Science & Technology

EU begins control of livestock diseases in Nigeria, to provide vaccines

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The European Union (EU) is set to control two livestock diseases prominent in poultry, and in small ruminants such as sheep and goat in rural communities of Nigeria.


Mr Arnaud Bataille, Virologist with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), spoke with Nigeria News Agency , on Thursday in Abuja.

Bataille was speaking on the sideline of the last day of a three-day stakeholders’ meeting, on the EU Support to Livestock Disease Surveillance Knowledge Integration (LIDISKI), project.

The virologist said the LIDISKI programme would deliver vaccines to rural farmers to take care of poultry disease (New castle disease, ND) and sheep and goat disease (PPR) , which will boost their productivity.

Bataille, is also the facilitator for CIRAD, the lead partner in the EU funded LIDISKI project in Nigeria.

“We want to engage the help of everybody who has a role to play in the fight against these diseases.

“We want to relate with the small holder farmers, train and work with vets, private and governmental vets who want to be involved in animal health.

“In this way, we can improve their knowledge about what the diseases are and vaccines are available which we can improve the delivery, for farmers to improve the health of their animals,’’ he said.

He added that the organisation intended to take the necessary measures to help farmers combat the diseases through surveillance and control.

Mr David Shamaki, Director/CEO of National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), a stakeholder and partner on the LIDISKI project, said the institute would help deliver strategy on how to make the available vaccines to farmers.

He said the vaccines would be delivered in “cold chain’’, in order to be effective when administered.

According to him, the cold chains are cold boxes that keep the temperature of the vaccines between four degrees and eight degrees.

He disclosed that the local name of the goat disease is goat catarrh, which also affected sheep and usually noticeable during the rainy seasons.

Mrs Ijeoma Ohuruogu, programme manager for IKORE, an indigenous agricultural development organisation and a key implementing partner in the LIDISKI project, said awareness shall be created among the rural farmers and herders

She said local community animal health workers shall be trained, vaccines shall be provided and veterinary services shall be engaged at the grassroots.

Ohuruogu said IKORE was a major implementing partner of the project and that there were four key partners, CIRAD, NVRI, IKORE and IZSVe.

She said the scientific committee and steering committee meetings had taken place on the last day of the stakeholders meeting on the LIDISKI project.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that on March 4, 2020, Mr Kurt Cornelis, the EU representative in Nigeria, disclosed that the EU has approved 2.5 million pounds to tackle livestock diseases in Nigeria.

He told the stakeholders and participants that the project offered an important step into the future and how challenges occasioned by animal disease could be addressed effectively.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

https://nnn.ng/eu-begins-control-of-livestock-diseases-in-nigeria-to-provide-vaccines/

COVID-19

NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/ncdc-records-189-new-covid-19-cases-total-now-57145/
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NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter, said on Saturday that it would organise a webinar as part of events to celebrate Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary.


Mr Elija Iposu, Public Relations Officer of NIDO-Ghana, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

Iposu said the event would be organised by NIDO-Ghana in collaboration with a Ghana-based private firm, Diplomats Extra and Milestone Communications.

According to him, the webinar, which will hold on Oct. 2, is a virtual ceremony with Zoom ID: 742450910 and the title: ’60 years of Ghana-Nigeria diplomacy’.

Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General Institute of International Affairs, and Amb. Bulus Lolo, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria are among high-ranking personalities expected to participate in the event.

Some other expected guests are Mr Oluwaseyi Adeyemi, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa Magazine, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Prof. Baflour Agyeman-Duah, former UN Special Governance Advisor and Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association.

NAN reports that  President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 16, unveiled the logo and theme for the 60th independence anniversary celebration.

He said that the celebration would be observed for a whole year, to end on Sept. 30, 2021 and would be muted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu

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The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.


He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday,  described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.

He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.

According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.

Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.

The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.

He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.

Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.

The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.

“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.

“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”

He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged of plots by some paid agents to replace the Saturday Edo governorship election results where the PDP was leading, particularly in Edo North.


The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) on the allegation.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP urged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results to all the collation centers.

He also said that it cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results already being declared at the respective polling units.

“Already, we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.

“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.

“A cursory check on the results being circulated in the public space by the APC failed a litmus test of the identification numbers of INEC declaration of results.

“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.

“Our party expresses concerns that this sinister adventure of the APC is being encouraged by the slow pace of uploading already declared results in INEC’s virtual portal,” Ologbondiyan said.

He said that the PDP was alarmed by the report that the development had led to avoidable post-election violence, including reported killing of innocent Edo citizens.

He alleged that the victims had come out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.

Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector-General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from the violent act.

“We charge the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results.

“The people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, and they are already aware of the authentic results,” Ologbondiyan said.

Reacting to the statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee,  told the News Agency of Nigeria , that INEC was committed to following through its processes and procedures for a successful and credible election.

Okoye said that INEC officers were uploading the results on the commission’s Result Viewing Portal.

“The Commission is irrevocably committed to following through its processes and procedures.

“As at 18.49p.m. 702 results have been uploaded in the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

“Our Presiding Officers are uploading Form EC8A which is the Polling Unit Result.

“Presiding Officers must complete Form EC 60E (The People’s Result Sheet), and paste at the polling unit.

“We understand the challenges posed by poor network in some of our communities and our Registration Area Technical Assistants are working hard at overcoming the challenges.

“The Commission is focused on completing the process. The Commission is not interested in the outcome but focused on the processes and procedures,” Okoye said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/edo-poll-pdp-alleges-move-to-replace-election-results-in-edo-north/
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