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  •  The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC says the first batch of pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived Jordan on Monday after spending four days visiting Holy sites in Israel This is contained in a statement issued by the commission s Information Officer Kande Ibrahim made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja Rev Jidda Gelengu hellip
    First batch of Christian pilgrims move to Jordan after 4 days in Israel – NCPC
     The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC says the first batch of pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived Jordan on Monday after spending four days visiting Holy sites in Israel This is contained in a statement issued by the commission s Information Officer Kande Ibrahim made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja Rev Jidda Gelengu hellip
    First batch of Christian pilgrims move to Jordan after 4 days in Israel – NCPC
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    First batch of Christian pilgrims move to Jordan after 4 days in Israel – NCPC

    The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) says the first batch of pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived Jordan on Monday after spending four days visiting Holy sites in Israel.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the commission’s Information Officer, Kande Ibrahim, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    Rev. Jidda Gelengu, the Federal Commissioner in the NCPC representing North East, said that the exercise had so far, been hitch-free.

    He commended the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, for providing good leadership, which facilitated the visit to the two pilgrimage destination.

    Gelengu also applauded staff of the Commission on the trip, for their dedication and commitment to duty.

    “I am happy with the staff here with me as they have been helpful and carried out their task well and ensuring all the pilgrims are always out on time and together,” he added.

    Also speaking, the Federal Commissioner representing the South-South, Mr Forgiven Amachree, said that the pilgrimage had been spiritually fulfilling.

    “We are glad to have successfully completed the days in Israel without recording any abscondment. I am very optimistic that none will be recorded even in Jordan,” he said.

    Amachree said that the pilgrims would depart for Nigeria from Jordan, where they are expected to visit “spiritually intriguing sites”.

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  •  Some residents of Benin have called on INEC to deploy more Voter Enrollment Device in the state to ease the challenges facing prospective registrants The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored the ongoing voter registration in the capital city learnt that the process was fraught with many challenges Mr Peter Osahon 56 told NAN hellip
    CVR: Deploy more machines in Edo – Residents urge INEC
     Some residents of Benin have called on INEC to deploy more Voter Enrollment Device in the state to ease the challenges facing prospective registrants The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored the ongoing voter registration in the capital city learnt that the process was fraught with many challenges Mr Peter Osahon 56 told NAN hellip
    CVR: Deploy more machines in Edo – Residents urge INEC
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    CVR: Deploy more machines in Edo – Residents urge INEC

    Some residents of Benin have called on INEC to deploy more Voter Enrollment Device in the state to ease the challenges facing prospective registrants.
    The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent, who monitored the ongoing voter registration in the capital city, learnt that the process was fraught with many challenges.
    Mr Peter Osahon, 56, told NAN at Oredo INEC office that he came to obtain a fresh Permanent Voter Card (PVC), having misplaced his old one.
    Osahon said that he had uploaded his information on INEC website and came for capturing.
    He said: “I have been coming here everyday for the past one week only for capturing without success.
    “This is because of the large crowd of people here and the slow pace of the process.
    “One of the problems is that INEC staff members are using only one machine, which makes the process very slow.
    “If INEC can just add one more machine, the process will be fast,” he said.
    A trader at the Mission Road Market, Mr Festus Ogbonnaya, also recounted his frustrations, saying he had tried severally to register since last week to no avail.
    “The process is very difficult because of the crowd.
    “Many people want to get the PVC so that they can vote for leaders, who will change the fortune of this country.
    “Last Thursday, the whole of Crook Road, Mission Road Market were closed to enable the traders to go and register.
    “We closed our shops and went to queue for the registration but many of us could not register.
    “I have never been registered before because I lost interest in the electoral process because people’s votes did not count.
    “Now, INEC has promised that our votes would count.
    “Unfortunately, I may not be able to vote, if I did not get a PVC before the end of the exercise,” Ogbonnaya said.
    According to him, additional machines are needed to make the process seamless.
    Also, Mr Moses Igbinedion said he was at the office to collect his PVC, having registered in September 2021.
    “I came since morning and I do not think it will get to my turn today because of the long queue,” Igbinedion said.
    The Chairman of Zenith Labour Party, Mr Bishop Akhalamhe, who also decried the slow pace, called on INEC to deploy more machines for the exercise.
    Akhalamhe said, “We have sensitised the people on the need to get registered and they have all come out, but there is no machine to capture them.”
    He blamed the challenge partly on the movement of the machine from one location to another, which left many people confused.
    He said, “INEC should tell us whether its problem is the lack of adequate machines or manpower to carry out the exercise so we will know how to help out.”

