The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi has lauded the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices, as Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.
The Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Osaigbovo Ehisienmen disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The minister felicitated Nigerians on the occasion of the Muslim festival.
He said the commitment of Nigerians to sacrifices would continue to advance individual and collective aspirations for progress and development of the country.
Dingyadi called for greater understanding, love and tolerance to promote harmonious relationship among various tribe and ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Dingyadi condemned the senseless and highly regrettable killings in Southern Kaduna and Koton-Karfe in kogi, perpetuated by enemies of the collective peace and development in the country.
He pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen the internal security architecture of the country.
The minister said that the idea was to neutralise all forms of security threats and deal decisively with persons responsible.
He assured that the police was working with other security agencies to ensure justice for the victims of attack in Kogi and Kaduna states.
Dingyadi further called for the continuous adherence to lay down preventive protocols, and urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of those affected by the pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuella Anokam/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Ebonyi govt pledges to promote breastfeeding, provides crèches, jingles
The Ebonyi Government has pledged to do everything possible to encourage breastfeeding among young mothers in the state to improve child and maternal survival.
The Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi, Dr Daniel Umezurike disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing to mark 2020 World Breastfeeding Week in Abakaliki.
Umezurike revealed that the state government considered the feeding critical by creating public awareness campaigns and jingles with support from partners to advocate breastfeeding in the state.
The commissioner also disclosed that civil servants who were nursing mothers in the state had been observing four months paid maternity leave to encourage breastfeeding.
He said that wife of the Governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi had established creches in the women development centre and strategic locations to enhance appropriate feeding.
“This is for mother to get close to their children, even at work so that they can breastfeed intermittently.
He added that they were also allowed after the leave resumption to close at mid-day to enable them return home to their babies to feed them appropriately.
“Breastfeeding is most important way of improving child and maternal survival. We take this very seriously.
“We do all these to encourage, protect and support breastfeeding in the state,” Umezurike said.
According to him, malnutrition is a challenge that reduces production of breast milk, when nursing mother are not properly fed.
Umezurike added that such families to include the downtrodden and widows were supported by Mrs Umahi to ensure family health were protected in the state.
He further stated that COVID-19 pandemic had affected activities, food production, consumption practices degrading land and ecosystems among others, thus every steps taken across life cycle to mitigate environmental degradation and climate crisis.
He stated that the pandemic had demonstrated that the global world interdepend and dependent on same planet, thus needs a healthy planet with support of breastfeeding.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner disclosed current situation report of COVID-19 in the state, saying that total confirmed cases is 871, deaths 25, discharged 804 and active cases is 36.
“We have three isolation centers and some on home isolation,” Umezurike said.
The Baby Friendly Initiative Coordinator in the ministry of Health, Mrs Beatrice Ojinkama described breastfeeding as foundation of live.
Ojinkama gave advantages of initiating breastfeeding to include serving as first immunization for a child to survive, help remove reserved placenta, help in family planning among others processes.
She called on the media to assist partners and the ministry in achieving the scheme.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Police nab 3 over alleged culpable homicide, 2 for kidnapping in Niger
The Police Command in Niger has arrested three suspects over alleged culpable homicide in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.
The police also announced the arrest 2 suspects over alleged kidnapping in Shiroro Local Government Area.
Abiodun, said that based on information received at about 10:30 hours on July 26, that two teenagers were found lying dead behind M.I Wushishi Housing Estate.
On receipt of the information, police detectives attached to Chanchaga division, swung into action and arrested three suspects in connection with the case, all of Kpapi village in Chanchaga, Minna.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have conspired and fired a Dane gun at the deceased persons, who they claimed to have encroached and damaged their farmland through illegal mining.
“The suspects will be charge to court after investigation,” Abiodun said.
Similarly, the command has arrested two suspects over alleged kidnapping in Shiroro local government area of the state.
Abiodun said on July 28 at about 09:00 hours, information was received that unknown gunmen numbering about 14, invaded Nakudna village via Erena in Shiroro and kidnapped one Jambo Salihu of the same address to unknown destination.
On receipt of the information, Police detectives attached to Erena division swung into action and arrested two suspects, both of Nakudna and Kusasu villages in Shiroro local government area in connection with the case.
During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be indigenes of the community but conspired with their armed gang members now at large, and acted as pointers and informants to the bandits.
The victim was rescued unhurt while efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects was ongoing.
He said that the case was under investigation and the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FG to resume Digital Switch Over roll out – Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government says it will “very soon’ resume the roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) – a transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting – across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Tuesday in Lagos at a ceremony to unveil the new amendment to the 6th Edition of the Broadcasting Code.
Fielding questions from stakeholders at the ceremony, the minister said the DSO suffered some set back which led to a hold after it was launched in six states.
He reiterated the commitment of the government to spread the massive benefits of digital television to the people, stressing that it was the fastest way to create jobs.
The minister assured the stakeholders that they would hear from the government on the resumption of the DSO roll out in the coming weeks.
Mohammed also told the stakeholders that government had been implementing policies and programmes to reposition the creative industry.
He said one of the major recommendations of the Post COVID-19 Initiative Committee on the Creative Industry chaired by ace comedian, Ali Baba was a restructure of the industry.
The minister reassured that the government would soon set up a committee on the implementation of the recommendations to move the industry forward.
The Minister also reiterated government’s commitment to assist the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria in securing the N10 billion Nigeria Media Intervention Fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Schools resumption: We are ready for students — NAPPS
The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Amuwo Odofin Chapter, Lagos, says its members are ready for resumption of schools for students in exit classes.
NAPPS was reacting to the Federal Government’s directive that schools nationwide be reopened on Aug. 4 to give students in exit classes time to prepare for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) billed for Aug. 17.
The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Ajoke Adeyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that member schools have complied with all requirements for reopening.
Adeyemi, who is also the proprietor of Foresight Schools in FESTAC Town, said the schools had fumigated their premises thenselves as the local governments were not forthcoming in that direction.
She said: “We invited government approved fumigators and to the best of my knowledge, all schools under NAPPS, Amuwo Odofin have been fumigated.
“The Lagos State NAPPS said we should go round and inspect our schools and see whether they have complied in readiness for reopening, which we did last week Monday and Tuesday.
“We have put in place the infrared thermometers and the touch-less hand-washing and sanitising units provided by the association.
“We have provided soap, water and placed signages at strategic locations to reinforce the guidelines”.
Adeyemi added that sickbays had also been set up like in isolation centres in accordance with the guidelines for reopening of schools.
She said the arrangements made by schools was adequate to accommodate not only the senior students but the junior ones as well.
Speaking on the preparation of her school, Adeyemi said students and staff had been directed to use face shields in addition to the face masks.
“We know it is not easy for children to put on their face masks for the eight hours they will stay in school.
“We considered the students that are asthmatic also. It might not augur well for those children to put on face mask for three to eight hours in the classroom.
“Even the teachers, we provided face shields for them to wear while teaching.
“It won’t be easy for them teaching with the face masks on. The children may not even hear them clearly,” she said.
Adeyemi noted that there would not be co-curricular activities such as sports or assembly for the safety of both students and staff.
A check of the schools by NAN correspondent revealed that wash hand bowls , touch-less and manual, soap, water, hand sanitisers and infrared thermometers were provided for both students and staff.
Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Wale Ojetimi