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  •   By Adeyemi Adeleye The Nigerian Heart Foundation NHF on Monday called on governments and health sector stakeholders to regulate salt intake to maintain adequate hypertension High Blood Pressure HBP control in the country Prof Basden Onwubere Chairman NHF Hypertension Committee made the call in his address at an event organised by the foundation to commemorate the World Hypertension Day 2021 in Lagos Onwubere also called for increased awareness at the grassroots saying that to control HBP it was advisable to reduce salt consumption to less than five grammes daily and to choose a healthy diet with vegetables According to him there is also the need to avoid smoking limit alcohol consumption maintain healthy weight avoid sedentary lifestyles and exercise daily to reduce the risk hypertension posed to the Nigerian population Globally more than one billion people are known to have Hypertension and the figure is estimated to increase to 1 5 billion by 2025 Of great concern is the fact that more than half of the individuals with Hypertension are unaware of it In the low and middle income countries less than 40 are unaware In some of these countries awareness levels are even less than 10 A nation wide survey in Nigeria published about two decades ago by Akinkugbe et al showed awareness level for Hypertension of 30 per cent and recent publications have not shown any significant improvement This low level of awareness has given it the name The Silent Killer he said Onwubere noted that hypertension remained the most common Non Communicable Disease NCD and known cardiovascular risk factor with a significant number of global deaths attributable to its complications The professor said that studies also showed very poor control levels of HBP worse in the Low and Middle Income countries such as Nigeria Cardiovascular Disease Heart Disease is the commonest cause of death in the adult population in Nigeria and Hypertension is the number one Heart Disease affecting nothing less than 30 per cent of the adult population Hypertension is the main risk for Stroke Heart Attack Coronary Heart Disease Chronic Kidney Disease Heart Failure Abnormal Heart Rhythms and Dementia he said According to him with this year s WHD theme Measure Your Blood Pressure Control It Live Longer the WHL World Hypertension League has considered the current statistics as showing low awareness and poor control of HBP He said that the WHL recommended that all countries use this opportunity to create community awareness through Hypertension Screening Outreach programmes which are going on in many centres in Nigeria and globally today Onwubere said that relevant governmental agencies in the health sector were also advised to ensure adequate prevention of avoidable deaths and morbidity in the country He said that COVID 19 pandemic worsened the risks and burden of hypertensive patients The NHF committee chairman added that the world wide lockdown of social and economic activities during this era significantly affected the control of HBP particularly in countries such as Nigeria Also speaking Dr Kingsley Akinroye the Executive Director of NHF said that governments should know that awareness of hypertension was still very poor and access should be given to people for diagnosis and treatment in Primary Health Centres Our intake of salt is not going down in this country Salt is the number one poison that adds to hypertension We would have been happy if our government had allowed us to have a regulation on salt intake We need a law that will regulate the amount of salt in food available in supermarkets There are countries that have that We need to regulate salt intake The more we take vegetable the more healthy we are Akinroye added He said the NCDs had made advocacy for the inclusion of hypertension diabetes sickle cells and mental health diseases in the Federal Government Basic Healthcare Provision Funds necessary The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 every year to raise awareness of Hypertension and broaden appropriate knowledge of people about Hypertension NAN NAN
    Hypertension: NHF seeks regulation on salt intake
      By Adeyemi Adeleye The Nigerian Heart Foundation NHF on Monday called on governments and health sector stakeholders to regulate salt intake to maintain adequate hypertension High Blood Pressure HBP control in the country Prof Basden Onwubere Chairman NHF Hypertension Committee made the call in his address at an event organised by the foundation to commemorate the World Hypertension Day 2021 in Lagos Onwubere also called for increased awareness at the grassroots saying that to control HBP it was advisable to reduce salt consumption to less than five grammes daily and to choose a healthy diet with vegetables According to him there is also the need to avoid smoking limit alcohol consumption maintain healthy weight avoid sedentary lifestyles and exercise daily to reduce the risk hypertension posed to the Nigerian population Globally more than one billion people are known to have Hypertension and the figure is estimated to increase to 1 5 billion by 2025 Of great concern is the fact that more than half of the individuals with Hypertension are unaware of it In the low and middle income countries less than 40 are unaware In some of these countries awareness levels are even less than 10 A nation wide survey in Nigeria published about two decades ago by Akinkugbe et al showed awareness level for Hypertension of 30 per cent and recent publications have not shown any significant improvement This low level of awareness has given it the name The Silent Killer he said Onwubere noted that hypertension remained the most common Non Communicable Disease NCD and known cardiovascular risk factor with a significant number of global deaths attributable to its complications The professor said that studies also showed very poor control levels of HBP worse in the Low and Middle Income countries such as Nigeria Cardiovascular Disease Heart Disease is the commonest cause of death in the adult population in Nigeria and Hypertension is the number one Heart Disease affecting nothing less than 30 per cent of the adult population Hypertension is the main risk for Stroke Heart Attack Coronary Heart Disease Chronic Kidney Disease Heart Failure Abnormal Heart Rhythms and Dementia he said According to him with this year s WHD theme Measure Your Blood Pressure Control It Live Longer the WHL World Hypertension League has considered the current statistics as showing low awareness and poor control of HBP He said that the WHL recommended that all countries use this opportunity to create community awareness through Hypertension Screening Outreach programmes which are going on in many centres in Nigeria and globally today Onwubere said that relevant governmental agencies in the health sector were also advised to ensure adequate prevention of avoidable deaths and morbidity in the country He said that COVID 19 pandemic worsened the risks and burden of hypertensive patients The NHF committee chairman added that the world wide lockdown of social and economic activities during this era significantly affected the control of HBP particularly in countries such as Nigeria Also speaking Dr Kingsley Akinroye the Executive Director of NHF said that governments should know that awareness of hypertension was still very poor and access should be given to people for diagnosis and treatment in Primary Health Centres Our intake of salt is not going down in this country Salt is the number one poison that adds to hypertension We would have been happy if our government had allowed us to have a regulation on salt intake We need a law that will regulate the amount of salt in food available in supermarkets There are countries that have that We need to regulate salt intake The more we take vegetable the more healthy we are Akinroye added He said the NCDs had made advocacy for the inclusion of hypertension diabetes sickle cells and mental health diseases in the Federal Government Basic Healthcare Provision Funds necessary The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 every year to raise awareness of Hypertension and broaden appropriate knowledge of people about Hypertension NAN NAN
    Hypertension: NHF seeks regulation on salt intake
    General news2 years ago

    Hypertension: NHF seeks regulation on salt intake

    By Adeyemi Adeleye

    The Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) on Monday called on governments and health sector stakeholders to regulate salt intake to maintain adequate hypertension (High Blood Pressure, HBP) control in the country.

    Prof. Basden Onwubere, Chairman, NHF Hypertension Committee, made the call in his address at an event organised by the foundation to commemorate the World Hypertension Day 2021 in Lagos.

    Onwubere, also called for increased awareness at the grassroots, saying that to control HBP, it was advisable to reduce salt consumption to less than five grammes daily and to choose a healthy diet with vegetables.

    According to him, there is also the need to avoid smoking, limit alcohol consumption, maintain healthy weight, avoid sedentary lifestyles, and exercise daily to reduce the risk hypertension posed to the Nigerian population.

    “Globally, more than one billion people are known to have Hypertension and the figure is estimated to increase to 1.5 billion by 2025.

    “Of great concern is the fact that more than half of the individuals with Hypertension are unaware of it.

    “In the low- and middle-income countries less than 40 % are unaware. In some of these countries, awareness levels are even less than 10%.

    “A nation-wide survey in Nigeria published about two decades ago by Akinkugbe et al showed awareness level for Hypertension of 30 per cent and recent publications have not shown any significant improvement.

    “This low level of awareness has given it the name: ‘The Silent Killer’,” he said.

    Onwubere noted that hypertension remained the most common Non Communicable Disease (NCD) and known cardiovascular risk factor with a significant number of global deaths attributable to its complications.

    The professor said that studies also showed very poor control levels of HBP worse in the Low- and Middle-Income countries such as Nigeria.