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  •  Police command in Edo said it killed a suspected kidnapper on Monday in Benin in a gun duel along the Benin Lagos Expressway by Utekon community The command s Public Relations officer SP Chidi Nwabuzor said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Benin Nwabuzor On 20062022 at about hellip
    Police in Edo kill suspected kidnapper along Benin-Lagos expressway 
     Police command in Edo said it killed a suspected kidnapper on Monday in Benin in a gun duel along the Benin Lagos Expressway by Utekon community The command s Public Relations officer SP Chidi Nwabuzor said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Benin Nwabuzor On 20062022 at about hellip
    Police in Edo kill suspected kidnapper along Benin-Lagos expressway 
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    Police in Edo kill suspected kidnapper along Benin-Lagos expressway 

    Police command in Edo said it killed a suspected kidnapper on Monday in Benin in a gun duel along the Benin-Lagos Expressway by Utekon community.The command’s Public Relations officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Benin.Nwabuzor  “On 20062022 at about 04 00Hrs, the Operatives Of Egba Police Divisional Headquarters, Benin city, while acting on a distressed call that a gang of robbers blocked the Benin- Lagos  Expressway By Utekon Community, Benin, immediately swung into action and moved to the scene and on sighting the police, the hoodlums engaged the Police on a gun duel.“And in the process the Police Operatives neutralised one of the kidnappers while the rest gang members escaped with their guns.”The police Spokesman, however, said that a combined bush combing operation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing gang members.

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  •  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has vowed it will prioritise health security amid competing priorities on the national agenda The Director General NCDC Dr Ifedayo Adetifa made the vow on Monday in Abuja at the bi weekly Ministerial Press briefing on COVID 19 and other infectious diseases in the country According to Adetifa We continue responding hellip
    NCDC vows to prioritise health security amid competing priorities national agenda
     The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has vowed it will prioritise health security amid competing priorities on the national agenda The Director General NCDC Dr Ifedayo Adetifa made the vow on Monday in Abuja at the bi weekly Ministerial Press briefing on COVID 19 and other infectious diseases in the country According to Adetifa We continue responding hellip
    NCDC vows to prioritise health security amid competing priorities national agenda
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    NCDC vows to prioritise health security amid competing priorities national agenda

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has vowed it will prioritise health security amid competing priorities on the national agenda.

    The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, made the vow on Monday in Abuja at the bi-weekly Ministerial Press briefing on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the country.

    According to Adetifa, “We continue responding to infectious diseases, including Lassa, measles, cholera and yellow fever.

    “Last week, we reviewed our National Strategic Plan for Cholera Control. This is part of our collaborative efforts to keep cholera on the public health agenda and achieve a 90 per cent reduction in cholera deaths by 2030.

    “At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we emphasise again that we must continue to practice good hand hygiene, environmental hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette, and other safety precautions for our safety and those around us.”

    While highlighting the COVID-19 trends globally and in-country, monkeypox, and the agency’s ongoing activities to prevent and control infectious diseases in the country, Adetifa said that globally cases have continued to decline since a peak in January. 

    The NCDC DG said there were still COVID-19 reports, including from North Korea, currently struggling with an overwhelming number of cases. 

    “In the UK, there was a 43 per cent rise in cases, with suggestions being that this is due to variants of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.

    “In countries like China, maintaining a zero COVID-19 policy, numbers considered minimal by other countries – 166 – continue to result in immediate, consistent testing of affected persons and their contacts and lockdown.

    “Alternately, India reported 13,216 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in 24 hours.

    “Here in Nigeria, we have recorded a total of 256,573 confirmed cases with 3,144 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.

    “If the above differing reports show anything, it is that we cannot afford to drop the ball on our preventive and response activities to the COVID-19 virus,” he warned.

    Adetifa said that with the commencement of the Hajj Pilgrimage in the country, the NCDC was supporting the Port Health Services to ensure that pilgrims meet the health protocol requirements of the Saudi Arabia.

    “We continue to strengthen diagnostic capacity by adding new laboratories to the COVID-19 network.

    “We continue to engage with states to ensure regular reporting and response continuity.

    “We have ensured continued working with the NYSC camps for safe reopening to minimise infection risk,” he said.

