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  •   By Eyong Ebai General Manager Sub Saharan Africa GE Healthcare www GEHealthcare in The tremendous commitment activity and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon recently held in Cairo Egypt reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub Saharan Africa At the event we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities non profit organizations governments private health care providers groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care development on the continent That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints global inflation logistics bottlenecks and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank the World Bank the African Development Bank and the African Export Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants amounting to billions of dollars to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world continent Government action At the same time government initiatives in key markets are expanding and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals and the construction of specialized hospitals This reflects a commitment to implementing a world class multi tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era It s helping us communicate faster with clients which in turn means faster action on project approvals implementation and completion Even more importantly digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas Cross Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent Companies from Egypt the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria Uganda Rwanda Ghana Zambia and Kenya Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50 year history and continent wide presence in Africa We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities With our local teams and decades of experience we understand the nuances challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems With more than 1 000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent and up to 95 of them from the local communities we serve we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers field engineers and specialists working to world class standards world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options The result is faster diagnosis and treatment whether in district hospitals or specialized centers which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems At the same time when needed we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets Rather than a step by step approach from X ray to MRI to CT to PET CT to on site cyclotrons countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies with all the benefits it offers patients and providers GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry it is important to recognize both globally and in Africa that no one can build the future of healthcare alone GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem including finance and development agencies commercial banks multi lateral financial institutions project managers architects contractors and technology providers This is crucial because while money is becoming more readily available connecting capital and providers remains a challenge We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon showed this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa With all the key players from governments development banks private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare working in the same direction the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens
    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)
      By Eyong Ebai General Manager Sub Saharan Africa GE Healthcare www GEHealthcare in The tremendous commitment activity and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon recently held in Cairo Egypt reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub Saharan Africa At the event we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities non profit organizations governments private health care providers groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care development on the continent That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints global inflation logistics bottlenecks and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank the World Bank the African Development Bank and the African Export Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants amounting to billions of dollars to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world continent Government action At the same time government initiatives in key markets are expanding and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals and the construction of specialized hospitals This reflects a commitment to implementing a world class multi tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era It s helping us communicate faster with clients which in turn means faster action on project approvals implementation and completion Even more importantly digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas Cross Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent Companies from Egypt the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria Uganda Rwanda Ghana Zambia and Kenya Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50 year history and continent wide presence in Africa We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities With our local teams and decades of experience we understand the nuances challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems With more than 1 000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent and up to 95 of them from the local communities we serve we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers field engineers and specialists working to world class standards world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options The result is faster diagnosis and treatment whether in district hospitals or specialized centers which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems At the same time when needed we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets Rather than a step by step approach from X ray to MRI to CT to PET CT to on site cyclotrons countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies with all the benefits it offers patients and providers GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry it is important to recognize both globally and in Africa that no one can build the future of healthcare alone GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem including finance and development agencies commercial banks multi lateral financial institutions project managers architects contractors and technology providers This is crucial because while money is becoming more readily available connecting capital and providers remains a challenge We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon showed this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa With all the key players from governments development banks private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare working in the same direction the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens
    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)
    Africa2 months ago

    The stars are aligned: now is the time to transform health care in sub-Saharan Africa (by Eyong Ebai)

    By Eyong Ebai, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Healthcare (www.GEHealthcare.in) The tremendous commitment, activity, and positive results that have emerged from the Africa Health ExCon ​​recently held in Cairo, Egypt, reflect a moment of opportunity broader as the stars align to drive the development of health care infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa At the event, we saw the meeting of multilateral financing entities, non-profit organizations, governments, private health care providers, groups of civil society and financial institutions with a shared vision and commitment to health care.

    development on the continent.

    That momentum is limiting headwinds from the Covid pandemic and government financial constraints, global inflation, logistics bottlenecks, and complementing tailwinds found in tremendous financial commitments from development agencies.

    Institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the African Export-Import Bank have made significant allocations of concessional loans and grants, amounting to billions of dollars, to help expand healthcare infrastructure to communities around the world.

    continent.

    Government action At the same time, government initiatives in key markets are expanding, and some are already bearing fruit with the construction of intensive care units, the development and renovation of secondary public hospitals, and the construction of specialized hospitals.

    This reflects a commitment to implementing a world-class, multi-tier healthcare infrastructure across the public and private sectors.

    This approach recognizes primary health care as the critical enabling platform for delivering better patient care.

    Digitization Digitization is an exciting trend that is helping to expand access and quality of healthcare.

    This has now gained much wider and faster acceptance as seen in the Covid era.

    It's helping us communicate faster with clients, which in turn means faster action on project approvals, implementation and completion.

    Even more importantly, digitizing healthcare infrastructure means bringing expertise and resources to patients and communities that previously might not have had those resources available—another important source of better patient outcomes in rural areas.

    Cross-Border Growth Another component of regional optimism is the rise of private health care groups looking to expand across borders.

    We are seeing a proliferation of African healthcare groups bringing their expertise to other countries on the continent.

    Companies from Egypt, the GCC and South Africa are setting up new facilities or acquiring existing entities in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and Kenya.

    Localization Supports Healthcare Ambitions GE Healthcare is the only international provider of healthcare technology with a 50-year history and continent-wide presence in Africa.

    We are well positioned to support public and private sector clients as they complete their health care priorities.

    With our local teams and decades of experience, we understand the nuances, challenges and solutions required to unlock and engage local and global healthcare ecosystems.

    With more than 1,000 GE Healthcare employees on the continent, and up to 95% of them from the local communities we serve, we have a deeply localized ecosystem of sales managers, field engineers, and specialists working to world-class standards.

    world to provide technologies that help physicians identify diseases earlier and expand treatment options.

    The result is faster diagnosis and treatment, whether in district hospitals or specialized centers, which translates into better outcomes and less intensive and more sustainable demand on health systems.

    At the same time, when needed, we can leverage our global centers of excellence to access global experts.

    Technological Leap An important aspect of this drive is that we have an opportunity to leapfrog health care technologies to reach more mature markets.

    Rather than a step-by-step approach from X-ray to MRI to CT to PET/CT to on-site cyclotrons, countries in Africa can jump straight to the most advanced care technologies, with all the benefits it offers, patients and providers .

    GEHC Supports the HC Ecosystem With all that is happening in the industry, it is important to recognize, both globally and in Africa, that no one can build the future of healthcare alone.

    GE Healthcare is helping customers bring together all the key players in the healthcare ecosystem, including finance and development agencies, commercial banks, multi-lateral financial institutions, project managers, architects, contractors and technology providers.