    “Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease) is the commonest cause of death in the adult population in Nigeria and Hypertension is the number one Heart Disease affecting nothing less than 30 per cent of the adult population.

    “Hypertension is the main risk for Stroke, Heart Attack (Coronary Heart Disease), Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart Failure, Abnormal Heart Rhythms and Dementia,” he said.

    According to him, with this year’s WHD theme, “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer”, the WHL (World Hypertension League) has considered the current statistics as showing low awareness and poor control of HBP.

    He said that the WHL recommended that all countries use this opportunity to create community awareness through Hypertension Screening Outreach programmes which are going on in many centres in Nigeria and globally today.

    Onwubere said that relevant governmental agencies in the health sector were also advised to ensure adequate prevention of avoidable deaths and morbidity in the country.

    He said that COVID-19 pandemic worsened the risks and  burden of hypertensive patients.

    The NHF committee chairman added that the world-wide lockdown of social and economic activities during this era significantly affected the control of HBP, particularly in countries such as Nigeria.

    Also speaking, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, the Executive Director of NHF, said that governments should know that awareness of hypertension was still very poor, and access should be given to people for diagnosis and treatment in Primary Health Centres.

    “Our intake of salt is not going down in this country. Salt is the number one poison that adds to hypertension.

    “We would have been happy if our government had allowed us to have a regulation on salt intake. We need a law that will regulate the amount of salt in food available in supermarkets.

    “There are countries that have that. We need to regulate salt intake. The more we take vegetable, the more healthy we are,” Akinroye added.

    He said the NCDs had made advocacy for the inclusion of hypertension, diabetes, sickle cells and mental health diseases in the Federal Government’ Basic Healthcare Provision Funds necessary.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Hypertension Day is celebrated on May 17 every year to raise awareness of Hypertension and broaden appropriate knowledge of people about Hypertension. (NAN)

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  •   Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Wednesday said the Federal Housing Authority FHA had since inception delivered 45 000 housing units in 81 estates across the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FHA is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Works and Housing saddled with the task of addressing the housing needs of Nigerians particularly federal government workers Fashola who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the 24th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC said he presented over a 280 page report to the Council on the ministry s interventions in the housing sector so far The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa Abuja The minister further disclosed that the ministry had completed additional 186 housing units while 2 300 others would soon be completed He revealed that the ministry had also made the process of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy C of O easier for those who prefer to build their own houses saying a total of 3 290 C of Os had been given out in recent times According to him any worker who contributes to National Housing Fund NHF domiciled in the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for six months is qualified to access the fund to buy houses of their choice He added that main reason physical assets were not allowed as collateral for accessing loan to buy or build houses was because anyone who desires to access the NHF must be a certified contributor to the housing fund He therefore advised those who want to obtain loan to build their houses to always ensure that their landed property must have titles Fashola said his ministry also updated Council on the progress of works in the various Federal Secretariat projects in Gombe Benue and Ekiti states among others The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire who also fielded questions from the correspondents linked the reported strange deaths in Delta and Enugu States to yellow fever He said Yes there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states making it a total of four states The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever So the response has been going on from National Center for Disease Contry NCDC vaccination is going on in all these areas Few days ago there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly saying that in his constituency there is unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response He said already the Nigeria Center for Disease Control had been directed to go and carry out investigation As we speak they have to collect samples do tests and do some laboratory investigations before we are sure exactly what it is and what the cause is So the response is going on automatically and we shall get result very soon The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enugu State has been battling to contain the outbreak of the disease in two communities Ette Uno and Umuopu in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of the state but it has now spread to Nsukka and Isi Uzo Delta State had recently reported that no fewer than 22 deaths were recorded in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state due to the outbreak of the disease Meanwhile Ehanire and the Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu also told the correspondents that they briefed Council on their interface with stakeholders in their respective states as regards ENDSARS protests Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Ministry delivers 45,000 Housing Units, provides 3,290 C of Os – Minister
      Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Wednesday said the Federal Housing Authority FHA had since inception delivered 45 000 housing units in 81 estates across the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FHA is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Works and Housing saddled with the task of addressing the housing needs of Nigerians particularly federal government workers Fashola who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the 24th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC said he presented over a 280 page report to the Council on the ministry s interventions in the housing sector so far The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa Abuja The minister further disclosed that the ministry had completed additional 186 housing units while 2 300 others would soon be completed He revealed that the ministry had also made the process of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy C of O easier for those who prefer to build their own houses saying a total of 3 290 C of Os had been given out in recent times According to him any worker who contributes to National Housing Fund NHF domiciled in the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for six months is qualified to access the fund to buy houses of their choice He added that main reason physical assets were not allowed as collateral for accessing loan to buy or build houses was because anyone who desires to access the NHF must be a certified contributor to the housing fund He therefore advised those who want to obtain loan to build their houses to always ensure that their landed property must have titles Fashola said his ministry also updated Council on the progress of works in the various Federal Secretariat projects in Gombe Benue and Ekiti states among others The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire who also fielded questions from the correspondents linked the reported strange deaths in Delta and Enugu States to yellow fever He said Yes there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states making it a total of four states The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever So the response has been going on from National Center for Disease Contry NCDC vaccination is going on in all these areas Few days ago there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly saying that in his constituency there is unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response He said already the Nigeria Center for Disease Control had been directed to go and carry out investigation As we speak they have to collect samples do tests and do some laboratory investigations before we are sure exactly what it is and what the cause is So the response is going on automatically and we shall get result very soon The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enugu State has been battling to contain the outbreak of the disease in two communities Ette Uno and Umuopu in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of the state but it has now spread to Nsukka and Isi Uzo Delta State had recently reported that no fewer than 22 deaths were recorded in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state due to the outbreak of the disease Meanwhile Ehanire and the Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu also told the correspondents that they briefed Council on their interface with stakeholders in their respective states as regards ENDSARS protests Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Ministry delivers 45,000 Housing Units, provides 3,290 C of Os – Minister
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    Ministry delivers 45,000 Housing Units, provides 3,290 C of Os – Minister

    Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) had since inception delivered 45,000 housing units in 81 estates across the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FHA is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Works and Housing saddled with the task of addressing the housing needs of Nigerians, particularly federal government workers.

    Fashola, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the 24th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), said he presented over a 280-page report to the Council on the ministry’s interventions in the housing sector so far,

    The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The minister further disclosed that the ministry had completed additional 186 housing units, while 2,300 others would soon be completed.

    He revealed that the ministry had also made the process of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) easier for those who prefer to build their own houses, saying a total of 3,290 C of Os had been given out in recent times.

    According to him, any worker who contributes to National Housing Fund (NHF) domiciled in the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for six months is qualified to access the fund to buy houses of their choice.

    He added that main reason physical assets were not allowed as collateral for accessing loan to buy or build houses was because anyone who desires to access the NHF must be a certified contributor to the housing fund.

    He, therefore, advised those who want to obtain loan to build their houses to always ensure that their landed property must have titles.

    Fashola said his ministry also updated Council on the progress of works in the various Federal Secretariat projects in Gombe, Benue and Ekiti states, among others.

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who also fielded questions from the correspondents, linked the reported strange deaths in Delta and Enugu States to yellow fever.

    He said: “Yes, there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states making it a total of four states.

    “The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever. So the response has been going on from National Center for Disease Contry (NCDC), vaccination is going on in all these areas.

    “Few days ago, there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly saying that in his constituency there is unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response.’’

    He said already the Nigeria Center for Disease Control had been directed to go and carry out investigation.

    “As we speak they have to collect samples, do tests and do some laboratory investigations before we are sure exactly what it is and what the cause is.

    “So, the response is going on automatically and we shall get result very soon.’’

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enugu State has been battling to contain the outbreak of the disease in two communities – Ette Uno and Umuopu – in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state, but it has now spread to Nsukka and Isi-Uzo.

    Delta State had recently reported that no fewer than 22 deaths were recorded in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state due to the outbreak of the disease.