    On Monkeypox, he said that globally, between January 1 and 15 June, 2022, a cumulative total of 2,103 laboratory-confirmed cases, one probable cause, and one death were reported to World Health Organisation (WHO), from 42 countries in five WHO Regions.

    “In Nigeria, as of June 19, 2022, 41 confirmed Monkeypox cases and one death have been reported.

    “Among the 41 cases reported in 2022 so far, there has been no evidence of any new or unusual transmission of the virus (such as spreading among the MSM group), nor changes in its clinical manifestation documented in Nigeria (including symptoms, profile and virulence) as compared to other countries in the global north reporting cases.

    “Unfortunately, just like the COVID-19 pandemic, we observe a repeating pattern of the media and the public magnifying this disease – endemic to Nigeria – due to the increasing number of reported cases worldwide,” he said.

    He disclosed that the NCDC has been part of many conversations in recent weeks on monkeypox and was also pushing for the destigmatisation of the disease and renaming.

    He said that the global report of the disease in men, aged zero to 65 with a median age of 37; most self-identify as men who have sex with men.

    “Our work continues as we encourage increased state surveillance nationwide and ensure that this focus on monkeypox enables the appropriate prioritisation of this disease which has quietly plagued people over the years,” he explained.

    The NCDC boss said that the agency continues to lead the response through the Monkeypox Emergency Operations Centre, which was activated on May 25, 2022, at a level 2 response. 

    “We have sustained and intensified risk communication and community activities for monkeypox,” he said.

    Adetifa said that research remains integral to the agency’s work.

    “As such, we have prioritized enhanced research and surveillance for monkeypox to improve our understanding of the virus epidemiology.

    “In collaboration with the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), we conducted animal surveillance in Adamawa State to investigate the possible role of rodents in the transmission of the virus,” he explained. .

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  •  The President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari on Monday inspected the on going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja to assess the progress of work at the site Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the hellip
    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site
     The President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari on Monday inspected the on going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja to assess the progress of work at the site Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the hellip
    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site
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    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site

    The President, Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria`s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Monday inspected the on-going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, to assess the progress of work at the site.

    Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the site, charged the contractors to speed-up the work to meet the deadline.

    While shedding more light on the significance of the visit, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Mr Sani Zorro, expressed optimism that the project, when completed, will contribute significantly to the development mission.

    “Now, we are very happy, the first lady has come and is seeing the progress of work, and we are very happy with the progress of work done so far, it means that all the activities of AFLPM will be held in Nigeria and this is the significance of this project being cited here.

    “As you can see, the Nigeria Institute of Legislative Studies is around the location, the base University; you can see the Nigeria Army Training Centre here.

    “These particular area is reserved for research institute and for the AFLPM to be sited here; it is now rated in the category of a resourceful institutions that are in the categories of Universities and tertiary institutions of learning.

    Zorro explained that, the new permanent site of the AFLPM, which is located along the Airport route, when completed, will provide a befitting office accommodation for the smooth running of the activities of the mission.

    “So, the location is appropriate and deserving of a kind of activities that the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission will perform.

    “The contractor have assured us that the delivery time and the inaugural period will still be January 2023 and we look forward to making Nigeria a proud nation that will host the secretariat of AFLPM,” he said.

    On his part, the Operations Manager of the company, Engr. Chadi Jawish, assured the first lady of their determination to meet with the January 2023 deadline.

    “We are doing our best to meet-up with the January 2023 dateline.

    “As you know, building has a critical duration period and we are on target to deliver the project by the end of January 2023.

    “We are following the programme of design to reach the dateline, now; we reached around 20 per cent of the work so far.

    Also speaking, the representative of the federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Arch. Abimbola Assein, said, the ministry was monitoring every aspect of the project to ensure that standard procedure of building is maintained.

    “We are checking every step of the work to ensure that the contractor complied with the extant rules of building regulations.

    “So, the planning approvals, the soul test, the concrete test and other things that the contractor ought to be doing is doing it well and we are monitoring the work on daily basis to ensure that no rules is flouted,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new AFLPM Secretariat which foundation was laid on November 2021 is expected to be completed in January 2023.

    NAN also recalled that the building which has been under construction on about 2.7 hectares of land along the Airport Road will be made up of five floors, 13 meeting rooms, a recreational park and a section for African Village which will provide the opportunity for the exhibition of African cultural artefacts among others.

    The facility is also expected to benefit pupils during the celebration of the day for the African child.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN