A Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, Dr Samuel Aladejare, has advised journalists to take care of mental health and go for regular medical checks for enhanced service delivery.
Aladejare, the President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, gave the advice at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUI) News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Chapel 2022 Media Week Public Lecture in Lagos on Thursday.
The theme of lecture was: “Security and Health of Nigerian Journalists: Emerging Consideration”.
He said that journalists should pay attention to their mental health as the nature of their profession could predispose them to some kind of mental health conditions.
He said studies had shown that journalists could suffer from precarious trauma, which could lead to other mental health conditions if not identified and treated early.
According to him, by reporting events, insecurity or violent situations and constantly navigating through the internet in search of news, journalists were sharing from the traumas of other people, which could affect their mental health.
The psychiatrist listed change in appetite, fatigue without clear reason, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, mania and headaches as some physical signs that could indicate that an individual was at edge of developing precarious trauma.
“No doubt, journalists are always at the centre of insecurity hazards by the nature of their profession.
“But thanks to technology advancement; at the comfort of your room and with the smart phones, journalists can report violence situations without necessarily exposing themselves to the risks of .
“To avert precarious trauma; consciously pay attention to your mental health.
“The first step is to pay attention and self-monitor; watch out for changes in your emotions, behaviour, interaction and physical sensations.
“Talk to someone about these changes and always observe the three basics namely; adequate sleep, exercise and good diet,” Aladejare said.
The Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle, urged journalists to prioritise their health and always make out time to go for medical checks.
Represented by the Head of NAN Lagos Operations, Mr Ephraim Sheyin, Ponle said that NAN had prioritised health, which made it to have set up the Health and Gender Desk to report issues of health as it concerned Nigeria.
“Presently, in Abuja, the agency has expanded the health clinic, which is being manned by a medical doctor and soon we will do same in Lagos office.
“The idea is to ensure that every staff has access to quality healthcare.
“For the insecurity that is bedeviling the country, I pray that those in charge of security including the journalist apply every effort to address it.
“As journalists, we do not have gun but we have pen; so, let’s use our pen to protect the country, while promoting its peace and unity,” Ponle said.
Earlier, the Chairman, NUJ Lagos Chapter, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, said that the overall welfare of journalists, including better salaries, comprehensive health insurance and other benefits were imperative to increase their output.
In his remarks, Ajayi said that journalists were always busy and rarely made time for themselves.
He said that journalists should be protected and supported by government and citizens.
According to him, journalists are faced with deadlines, overflowing inbox mails, poor salaries and benefits and at times no pay at all.
“Work-related stress can manifest in numerous symptoms of physical fatigue, sleeping difficulty, headaches, muscular tension and heart palpitations.
“Work-related stress is a ‘silent killer’ if not addressed, judging from the seriousness of its symptoms.
“The issue of remuneration of Nigerian journalists is, therefore, a crucial one.
“It is the responsibility of government to protect journalists and indeed, all Nigerians, while at the same time ensuring a favourable environment for them to carry out their duties.
“Government and its agencies are duty bound to ensure that those who commit crimes against media workers and any other segment of the society are brought to book to stem the reign of impunity,” Ajayi said.
The Police Command in Sokoto State has scheduled Sept. 28, for the commencement of screening of successful applicants for the 9th Regular Course Intake of the Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano state.
This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Sanusi Abubakar on Wednesday in Sokoto.
According to Abubakar, the exercise is an automated screening for physical and credentials to the applicants who successfully completed their online application for the course.
“The screening will commence on Sept. 28, to Oct. 1 at the Command’s Headquarters, by 8:00 a.
“Therefore all successful applicants should take note of basic screening requirements that include evidences of fitness and good character from government hospital and village head respectively.
“Also they are to come alone with indigene certificate, National Identity slip, original and photocopy of credentials, Birth certificate printout of application form and invitation slip,” he said.
The PPRO added that any applicant who failed to present the items specified would not be considered for the exercise.
