NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members



The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned state branches of the association to henceforth, comply strictly with values that would protect the rights of members seeking elective offices in the association.

The President of the association, Prof. Innocent Ujah, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Ujah said that state branches of the association that had yet to conduct their elections must ensure that democratic values were upheld to protect the inalienable rights of members.

“We want to reiterate our belief in the sacred democratic values of fairness and exploring the constitutional measures available for conflict resolution.”

He said that national officers of the association were not unaware of the electoral violence in Enugu during an election of the Enugu State Branch of the association.

The president said that images emanating from the election had portrayed the association in bad light, noting that the national secretariat of the body had stepped into the matter.

“It is instructive to note that as the foremost professional body in the country, we condemn in its entirety all forms of electoral violence.

“Electoral violence of any form does not represent what we stand for as Nigerian doctors and it is clearly at variance with our ideals and ethos.”

According to him, the association believes in the sanctity of the ballot and members must therefore, be allowed to exercise their franchise through a free, fair and credible process, devoid of any form of rancor or violence.

He said that as members of the profession, member must continue to exhibit the highest levels of decorum in all affairs of the association, including before, during and after elections.

“The NMA leadership assured all members that we as an association will not fold our arms and allow a few persons to bring us to disrepute.’’

Ujah said that the association would deliberate on the cases during its next National Executive Council meeting, scheduled for Aug. 27 to Aug. 30th.

He assured that the case would be thoroughly investigated and that all those found culpable would be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Silas Nwoha (NAN)




COVID-19: Centre harps on care for the elderly in society



Centre for Rural Development and Community Transformation (CERUDECT), an NGO, on Monday called for adequate care and support for the aged to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their well-being.

The Centre’s  Project Coordinator, Mr Olusesan Olukoya told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that such support would aid the elderly in their ageing process.

“We all have a vital role to play to raise awareness of the condition of older people and support them.

“The elderly, as we all know, are part of the most vulnerable people in the society, coupled with the fact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which makes their  survival more difficult.

“A proper care and support from the government at all levels, community and healthcare providers will help to reduce the effect of the pandemic on them,” the coordinator said.

Olukoya said the centre had concluded arrangement to hold a public lecture to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Older Persons marked every Oct.1

According to him, the theme of the public lecture is: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing,” holding in Ikorodu.

He said Rt. Rev. Sampson Bamgbose, Provost of the United African Methodist Church Theological College, would deliver the lecture.

“We are having a special programme on the elderly to inform participants about the strategic objectives for the decade of Healthy Ageing.

“We will create awareness on the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.

“Also, awareness and appreciation of the role of the healthcare providers in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession.

“There is the need for increased understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitude,” he said.

Olukoya, however, urged the elderly to observe all the health guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Health Ministry to curb the pandemic.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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NGO, Actionaid train 40 women on skills acquisition in Cross River



The Child Care and Adult Protection Initiative (CCAPI), an NGO, in partnership with Actionaid Nigeria on Monday graduated 40 women after completing a two-month skills acquisition training.

Speaking at the event in Calabar, the Executive Director of CCAPI, Miss Evelyn Oti said the training was part of her organisation’s effort at making women self-reliant and economically independent.

CCAPI is worried about the increasing cases of gender based violence in the society which is traced to over dependence of women on their spouses.

“Our findings have revealed that most violence against women at home were due to poor economic status of the women, hence the need to give them skills to enable them to be self-reliant.

“We are no longer being emotional about the reports of cases of gender based violence because we discovered that most of the times, the matter centres around responsibilities at home, so we decided to act fast, ” she said.

Oti said alongside those who graduated, the organisation had also trained many others in various skills in partnership with Actionaid and USAID.

“Our aim is to use women empowerment as tool to fighting gender based violence in Cross River, ” she said.

She urged those who just graduated from the centre to make full use of the opportunity to liberate themselves from poverty and over-dependence.

Oti assured them that CCAPI would continue to monitor their developments with the view to assisting them in improving their skills.

She said that some of the women represented various women cooperative groups, while others came as interested individuals, adding that the training was at no cost.

“The training is free; it is part of our contribution to steming the tide of gender based violence in the state,” she said.

Oti thanked the state government through the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs for providing the enabling environment for the training and other activities of the organisation.

Also, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Rita Agbo commended the organisation and its partners for their efforts at reducing gender based violence through women empowerment.

“Gone were the days when women were confined to the kitchen, it is time the women have to stand up and be counted.

“I believe strongly that the women gender has to be empowered to compete favourably with the men.

“We have discovered that many gender based violence is as a result of lack of financial capacity by the women to support the men at home.

” Therefore, I want to specially thank CCAPI, Actionaid and other partners for taking this initiative.

“As a ministry, we will always assist the graduates whenever the need arises, ” she said.

Dr Emmanuel Elui, the Trade Advisor, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Calabar urged the them to take advantage of the training to market themselves both locally and internationally.

He said that the beneficiaries stood the chance of becoming foreign exchange earners if they worked harder in their chosen trades.

“This is an opportunity for you to become exporters of your trade if you are serious,” he said.

Elui later presented export certificates to the different cooperative groups as well as the individual graduate.

One of them, Mrs Ani Essien thanked CCAPI and partners for the training and promised that they would not let them down.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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Kaduna proposed NOK University to prioritise sciences



Founder of the proposed NOK University, Kachia, Mr Anthony Hassan has said the institution, when established, will prioritise science related courses in order to equip graduates with requisite skill for self employment.

Hassan disclosed this on Monday when the newly inaugurated officials of the Kaduna Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit in Kachia.

He said the University when approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) would have faculties of engineering, medicine and environmental sciences.

According to him, the initiative was to supplement government’s efforts in boosting the educational sector in the country.

“The University intends to give science related courses priority so as to equip graduates with self employment rather than have them depend on white-collar jobs.

“If you train a lab technician for instance, such a graduate could be self reliant to start operation without having to wait or depend on employment from the government,” he added.

Hassan said, considering the number of people who seek admission yearly, the public tertiary institutions cannot accommodate them all, hence, the idea to establish a private University.

He urged the media to report the ongoing peaceful initiatives in southern Kaduna, which he said will have positive impact on the residents.

On her part, Asma’u Halilu, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, commended the state of the art project, saying, the University will  boost  the education sector in the state and the nation at large.

She sought the support of the founder in the various activities mapped out for the chapel especially in the area of capacity building.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the proposed NOK University, situated at Kachia, is the first in southern Kaduna and the fourth private university in Northwest Nigeria.

Edited By: Franca Ofili/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Peace Day: Foundation urges Nigerians to contribute to peaceful coexistence 




The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) of Nigeria on Monday, appealed to all Nigerians to contribute to peaceful coexistence in the country, to engender national growth and development.

Rev. John  Hayab, Country Director of the Foundation, made the appeal in a statement isuued in Kaduna to mark the International Day of Peace, which has the theme: “Shaping Peace Together,”

“The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), Nigeria, wishes to appeal to all Nigerians and humanity, in general, to come together to continue to support, shape and maintain the peace and stability that we so need to thrive.

“This year’s theme is apt given the challenge of COVID-19 which has made us rediscover our common humanity and the need to work, struggle and build the community.”

He said collective action by all Nigerians would greatly help to ending current security challenges in the country.

“We, at GPF, preach that all human beings are members of One Family Under God, we wish to appeal to all the Nigerian family, be they Christians or Muslims, men or women, young or old, educated or uneducated, and everyone, to accept diversity as a human attribute.

“Whatever our origin, Fulani, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Tiv, Ibibio, and all the ethnic groups in this beautiful country, North, South, East, West or the Middle Belt, let us remember that we all come from one esteem human family and, therefore, must shape the peace of our home, communities, institutions and nation together.

GPF calls on the Nigerian leadership from the Local, States to the Federal to assert that we can only build true peace when we work with others.

“No society can attain any meaningful development without true peace and inclusiveness. Given that true peace comes from all-inclusive efforts, where everybody plays his or her role well, Nigeria must double its effort towards oneness.

“Accordingly, GPF  wishes to employ this special occasion of the International Peace Day to congratulate the United Nations, the government of our country, all peace workers and peace promoters, and everyone working to keep the peace not to be discouraged by the violence around us.

“Your effort could support to prevent the spread of violence and together we can shape our today and the future,” Hayab said. 

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
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