    This is crucial, because while money is becoming more readily available, connecting capital and providers remains a challenge.

    We help by supporting suppliers with feasibility studies and business plans to make projects bankable.

    Keeping the momentum going As the Africa Health ExCon ​​showed, this is a really exciting time to be in the health industry in Africa.

    With all the key players, from governments, development banks, private players and international technology providers like GE Healthcare, working in the same direction, the opportunity to transform healthcare in Africa has never been closer.

    Let us build on the momentum of the Cairo event to provide healthcare infrastructure in Africa that can produce a brighter world for all its citizens.

  •  The Federal Government has reiterated it s commitment to ensure that greenhouse gas emission reduced to net zero by 2060 in the country The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Mr Hassan Musa expressed the commitment at the 16th meeting of the National Council on Environment organised by the ministry in Abuja on Tuesday Musa said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission a New Trajectory Toward Global Environment Renaissance He said it was chosen to reflect the reality of what seemed to be an unnecessary hype by a lay man yet with fundamental consequences already routing the communities According to him this has necessitated a wake up call for action and conscientious efforts towards pursuing a systematic and continuous reduction of greenhouse gas emission This pursuit will continue until a possible achievement of a Net zero emission in the world is achieved This is evidenced by the extreme weather conditions which has increased natural disasters such as heat wave flooding desert encroachment loss of forest among others This pursuit is a noble choice and the government is not only fully committed to the ideals of good governance but very mindful of achieving the goals of environmental sustainability Musa said there was a global consensus that climate change increases frequently and intensity of the extreme weather and climate affects the habitants He said that the reliance on climate sensitive natural resources and development gaps was at the greatest risk of climate hazards It is well established that if left unattended climate hazards will increase poverty exacerbate food insecurity cause health problems amongst others he said The permanent secretary said that 2030 agenda for sustainable development was a testimony to the global commitment to building climate change resilience He said that efforts had been made towards ensuring that the environment was preserved and resources resilience was built for sustainable development It is for this purpose that this gathering is of immense significance We are poised to expand the landscape of reasoning and generated policy frameworks capable of confronting these emerging menaces frontally He urged the stakeholders to use the opportunity to jointly address the issues through the submitted memoranda and other matters that may arise in the course of the meeting He said the meeting would as well offer a healthy strategy that would protect the environment for economic development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG ready to reduce carbon emission to net-zero by 2060
     The Federal Government has reiterated it s commitment to ensure that greenhouse gas emission reduced to net zero by 2060 in the country The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Mr Hassan Musa expressed the commitment at the 16th meeting of the National Council on Environment organised by the ministry in Abuja on Tuesday Musa said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission a New Trajectory Toward Global Environment Renaissance He said it was chosen to reflect the reality of what seemed to be an unnecessary hype by a lay man yet with fundamental consequences already routing the communities According to him this has necessitated a wake up call for action and conscientious efforts towards pursuing a systematic and continuous reduction of greenhouse gas emission This pursuit will continue until a possible achievement of a Net zero emission in the world is achieved This is evidenced by the extreme weather conditions which has increased natural disasters such as heat wave flooding desert encroachment loss of forest among others This pursuit is a noble choice and the government is not only fully committed to the ideals of good governance but very mindful of achieving the goals of environmental sustainability Musa said there was a global consensus that climate change increases frequently and intensity of the extreme weather and climate affects the habitants He said that the reliance on climate sensitive natural resources and development gaps was at the greatest risk of climate hazards It is well established that if left unattended climate hazards will increase poverty exacerbate food insecurity cause health problems amongst others he said The permanent secretary said that 2030 agenda for sustainable development was a testimony to the global commitment to building climate change resilience He said that efforts had been made towards ensuring that the environment was preserved and resources resilience was built for sustainable development It is for this purpose that this gathering is of immense significance We are poised to expand the landscape of reasoning and generated policy frameworks capable of confronting these emerging menaces frontally He urged the stakeholders to use the opportunity to jointly address the issues through the submitted memoranda and other matters that may arise in the course of the meeting He said the meeting would as well offer a healthy strategy that would protect the environment for economic development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG ready to reduce carbon emission to net-zero by 2060
    Environment2 months ago

    FG ready to reduce carbon emission to net-zero by 2060

    The Federal Government has reiterated it’s commitment to ensure that greenhouse gas emission reduced to net-zero by 2060 in the country.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr Hassan Musa, expressed the commitment at the 16th meeting of the National Council on Environment, organised by the ministry in Abuja, on Tuesday. 

    Musa said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission; a New Trajectory Toward Global Environment Renaissance”.

    He said it was chosen to reflect the reality of what seemed to be an unnecessary hype by a lay man, yet with  fundamental consequences already routing the communities.

    According to him, this has necessitated a wake-up call for action and  conscientious efforts  towards pursuing a systematic and  continuous reduction of greenhouse gas emission.

    “This pursuit will continue, until a possible achievement of a Net-zero emission in the world is achieved.

    This is “evidenced by the extreme weather conditions which has increased natural disasters such as  heat wave, flooding, desert encroachment, loss of forest, among others.

    “This pursuit  is a noble choice and the government is not only fully committed to the ideals of good governance but very mindful of  achieving the goals of environmental sustainability”. 

    Musa said there was a global consensus that climate change  increases frequently and intensity of the extreme weather and climate affects the habitants.

    He said that the reliance on climate-sensitive natural resources and development gaps was at the greatest risk of climate hazards.

    “It is well established that if left unattended, climate hazards will increase poverty, exacerbate food insecurity, cause health problems, amongst others,” he said.

    The permanent secretary said that 2030 agenda for sustainable development was a testimony to the global commitment  to building climate change resilience.

    He said that efforts had been made towards ensuring that the environment was preserved and resources resilience was built for sustainable development.

    “It is for this purpose that this gathering is of immense significance.

    “We are poised to expand the landscape of reasoning and generated policy frameworks capable  of confronting these emerging menaces frontally.

    ”He urged the stakeholders to use the opportunity  to jointly address the issues through the submitted memoranda and other matters that may arise in the course of the meeting. 

