The Imo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Tuesday decorated 124 promoted officers.
The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Matthew Ovie, performed the ceremony at the command’s headquarters in Owerri.
Ovie said that the promotion, which had lingered for some time, was made possible by the corps’ Commandant-General Ahmed Audi. He thanked Audi for his outstanding performance anchored on his five-point agenda of revamping, resuscitating, rejigging, reinvigorating and restructuring the corps.
He felicitated the promoted officers and urged them to double their efforts toward a more efficient service delivery.
He promised other officers of the command that were eligible for promotion that theirs was on the way.
According to him, the commandant-general is committed to officers’ welfare through promotion for better livelihood.
“As you celebrate, strive to be magnanimous in celebration and bear in mind that this is a call to more service.
“Justify the confidence reposed in you for the good of Nigerians resident in Imo,” Ovie said.
Also, the corps’ Zonal Commandant for Zone “E”, Mr Aliyu Ndanusi, an Assistant Commandant-General, thanked the Federal Ministry of Interior for fast-tracking the promotions.
Ndanusi admonished officers waiting to be promoted to show more dedication to duty .
He advised the promoted officers to endeavour to bring their experience to bear in the discharge of their duties.
“I congratulate you and seize the opportunity to remind you that a recognition for hardwork is a call to more work.
“For those who have yet to be promoted, I urge you to embrace punctuality and dedication to duty and see how God will perfect your promotion at His appointed time,” Ndanusi said.
Reponding on behalf of the promoted officers, the command’s Head, Public Relations Unit, Mr Lowell Chimeziri, thanked the management of the agency for the honour bestowed on them.
He reaffirmed their commitment to duty as a way to give back to the corps and Nigerians.
Chimeziri was promoted from the rank of Superintendent of Corps (SC) to Chief Superintendent of Corps.
(CSC) Others, including 15 persons, moved from CSC to Assistant Commandant, while 18 persons moved from SC to CSC.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kaduna State, Yekini Ayoku, has urged journalists in the country not to give media space to terrorists’ propaganda.
Ayoku made the appeal when officials of the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit, on Tuesday in Kaduna.
“Media practitioners should not celebrate kidnappers by the nature of headlines they cast in their reportage.
“We are appealing to journalists to deny terrorists’ propaganda through the way you cast your headlines because you occupy strategic position to safeguard the entire country.
“You are the means through which we give information to the people we serve, we will continue to seek for your support on security and our onslaught against bandits,” he added .
Anyoku used the opportunity to warn politicians against contravention of the Electoral Act in order to avoid arrest and prosecution.
The CP also warned parents and guardians not to allow their wards to be used as thugs and trouble makers before, during and after the 2023 elections.
According to him, there would be water tight security to ensure smooth and hitch free polls.
Anyoku said that the command had made a lot of arrests and recovered arms and ammunition from criminal elements since he assumed office in April.
“It is not yet victory, but with your support as journalists we can get victory.
“So deny terrorists propaganda by the way you coin your headlines, don’t celebrate kidnappers.
“Try as much as possible to put into consideration national security interest in whatever you report,” he added.
The CP commended the media in Kaduna state for the tremendous support being offered to the command.
Earlier, the NUJ Chairman, Hajiya Asma’u Halilu said there was need to improve collaboration between the union and the command by availing information promptly to journalists.
She assured the CP of adequate coverage of the command’s activities.
“Kaduna is the heart beat of Northern states and various organizations hold media events in Kaduna because much media credibility is attached to journalists in Kaduna state,” Halilu said.
Trading on Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) gained marginally on Tuesday as market capitalisation increased by N3 billion or 0.01 per cent to close at 26.670 trillion against N26.667 trillion on Monday.
Similarly, the All Share Index appreciated by 5.10 basis points or 0.01 per cent to close at 49,445.31 against 49,440.21 on Monday.
Consequently, the year-to-date (YTD) return increased to 15.75 per cent.
