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  •  One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation Max Air says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday A statement by the airline s spokesperson Mr Ibrahim Dahiru said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home Max Air wish to assure all 16 000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it s adding another Boeing 747 400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home he added The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON allocated 16 000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022 Hajj operation The states are Borno Adamawa Bauchi Gombe Taraba Kogi Niger Kwara Jigawa Katsina Benue Plateau and Nasarawa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday
     One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation Max Air says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday A statement by the airline s spokesperson Mr Ibrahim Dahiru said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home Max Air wish to assure all 16 000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it s adding another Boeing 747 400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home he added The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON allocated 16 000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022 Hajj operation The states are Borno Adamawa Bauchi Gombe Taraba Kogi Niger Kwara Jigawa Katsina Benue Plateau and Nasarawa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday
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    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday

    One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation, Max Air, says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday.A statement by the airline’s spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Dahiru, said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home.“Max Air wish to assure all 16,000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year’s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time.“The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it’s adding another Boeing 747–400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home,” he added.The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) allocated 16,000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022  Hajj operation.The states are Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Jigawa, Katsina, Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The United Nations UN says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN Farhan Haq said this at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Thursday Haq who was briefing on The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID 19 published by the International Labour Organisation ILO and the World Health Organisation WHO om Wednesday According to him the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained perhaps due to discrimination toward women who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall when compared with other economic sectors This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID 19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 Meanwhile the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age education and working time are taken into account While much of this gap is unexplained the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant Furthermore even with the pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 The health and care sector has endured low pay in general stubbornly large gender pay gaps and very demanding working conditions The COVID 19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families societies and economies going Manuela Tomei Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO said The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide Within countries gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories where men are over represented while women are over represented in the lower pay categories Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices according to the report The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector Differences in age education and working time as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors only address part of the problem The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains to a large extent unexplained by labour market factors the report said Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive resilient and sustainable post pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector We cannot have better quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions including fairer wages for health and care workers the majority of whom are women she said Jim Campbell WHO s Director of Health Workforce added that the report contains success stories in several countries including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity which point the way forward Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them he said The evidence and analysis in this ground breaking report must inform governments employers and workers to take effective action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector
     The United Nations UN says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN Farhan Haq said this at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Thursday Haq who was briefing on The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID 19 published by the International Labour Organisation ILO and the World Health Organisation WHO om Wednesday According to him the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained perhaps due to discrimination toward women who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall when compared with other economic sectors This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID 19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 Meanwhile the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age education and working time are taken into account While much of this gap is unexplained the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant Furthermore even with the pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 The health and care sector has endured low pay in general stubbornly large gender pay gaps and very demanding working conditions The COVID 19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families societies and economies going Manuela Tomei Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO said The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide Within countries gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories where men are over represented while women are over represented in the lower pay categories Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices according to the report The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector Differences in age education and working time as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors only address part of the problem The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains to a large extent unexplained by labour market factors the report said Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive resilient and sustainable post pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector We cannot have better quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions including fairer wages for health and care workers the majority of whom are women she said Jim Campbell WHO s Director of Health Workforce added that the report contains success stories in several countries including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity which point the way forward Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them he said The evidence and analysis in this ground breaking report must inform governments employers and workers to take effective action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector
    Foreign3 months ago

    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector

    The United Nations (UN) says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts – a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors

    The  News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN, Farhan Haq, said this at a news conference at UN headquarters, New York on Thursday.

    Haq, who was briefing on “The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector: a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID-19’’, published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) om Wednesday.

    According to him, the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained, perhaps due to discrimination toward women – who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide.

    “The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall, when compared with other economic sectors.

    “This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant.’’

    ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers, there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020.

    Meanwhile, the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age, education and working time are taken into account.

    While much of this gap is unexplained, the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women, who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide.

    The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors, which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant.

    Furthermore, even with the pandemic, and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis, there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020.

    “The health and care sector has endured low pay in general, stubbornly large gender pay gaps, and very demanding working conditions.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families, societies and economies going,” Manuela Tomei, Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO, said.

    The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries, indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide.

    Within countries, gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories, where men are over-represented, while women are over-represented in the lower pay categories.

    Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties, with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman’s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life.

    A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices, according to the report.

    The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector.

    Differences in age, education and working time, as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors, only address part of the problem.

    The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains, to a large extent, unexplained by labour market factors, the report said.

    Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive, resilient and sustainable post-pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector.

    “We cannot have better-quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions, including fairer wages, for health and care workers, the majority of whom are women,” she said.

    Jim Campbell, WHO’s Director of Health Workforce, added that the report contains success stories in several countries, including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity, which point the way forward.

    “Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector, yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them,” he said.

    “The evidence and analysis in this ground-breaking report must inform governments, employers and workers to take effective action.” (

