The Ministry of Health has issued an alert to all counties in the country following the Ebola outbreak reported in neighboring Uganda.
According to Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, the move follows an alert sent by the Ugandan government to Kenya in accordance with East African community health protocols about the outbreak that was detected in the village of Ngabano in the Madudu sub-county in central Uganda.
According to Kagwe, the victim, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022, had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.
“Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased.
Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation,” added Kagwe.
As part of the interventions implemented by the Kenyan government, all county administrations have been urged to remain vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and conduct rapid reports, detect populations at risk.
including travellers, truckers, bushmeat handlers and health workers, as well as raising community awareness to identify suspected cases.
They have also been urged to sensitize health workers on infections, prevention and control measures, case management and sample management and to mobilize relevant stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness and response measures.
While urging caution, the Ministry of Health has advised the public to take extra precautions when visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The general public is also advised to be cautious of anyone presenting with an acute onset of fever, especially if they have been in contact with individuals with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks.
Other signs to watch out for are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, sore throat, measles like rash, red eyes, and bleeding from body openings.
For such cases, the general public is advised to notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or call the hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 immediately.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person transmission.
Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.
Participants say there is urgent need to scale up financial flows from public and private sources into climate adaptation action across Africa.
In a statement issued by the African Development Bank on Tuesday, the event was held on the sidelines of the 2022 edition of Africa Climate Week (ACW).
The session was titled “Limiting Loss and Damage through Enhanced Adaptation Action in Africa”.
It featured a timely discussion of an aspect of climate change that captured and assessed the costs and damages associated with climate change.
The participants cited the bank’s Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme, a joint initiative with the Global Centre on Adaptation as a positive example to scale up climate finance adaptation across Africa.
The programme seeks to mobilise 25 billion dollars over five years to accelerate and scale climate adaptation actions across the continent.
Opening the discussion, Olufunso Somorin, a Regional Principal Officer at AfDB said it was important for African countries to measure climate change related loss and damage.
Somorin said this was to enable appropriate quantification and well-designed responses best suited to country context.
“It was also important to capture those losses occurred even in instances where preventive climate adaptation actions had been taken,” he said.
Also speakin, Fatten Agad, Africa Climate Foundation’s Senior Advisor on Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics, called for production of a report that would serve as guidance and baseline for evaluating climate related losses and damage.
“It has already been demonstrated that the socio-economic impact faced by African countries in coping with the COVID-19 crisis has been very high.
Agad said that a burden of financing something such as loss and damage would be unfair.
Anja Beretta, Konrad Adenauer’s Director for Energy Security and Climate Change in Africa, urged African countries to integrate mechanisms to address losses and damage into their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Beretta also called for designated institutions and functioning structures to ensure the efficient and effective use of climate finance to advance the discussion on financial flows into loss and damage.
Stephane Bonamy, Head of the Regional Delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Cameroon, said it was imperative for preventive measures to be place early.
“For countries that face both conflict and climate change impacts, it is imperative that preventive measures are put in place early enough to reduce the extent of loss and damage faced and lessen the burden on communities.
” Bonamy said that 14 of the 25 most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts worldwide also faced some form of conflict.
Dr Olumide Abimbola reiterated the need for more African examples of past and current loss and damage to be incorporated into textbooks and journals.
Abimbola is the Executive Director of the Africa Policy Research Institute in Berlin.
Furthermore, there was agreement among the participants on the need for Africa to prioritise timely, comprehensive and large-scale adaptation action to avert or minimise future losses and damages.
Participants also called for new strategic partnerships to drive adaptation policies, plans and investments in Africa.
This would be through the implementation of NDCs and tapping synergies with such initiatives as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing programme.
The AfDB and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation hosted the event.
The event provided a forum to discuss the importance of defining and evaluating such losses and damages of property, economies, lives and livelihoods due to climate disasters.
ACW is an annual event that engages and empowers stakeholders to drive climate action across countries, communities and economies.