Investors’ demand in shares of Tier-one banks such as FBN Holdings and Zenith Bank drove the performance of the market.
Also, equities that participated in the trading ended with 11 gainers and 14 losers.
A breakdown of the price movement table indicated that RT Briscoe led the gainers’ table, growing by 10 per cent to close at 33k per share.
FBN Holdings followed with a gain of five per cent to close at N10.50 and Linkage Asurance gained by 4.35 per cent to close at 48k per share.
Regency Alliance Insurance appreciated by four per cent to close at 26k, while Mutual Benefits Assurance increased by 3.70 per cent to close at 28k per share.
On the other hand, Total topped the losers’ chart, dropping by 9.98 per cent to close at N211.10 per share.
Learn Africa trailed with a loss of 9.71 per cent to close at N1.86 and Honeywell Flour Mills dropped by 8.13 per cent to close at N2.26 per share.
Cutix was down by 6.98 per cent to close at N2, while NPFi Mcrofinance declined by 6.63 per cent to close at N1.55 per share.
In all, the volume of trade rose by 61.72 per cent as investors bought and sold 147.59 million shares valued at N2.39 billion transacted in 3,323 deals.
This was in contrast with 67.37 million shares worth N1.48 billion exchanged in 3,386 deals on Monday.
Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) was the toast of investors with an exchange of 35.82 million shares worth N693.69 million.
It was trailed by Capital Hotel having accounted for 21.57 million shares valued at N73.54 million and FBN Holdingss sold 20.01 million shares worth N208.92 million.
Zenith Bank traded 11.09 million shares valued at N219.15 million, while Chams sold 7.87 million shares worth N2.35 million.
The Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, Mr Samaila Tadawus has urged party loyalists to support its leadership to enable it lead the party to victory in the 2023 General Elections.
Tadawus made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Tuesday.
He said the new leadership of the party would poster unity, solidarity, cooperation and understanding among members with a view to ensure electoral victory in the general elections.
“Henceforth, all acts of indiscipline would be sanctioned appropriately to assert our athourity as leaders,” he said.
He described as unfortunate the recent internal leadership crisis which rocked the party, adding that, “we have since resolved our differences”.
Tadawus said the party under his stewardship would pursue its reconcilliatory drive with commitment and sincerity of purpose by engaging all stakeholders.
“We will run the affairs of the party with an open door policy,” he added.
He said his appointment as the Acting Chairman of the party has been endorsed by its National Secretariat sequel to the resignation of the erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Bilal.
“The era of indiscipline and anti party activities are over.
You either be loyal to the idles of the party or be on your own but anti party activities and financial recklessness would not be tolerated,” he warned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bilal resigned his position following the leadership tussle in the party.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Tuesday, said that 22 ships had arrived the Lagos Port Complex discharging petrol and other items.
It listed the items being discharged as bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, container, crude soya oil, ethanol, butane gas, bulk urea and petrol.
The authority said that 21 other ships expected to arrive the port between Sept. 20 to Sept.28 were carrying bulk wheat, general cargo, frozen fish, bulk sugar, bulk salt and automobile gasoline.
Others expected, it listed as bulk gypsum, base oil, bulk urea, ethanol, petrol and containers.
It indicated that one other ship had arrived the port and was waiting to berth with petrol.
The Anambra Government said plans were being concluded to establish functional blood banks in the three senatorial districts to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, said this on Tuesday during a Maternal and Perinatal Child Deaths Surveillance Response meeting in Awka. Obidike said that postpartum haemorrhage or severe bleeding during and after childbirth had been identified as one of the major causes of maternal mortality in the state.
He said that establishing functional blood bank services was imperative to drastically reduce maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage in the state.
He regretted that women were dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth mostly in rural areas.
According to him, many of these deaths can be prevented with timely, effective maternal care management.
“This is why Gov. Charles Soludo’s led-adminidtration has adopted a holistic approach to ending maternal mortality in the state.