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  •  The World Health Organisation WHO says Africa is facing a growing risk of outbreaks caused by zoonotic pathogens such as monkeypox virus which originated in animals and then switched species and infected humans There has been a 63 per cent increase in the number of zoonotic outbreaks in the region in the decade from 2012 2022 compared to 2001 2011 according to WHO analysis Zoonotic disease is any of a group of diseases that can be transmitted to humans by nonhuman vertebrate animals such as mammals birds reptiles amphibians and fish And more than 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti told journalists at a media briefing on Thursday They zoonotic account for a substantial burden of disease resulting in about a billion sick people and millions of deaths globally every year The analysis finds that since 2001 1 843 substantiated public health events were recorded in the African region 30 per cent of which were zoonotic outbreaks as animal to human diseases are known While the numbers have increased over the past two decades 2019 and 2020 saw a particular spike with zoonotic pathogens accounting for half of all public health events Moreover Ebola and similar fevers triggering blood loss from damaged vessels haemorrhagic constitute nearly 70 per cent of these outbreaks including Monkeypox Dengue fever anthrax and plague Although there has been an increase in Monkeypox since April compared to the same period in 2021 the numbers are still lower than the 2020 peak when the region recorded its highest ever monthly cases Following a sudden drop in 2021 203 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been recorded in the region since the beginning of the year as the zoonotic disease has spread worldwide into many countries where it has not been endemic Available data for 175 of the cases this year in Africa indicate that just over half the patients when averaged out were 17 year old men Africa cannot be allowed to become a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases Moeti said Rising urbanisation which has encroached on natural habitats is likely responsible for this increase in the animal to human disease spike along with a growing demand for food which has led to faster road rail and air links from remote to built up areas The West African Ebola outbreaks are evidence of the devastating number of cases and deaths that can result when zoonotic diseases arrive in our cities she said According to the senior WHO official Africa needs a multisectoral response encompassing experts in human animal and environmental health working in collaboration with communities Equally crucial are reliable surveillance mechanisms and response capacities to rapidly detect pathogens and mount robust responses to quell any potential spread she added Since 2008 WHO has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO and World Organisation for Animal Health to address zoonotic outbreaks across the continent Moeti cr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zoonotic diseases increase by 63% in Africa – WHO
     The World Health Organisation WHO says Africa is facing a growing risk of outbreaks caused by zoonotic pathogens such as monkeypox virus which originated in animals and then switched species and infected humans There has been a 63 per cent increase in the number of zoonotic outbreaks in the region in the decade from 2012 2022 compared to 2001 2011 according to WHO analysis Zoonotic disease is any of a group of diseases that can be transmitted to humans by nonhuman vertebrate animals such as mammals birds reptiles amphibians and fish And more than 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti told journalists at a media briefing on Thursday They zoonotic account for a substantial burden of disease resulting in about a billion sick people and millions of deaths globally every year The analysis finds that since 2001 1 843 substantiated public health events were recorded in the African region 30 per cent of which were zoonotic outbreaks as animal to human diseases are known While the numbers have increased over the past two decades 2019 and 2020 saw a particular spike with zoonotic pathogens accounting for half of all public health events Moreover Ebola and similar fevers triggering blood loss from damaged vessels haemorrhagic constitute nearly 70 per cent of these outbreaks including Monkeypox Dengue fever anthrax and plague Although there has been an increase in Monkeypox since April compared to the same period in 2021 the numbers are still lower than the 2020 peak when the region recorded its highest ever monthly cases Following a sudden drop in 2021 203 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been recorded in the region since the beginning of the year as the zoonotic disease has spread worldwide into many countries where it has not been endemic Available data for 175 of the cases this year in Africa indicate that just over half the patients when averaged out were 17 year old men Africa cannot be allowed to become a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases Moeti said Rising urbanisation which has encroached on natural habitats is likely responsible for this increase in the animal to human disease spike along with a growing demand for food which has led to faster road rail and air links from remote to built up areas The West African Ebola outbreaks are evidence of the devastating number of cases and deaths that can result when zoonotic diseases arrive in our cities she said According to the senior WHO official Africa needs a multisectoral response encompassing experts in human animal and environmental health working in collaboration with communities Equally crucial are reliable surveillance mechanisms and response capacities to rapidly detect pathogens and mount robust responses to quell any potential spread she added Since 2008 WHO has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO and World Organisation for Animal Health to address zoonotic outbreaks across the continent Moeti cr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zoonotic diseases increase by 63% in Africa – WHO
    Foreign3 months ago

    Zoonotic diseases increase by 63% in Africa – WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa is facing a growing risk of outbreaks caused by zoonotic pathogens, such as monkeypox virus which originated in animals, and then switched species and infected humans.

    There has been a 63 per cent increase in the number of zoonotic outbreaks in the region in the decade from 2012-2022 compared to 2001-2011, according to WHO analysis.

    Zoonotic disease is any of a group of diseases that can be transmitted to humans by nonhuman vertebrate animals, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

    “And more than 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals,” WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, told journalists at a media briefing on Thursday.

    “They (zoonotic) account for a substantial burden of disease, resulting in about a billion sick people and millions of deaths globally every year”.

    The analysis finds that since 2001, 1,843 substantiated public health events were recorded in the African region – 30 per cent of which were zoonotic outbreaks, as animal-to-human diseases are known.

    While the numbers have increased over the past two decades, 2019 and 2020 saw a particular spike, with zoonotic pathogens accounting for half of all public health events.

    Moreover, Ebola and similar fevers triggering blood loss from damaged vessels (haemorrhagic) constitute nearly 70 per cent of these outbreaks, including Monkeypox, Dengue fever, anthrax and plague.

    Although there has been an increase in Monkeypox since April, compared to the same period in 2021, the numbers are still lower than the 2020 peak, when the region recorded its highest-ever monthly cases.

    Following a sudden drop in 2021, 203 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been recorded in the region since the beginning of the year, as the zoonotic disease has spread worldwide into many countries where it has not been endemic.

    “Available data for 175 of the cases this year in Africa, indicate that just over half the patients when averaged out, were 17-year-old men.

    “Africa cannot be allowed to become a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases,’’ Moeti said.

    Rising urbanisation, which has encroached on natural habitats, is likely responsible for this increase in the animal-to-human disease spike, along with a growing demand for food, which has led to faster road, rail and air links from remote to built-up areas.

    “The West African Ebola outbreaks are evidence of the devastating number of cases, and deaths, that can result when zoonotic diseases arrive in our cities,” she said.

    According to the senior WHO official, Africa needs “a multisectoral response,” encompassing experts in human, animal and environmental health, working in collaboration with communities.

    “Equally crucial are reliable surveillance mechanisms and response capacities to rapidly detect pathogens and mount robust responses to quell any potential spread,” she added.

    Since 2008, WHO has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health to address zoonotic outbreaks across the continent.