The event is organised by United Nations Climate Change in collaboration with global partners.
They are the UN Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme and the World Bank Group.
Partners in the region include the Africa Union, the AfDB, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
ACW 2022 was held in Gabon.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the biggest threat to democracy is no longer the gun, but propaganda, fake news and disinformation.
Jonathan stated this in Abuja at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference with the theme, “Nation Building: The Role of Peaceful Elections in a Multi-Ethnic Context’’.
Jonathan urged young Nigerians to embrace good conduct rather than hate speech, saying those advocating for violence and orchestrating fake news were the big threats to democracy.
“We must discourage this issue of hate speech and propaganda that are going on because before this time, we were always afraid of the gun as a threat to democracy.
“But the biggest threat to democracy now that we know is the issue of propaganda, fake news and hate speech.
Anybody that is an advocate or vanguard of this is a threat to democracy just like the gun.
“So, our young people should know that we must embrace good conduct that would lead to good elections,’’ Jonathan said.
Jonathan also advised political parties, their candidates and supporters to put the country first in their conducts towards the 2023 general elections.
“I always say that, first we must have a country and state before you talk about having a president or having a governor.
If you destroy the country, then where do you need a president?
We don’t need a president.
“So, anybody that is interested in leadership at the level of the president, governor, senator etc you have the biggest stake of protecting the country.
“If you know where nations are in crisis, you will not think about economy and before you know it everything will go down.
“So, those who want to be president, governors and their supporters should first know that we need a nation before whoever you are supporting can emerge as a governor or president,’’ Jonathan said.
He added that the interest of every politician should be the people first; saying those who are going into politics to make money should rather go into business.
Jonathan urged religious leaders and civil society to continue to sensitise Nigerians until the country was better.
The former president, who noted that the electoral process of the country had improved, said that with the introduction of technology it would continue to be better and faster.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Ms. Ann Iyonu, said that as the 2023 election approached, there was a compelling need now more than ever for multi-stakeholder consensus building towards ensuring credible, transparent, and peaceful elections in Nigeria.
Iyonu said that to avoid a situation where elections divide rather than strengthen nations, all stakeholders needed to make a conscious effort to embrace and promote a culture of peace, justice, equity, and fairness for all groups in the polity.
She said that the aim of the conference was to provide the avenue to examine how the Nigerian democratic space had evolved, discuss the trends and threats to an inclusive and peaceful election.
“Promote the culture of tolerance among different political actors and highlight best practices for the conduct of credible and violence-free elections in Nigeria.
“We also hope that at the end of the deliberations, we would have canvassed strategies toward nation-building that will consolidate our nation’s 23 years of democracy and sustain a culture of peaceful elections in the country,” she said.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kaduna Area Command, has pledged to provide scholarship to students in Kabala area of Kaduna as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The Customs Area Controller, Yakubu Salihu, made the pledge during a meeting with members of the community on Wednesday.
He said that the scholarship grant would be offered to deserving pupils from the community, who were enrolled into the Customs Primary School.
He said that the gesture was to deepen existing cordial relationship with members of the community, which has been host to the Area Command for decades.
Salihu recalled that the Customs Area Command had in the past offered scholarship grants to some students in the area and presented relief materials to some families in the community.
He added that the Nigeria Customs Service would also employ youths into the service as was done in the past, to enhance the cordial relationship between them.
The controller appreciated the support of the community to the service and urged them to maintain and strengthen it.
According to him, the interface with the community members will continue so as to address any issue that might come up.
Responding, the Village Head of Kabala Doki, Malam Danlami Bawa commended the Controller for convening the meeting to enhance better synergy between them.
He appreciated the command for its various interventions in the community including the scholarship grant and employment of some youths into the customs Service.
Similarly, Malam Aliyu Abdurrahman, Village Head of Kabala Costain said the Nigeria Customs Service has been participating in their town hall meetings, employing their sons and providing security to the area.
