Abuja, April 17, 2019 The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health and Human Services Secretariat, says every child in the territory will be immunised against polio and other diseases.
Mr Adamu Bappa, the Secretary, Health.and Human services Secretariat, gave the assurance on Wednesday while addressing newsmen to unveil activities for the African Vaccination Week (AVW) in Abuja.
He said that the theme of the vaccination week, “Protected Together: Vaccines Work” would celebrate stakeholders who helped to ensure that all citizens were protected.
” The AVW was established and endorsed by UN Member States in the African region.
“Each year, a suitable theme is chosen to reflect current regional priorities and the public health realities.
” This year’s theme, “Protected Together” will be celebrated between April 22 and April 30.
” The campaign will celebrate health vaccine heroes, from parents and community members to health workers and innovators who helped to ensure that we are all protected through the power of vaccines,” he said.
Bappa who said that the FCT had done very well in vaccination, added that much needed to be to vaccinate children against polio.
“As at March, Penta III coverage for FCT stood at 90.5 per cent while measles is 81.2 per cent.
“We also had 95.6 per cent coverage on the yellow fever mass vaccination campaign to attain first position amongst six participating states.
” In spite of the gains made in reaching children with vaccination, we have continued to see outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases,” he said.
He said that most of the children who missed out on vaccination were the ones who lived in far flung communities.
He assured that the health secretariat would intensify efforts to ensure that all eligible persons were vaccinated.
“Most of the children missing out are those who live in far and hard to reach communities and the displaced population in Internally Displace Persons camps.
” In order for everyone to survive and thrive, we will intensify efforts to ensuring that all eligible persons receive the life saving benefits of vaccines.
“The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the critical importance of all immunisation throughout life,” he said.
The Secretary said that for the 2019 campaign, FCT teams would intensify continious sensitisation and mobilisation, emphasising the value of vaccines to the health of children.
” The designated sites are in Kadusa, Wusa, Gongola, New Kuchingoro and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps,” he said.
He urged the media to help disseminate the immunisation message to reach one out of every 10 kids who still did not have access to vaccines.
He assured that caregivers posted to remote parts of the territory for the immunisation exercise would get additional insensitives to encourage them to perform optimally.
Security: FCT begins implementation of state community policing
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has kicked off the implementation of the State Community Policing initiative aimed at reducing crime in communities and deepen trust between the public and law enforcement agencies.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja.
Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes.
He expressed optimism that with the Presidential approval granted for community oriented policing across the nation, Nigeria will begin to witness reduction in crime rate.
Bello, therefore, enjoined members of the committee to take the assignment very seriously and give it the utmost attention it deserved.
He also urged them to be nonpartisan in all their decisions and recommendations as well as be guided by the principles of natural justice and laws of the land.
He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers.
“Once there is a trust deficit in any guise or form, the workability of this policy becomes highly diminished and we will have lost a great opportunity in improving the security profile of the territory.
“It is necessary that selection into the Special Constabulary is fair and just with proper screening.
“Those selected should also be provided with basic training needed for the job. There should also be a robust feedback and monitoring mechanism for the performance of those appointed to carry out tasks within the communities.
“There should also be confidentiality of investigation and protection of informants,” Bello said.
Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities.
Ciroma noted that the committee could only deliver on its mandate if FCT residents embrace community policing and provide the necessary support for its success.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee included, heads of various government security organisations in FCT and respected political, religious, traditional and community leaders.
Sanitation: FCTA issues 7 days ultimatum to illegal mechanics
after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Similarly, Attah said the second phase of the aggressive sanitation would begin from the NEPA junction to APO mechanic village, where illegal businesses had taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.
“This stakeholders meeting is to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridors, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).
“The minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja master plan.
“We have given the affected people seven days ultimatum, because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise.
“The minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all ongoing projects there as a legacy he will leave behind for residents of the nation’s capital,” he said.
The Director AEPB, Mr Baba Lawan, disclosed that the minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise.
Lawan warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the task force would move to the area, and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the administration.
He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and every other thing left on the road corridors would be removed and seized.
COVID-19: South African-based firm donates palliatives to vulnerable in FCTA
A South African Real Estate Investment Company based in Nigeria, Novare, has donated palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to help vulnerable communities cushion the effect of COVID-19.
Head of Legal of the company, Mr Chineme Onuoma, while presenting the items on Monday in Abuja, assured that the company would continue to support the FCT and Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the items donated included 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of indomie noddle, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil and 75 cartons of tomato paste .
He commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the pandemic in the territory.
Onuoma revealed that aside the provisions of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare had approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020 with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants.
“Particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the Federal Government.