    He said the meeting would as well offer a healthy strategy that would protect the environment for economic development.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Athletes from Eritrea won two medals at the 2022 Under 20 World Athletics Championships held in Cali Colombia Consequently in the 5 000m competitions Eritrean athletes Merhawi Mebrahtu and Habtom Samuel won silver and bronze medals respectively In the competitions Ethiopian athlete Yihunu Adisu won the gold medal by finishing the race in 14 minutes 3 seconds and 5 microseconds The Under 20 International Athletics Championships take place from August 1 to 6
    Eritrean athletes get two medals
      Athletes from Eritrea won two medals at the 2022 Under 20 World Athletics Championships held in Cali Colombia Consequently in the 5 000m competitions Eritrean athletes Merhawi Mebrahtu and Habtom Samuel won silver and bronze medals respectively In the competitions Ethiopian athlete Yihunu Adisu won the gold medal by finishing the race in 14 minutes 3 seconds and 5 microseconds The Under 20 International Athletics Championships take place from August 1 to 6
    Eritrean athletes get two medals
    Africa2 months ago

    Eritrean athletes get two medals

    Athletes from Eritrea won two medals at the 2022 Under-20 World Athletics Championships held in Cali, Colombia.

    Consequently, in the 5,000m competitions, Eritrean athletes Merhawi Mebrahtu and Habtom Samuel won silver and bronze medals respectively.

    In the competitions, Ethiopian athlete Yihunu Adisu won the gold medal by finishing the race in 14 minutes, 3 seconds and 5 microseconds.

    The Under 20 International Athletics Championships take place from August 1 to 6.

  •  The Federal Government says it has registered 122 563 persons under its Social Investment Programme NSIP since inception of the scheme in Adamawa Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk Mminister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development made this known during the disbursement of grant to vulnerable groups on Tuesday in Yola She said 64 607 have been enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer CCT covering 64 205 households with each beneficiary reciving N10 000 monthly stipend while 8 697 others enrolled under the N power scheme and received N30 000 monthly allowance The minister said that 27 000 youths had been captured under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme GEEP adding government was providing N50 000 and N300 000 soft loans to enable them to engage in productive ventures Umar Farouk said the government engaged 2 259 food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding programme to facilitate feeding of 162 782 pupils in the state The government engaged additional independent monitors and equipped them with tablets to ensure effective implementation of the feeding programme she said The minister urged the Adamawa government to emulate the gesture and replicate similar programmes to eradicate poverty and enhance wealth creation in the state Gov Ahmadu Fintiri represented by the Secretary to the State Government SSG Alhaji Bashir Ahmed lauded the gesture saying it would create jobs and promote self sustainablity in the state He pleged government support to fast track successful implementation of the programme to make the people self reliant and productive NAN RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
     The Federal Government says it has registered 122 563 persons under its Social Investment Programme NSIP since inception of the scheme in Adamawa Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk Mminister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development made this known during the disbursement of grant to vulnerable groups on Tuesday in Yola She said 64 607 have been enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer CCT covering 64 205 households with each beneficiary reciving N10 000 monthly stipend while 8 697 others enrolled under the N power scheme and received N30 000 monthly allowance The minister said that 27 000 youths had been captured under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme GEEP adding government was providing N50 000 and N300 000 soft loans to enable them to engage in productive ventures Umar Farouk said the government engaged 2 259 food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding programme to facilitate feeding of 162 782 pupils in the state The government engaged additional independent monitors and equipped them with tablets to ensure effective implementation of the feeding programme she said The minister urged the Adamawa government to emulate the gesture and replicate similar programmes to eradicate poverty and enhance wealth creation in the state Gov Ahmadu Fintiri represented by the Secretary to the State Government SSG Alhaji Bashir Ahmed lauded the gesture saying it would create jobs and promote self sustainablity in the state He pleged government support to fast track successful implementation of the programme to make the people self reliant and productive NAN RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa
    General news2 months ago

    FG’s social investment programme records 122,563 beneficiaries in Adamawa

    The Federal Government says it has registered 122,563 persons under its Social Investment Programme (NSIP) since inception of the scheme in Adamawa.

    Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, Mminister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development made this known during the disbursement of grant to vulnerable groups, on Tuesday in Yola. She said 64,607 have been enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) covering 64,205 households with each beneficiary reciving N10,000 monthly stipend while 8,697 others enrolled under the N-power scheme and received N30,000 monthly allowance.

    The minister said that 27,000 youths had been captured under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP), adding government was providing N50,000 and N300,000 soft loans to enable them to engage in productive ventures.

    Umar-Farouk said the government engaged 2,259 food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding programme, to facilitate feeding of 162,782 pupils in the state.

    “The government engaged additional independent monitors and equipped them with tablets to ensure effective implementation of the feeding programme,” she said.

    The minister urged the Adamawa government to emulate the gesture and replicate similar programmes to eradicate poverty and enhance wealth creation in the state.

    Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by the Secretary to the State  Government (SSG), Alhaji Bashir Ahmed lauded the gesture, saying it would create jobs and promote self sustainablity in the state.

    He pleged government support to fast track successful implementation of the programme to make the people self-reliant and productive.

    (NAN) RSA
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  •   The United States through the United States Agency for International Development USAID is providing more than 88 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan who continue to experience the devastating effects of violence food insecurity and climatic impacts including severe flooding This funding was made available following the withdrawal of the full balance from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Fund an effort in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture that is providing an additional 670 million in food assistance to respond to historic levels of insecurity world acute food With these funds the US government is supporting the United Nations World Food Program WFP to provide food assistance including sorghum and yellow peas and UNICEF to provide nutritional assistance to nearly 1 2 million people affected by the crisis throughout Sudan To date in fiscal year 2022 the United States has provided more than 371 million in humanitarian assistance to Sudan including more than 348 million from USAID The United States continues to stand with the people of Sudan as the country experiences escalating crises and worsening internal displacement
    The United States is providing more than million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan
      The United States through the United States Agency for International Development USAID is providing more than 88 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan who continue to experience the devastating effects of violence food insecurity and climatic impacts including severe flooding This funding was made available following the withdrawal of the full balance from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Fund an effort in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture that is providing an additional 670 million in food assistance to respond to historic levels of insecurity world acute food With these funds the US government is supporting the United Nations World Food Program WFP to provide food assistance including sorghum and yellow peas and UNICEF to provide nutritional assistance to nearly 1 2 million people affected by the crisis throughout Sudan To date in fiscal year 2022 the United States has provided more than 371 million in humanitarian assistance to Sudan including more than 348 million from USAID The United States continues to stand with the people of Sudan as the country experiences escalating crises and worsening internal displacement
    The United States is providing more than million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan
    Africa2 months ago

    The United States is providing more than $88 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan

    The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $88 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan, who continue to experience the devastating effects of violence, food insecurity, and climatic impacts, including severe flooding.

    This funding was made available following the withdrawal of the full balance from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Fund, an effort in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture that is providing an additional $670 million in food assistance to respond to historic levels of insecurity.

    world acute food.

