Kelvin Amaefule, a professor of Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, has advised Nigerians to consume more animal protein products than plant products.
Amaefule gave the advice on Wednesday during the university’s 46th inaugural lecture, entitled “Man shall not live by bread alone: prophecy and practice”.
He said that an increase in the consumption of animal protein, including meat, egg, fish and milk, would allow an increase in body size, brain development and smaller gastrointestinal tract.
According to the don, such consumption will allow energy to be used by bigger brain without loss of agility and sociality.
He said, “Individuals who consume more of animal protein than plant products are not likely to develop high blood pressure, atherosclerosis or cardio-vascular diseases and high blood sugar (glucose) level.”
He said that the consumption of more plant products than animal protein would rather lead to higher risk of high blood sugar level.
Amaefule said that the demand for animal protein, such as meat, egg, fish and milk, is very high in Nigeria but supply and consumption were highly limited.
The don said that his research focus had been on monogastric animal species, such as poultry, pigs and rabbits, because the species were amenable to Nigeria’s ecological, socio-cultural conditions and circumstances.
The professor also called for structural and institutional changes in government policies in order to stimulate income and employment opportunities in the rural and peri-urban areas.
“This will improve resource use efficiency at all levels of animal protein production and ensure availability of cheap and affordable animal products to the populace,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Francis Otunta, who was represented at the lecture by his Deputy (Academics), Prof. Madu Iwe, thanked Amaefule for his thorough research and thought-provoking lecture. (NAN)
(Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Sam Oditah)
Assembly donates N5 million, food items to family of deceased colleague
A statement signed by Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the House of Assembly, quoted
the Speaker as describing Jekada as “honest, hardworking and dedicated in the worship of Allah”.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Jekada died on Monday, June 1, at Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto after a protracted illness associated with diabetes.
NAN reports that the funeral prayer for the lawmaker was led by Malam Bello Tambuwal with the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Musa Bawa, in attendance.
Jekada’s colleagues, some members of the State Executive Council, traditional rulers and top politicians were also present at the prayers.
COVID-19: Fidelity Bank donates N5m to Borno
Presenting the cheque on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the North East Regional Manager of the bank, Mrs Halima Mustafa, said the gesture was part of the bank’s social responsibility and contribution to the fight against the pandemic.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of Borno Government, the Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman of the state COVID-19 Committee, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, thanked the management of the bank for the donation.
He said that the gesture would go a long way in supporting the fight against the pandemic.
Kadafur advised other organisations to emulate the bank, assuring that the donation would be judiciously utilised.
Firm donates N2m medical supplies to Kwara Govt
A firm, Stefolga, on Tuesday in Ilorin donated the first batch of N2 million worth of Doctors Scrubs and Patient Gowns to the Kwara COVID-19 Technical Committee.
The company’s , Chief Femi Sanni, said the donation was its token contribution towards the excellent work the state government was doing in the fight against the global pandemic of COVID-19, particularly through the Technical Committee headed by the deputy governor.
Sanni expressed hope that the materials donated would go a little way in adding to the great investment of the state in the health sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Stefolga is the country’s leading supplier of speciality vehicles such as Mobile Health Exam Clinics, Mobile Dental offices and Mobile Tax Offices, among others.
They are headquartered in Abuja with office in Canada and partners in USA, Turkey and Kenya.
According to Sanni, who is a native of Ilorin, plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a Stefolga Specialty Vehicle Assembly plant with the company’s partners in Kwara.
COVID-19: Doctors donate palliatives to IDP Camp at Eleko, Lagos
A Lagos based NGO, Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), has donated some palliatives to families in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the Eleko Beach in Lagos, to help cushion the harsh effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Anabel Ozo, who made the donation on behalf of DHI, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the COVID-19 pandemic had created ripple effects on the livelihood and hygiene of vulnerable families and communities.
DHI is a human rights organisation of medical doctors and other professionals committed to using medical, scientific and social means to serve and develop the society through the family.
It is committed to serving human life by building healthy, free and just societies; their services are aimed at the development and maintenance of healthy families; the fundamental units of societies.
“ They reside in settlements along Eleko Beach area.
“They were mostly farmers and have been forced by the Boko Haram insurgents to flee their homes and farmlands and find new skills and livelihood.
“As at five years ago, most of the children were malnourished and suffering from all forms of treatable illness which their parents and guardians couldn’t afford to take them to the hospital for basic healthcare.
“ You can imagine their plights in the unstable and violent situation created by COVID-19.
“The Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), through the caring hands of well meaning individuals, organisations and families sought to make a difference in the lives of the families in the IDP camp of Eleko Beach.
“We generated over 600 bags of palliatives consisting of staple food, hand sanitisers, sanitaries and beverages for 600 families living in the IDP settlement.
“DHI offers medical and counselling services free of charge to the vulnerable and undeserved communities with a special focus on women and children,” she said.
