Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), has urged the Federal Government to strengthen policies that would transform the country into a world class tourist hub.
Sen. Eze Ajoku, President of the coalition made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday in Abuja, in reaction to the increasing emigration of Nigerians to Dubai for tourism.
Ajoku said that tourism was a very important economic component capable of strengthening the economy through foreign exchange earnings and taxation.
He reiterated the need for investment in tourism, stressing it was one of the important sources of employment generation and foreign exchange earnings.
He recalled with dismay, comments credited to United Arab Emirate (UAE)’s ambassador to Nigeria, that more than 15 million Nigerians visited Dubai in 2018.
“Assuming, each of the tourists from Nigeria spent N500,000 on average, flight plus shopping. Total is N7.5 trillion, but ridiculously, Nigerian revenue for 2020 is just N4 trillion.
“If that amount of money is injected into the Nigerian economy, it will help in creation of wealth and jobs, and alleviate poverty, even insecurity,” Ajoku said.
The COSROPIN helmsman tasked the Ministry of tourism to design a master plan for development of various natural endowments of the country, like the confluence sight at Lokoja and others.
According to him, tourists help to increase the Gross Domestic Products (GDP), per person, and percentage point increase in the share of migrants in adult population increases GDP, thereby advancing the economy.
He emphasised the imperatives of investing heavily in tourism for economic diversification, and as a paradigm shift from over concentration on oil and gas.
He expressed concerns over the continued fall in oil price, which could be inimical to countries like Nigeria, even as he called for concerted efforts in building a stronger tourist industry.
“Countries like UAE were deserts and less advanced, compared to Nigeria in the past, but today, their economy is in surplus through tourism.
“There is nothing UAE has that we do not have, we even have better natural endowments than them.”
Ajoku, however, called for a renewed commitment of all stakeholders in the development of demographic endowments for wealth and job creation.
He identified humility and nostalgia as lessons learnt from the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, having compelled all to stay in Nigeria in spite of the socio-economic hardships.
NAN reports that the UAE envoy, Dr Fahad Taffaq, was quoted as saying that more than 15 million tourists were received in Dubai in 2018, and they were expecting more than 25 million by 2020.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Coalition Appeals To FG To Accord Priority To Plight Of Older Persons In Nigeria [NEWS]
Sen. Eze Ajoku, the Coalition President, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja that perpetrators of the dastardly act should be made to face the wrath of the law.
Ajoku was reacting to the incidents where one Thomas Obi Tawo (aka General Iron), Aide to Cross Rivers governor, recently led some thugs to set ablaze several persons suspected of witchcraft in Boki Local Government Area of the state.
Also in Ikere, Ekiti Dtate, a 77-year-old woman was mobbed and murdered on grounds of being witch and the corpse dumped in a stream, while in Agulu, Anambra, an 80 years woman was said to had met her death when she was pushed down by anti-cult operatives.
The coalition however called on government to fully investigate each of these killings to discourage repeat of such nefarious practices.
Ajoku also called on the federal government to invoke relevant sections of the law against perpetrators of such wicked practices no matter their position in the society to serve as deterrent to others.
“We call on government to quickly rise in protection of the older persons who have been stereotyped as witches or wizards by bringing to book perpetrators of the burning.
“Some of the perpetrators to our knowledge are said to be appointees of governors and we cannot watch them evade justice by hiding under executive cover,” he said.
The coalition president, who described the act as not just barbaric but unlawful, wondered how some persons could take the law into their hands by carrying out extra judicial killings without recourse to the law.
He emphasised the need for government to guarantee protection of the vulnerable population especially the older persons.
According to him, Nigeria is not an animal kingdom where the weak is slaughtered at the slightest provocation of the strong on the grounds of frivolous accusations.
Ajoku decried the reckless dehumanisation and murder of older persons in some communities with allegations of being witches or wizards, calling for an end to the cruelty against senior citizens.
“If these older persons are their parents and close relations, will they call them witches. If their children were rich and influential will they try this?,” he asked.
“They are killing poor, struggling and lonely old people who they should have rather offered assistance and paliatives at this hard time instead of being called out as witches.
“Do the perpetrators know the health status of these old people, whether they are suffering from Alzihmers or Dementia.”
Ajoku explained that the presence of these diseases could cause abnormal behaviours likely to be misunderstood.
“What do they know about old age related ailments to call them witches, for some of these victims it could have been a case of dementia.”
He reiterated the call for stronger institutions that could help in the care of older persons when their people no longer cope or understand or tolerate them.
“Instead of burning them, the government should inherit them and take care of them. The state should establish old peoples homes.