“Each of Novare’s mall accommodates over 60 tenants, having Shoprite and Game as its anchor tenant, with over 600 direct employees and well over 2, 000 indirect employees in each mall, including suppliers of the different goods and products sold by the tenants at the mall.
“To ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, starting from those closest to it, Novare, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has so far approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020.
“The rent-free concession granted to tenants have helped to keep their various businesses afloat, thus alleviating the financial burden on these tenants.
“This financial assistance enables the tenants to channel the income they generate to payment of staff salaries and sustaining their respective supply chains.
“This effectively reduces unemployment, which would have been the consequence if tenants were unable to survive this period,” Onuoma said.
He also stated that the firm had expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.
Receiving the items, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.
Police arrest man for allegedly defiling daughter in FCT
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in Lugbe area of Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, disclosed on Friday this at a media briefing in Abuja.
Ciroma said the suspect was mentally stable and had confessed to having carnal knowledge of his daughter on several occasions.
He said that another suspect was also arrested for luring and forcefully having carnal knowledge of a six-year-old boy.
He said the suspect told the police that he committed the unnatural act with the minor while they were swimming at a river in Mpape.
The Commissioner of Police said operatives from the command, investigating a case of child trafficking on May 24, arrested a suspect for bribing police detectives with N200,000.
He said the suspect offered the money to the investigators to truncate the ongoing investigation.
According to him, instead of yielding to the antics, the police officers acted professionally, collected the money and registered it as exhibit.
“Meanwhile, investigation into a tip off that a woman, now at large is running a baby factory is in progress. Some collaborators of the fugitive suspect have been arrested, and are helping with investigation,” he added.
Ciroma also said that five suspects had been arrested in connection to the death of one Mohammed Danjuma, whose remains were recovered around Gwagwa-Kagini axis of Abuja, on March 16.
He said preliminary findings revealed that the deceased boarded the syndicates’ cab as a passenger from Berger to Tipper Garage, Katampe.
“The findings indicated that he was diverted by his assailants to an unknown destination where he was attacked with wheel spanner.
“The deceased was also robbed of his valuables, including his ATM card which was subsequently used by the gang to withdraw money from his bank account,” he said.
He said the suspects were members of a notorious armed robbery syndicates that pose as cab operators to rob their victims.
Ciroma said operatives from the command, acting on intelligence, also led operations that arrested 12 suspects in connection to kidnapping activities around Bwari, Abaji and Kwali axis of Abuja.
He said the operatives dismantled some hideouts used by kidnapping syndicates in the areas.
He said items recovered from the suspects were 17 rounds of live ammunition, four dane guns, one locally made pistol and four mobile phones.
Other recovered item are two military camouflage uniform and caps, one motorcycle, five voter’s cards and two sim-packs and cards.
Ciroma said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: Foundation partners FCTA to curtail spread
Hajia Amina Abdulrahman, the Director of Planning and Research for the foundation made the request during the donation of 1,500 pieces of facemasks to the administration on Friday in Abuja.
Abdulrahman said that the 19 northern states of the federation had so far benefited from the philanthropic gesture the foundation was rendering to Nigerians to put a smile on their faces.
“Our board of directors and advisory council deemed it fit that we should contribute to the fight against this pandemic in the 19 northern states and the FCT; this is to augment what they have done by adding our own.
“This is what informed our mission to partner the FCTA in the fight against this virus through this contribution in our own little way,” she said.
According to her, when the time is right, the foundation will think of other ways to help the economy and help people get back in terms of recovering by levering on what the foundation does most.
Receiving the items, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Mohammed Kawu appreciated the donation.
According to Kawu, government alone at all levels cannot fight against the struggle to curtail the fight on COVID-19 without the tangible contributions from well-meaning Nigerians.
Kawu said that the donation of the facemasks would go a long way to curtail the spread of the virus, adding that the donation would be put to meaningful use by the secretariat.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Interstate Lockdown: FCTA arrests 74 violators, impounds 3 buses
The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has arrested 74 persons travelling through the city to other parts of the country.
The Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
Attah also revealed that the team had earlier arrested a bus driver, James Adegbe while travelling from Kaduna to Kogi state.
“Among those arrested are 17 passengers who were travelling on a Trailer from Warri in Delta state to Zaria in Kaduna state.
“Nine passengers in a Hyundai Bus going from Gwagwalada to Katsina, and a Trailer going from Aba to Kano state with six passengers were also arrested.
“Also, a Hummer bus with 18 passengers from Warri to Zaria and another Hummer bus with 10 passengers from gwagwalada to Ibadan,” Attah said.
He said that the team had also impounded three buses, adding that Presiding Magistrate at the Mobile Court in Zuba, Ebiwari Damini, convicted both the drivers and the passengers.
