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FG harps on technical, vocational education

The federal government has restated its commitment to invest in education, saying that it remains the bedrock of any nation. The Minister of Education, Malam…

The federal government has restated its commitment to invest in education, saying that it remains the bedrock of any nation.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated this on Saturday at the 25th combined convocation ceremony and 45th anniversary of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah in Kogi State.

The minister who was represented by the  Director of Polytechnic Affairs, Dr Usman Eje said technical and vocational education played a key role in the economic empowerment of any nation.

District head, NGO seek provisions for Kunchi health facilities

The District Head of Kunchi Local  Government Area of Kano State, Alhaji Ali Ado Bayero, has called on relevant authorities to come to the rescue…

The District Head of Kunchi Local  Government Area of Kano State, Alhaji Ali Ado Bayero, has called on relevant authorities to come to the rescue of the healthcare facilities in the LGA, which have been neglected for many years.

The plea was made when the representatives of the district head led the delegation of development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) – Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale Project, to an assessment tour of the three health facilities at Yandadi, Kunchi and Kasuwar Kuka in the area.

Daily Trust observed that aside from the absence of any general hospital in the area, most of the health facilities in the LGA, which are all primary health centres, suffer from a shortage of staff among other issues.

According to the representatives of the district head, the residents of the area are mostly referred to the neighbouring facilities in Bichi or even Kazaure in the nearby Jigawa State.

Responding, the Kunchi Local Government Primary Health Care Coordinator, Muhammad Saleh, thanked the NGO for the assessment and promised to do all they could at their level.

Earlier, the dRPC-PAS Project Coordinator in Kano, Umar Ahmad Umar said the tour assessment was made ahead of a medical outreach to the area to be carried out by the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero later in the week.

Troops kill 4 bandits in Kaduna

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralised four bandits in their identified hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.  The state…

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralised four bandits in their identified hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. 

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday.

He said the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and one motorcycle.

Rotary Club builds classroom, HM’s office for Abuja school

Rotary Club of Abuja, Gudu, at the weekend handed over a newly built classroom block and headmaster’s office to LEA Primary School Nomadic, Durumi III,…

Rotary Club of Abuja, Gudu, at the weekend handed over a newly built classroom block and headmaster’s office to LEA Primary School Nomadic, Durumi III, in Angwa Fulani Village, Gaduwa.

It was financed through voluntary contributions by members of the club.

Handing over the project, the governor, Rotary International District 9125, Goddy Nnadi, urged the school management to take good care of the new facility.

Nnadi, represented by the district secretary, Ahmed Alhassan, said, “Our main focus is on the welfare of the pupils. If they do not have a proper learning environment, it becomes difficult for them to concentrate on their lessons.”

The president of the club for the Rotary year 2022-23, Alvan Gurumnaan, said the project was one of many targeted at the less privileged in society.

Among other projects carried out by the club in the school were tree planting campaign; provision of textbooks and exercise books to 150 pupils; provision of teaching aid and provision of furniture for nursery school teachers among others. The headmaster of the school, Abdullahi Saidu Sabo, while commending Rotarians for the gesture, promised judicious use of the facility.

Gynecologists urge Buhari to sign maternal, child death response bill

The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Maternal Perinatal and Child Death Surveillance…

The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Maternal Perinatal and Child Death Surveillance and Response (MPCDSR) Bill. It said doing so would serve as one of his indelible legacies to the people of Nigeria.

SOGON’s president, Dr Habib Sadauki, made the call at a press briefing on Sunday in Abuja while reading a speech jointly signed with the Secretary-General, Prof Christopher Aimakhu.

The briefing was about the ongoing 56th Annual General Meeting and 11th International Scientific Conference of the organization with the theme, “Improving reproductive health and rights towards sustainable development.”

It was organised by the Partnership for Advancing Child and Family Health at Scale project of the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sadauki said the Maternal Perinatal and Child Death Surveillance and Response (MPCDSR) was an intervention that could potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths.

He lamented that Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Rate was still among the highest in the world with an estimated 512 deaths per 100,000 live births and nowhere near the SDGs target of 70 per 100,000 live births. He added that there was still a lack of access to and utilisation of family planning services in Nigeria, with only 22 per cent of women using any method of family planning, including modern methods. 

The society said there was also a strong need to invest more in family planning in the 2023 budget if health for all by 2030 was to be realised.

Kano approves N97m for completion of Kwankwaso road

The Kano State Government has approved N97.8 million for the rehabilitation of Kwankwaso Road while also adjusting the contract sum initially approved for the Muhammadu…

The Kano State Government has approved N97.8 million for the rehabilitation of Kwankwaso Road while also adjusting the contract sum initially approved for the Muhammadu Buhari Interchange.

The government’s latest approvals were communicated on Sunday in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba.

Garba, who said the approvals were given by the state Executive Council after its meeting, added that for the completion of the rehabilitation of Kwanar Kwankwaso-Kwankwaso Road in Madobi local government, the approved amount (N97.8m) was an upward review on the N372.2m awarded for the contract earlier in the year.

As regards the ongoing construction of Muhammadu Buhari Interchange at NNPC Mega Station Rotary Intersection, at Hotoro in the metropolis, the council reviewed the contract upward from N8.9 billion to N9.2 billion.

The review is in view of the approval for the execution of additional works on provision of streetlight, and fencing, provision of sand dust, artificial grassing under the flyover, provision of permanent CCTV camera, service ducts and tower on the project.

He revealed that the project has reached 97 per cent stage as the major components, which included the underpass, overpass and flyover, have been completed, with the underpass and overpass opened for traffic.

He also announced that the council has approved the release of N40.3 million for the rehabilitation of 10 dilapidated solar powered boreholes and VIP latrines in 10 rural markets across the state.

NLTF revitalises over 40 healthcare facilities within 2 years – Minister

The federal government says the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has revitalised more than 40 healthcare facilities across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones within two years.…

The federal government says the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has revitalised more than 40 healthcare facilities across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones within two years.

Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs confirmed this during the official inauguration and hand-over of vital medical equipment to the General Hospital, Igbora, Oyo State, at the weekend.

Akume, who expressed satisfaction over the remarkable progress made by the NLTF, said the agency had done very well in the implementation of intervention programmes in health and other key developmental sectors.

The minister, therefore, charged the agency to extend the laudable interventions to other primary healthcare centres across the country.

In her remarks, Mrs Patricia Ibiene, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, said the agency’s interventions were timely considering the state of the country’s healthcare facilities.

She cited the Jump Start School project initiated and designed to provide learning and teaching aids to more than 45 public schools and the Gbaja Randle Maternity Hospital, both in Surulere.

The permanent secretary further listed the Moniya General Hospital, Kugba Maternity and Onikan Healthcare Centre in Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states respectively.

Speaking at the event, Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary of NLTF, said the interventions had reaffirmed the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s commitment to promoting quality healthcare and the well-being of the country, through funding from national lottery proceeds.

Presidential Amnesty: Auditors uncover 513 persons receiving multiple stipends

The Strategic Communication Committee (SCC) of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has disclosed that external and internal auditors recently uncovered a massive payroll fraud in…

The Strategic Communication Committee (SCC) of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has disclosed that external and internal auditors recently uncovered a massive payroll fraud in the programme where about 513 beneficiaries are receiving multiple stipends from the federal government scheme.

Chairman of SCC and ex-agitator, Nature Dumale Kieghe, disclosed this over the weekend in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

He said that according to the discovery, an individual was receiving stipends for 33 persons through fraudulent means.

He said about 513 persons were linked to multiple payments, insisting that the new management of PAP was poised to reposition the scheme for optimum performance.

Dumale said following the development, the Interim Administrator, Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd), immediately initiated verification of all beneficiaries of the programme as part of the ongoing investigation.

He explained that the audit and efforts of Ndiomu to clean the payroll were the reason some beneficiaries of the programme had yet to receive their monthly stipends, adding that all affected and genuine outstanding stipends would be paid after verifications.

Describing Ndiomu’s efforts as proactive, Dumale said upon assumption of office, the amnesty boss renegotiated all existing contracts with vendors and in the process saved N1.5bn for PAP.

Dumale said Ndiomu had concluded plans to set up cooperatives to be managed by ex-agitators and supervised by consultants and experts in grant management.

He noted that five months after his appointment, Ndiomu had replaced the Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) model with the Train, Empower and Exit (TEE) to allow empowered beneficiaries to exit the programme.

Dumale called on aggrieved ex-agitators to suspend all their plan actions against the PAP management and support the efforts of Ndiomu to sanitise the programme.

2023: Engage key presidential candidates on health sector blueprints – Bayelsa dep gov

Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliate unions have been charged to engage the…

Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliate unions have been charged to engage the presidential candidates of the major political parties on their respective blueprints and agenda for the health sector.

Bayelsa State Deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the charge over the weekend while declaring open the South South Zonal Executive Council meeting of the NMA in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to him, such a meeting is important and relevant as it will afford stakeholders in the health sector an opportunity to hold the new government that will emerge from the 2023 elections accountable to its promises concerning the health sector.

Ewhrudjakpo in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, urged the NMA to provide the necessary leadership to make the engagement with the presidential hopefuls a reality.

He stated that quite a good number of the presidential candidates for next year’s election had consulted with the business community, media stakeholders, farmers and other groups, but wondered why they were yet to meet with critical stakeholders in the health sector.

On the twin issues of brain drain and lack of manpower in the health sector, the deputy governor said the present administration in Bayelsa State was doing its best to retain its personnel.

He reminded the members of the NMA that migrating from Nigeria in search of greener pastures elsewhere was not the solution to the challenges bedevilling the health sector, adding that what was required was for Nigerians to make all necessary sacrifices to fix their country by themselves.

The National President of the NMA, Dr Uche Rowland Ojinmah, and the South South Zonal Chairperson, Dr Imosili Udoka, commended the Bayelsa State government for all the good things it had been doing in the health sector, appealing for the domestication of the recent federal circular on medical doctors’ allowance.

‘Creative economy can drive national development’

  The deputy festival director of Abuja Literary Teen Art Festival (ALIT-TEENFEST22), Ujenyu Joy Sani, has said the creative industry can drive national development if…

 

The deputy festival director of Abuja Literary Teen Art Festival (ALIT-TEENFEST22), Ujenyu Joy Sani, has said the creative industry can drive national development if properly harnessed.

 She made this known at the 2022 edition of the ALIT-TEENFEST22 held at the weekend, which also featured debate and poetry slam for students in Abuja.

 Ujenyu said the purpose of the festival was to encourage artists to pursue their passion and follow their dream, adding that all winners were rewarded with cash prizes and educational materials.

 The debate competition titled, “The Struggling Artist”   was won by Premier International School, Abuja, while Glorious Destiny Educational Foundation, and Kings Favourite Educational School emerged as first and second runners-up, respectively.

  The teen poetry slam was won by 10-year-old Joy Olanrewaju from Glorious Destiny Educational Foundation who also won the cash prize of N100,000. 

The first runner-up, Ogwuche Bella of Jewel Model School and the second runner-up, Abdulrazak Salihu won cash prizes of N50,000 and N30,000, respectively.

Senate panel alleges forgery in labour ministry’s N208m payment to trainees

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has uncovered alleged forgery of signatures in the payment of over N208 million to the beneficiaries of a zonal skill…

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has uncovered alleged forgery of signatures in the payment of over N208 million to the beneficiaries of a zonal skill acquisition programme. 

The programme was organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment at all six geo-political zones of the country in 2021, with N35 million allocated to each zone except the South East, which got N32 million.

The fund was drawn from the Service Wide Vote (SWV), the government’s contingency fund in the annual budget.

The Senate panel is probing over 200 government agencies that benefitted from the vote’s N5 trillion between 2017 and 2021.

The labour ministry received N2.3 billion from the Service Wide Vote during the period, according to the documents from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation made available to the committee. 

Officials from the ministry, led by its permanent secretary, Ms Kachollom S. Daju, had presented the details of the beneficiaries of the skill acquisition programme to the Senate committee when they appeared to explain how the ministry spent the money it received from the SWV. 

But the committee chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, after a critical assessment of the documents, discovered that few persons signed for all the participants in the six geo-political zones to collect their stipends.

Responding, the permanent secretary said due process was followed in paying the participants.

 Urhoghide said the committee would take appropriate action on the ministry’s submission.

Family petitions Niger hospital over death of ex-commissioner

Ibrahim Ndayebo, a younger brother to the late former Commissioner for Information and Chief Press Secretary in Niger State, Danladi Ndayebo, has asked the Niger…

Ibrahim Ndayebo, a younger brother to the late former Commissioner for Information and Chief Press Secretary in Niger State, Danladi Ndayebo, has asked the Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, to allow justice to prevail in the ongoing investigation of alleged act of negligence and abuse of office by doctors in the IBB Specialist Hospital.

He also asked the governor to enforce stiffer punishment against the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Mohammed Makusidi for alleged failure to monitor the activities of doctors in the state hospitals under his ministry.

The younger brother to Ndayebo, in a petition dated November 22, 2022, and signed by his lawyer, Barrister Mohammed Maude Umar of Al-Ilham Legal Consult, which was addressed to the governor, said the action of doctors in the hospital was deliberate.

He said the family of his late brother would be subjected to hardship as their father was their last hope to survive.

Ibrahim said hours after his elder brother was taken to the emergency Unit of the IBB Hospital, he was left without a diagnosis to ascertain the possible effect of the accident on him as no doctor was available to attend to him.

The petitioner said when he made an enquiry to establish why he was not attended to, the staff on duty angrily told him that there was nothing they could do.

When contacted, the Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Mohammed Makusidi, said he was not aware of the petition.

NEDC partners UN on expansion of oxygen plant in Borno

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has sought collaboration with the United Nations Office of Projects Services (UNOPS) to upscale activities at the two oxygen…

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has sought collaboration with the United Nations Office of Projects Services (UNOPS) to upscale activities at the two oxygen plants in Borno State.

 The UNOPS Deputy Regional Director to Africa, Dalila Goncalves, during a meeting with officials of the NEDC in Abuja, said the plant would serve more people in the region as part of the UN’s mandate to ensure major activities rebound in the region.

Goncalves noted that UNOPS had signed an engagement with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to procure anti-malaria medicines as well as conducted some capacity building that would extend to collaboration on infrastructure, renewable energy and climate change.

On his part, the managing director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said the commission was keen on ensuring collaboration with the international agency to bring development to the region.

He added that the plant would generate more employment opportunities in the region.