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Plateau gets 3.2m mosquito nets from USAID

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The Plateau Ministry of Health has taken delivery of 3.2 million treated mosquito nets worth N3.8 billion from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr Lar Ndam, Commissioner for Health, who took Gov. Simon Lalong to where the nets were stored, said that a counterpart fund was to be paid before  the distribution of nets would commence.

Ndam told the governor that the distribution would commence immediately the challenge of the counterpart fund and the money to pay ad-hoc staff was paid.

“N487 million is needed for distribution as the money will help us to employ at least 25, 000 ad-hoc staff that will help in the distribution.

“The net is very important because we recently have a confirmed case of yellow fever.

“If we have nets in all houses it will help prevent yellow fever because it is transmitted by a vector called mosquito.

” USAID has done a lot in Plateau; they are involved in malaria prevention, they are involved in family planning, they are involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis for the benefit of our people,” he said.

Gov. Lalong said that his administration had prioritised health care delivery and would not delay in the payment of the counterpart fund for the distribution of the nets to commence.

He said the State Government was liaising with donor agencies for the good of the state and thanked USAID for the donation.

“By the grace of God the counterpart fund is not a problem to us.

“I am here myself to take a look and quickly facilitate the release of the counterpart funds.

“We believe that if our people use the nets well it would reduce the health challenges of our people caused by lack of mosquito nets,” he said.

The governor directed the ministry to ensure that the nets were distributed to indigent persons especially those in the rural communities first, before those in the towns.

He warned that anyone caught diverting or hoarding the nets would be penalised severely. (NAN)
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Edited by Saidu Adamu and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Okowa felicitates with Jonathan at 62

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan as he turns 62.

Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Wednesday in Asaba.

He lauded the former Nigerian leader for his peaceful disposition toward politics, power and issues of life, describing him as “a committed patriot and father of modern democracy’’ in Nigeria.

Okowa said that Jonathan possessed leadership prowess, laced with wisdom, adding that his administration deepened democracy in Nigeria, especially when he conducted a credible election that led to his ouster from office.

According to him, the former president’s exemplary contributions aided the institutionalisation of democracy and improvement of elections in Nigeria through his personal sacrifice and leadership by example.

He said that Jonathan’s place in global history was assured at the backdrop of his famous quote of “my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian”.

“This he (Jonathan) aptly demonstrated when he made that patriotic but rare telephone call conceding defeat in the 2015 general elections.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our leader and statesman, Dr Goodluck Jonathan as he celebrates his 62nd birth anniversary.

“Your Excellency, it gives me pleasure to celebrate you for your continuous role in deepening democracy in our dear country.

“Your administration will long be remembered in history as the government that epitomised the rule of law and freedom of expression as there were no records of human rights abuses when you led the country.

“The government of Delta under my watch will continue to leverage on the peaceful disposition, legacies of leadership, solidarity and support of accomplished highly respected statesmen and committed patriots like you as we vigorously pursue our Stronger Delta Agenda.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 62 years of a life of forthrightness and great accomplishments,” he said. .

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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Buhari presides over FEC meeting as Ministries of Power, others make presentations

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Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Ministries of Power and that of Justice are among the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) expected to make presentation at the meeting.

NAN reports that the meeting is being attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.

Others attending the meeting included cabinet ministers and some presidential aides.

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Imo Council Chairman embarks on free ICT training for members

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Mr Charles Abara, the Chairman of Interim Management Committee of Ngor Okpala Local Government Council,  says the council has commenced free computer training for youths in his council area.

Abara said this when members of Ngor Okpala Journalists Association in Owerri paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Umuneke.

He said that the council’s ICT Centre had been lying waste since its inception, adding that the two-month intensive training was to empower youths and other stakeholders in Ngor Okpala through free computer training programme.

Abara said he believed that the future belonged to societies and individuals who were ICT complaint and urged the trainees to take the training very seriously as the world had gone digital.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the free intensive computer training, the first of its kind in the history of the council, would involve training on Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Publisher and Corel Draw.

Abara said the programme would be a continuous one and expressed optimism that the best graduating students would be given automatic employment as long as he served as the local government chairman.

According to him, the programme will afford participants the opportunity to access jobs elsewhere aside those that would be employed by the council.

He also enjoined the trainees to live up to expectations during and after the period of the computer course, promising to give them the necessary support when called upon.

The interim chairman told the journalists that the local government councils in Imo state were back to life with various ongoing innovations and activities in the council areas.

He said his council was in a hopeless situation in the last few years with dilapidated structures, leaking roofs, non-functional pipe born water facility, limited council offices and other challenges before he assumed office on June 20.

“We had the mandate of the state governor to bring back life to the council. We are indeed bringing life back to the council,” he said.

Abara said that the construction of a mini stadium, main council’s adminstrative office and reactivation of boreholes were ongoing with cleanliness and effective security restored to the council.

