will assist in strengthening the capacity of community volunteers and PMT in community based HIV response in line with operational strategies for achieving project aims, results and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of programmatic and management quality.

Major Responsibilities:
S/he will provide technical and programmatic support primarily in the areas of HIV prevention, Community based HIV Care & Support for project beneficiaries affected by AIDS. S/he will be responsible for implementing strategies designed to strengthen the linkages between the community based care activities and health facilities providing HIV care and treatment towards ensuring a continuum of care. S/he will also support in the area of HIV prevention awareness creation, community mobilization for HIV counselling and testing, HIV/TB care and support, PMTCT and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), improving referral and counter-referral systems between communities and facilities. In addition, S/he will support the implementation of evidence-based interventions aimed at addressing HIV risk behaviours, HIV transmission, and gender-based violence with a focus on adolescent girls and young female caregivers. 

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical support and ensure program activities improve access to HIV prevention and care services amongst project beneficiaries and their caregivers in project communities
  • Work with other project staff to ensure adherence to technical standards, best practices and SMILE guidelines for all HIV Prevention Care & Support activities of the project.
  • Support strategies towards ensuring that project activities are built on strong behaviour change principles, and build the capacity of Community Volunteers and relevant project staff in effective implementation and monitoring.
  • Work closely with LGA health unit and LACA in identifying and capitalizing on leverage points for improved linkages and referral coordination at the community level and  for integration of HIV Prevention Care & Support elements into other OVC areas project activities and vice versa.
  •  Attend all relevant central trainings and HIV CoP meetings organized by SMILE and submit training reports to Program Manager.
  •  Step-down all central trainings to community volunteers, PMT and other relevant stakeholders at the LGA and community levels.
  •  Ensure proper documentation of all program activities implemented including ensuring beneficiaries provided with relevant HIV services are entered into NOMIS.
  • Support the formation and regular meeting of beneficiary support groups in project communities.
  • Perform any other task as may be assigned by the ED or the Program Manager or his designee.
Qualifications and Skills:
  • HND/BSC in a relevant health degree plus a minimum of 2 years technical experience with community-level HIV prevention, Care & Support  programs
  • Experience in supporting HIV Testing and Counselling programs in health facilities, mobile units and community outreaches.
  •  Knowledge of Government of Nigeria HIV Care and Treatment guidelines (Paediatric & Adult)and experience working with HIV programs
  • Familiarity with OVC programming and principles.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills required.
Method of application: Suitably qualified candidates should forward their application with resume and a cover letter (not to exceed two pages) addressing each of the competency requirements for the desired position to using the position of interest and location as the subject of the mail. Submission of hard copy of application package is also encouraged.
Applications should be addressed to:
The Executive Director,
Lift Up Care Foundation (LUCAF).
GP 705 Michael Olobayo Housing Estate,
Behind ‘C’ Division police station Gadumo,
 Lokoja, Kogi State.

DEADLINE: 4pm 15th of May, 2015. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
NB: All applicants MUST be computer literate and able to use basic computer packages effectively, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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