    With these funds, the US government is supporting the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to provide food assistance, including sorghum and yellow peas, and UNICEF to provide nutritional assistance to nearly 1.2 million people.

    affected by the crisis throughout Sudan.

    To date, in fiscal year 2022, the United States has provided more than $371 million in humanitarian assistance to Sudan, including more than $348 million from USAID.

    The United States continues to stand with the people of Sudan as the country experiences escalating crises and worsening internal displacement.

  •   The name Dr Vena Arielle AHOUANSOU is not in anyone s lexicon at the moment but that may change in the coming years thanks to her singular idea of transforming Africa s primary healthcare culture The 27 year old s her journey began one evening back in October 2016 as the young medical student making the rounds in a public hospital in Cotonou Benin and her team attended to a patient who was haemorrhaging after the delivery of twin babies Unfortunately because of the need for a blood transfusion the extended time it took to determine just her blood type alone in the absence of a simple record system cost the patient her life It was a dark and bright moment all at the same time it seemed For a young Dr Arielle Verna AHOUANSOU that tragic event changed forever her mission as a care giver and her vision for what a primary healthcare system should be in her country Benin Armed with a little faith and driven with an abundance in a belief that a basic digital EMR Electronic Medical Record system could be developed she took her message to any and everyone who would listen to her idea Dr Ahouansou was hoping someone somewhere would see not just the benefits of such a system but believe that even though she was a young woman in a very patriarchic Africa and with little digital and zero IT experience she was still the right person to develop this new system in her country Thanks to a series of small gender based development competition grants from African entrepreneurs Tony Elumelu via his foundation Aliko Dangote via his foundation and a similar grant by the French luxury goods maker Cartier for women Dr Ahouansou assembled a small local team four years ago to create a pilot program that in 2021 become a model being successfully tested in a major hospital in Benin That initiative today is known as the Kea medicals solution During his three country West Africa visit to Cameroun Guinea and then Benin last week President Emmanuel Macron invited Dr Vena Arielle Ahouansou to share her vision of a new African digital healthcare system Sitting alongside Benin s foreign minister H E Aurelien Agbenonci and President Emmanuel Macron Dr Ahouansou shared her vision where critical talents from Africa and Europe would collaborate to create an integrated and seamless digital primary healthcare system that benefits one simple race of people and that is the human race Buoyed by her projects strong reference in a recent 2021 OECD and AU report released in 2022 as an example of the power and effect of Africa s digitization drive Dr Ahouansou is looking to take her project to other governments in francophone African countries with the assistance of President Macron She believes her message of a universal digital primary healthcare deployment across Francophone Africa and someday perhaps the whole of Africa would be a lifesaver by reducing medical records access time and improving overall care management efficiency
    President Macron meets young Benin health disruptor
      The name Dr Vena Arielle AHOUANSOU is not in anyone s lexicon at the moment but that may change in the coming years thanks to her singular idea of transforming Africa s primary healthcare culture The 27 year old s her journey began one evening back in October 2016 as the young medical student making the rounds in a public hospital in Cotonou Benin and her team attended to a patient who was haemorrhaging after the delivery of twin babies Unfortunately because of the need for a blood transfusion the extended time it took to determine just her blood type alone in the absence of a simple record system cost the patient her life It was a dark and bright moment all at the same time it seemed For a young Dr Arielle Verna AHOUANSOU that tragic event changed forever her mission as a care giver and her vision for what a primary healthcare system should be in her country Benin Armed with a little faith and driven with an abundance in a belief that a basic digital EMR Electronic Medical Record system could be developed she took her message to any and everyone who would listen to her idea Dr Ahouansou was hoping someone somewhere would see not just the benefits of such a system but believe that even though she was a young woman in a very patriarchic Africa and with little digital and zero IT experience she was still the right person to develop this new system in her country Thanks to a series of small gender based development competition grants from African entrepreneurs Tony Elumelu via his foundation Aliko Dangote via his foundation and a similar grant by the French luxury goods maker Cartier for women Dr Ahouansou assembled a small local team four years ago to create a pilot program that in 2021 become a model being successfully tested in a major hospital in Benin That initiative today is known as the Kea medicals solution During his three country West Africa visit to Cameroun Guinea and then Benin last week President Emmanuel Macron invited Dr Vena Arielle Ahouansou to share her vision of a new African digital healthcare system Sitting alongside Benin s foreign minister H E Aurelien Agbenonci and President Emmanuel Macron Dr Ahouansou shared her vision where critical talents from Africa and Europe would collaborate to create an integrated and seamless digital primary healthcare system that benefits one simple race of people and that is the human race Buoyed by her projects strong reference in a recent 2021 OECD and AU report released in 2022 as an example of the power and effect of Africa s digitization drive Dr Ahouansou is looking to take her project to other governments in francophone African countries with the assistance of President Macron She believes her message of a universal digital primary healthcare deployment across Francophone Africa and someday perhaps the whole of Africa would be a lifesaver by reducing medical records access time and improving overall care management efficiency
    President Macron meets young Benin health disruptor
    Foreign2 months ago

    President Macron meets young Benin health disruptor

    The name Dr Vena Arielle AHOUANSOU is not in anyone’s lexicon at the moment, but that may change in the coming years, thanks to her singular idea of transforming Africa’s primary healthcare culture.

    The 27 year old’s her journey began one evening back in October 2016 as the young medical student making the rounds in a public hospital in Cotonou – Benin and her team attended to a patient who was haemorrhaging after the delivery of twin babies.

    Unfortunately, because of the need for a blood transfusion, the extended time it took to determine just her blood type alone in the absence of a simple record system, cost the patient her life.

    It was a dark and bright moment, all at the same time, it seemed.

    For a young Dr Arielle Verna AHOUANSOU, that tragic event changed forever her mission as a care giver, and her vision for what a primary healthcare system should be in her country Benin.

    Armed with a little faith and driven with an abundance in a belief that a basic digital EMR [Electronic Medical Record] system could be developed, she took her message to any and everyone who would listen to her idea.

    Dr Ahouansou was hoping someone somewhere would see not just the benefits of such a system, but believe that even though she was a young woman [in a ‘very patriarchic Africa’ and with little digital and zero IT experience], she was still the right person to develop this new system in her country.

    Thanks to a series of small ‘gender based’ development competition grants from African entrepreneurs Tony Elumelu [via his foundation], Aliko Dangote [via his foundation], and a similar grant by the French luxury goods maker Cartier for women, Dr Ahouansou assembled a small local team four years ago to create a pilot program that in 2021 become a model being successfully tested in a major hospital in Benin.

