Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Wednesday began the distribution of rice to civil servants, public servants and pensioners in the state.
Obiano, represented by Mr Harry Uduh, Head of Service (HoS) in Anambra, said the gesture was to keep his promise of ensuring that workers in the state enjoyed their Christmas since he assumed office.
He said the rice was for workers in the state and local government services, judiciary, legislature, ministries, departments and agencies as well as retirees.
“What we are doing today is to flag off the distribution of the rice to the owners, that is the workers of Anambra State.
“It is the usual Christmas largess of Gov. Willie Obiano for the workers to have beautiful Christmas celebration, so every worker and every pensioner will get one bag each.
“I cannot tell you the number of bags that will be distributed off-hand, but I can tell you it will be more than 50,000 bags because it is not just the regular civil servants we have public servants in the state and council workers.
“He has been consistent with this since he assumed office and we thank him for keeping faith with workers. This goes to show that he never makes a promise he does not intend to keep, which is why workers trust me,” the governor said.
Obiano said that he had directed in the implementation schedule for payment of workers salary that they be paid their November salaries on the 25th, receive their leave allowance on Dec. 5 and December salary on Dec. 15.
He lauded Anambra workers for their loyalty and charged them to reciprocate and to support the kind gestures.
“Anambra workers deserve this because they are hard working, but there is always room for improvement; they are loyal, they have helped the government to successfully implement its policies.
“This is another way the governor is adding value to Agriculture; the rice being distributed are Anambra rice. Government is encouraging people to cultivate and consume Nigerian rice, there is ready market for the produce,” Obiano said.
One of the workers who received her rice, Miss Amaka Uzoezie, expressed both surprise and gratitude that Obiano could fulfill his promise in spite of the country’s economic situation.
Uzoezie said the largesse would serve as a motivation for her and make her to be more productive in the coming year.
Also, Mr Ifeanyi Okechukwu, Chairman, Trade Union Congress in Anambra, thanked Obiano on behalf of his members and urged workers to continue to support the governor.
“I want to thank the governor for his kind disposition to Anambra workers, for ensuring that we enjoy our Christmas every year, and more importantly for extending it to retired civil servants.
“He is a good leader, I pray for him and his family and also call on workers to support him to do more,” Okechukwu said.
(Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Ejiofor)
NFF appoints caretaker committee for Anambra FA
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday constituted a 6-man caretaker committee to steer the affairs of Anambra State Football Association for the next three months in the first instance.
This came less than 24-hours after the Jude Anyadufu led electoral committee set up late May concluded its task on Aug. 2 with a virtual election which returned Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah, the incumbent chairman for second term.
In a statement issued on Monday, the NFF said the caretaker committee became inevitable following the expiration of the Ubah led board on July 28 and the inability of the electoral committee to conduct the elections.
It would be recalled that the board and local football council elections were scheduled to hold on July 27 and July 28 before the Anambra government ordered the suspension of the exercise on July 25 citing breach of COVID-19 safety protocols.
The NFF said the caretaker committee led by Emmanuel Okeke had the mandate to conduct elections into the board and the LFCs between Aug. 4 when their appointment became effective and Nov. 2 when it would elapse.
The interim committee would be inaugurated on Aug. 5.
“Recall that the tenure of the Board of Anambra State Football Association and the Anambra State Local Football Councils elapsed by effluxion of time on April 30 and May 2 respectively.
“Arising from the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the general lockdown, including football activities, the ASFA Congress was convened on April 28 leading to the extension of tenure of the Board and the LFCs, for another three months, which again expired on August 2.
“The Electoral Committee was unable to conduct elections into the Board of ASFA and LCF on July 27 in view of the Anambra State Government’s letter to the Electoral Committee complaining of the violation of the COVID-19 protocols of the State.
“Art. 85 of the NFF Statutes 2010 provides that ‘the Executive Committee shall have the final decision on any matter not provided for in the Statutes or in cases of force majeure.
“Consequently, the Executive Committee of the NFF in its wisdom, and in order not to create a vacuum do hereby constitute a Caretaker Committee for ASFA as follows: Emmanuel Okeke, Chairman and Victor Nwangwu, Vice Chairman.
“Others are Nonso Philip, Member; Charity Okonkwo, Member; Onyeabo Chimezie, Member and Onyedika Chijioke Secretary.
“The Caretaker Committee is to administer the activities of the Anambra State Football Association and also conduct elections into the Board of ASFA and LFCs within three months, effective from Aug. 4 to Nov. 2.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Resumption: Anambra giving schools 1,000 infrared thermometers — Commissioner
The Anambra Government says it is providing 1,000 infrared thermometers to schools in the state as part of preparatory measures to ensure safety as schools reopens.