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Muhammed Gumel, advised applicants to be wary of criminal elements who might want to take undue advantage of the exercise to perpetrate scam.
Gumel restated that the recruitment process was free without any pecuniary obligations and warned that anyone found wanting would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, on Thursday, said that it would build its members capacity to be able to take advantage of innovations and technologies in shipping.
The President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Eunice Ezeoke, made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos.
According to Ezeoke, the capacity building will take place on Sept. 29 in Lagos during the association’s annual business luncheon.
She said that the event would feature the association’s magazine launch.
Ezeoke said that the industry experts would deliberate on critical innovations to enhance maritime tourism and safety, among other pertinent shipping issues.
“WISTA is a women professional association that is in 58 countries, involving women in management positions in the maritime industry, and it came to Nigeria in 1994. “It is about women promoting gender inclusivity in the industry, creating feasibility, capacity building, networking opportunities and career advancement in the profession.
“Annually, WISTA organises a business luncheon which is part of sensitisation in the industry and even outside the industry.
“Over the years, we organised lectures to teach our members,” she said.
She said that partnerships, research findings and how to make shipping and international trade better, safer and cheaper would be discussed at the event.
On women involvement in the industry, Ezeoke said that the industry needed more women as their level of participation was still low.
“We need more opportunities and leverage so that we see how far and good women can perform and manage businesses in the shipping sector,” she said.
Mrs Rita Egbuche, Chairperson of the business luncheon committee, said that discussions around innovation and digitisation would position the nation’s maritime sector for more profitability and seamless operations.
“Shipping is a big business, and we have to look at key areas that can sustain shipping.
“ A lot of businesses thrive on shipping; so, we have to look at innovation and digitisation which talk about bringing new ideas for efficiency and sustainability.
“Innovation and digitisation will reduce losses, delays, and spur maritime businesses; hence, our focus on this topic.
“Some of the issues to be discussed at the conference are marine environmental issues, safety issues in the industry,” she said.
Egbuche added that there would be award giving to stakeholders that had impacted well on the industry,.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called for introduction of stringent conditions for establishment of universities in the country, to ensure high standard.
Gbajabiamila said this at Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja.
He was speaking on a report of a bill for the establishment of Federal University, Daura, Katsina State.
He said that the conditions would prevent the proliferation of universities in the country.
“There is a balance between demands by constituents and what is good when we know what is right.
“I think this matter will be resolved when we pass the National University Commission (NUC) bill, where perhaps, we can make establishment of universities more stringent.
“Otherwise, you will run into a situation where a state government or whoever will just come, get a building or three buildings together and say they want a university,” he said.
According to him, the stringent measures will be in place until such a time when the government is no longer funding universities, then you can have 200 in a state.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, faulted the speaker’s position on the matter, saying that many lawmakers have promised their constituents that they would attract tertiary institutions to their areas.
According to him, this is because some lawmakers have promised their constituents a tertiary education.
Also, Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) said that the lawmakers were under pressure from constituents on the establishment of university.
“In my opinion, I think it is not wise to shut down every voice or every member on this floor as it relates to sponsoring a bill for the establishment of either college of education or polytechnic or university in their various communities.
“I said this because when you go tot he constituencies and you are talking to the constituents, most often, the first thing they ask you is; why are you not bringing any school to your constituency?
“And when you say it is not possible and they see your colleagues sponsoring same bills for the establishment of universities, it becomes a negative for you as an individual who is representing them.
“So, whether it is assented to by the President or not, it is not the issue; the issue is that member is able to show that he has the interest of his or her constituents at heart,” he said.
Rep. Ifeayi Momoh (APGA-Anambra) faulted the transport university, Daura, establishment bill, saying that the National Institute of Transportation Technology (NITT), Zaria should be upgraded rather than establishing a new university.
“I am just thinking aloud because we have the NITT -Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology – in Zaria.
“When there is an institute of transport technology, which deals with the science of transportation itself, why are we now looking at establishing a Federal University of Transportation?