    That initiative today is known as the Kea medicals solution.

    During his three country West Africa visit to Cameroun, Guinea and then Benin last week, President Emmanuel Macron invited Dr Vena Arielle Ahouansou to share her vision of a new African digital healthcare system.

    Sitting alongside Benin’s foreign minister H.

    E. Aurelien Agbenonci and President Emmanuel Macron, Dr Ahouansou shared her vision where critical talents from Africa and Europe would collaborate, to create an integrated and seamless digital primary healthcare system that benefits one simple race of people – and that is, the human race.

    Buoyed by her projects strong reference in a recent 2021 OECD and AU report released in 2022 as an example of the power and effect of Africa’s digitization drive, Dr Ahouansou is looking to take her project to other governments in francophone African countries, with the assistance of President Macron.

    She believes her message of a universal digital primary healthcare deployment across Francophone Africa and someday perhaps the whole of Africa, would be a lifesaver by reducing medical records access time and improving overall care management efficiency.

  •  Wife of Sokoto Governor Hajia Mariya Tambuwal has reaffirmed her commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding in communities in the state Tambuwal made this known at a sensitisation campaign organised by an NGO Alive and Thrive in partnership with her pet project The Mariya Tambuwal Development Empowerment Initiative MTDI in Sokoto Represented by the wife of the Commissioner for Health Dr As ma u Inname Tambuwal urged mothers to consider first breast milk after child delivery and important to feed the baby She further urged mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding of the babies until after six months due to nutritional contents on the mothers breast She described the event as relevant and assured that MTDI would continue to reach other women across the state on the campaign Also speaking the Sokoto State Coordinator of Alive and Thrive Hajia Saratu Mu azu said the initiative s goal is aimed at inculcating exclusive breastfeeding and other good habits among women Mu azu said arrangement is also in place to extend the awareness programme on exclusive breastfeeding and other healthy habits to women especially at the grassroots Speaking Dr Nuhu Maishanu the Chief Medical Director of Sokoto Specialist Hospital who represented the Commissioner for Health Dr Ali commended the organisers and assured continued working partnership in order to achieve the desired results NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tambuwal’s wife reaffirms commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding
     Wife of Sokoto Governor Hajia Mariya Tambuwal has reaffirmed her commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding in communities in the state Tambuwal made this known at a sensitisation campaign organised by an NGO Alive and Thrive in partnership with her pet project The Mariya Tambuwal Development Empowerment Initiative MTDI in Sokoto Represented by the wife of the Commissioner for Health Dr As ma u Inname Tambuwal urged mothers to consider first breast milk after child delivery and important to feed the baby She further urged mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding of the babies until after six months due to nutritional contents on the mothers breast She described the event as relevant and assured that MTDI would continue to reach other women across the state on the campaign Also speaking the Sokoto State Coordinator of Alive and Thrive Hajia Saratu Mu azu said the initiative s goal is aimed at inculcating exclusive breastfeeding and other good habits among women Mu azu said arrangement is also in place to extend the awareness programme on exclusive breastfeeding and other healthy habits to women especially at the grassroots Speaking Dr Nuhu Maishanu the Chief Medical Director of Sokoto Specialist Hospital who represented the Commissioner for Health Dr Ali commended the organisers and assured continued working partnership in order to achieve the desired results NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tambuwal’s wife reaffirms commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding
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    Tambuwal’s wife reaffirms commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding

    Wife of Sokoto Governor, Hajia Mariya Tambuwal, has reaffirmed her commitment to support exclusive breastfeeding in communities in the state.

    Tambuwal made this known at a sensitisation campaign organised by an NGO, Alive and Thrive, in partnership with her pet project, The Mariya Tambuwal Development Empowerment Initiative (MTDI) in Sokoto.

    Represented by the wife of the Commissioner for Health, Dr As’ma’u Inname, Tambuwal urged mothers to consider first breast milk after child delivery and important to feed the baby.

    She further urged mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding of the babies until after six months due to nutritional contents on the mothers’ breast.

    She described the event as relevant and assured that MTDI would continue to reach other women across the state on the campaign.

    Also speaking, the Sokoto State Coordinator of Alive and Thrive, Hajia Saratu Mu’azu, said the initiative’s goal is aimed at inculcating exclusive breastfeeding and other good habits among women.

    Mu’azu said arrangement is also in place to extend the awareness programme on exclusive breastfeeding and other healthy habits to women especially at the grassroots.

    Speaking, Dr Nuhu Maishanu, the Chief Medical Director of Sokoto Specialist Hospital who represented the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali, commended the organisers and assured continued working partnership in order to achieve the desired results.