Also, Malam Abdullahi Yunusa, Chief Imam of Kabala Costain Jumu’ah Mosque, said though the meeting was the first between the command and members of the community, the community had benefited from its various interventions in the past.
Malam Abdullahi Auwal, the Chief Imam Guest Inn Jumu’ah Mosque, said the community members would do their best to improve their relationship with the Area Command, adding that the meeting should be held periodically.
A youth leader, Ibrahim Bashir appreciated the Controller for initiating the forum, while El-Abbas Muhammad, Commander of the Coalition of Civilian Joint Task Force, pledged to work with the Customs command to enhance security in the area.
“My men are working tirelessly within and around Kabala to maintain law and order and we are working hand in hand with Kaduna Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service,” he added.
The Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, has called on Nigerians to end religious and ethnic sentiments, as it had continued to fuel division and strife in the country.
Hayab, who made this call at an event to commemorate the World Peace Day, in partnership with the alumni of International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in Abuja on Wednesday, said Nigerians must learn to tolerate differences.
The UN General Assembly unanimously agreed that September 21 is marked and celebrated annually and globally as the World Peace Day, with the 2022 theme, ‘Fostering Peace, Tackling Racism’.
He said religion and ethnicity has continued to fuel division and exclusion in the country, saying no meaningful development could happen in an atmosphere of strife.
According to him, religion and ethnicity seem to be doing worse than racism and the organisation will continue to preach peace through the umbrella of ‘One Family under God’.
“So, permit me to add here that religion and ethnicity have unfortunately instead of being what brings mankind together, turned out to be great lines of the divide in our societies today.
“For our society to have peace and get to a point of celebrating the benefits of peace, we must understand, tolerate and accept one another’s differences.
“We, therefore advocate that we look at a fellow based on humanity first before the differences in religion, ethnicity, tribe, region, among others.
” Hayab said the day was a reminder that all humans were the same, irrespective of language, skin color, race and religion.
The country director added that all Nigerians must make it a point of duty to promote peace wherever they found themselves, saying the country must remain united.
Dr Barakat Sani, National President, IVLP Nigeria, said the organisation prides itself in ensuring that peaceful coexistence was maintained at all times.
According to her, World Peace Day is worth celebrating as a nation without peace cannot develop in any sphere.
She said Nigerians must do all within their power to promote peace at all times, saying all stakeholders must play their part in praying for the country.
“I call on all our leaders to practice peace and make peace happen, they must keep on making Nigeria peaceful so that investors can come in.
“The whole idea of leadership is the ability to entrench peace for development; leadership cannot be practiced where there is no peace.
“Without peace, we cannot reclaim the name Nigeria, the giant of Africa, peace is not a spirit, we are the one to make it happen, It has to start from everyone, with little efforts, we can huge impact.
” Sani said IVLP sought to collaborate on impact-driven programmes, saying poverty, disunity, lack of cooperation promotes strife and underdevelopment in the country.
The Lagos State Recycling Association (LAGRA) has restated its commitment in ensuring adherence to toxic-free recycling practices.
The President of the association, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, said this at its inaugural conference on Wednesday in Lagos.
Idowu-Adegoke noted that adherence to toxic-free reclying practices was the foremost goal of the association.
“One of the things we have set out to do as an association is to ensure toxic-free and safe recycling practices.
“And one way we hope to achieve this is by leveraging on our relationship with policymakers to get us involved in licensing recyclers in the country.
“When we get involved, we can serve as a voice in determining the criteria before anyone can participate in the recycling industry,” Idowu-Adegoke said.
He said that liaising with relevant government agencies such as the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and other relevant agencies would help in ensuring safe recycling activities.
He also said erring recycling companies would be duly reported to the relevant authorities to sanitise the sector of charlatans.
“There are hazardous wastes such as lead batteries that cannot just be recycled without the necessary machinery in place.
“If a recycler does not have such machinery, he will be causing more harm than good to the environment.
“What we are doing is to embark on serious policy advocacy.