    Moeti cr

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  •  The FCT Administration Debt Recovery Committee on Thursday said property owners in Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest ground rent debtors Mr Muhammad Sule the Chairman Media and Publicity sub Committee Director Information and Communication disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja According to him property owners in Asokoro and Maitama are owing 10 67 per cent 9 43 per cent and 9 29 per cent out of the total sum owed Sule said the committee was already fine tuning legal documentations to take all property owners who had failed to pay despite repeated warnings to court for prosecution revocation or outright forfeiture He also said that committee in the process of doing its work had discovered that many of the debtors were title holders in Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts considered to be highbrow areas in the nation s capital city Abuja According to him property owners in Asokoro District alone constitutes 10 67 per cent of the ground rents defaulters While the title holders in Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts comprise 9 43 per cent and 9 29 per cent respectively As the work of the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29 506 643 943 98 owed the FCT Administration gathers momentum Findings by the administration revealed that property owners in the highbrow areas of Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest debtors owing 10 67 9 43 and 9 29 percent out of the total sum owed Also property owners in other districts such as Central Business Districts Industrial Area I and Extension as well as Wuse I and II are owing the Administration the tune of 8 21 per cent 5 18 per cent 5 1 per cent and 4 81 per cent respectively He explained that title holders in Garki I and II Katampe and Jabi Districts are in default of 3 4 per cent 3 per cent 2 21 per cent and 2 15 per cent respectively Similarly he said property owners in other districts like Kukwaba Gwarinpa I Gudu Kado Karmo Katampe Extention Utako Mabushi Durumi Daki Biyu Guzape Jahi Dutse Wuye and Institutions and Research are owing various degrees of percentages Thus the committee is committed to carrying out its assignment as mandated by the FCT Administration whilst all title holders must honour their obligation to clear the debts It is more honourable and responsible for property owners to rush to clear their outstanding debts because it is not going to be business as usual as the government needs these funds to fast track the infrastructural development of the FCT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT Permanent Secretary Mr Adesola Olusad recently inaugurated a debt recovery committee with the mandate to recover N29 billion outstanding debts owed the FCT Administration The committee was directed to focus interest on ground rents and other sundry fees in the Land Administration Department as well as other stakeholder s departments Meanwhile the committee has since dissolved into sub committees of Publicity Administration Legal and Finance respectively for effective and diligent execution of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ground Rents: FCTA says Asokoro, Maitama property owners highest debtors
     The FCT Administration Debt Recovery Committee on Thursday said property owners in Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest ground rent debtors Mr Muhammad Sule the Chairman Media and Publicity sub Committee Director Information and Communication disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja According to him property owners in Asokoro and Maitama are owing 10 67 per cent 9 43 per cent and 9 29 per cent out of the total sum owed Sule said the committee was already fine tuning legal documentations to take all property owners who had failed to pay despite repeated warnings to court for prosecution revocation or outright forfeiture He also said that committee in the process of doing its work had discovered that many of the debtors were title holders in Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts considered to be highbrow areas in the nation s capital city Abuja According to him property owners in Asokoro District alone constitutes 10 67 per cent of the ground rents defaulters While the title holders in Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts comprise 9 43 per cent and 9 29 per cent respectively As the work of the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29 506 643 943 98 owed the FCT Administration gathers momentum Findings by the administration revealed that property owners in the highbrow areas of Asokoro Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest debtors owing 10 67 9 43 and 9 29 percent out of the total sum owed Also property owners in other districts such as Central Business Districts Industrial Area I and Extension as well as Wuse I and II are owing the Administration the tune of 8 21 per cent 5 18 per cent 5 1 per cent and 4 81 per cent respectively He explained that title holders in Garki I and II Katampe and Jabi Districts are in default of 3 4 per cent 3 per cent 2 21 per cent and 2 15 per cent respectively Similarly he said property owners in other districts like Kukwaba Gwarinpa I Gudu Kado Karmo Katampe Extention Utako Mabushi Durumi Daki Biyu Guzape Jahi Dutse Wuye and Institutions and Research are owing various degrees of percentages Thus the committee is committed to carrying out its assignment as mandated by the FCT Administration whilst all title holders must honour their obligation to clear the debts It is more honourable and responsible for property owners to rush to clear their outstanding debts because it is not going to be business as usual as the government needs these funds to fast track the infrastructural development of the FCT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT Permanent Secretary Mr Adesola Olusad recently inaugurated a debt recovery committee with the mandate to recover N29 billion outstanding debts owed the FCT Administration The committee was directed to focus interest on ground rents and other sundry fees in the Land Administration Department as well as other stakeholder s departments Meanwhile the committee has since dissolved into sub committees of Publicity Administration Legal and Finance respectively for effective and diligent execution of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ground Rents: FCTA says Asokoro, Maitama property owners highest debtors
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    Ground Rents: FCTA says Asokoro, Maitama property owners highest debtors