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  •  The Peace Corps of Nigeria PCN on Tuesday forged a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development to enable smooth operation in the state The partnership was forged during a visit to the Ministry by the PCN National Commandant Amb Dickson Akoh Dr Omolola Amao Deputy National Commandant Finance and account and Pat Alex Onoicho PCN National Secretary Others are Pat Ademakin Mouruf Assistant National Commandant Training Pat Akeem Badmus Assistant National Commandant Operations and PCN Lagos Commandant Pat Kuforiji Williams Mr Saka Abdul Lateef the Director Ministry of Youth and Social Development said PCN is not new to the Ministry but past partnership went sour due to some issues He however said a new and lasting relationship would be formed under the leadership of the PCN Lagos Commandant and the visit of the National Commandant I called my other Directors and said we should give the PCN Lagos Command another opportunity I am sure we will achieve a lot with my coming on board and that of the new PCN Lagos Commandant We purposely demanded to see the National Commandant This is to further cement the pledges and promises of the PCN Lagos State Commandant he said Mr Abdul Lateef further urged PCN Lagos Command to be up and doing adding that it is time to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the state The Director further presented a letter approving the registration of PCN Lagos Command under the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development The PCN National Commandant while receiving the letter acknowledged that past PCN administration in Lagos might have made mistakes but described it as a process of learning The National Commandant said PCN is made up of disciplined individuals who have gone through training within and outside the country on the courtesy of the PCN He said some misinformation could have led to the breakdown of past relationship with the Lagos State Government but assured that PCN Lagos Command is more than ready to complement the efforts of the security agencies in Lagos We will continue to teach our members about the importance of culture and tradition just as we emphasize that our role is to complement the efforts of other security agencies We have had our challenges but our demonstration of patience and resilience will see us through It is a familiar terrain here and we will abide by your conditions as we are a disciplined organisation We have done a lot in training and retraining ourselves and we are more mature now We will not do anything to stifle the relationship we are about to establish We assure you of our partnership and we will not hesitate to get your consent before going ahead with our activities in the state he said Akoh added that the Lagos State Government through the Ministry will be presented with all adequate documents required to support PCN activities in Lagos The Director of Voluntary Organisation Ministry of Youth and Social Development Mr Folasayo Olukosi also said PCN is not new in Lagos and urged the officers to rise to their responsibilities Olukosi said there may have been mistakes in the past and advised that the present PCN executives seize the opportunity being presented to them by the Ministry Mr Kayode Ogunleye the Director in charge of Open Space and Recreation Ministry of Youth and Social Development urged the PCN National Commandant to immediately sort the issues of factions and also carry members along Ogunleye added that a lot can be achieved if members government and necessary stakeholders are carried along by PCN Attachments area
    PCN forges partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development
     The Peace Corps of Nigeria PCN on Tuesday forged a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development to enable smooth operation in the state The partnership was forged during a visit to the Ministry by the PCN National Commandant Amb Dickson Akoh Dr Omolola Amao Deputy National Commandant Finance and account and Pat Alex Onoicho PCN National Secretary Others are Pat Ademakin Mouruf Assistant National Commandant Training Pat Akeem Badmus Assistant National Commandant Operations and PCN Lagos Commandant Pat Kuforiji Williams Mr Saka Abdul Lateef the Director Ministry of Youth and Social Development said PCN is not new to the Ministry but past partnership went sour due to some issues He however said a new and lasting relationship would be formed under the leadership of the PCN Lagos Commandant and the visit of the National Commandant I called my other Directors and said we should give the PCN Lagos Command another opportunity I am sure we will achieve a lot with my coming on board and that of the new PCN Lagos Commandant We purposely demanded to see the National Commandant This is to further cement the pledges and promises of the PCN Lagos State Commandant he said Mr Abdul Lateef further urged PCN Lagos Command to be up and doing adding that it is time to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the state The Director further presented a letter approving the registration of PCN Lagos Command under the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development The PCN National Commandant while receiving the letter acknowledged that past PCN administration in Lagos might have made mistakes but described it as a process of learning The National Commandant said PCN is made up of disciplined individuals who have gone through training within and outside the country on the courtesy of the PCN He said some misinformation could have led to the breakdown of past relationship with the Lagos State Government but assured that PCN Lagos Command is more than ready to complement the efforts of the security agencies in Lagos We will continue to teach our members about the importance of culture and tradition just as we emphasize that our role is to complement the efforts of other security agencies We have had our challenges but our demonstration of patience and resilience will see us through It is a familiar terrain here and we will abide by your conditions as we are a disciplined organisation We have done a lot in training and retraining ourselves and we are more mature now We will not do anything to stifle the relationship we are about to establish We assure you of our partnership and we will not hesitate to get your consent before going ahead with our activities in the state he said Akoh added that the Lagos State Government through the Ministry will be presented with all adequate documents required to support PCN activities in Lagos The Director of Voluntary Organisation Ministry of Youth and Social Development Mr Folasayo Olukosi also said PCN is not new in Lagos and urged the officers to rise to their responsibilities Olukosi said there may have been mistakes in the past and advised that the present PCN executives seize the opportunity being presented to them by the Ministry Mr Kayode Ogunleye the Director in charge of Open Space and Recreation Ministry of Youth and Social Development urged the PCN National Commandant to immediately sort the issues of factions and also carry members along Ogunleye added that a lot can be achieved if members government and necessary stakeholders are carried along by PCN Attachments area
    PCN forges partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development
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    PCN forges partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development

    The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) on Tuesday forged a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development to enable smooth operation in the state.The partnership was forged during a visit to the Ministry by the PCN National Commandant, Amb. Dickson Akoh, Dr. Omolola Amao, Deputy National Commandant, Finance and account, and Pat. Alex Onoicho, PCN National Secretary.Others are Pat. Ademakin Mouruf, Assistant National Commandant (Training), Pat. Akeem Badmus, Assistant National Commandant (Operations) and PCN Lagos Commandant Pat. Kuforiji Williams.Mr. Saka Abdul-Lateef, the Director, Ministry of Youth and Social Development said PCN is not new to the Ministry but past partnership went sour due to some issues.He however said a new and lasting relationship would be formed under the leadership of the PCN Lagos Commandant and the visit of the National Commandant."I called my other Directors and said we should give the PCN Lagos Command another opportunity. I am sure we will achieve a lot with my coming on board and that of the new PCN Lagos Commandant."We purposely demanded to see the National Commandant. This is to further cement the pledges and promises of the PCN Lagos State Commandant," he said.Mr. Abdul-Lateef further urged PCN Lagos Command to be up and doing, adding that it is time to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the state.The Director further presented a letter approving the registration of PCN Lagos Command under the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.The PCN National Commandant, while receiving the letter acknowledged that past PCN administration in Lagos might have made mistakes but described it as a process of learning.The National Commandant said PCN is made up of disciplined individuals who have gone through training within and outside the country on the courtesy of the PCN.He said some misinformation could have led to the breakdown of past relationship with the Lagos State Government but assured that PCN Lagos Command is more than ready to complement the efforts of the security agencies in Lagos."We will continue to teach our members about the importance of culture and tradition just as we emphasize that our role is to complement the efforts of other security agencies."We have had our challenges but our demonstration of patience and resilience will see us through."It is a familiar terrain here and we will abide by your conditions as we are a disciplined organisation."We have done a lot in training and retraining ourselves and we are more mature now. We will not do anything to stifle the relationship we are about to establish."We assure you of our partnership and we will not hesitate to get your consent before going ahead with our activities in the state," he said.Akoh added that the Lagos State Government through the Ministry will be presented with all adequate documents required to support PCN activities in Lagos.The Director of Voluntary Organisation, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr Folasayo Olukosi also said PCN is not new in Lagos and urged the officers to rise to their responsibilities.Olukosi said there may have been mistakes in the past and advised that the present PCN executives seize the opportunity being presented to them by the Ministry.Mr. Kayode Ogunleye, the Director in charge of Open Space and Recreation, Ministry of Youth and Social Development urged the PCN National Commandant to immediately sort the issues of factions and also carry members along.Ogunleye added that a lot can be achieved if members, government, and necessary stakeholders are carried along by PCN. Attachments area

