Kebbi Govenor, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, has advised the Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFON) to strengthen synergy with policy makers to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor gave the advice during the Annual General and Scientific Conference of SOFON, with the theme “Drug Abuse: The Scourge on Families and Nigeria as a Nation,’’ in Abuja on Friday.
Bagudu observed that there was need for those who could influence the society through policies, such as the legislature, to know about the society.
He pointed out the role of physicians as gatekeepers in accessing primary healthcare and improving the health care system in the society.
He, therefore, urged them to continue to address the challenges affecting the sector.
Speaking on the theme, the governor said the focus on drug abuse was apt as the scourge was becoming worrisome due to its effects in the society.
“What the governors are doing in primary health care can be improved by sensitisation from family physicians to what needed to be done to achieve a healthy society,’’ he said.
A Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carlos Sosa, in his goodwill message harped on the role of physicians as the heart of medical system in the world, particularly in addressing health challenges.
Dr Frank Odafen, member, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) reiterated the commitment of the association to partnering SOFON to improve the health sector.
Earlier, Dr Gbenga Ogunfowokan, Chairman Local Organising Committee, SOFCON (the conference), said the conference would provide a platform for physicians to strategise on ideas for better healthcare services delivery.
NAN reports that the two-day conference had in attendance several pharmaceutical companies which displayed and created more awareness on new and improved drugs.
Edited By: Chidi Opara/Donald Ugwu
Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape
After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.
Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.
She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.
According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.
“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.
“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’
Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.
“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.
“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.
“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.
Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.
“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.
“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.
“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’
Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.
According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.
She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.
Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Insecurity: Tambuwal Seeks death sentence for unlawful possession of arms
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged the National Assembly (NASS) to produce a legislation that would prescribe death sentence or life imprisonment for unlawful possession of arms in the country.
Tambuwal made this call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello.
The statement said Tambuwal was talking to students and youths in an interactive session on security matters in Sokoto State on Saturday.
The governor said that there are more small and light weapons in the hands of non-actors across the country, than there are in the hands of security operatives.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of small and light weapons in the country.
“I am therefore appealing to NASS and the Presidency to come up with a legislation that will proscribe disarmament in the country.
“Those in possession of unlicenced arms should go and register them and if the arms cannot be licensed, they should be surrendered to government and the government will pay them,” he said.
He however said they should be given a grace period, after the grace period, those who did not comply, if caught, should be given a maximum punishment.
He said “like a death sentence or life imprisonment should be prescribed for unlawful possession of arms. This is the only way we can have peace in this country,” he said.
He also suggested a robust recruitment and equpping of security agencies, especially, the police, in order to ensure the protection of the citizens.
He urged stakeholders to improve renumeration and life insurance policy for security operatives in the country.
Tambuwal commended the federal government for establishing the Police Trust Fund, which would go a long way in addressing their challenges.
On the activities of bandits in some parts of Sokoto, the governor said arrangements are in top gear to establish a state vigilante group which could be deployed to troubled areas.
He explained that the group would operate within the ambit of the law and in conjunction with the security agencies, so that “they will not take laws into their hands”.
He recalled that the recent reprisal attacks in which the bandits killed dozens was triggered by the activities of vigilante in some of the areas attacked.
The governor noted that ignorance and climate change are among the causes of insecurity in the state.
He said some of the bandits lacked even basic knowledge of Islam, thus, ignorant of what the religion says on killing of innocent souls.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Gov. Bagudu lauds Buhari’s approval of N13bn pests control intervention fund
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving a N13 billion pests control intervention fund.
Bagudu made the commendation on Friday in Birnin Kebbi, at the flag-off of the 2020 Dry Season Control of Trans-boundary migratory pests for 12 frontline northern states.
Bagudu said: “Pests control is a very important element in agriculture because migratory birds wreak havoc in the country every year.
“The federal government has made agriculture a 24-hour business and always thinks farmers, thinks livestock, thinks fishing communities, small scale processors and investments in agriculture.
“We are also further convinced that President Buhari will continue to carry all along in his agricultural agenda,” he said.
He also lauded the president for appointing governors into various committees to promote agriculture.
“The president is vigorously committed to the agricultural sector and to ensuring a Nigeria that works for all. This is commendable,” the governor said.
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammadu Nanono, lamented that migratory birds such as quelea birds, locusts and grasshoppers constituted serious threats to cereal crops like wheat, maize, millet, sorghum, among others.
The minister also extolled the continuous support, collaborations and cooperation from the frontline states in the control of the migratory birds.
“It is a great pleasure to mark the commencement of the 2020 dry season control of migratory pests in the 12 frontline states – Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and Borno.
“This mitigates the destructive effects of these birds, with the attendant food security implications,” he added.
Nanono also commended Gov. Bagudu and other governors of the frontline states for their invaluable support in the control of the birds, and reaffirmed the federal government’s readiness to spearhead the exercise.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Attahiru Maccido, had said that the 2020 national flag-off of Quelea birds control in frontline states was a wonderful gesture from the federal government.
According to him, for three years running, the state had enjoyed the privilege of hosting the Flag-off ceremony for the control of the migratory birds.
“This is because of our strategic location that makes it a significant flash point for entry of migratory pests into the country,” he said.
He also commended the federal government for the gesture on behalf of people and the government of Kebbi state.
“The government and people of Kebbi state are appreciative of this consideration and for a lot of support we receive from the federal ministry of agriculture,” the commissioner said. .
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
We’ll not condone any act of corruption in Kogi Primary Healthcare – Govt.
The Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has warned its officers against indulging in any acts of corruption that could jeopardise effective healthcare delivery at the grassroots in the state.
The agency’s Executive Director, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, gave the warning at a training programme organised for Heads of Departments, Account and Programme officers of the agency on Thursday in Lokoja.
Addressing the participants, Yakubu emphasised his commitment to zero tolerance to any act of corruption, misappropriation or mismanagement of funds in the agency.
”I will not condone any act of corruption and I will not spare anybody who will get himself or herself involved in such an act,”he said.
He said that the training was very important to the agency, noting that Account officers from the 21 local government areas of the state were trained on Wednesday.
”Today, we are training our own state account officers including the programme officers, who will handle funds.
”So, it is very important to come together to play all our cards and put them on the table so that everybody will see our policy direction.
”This is how we intend to achieve our objectives, and then we are not going accept any seemingly act of corruption.
”We are here to train ourselves so that nobody will be found wanting in his or her line of duty,” he said.
He also warned that he would not hesitate to handover any erring officer to the relevant security agencues for prosecution.
He stressed that the training would enhance the effective implementation and fund management of the state’s Primary Healthcare Under One Roof (PHCUOR).
The Resource Person, Mr Precious Ayobami, told the participants that there was the need to always retire any expended fund as quickly as possible without hesitation.
Ayobami called for an effective collaboration from the various departments in the agency to ensure proper accountability.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada (NAN)