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Relations Mocked Us When We Did not Have A Youngster – Pastor Whose Spouse Had Quintuplets After 23 Years Of Marriage Speaks



Rev James Musa
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Rev James Musa and Mrs Abigail Musa

A Nigerian pastor, Rev James Musa who lastly had a toddler together with his spouse after 23 years, speaks in regards to the growth on this interview with The PUNCH.


Rev James Musa is the husband of Mrs Abigail Musa, who was delivered of a set of quintuplets after 23 years of marriage, and has been stranded on the Fertile Floor Hospital, Zaramaganda Highway, Jos, Plateau State, over N3.7m collected hospital invoice. The 47-year-old full-time pastor at Church of Christ in Nations from the Barkin Ladi Native Authorities Space of Plateau State tells ALEXANDER OKERE how the infants’ arrival has affected his household.

When did you meet your spouse?

We’re from the identical village and I met her there. We received married in November, 1995, and for 23 years, we by no means had a toddler.

How did you cope throughout these years?

Throughout that interval, we handed by so many challenges. As an African man, figuring out the African tradition, when you find yourself not capable of have a toddler, individuals name you names and look down on you. In reality, the challenges had been too many.

Is there any particularly that you may keep in mind?

There was a time some individuals tried their finest to see that my spouse and I separated.

How do you imply?

They got here to me and instructed me that my spouse could possibly be liable for the childlessness. In addition they went to my spouse and urged to her that I used to be guilty for the childlessness. All through that interval we didn’t discover it straightforward.

While you stated you had been known as names, what precisely did they name you?

We had been known as the barren ones. After I was nonetheless coaching to turn into a pastor, a person got here from my group and went to the pastors’ school asking for my residence. He requested some individuals on the school whether or not they knew a pastor that didn’t have a toddler. I heard him from the place I was and was stunned. That challenged me and I even cried. However since she had the infants, my title has modified from the barren one to the father of 5.

Have been you reminded of your problem every time you prayed for {couples} who wished to need to be blessed with youngsters?

I have by no means had that thought as a result of I in contrast my state of affairs with that of Abraham within the Bible. He spent 24 years together with his spouse, Sarah, with out a toddler. I spent 23 years, so you may see the similarities. I understood that God allowed it for a function as a result of many of the hospitals I visited didn’t verify that my spouse or I had a medical downside. Many of the docs suggested us to wish as a result of they’d completed their finest.

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What function did your dad and mom play throughout that making an attempt time?

Truly, I thank God for the dad and mom God gave me as a result of if not for his or her encouragement, I believe I might have divorced my spouse. They inspired us. Though my father died after I was a bit boy, I thank God for my mom and my stepmother, brothers and sisters. There was no time anybody of them ever instructed me one thing that offended me regarding my spouse. The challenges got here from different relations and folks round us.


How did you are feeling when your spouse instructed you she was pregnant?

When I heard the information, I used to be very blissful. We had been so blissful that we couldn’t even sleep that evening as a result of we had been busy thanking God in prayer. However I was additionally shocked as a result of we had been nearly on the level of dropping hope as a result of all through the interval that we didn’t have a toddler, we went from one hospital or one other. There was a time we had been referred from the College of Jos Instructing Hospital to the Nationwide Hospital Abuja. In reality, we spent quite a bit.

How a lot did you spend throughout your seek for an answer?

We spent over N5m.

Did it’s important to promote any of your property to lift cash?

When I used to be a pastor in one of many church buildings in my space, one in all my members gave me a plot of land someplace in Bukuru, Jos. I needed to promote that plot of land to resolve the issue. I bought it at an inexpensive value.

Did your spouse undergo any issues in the course of the being pregnant?

I thank God for the spouse God gave me. All through the interval of the being pregnant, there was no day she complained about any problem, even her physician was stunned. It was when it received to the purpose when she may not trek because of the heaviness of the being pregnant that the physician needed to inform her to go to the hospital.  She spent three and a half months in the hospital. She was suggested to remain in order that the docs may monitor her.

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Did the administration of the hospital inform you how a lot it will value you?

They instructed us that they might give us a room and that room would value us N5, 000 on daily basis. There have been different rooms that value N19, 000 and N17, 000. I suppose they noticed our (monetary) background; that was why they gave us that one in all N5, 000.

Do you know your spouse was pregnant with 5 infants?

Truly, I didn’t know. I assumed it was going to be one or two. She went for a scan on the hospital alone. When she got here again, I requested her the way it went, she didn’t inform me however from the look on her face, I may see that she was very disturbed. However the next day, she instructed me she was anticipating quadruplets. However when she had the following scan, the physician confirmed that she was carrying a set of quintuplets.

How did that make you are feeling?

In reality, I felt weak. I puzzled how we might maintain the kids. After I thought of our monetary standing, I used to be bothered. However she was brave and began encouraging me. She jogged my memory of one in all my prayers.