“We have this same scenario playing out with abandoned children. These children are absorbed into ophanages. In this case Nursing homes should be provided and paid for by Government.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to please immediately investigate these killings and abuses and to prosecute all the perpetrators because older persons lives matter.”
According to him, the world will mark Elder Abuse Day on June 15.
It is a day the United Nations set aside to discourage all forms of abuse metted to older persons in different forms, of which this action is one of such.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
COVID -19: Coalition Lauds FG Domin Samun Toaukar abubuwa A Gidaje Na Tsofaffi [ARTICLE]
Cibiyar Kula da Cututtuka ta Najeriya (NCDC) a ranar Asabar din ta yi rikodin sabbin cutar guda 176 na COVID-19 wanda ya kawo jimlar cutar a Najeriya zuwa 5621.
Hukumar NCDC ta kuma ce, an tabbatar da sabbin masu dauke da cutar guda biyar a cikin kasar, wanda ya kawo adadin wadanda suka mutu zuwa 176.
An gabatar da sabbin kararraki 176 daga jihohi 14: Legas (95), Oyo (31), FCT (11), Niger (8), Borno (8), Jigawa (6), Kaduna (4), Anambra (3), Edo (2), Rijiyoyi (2), Nasarawa (2), Bauchi (2), Benue (1), Zamfara (1).
Hukumar NCDC ta lura cewa ba wani sabon jihar da ya gabatar da karar a cikin awanni 24 da suka gabata.
Hukumar lafiya ta ce kamar yadda a watan Mayu 16, 5621 aka tabbatar da kararraki 3973 tare da Magungunan Lafiya 397, 1472 sun saki kararraki 177 da mutuwar 176 a cikin jihohi 34 da Babban Birnin Tarayya.
Kamfanin Dillancin Labarai na NAN ya ruwaito cewa NCDC ta ce mayafan mayafi na iya saukaka yaduwar cututtukan da ke kama da COVID-19 idan ba a kula da su yadda ya kamata ba.
Nuna haske game da Dos da Kada na “Cloth face Masks”, NCDC ya bayyana cewa mayafin rufe fuska wani abu ne da ya dace ya canza fuskar fuskokin likitanci don halin da duniya ke ciki a halin yanzu.
Ya ce, duk da haka, bai kamata mutanen da suka kasance cikin haɗari don rikice-rikicen Clothe ya kamata su saka tufafin rufe ba.
A cewar Cibiyar, ma'aikatan kula da lafiya, mutanen da ke kula da marassa lafiya, suna fuskantar alamuran numfashi kamar tari da hura ciki, tare da yanayin rashin lafiya da tsofaffi yakamata su rufe fuskokin likita.
“Wanke hannuwanku akai-akai tare da sabulu a ƙarƙashin ruwa mai gudu don guje wa gurɓacewa.
”Kiyayi biyayya ga matakan nisantar da zamantakewar ku kuma zauna a gida gwargwadon yiwuwar.
Do Ku sanya maski kafin barin gida don mahimman ayyuka.
Do Ku sanya masks da aka yi da akalla yadudduka 3 na masana'anta.
“Kada ku yi amfani da mayafin rufe mayafi a kan yara 'yan shekara 2.
"Kada kuyi ƙoƙarin sabon masks daga dillalai ko sawa kai tsaye bayan siyayya, wanke kafin amfani na farko.
”Kada a sake amfani da abin rufe fuska kafin a wanke shi da bushe.
”Kar da barin abin rufe fuska da aka rufe akan abubuwan da ba su da tsafta ko isa ga kananan yara yayin da basa amfani.
“Karka saukar da abin rufe fuska ka tari ko narkewa. Yi amfani da nama ko kuma gwiwar hannu a saman mask din har sai kun iya cire abin rufe fuska don wanka, ”in ji shi.
NCDC ya ce mayafin fuska, wanda aka yi shi da masana'anta na yau da kullun, na iya zama mai iya hana ruwa saukan numfashi amma ba zai iya kare ka gaba daya daga COVID-19 ba.
Ya ce yana da matukar muhimmanci 'yan Najeriya su kula da kulawa da abin rufe fuska da kyau don kauce wa yaduwar masu kamuwa da cutar.
“Don kare kanku da ƙaunatattunku daga COVID-19, dole a saka mayafin suturar fuska tare da, guje wa manyan haɗuwa, nisanta ta jiki ta hanyar kiyaye nisan mil biyu tsakanin kanku da sauran mutane.
“Hannuna na yau da kullun tare da sabulu a ƙarƙashin ruwa mai gudu. Akai-akai na tsabtace saman da sabulu da ruwa ko kuma masu shan ruwa.
“Da fatan za a bi waɗannan ƙa'idodin don yin amfani da abin rufe fuska, tabbatar cewa an wanke mask kuma ba a amfani dashi kafin farkon farawa.