    The FCT Administration Debt Recovery Committee on Thursday said property owners in Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest ground rent debtors.Mr Muhammad Sule, the Chairman, Media and Publicity sub-Committee Director, Information and Communication, disclosed this in a statement, he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja.According to him, property owners in Asokoro and Maitama are owing 10.67 per cent, 9.43 per cent and 9.29 per cent out of the total sum owed.Sule said the committee was already fine-tuning legal documentations to take all property owners who had failed to pay, despite repeated warnings, to court for prosecution, revocation or outright forfeiture.He also said that committee in the process of doing its work had discovered that many of the debtors were title holders in Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts, considered to be highbrow areas in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.According to him, property owners in Asokoro District alone constitutes 10.67 per cent of the ground rents defaulters.“While the title holders in Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts comprise 9.43 per cent and 9.29 per cent, respectively.“As the work of the Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29,506,643,943.98 owed the FCT Administration gathers momentum.“Findings by the administration revealed that property owners in the highbrow areas of Asokoro, Industrial Area II and Maitama Districts are the highest debtors owing 10.67, 9.43 and 9.29 percent out of the total sum owed.Also, property owners in other districts, such as Central Business Districts, Industrial Area I and Extension, as well as Wuse I and II are owing the Administration the tune of 8.21 per cent, 5.18 per cent, 5.1 per cent, and 4.81 per cent, respectively.”He explained that title holders in Garki I and II, Katampe and Jabi Districts are in default of 3.4 per cent, 3 per cent, 2.21 per cent, and 2.15 per cent, respectively.Similarly, he said property owners in other districts like Kukwaba, Gwarinpa I, Gudu, Kado, Karmo, Katampe Extention, Utako, Mabushi, Durumi, Daki-Biyu, Guzape, Jahi, Dutse Wuye, and Institutions and Research are owing various degrees of percentages.“Thus, the committee is committed to carrying out its assignment as mandated by the FCT Administration whilst all title holders must honour their obligation to clear the debts.“It is more honourable and responsible for property owners to rush to clear their outstanding debts because it is not going to be business as usual as the government needs these funds to fast-track the infrastructural development of the FCT.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Olusad, recently inaugurated a debt recovery committee with the mandate to recover N29 billion outstanding debts owed the FCT Administration.The committee was directed to focus interest on ground rents and other sundry fees in the Land Administration Department as well as other stakeholder’s departments.Meanwhile, the committee has since dissolved into sub-committees of Publicity, Administration, Legal and Finance, respectively, for effective and diligent execution of its mandate.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government has supported Edo and other states in the South South geo political Zone with over 1 8 million free vaccines to curtail the spread of trans boundary diseases in Nigeria The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar in a statement by Mrs Anthonia Eremah the Assistant Information Officer Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday said the gesture was in furtherance to the Federal Government s commitment to curtail the spread of trans boundary animal diseases in Nigeria The minister revealed this during the ceremony of the 2022 Nationwide Free Mass Vaccination Campaign against Transboundary Animal Diseases in Benin Abubakar who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture ad Rural Development Dr Ernest Umakhihe said the transboundary Animal Diseases TADs such as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia CBPP Foot and Mouth Disease FMD Peste Des Petits Ruminants PPR and Newcastle Disease ND were affecting the livestock population The minister said to achieve the much desired herd immunity for prevention control and possibly eradication the livestock population ought to be adequately vaccinated He said that Livestock production was a major means of livelihood in Nigeria which employed about 70 per cent of Nigeria s population food nutrition and security as well as means of livelihood for majority of her rural dwellers He said that livestock supplied the much needed protein for growth and mental development of our children spendable income and the by products from these animals like hides and skin are used for the production of belts shoes among other things Abubakar said that the ministry has policies and national programme for the control of these diseases While it is the policy for routine vaccination for all diseases it is our policy as a country not to vaccinate against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza also known as Bird flu Over the years the policy of CBPP FMD PPR and ND control in Nigeria has been routine annual vaccination However the vaccination coverage has been limited by inadequate resources But going forward we intend to scale up vaccination coverage as more resources become available he said He urged development partners and Non Governmental Organisations NGOs to key into the initiative by supporting the states with more vaccines and the logistics needed to carry out the mass vaccination in the country He said that the exercise should be taken as a call to national service and to give it the best attention that it deserves as Nigeria joins other nations of the world to control and eradicate these dreaded diseases of cattle poultry sheep and goat from the nation s herd The Acting Governor of Edo Mr Philip Shaibu who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security Mr Stephen Idenhere commended the effort of the Federal Government in controlling animal diseases across the nation I call on all states within the South South region to join hands in the battle as animal disease control is a collective responsibility he said The Director Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control and Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria Dr Maimuna Habib said that the ministry would continue to support and collaborate with states to ensure the good health of livestock in Nigeria through the provision of vaccines trainings disinfectants and veterinary drugs as much as possible She said that the ministry intended to do the same in other remaining three geopolitical zones South East South West amp North Central of the country having carried out similar exercise in Jigawa and Gombe States NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG moves to curtail trans boundary animal diseases with over 1.8m free vaccines 
     The Federal Government has supported Edo and other states in the South South geo political Zone with over 1 8 million free vaccines to curtail the spread of trans boundary diseases in Nigeria The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar in a statement by Mrs Anthonia Eremah the Assistant Information Officer Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday said the gesture was in furtherance to the Federal Government s commitment to curtail the spread of trans boundary animal diseases in Nigeria The minister revealed this during the ceremony of the 2022 Nationwide Free Mass Vaccination Campaign against Transboundary Animal Diseases in Benin Abubakar who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture ad Rural Development Dr Ernest Umakhihe said the transboundary Animal Diseases TADs such as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia CBPP Foot and Mouth Disease FMD Peste Des Petits Ruminants PPR and Newcastle Disease ND were affecting the livestock population The minister said to achieve the much desired herd immunity for prevention control and possibly eradication the livestock population ought to be adequately vaccinated He said that Livestock production was a major means of livelihood in Nigeria which employed about 70 per cent of Nigeria s population food nutrition and security as well as means of livelihood for majority of her rural dwellers He said that livestock supplied the much needed protein for growth and mental development of our children spendable income and the by products from these animals like hides and skin are used for the production of belts shoes among other things Abubakar said that the ministry has policies and national programme for the control of these diseases While it is the policy for routine vaccination for all diseases it is our policy as a country not to vaccinate against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza also known as Bird flu Over the years the policy of CBPP FMD PPR and ND control in Nigeria has been routine annual vaccination However the vaccination coverage has been limited by inadequate resources But going forward we intend to scale up vaccination coverage as more resources become available he said He urged development partners and Non Governmental Organisations NGOs to key into the initiative by supporting the states with more vaccines and the logistics needed to carry out the mass vaccination in the country He said that the exercise should be taken as a call to national service and to give it the best attention that it deserves as Nigeria joins other nations of the world to control and eradicate these dreaded diseases of cattle poultry sheep and goat from the nation s herd The Acting Governor of Edo Mr Philip Shaibu who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security Mr Stephen Idenhere commended the effort of the Federal Government in controlling animal diseases across the nation I call on all states within the South South region to join hands in the battle as animal disease control is a collective responsibility he said The Director Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control and Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria Dr Maimuna Habib said that the ministry would continue to support and collaborate with states to ensure the good health of livestock in Nigeria through the provision of vaccines trainings disinfectants and veterinary drugs as much as possible She said that the ministry intended to do the same in other remaining three geopolitical zones South East South West amp North Central of the country having carried out similar exercise in Jigawa and Gombe States NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG moves to curtail trans boundary animal diseases with over 1.8m free vaccines 
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    FG moves to curtail trans boundary animal diseases with over 1.8m free vaccines 

    The Federal Government has supported Edo and other states in the South South geo-political Zone with over 1.8 million free vaccines to curtail the spread of trans boundary diseases in Nigeria,The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, in a statement by Mrs Anthonia Eremah, the Assistant Information Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Thursday said the gesture was in furtherance to the Federal Government’s commitment to curtail the spread of trans boundary animal diseases in Nigeria.The minister revealed this during the ceremony of the 2022 Nationwide Free Mass Vaccination Campaign against Transboundary Animal Diseases in Benin.Abubakar, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal  Ministry of Agriculture ad Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said the transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) such as Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Peste Des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Newcastle Disease (ND) were affecting the livestock population.The minister said to achieve the much-desired herd immunity for prevention, control and possibly eradication, the livestock population ought to be adequately vaccinated.He said that Livestock production was a major means of livelihood in Nigeria which employed  about 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population, food nutrition and security as well as means of livelihood for majority of her rural dwellersHe said  that livestock supplied the much-needed protein for growth and mental development of “our children, spendable income and the by-products from these animals like hides and skin are used for the production of belts, shoes among other things”. Abubakar said that the ministry has policies and national programme for the control of these diseases.“While it is the policy for routine vaccination for all diseases, it is our policy as a country not to vaccinate against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, also known as Bird flu.“Over the years, the policy of CBPP, FMD, PPR and ND control in Nigeria has been routine annual vaccination.“However, the vaccination coverage has been limited by inadequate resources. But going forward, we intend to scale up vaccination coverage as more resources become available,” he said.He urged development partners and Non-Governmental Organisations  (NGOs) to key into the initiative by supporting the states with more vaccines and the logistics needed to carry out the mass vaccination in the country. He said that the exercise should be taken as a call to national service and to give it the best attention that it deserves, as Nigeria joins other nations of the world to control and eradicate these dreaded diseases of cattle, poultry, sheep and goat from the nation’s herd.The Acting Governor of Edo, Mr Philip Shaibu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Stephen  Idenhere, commended the effort of the Federal Government in controlling animal diseases across the nation.“I call on all states within the South South region to join hands in the battle as animal disease control is a collective responsibility,” he said.The Director, Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control, and Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr Maimuna Habib, said that the ministry would continue to support and collaborate with states to ensure the good health of livestock in Nigeria through the provision of vaccines, trainings, disinfectants and veterinary drugs as much as possible.She said that the ministry intended to do the same in other remaining three geopolitical zones (South-East, South-West & North-Central) of the country, having carried out similar exercise in Jigawa and Gombe States. (

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  •  The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA has moved to restore 2 145 vulnerable residents to business through its Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery Platform DLI 1 3 Speaking Mr Basit Baruwa a member of State Care Publicity Unit described the programme as a good step in the right direction moving toward a proper result getting area of the initiative Baruwa charged the instructors to administer livelihood to the 2 145 beneficiaries as they would be assessed through the number beneficiaries trained under them and the impacts This programme is all for free nobody paid a dime to anybody and it is only when we see the effect of the training on beneficiaries that we ll empower them and endorse the instructors that they have delivered he added Also Mrs Oluwatoyin Salami Head Livelihood Delivery Platform expressed that monitoring and evaluation were very key in the programme hence instructors and beneficiaries must live up to expectations Salami said people would be trained in their respective Local Government Areas LGAs while stipends would be given to beneficiaries daily for transportation as part of encouragement for participation According to her it s not just about a one off soft skill training or grants to beneficiaries but to ensure that at the end they channel the amount given accordingly to boost their businesses She noted that no fewer than 300 participants verified and validated for the three month free training programme from Ifako Ikeja profiled by Ministry of Economic Planning adding that they would have same for Ikorodu Epe and Badagry There will be thorough monitoring from the State Federal Government and even from the World Bank so whoever that is found wanting in any way will be sanctioned They must improve do addition to that business and prove that of a truth government has really supported them effectively we have field base and local government officers as monitors These officers will be going round to monitor the lifespan of the project and get across to the beneficiaries asking them questions on purchases made and geanuity of businesses she said Salami disclosed that there were 10 Dli explaining that this is one out of it and it captures Persons living with Disabilities youths and farmers Above all it s not a gender biased programme but for all she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: WAPA restores 2,145 vulnerables to business through Lagos Cares, DLI 1.3
     The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA has moved to restore 2 145 vulnerable residents to business through its Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery Platform DLI 1 3 Speaking Mr Basit Baruwa a member of State Care Publicity Unit described the programme as a good step in the right direction moving toward a proper result getting area of the initiative Baruwa charged the instructors to administer livelihood to the 2 145 beneficiaries as they would be assessed through the number beneficiaries trained under them and the impacts This programme is all for free nobody paid a dime to anybody and it is only when we see the effect of the training on beneficiaries that we ll empower them and endorse the instructors that they have delivered he added Also Mrs Oluwatoyin Salami Head Livelihood Delivery Platform expressed that monitoring and evaluation were very key in the programme hence instructors and beneficiaries must live up to expectations Salami said people would be trained in their respective Local Government Areas LGAs while stipends would be given to beneficiaries daily for transportation as part of encouragement for participation According to her it s not just about a one off soft skill training or grants to beneficiaries but to ensure that at the end they channel the amount given accordingly to boost their businesses She noted that no fewer than 300 participants verified and validated for the three month free training programme from Ifako Ikeja profiled by Ministry of Economic Planning adding that they would have same for Ikorodu Epe and Badagry There will be thorough monitoring from the State Federal Government and even from the World Bank so whoever that is found wanting in any way will be sanctioned They must improve do addition to that business and prove that of a truth government has really supported them effectively we have field base and local government officers as monitors These officers will be going round to monitor the lifespan of the project and get across to the beneficiaries asking them questions on purchases made and geanuity of businesses she said Salami disclosed that there were 10 Dli explaining that this is one out of it and it captures Persons living with Disabilities youths and farmers Above all it s not a gender biased programme but for all she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COVID-19: WAPA restores 2,145 vulnerables to business through Lagos Cares, DLI 1.3
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    COVID-19: WAPA restores 2,145 vulnerables to business through Lagos Cares, DLI 1.3

