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Jigawa govt. to enroll 1,322 repatriated Almajiris into schools

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru announced this while updating newsmen on COVID-19 pandemic in the state on Wednesday in Dutse.

“As I mentioned in my previous speech, 1,345 Almajiris were repatriated from various states to Jigawa state. We took good care of them and provided for their social welfare and health needs.

All these Almajiris have been handed back to their parents apart from 23 that have active COVID-19 disease and currently receiving treatment in one of the isolation facilities.

“We have directed the enrollment of those discharged into primary schools to commence western as well as continue  Qur’anic education,” Badaru said.

The governor said that the state was reaching a turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 as numbers of new infections were decreasing.

He said that new cases were mainly derived from contact tracing, rather than freshly imported infections.

He said that the development was clear indication that the government could overcome the pandemic by accelerating and refining its current response strategies.

“Nonetheless, this decreasing trend will be sustained only if all of us continue to support government’s efforts and observe laid down measures put in place to checkmate the spread of the disease.

“As we loosen up and relax lockdowns, we must observe social distancing, personal hygiene and use of face masks while in the midst of the public.

“Anything short of these will soar the pandemic and lead to another wave of infection that can be disastrous and devastating,” Badaru warned.

The governor further stated that work was ongoing to scale up isolation bed capacity to 450.

According to him, if the decreasing trend continues, the state may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.

“I promised scaling up isolation bed capacity to 450. Work is currently ongoing to achieve this target.

“However, if the trend continues, we may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.

“Nonetheless, we will fulfill our promise as earlier pledged,” Badaru assured.



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Environment

Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation

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As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.


The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.

Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.

Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.

“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”

In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.

He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.

“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.

‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.

Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.

Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.

“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.

“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.

“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.

“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).

“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.

Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.

“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said

According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.

Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.

Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.

It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
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Facebook announces opening of new office in Lagos

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Facebook on Friday  said it would be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, as part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa.


Facebook, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, said this would be its second office on the African continent.

It said the opening of the new office was aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The office, it said, was expected to become operational in 2021.

According  to Facebook, it will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.

It said the office would be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.

Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation, said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.

“All across Africa, we are seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem and I am proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we will build  products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm.

“We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.

“The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa.

“The hub was opened  in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance, “Archibong said.

Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa said that the new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to the region.

“Our mission in Africa is no different  from other parts of the world, which is to build community and bring the world closer together.

“I am excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa,” Boakye said.

The policy director said since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook had made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem.

Boakye noted that the support  includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa.

He said thia was aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said:  “We are  delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria.

” Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we will continue to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.

“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent,” Ntshingila said.

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FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N682 bn for August 

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The Federal Government, states and local government councils have shared N682 billion for the month of August, Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has said.


Mr Hassan Dodo, the Director of Information in the ministry, qouted Isa-Dutse as disclosing this in a statement issued at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) virtual meeting  in Abuja on Friday.

Isa-Dutse said that the N682.06 billion shared included cost of collection to Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

According to him, the Federal Government received N272.9 billion, states got N197.65 billion while local government councils had N147.4 billion.

He added that the oil producing states received N30.88 billion as derivation (13 per cent of Mineral Resources) while Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N33.205 billion.

According to the communique issued by the committee, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for August was N150.23 billion.

This was against the N132.61 billion distributed in July, resulting in an increase of N17.611 billion.

“The distribution is as follows: Federal Government got N20.957 billion, states received N69.857 billion, Local Government Councils got N48.900 billion, while  Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N10.51 billion.

“The distributed statutory revenue of  N531.83 billion received for the month was lower than the N543.788 billion received for the previous month by N11.958 billion,” it said.

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Ministry to intensify awareness on importance of ozone layer protection

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The Minister of the Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, on Friday said the ministry would intensify its awareness on the importance of the protection of the ozone layer through the effective collaboration of relevant stakeholders.


Abubakar made this known at a ministerial briefing on the commemoration of 2020 International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer with the theme, “Ozone for Life,’’ in Abuja.

He said that the ministry was also committed to the training and monitoring of technicians in the affected sectors on ozone-friendly technologies.

The Minister said the theme has two connotations that needed a healthy ozone layer to protect lives and the environment, as well as safeguarding future generations to come.

Abubakar said that the ministry, in collaboration with the United Nation Development Programme, (UNDP), the United Nation Industrial Development Organisation, (UNIDO), the World Bank and the UN Environment Programme, were the agencies implementing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

“In line with the protocol`s ODS phase out schedule, we have assisted over 600 large, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises in the foam, refrigeration and air conditioning, aerosols, fire protection and solvent sectors.

“The assistance is to convert to ozone-friendly substances and technologies.

“This resulted in 100 per cent phase out of over 4,000 metric tonnes of ODS, with high ozone depletion potentials.

“About 26 institutions, (polytechnics and government technical colleges) were identified and equipped to serve as training centres on good refrigeration practices.

“We have also trained the trainers from the identified centres and developed training manuals on good refrigeration practices.

“These have led to the training of more than 10,000 refrigeration technicians in the refrigeration servicing sector.

He said that the ODS phase out activities were achieved with support from the multilateral fund for the implementation of the Montreal protocol.

Abubakar noted that the ministry was implementing the protocol`s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs) project.

He said that the project was targeted at phasing out HCFCs gases R-22 and 141b, mainly used in Nigeria as refrigerants and blowing agents in the refrigeration, air conditioning and foam sectors respectively.

The minister said that the ministry was committed in the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements that the country was a party to.

According to him, the upgrade of a system house at Vitapur Nigeria Ltd (a subsidiary of vitafoam Nig. Ltd), for the formulation of ozone friendly systems in the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam was completed in 2019.

“I am glad to inform Nigerians that I will be commissioning this particular project on Sept. 22.

“The plant which is one of the two such in Africa, the other being in South Africa, will supply ozone friendly substances to downstream end-users in the rigid polyurethane foam sector.

He said that the benefit of the project was to provide ozone friendly and low global warning potential blowing agent in the production of rigid foam.

The Minister said the ministry would be engaging in capacity building activities on maintenance and servicing of space cooling to avoid spread of COVID 19 while minimising impacts of energy efficiency and climate.

He said the ministry was currently preparing to commence the implementation of stage 2 of the Hydrochlorofurocarbons Phase Management Plan (HPMP).

The Minister added that the government of Italy has offered support as a bilateral partner.

Abubakar said that the stage 2 was built upon the achievement of the previous stage, aimed at achieving the complete phase out of HCFC-141b in foam related applications.

He explained that Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force in 1988.

The Minister added that the binding instrument to ensure compliance with the provisions of the convention was also adopted on Sept. 16, 1987, which became the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

“Since then, Sept. 16 has been set aside to commemorate the international day for the preservation of the ozone layer by the global community, in line with the UN General Assembly Resolution,’’.

The minister, however, appreciated the efforts of UNDP, UNIDO, World Bank, UN Environment, the government of Italy and other relevant agencies for their support and cooperation in the implementation of projects.

Earlier, Mr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director of UNIDO, said that the office would continue to support the government in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation development.

Bakole, who was represented by Mr Oluyomi Banjo, an environment expert in the UNIDO, thanked the minister on the achievement of all the projects across the country.

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