Attah said that the magistrate also punished a driver who had been previously convicted for violating the rules.
“The driver was arrested, arraigned, fined and returned to Kaduna state. He turned back that same night and still found his way to Kogi state.
“Today again he was arrested travelling with a bus-load of passengers from Lokoja to Kaduna. The Magistrate fined him N10, 000 which is double of his previous fine.
“He also ruled that his vehicle be impounded at the Abuja Environment Protection Board Enforcement Head office at Area 3, Garki”, Attah explained.
According to him, those apprehended were travelling in two trucks and seven other buses.
He said that the administration was worried that the number of interstate travelers attempting to enter or pass through the FCT seems to be on the increase daily.”
He therefore called on state governments to tighten their own end by ensuring interstate travellers are not allowed to move with ease.
“Sadly, some of those arrested here do not seem to understand why we are arresting them. This, I believe is because they now see it as normal because of where they are coming from.
“This is a Presidential Order and we must obey it to the letter until the ban is lifted,” Attah said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
2020 Menstrual Hygiene Day: Group distributes free sanitary kits in FCT community
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gesture by the NGO is to mark the 2020 World Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated globally every May 28 to create more awareness on the importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
The theme of the 2020 celebration is: “It’s Time for Action Now’’.
Distributing the items, Acting Executive Director, DEV–AID, Mrs Ngozi Izuora-Songu said the gesture was in partnership with the Youth Training Hub-Africa, Development Centre for Orientation, Discovery and Empowerment (DeCODE) and AWA Initaitive.
She said that the objective was to improve health and wellbeing through a well-managed menstrual hygiene.
Izuora-Songu, a development expert said the organisations also launched the “Pad a Girl’’ campaign in some communities in the FCT, Anambra and Cross River states aimed at ensuring that at least 10,000 girls were empowered on MHM information and production of menstrual sanitary kits.
“The campaign will focus on community awareness creation and mobilisation targeting behavioural and attitudinal changes, advocacy for improved reproductive health care for girls and women and service delivery,’’ she said.
She decried poor access to menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary pad, private toilets, hand washing facilities.
The expert also decried poor access to menstrual hygiene education, especially for low income earners, saying the situation was affecting them adversely.
According to her, supply of free sanitary pads for women and girls as well as provision and maintenance of toilets in schools, markets and other public places will aide in resolving challenges women and girls face during menstruation.
“We are advocating reusable pads, however, we are also going to give them disposable pads because part of our plan is to train them on how to produce reusable pads, which will empower them, sell it, and help them economically because we found out that one of the issues surrounding menstruation is period poverty.
“Clarion call across the world for partners to join hands and ensure that every girl within the menstrual age is not deprived of sanitary kits, have access to pad, menstrual hygiene information,’’ she said.
The Secretary, Kabusa Chief Palace, Mr Ezekiel Bitrus, expressed appreciation to the group for choosing the community to launch the “Pad a Girl Campaign and distribution of menstrual hygiene products to women and girls in the area.
Bitrus said the gesture would not only provide the beneficiaries with sanitary kits but would empower them on menstrual hygiene education and how to produce reusable menstrual kits for sale.
A beneficiary, Miss Princess Nwadukwe, said that the effort would reduce reliance on her parents for provision of menstrual sanitary kits monthly.
Another beneficiary, Miss Josephine Musa appealed to the government and organisations to look at ways to ensure distribution of free sanitary pads for young girls and women as it was a monthly necessity for them.
She said that it was important to make sanitary products readily available for girls and women, especially for the less privileged persons in the society.
The expert also encouraged women to discuss menstrual hygiene with their daughters as well as seek immediate medical intervention when they noticed any challenges that might affect their fertility in the future.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Grace Yussuf (NAN)
COVID-19: Cadbury, PWC donate palliatives items to FCTA
Cadbury Nigeria PLC and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), on Thursday donated assorted palliative items to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) food bank to help the vulnerable people during the current lockdown.
Mr Ladi Sonuga, the Territorial Commercial Manager, North West, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, presented the items to the FCT Administration in Abuja, as part of measures to curb the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the items donated by Cadbury Nigeria Plc include 500 cartons of Bournvita beverage, while PWC donated 600 bags of 10kg rice, 300 cartons of indoomie and 42 cartons of vegetable oil.
She stressed the need for a concerted efforts to sustain the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Sonuga revealed that the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, had severely hampered operational efficiency of most companies.
“The lockdown implemented by almost all the states in the country, as well as specific lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, has severely hampered operational efficiency,” he said.