“This review meeting is to ascertain the cause of death of women during and after delivery across the state.
“Postpartum haemorrhage and other causes have been identified.
“So, part of the ways to reduce this is to procure anti-shock garments, establish blood bank services across the three senatorial districts, procure mama kits and delivery of free antenatal care services at hospitals,” he said.
Obidike described anti-shock garment as a stretchy wrap that helps to stabilise a woman in shock from postpartum haemorrhage by applying pressure to her lower body and abdomen.
He said that the garment gives time to seek treatment and can save a woman’s life.
“Without it, she may bleed to death,” he said.
He said that the state government had established a blood bank at Onitsha General Hospital and planned to establish more in hard-to-reach communities where maternal mortality was high.
Also, the Coordinator, Reproductive Health, Dr Uju Okoye, said that the implementation of the solutions proffered at the meeting would help improve maternal health in the state.
It was an intensive three-day visit for the newly appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as he visited several key military locations in Unity State and the Ruweng Administrative Area. “What you read in the newspapers is different from the reality on the ground,” Lt. Gen. Mohan Subramanian wisely commented as he faced contingents from four troop-contributing countries stationed in Bentiu, Koch, Leer and Pariang.
Evaluate the operational conditions to implement the mandate of the peacekeeping mission.
“Personally assessing the situation is essential as it will inform our responses and how to further improve our performance of duties,” the Force Commander said.
The swampy, muddy, and sometimes dusty terrain couldn't stop him from moving forward on his familiarization tour, just as the troops he visited allowed nothing to stop them from doing their jobs.
“Our presence in Jamjang, Pariang, Koch, Leer and Bentiu provides a sense of security to the local population and to the fulfillment of the UNMISS mandate.
Wherever we are, we are prepared to protect civilians and any other task,” the Force Commander assured visiting journalists.
Local residents were excited to welcome the Lieutenant General and hear his views on security.
“The presence of UN peacekeepers in Koch County serves as a guarantee for the entire population and humanitarian actors who provide services here,” said Gordon Kuong, Koch County Commissioner.
Sentiments were similar in Leer county and the Ruweng administrative area.
Each encounter became an opportunity to express gratitude to the UNMISS troops, and it was one that was grasped with both hands.
"They [the peacekeepers] they have been working tirelessly, day and night, to ensure our community is safe,” said Leer County Commissioner Stephen Taker.
“Although the troops rotate each year, their operations remain the same and of high quality.
This is what people want and like,” he added.
The love continued in the Ruwent administrative area, whose deputy chief, Colonel Manytoj Kuel Adurwhile, praised the troops of the peacekeeping mission the most.
“We hold UNMISS in very high regard as our partners in the implementation of the peace agreement.
That is why we cooperate well with the disciplined and hard-working Mongolian military here,” the Colonel gushed.
The Force Commander liked what he observed.
“I am delighted to note the positive vibes in the Southern Unity and Pariang communities.
I feel a desire for peace in everyone I have interacted with,” he noted, encouraging residents to keep their spirits high.
The Police Command in Katsina State has arrested three suspected armed robbers who specialise in using charms to break houses in Daura Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The Command’s spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, stated this in a statement released to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said, “On Sept.12, 2022 at about 4.00 p.
m., and based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in a notorious syndicate of armed robbers terrorising Daura LGA and its environs.
“Nemesis caught up with the suspects namely: Abdullahi Sa’idu, aged 50, from Hadejia in Jigawa; Umar Abubakar Faruk, aged 23, of Badawa Quarters from Kano State and Zakariyya Hussaini, aged 25, from Yar Leman, also in Jigawa.
“They were arrested when they conspired and forcefully broke into the dwellings of Idris Ahmed, alias Baban Hajiya; Mujihabi Yusif; Sa’a Abdu; Ibrahim Sani and Umar Sani, all of the same address.
“The suspects robbed their victims of their belongings.
“In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to have been using charms that would lure their victims to sleep until they would have finished committing their nefarious act.
” According to the police spokesperson, the suspects also confessed to have got their charms from a ritualist in the neighbouring Niger Republic.
He added that exhibits recovered from them include: fabricated keys; house-breaking implements; machete; five different handsets as well as iron pinches and substances suspected to be charms.
He said that the command was carrying out additional investigations and that the suspects would be charged to court after completion of the investigations.
Amid growing humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is responding to ongoing flooding in the country, providing assistance to 30,000 people who require urgent food assistance.
Starting in July, torrential rains caused flooding in Bangui, as well as Bangassou (southwest) and Paoua (northwest) prefectures, leaving 22,450 people without homes, livelihoods, or assets.
Many of those affected are taking shelter with host families or in public spaces such as schools or churches, but weather services forecast heavier rains Additional information for journalists: Through a crisis committee established by the government, WFP and humanitarian partners they are coordinating assessments, planning and directing humanitarian aid to people affected by the floods.
WFP has already reached 2,230 people in Bangui and Begoua and 4,560 people in Nana-Mambere and Ouam Fafa prefectures with emergency food assistance through cash and voucher distributions.
Each family receives XAF 32,000 (US$50) to cover their food and nutrition needs.
This climate disaster comes at a time when the country is in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis, with hunger and humanitarian needs reaching unprecedented levels as a result of conflict, displacement and widespread poverty.
A staggering 2.2 million people or one in three in the country now face acute hunger, the highest on record.
In the Central African Republic, WFP regularly assists 665,000 people in 10 locations (including Bangui), providing emergency cash assistance to help families meet their immediate needs, particularly during the lean season from June to August, as while helping to build the resilience of communities facing recurring and back-to-back crises.
WFP also assists undernourished people living with HIV/AIDS on antiretroviral treatment, reaching 2,200 people in Bangui and Bria between July and September 2022.
WFP requires US$37.6 million to continue operations in the Republic Central African for the next six months.
Remedial Health, a healthtech startup that develops pharmaceutical value chain, says it has raised 4.4 million dollars seed funding to accelerate its expansion across Nigeria.
The company disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
It said the funding would provide access to credit for inventory purchases for its growing customer base of neighbourhood pharmacies, Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) and hospitals in the country.
It said that the seed funding round was led by Global Ventures – a venture capital firm, Tencent, Y Combinator and Cathexis Ventures among others.
“By leveraging Remedial Health’s tech-enabled platform, neighbourhood pharmacies, PPMVs and hospitals can benefit from buying discounts, time saving and improved efficiency, access to credit to improve their earnings,” it said.
It said other benefits were additional revenue from providing financial services and other primary healthcare services.
“Manufacturers also benefit from an efficient supply chain and a real-time intelligence on product utilisation to improve decision making on forecasting, production and distribution,” it said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Remedial Health, Mr Samuel Okwuada said that neighbourhood pharmacies and PPMVs had the potential to be the face of a thriving healthcare system in Africa.
”We believe that technology can play a significant role in making this vision a reality,” he said.
He said that the funds raised by the company and the strategic support from investors would enable them to deliver the solutions to address various challenges that had hampered these businesses’ growth for many years.
Sacha Haider, a Partner at Global Ventures, said, “The market opportunity to serve community pharmacies across Africa is significant.
“In Nigeria alone, 500,000 community pharmacies drive over 80 per cent of a 70 billion dollar market in annual pharmaceutical sales.
“The team at Remedial Health is proactively addressing challenges including price capacity, poor drug quality control and a very fragmented supply chain.
“They have created a tech-enabled, pharmacy-centred healthcare network that has allowed over 25 per cent in cost reductions at the point of care.
” Haider said that Global Ventures was delighted to partner with Remedial Health on their mission to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare in Africa through optimised pharmaceutical supply chains.