“We can amend the enabling law and upgrade NITT to a federal university; the constant proliferation of universities in our country is not helping us,” he said.
Some regulators in the industry sectors have proffered recommendations and pledged their supports for the optimisation of the country’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to foster trade exports between Nigeria and Britain.
They spoke at the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Business Optimisation Clinic on Thursday in Lagos.
Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said that MSMEs could make or mar a country’s economic potential, based on the presence or absence of standards and certification.
Salim, represented by Mrs Phebean Arumemi, Head, SME Desk, SON, tasked MSME operators to get plugged into the SON enabling business environment, developed by the Federal Government to support their growth.
He urged businesses to maintain zero tolerance for the manufacture, trade or patronage of fake and substandard products and urged them to join hands with the SON to fight the exportation or importation of substandard products.
“The SON is committed to providing support to help MSME compliance and development for enhanced service delivery.
“Your role as MSME ready for production and trade in quality product with Britain includes, but is not limited to allowing the SON grow and test the quality of your products.
“Your business and the chamber can join the SON technical committee meetings to develop standards and standards implementation should form part of your companies’ policy with timeline for implementation,” he said.
The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mrs Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency would continue to evolve customer focused initiatives to support businesses and the MSME sector.
Adeyeye, represented by Mr Ayankop E.
Ayankop, Deputy Director, NAFDAC, said that the pledge was to assure safety, efficacy and quality of regulated products manufactured, distributed, imported, sold or used.
She charged MSMEs to meet up with the registration and regulatory requirements needed to obtain marketing authorisation in line with global best practices for products.
“Some challenges with marketing products include knowledge pap, global economic outlook, business risk exposure, rejects due to quality of exports, infrastructure related challenges, high risk financial Instruments and insecurity.
“However, the way forward is self education and networking, public education and sensitisation, focused MSME support for funding.
“Others are incentives, collaborative efforts, shared facilities, and stakeholder involvement in policy and government,” she said.
Mr Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), noting the contribution of MSME to the Nigerian economy, stressed their support must predominantly consider the four keywords of micro businesses, sole proprietorship, informality and gender.
Pitan, represented by Mr Obaro Osah, Divisional Head, SME-South, SME Directorate, BOI, noted that in spite of their strategic role to national development, MSME faced key challenges that hampered their ability to compete, and indeed succeed.
Pitan said some of the key challenges include difficulty in accessing finance, challenging operating environment, infrastructural issues, dearth of business and technical knowledge by most entrepreneurs, among others.
He noted that of these challenges, difficulty in accessing finance had been identified as the biggest challenge that MSMEs face in Nigeria.
He attributed the development to the highly unstructured nature of MSMEs, high interest rates, long and tedious administrative processes, poor book keeping, lack of credit history, collateral, and lack of awareness of funding sources.
“BOI provides financial assistance for the establishment of large, medium and small projects as well as the expansion, diversification and modernisation of existing enterprises; and rehabilitation of existing ones.
“BOI CSR project provides common facilities and infrastructure for tech hubs to support MSME technology ecosystem.
“To date, 10 hubs have been launched in six states across the country (Lagos, Kebbi, Delta, Kaduna, Bayelsa and Osun states),” he said.
Mrs Sheila Ojei, Director, Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund(LSETF), said it was committed to improving access to finance, strengthening MSME institutional capacity, and formulating programmes and policies designed to improve the business environment in Lagos State.
“There are several general funding opportunities for MSME such as the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, Orange Corners, Youwin Nigeria, the LSETF fund, and a host of others.
“However, the funding must be used to purchase inventory, assets, day to day financing, refinancing debts and marketing.
“The funding must not be used for non business related activities, not paying back obligations and giving up stake on business quite soon,” she said.
Ms Bisi Adeyemi, President, NBCC, said the Business Optimisation Clinic was designed to create a platform where solutions are proffered to business challenges by a versatile team of experts from various agencies charged with MSME development.