    The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has moved to restore 2,145 vulnerable residents to business through its Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery Platform DLI 1.3.Speaking, Mr Basit Baruwa, a member of State Care Publicity Unit, described the programme as a good step in the right direction, moving toward a proper result getting area of the initiative.Baruwa charged the instructors to administer livelihood to the 2,145 beneficiaries as they would be assessed through the number beneficiaries trained under them and the impacts.“This programme is all for free; nobody paid a dime to anybody and it is only when we see the effect of the training on beneficiaries that we’ll empower them, and endorse the instructors that they have delivered,” he added.Also, Mrs Oluwatoyin Salami, Head, Livelihood Delivery Platform, expressed that monitoring and evaluation were very key in the programme, hence instructors and beneficiaries must live up to expectations.Salami said people would be trained in their respective Local Government Areas (LGAs) while stipends would be given to beneficiaries daily for transportation as part of encouragement for participation.According to her, it’s not just about a one off soft skill training or grants to beneficiaries but to ensure that at the end, they channel the amount given accordingly to boost their businesses.She noted that no fewer than 300 participants verified and validated for the three month free training programme from Ifako- Ikeja, profiled by Ministry of Economic Planning, adding that they would have same for Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry“There will be thorough monitoring from the State, Federal Government and even from the World Bank, so whoever that is found wanting in any way will be sanctioned.“They must improve, do addition to that business and prove that of a truth, government has really supported them effectively, we have field base and local government officers as monitors.“These officers will be going round to monitor the lifespan of the project and get across to the beneficiaries asking them questions on purchases made and geanuity of businesses,” she said.Salami disclosed that there were 10 Dli, explaining that “this is one out of it, and it captures Persons living with Disabilities, youths and farmers.“Above all, it’s not a gender biased programme but for all,” she said.

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  •  The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory FCT says it has commenced the enforcement of the ban on use of Spy number plates in the territory The Police Public Relations Officer in the territory DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Inspector General of Police I G Mr Usman Baba on Wednesday banned the issuance and use of Spy number plates nationwide The I GP said the ban was to forestall the continuous disregard of traffic rules and other extant laws guiding road usage by individuals using the SPY police number plates Adeh said the Command on Thursday took to the streets of the territory for the enforcement She the Commissioner of Police CP in the FCT Mr Babaji Sunday said the ban followed public outcry over disregard for traffic rules by bearers of the Spy number plates Sunday added that the ban was also to address the misuse of the privileges attached to the use of the number plates The police boss said the measure would complement the already existing robust security architecture to curb crime and criminality in the FCT Sunday directed officers and men deployed for the exercise to discharge their duties with utmost regard for fundamental human rights of residents in line with global best practices The commissioner of police therefore enjoined residents to embrace the development and cooperate with the police He explained that the personnel were directed to only confiscate the number plates and not arrest anyone except on other logical grounds discovered in the course of executing the order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police enforce Spy number plates ban in FCT
     The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory FCT says it has commenced the enforcement of the ban on use of Spy number plates in the territory The Police Public Relations Officer in the territory DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Inspector General of Police I G Mr Usman Baba on Wednesday banned the issuance and use of Spy number plates nationwide The I GP said the ban was to forestall the continuous disregard of traffic rules and other extant laws guiding road usage by individuals using the SPY police number plates Adeh said the Command on Thursday took to the streets of the territory for the enforcement She the Commissioner of Police CP in the FCT Mr Babaji Sunday said the ban followed public outcry over disregard for traffic rules by bearers of the Spy number plates Sunday added that the ban was also to address the misuse of the privileges attached to the use of the number plates The police boss said the measure would complement the already existing robust security architecture to curb crime and criminality in the FCT Sunday directed officers and men deployed for the exercise to discharge their duties with utmost regard for fundamental human rights of residents in line with global best practices The commissioner of police therefore enjoined residents to embrace the development and cooperate with the police He explained that the personnel were directed to only confiscate the number plates and not arrest anyone except on other logical grounds discovered in the course of executing the order NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police enforce Spy number plates ban in FCT
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    Police enforce Spy number plates ban in FCT

    The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) says it has commenced the enforcement of the ban on use of Spy number plates in the territory.The Police Public Relations Officer in the territory, DSP Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, on Wednesday banned the issuance and use of Spy number plates nationwide.The I-GP said the ban was to forestall the continuous disregard of traffic rules and other extant laws guiding road usage by individuals using the SPY police number plates. Adeh said the Command on Thursday took to the streets of the territory for the enforcement.She the Commissioner of Police (CP) in the FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday said the ban followed public outcry over disregard for traffic rules by bearers of the Spy number plates.Sunday added that the ban was also to address the misuse of the privileges attached to the use of the number plates.The police boss said the measure would complement the already existing robust security architecture to curb crime and criminality in the FCT.Sunday directed officers and men deployed for the exercise to discharge their duties with utmost regard for fundamental human rights of residents, in line with global best practices.The commissioner of police therefore enjoined residents to embrace the development and cooperate with the police.He explained that the personnel were directed to only confiscate the number plates and not arrest anyone, “except on other logical grounds discovered in the course of executing the order”.

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  •  No fewer than 500 000 conflict affected people from North east Nigeria will benefit from a new humanitarian and development package launched by two UN agencies on Thursday The Resilience and Social Cohesion project launched by the UN Children s Fund UNICEF and World Food Programme WFP is aimed at enhancing peace and increase livelihood opportunities in Borno and Yobe States It is also aimed at providing education health nutrition child protection and sanitation support to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the two states This is a pathway to peace and sustainable development the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins said Funded to the tune of 40 million euro from the German Government the three year humanitarian package targets children from birth up to two years of age pregnant women school age children adolescent girls female headed households and people with disabilities While leveraging ongoing humanitarian support in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe and Shani LGA of Borno the UN lead agencies would also provide interventions to address drivers of conflict and fragility throughout various sectors The project would help to strengthen local governance promote community based social cohesion and build government partnerships Children and other vulnerable groups will have a lifeline and an opportunity to survive and thrive in communities where livelihood and peace building activities are present the UNICEF Representative said Now in its 13th year armed conflict in the volatile North east Nigeria where the extremist militant group Boko Haram first surfaced has levelled communities destroyed livelihoods and disrupted essential services for children and adults Also protracted insecurity high food prices and COVID 19 lockdowns have left more than four million people in need of food assistance The accompanying impact of violence and unrest has fuelled mental health nutrition education and child protection concerns According to the UN agencies 1 14 million children across the region are acutely malnourished on a scale not seen since 2018 Conflict in any region is potential instability in the rest of the world Hawkins said UNICEF is grateful to the German Government for supporting pathways to child survival and peace in North east Nigeria With a focus on building peace strengthening governance restoring infrastructures and providing life saving services it is hoped that close to 157 000 people will benefit directly and over 362 000 indirectly across both LGAs Giving thanks for the timely and generous support from Germany the WFP Deputy Country Director in Nigeria Ms Simone Parchment hailed the value of the project for those facing the peril of conflict and hunger in North east Nigeria In these affected states persistent conflict climate shocks high food prices and reduced household purchasing power undermine people s ability to feed themselves and sustain their livelihoods she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    500,000 people to benefit from UN support in N/East Nigeria
     No fewer than 500 000 conflict affected people from North east Nigeria will benefit from a new humanitarian and development package launched by two UN agencies on Thursday The Resilience and Social Cohesion project launched by the UN Children s Fund UNICEF and World Food Programme WFP is aimed at enhancing peace and increase livelihood opportunities in Borno and Yobe States It is also aimed at providing education health nutrition child protection and sanitation support to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the two states This is a pathway to peace and sustainable development the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins said Funded to the tune of 40 million euro from the German Government the three year humanitarian package targets children from birth up to two years of age pregnant women school age children adolescent girls female headed households and people with disabilities While leveraging ongoing humanitarian support in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe and Shani LGA of Borno the UN lead agencies would also provide interventions to address drivers of conflict and fragility throughout various sectors The project would help to strengthen local governance promote community based social cohesion and build government partnerships Children and other vulnerable groups will have a lifeline and an opportunity to survive and thrive in communities where livelihood and peace building activities are present the UNICEF Representative said Now in its 13th year armed conflict in the volatile North east Nigeria where the extremist militant group Boko Haram first surfaced has levelled communities destroyed livelihoods and disrupted essential services for children and adults Also protracted insecurity high food prices and COVID 19 lockdowns have left more than four million people in need of food assistance The accompanying impact of violence and unrest has fuelled mental health nutrition education and child protection concerns According to the UN agencies 1 14 million children across the region are acutely malnourished on a scale not seen since 2018 Conflict in any region is potential instability in the rest of the world Hawkins said UNICEF is grateful to the German Government for supporting pathways to child survival and peace in North east Nigeria With a focus on building peace strengthening governance restoring infrastructures and providing life saving services it is hoped that close to 157 000 people will benefit directly and over 362 000 indirectly across both LGAs Giving thanks for the timely and generous support from Germany the WFP Deputy Country Director in Nigeria Ms Simone Parchment hailed the value of the project for those facing the peril of conflict and hunger in North east Nigeria In these affected states persistent conflict climate shocks high food prices and reduced household purchasing power undermine people s ability to feed themselves and sustain their livelihoods she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    500,000 people to benefit from UN support in N/East Nigeria
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    500,000 people to benefit from UN support in N/East Nigeria

    No fewer than 500,000 conflict-affected people from North-east Nigeria will benefit from a new humanitarian and development package launched by two UN agencies on Thursday.

    The Resilience and Social Cohesion project, launched by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP), is aimed at enhancing peace and increase livelihood opportunities in Borno and Yobe States.

    It is also aimed at providing education, health, nutrition, child protection, and sanitation support to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the two states.

    “This is a pathway to peace and sustainable development,’’ the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said.

    Funded to the tune of 40 million euro from the German Government, the three-year humanitarian package targets children from birth up to two years of age, pregnant women, school-age children, adolescent girls, female-headed households and people with disabilities.

    While leveraging ongoing humanitarian support in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe and Shani LGA of Borno, the UN lead agencies would also provide interventions to address drivers of conflict and fragility throughout various sectors.

    The project would help to strengthen local governance, promote community-based social cohesion and build government partnerships.

    “Children and other vulnerable groups will have a lifeline, and an opportunity to survive and thrive in communities where livelihood and peace building activities are present,” the UNICEF Representative said.

    Now in its 13th year, armed conflict in the volatile North-east Nigeria – where the extremist militant group Boko Haram first surfaced – has levelled communities, destroyed livelihoods, and disrupted essential services for children and adults.

    Also, protracted insecurity, high food prices and COVID-19 lockdowns have left more than four million people in need of food assistance.

    The accompanying impact of violence and unrest has fuelled mental health, nutrition, education and child protection concerns.

    According to the UN agencies, 1.14 million children across the region are acutely malnourished, on a scale not seen since 2018.

    “Conflict in any region is potential instability in the rest of the world,’’ Hawkins said.

    “UNICEF is grateful to the German Government for supporting pathways to child survival and peace in North-east Nigeria”.

    With a focus on building peace, strengthening governance, restoring infrastructures and providing life-saving services, it is hoped that close to 157,000 people will benefit directly and over 362,000 indirectly, across both LGAs.

    Giving thanks for the “timely and generous support” from Germany, the WFP Deputy Country Director in Nigeria, Ms Simone Parchment, hailed the value of the project for those “facing the peril of conflict and hunger in North-east Nigeria.

    “In these affected states, persistent conflict, climate shocks, high food prices and reduced household purchasing power undermine people’s ability to feed themselves and sustain their livelihoods,” she said. (