We have been advocating LAWMA, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), and the Lagos Ministry of Environment to quell this trend.
“We want these to be ingrained in their policy and also to be implemented to the letter.
“As an association, we have enforcement and monitoring teams that examine what members are doing and ensuring that they adhere to international best practices of safe recycling.
“When we see non-members contravening the ethics and best practices of recycling, we report them,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LAGRA was formed on April 8, 2021, to further propagate the Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Programme of Lagos state.
It is dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, salvaging and composting.
Lawmakers committed to budgeting for a contingency fund in the next budget cycle after it was omitted from the 2022/2023 fiscal year budget.
The commitment came on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, during the plenary when the Vice President of the Budget Committee, Hon. Ignatius Wamakuyu reported that although the proposed budget of Shs48.1 billion had included the funds, it was dropped at the last moment during budget processing.
Wamakuyu was responding to a question raised at an earlier session by Manjiya County MP and also Opposition Leader, H.E. John Baptist Nambeshe, on contingency funds.
He said the minister proposed reducing it from Shs223.9 billion to just Shs62.068 billion for the debt service deficit, but it was later scrapped altogether.
“Given limited resource endowments and legal obligations to prioritize public debt service, the committee determined that it was prudent to cover that debt service shortfall,” he said.
Wamakuyu reported that in the future, the Ministry of Finance must comply with the legal obligation under section 26 of the Public Finance Management Law of 2015 and its amendments and allocate money for the contingency fund.
Butambala County MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, who represented the opposition chief, said the contingency fund is a legal requirement and all budgets must have a contingency fund.
“During floods, we need a contingency fund, and the best way to avoid supplemental budgets is to provide a contingency fund on an ongoing basis,” he said.
He says that both the ministry and the budget committee should take responsibility as the ministry did not assign and the budget committee did not follow through.
However, the vice president indicated that the Budget Committee cannot be blamed, since the entire House approved the budget.
However, he said the experience should be a learning lesson for the next budget.
“It's a revelation, and what I loved about this is that we can police ourselves to ensure that we address such constitutional requirements.
So in the next budget, let's make sure we follow the law,” he said.
The Federal Government says it has targeted 2,000 youth and women for vocational and technical education training programme in Gombe State.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Education Intervention, Fela Bank-Olemoh stated this during a courtesy visit to Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, on Wednesday in Gombe.
He said the youth would be trained under the T-MAX project, a Federal Government’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.
T-MAX is part of the Federal Government’s initiative designed to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. The project seeks to empower 15,000 persons in Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Gombe States.
Bank-Olemoh said that 2,000 youths would be trained under pilot phase of the project from August to December 2022, in Gombe State.
He said vocational skills had proven to be a veritable tool to empower people for self-reliance, hence the government was leveraging on it to empower Nigerians and improve the wellbeing of citizens.
According to him, the youths will receive training in 16 trades at existing TVET centres to enhance their entreprising skill to impact positively on the economy of the state.
He said that biometric data capture would be conducted for the participating youths to ensure effective monitoring and supervision of the trainees.
“We will partner with the state government in verifying the equipment of the TVET centres to ensure that the necessary equipment needed are available for the exercise,” he said.
Responding, Yahaya commended the Federal Government for the gesture, adding that youth empowerment was a tool to fight poverty.
He said the gesture complemented state government’s efforts to address unemployment and eradicate poverty.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Ibrahim Njodi, the governor said his administration accorded pririoty to youth and women empowerment.
While pledging support to the programme, Yahaya urged the youths to take advantage of the project to learn skills to enable them to become self-reliant.
Also speaking, Hajiya Mariam Abubakar, Coordinator, Ru’uda International Academy, Skills Acquisition Centre, described the project as critical to poverty eradication in the country.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday refused the bail application pending appeal filed by the convicted Nollywoord actor, James Olarewaju, alias, Baba Ijesha.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo rejected the bail application of the embattled actor on grounds that he did not meet exceptional circumstances and criteria to warrant the bail.
