The police on Tuesday arraigned a 45-year-old car park operator, Prince Joseph, in a Mpape Upper Area Court, Abuja, for alleged negligent conduct.
The police charged Joseph who resides in Mashafa Road, Mpape, with negligent conduct.
The prosecutor, Edwin Ochayi, told the court that Mr Fadayomi Eniola, of Berger Quary Mpape, reported the matter at the Mpape Police Station on May 8.
Ochayi said the complainant alleged that on May 6, his Toyota Camry battery and N3,500 fuel was stolen from a car park, operated by the defendant.
He said the defendant failed to employ a security guard to watch over cars in the parking space.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 196 of the Penal Code.
After the charge was read to him, Joseph pleaded not guilty.
The judge, Hassan Mohammed, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Mohammed ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
He adjourned the case until June 21, for further hearing.
UN Security Council renews sanctions against CAR
The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to extend sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for a year.
Resolution 2536, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council, decides to renew the sanctions regime — an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze — till July 31, 2021.
It also decides to extend the mandate of the panel of experts, which helps the Security Council implement the sanctions, till Aug. 31, 2021.
The resolution requests the panel of experts to provide to the Security Council a midterm report no later than Jan. 31, 2021, and a final report no later than June 30, 2021.
The resolution expresses particular concern about reports of illicit transnational trafficking networks which continue to fund and supply armed groups in the CAR, and requests the panel of experts to devote special attention to the analysis of such networks.
It requests the CAR authorities to report by June 15, 2021, on the progress achieved regarding the reform of the country’s security sector; the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process for members of armed groups; and the management of weapons and ammunition.
It requests the UN secretary-general to conduct, no later than June 15, 2021, an assessment on the progress achieved by the CAR authorities on those key benchmarks for the purpose of a review by the Security Council of the arms embargo on the CAR government.
The resolution affirms the Security Council’s intention to review the sanctions regime, at any time as may be necessary, in light of the evolution of the security situation in the country and the progress in the key benchmarks.
The CAR has been mired in a civil war since 2012. The presence of armed groups has prevented the government from establishing state authority in most parts of the country.
Cancer care: Merck Foundation provides oncology training for 80 doctors
By Cecilia Ologunagba
Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) Merck Foundation, philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, says it has provided one to three-year Oncology fellowship and masters degree for for No fewer than 80 doctors from 26 countries to improve cancer care.
Dr Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck, in a statement on Thursday, said the foundation joined hands with African first ladies to achieve the feat.
The countries are: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“Our strategy is to develop a Multidisciplinary Oncology Care team in each country such as; Medical, Surgery, Pediatric, Gynecology, Radiation Oncologists, Nursing, Pathologist and Radiology Technician.
“As an African woman, I am proud that we are making history in Africa through training the first oncologists and first cancer care teams in many countries.
“Our main objective is to provide quality and affordable care to patients who never had anyone to care for them before,” Kelej said.
According to her, the burden of cancer in Africa is growing with recent estimates reporting 1.06 million new diagnosed cancer cases per year.
This figure is expected to increase by 102 per cent to 2.12 million by 2040 and, while the burden of cancer in Africa is rapidly rising, there is a very limited number of oncologists.
“Also, there is a lack of investment in building professional cancer care capacity across the continent,’’ she said.
Kelej said that building professional healthcare capacity was the right strategy to address the pressing challenge.
“It is an ongoing initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries.
According to her, some of the first ladies from the benefiting countries appreciated the foundation for supporting the doctors to improve cancer care.
The statement, however, quoted First Lady of The Gambia, Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, as saying, “I am very proud with this programme.
“I am proud of the programme that added great value to my country, The Gambia, by providing specialty training for the first oncologists in my country.”
Also, the First Lady of Liberia, Clar Weah, said that Merck Foundation was the first foundation that provided this valuable specialty training to first oncologists in Liberia.
“They are also providing the training for the first fertility specialists, embryologists and diabetes specialists in my country Liberia.’’
In addition, Weah said in partnership with her office, Merck Foundation would also provide online one year diploma and two year masters degree in other areas of medicine.
“ They will provide in Respiratory Medicines, Cardiovascular Medicines, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Acute medicines and Endocrinology for Liberia and of course the rest of Africa.”
The foundation is focused on improving access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity.
It was also empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. (NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
German city dwellers continue to rely on cars: study
The number of newly registered cars in all of Germany’s 20 largest cities had increased in 2019 and the country’s city dwellers showed no signs of being “tired of cars,” according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) on Friday.
“In Germany, a stable trend towards increasing vehicle ownership, even in large cities, has been discernible for years. The frequently made claim that the personal car is losing importance has thus been refuted,” said CAR Director Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer.
The number of new cars increased by 17 percent to 3.6 million in 2019. Among the 15 largest German cities, Munich registered the biggest rise — two percent year-on-year — in vehicle population.
“Germans seem to love their cars and obviously want more and more of them,” said Dudenhoeffer. City dwellers in Germany would still prefer to own a car, although public transport services have improved and parking spaces are becoming scarce.
According to Dudenhoeffer, the steady increase in the number of cars is not unique to Germany. This is a worldwide trend, which is expected to continue.
Fueled by growing prosperity, car manufacturers are making driving ever easier with new products, such as car subscription services, which offer vehicles for a fixed monthly fee.
“The task is not to ban cars in cities, but to make them more compatible with city requirements,” Dudenhoeffer stressed. To that end, cars should be quieter and emission free, but also safer, he said.
Car sales witness 75 pct decline during May in Pakistan
Sale of cars has seen a 75 percent decline during the month of May on year-on-year basis in Pakistan due to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts on businesses of the country, local media reported on Thursday.
Total car sales were recorded at 4,473 units in May as compared to 17,781 units in the same month of the previous year, the Express Tribune quoted the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association as having said.
All the three major car assemblers in the country reported a major decline in sales for May with Honda Atlas Cars being the worst hit with 89 percent decline in sales, according to the report.
Last May, Honda Atlas sold 2,952 units, but this year only 326 units were sold during the same period, the report added.
Indus Motor Company also saw an 88 percent fall in sales at 547 units in May 2020 as compared to 4,749 units in May 2019.
Similarly, Pak Suzuki Motor Company saw a drop of 64 percent by selling 3,600 units during May as compared to 10,080 units in the same month of previous year.
In the first 11 months (July 2019-May 2020) of FY20, car sales registered a decline of 54 percent to 102,137 units as compared to 222,167 units sold in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year, the report added.
Local analysts believe that the main cause of the decline was the closure of business operations by all major car assemblers, adding that the sales will improve in June due to the effects of easing the lockdown and restoration of business atmosphere in the country, according to the report.