What did you pray about?

There was a time I prayed to God. At the moment the son of one in all my siblings lived with me and he was cussed. So, I instructed God that even when he gave me 5 youngsters, I might be capable to settle for them. So, my spouse reminded me about that prayer. It regarded just like the prayer was answered. I really feel God has blessed me with the kids I didn’t have 23 years in the past.

You stated your spouse was stranded on the hospital over an collected hospital invoice of N3.7m. How did you arrive at that quantity?

I requested the administration of the hospital how a lot I owed them they usually instructed me I owed them about N4m. At that time, I nearly collapsed. If not for my ministerial work, I might have fled, however I thank God for encouraging me. The invoice got here from the room she stayed, the incubators the place the infants had been saved as they had been born prematurely and every baby consumed N5, 000 on daily basis. Other than that, we carried out a take a look at on the kids each two days at N3, 000 per baby. There have been additionally session prices, medical prices and different payments. However the docs tried.

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Did they insist that the debt should be paid earlier than your spouse could be allowed to return residence?

Sure. On Monday (December 14, 2020), I nearly cried on the hospital. I begged them to permit me to take her residence and that I might pay them by God’s grace. However the physician didn’t even give me his consideration and I used to be embarrassed. However he was affected person sufficient. Many of the cash I saved was consumed on feeding the kids and their mom.

How a lot have you ever been capable of pay?

 I’ve paid a bit. I’ve paid about N600, 000.

Have you ever obtained any help from the federal government or good-spirited Nigerians?

I haven’t seen anyone from the federal government and I’m interesting to the authorities to help us. As for good-spirited people, some individuals have reached out to us and I appreciated them. I’m interesting to the Plateau State Authorities to assist us pay the remaining a part of the invoice on the hospital. The title of the hospital is Fertile Floor in Jos.

One can’t say what these youngsters will turn into tomorrow. God has a function for them and that function shouldn’t be just for this household but in addition for the nation. So, I’m pleading with the state authorities, the lawmaker representing Plateau North and Nigerians to help us. Anybody of them can turn into a governor, commissioner or physician.

What’s the gender of the kids?

Initially, they had been 5 – two boys and three women. However I misplaced two of them, a boy and a lady. I can inform precisely what occurred. I used to be instructed that one in all them died throughout start. The second was doing properly earlier than he died. We fed them with a sort of milk that value us N3, 000 every day.


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Udo Ekpenyong: Akwa Ibom PDP declares one-week mourning




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The Peoples Democratic Social gathering in Akwa Ibom has declared a one-week mourning interval, efficient January 25, 2021, following the loss of life of the State Chairman of the Social gathering, the late Obong (Hon.) Udo Ekpenyong.

In accordance with a press release of the choice reached by the State Working Committee, SWC of the Social gathering and signed by the State Deputy Chairman, Rt. (Hon.) Lawrence Udosen, the occasion has directed that flags within the PDP flags within the State Secretariat Advanced, in addition to these on the Chapter and Ward places of work, should be flown at half-mast.

The State Working Committee of the Social gathering within the assertion added that “for a selfless and forward-thinking chief just like the late Obong Udo Ekpenyong, no demonstration of grief will ever be an excessive amount of.”

Whereas praying that the particular grace of God will probably be adequate for the bereaved household as they wade by this era of excruciating grief, the PDP in Akwa Ibom additionally urged all members of the occasion to proceed to remain protected and strictly observe all subsisting Covid-19 security protocols.

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March 15th deadline for submitting annual report sacrosanct – NITDA




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By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company, NITDA, has warned all information controllers and processors within the nation that the 15th March 2021 deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report nonetheless stands.

The Director-Common of the company, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi sounded the warning on Monday at a digital press convention the place he reeled out the replace on the Knowledge Safety Regulation implementation and their 2021 projections.

Inuwa insisted that non-filing of the audit report by all involved organizations is a punishable offence, including that NITDA is ready to completely implement this provision ranging from this yr.

As a part of efforts to hold all stakeholder alongside, he famous that the company launched into sustained public consciousness since January 2020, because it was not oblivious of the data deficit of most Nigerians as regards the difficulty of knowledge safety.

‘‘I wish to use this chance to remind all information controllers and processors that the deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report is 15th March 2021.

‘‘Non-filing is a punishable offence and we’re set to completely implement this provision this yr.

Girls and gents, allow me at this level to run via the occasions we’ve lined up for this Particular Privateness Week.’’

‘‘We realized that wielding the large stick with out sufficient consciousness would result in apathy and, or insurrection. Thus, our first process was to embark on a collection of public consciousness campaigns. We achieved large media consciousness between Could and October 2019.

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‘‘Additionally, we’ve handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different inquiries from the general public on the difficulty of knowledge safety,’’ Inuwa added.

By way of implementation, the NITDA boss stated a singular implementation construction for the NDPR was additionally created. In contrast to the GDPR and different legal guidelines, he defined that the NDPR creates a set of licensees who’ve confirmed experience in information safety implementation.

‘‘These DPCOs are licensed to offer information safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated providers to all Knowledge Controllers and Processors. Thus far, we’ve licensed seventy DPCOs and have acquired many extra functions that are presently being handled.

‘‘This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit stories for the interval 2019-2020 exhibits the proportion of compliance among the many variety of submitting entities.

‘‘Nevertheless, with the course, we’re transferring on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we’ve set out in the correct means. Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra information safety specialists per capita than some other African nation.’’

‘‘Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated via the DPCO scheme. Curiously, this aligns with President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s imaginative and prescient to diversify the economic system, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital economic system,’’ he added.

Other than the compliance focus, he disclosed that NITDA additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Workforce (DBIT), a workforce made up of IT Professionals, Legal professionals and the Police Power.

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‘‘Their task is to research allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, via the Implementation Committee.

‘‘The Police workforce can also be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.’’

Whereas calling on the Nationwide Meeting to fast-track the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice into legislation, Mallam Inuwa assured that NITDA would strategize to create a workable, credible implementation course of that will help the Nationwide Meeting in its quest to go a Knowledge Safety Invoice.

‘‘We’re proud to say the NDPR implementation has essentially the most strong consultative course of in our current historical past as a nation. This autochthonous strategy has deepened the NDPR greater than we might have imagined.

‘‘Whereas we await the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put crucial constructions to deepen information safety implementation in Nigeria,’’ he stated.

Nonetheless on enforcement, he stated ”we’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally guaranteeing companies don’t kill Nigerians via wanton abuse of their information.”

Recall that NITDA had issued a draft Knowledge Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a primary legislation to information the usage of information within the digital area.

Nevertheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director-Common of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a workforce to assessment the draft guideline within the gentle of worldwide developments and in addition to offer Nigerians with a practicable legislation for its implementation.

The NDPR is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR ideas on information safety, and in addition supplies distinctive and modern implementation frameworks that has made it some extent of reference in Africa and past.

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Following the issuance of the Regulation, NITDA has taken plenty of steps consistent with its implementation technique.

A few of the steps embrace Sustained Public Consciousness; Implementation Construction; Authorized and Political Construction for Sustainability.

He listed a number of the NITDA’s visions for the yr 2021 as follows: improvement of sectorial implementation toolkits; standardization of NDPR programs and coaching; improvement of a multi-billion naira sector that will create hundreds of jobs and rejigging of enforcement mechanism to enhance compliance.

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Bayelsa Dep gov duties council chairmen, councillors on peace, cooperation




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Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has once more burdened the necessity for Councillors of Native Authorities Areas to work carefully with their Chairmen to ship efficient providers to the folks.

The Deputy Governor made the decision on Monday at a gathering with the Chairmen and leaders of the legislative assemblies of the eight native authorities areas within the state inYenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo, additionally frowned on the incessant threats of impeachment in opposition to council chairmen, stressing that taking such actions with out following due course of would solely warmth up the polity.

He urged the councillors, notably their leaders, to exhaust all avenues of dialogue and keep away from confrontation as a lot as attainable of their dealings with the opposite arms of presidency.

On the problem of Councillors’ welfare, he known as for persistence and understanding, assuring that they may get what’s due them throughout the limits of accessible assets.

“We must always not use violence because the final resort, we should at each cut-off date be affordable and respectful. You might be purported to be cooperating together with your chairmen as a result of you aren’t coequal.

“At each cut-off date, in case you don’t overcome selfishness you’ll turn into unnecessarily agitated. So I need to attraction to you, that as leaders, the council relaxation in your shoulders. You need to present duty in all you do as a result of we are going to all account for our stewardship sometime.

“The concept of threatening your chairmen with impeachment at very flip of occasions is just not the fitting approach to go. You need to exhaust each technique of dialogue together with your leaders and stakeholders of the assorted native authorities areas. When you as councillors have points with any of the chairmen, convey it to my discover,” he mentioned.

He reminded each events of how God miraculously introduced the PDP-led Prosperity Administration within the state to the workplace and urged them to understand the divine grace that has additionally sustained their very own workplaces.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo additionally urged the chairmen to be clear within the working of their councils to keep away from pointless suspicion and speculations

In a associated growth, Senator Ewhrudjakpo known as for synergy between native authorities chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives within the eight native authorities areas to allow rural dwellers to really feel the affect of presidency.

The Deputy Governor who acknowledged this at a separate assembly with the Chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives identified that their unity and cooperation have been key in direction of replicating PDP’s victory within the current Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections in future elections.

Whereas urging the Governor’s Representatives to keep away from rivalry with their respective council chairmen, Senator Ewhrudjakpo equally directed the Chairmen to offer workplace lodging for them to reinforce their efficiency.

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