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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it has commenced immediate investigation into videos trending online of Permanent Voters Cards PVCs allegedly buried underground in some locations including the compound of a high profile person The commission disclosed this in a statement by Mr Festus Okoye INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday Okoye who said that the attention of the commission has been drawn to the video confirmed that INEC was not taking those allegations lightly We have commenced immediate investigation and anyone found culpable in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law Every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to PVC The constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way As far as the record of the Commission is concerned PVCs have been printed for all valid registrants in Nigeria up to Jan 14 2022 and delivered to all the States of the Federation for collection by voters We will not allow retrogressive elements to sabotage our efforts OKoye warned The national commissioner said that the issues of voter registration compilation of the voters roll and issuance of PVCs were at the heart of any democratic elections Okoye said that the commission was working hard to ensure that every eligible citizen who appears in person at the registration venue was registered He assured Nigerians that the matter would be pursued to its logical conclusion Already the Commission is reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it less cumbersome and more transparent This will be a major topic at the next regular quarterly meeting with stakeholders so that working together we can find a lasting solution to the issue He however said that INEC appealed to those who found the allegedly buried PVCs to deliver them to INEC nearest state or local government office This according to him will be their patriotic contribution to the consolidation of Nigeria s electoral process www nannees ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC investigates alleged buried PVCs
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it has commenced immediate investigation into videos trending online of Permanent Voters Cards PVCs allegedly buried underground in some locations including the compound of a high profile person The commission disclosed this in a statement by Mr Festus Okoye INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday Okoye who said that the attention of the commission has been drawn to the video confirmed that INEC was not taking those allegations lightly We have commenced immediate investigation and anyone found culpable in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law Every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to PVC The constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way As far as the record of the Commission is concerned PVCs have been printed for all valid registrants in Nigeria up to Jan 14 2022 and delivered to all the States of the Federation for collection by voters We will not allow retrogressive elements to sabotage our efforts OKoye warned The national commissioner said that the issues of voter registration compilation of the voters roll and issuance of PVCs were at the heart of any democratic elections Okoye said that the commission was working hard to ensure that every eligible citizen who appears in person at the registration venue was registered He assured Nigerians that the matter would be pursued to its logical conclusion Already the Commission is reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it less cumbersome and more transparent This will be a major topic at the next regular quarterly meeting with stakeholders so that working together we can find a lasting solution to the issue He however said that INEC appealed to those who found the allegedly buried PVCs to deliver them to INEC nearest state or local government office This according to him will be their patriotic contribution to the consolidation of Nigeria s electoral process www nannees ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC investigates alleged buried PVCs
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    INEC investigates alleged buried PVCs

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has commenced immediate investigation into videos trending online of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) allegedly buried underground in some locations, including the compound of a high-profile person.

    The commission disclosed this in a statement by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Okoye, who said that the attention of the commission has been drawn to the video, confirmed that INEC was not taking those allegations lightly.

    “We have commenced immediate investigation and anyone found culpable in this diabolical scheme clearly intended to disenfranchise Nigerians will be sanctioned under the law.

    “Every eligible Nigerian who registered as a voter is entitled to PVC. The constitutional right to vote in any election must never be suppressed or abridged in any way.

    “As far as the record of the Commission is concerned, PVCs have been printed for all valid registrants in Nigeria up to Jan. 14, 2022, and delivered to all the States of the Federation for collection by voters.

    “We will not allow retrogressive elements to sabotage our efforts,” OKoye warned.

    The national commissioner said that the issues of voter registration, compilation of the voters’ roll and issuance of PVCs were at the heart of any democratic elections.

    Okoye said that the commission was working hard to ensure that every eligible citizen who appears in person at the registration venue was registered.

    He assured Nigerians that the matter would be pursued to its logical conclusion.

    “Already, the Commission is reviewing the procedure for collecting PVCs to make it less cumbersome and more transparent.

    “This will be a major topic at the next regular quarterly meeting with stakeholders so that working together we can find a lasting solution to the issue.”

    He, however, said that INEC appealed to those who found the allegedly buried PVCs to deliver them to INEC nearest state or local government office.

    This, according to him, will be their patriotic contribution to the consolidation of Nigeria’s electoral process. (www.nannees.ng)

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  •  An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Thursday sentenced a man Michake Ogbar to life imprisonment for defiling and raping his three daughters aged 10 years 20 years and 24 years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye held that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the charge of defilement and rape brought against Ogbar Evidence before the court shows that the prosecution has proved the case of defilement and rape before this court The defendant who is the father of the three daughters is found guilty as charged as the burden of proof has been discharged This is a very sad case she held The judge said it was disheartening that the man defiled and raped his daughters for years in the absence of his wife It is disgrace to parenthood The defendant ravished his own daughters in turn committing incest It is rather shameful and most perverted The defendant is hereby found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on count one On count two he is sentenced to life imprisonment and on count three he is also sentenced to life imprisonment the judge held Soladoye said that the sentence would run concurrently and ordered that the convict should have his name written in the Lagos State Sexual Offenders Register NAN reports that Lagos State Government which brought the charge presented six witnesses during the trial It stated that the offences violated Sections 137 and 258 1 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man bags triple life imprisonment for defiling, raping daughters
     An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Thursday sentenced a man Michake Ogbar to life imprisonment for defiling and raping his three daughters aged 10 years 20 years and 24 years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye held that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the charge of defilement and rape brought against Ogbar Evidence before the court shows that the prosecution has proved the case of defilement and rape before this court The defendant who is the father of the three daughters is found guilty as charged as the burden of proof has been discharged This is a very sad case she held The judge said it was disheartening that the man defiled and raped his daughters for years in the absence of his wife It is disgrace to parenthood The defendant ravished his own daughters in turn committing incest It is rather shameful and most perverted The defendant is hereby found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on count one On count two he is sentenced to life imprisonment and on count three he is also sentenced to life imprisonment the judge held Soladoye said that the sentence would run concurrently and ordered that the convict should have his name written in the Lagos State Sexual Offenders Register NAN reports that Lagos State Government which brought the charge presented six witnesses during the trial It stated that the offences violated Sections 137 and 258 1 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man bags triple life imprisonment for defiling, raping daughters
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    Man bags triple life imprisonment for defiling, raping daughters

    An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, on Thursday, sentenced a man, Michake Ogbar, to life imprisonment for defiling and raping his three daughters aged  10 years, 20 years and 24 years.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  Justice Abiola Soladoye held that  prosecution  proved beyond reasonable doubt, the charge of defilement and rape brought against Ogbar.

    “Evidence before the court shows that the prosecution has proved the case of defilement and rape before this court.

    “The defendant, who is the father of the three daughters, is found guilty as charged, as the burden of proof has been discharged.

    “This is a very sad case,” she held.

    The judge said it was disheartening that the man defiled and raped his daughters for years in the absence of his wife.

    “It is disgrace to parenthood.

    “The defendant ravished his own daughters in turn, committing incest. It is rather shameful and most perverted.

    “The defendant is hereby  found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on  count one.

    “On  count two, he is sentenced to life imprisonment and on count three,  he is also  sentenced to  life imprisonment,” the judge held.

    Soladoye  said that the sentence would run concurrently, and ordered that the convict should have his name written in the  Lagos State Sexual Offenders Register.

    NAN reports that Lagos State Government, which brought the charge, presented six witnesses during the trial.

    It stated that the offences violated Sections 137 and 258(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN