Afro-pop Indie Artiste, Hbee finally discharged his profoundly song titled, “TOTORI”



Independent Afro pop act, Hbee presents his long-awaited single titled “Totori”. The track comes after the massive success of his Debut EP which he dropped earlier this year which is still doing numbers on numerous digital stores.

He announced his emergence on the music scene with singles such as Ejo and Good Feeling which he released in 2019, and He got everybody’s attention with Ileke and Mother’s love both tracks are off his debut Extended Play with the title Wickedest Vibe.

Listen to “Totori” Here: https://audiomack.com/officialhbee/song/totori



HIV/AIDS: NGO wants govts, others involved in advocacy to youths



An NGO, New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), says there is need for governments and  capacity building organisations to increase advocacy by adopting the LeNNiB champions training programme.

According to the organisation, its Leaving No Nigerian Behind (LeNNiB) project where people are trained on the requisite sikills for advocacy, will help in making youths and other vulnerable populations get more understanding of , thereby help in reducing the disease.

Ms Florita Dureke, Executive Director , NHVMAS , said during the programme on Thursday in Lagos, that the LeNNiB programme was initiated to make sure that Nigerians have access to proven HIV prevention tools such as the Pre-Exposure Profilaxes (PrEP).

“ PrEP is an oral Antiretroviral drug taken daily by HIV negative individuals who are at substantial risk of acquiring HIV.

“The LeNNiB training programme was first organised by NHVMAS in 2017 to train 10 advocates, journalists and social media influencers in capacity building and advocacy on biometrical HIV prevention research and support.

“LeNNiB has trained 36 young advocates who develop individual community projects implemented at no cost and some of them now run their organisations, while others are engaged in research institutions.

“It is suggested that the  LeNNiB programme be adopted at community levels, primary health centers and other institutions as well as be integrated into the design of their programmes.

“The LeNNiB training includes mandatory skills acquisition such as effective public interaction and writing as each trainee is expected to work directly with people and write articles weekly, which was properly vetted,” she said.

Durueke, however, said the PrEP was for infected mothers who might transmit to child, people in serodiscordant relationship, that is, a marriage where one partner was HIV positive and also sex workers.

Earlier, the programme graduated 8 LeNNiB champions in the 2020 set of the LeNNiB champions who had undergone the mentorship programme.

One of the participants, Adeshina Oluwanifemi, said that training had broadened his knowledge about HIV, particularly on how to make advocacy to key populations, that is, those that were more vulnerable to getting HIV.

“’The vulnerable such as the Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Female Sex Workers (FSW) and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID).

‘“My plan after the programme is to use what I have  learnt to further give back to the society, especially the MSM community, the adolescent and the pregnant women,’’ Adeshina said.

Ms Blessing Adewunmi, another graduate of LeNNiB, said that she learnt a lot from the training through the research, programming and implementation methods she was exposed to.

She added that she was able to meet a lot of people because she worked with people between the ages of 15-24 years teaching them about the usage of PrEP in their community and when it was favourable.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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HIV prevention: Group wants FG include PrEP in NHIS



The New HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to include oral Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a HIV prevention drug, in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Mrs Florita Durueke, Executive Director, NHVMAS, made the call during a weekly online training for journalists on HIV prevention research.

Durueke said that including PrEP in the services of NHIS would reduce the cost and promote easy access to the drug to prevent HIV infection.

She described oral PrEP as a pill taken by an uninfected or HIV negative patient daily to prevent infection.

According to her, the drug offers protection or reduces the risk of HIV infection by 96 per cent when used consistently and correctly.

According to her, PrEP works for high risk persons such as people with multiple sexual partners, female sex workers, men who have sex with men, partners of infected patients and sexually active adolescents.

“Nigeria is still struggling with PrEP access for those at substantial risk of HIV infections.

“The main challenge with PrEP is that it is expensive; one month supply of PrEP costs about N500,000 or more.

“African countries such South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania have thousands of persons taking PrEP because they have PrEP Access Programmes in place.

“However, in Nigeria where about 1.9 million people are living with HIV, only an estimated 400 to 600 people at high risk of infection are currently taking PrEP, ” she said.

Durueke said that the situation placed Nigeria at the bottom of African countries that recommended PrEP in national guidelines.

“It is contributing to the burden of HIV in the country,” she said.

Durueke urged the Federal Government to consider public financing or partnership with local and foreign donors for PrEP access.

She urged that the cost should be subsidised for those at a very high risk of HIV infection.

“If we can also push it into NHIS, the cost burden will not be much on patients.

