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Why Bill On Surrogacy, Human Fertilisation Is Important In Lagos – Obasa

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday said Lagos deserved a law on surrogacy, human fertilisation and other related areas.

Dr. Obasa said this during a stakeholders’ meeting on a bill for a law to regulate human fertilisation and surrogacy procedure and practice.

While seeking to provide a legal framework for regulating surrogacy in the State, the bill further seeks to prohibit certain practices in connection with embryos and gametes.

Represented by Hon. Desmond Elliot, a lawmaker at the House, Speaker Obasa noted that the proposed law would give a ‘human face’ to the practice by experts in the field and add to the advancement of Lagos.

“Lagos State has consistently grown since 1999 when we birthed the current democracy. Today, we remain proud to say that we are in a State that has become a good example to others in terms of governance, advancement in thoughts and actions and good leadership.

“The bill being discussed today is another example of good thinking and effective leadership,” the Speaker said.

He promised that the opinions and contributions of the stakeholders including those from the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) sector would be considered by the House in passing the bill.

Noting that the bill would address the controversies and litigations associated with surrogacy and related matters in the society, the chairman of the Committee on Health Services, Hon. Sokunle Hakeem, urged the stakeholders to submit memoranda that would help the passage of the bill into law.

Giving a general overview of the bill, Hon. Victor Akande, chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, said the proposed law was to help ensure that surrogacy is practised responsibly and in accordance with the law.

In his contribution, Emeritus Prof. Osato Ona Frank Giwa-Osagie, founder of OMNI Medical Clinic and expert in In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), urged the House to ensure that a comprehensive legislation about Assisted Reproductive Technology to make for effective enforcement.

He applauded Lagos for being a leading state in the health sector in Nigeria.

He also implored the House to incorporate the regulations of Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) into the bill.

Congratulating the House Committee on Health Services for the effort, he appealed to the House to incorporate professionals, especially where technicalities arise in the consideration of the bill.

On his part, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and President of the Academy of Medicine Specialities of Nigeria, also urged the House to bridge the laws from HEFAMAA to create an enabling surrogacy law.

The founder of Met Surrogate Mothers Agency, Mrs. Olaronke Thaddeus, suggested that the bill should include surrogacy agencies as the latter are the registered practitioners that connect intending parents to surrogate candidates.

Highlighting that the rights of women and children must be protected as they are the key candidates in surrogacy, Dr. Ivie Omoruyi of the Blossom & Oasis RHS, opined that children and women must be factored in the bill.

Contributing also, Mrs. Ogunmade Ty-Lolu, CEO, Precious Conceptions and beneficiary of surrogacy, who shared the depressing and traumatic experience she had for 13 years before going for surrogacy in India, suggestee that the five-year limit before couples can engage in surrogacy be expunged from the bill.

She also spoke on the importance of considering the society as surrogacy is not just for experts and practitioners, but for the society.

While commending the participants, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff, a member of the House, stated that the laws of the Lagos Assembly gives the State the legislative backing it needs to be better.

Speaking at the meeting, the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko, noted: “We have one of the best parliamentary system in Africa and our laws have been requested and replicated even by some countries. We should be proud of this advancement and be certain that the inputs and memorandum you (the stakeholders) have submitted today will be considered in the bill.”

Commending the House, Prof. Ashiru assured that the society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, are anxious for the passage of the bill with their contributions included.

He promised to support its engagement and enforcement.

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BBNaija’s Uriel Oputa reveals the major trigger to depression, as she reacts to Kaisha’s alleged mental illness

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Uriel Oputa has revealed the major trigger into depression.

The actress made this known via her Instagram story as she reacted to reports of Kaisha being mentally ill.

Uriel Oputa noted how losing endorsement deals can trigger one into depression .

According to her, when a BBN’s housemate endorsement deals stop coming, he/she would find it hard to mentally phantom why those brands have stopped calling you.

“When you have fame in abundance, endorsement deals flying. Then bang it stops!!!

This is a major trigger into depression. You can’t mentally phantom why those brands have stopped calling you.

In 4 months you have gone from being ok with eating from local Buka’s to only 5 star restaurant. You went from buying a new wig every so often, to every week. Because you can afford it doesn’t mean it’s financially liable.

