Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has released N5 million for procurement of anti-snake venom for the Kaltungo Snake Bite Treatment and Research Centre.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Ahmed Gana, made this known in a statement in Gombe on Friday.
He stated that the gesture was in response to the recent increase in the number of cases of snakebite and envenomation in the hilly areas of the southern zone of the state.
He added that “snakebite and envenomation are major public health problems in Gombe State, especially in the hilly southern region of the state, where the Kaltungo Treatment and Research Centre is strategically sited, and has been operational for over 80 years.”
He noted that the occurrence of cases of snakebites often peak during the rainy season, particularly affecting farmers as they engage in farming activities.
“In this vein, the governor calls the attention of the people living in the high risk areas to take precautionary measures and urgently report to the treatment centre in the event of snakebite incidence,” the commissioner said.
He added that the Ministry of Health would continue to engage in proactive measures toward controlling snakebite in the high risk areas.
He assured that the state government was committed to protecting the people from health emergencies.
Gana said that the centre would serve the people of the state and also attend to cases from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, Nasarawa and Jigawa states for treatment.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)https://nnn.ng/gombe-state-govt-releases-n5m-for-procurement-of-anti-snake-venom/
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
Nasarawa Govt inaugurates 18-man committee on education sector
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has inaugurated an 18-member committee in the education sector to underscore issues as well as proffer solutions to them.
Speaking during the inauguration on Friday in Lafia, Sule said the committee was as put in place as a measure towards revamping the education sector in the state.
“Composition and inauguration of an education sector development plan is aimed at providing impetus for the actualization of the vision of this administration for the sector and by extension the state at large.
“It is worthy to state that both the outcome of the baseline survey carried out by the renowned expert and the recommendations of the summit will be made available to this committee for its guidance.
“Perhaps, I should stress that the government was very meticulous in the selection of members of this committee out of a broad spectrum of the professionals within and outside the state in order for us to benefit from your own experiences,” he said.
He explained that the committee is to be guided by the terms of reference that involves a holistic look at the entire education system, school structures, and human capital in education as well as make appropriate recommendations.
“To appraise the implementation of the free education, school feeding, adult education, special education as well as family life special education in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability in line with the objective of Nasarawa state Economic Development Strategy and to make appropriate recommendations.
“To examine the level of infrastructural decay in the post primary institutions, particularly in science designated schools, vocational and relevant technology centres, technical schools and information and communication technology centres in the state.
“You are to recommend measures for their transformation and upgrading in line with the current needs and realities of the state,” he said.
The governor, who expressed confidence on the members of the committee announced that the committee has 12 weeks within which to submit its report.
Hajiya Fati Sabo, Chairman of the committee and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology pledged to be resolute towards carrying out the herculean task.
“Your excellency, I want to assure you that we will bring our professionalism and experience to bear for the benefit of Nasarawa state,” she said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide
Insecurity: NAF trains 219 Special Forces in Bauchi
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inaugurated training for another batch of 219 Special Forces (SF) personnel and graduated 24 rappellers to boost internal security operations in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known at the inauguration of the special forces and graduation of the Intermediate Rappelling Course 7/2020 on Friday in Bauchi.
Abubakar said that out of the 357 personnel drafted for the special forces course, only 219 would undergo the training as 24 rapellers graduate.
The CAS, represented by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Amin, added that the NAF Special Forces’ training was borne out of the need to ensure robust defence of Nigeria’s territory.
He said “as part of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, NAF is constitutionally obligated to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, so that they can go about their legitimate businesses unhindered.
“Currently, NAF is recording significant successes in the fight against insurgency in the North- East, as well as against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the North West and North-Central parts of the country.
“In order to consolidate on the gains made so far, the Force recently activated the 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group, Gombe, for enhanced capability in providing timely and actionable intelligence to contain insecurity.”
Abubakar said that the training of selected Regiment personnel as Special Operations Force elements had become even more crucial.
“This is in line with the practice of modern air forces around the world, which now deploy specially-trained ground forces to provide situational awareness for aircrew, thereby reducing collateral damage and enhancing safe conduct of air operations,” he said.
The Air Force boss added that this informed the establishment of the Special Operations Command, with Headquarters in Bauchi, as well as Quick Response Groups/Wings in Gusau, Owerri, Ipetu-Ijesa, Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Gembu, Agatu and Lafia, among others.
According to him, SF capabilities hold great importance to military operations worldwide.
“They are capable of operating in all types of terrain and weather conditions to achieve favourable resolution of security threats,” he noted.
Abubakar charged them to be prepared to put in their best and draw on every ounce of determination and resilience in them to excel.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting NAF toward providing highly skilled and professional manpower to meet the Air Force’s operational requirements.
The chief of air staff also inaugurated 10 one-bedroom flats for non-commissioned officers and the Bauchi NAF Base to ease their accommodation problem.
Earlier, the Acting Commandant, Regiment Training Centre Annex, Bauchi, Sqn. Ldr. Using Jantika, said 357 Regiment, Intelligence and Personnel, were nominated for the Special Forces screening.
He explained that “on completion of medical screening for the Special Forces, 111 were reported to be medically unfit for engagements, 18 voluntarily withdrew from the course and nine failed to report due to service exigencies.”
He noted that only 219 personnel comprising 14 officers and 205 airmen/airwomen were successful, while 28 Special Forces instructors were nominated for the Intermediate Rappelling Course.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu