An environmental expert has urged governments at all levels to formulate stringent policies to control and monitor the rate of combustion produced by industries in the country.
Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, an environmental sustainability and waste management consultant, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
Idowu-Adegoke described combustion as a process of air pollution produced by the industrial process or activities.
“Air pollutants include particle pollution, ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead.
“Long and short term exposure to air suspended toxicants has a different toxicological impact on humans, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as neuropsychiatric complications.
“Others are eye irritation, skin diseases, and long-term chronic diseases such as cancer, as several reports have revealed a direct association between exposure to poor air quality.
“Pollution contributes to the preventable deaths of an estimated 9 million people each year—most of them in developing countries, including Nigeria,” he said.
Idowu-Adegoke, however, said there should be increase in strategy to enforcement of existing laws and policies.
“During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) carried out air quality exercise which showed significant improvement of our air quality, about 40-60 per cent improvement to what it was Pre-COVID-19.
“To sustain or take advantage of this improvement to enforce existing air pollution control laws and regulations, there must be a minimisation and reduction of air pollution of industrial combustion.
“It will adequately reduce or eliminate emissions into the atmosphere of substances that can harm the environment or human health,” the consultant said.
He advised that Individuals must begin to make conscious efforts to eliminate or reduce open burning of waste, fireworks, leaves and other toxic materials, to increase quality of life.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Idonije Adeniran
Osinbajo Engages APC Social Media Influencers on hate speech
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is ready to support youths to influence the passage of the hate speech bill presently before the National Assembly.
Osinbajo gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja while engaging the All Progressives Congress (APC) social media operators and influencers at a virtual meeting held at the party’s national secretariat.
The Vice President also assured that the government would not relent in expanding and sustaining youth friendly projects, including media platforms that would add value to the society.
Also speaking at the virtual meeting, Alhaji Ahmed Ismaeel, National Youth Leader of the APC, described the meeting as the first of its kind and very engaging, adding that the party would continue to organise such meetings from time to time.
He said the meeting was organised to particularly recognise the party’s online soldiers and media influencers, who had over the years, helped to shape public opinion on it.
Speaking on the party’s defeat at the just concluded Edo governorship election, Ismaeel said the party would do a postmoterm on the outcome of the election to know why it lost.
“We thought we had covered the grounds very well, but there was a blind side we didn’t see, the party intends to do a postmoterm on the election this week.
“We will conduct a postmoterm this week, to know how far and how we found ourselves in this kind of situation,” he said.
Ismaeel, who is also a member of the APC Caretaker and Reconciliation Committee, added that knowing that the party did not win the last presidential election in Ondo state, would make the election to be dicey.
He added that the state governor had, however, done what he needed to do in terms of reconciling aggrived party members, there was more to be done.
Ismaeel stressed that the party would not take anything for granted again, but would rather go out and fight to ensure that it retained Ondo State.
He said it was disheartening to note that for the first time since 2015, the APC doesn’t have a representative in the South South geopolitical zone again, adding that this was worrisome.
Ismaeel said while the party may have lost Edo state governorship election, it had to work hard, especially to ensure that it won the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election slated for October 10.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 100 APC media influencers participated at the event.
Nigeria like other developing nations have varieties of media technology through which information gets to the people.
Apart from the conventional media like Television, Radio and Newspapers, Digital media services such as email, social media sites, websites are among others playing the role of information dissemination.
The interface with the APC media influencers and its leadership was an opportunity to review performances and renew commitment, according to its organisers.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Felix Ajide
NCDC, NIMR, partners to conduct COVID-19 antibody tests in 4 states
Abuja, Sept. 21, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and their partners are conducting anti-bodies household surveys in four states in Nigeria.
Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Monday in Abuja, the Director general of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said the tests are being conducted to better understand the burden of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria.
“These seroprevalence surveys, which will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states would provide the best evidence yet, on the extent of COVID-19 infection in the country.
“The seroprevalence surveys are used to identify the occurrence of disease in a population by estimating the presence of antibodies in individuals who have had the disease.
“This is done by testing blood samples in randomly selected households in selected states.
“In addition to this, study participants will also have a rapid malaria test and receive treatment if the test is positive,” he said.
Ihekweazu, said, this is the first set of household surveys to be conducted for COVID-19 in Nigeria and as part of ongoing public health research activities.
“The surveys will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission patterns, the burden of infection in the population, and the age groups most affected.
“This information will help inform COVID-19 response decisions by the Government of Nigeria and partners as part of measures towards ending the pandemic.
” The surveys will also estimate the proportion of people who have COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms, that is asymptomatic.
“Through this, the country can identify risk factors for infection and measure the transmission of COVID-19 within households,” he explained.