“Wanke hannuwanku da sabulu a karkashin ruwa mai gudu kafin shafa maskin. Idan babu ruwa, yi amfani da maganin hana ruwa.
“Rufe hanci da bakinka gaba daya tare da abin rufe fuska don tabbatar da cewa ya yi daidai da bakin cikin ba tare da wani bude ido ba.
"Guji taɓawa ko daidaitawa abin rufe fuska yayin da take kunne. Wanke ko sanya hannuwanku hannayenku kafin cire murfin abin rufe bakin.
“Wanke abin rufe fuska kai tsaye da sabulu ko abin wanka kuma ku bada izinin bushewa gaba daya a rana.
”Kafin a sake amfani da shi, sai a sanya masa abin rufe fuska,” in ji shi.
NAN ta ba da rahoton cewa COVID-19 an yada shi da farko ta hanyar saukar ruwa ta hanyar numfashi, ta hanji da kuma maganar mutumin da ya kamu da cutar.
An ba da rahoton cewa yayin mayar da martani ga ci gaba da fashewar COVID-19, NCDC ta ba da shawarar amfani da fuskokin fuskoki don taimakawa hana yaduwar kwararar iska daga mutum zuwa mutum.
Gwamnatin tarayyar Najeriya tun daga lokacin ta ba da umarnin amfani da rufe fuska a bainar jama'a, yayin da kuma aka sanya takunkumi game da tarukan jama'a da na addini.
An bayar da rahoton cewa saboda matsalar karancin fuskokin likitancin duniya da yawa kasashe da yawa sun juyawa zuwa hanyoyin maye gurbin fuskar likitanci ga jama'a.
Edited Daga: Chidinma Agu / Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
COVID-19: Umarni na Coalition Na Kayan gwaji 400,000 Don Inganta Ayyukan FG
Kungiyar hadin gwiwar da ke jagoranci da masu adawa da COVID-19 (CACOVID) ta ba da umarnin a samar da kayan gwaji 250,000 da kuma abubuwan karawa guda 150,000 don saurin gwajin kwayoyin halittun da ke dauke da COVID-19 a Najeriya.
Kungiyar, a cikin wata sanarwa a ranar Litinin a Legas, ta ce ana bukatar kokarin hadin gwiwa don kawar da cutar ta COVID-19.
Ya kuma bayyana shirye-shiryen samar da kayan tallafin kayan abinci ga gidaje miliyan 1.7 a matsayin wani bangare na kokarin da zai taimaka wajen dakile tasirin dokar hana fita da kuma dokar hana fita da Gwamnatin Tarayya da wasu gwamnatocin jihohi suka yi.
Kungiyar ta ce ta kafa cibiyoyin raba kawuna a jihohi biyar – Legas, Kano, Ribas, Borno da Enugu, da kuma a Abuja, yayin da ake aiwatar da gyare-gyare a asibitocin da kayayyakin kiwon lafiya a wasu jihohin.
Ms Zouera Youssoufou, Babban Darakta, Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), ta ce a cikin sanarwar cewa dukkan abokan hadin gwiwa a CACOVID suna shirye don fara ginin da kuma samar da wuraren keɓewa a wasu jihohin.
A cewarta, a halin yanzu akwai matakai uku na gwajin kwayoyin halitta a Najeriya, daya daga ciki injunan Open Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) ne.
Ta kara da cewa hadaddiyar kungiyar ta ba da umarnin rukunin injunan guda 10 da kuma kayan hakar kara 150,000.
Na biyu shi ne Roche Cobus Platform wanda ke da injinan shida a Najeriya, kowannensu na iya gwajin gwaji 960 a lokaci guda.
“Najeriya na kan hanyar karbar 38,000, amma mun ba da umarnin mutum 250,000, kuma gwaje-gwajen 10,000 da UNICEF ta bayar sun zo ne a ranar 16 ga Afrilu.
“Muna kuma da kamfanonin injinan Cepheid Gene – akwai injina 400 da aka sanya a cikin kasar, yayin da ake tsammanin mutane 250 za su yi aiki tare da kwararrun masana injiniya.
“Cepheid ya kirkiro da katun gwajin COVID-19 wanda ya samu amincewar FDA, kuma zai fara jigilar kaya zuwa Afirka cikin makonni biyu.
Youssoufou ya ce, "Mun ba da umarnin a kawo caji 250,000 kuma muna sa ran karɓar jigilar kayayyaki a cikin makonni biyu."
A nasa jawabin, Mista Herbert Wigwe, Daraktan Gudanarwa na Kungiyar, Access Bank Plc., Ya ce Hadin gwiwar ya san yakin da ake yi da COVID-19 ba zai kasance mai sauki ba, amma yana bukatar kokarin hadin gwiwa.