The Acting Chairman of the association, Mr Sunny Ndukwu, said they were at the council to congratulate the acting chairman on his well deserved appointment, know how he is fairing with the running of the council and to intimate him on the activities of the journalists.

He said the association was formed to interface with Ngor Okpala citizens on the corridors of power, hold them accountable and to chart a way forward in the local government.

One of the trainees, Eze Emma Ekeh, who spoke on behalf of the ICT trainees, expressed joy and showered blessings on the interim chairman for giving the people of Ngor Okpala “such a wonderful opportunity.”

He said he had some challenges when he visited the U.S. because he was not computer literate.

Ekeh advised the trainees to use the opportunity in their best interest.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Commissioner seeks traditional institution’s support on girl-child education

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Hajiya Halima Jabiru, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, has solicited the support of Nasarawa Emirate Council in ensuring improved investment in quality of girl-child education and health for  sustainable development.

Jabiru said on Wednesday during a visit to the Emir of Lafia,  retired Justice Sidi Bage, that that this had become imperative because educating girl-child remained an important investment which government must prioritise.

According to her, education is not only important for the sustenance of human and national development, but also recognised as an essential tool to fight and conquer illiteracy and poverty.

The commissioner, however, noted that it was disheartening that girl-child education was not accorded the attention it deserved in “our communities.“

She also sought the support of the royal fathers in enlightening their subjects on the benefits of girl-child education, discouraging hawking and all forms of child abuse.

“Child Rights Law which is operational in Nasarawa state prohibits child marriage, therefore, withdrawal of an under aged girl for marriage is criminal and punishable offence for the parents and person that marries the child,“ she said.

The commissioner also urged women to always guide against maternal mortality in our communities, stressing that that no woman should lose her life in the course of child birth.

She stressed that most complications in child birth could be avoided through early detection, adding that steps would be steps taken to ameliorate or prevent them during regular antenatal visits to the hospital by pregnant women.

Jabiru said that the state government would improve maternal outcomes and greatly strengthened through antenatal care programme focusing on the prevention and recognition of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

“Substantial reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity will require long-term investment in community education and family planning and, ultimately the empowerment of women.

“Many measures that can be taken to improve maternal health; from specific medical interventions to research to the strengthening of women’s socioeconomic status are likely to benefit the fetus and neonate as well.’’

Also speaking, the Emir Bage said girl-child education was very paramount and a life line to development.

He said girl-child education was a strong component capable of decreasing maternal mortality, adding that women with formal education would have better knowledge about health care practices.

Bage said that girl-child education had been one of his areas of priority since his assumption on the throne.

The Emir noted that with the constitution of the new emirate council the focus would be on continued girl- child education to encourage girls to acquire necessary education for self development and the for the development of the state

Bage, however, stressed the need for the Child’s Rights Act to be strengthened and implemented in all states of the federation to checkmate indiscriminate child abuse.

Edited by Hawa lawal/Dada Ahmed

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Osun Govt to establish Braille Press Centre for blind persons

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Osun Government says it has started the construction of Braille Press Centre for the blind as well as a Development Centre for the deaf in the state.

Mrs Aderonke Abokede, the General Manager, Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) made this known during a news conference in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Abokede said the centres after completion, would be equipped with necessary equipment that would make reading and skills acquisition programme easy for the blind and the deaf.

According to her, the state government was very compassionate about people living with disabilities in the state by providing them with improved standard of living and adequate treatment.

Abokede noted that the agency was established in 2009 with the aim of implementing community and social development projects.

She said the agency had completed 478 gender-sensitive and functional micro projects in different sectors in the state.

She said that the agency had spent more than N3 billion on different projects in the state, with more than N813 million contributed by the state government as counterpart fund and the rest by the World Bank.

Abokede, however, said projects executed by the agency were demand-driven, where the host community would contribute 10 per cent of the funds needed for such projects and the agency would pay the rest.

“The actual implementation is done by the community, while the agency only facilitates funding, supervises and monitors,” Abokede said.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

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Buhari salutes Lady Maiden Ibru at 70

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Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted Lady Maiden Ibru, Chairman, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Newspapers, as she turns 70.

In a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the president congratulated Ibru for a life of giving and coaching, which he said had attracted recognitions and awards at home and abroad.

Buhari extolled Ibru for providing ”strong leadership for the newspaper and other companies, and still creating time for the Trinity Foundation, founded by her late husband, Dr Alex Ibru”.

According to him, Mrs Ibru’s outstanding contributions to the lives of many, especially the girl-child and underprivileged families, deserves spotlighting and commendation.

He affirmed that by investing in education of others and encouraging many to return to school, she has touched generations.

The President prayed that the almighty God would grant Lady Ibru more years of good health, strength and wisdom.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Ismail Abdulaziz

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