It’s a fast train don’t let the crowd allow you miss your rightful destination”.
Kaisha battling mental health

This is coming hours after news broke out that the Level Up housemate, Kaisha had been battling mental health for some days now.

According to the blog, Kaisha was spotted at her estate in Ikota, Lekki roaming about without a shoe and a rough hair.

The site further claimed that the 2020 reality star has been seen on multiple times passing out in the estate.

The blog added that many of her co-housemates are aware of her mental battle but chose to look away.

“Hello tueh tueh, this is for all BBNaija Alumni, one of you guys is mentally down and her situation is so critical now. She has mental illness and not well taken care of. Instead of the manager to seek help she took down all her pictures from her verified page and left it empty. As it now even her business page can’t function again as it is only the sister that is taking care of her.

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As at yesterday she was still seen in her estate, Ikota Lekki roaming about without a shoe and hair so rough. I guess the sister who is taking care of her stepped out to get something hence she was able to come out. Infact she passes out sometimes in the estate and the sister has been managing her. Some of this BBN people know but chose to look away. Let’s all not be too quick to type RIP. Now that she is still here, this is a call for help! Alumni una know who I dey talk Ikota, Lekki she dey live”.

 

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BBNaija’s Kaisha allegedly battling mental illness

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Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Aisha Umaru better known as Kaisha is reportedly battling mental illness.

According to reports online, the reality star has been battling mental health for some days now.

Gistlovers reported that her sister, has been the only one catering for her.

According to the blog, Kaisha was spotted at her estate in Ikota, Lekki roaming about without a shoe and a rough hair.

The site further claimed that the 2020 reality star has been seen on multiple times passing out in the estate.

The blog added that many of her co-housemates are aware of her mental battle but chose to look away.
Kaisha battling mental illness

“Hello tueh tueh, this is for all BBNaija Alumni, one of you guys is mentally down and her situation is so critical now. She has mental illness and not well taken care of. Instead of the manager to seek help she took down all her pictures from her verified page and left it empty. As it now even her business page can’t function again as it is only the sister that is taking care of her.

As at yesterday she was still seen in her estate, Ikota Lekki roaming about without a shoe and hair so rough. I guess the sister who is taking care of her stepped out to get something hence she was able to come out. Infact she passes out sometimes in the estate and the sister has been managing her. Some of this BBN people know but chose to look away. Let’s all not be too quick to type RIP. Now that she is still here, this is a call for help! Alumni una know who I dey talk Ikota, Lekki she dey live”.
Kaisha cries out

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Just months back, Kaisha had opened up on the difficulty in keeping up with fame and celebrity status.

In a post shared on the microblogging platform, the reality TV star lamented on the challenge that comes with fame as she requests her old life.

According to Kaish Umara, not all that glitters is gold.

She tweeted: “I need my old life back!!, not all that glitters is gold”.

It seems this was a cry for help back then, but everyone ignored her.

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‘I almost lost my life because of ice, pills and cigarettes’ – SolidStar opens up on drug addition

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Joshua Iniyezo, Nigerian singer better known as Solidstar, has again narrated how he nearly died because of drugs abuse and addiction.

The Delta-born star took to his Instagram page on Friday to reveal how he almost lost his life due to hard drugs addiction.

“I almost lost my life because of ice, Pills and cigarettes

#stopdrugs if you can’t stop them all, smoke Igbo,” he wrote.

This is not the first time Solidstar is sharing his experience with drugs.

In 2019, Solidstar shared a post where he recounted how he had overdosed on drugs.

He added that the incident, which occurred few days back, led to him bleeding.

The Afropop artiste also apologised to whomever that might have been hurt due to the incident.
“There is a thin line between life and death,” the Afropop artiste wrote.

“The incident that happened a few days ago showed how fragile I am by the overdose use of drugs that led to me bleeding in an attempt of a couple thought process. Sincere apologies to whomever i might have hurt ‘but hey love is the sweetest and slowest form of suicide.“

The songwriter, popularly known across Nigeria and Africa for his hit song ‘One in a Million’, went on to write on his Instagram page about the side effects of drug abuse.

“Drugs are kind of cool I mean, they are cool before they wreck your skin, your life, and your family. That’s when they get uncool. It’s actually a very narrow window of cool,“ the Afropop artiste wrote.

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