  •  South East beneficiaries of the Medium Small and Micro Entreprises MSME Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off take Scheme have lauded the Federal Government for undertaking the business sustainability scheme after COVID 19 pandemic lockdown They said this on Tuesday in Enugu during the South East MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off Take Scheme Beneficiary Town Hall Meeting One of the beneficiaries of the scheme Mr Darlington Nnamani said that the survival fund came timely when his commercial tricycle business came to halt due to an engine problem It was devastating to me even as I had to go and start begging everyone in my neighbourhood in Awkunannaw in Enugu and also went to the house of my enemies but to no avail After two days of looking for a solution suddenly the alert of N30 000 came from the fund and that changed the story and today the same tricycle is helping me to still fend for my family Nnamani said Mrs Veronica Eke a Supermarket owner in Nsukka Road said that the alert of N30 000 she received helped her to restock her shop as its products were expiring after a long period of locking up during the COVID 19 lockdown The survival fund came timely as it resuscitated my shop since most of the products I stocked for sale started expiring and unfit for human consumption I thank the Federal Government for the intervention Eke said Another Mazi Jude Udeani an entrepreneur in Aba Abia said that the N50 000 alert helped him to keep production going and pay workers in his palm oil processing business At a time I was thinking on how to pay my workers due to insufficient funds and prolonged lock down but the N50 000 came and I paid by workers and no one lost his job Udeani said Mr Okechukwu Maduka a trader in Ukpo community in Anambra said that the N50 000 through the survival fund helped him to cope with the hardship of the COVID 19 lockdown Earlier Mr Solomon Uwagbai representative of Project Delivery Officer of the scheme said the scheme had five tracks in which the funds were disbursed to alleviate the hardship caused by the COVID 19 pandemic Uwagbai noted that the scheme domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment had female beneficiaries 45 per cent and special needs beneficiaries five per cent in each of its five tracks The eligibility for the scheme included registration in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Nigerian ownership and verifiable BVN of business owners he said In an address Mr Ubadigbo Okonkwo member Steering Committee of the MSME Survival Fund said that the five tracks of implementation of the scheme included payroll support General MSME grants Artisan and Transport CAC formalisation support and Guaranteed off take In the South East the following statistics were released as those that had benefited from the scheme payroll support track scheme 64 533 benefited and MSME grants scheme 11 737 benefited In Artisan and Transport scheme 61 046 benefited CAC formalisation support scheme 34 331 while Guaranteed Off take scheme 2538 benefited From the South East region we have a total of 174 215 beneficiaries Okonkwo said He explained that the intervention programme of the Federal Government was necessitated by the need to stimulate the economy post COVID 19 lockdown recovery especially for medium small and micro scale businesses The intervention is also for self employed individuals previously gainfully employed The scheme s fund is meant to create and stimulate production opportunities for MSMEs and provide conditional grants to distressed business and self employed individuals who have been strained with payment of salaries post COVID19 he said Okonkwo however lamented that the successes of the programme were not without some difficulties encountered including lack of trust by beneficiaries as it required obtaining their details of BVN which brought about initial apathy The scheme heavily relied on the use of information communication technology for transparency and traceability which also left the programme susceptible to infiltration by internet scammers he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South-East beneficiaries laud FG MSME Survival Fund for its timeliness
     South East beneficiaries of the Medium Small and Micro Entreprises MSME Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off take Scheme have lauded the Federal Government for undertaking the business sustainability scheme after COVID 19 pandemic lockdown They said this on Tuesday in Enugu during the South East MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off Take Scheme Beneficiary Town Hall Meeting One of the beneficiaries of the scheme Mr Darlington Nnamani said that the survival fund came timely when his commercial tricycle business came to halt due to an engine problem It was devastating to me even as I had to go and start begging everyone in my neighbourhood in Awkunannaw in Enugu and also went to the house of my enemies but to no avail After two days of looking for a solution suddenly the alert of N30 000 came from the fund and that changed the story and today the same tricycle is helping me to still fend for my family Nnamani said Mrs Veronica Eke a Supermarket owner in Nsukka Road said that the alert of N30 000 she received helped her to restock her shop as its products were expiring after a long period of locking up during the COVID 19 lockdown The survival fund came timely as it resuscitated my shop since most of the products I stocked for sale started expiring and unfit for human consumption I thank the Federal Government for the intervention Eke said Another Mazi Jude Udeani an entrepreneur in Aba Abia said that the N50 000 alert helped him to keep production going and pay workers in his palm oil processing business At a time I was thinking on how to pay my workers due to insufficient funds and prolonged lock down but the N50 000 came and I paid by workers and no one lost his job Udeani said Mr Okechukwu Maduka a trader in Ukpo community in Anambra said that the N50 000 through the survival fund helped him to cope with the hardship of the COVID 19 lockdown Earlier Mr Solomon Uwagbai representative of Project Delivery Officer of the scheme said the scheme had five tracks in which the funds were disbursed to alleviate the hardship caused by the COVID 19 pandemic Uwagbai noted that the scheme domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment had female beneficiaries 45 per cent and special needs beneficiaries five per cent in each of its five tracks The eligibility for the scheme included registration in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Nigerian ownership and verifiable BVN of business owners he said In an address Mr Ubadigbo Okonkwo member Steering Committee of the MSME Survival Fund said that the five tracks of implementation of the scheme included payroll support General MSME grants Artisan and Transport CAC formalisation support and Guaranteed off take In the South East the following statistics were released as those that had benefited from the scheme payroll support track scheme 64 533 benefited and MSME grants scheme 11 737 benefited In Artisan and Transport scheme 61 046 benefited CAC formalisation support scheme 34 331 while Guaranteed Off take scheme 2538 benefited From the South East region we have a total of 174 215 beneficiaries Okonkwo said He explained that the intervention programme of the Federal Government was necessitated by the need to stimulate the economy post COVID 19 lockdown recovery especially for medium small and micro scale businesses The intervention is also for self employed individuals previously gainfully employed The scheme s fund is meant to create and stimulate production opportunities for MSMEs and provide conditional grants to distressed business and self employed individuals who have been strained with payment of salaries post COVID19 he said Okonkwo however lamented that the successes of the programme were not without some difficulties encountered including lack of trust by beneficiaries as it required obtaining their details of BVN which brought about initial apathy The scheme heavily relied on the use of information communication technology for transparency and traceability which also left the programme susceptible to infiltration by internet scammers he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South-East beneficiaries laud FG MSME Survival Fund for its timeliness
    Economy2 months ago

    South-East beneficiaries laud FG MSME Survival Fund for its timeliness

    South-East beneficiaries of the Medium, Small and Micro Entreprises (MSME) Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-take Scheme have lauded the Federal Government for undertaking the business sustainability scheme after COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  

    They said this on Tuesday in Enugu during the South-East MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-Take Scheme Beneficiary Town Hall Meeting.  

    One of the beneficiaries of the scheme, Mr Darlington Nnamani, said that the survival fund came timely when his commercial tricycle business came to halt due to an engine problem.  

    “It was devastating to me even as I had to go and start begging everyone in my neighbourhood in Awkunannaw in Enugu and also went to the house of my enemies but to no avail.  

    “After two days of looking for a solution, suddenly the alert of N30,000 came from the fund and that changed the story and today, the same tricycle is helping me to still fend for my family,” Nnamani said.  

    Mrs Veronica Eke, a Supermarket owner in Nsukka Road, said that the alert of N30,000 she received helped her to restock her shop as its products were expiring after a long period of locking-up during the COVID-19 lockdown.  

    “The survival fund came timely as it resuscitated my shop since most of the products I stocked for sale started expiring and unfit for human consumption.

    I thank the Federal Government for the intervention,” Eke said.  

    Another, Mazi Jude Udeani, an entrepreneur in Aba, Abia, said that the N50,000 alert helped him to keep production going and pay workers in his palm oil processing business.  

    “At a time, I was thinking on how to pay my workers due to insufficient funds and prolonged lock down but the N50,000 came and I paid by workers and no one lost his job,” Udeani said.  

    Mr Okechukwu Maduka, a trader in Ukpo community in Anambra, said that the N50,000 through the survival fund helped him to cope with the hardship of the COVID-19 lockdown.  

    Earlier, Mr Solomon Uwagbai, representative of Project Delivery Officer of the scheme, said the scheme had five tracks in which the funds were disbursed to alleviate the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    Uwagbai noted that the scheme, domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, had female beneficiaries 45 per cent and special needs beneficiaries five per cent in each of its five tracks.  

    “The eligibility for the scheme included registration in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); Nigerian-ownership and verifiable BVN of business owners,” he said.  

    In an address, Mr Ubadigbo Okonkwo, member, Steering Committee of the MSME Survival Fund, said that the five tracks of implementation of the scheme included payroll support; General MSME grants; Artisan and Transport; CAC formalisation support; and Guaranteed off-take.  

    “In the South-East, the following statistics were released as those that had benefited from the scheme: payroll support track (scheme) 64,533 benefited and  MSME grants scheme 11,737 benefited.  

    “In Artisan and Transport scheme, 61,046 benefited, CAC formalisation support scheme 34,331, while Guaranteed Off-take scheme 2538 benefited.  

    “From the South-East region, we have a total of 174,215 beneficiaries,” Okonkwo said.  

    He explained that the intervention programme of the Federal Government was necessitated by the need to stimulate the economy post COVID-19 lockdown recovery, especially for medium, small and micro scale businesses.  

    “The intervention is also for self-employed individuals previously gainfully employed.  

    “The scheme’s fund is meant to create and stimulate  production opportunities for MSMEs and provide conditional grants to distressed business and self-employed individuals who have been strained with payment of salaries post-COVID19,” he said.  

    Okonkwo, however, lamented that the successes of the programme were not without some difficulties encountered, including lack of trust by beneficiaries as it required obtaining their details of BVN which brought about initial apathy.  

    “The scheme heavily relied on the use of information communication technology, for transparency and traceability, which also, left the programme susceptible to infiltration by internet scammers,” he said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities PLWDs under its Literacy by Radio Programme The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Abbas Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already 25 PLWDs have registered NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state s literacy level He said the agency however decided to include persons with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state Abbas said that each of the new learners comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar powered radio to participate in the programme The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme more centres would be open for such category of people across the state The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people including people with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state particularly among adults in rural areas the executive secretary said Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa where learners listen using their radio set The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NMEC in boosting mass literacy in the state In 2021 the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state The instructional materials included 307 memory cards 52 Compact Disks CDs Master 307 2A 2B and 2D exercise books each 307 pencils 307 sharpeners 300 Forms C 290 literacy by radio learners primers and six registers The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse Birnin Kudu Kaugama Kafinhausa Taura and Gumel local government areas The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse Kangire in Birninkudu Yalo in Kaugama Jabo in Kafinhausa Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once These adult learners don t have to go anywhere they can learn in their locality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs
     The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities PLWDs under its Literacy by Radio Programme The Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Abbas Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already 25 PLWDs have registered NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state s literacy level He said the agency however decided to include persons with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state Abbas said that each of the new learners comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar powered radio to participate in the programme The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme more centres would be open for such category of people across the state The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people including people with disabilities vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state particularly among adults in rural areas the executive secretary said Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa where learners listen using their radio set The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NMEC in boosting mass literacy in the state In 2021 the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state The instructional materials included 307 memory cards 52 Compact Disks CDs Master 307 2A 2B and 2D exercise books each 307 pencils 307 sharpeners 300 Forms C 290 literacy by radio learners primers and six registers The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse Birnin Kudu Kaugama Kafinhausa Taura and Gumel local government areas The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse Kangire in Birninkudu Yalo in Kaugama Jabo in Kafinhausa Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once These adult learners don t have to go anywhere they can learn in their locality NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs
    Education2 months ago

    Jigawa agency for mass education opens study centre for PLWDs

    The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study centre for People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) under its Literacy-by-Radio Programme.

    The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Abbas Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday.

    Abbas said the centre was opened in Aujara village in Jahun Local Government Area and already,  25 PLWDs have registered.

    NAN reports that the programme was introduced by the state government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state’s literacy level.

    He said the agency, however, decided to include persons with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state.

    Abbas said that each of the new learners, comprising 20 men and five woman have been given a solar-powered radio to participate in the programme.

    The executive secretary added that though the Aujra PLWDs centre was a pilot scheme, more centres would be open for such category of people across the state.

    “The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people, including people with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state.

    “The programme is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state, particularly among adults in rural areas,” the executive secretary said.

    Abbas said that the programme was being aired in Radio Jigawa, where learners listen using their radio set.

    The programme was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC) in boosting mass literacy in the state.

    In 2021, the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radio sets and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in the state.

    The instructional materials included 307 memory cards, 52 Compact Disks (CDs) Master, 307 2A, 2B and 2D exercise books each, 307 pencils, 307 sharpeners, 300 Forms C, 290 literacy by radio learners primers, and six registers.

    The radio sets were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centres in Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Kaugama, Kafinhausa, Taura and Gumel local government areas.

    The benefiting centres are Limawa in Dutse, Kangire in Birninkudu, Yalo in Kaugama, Jabo in Kafinhausa, Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel.

    ”The advantage of the programme is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once.

    ”These adult learners don’t have to go anywhere, they can learn in their locality.


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