By administering rapid malaria tests, he said, the surveys will also assess malaria infections and their possible relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The results from the surveys, he added, will inform the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
He also stated that the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) and the University College London (supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are supporting the NCDC and NIMR in implementing these surveys.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the surveys will be conducted between September and November, and preliminary results are expected to be released by December 2020.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza https://nnn.ng/ncdc-nimr-partners-to-conduct-covid-19-antibody-tests-in-4-states/
Organisation trains varsity students on anti-corruption skills
Abuja, Jan. 21, 2020 The Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society (AIS), a non-profit organisation, has trained 60 university students on anti-corruption and entrepreneurship skills.
Speaking during the exercise, the Executive Director, AIS, Shiek Fuad Adeyemi said the training was done under the organisation’s Project EAT-FIn (Encouraging Accountability and Transparency through Faith-based Intervention)
He said the training was meant to deepen thier knowledge about anti-corruption and entrepreneurial skills.
Adeyemi said participants were carefully selected from the FCT and environs so that they can inturn train others.
According to him, the event which was sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation was part of measures to engage the youths and admonish them against various vices like corruption.
“If there is no corruption, the people would be able to get their rights and if they get their rights, they would care for the well-being of others and the society.
“They would be able to create job and unemployment in the country would be drastically reduced,” Adeyemi said.
He therefore urged the beneficiaries to make the best of the training for themselves and the society.
Earlier, Malam Musa El-thani of the Development Initiative of West Africa (DIWA), Nigeria Office, Minna, Niger state, urged Nigerian leaders and youths to be more patriotic in their day to day dealings.
He urged participants to develop what he called Emotional Bank Account (EBA); be patience, proactive, resourceful and eschew all forms of bad character and attitudes that can inhibit implementing what they learn.
He said being in the university as students should be properly utilised so that they can develop as employers of labour and
good ambassadors of the nation.
Malam Jemilu Abdullahi, one of the participants at the event, said the training had exposed him to how to be self reliant and accountable in all his dealings.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza https://nnn.ng/organisation-trains-varsity-students-on-anti-corruption-skills/
COVID-19: PTF warns against neglect of protocols
He said that there were increasing disregard for basic non-pharmaceutical measures that have proven to be very successful.
He said face masks have now been turned into chin masks, social distancing and gatherings are returning to the pre-COVID era.
Mustapha, however, called for vigilance in order to forestall any danger of second wave of the pandemic as the countries in Europe were currently facing.
According to him, the call for greater vigilance is underscored by the fact that our economy has been seriously affected by the pandemic and we are pushing through our home-grown economic recovery strategies to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic.
” Also, our health systems, in spite of its fragility, have been able to withstand and contain cases resulting from COVID-19 infection, where those of more advanced countries have been overwhelmed.
“This call is made more pertinent in view of the noticeably increasing disregard for basic non-pharmaceutical measures that have proven very successful.
“Face masks have now been turned into chin masks, social distancing and gatherings are returning to the pre-COVID era,” he said.
Speaking on the second wave of the virus across the world, the PTF chairman said, “Israel has re-introduced a three-week lockdown, the United Kingdom was considering another lockdown phase, Spain was enforcing a partial lockdown in Madrid and France – amidst protests by its citizens.
“They have also introduced stricter measures to contain the virus. Similar stories are coming from South Korea, Iran and the number of fatalities is approaching 200,000 in the USA.
“The World Health Organisation(WHO), has advised that everybody should learn from lessons of the first wave, especially as ‘no one is safe until everyone is safe’.
“Let me share with you a global picture to buttress the foregoing. Over the last three days, the global cases passed the 31 million mark and it took only four days to get there from the 30th million.
“The USA crossed 7 million cases and continues to report a high daily caseload of over 30, 000 daily. We continue to see highest daily numbers from India.
“More specifically, the lesson for us in Nigeria, is that in spite of appreciable progress recorded, we should be vigilant more than ever before, because we have opened our air spaces to international travels, we have relaxed a number of restrictions in opening up more sectors of the economy and schools are beginning to open in varying degrees.”
On the reopening of airports for international travels, Mustapha noted that the PTF would continue to work with partners from the private sector to fine tune the protocols for international travellers, especially those arriving in Nigeria.
He, however, urged all travellers to ensure that they complete all pre-boarding and post-arrival processes, especially on the portal to facilitate seamless arrivals at the airports.
“We cannot afford the importation of the virus.
“We appeal strongly to all Nigerians to persuade their relations arriving Nigeria to self-isolate upon arrival, as required and test on day seven as prescribed,”
Edited By: Felix Ajide