For his part, the spokesman of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mr Tolu Adeleke, also thanked government at all levels in the battle against the pandemic, stressing that PWC had supported government efforts at different strata.
Adeleke called on the authorities of the FCT administration to judiciously distribute the items to underserved communities in the territory.
Represented by the Director of Human Resource Management of FCTA, Malam Mohammed Bashir, Aliyu stressed that all hands must be on deck in the battle against the dreaded disease.
The minister noted that the items would in no small measure assist the administration to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: FCT enforcement team shuts bars, arrests 8 violators for impersonating army officers
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Ministerial Task Teamed on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has arrested eight persons for impersonating army officers and for violating the 8p.m. to 6a.m. curfew imposed on the territory.
Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Attah explained that the violators who were arrested in Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji Districts of the FCT would be arraigned in the Mobile Court.
He said that some of those arrested were in drinking bars and gardens, while a tricycle operators and a commercial motorcyclist were arrested for operating during the curfew hours.
He said that at the Second Gate, Dutse-Alhaji, the team accosted the operator of a drinking bar who claimed to be a soldier but upon interrogation he admitted that he lied in order to evade arrest.
He said the impersonator further confessed that he is a Chef who closes late from work and not a military personnel as claimed.
Similarly, Attah said that at Dutse Makaranta, the team shut a beer parlour which was fully in operation few minutes after 10pm.
He said that the manager of the place also claimed that it is owned by a serving Major in the Nigerian Army, adding that they decided to operate into the curfew hours because of the occupation of the owner.
The chairman, however, said that the level of compliance with the night curfew in Kubwa and Dutse area was very high.
” Unlike Lugbe where we went few days ago, most of the known nightclubs and bars in Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji are closed. Vehicular movement is very few and made up largely of those on the exemption list”, he stated.
” The level at which some residents of Dutse Alhaji and Makaranta parade themselves as military personnel even when they are not”.
“The Chef claimed to be a soldier while the beer parlour Manager said the place belongs to a Major in the Army.
” This must stop forthwith. People should not drag the name and image of the military in the mud.”
“In spite of the high level of compliance in these areas, very few persons still seem not to fully understand the purpose of the curfew.
” Imagine we met a lady who claimed that she was going to visit her friend after 9p.m. during the curfew.
” Also suprising during the night operation we caught two bricklayers who were returning from Bauchi state despite the interstate travel ban and were going home to Bwari town, ” he said.
The chairman appealed to other enforcement officers across the country to close ranks and halt the interstate travelling which seems to be going on massively in spite of the Presidential ban.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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- Japan approves safer, easier saliva test for COVID-19
- Interview: Chinese consumers will benefit domestic, global economic recovery after COVID-19, says renowned UK economist
- Urgent: Explosion rocks downtown Kabul
- New CP assumes office in Gombe
- Morocco announces 37 mln USD aid package for drought-hit farmers
- Tech entrepreneur urges MSMEs to sell people’s needs to stay in business
- Yemeni photojournalist killed by masked gunmen in Aden
- Over 600 civilians killed across South Sudan in Q1: UN
- Iran-Russia ties essential to regional stability: Iranian adviser
- Myanmar reports 4 more COVID-19 cases, 232 in total
- 5 police officers shot, wounded in United States protests
- S. Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 35,000
- Philippine gov’t debt shoot to new high in April 2020
- AfDB President visits Aso Villa, meets Buhari
- FG orders investigation of rape, murder, of UniBen student, Jigawa minor
- Ghana to distribute free face masks to protect students from COVID-19
- S. Africa requires GDP growth above 5 percent to recover business sector
- FG makes next level moves on Ibom Deep Water Port procurement- ICRC DG
- Food security: Lagos vegetable farmers seek access to fertiliser at affordable cost
- Gov. Ortom reassures on Tor Tiv palace
- Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU
- COVID-19 cases in Belarus exceed 44,000
- Decoupling with China will come at “significant cost” to United States competitiveness: WSJ
- Ogun Assembly passes 2 bills as Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills scale first reading
- Sanwo-Olu delivers 1,576 new homes, promises affordable mortgages
- Ethiopia receives Chinese donation of 520,000 masks, medical supplies
- FG directs senior officers, workers on essential services to resume work
- Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing
- France enters second phase in easing of cononavirus restrictions
- Alleged falsehood: Court strikes out suit, discharges Dino Melaye
- Zimbabwe police ban people from traveling into city center to curb spread of COVID-19
- COVID-19: Cititrust donates N1m for provision of PPE
- Aviation stakeholders seek review, sustainability measures as airports reopen June 21
- Namibia’s arts industry continues to be hampered by impact of COVID-19
- Portraits of May 2020
- 596 new COVID19 cases reported in UAE, 35,788 in total