“The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.
“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.
“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.
“In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appea,” Taiwo held.
NAN reports that the embattled actor is seeking a bail for an appeal for the five years conviction of sexually assaulting a 14-year- old girl.
Baba Ijesha’s counsel, Mr Gabriel Olabiran, had on Aug.10 informed the court of a notice for bail pending appeal has been submitted in pursuant to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 51 of the High Court law of Lagos State, administration of criminal justice law.
Olabiran argued that the application admitted the applicant to bail, either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions.
He said the application was brought before the court due to difficulty in getting a date at the Court of Appeal.
The state prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, however, in a counter affidavits dated Aug.18, argued that the defence failed in its address to establish the special circumstances which might grant the convict bail.
“My lord, the defence has failed woefully in addressing the special circumstances which can be used to grant the convict bail.
NAN also reports that the court had on July 14 sentenced the embattled actor to five-years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
The court held that the prosecution had successfully proven the charge of sexual assault of a minor and indecent treatment of a minor against the convict.
The judge, however, discharged and acquitted him of count one and six which were sexual assault by penetration (which took place in 2014) and attempted sexual assault by penetration, which took place in 2021).
The Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2022 which seeks to, among other things, regulate the employment of casual workers, has been reintroduced for First Reading.
The bill was introduced by Br. Margaret Rwabushaija (IND., Workers) during the plenary session on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
According to the bill, the current Employment Law only defines an occasional employee but does not legislate nor does it make provisions for the employment of casual employees.
The bill, therefore, seeks to convert temporary employment into long-term employment, establishing that a person may not be employed as a casual worker for a period exceeding four months.
“The casual worker hired continuously for four months will have the right to a written contract and will cease to be a casual worker and all the rights and benefits enjoyed by other workers will be applicable to him,” reads part of the bill.
The bill also seeks to regulate the employment of Ugandans abroad by directing the responsible minister to prescribe the minimum employment standards applicable to persons hired to work abroad.
Minimum employment standards under the bill include job description, hours of work, guaranteed wages and emoluments and workers' compensation benefits, and protection against war risks, among others.
The Bill states that the Employment (Recruitment of Migrant Workers) Regulations 2005 do not provide provisions of principle on the recruitment and placement of Ugandan migrant workers to work abroad.
It explains that the lack of comprehensive provisions regulating the recruitment and employment of migrant workers has resulted in reports of migrant workers from Uganda ending up in conditions indicative of human trafficking, limited supervision and protection, and, at worst, being they lose their lives.
In addition to that, the bill seeks to regulate the employment of migrant workers in Uganda, arguing that the current Employment Act only prohibits the illicit movements of migrant workers in and out of the country.
The proposed law requires an employer to ensure that the migrant worker has a valid work permit, as well as to maintain a record of all migrant workers employed in the workplace.
“A person who violates this section commits an offense and is subject to a fine not to exceed two hundred monetary points or a term of imprisonment not to exceed three years, or both,” the bill read in part.
The proposed law is also intended to require employers to establish reasonable lactation stations for nursing mothers in the workplace.
“Upon the expiration of an employee's maternity leave, the employer shall grant the nursing employee a thirty-minute daily break to breastfeed for every two hours of continuous work, or a reduction in contractual daily work hours for sixty days.
”, the bill says in part.
The bill argues that although article 40 (4) of the Constitution establishes the protection of all female workers during pregnancy and after childbirth, the current Employment Law does not contain a comprehensive and explicit provision that promotes the rights of mothers.
Vice President Thomas Tayebwa referred the bill to the Committee on Gender, Labor and Social Development.
The Private Partner Law Project, drawn up by the Workers' Deputy, Hon. Agnes Kunihira, was approved for the first time in the 10th Parliament.
It was one of several bills that expired, according to Rule 235(1) of the Regulations.
The provision states that a bill, petition or other matter or a committee expires with the mandate of Parliament.