    Meanwhile, Ehanire and the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, also told the correspondents that they briefed Council on their interface with stakeholders in their respective states as regards #ENDSARS protests.


    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

  •  Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN has expressed willingness to support Ahmadu Bello University ABU authorities drive to provide affordable housing for its staff and ensure adequate hostel accommodation for its students Mr Ahmed Abubakar Group Head Corporate Communications FMBN said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja Abubakar explained that the FMBN Managing Director Mr Ahmed Dangiwa said this when the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of ABU Prof Kabir Bala and other top management officials paid him a courtesy visit Dangiwa an alumnus of ABU encouraged the institution s management to leverage on the FMBN s unique portfolio of affordable housing products to enhance the welfare conditions of staff This includes the Individual Construction Loan that provides up to N15million at seven per cent interest rate to NHF contributors with unencumbered land appropriate titles and approved building plans to undertake self construction Beneficiaries can pay back over a period of up to 30 years depending on their age and number of years left in service he said The FMBN boss said that the university could also organise its staff to take advantage of the bank s Cooperative Housing Development Loan He explained that the facility enabled structured groups with a plot of land to develop houses for allocation to its members He further said key features of the scheme included tenures of up to 24 months with a moratorium of 12 months and an interest rate of 10 per cent According to him up to N500 million is accessible by qualified cooperative societies under the facility Dangiwa also urged the university to come up with comprehensive building plans that would involve quantitative civil and architectural designs that would be cost effective for its staff He noted that FMBN already had funded estates in two locations in Kaduna including Zango Shanu at Samaru Zaria and along Kaduna Expressway that ABU staff that contributed to the NHF could seek loans from the bank to purchase Responding Vice Chancellor expressed appreciation to the FMBN boss and his team for the reception and willingness to support his administration s affordable housing plan for staff Bala also sought FMBN s support toward tackling the lingering student hostels accommodation challenges in the institution Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu and Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    FMBN to support ABU’s staff housing plan
     Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN has expressed willingness to support Ahmadu Bello University ABU authorities drive to provide affordable housing for its staff and ensure adequate hostel accommodation for its students Mr Ahmed Abubakar Group Head Corporate Communications FMBN said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja Abubakar explained that the FMBN Managing Director Mr Ahmed Dangiwa said this when the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of ABU Prof Kabir Bala and other top management officials paid him a courtesy visit Dangiwa an alumnus of ABU encouraged the institution s management to leverage on the FMBN s unique portfolio of affordable housing products to enhance the welfare conditions of staff This includes the Individual Construction Loan that provides up to N15million at seven per cent interest rate to NHF contributors with unencumbered land appropriate titles and approved building plans to undertake self construction Beneficiaries can pay back over a period of up to 30 years depending on their age and number of years left in service he said The FMBN boss said that the university could also organise its staff to take advantage of the bank s Cooperative Housing Development Loan He explained that the facility enabled structured groups with a plot of land to develop houses for allocation to its members He further said key features of the scheme included tenures of up to 24 months with a moratorium of 12 months and an interest rate of 10 per cent According to him up to N500 million is accessible by qualified cooperative societies under the facility Dangiwa also urged the university to come up with comprehensive building plans that would involve quantitative civil and architectural designs that would be cost effective for its staff He noted that FMBN already had funded estates in two locations in Kaduna including Zango Shanu at Samaru Zaria and along Kaduna Expressway that ABU staff that contributed to the NHF could seek loans from the bank to purchase Responding Vice Chancellor expressed appreciation to the FMBN boss and his team for the reception and willingness to support his administration s affordable housing plan for staff Bala also sought FMBN s support toward tackling the lingering student hostels accommodation challenges in the institution Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu and Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    FMBN to support ABU’s staff housing plan
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    FMBN to support ABU’s staff housing plan

    Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has expressed willingness to support Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) authorities’ drive to provide affordable housing for its staff and ensure adequate hostel accommodation for its students.

    Mr Ahmed Abubakar, Group Head, Corporate Communications, FMBN, said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

    Abubakar explained that the FMBN Managing-Director, Mr Ahmed  Dangiwa, said this when  the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Kabir Bala and other top management officials paid him a courtesy visit.