The state Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenughasaid this during a Facebook live streaming programme to sensitise students, teachers and proprietors on COVID-19 preventive measures on Monday in Awka.
Omenugha said that based on the agreement of all commissioners for education and the Minister of Education, schools will resume on Aug. 5 basically for senior secondary school three students.
She said that an online survey conducted showed that 95 per cent of schools were ready for resumption and also willing to comply with the guidelines.
“The only challenge we have now is that 50 per cent of schools do not have boreholes and we have notified the Public Utilities ministry for intervention,” Omenugha said.
The commissioner advised schools in the state to make available buckets, soap and sanitisers,and also appealed for intervention from well-meaning individuals on construction of the boreholes.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, assured the public that measures had been put in place to ensure that students would not be affected by the pandemic.
“Schools have to be reopened and we have to think of a safer way of doing that. We already engaged teachers and stakeholders on what to do with regards to schools reopening.
“From our interactions, meetings and sensitisation, teachers and stakeholders have shown a high degree of readiness and preparedness for resumption.
“The essence of this programme is actually to speak with the wider audience and for them to understand what they need to do and be ready,’’ Okpala said.
He stressed that students must observe two meters distancing per seat in classrooms, ensure proper wearing of face masks and daily use of infrared thermometers for screening.
Okpala also reiterated the need for washing of hands with soap under running as well as avoidance of contact salutations like handshakes, hugs and pecks.
“Teachers, infirmaries and COVID-19 Task force teams are our extension of ministerial surveillance arm to help us monitor compliance,” he said.
Okpala said that flyers containing all the COVID-19 pandemic information and guidelines would be distributed to schools.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Nursing mothers tasked on continuous breastfeeding for healthy children
Nursing mothers across the country have been advised to embrace breastfeeding of their babies for its importance to growth of children.
Dr Obiora Onwurah, a medical doctor in Awka, called for nursing mothers to see the future benefit other than their instant feelings.
“The child that exclusively breastfed for at least six months has all the potential to grow healthier and stronger than the one that was exclusively fed with baby milk.
“Breastfed babies don’t get sick unnecessarily compared to those that were fed with baby milk.
Also, breastfed babies tend to have sharper brains and stronger bones than those that were not,” he said.
On her part, Mrs Ngozi Nwobu, a grandmother, blamed western civilization as the cause of young mothers not wanting to use exclusive breastfeeding on their children.
“I don’t know who told them that their breast will shrink when they engage in exclusive breastfeeding of their child.
“It is a lie, for it takes the way you handle your body to either have a robust or shrink breast and not what the child sucked,” she said.
Nwobu advised mothers not to see breastfeeding as obsolete as no amount of innovation in manufactured baby cereals could surpass breast milk.
Mrs Felicia Abazu, a civil servant, said that she would never allow her daughter to engage in other forms of feeding newly born child other than breastfeeding.
“I can tell you that there is no substitute to breastfeeding a newly born child until he or she gets to two years a least.
“For my daughter that is now pregnant, I have told her the importance of breastfeeding a child for the child to have a strong immune system,” she said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Typhoid fever in Nigeria not too common as believed — Commissioner
The Commissioner for Health in Anambra, Dr Vincent Okpala, says Typhoid fever in Nigeria
is not as common as it has been made to be.
Okpala told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Monday that the Widal test used in the country to diagnose Typhoid
fever would not give accurate diagnosis for the fever.
He described Typhoid fever as a life-threatening systemic infection caused by the bacterium, Salmonella typhi.
He explained that “seriously, nobody in Nigeria had or have Typhoid. If you have 101 patients claiming to have Typhoid or are being told
at the hospital that they have the fever, I tell you there is zero or no patient suffering from Typhoid out of the 101 patients.
“Typhoid fever is not as common as they make it to be. The standard tests for Typhoid are the stool and urine culture but these tests are not done here in Nigeria.
“Most hospitals here conduct Widal test; while it is easy and low cost to administer, it is not reliable in the diagnosis of Typhoid fever.
“And this has most likely led to a large number of patients being misdiagnosed and treated for a disease they never had.”
Dr Okpala said that the standard test – stool and urine culture, were not usually done in Nigeria due to the lack of efficient laboratories,
delay in producing results, patient’s inability to pay for the tests and physicians’ poor knowledge.
He said there was need for renewed scrutiny and adherence to diagnosis guidelines by healthcare practitioners in the country, lamenting
that “malaria and Typhoid have become common terms adopted by many Nigerians.”
According to him, there is need for increased awareness to break the cycle of misconception.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)