Responding, Chairman of the camp, Mr Jonah Jonah, commended the gesture of the doctors.
APC has done well for South East, says Igbokwe
He made the statement in Ikeja while speaking with newsmen during the inauguration of new executives of Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.
Igbokwe, also the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, urged more people from the South East to join the APC as the party meant well for the region and the country in general.
“I do not think there is any project bigger than the Second Niger Bridge in Nigeria now; the bridge is getting to completion.
“I know that by next year, the government would have finished the bridge. The same bridge that was used to dupe our people for 22 years will soon be completed,” he said.
Igbokwe said the inauguration of the executives was to further strengthen Ndigbo in APC Lagos to take the party to greater heights both in the state and at the national level.
He added that the group had the mandate to mobilise Ndigbo for the APC to ensure the party’s continued foothold in Lagos and the nation.
Igbokwe charged the new executives to discharge their duties without let or hinderance and ensure the growth of the party “from strength to strength”.
He dismissed reports in some quarters that there was division in Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.
The governor’s aide said that whoever was parading himself as apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC outside of the group was an imposter as the group was not factionalized.
He called for support for Gov. Sanwoolu, saying the governor was doing his best to take the state to greater heights.
Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated executives, the Coordinator, Chief Uche Dimgba, thanked all members of the group, particularly Igbokwe, for the confidence reposed in them.
He also thanked the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for giving all members of the party a sense of belonging.
Dimgba promised that he and other executive members of the Ndigbo in Lagos APC would do their best to move the party forward.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the 15-member executive include Chief Chris Ekwulo(Deputy Coordinator);Princess Oby Onu(Women Leader);Chief Uche Babatata(Organising Secretary);and Mr Leo Obasi(Assistant Youth Leader).
COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday, donated medical equipment and consumables worth millions of naira to the Akwa Ibom government to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, while presenting the equipment, said the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.
Pondei, represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to intervene and partner the state governments in the region in the battle against COVID-19.
The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines, arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.
“The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the Commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.
He assured the state government of the good intention of the interim management committee of NDDC, which would ultimately translate to more robust interventionist projects and programmes for the state.
“The governor pays a high premium on the wellbeing of the Akwa Ibom people and as such, these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against the virus,” he said.
He expressed the appreciation of the state government to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.
In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.
He assured that it would be directly deployed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in the state.
COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt
The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, during the presentation of the items said that the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.
Pondei, who was represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said that the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to the state governments in the region in the battle against Coronavirus.
The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines.
Others are arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.
“The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.
Pondei, however, assured the state government of the commission’s more robust interventionist projects and programmes.
Responding on behalf of the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who received the items on behalf of Gov. Udom Emmanuel, commended NDDC for the gesture.
Ekuwem said that the medical equipment and the consumables were in line with the state government’s strategy in tackling the ravaging Coronavius pandemic.
“The governor pays a high premium on the well being of the Akwa Ibom people.
“As such these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
The SSG expressed the state government’s appreciation to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.
In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said that there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against Coronavirus.
UN humanitarian chief asks donors to prevent Yemen from falling off precipice
UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock on Tuesday asked donors to pledge generously so that “a tragedy of historic proportions” could be avoided in Yemen.
“Yemen is now on the precipice, right on the cliff edge, below which lies a tragedy of historic proportions,” Lowcock told an online pledge conference for Yemen, co-sponsored by the United Nations (UN) and Saudi Arabia.
He asked donors for generous pledges consistent with their commitments last year, as well as for prompt payment and flexible financing to allow aid agencies to focus on where their needs are the greatest.
“I want in particular to warn that cutting funding to one part of the country or another because you are concerned about the behavior of those in control is tantamount to the collective punishment of the innocent and the vulnerable, people who have no say on who is in charge in the places they live,” said Lowcock.
“Pledges will not save lives unless they are paid. And so far, most of the pledges made remain unpaid,” he added.
Of the 41 major UN-supported programs in Yemen, more than 30 will close in the next few weeks unless additional funds are secured, he said. “COVID-19 rapid response teams are funded only until the end of June. Next month, we could start winding down treatment for severely malnourished children. Support for cholera facilities will also start to reduce,” he said.
COVID-19 comes on top of the many problems already facing Yemen, such as economic collapse, a destroyed infrastructure, hunger, disease and displacement, he noted.
“Yemenis themselves say things are worse today than at any time in their recent history. And yet, so far this year, the world has offered less help than it did last year. Never have we had so little money for humanitarian action in Yemen this late in the year,” he said.
France donates protective equipment to Lebanese civil defense for fight against COVID-19
The French Embassy in Lebanon donated on Tuesday protective equipment to the Lebanese civil defense to help its members to properly carry out their tasks in emergency situations related to COVID-19 spread in the country, LBCI local TV channel reported.
The donation took place under an agreement signed between the Internal Security Department at the French embassy and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Commission at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
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