Adeyemi, represented by the Chamber’s Vice President, Mr Ray Atelly, said the clinic was one of the Chamber’s initiatives to not only engage and empower MSMEs, but to provide access to professional guidance and remedies to business challenges.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has sought the support of House of Representatives to amend the law that established it.
The institute’s Director-General, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, led the delegation to the Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja on Thursday to forward the request Omotayo said that there was the need to improve funding of the institute as well as request for adequate attention to it deserved He said that NIPSS was supposed to provide training to policy makers and conduct researches in varies field of development but was incapacitated due to some challenges.
“I will be deceiving myself to say that all is well with NIPSS, though we are doing all our best to execute the mandate for which it was set up,’’ D-G said.
He, however, said in spite of the numerous contribution of the institute to the national development for decades NIPSS could not retained best resource persons due to poor remuneration.
“You need to help us do more in term of what we get, the funding is too poor, we believe when we seek help, we will get it,’’ he said.
Responding, Gbajabiamila, commended NIPSS for its long service to the nation saying that there was the need for amendment to NIPSS Act “Many of us will want to attend NIPSS because of what you have done and it is not an institution that anybody will want it to die, there is need for collaboration between NIPSS and NASS,’’ the Speaker said.
According to him, research is key to development in any sector, therefore requested the institution to the draft amendment for onward action.
He, therefore, pledged his support to fast track the process.
The government requires Shs2 trillion to compensate victims of wars and insurgencies in northern and eastern Uganda, West Nile and the Elgon sub-region, Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi said.
Kafuuzi told the Government Implementation and Assurance Committee chaired by Vice President Hon. Joseph Ssewungu, that to date, 20,727 claimants have received a total payment of Shs 50 billion in all 27 districts of Acholi, Lango, West Nile, Karamoja, Teso, Sebei, Bukedi and Busoga sub-regions, and each district received at least 1 shs.
The Deputy Attorney General appeared before the commission that monitors government guarantees to compensate people who lost their livestock during the different insurgencies and wars in the subregions, on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
“At the end of Fiscal Year 2021/2022 of 38,225 district submissions, 30,339 were reviewed.
Of the 30,339 submissions, 20,727 were paid a total sum of Shs 50 billion,” he said.
Kafuuzi said that the compensation was raised from about 300,000 shs to 1 million shs for each animal and that the compensation was made for up to 50 cows.
He added that the claimants who get paid are the ones who sued the government, which prayed that the cases would be settled out of court.
Kafuuzi, however, said that the estimated amount needed to complete the compensation would be 2 billion shsh which would cater to all war debt claimants from Acholi, Lango, Teso, Karamoja, West Nile, Sebei, Bukedi, Busoga and others.
He said that figure is not yet verified, but rather an estimate based on several other districts seeking to be included.
Honorable Ssewungu commissioned the Attorney General to provide details of some of the Kwania District compensation recipients.
He also said that the committee will contact Anthony Odul, who was awarded 136 million shs for 136 cows; Anthonio Opio who was paid Shs 120 million for 120 cows and William Okidi who was paid Shs 108 million for 108 cows.
He said the sampling of compensated people is meant to establish the facts about the exercise.
Kafuuzi ruled out using part of the funds earmarked for compensation to cover administrative expenses as was done in previous years.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with the management of the University of Ilorin over the demise of its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Malam Abidu Yazid -Rafindadi.
This is contained in a condolence message issued by Emir’s Spokesman, Mallam AbdulAzeez Arowona, on Thursday in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Pro-Chancellor died after a brief illness on Thursday.
Sulu-Gambari described the deceased as a devout Muslim and thorough administrator, who served the nation diligently in different capacities.
He said he had had a long-standing relationship with Yazid-Rafindadi before his death,adding that he was shocked by his passing .
“On behalf of the entire members of Kwara Traditional Rulers Council, I heartily join members of the university community in commiserating with the families of late Rafindadi,the immediate and extended families, government and good people of Katsina state over the colossal loss.