“This will increase community demand for PrEP from people at risk of infection,” she said.

Also speaking, Mr Oluwatosin Alaka, Programme Coordinator at NHVMAS, said the national roadmap on PrEP access in Nigeria was still at the draft stage as at May 2019.

“Nigeria needs to move fast to get PrEP access and roll it out to target population, so that we are not left out in the fight against HIV prevention response,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) first recommended offering PrEP to only men who have sex with men.

However, based on further evidence of the effectiveness and acceptability of PrEP, in September 2015, WHO recommended that people at substantial risk of HIV infection should be offered PrEP as an additional prevention choice, as part of comprehensive prevention.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Environmental group urges African governments to rise against COVID-19, Climate and Health crises



The African Climate Justice Group (ACJG) has called on African countries and institutions to respond urgently to climate, health and COVID-19 crises facing the continent.

ACJG, a coalition of over 300 African and international organisations and individuals made the call in a statement by Joyce Ebebeinwe, Programme Officer, Health of Mother Earth Foundation on behalf of the group in Yenagoa on Friday.

The group said that it was starting a week of action  commencing with an advocacy to some key continental institutions.

The institutions include UN Environment Programme, African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Others are African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Development Bank Group (AfDB), World Health Organisation Africa Region and AFRO, sub regional institutions, and national governments.

The group observed that COVID-19 pandemic had exposed and was exacerbating existing inequalities in the globalized neo-liberal and patriarchal socio-economic system.

It said that the looming social and economic crises across Africa could lead to a major food crisis as informal markets are shut down and African livelihoods are being affected.

ACJG noted that along with this, the climate crisis continues to ravage the African continent and so many parts of the world.

“Both the COVID-19 and the climate crises are human-made, rooted in the way our political and economic systems driven by the lust for profit, treat the Earth and her people.

“Transnational corporations (TNCs), in collusion with African governments and other elites, operate with impunity and with disregard for people and the planet.

“Their activities have impacted livelihoods of local communities by grabbing lands and capturing natural resources, including through carbon markets and other harmful false solutions.

“They have polluted our air, water, lands, bodies and communities,”  it stated.

The group regretted that structural adjustments, austerity measures, dismantling of the state and of public services, cuts to social services, privatization of essential services and indebtedness, have ensured that African states have the least amount of readiness to respond to crises.

The body  called for action to support essential services, food, water and healthcare system; reorganisation from the economy, support and reemphasise social care work.

It demanded an end to all fossil fuel and extractive projects and preserve human rights; and suspension of austerity induced by debt crisis.

ACJG advised developing countries to avoid the debt trap and accept funding support as grants and not loans, arguing that industrial activities of developed countries amounted to ‘climate debt’.

Edited By: Hawa lawal/Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Talks continue on implementation of long-term EU budget




The European Union’s (EU) institutions have started talks on the implementation of a massive recovery package linked to the EU’s next seven-year budget that was agreed upon by EU leaders at their summit meeting in July. Their aim is also to conclude an agreement with the European Parliament, which demands significant improvements to the plans.

In a telephone call on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed the matter with European Parliament (EP) President David Sassoli and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who chairs the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The European Commission said in a statement that the three leaders had discussed the next steps in the adoption of the EU’s recovery package and the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

Last week, a sizeable majority of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) demanded significant changes to the EU budget deal, saying that they were prepared to block it unless it was improved.

Several MEPs told the EP’s extraordinary plenary session last week that they were disappointed that many of the priorities in the MFF had their fundings cut substantially, while other funds had been transferred to the pandemic recovery plan.

A resolution warning that the long-term budget could be blocked unless improved was adopted by 465 votes in favor and 150 against. MEPs are expected to vote on the MFF later this year.

It took the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states four days to hammer out an agreement on the over 1 trillion-euro MFF in conjunction with a 750-billion-euro economic recovery package that aims to help EU countries bounce back from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Von der Leyen, Sassoli and Merkel also discussed the interinstitutional negotiations that lie ahead to enable a swift adoption of the package building on the agreement reached by the European Council and on the resolution adopted by the European Parliament.

According to the Commission statement, the three leaders reaffirmed that reaching a good agreement rapidly is their highest priority for the coming weeks and concurred that there was no time to waste. They agreed on a method and a calendar to ensure that the recovery package will be in place by Jan. 1, 2021.

For the recovery package to become operational, the European Parliament said it was ready to give its opinion on the EU’s system of own resources as quickly as possible.

Following the formal adoption of this decision by the Council, the member states would then need to ratify it. The negotiations on the sectoral programs under the next MFF also must be completed before the end of the year.


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