Wigwe ya ce CACOVID-19 na gab da gwagwarmayar kawar da kwayar cutar daga matakai uku.
Na daya, a bayyane yake tun farko cewa babu wata hukuma da za ta iya hakan ita kadai, don haka muke neman hadin kan kowane mutum don shawo kan wannan annobar.
“Na biyu, yayin da ake daukar matakai da yawa don dakatar da yaduwar, gami da kullewa, hanawa, nisantar da jama'a, akwai bukatar magance yunwar.
"Ta ya ya zamu iya ciyar da bukatun jama'ar, idan wadannan matakan zasu zama masu tasiri?" ya ce.
Wigwe ya yi bayanin cewa matakin na uku shine tsarin jagoranci na tunanin wanda zai magance matsalar cutar bayan bala'i, tare da lura da cewa kasuwancin da yawa sun cutar da tattalin arzikin.
"Ta yaya za mu dawo da su zuwa rayuwa bayan da mun ci Coronavirus?" ya ce.
Wigwe ya ce, hanyoyin da za a kawo kayayyakin agajin abinci ga gidaje da aka yi niyya, za a yi su ne daga kasan dala a kananan hukumomin 774 na kasar nan.
Ya kuma yi fatan cewa kayan agajin abinci za su isa ga duk wadanda aka yi niyya, sannan ya kara da cewa gidauniyar ta Aliko Dangote ta kasance tana rarraba abinci ga marasa galihu a jihohi tare da sakamakon da ya shahara.
Hakanan, Mista Ferdi Moolman, Babban Darakta, MTN Nigeria, ya yi kira ga sauran kungiyoyi masu zaman kansu wadanda har yanzu ba su gano su tare da CACOVID ba a cikin aikin daya kasance tare da hannu tare da bayar da gudummawarsu a dan karamin aiki.
Moolman ya kara da cewa babu wata kungiya da zata iya zama a zamaninta, tare da lura cewa duniya ba ta cikin kwanciyar hankali a halin yanzu, kamar yadda kowace al'umma ke yaki da cutar ta COVID-19.
Daidaita Daga: Edwin Nwachukwu / Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
COVID-19: Dangote Assists PTF In Testing Nigerian Returnees
The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) says it has continued supporting the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in testing Nigerian returnees toward reducing spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Ms Zouera Youssoufou, Chief Executive of the Foundation in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the foundation had assisted the PTF in conducting tests for over 500 Nigerian returnees.
She said that the test was to determine their COVID-19 status and ensure adequate isolation of returnees who test positive to the virus across the country.
According to her, as more Nigerians are being evacuated from various countries, Dangote Group offered assistance to the PTF in testing returnees as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
Youssoufou recalled that ADF had earlier donated a 500-bed isolation centre, mobile testing laboratory, 10 ambulances and three official vehicles, as part of its corporate support to Kano State.
“This is the usual way that Dangote Group through the Foundation reciprocates the cordial relationship that it enjoys from its host communities.
“The Foundation has so far assisted in the testing of over 1,000 people in Kano State, and provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), ambulances and SUVs in some other states in the northern part of the country,” she said.
Besides, Youssoufou said that ADF had also assisted the Group subsidiaries to donate relief materials, including food and cash, to ameliorate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in host communities across the country.
Youssoufou said the donation of food to host communities was synonymous with the company’s CSR activities in Nigeria.
“We realise that this is an unusual time and the pandemic has distorted the economy of everyone, so we now provide the food relief materials to the Group subsidiaries’ host communities,”she said.
She said that the gesture was in addition to the over N2 billion and other materials earlier donated by Dangote through the Private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to complement federal government’s efforts.
According to her, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the foundation on a daily basis, distributes bread to the vulnerable ones in the society to reach and sustain connection with the people.
She noted that ADF had signed agreement with the United Nations to purchase $4 million worth of testing supplies on behalf of CACOVID.
The Chief Executive added that the ADF had empowered over 106,000 women across four states in Nigeria with about N1.1 billion as part of its empowerment programmes in the country.
“The initiative, which is part of the Dangote’s Micro-Grant scheme, is aimed at poverty amelioration through economic empowerment of women.
“Through this programme, the Foundation has been able to empower 23,000 women in Sokoto; 34,000 women in Katsina; 21,000 women in Kebbi and 28,000 women in Zamfara.
“The beneficiaries of this programme were selected from the communities with primary consideration for vulnerable women, food distressed households with infants or children under five years old, disabled, divorcees, widows, and extremely poor residents in these communities,” she said.
Youssoufou said that the Foundation’s mission was to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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