“May Almighty Allah forgive his shortcomings, accept his good deeds and admit him into Al-Janatul Firdaus”.
The emir prayed that Allah to give to he deceased’s family as well as the university community the fortitude to bear the loss.
The Managing Executive Officer of Central Securities Clearing System Plc, Jalo-Waziri Haruna, has reteirated the company’s commitment to continuous sensitisation on cyberattacks.
Haruna said this at a news conference, on Thursday in Lagos, ahead of the 3rd annual Cybersecurity Conference with the theme, “Future of Cybersecurity: Emerging Issues and Solutions.
” According to him, the annual conference is one of the ways the organisation creates awareness and facilitates knowledge exchange on cybersecurity.
Haruna said cyber-security remained a top priority for the board of directors of the organisation, as a key risk which needed to be given attention.
He said, “Nigeria, and the market infrastructure, is no different as we begin to interconnect amongst APIs, databases, social transactions perspective, to transactional perspective to even a communication perspective.
“We need to make sure that we understand the risks that exist in our market and try to bring out issues with policymakers, participants, experts, to understand what the issues are and proffer solutions.
” The CSCS boss noted that Nigerians should be conscious of the fact that cyber-security had moved beyond just the financial industry.
“Cybersecurity is a key aspect of how the world is going to live, not just financial services or financial markets.
“As you know, open banking has come in, open finance, open API’s interconnectivity across everyone.
“Cybersecurity becomes top requirement and it’s critical as we deliver services, deliver products, as we live our lives.
“Take a look at maybe smart homes, smart offices, working from home; all of these things are part of life.
We can’t do anything about them.
It’s the way the world is going,” Haruna said.
He, therefore, said it was important and critical to protect oneself from intrusions and disturbances within the system itself.
Haruna also said CSCS was ahead in terms of standardisation compliance, ISO 27 001 for global best practice in data security.
He said, “We can say that we are fairly meeting standards now.
“Certainly we try as much as possible within our own system to be able to build resilience in case it happens and then build protection so that it doesn’t happen from external perspective.
” The CSCS cybersecurity conference, slated for Oct, 27, is an exclusive high-profile business networking event that brings together leading cybersecurity industry professionals, government officials, financial institutions, telecommunication companies and industry regulators.
The conference focuses on discussion on the significance of keeping cyber vigilance on varying degrees of business technology touchpoints for data exchange.
The conference will be held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels in Abuja on Oct.27, with the collaboration of renowned private and public sector institutions.
Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Delta Safe have apprehended 17 oil thieves and dismantled several illegal refineries in the South-South zone in two weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this at the bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.
Danmadami said the troops conducted patrol, raids, clearance and swamp buggy operations in the creeks, villages, communities and towns in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State.
He said the troops discovered and destroyed several illegal refining sites with 17 wooden boats, 103 storage tanks, 94 ovens and 58 dugout pits.
According to him, troops also recovered 10 trucks, one generator, one tanker, two vehicles and eight pumping machines.
“Trooper arrested 17 pipelines vandals while a total of 7,805 barrels of crude oil and 2,613 barrels of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) were recovered.
“In addition, a total of N134.6 million of AGO and N402.4 million were denied the oil thieves.
“Accordingly, an approximated value of product denied oil thieves within the period under review was N537.09 million,’’ he said.
Danmadami said the troops had between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13 arrested four suspected armed robbers at Okpokumu community in Delta and Iduodah community in Rivers.
“Items recovered from the suspects include two G3 rifles, one locally made pump action gun, one locally made pistol, three G3 magazine, three AK47 magazines, 280 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 780 rounds of 7.62mm special, MMG metal links, two boafeng radios.
“Others items recovered are five pairs of military camouflages, six pairs of desert boots, some Nigerian currency notes and large quantities of items suspected to be hard drugs.
“The arrested suspects and items recovered have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action,” he said.