    Dangiwa, an alumnus of ABU, encouraged the institution’s management to leverage on the FMBN’s unique portfolio of affordable housing products to enhance the welfare conditions of staff.

    “This includes the Individual Construction Loan that provides up to N15million at seven per cent interest rate, to NHF contributors with unencumbered land, appropriate titles, and approved building plans to undertake self-construction.

    “Beneficiaries can pay back over a period of up to 30 years, depending on their age and number of years left in service,’’ he said.

    The FMBN boss said that the university could also organise its staff to take advantage of the bank’s Cooperative Housing Development Loan.

    He explained that the facility enabled structured groups with a plot of land to develop houses for allocation to its members.

    He further said key features of the scheme included tenures of up to 24 months with a moratorium of 12 months and an interest rate of 10 per cent.

    According to him, up to N500 million is accessible by qualified cooperative societies under the facility.

    Dangiwa also urged the university to come up with comprehensive building plans that would involve quantitative, civil, and architectural designs that would be cost effective for its staff.

    He noted that FMBN already had funded estates in two locations in Kaduna, including Zango Shanu at Samaru Zaria and along Kaduna Expressway, that ABU staff that contributed to the NHF could seek loans from the bank to purchase.

    Responding, Vice Chancellor expressed appreciation to the FMBN boss and his team for the reception and willingness to support his administration’s affordable housing plan for staff.

    Bala also sought FMBN’s support toward tackling the lingering student hostels accommodation challenges in the institution.


    Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu and Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

     

     

     

  •  The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund NHF has announced a 22 4 million dollars funding for 2020 to address increased vulnerability of people affected by both COVID 19 pandemic and insurgency in Borno Adamawa and Yobe Mr Edward Kallon the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said that the fund was the largest donation since its commencement in 2017 According to him the fund is coming at a critical time when the region is entering its 11th year of crisis occasioned by continued insurgency which is now compounded by the COVID 19 pandemic Before and during the COVID 19 response the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has proven to be a rapid and flexible funding tool enabling aid actors to adapt to fast changing humanitarian emergencies With the new coronavirus now spreading across the country the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund swiftly provided emergency funds to procure essential personal protective equipment for frontline aid workers when the pandemic reached Nigeria This allocation will further support urgent efforts in Borno Adamawa and Yobe Kallon said He said that the NHF donation was just a fragment of the over 246 million dollars which was required in 2020 for COVID 19 specific humanitarian actions in North east Kallon said that the figure was also in addition to the 834 million dollars funding needed to provide urgent aid to about 5 9 million people across the three conflict affected states He added that the United Nations and humanitarian partners estimated that 7 9 million people were already in dire need of humanitarian assistance before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic This number is expected to increase as the effects of the pandemic exacerbate humanitarian needs including health services food security and livelihoods The impact of COVID 19 has made it even more essential for donors to contribute to the NHF and support aid organisations in adapting their response and providing critical life saving assistance in North east Nigeria Kallon explained The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NHF was launched in February 2017 and is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA The fund has received contributions from Belgium Canada Germany Ireland the Republic of Korea the Netherlands Norway Qatar Sweden and Switzerland for urgent actions in 2020 Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    COVID-19: NHF earmarks .4m for North East in 2020
     The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund NHF has announced a 22 4 million dollars funding for 2020 to address increased vulnerability of people affected by both COVID 19 pandemic and insurgency in Borno Adamawa and Yobe Mr Edward Kallon the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said that the fund was the largest donation since its commencement in 2017 According to him the fund is coming at a critical time when the region is entering its 11th year of crisis occasioned by continued insurgency which is now compounded by the COVID 19 pandemic Before and during the COVID 19 response the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has proven to be a rapid and flexible funding tool enabling aid actors to adapt to fast changing humanitarian emergencies With the new coronavirus now spreading across the country the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund swiftly provided emergency funds to procure essential personal protective equipment for frontline aid workers when the pandemic reached Nigeria This allocation will further support urgent efforts in Borno Adamawa and Yobe Kallon said He said that the NHF donation was just a fragment of the over 246 million dollars which was required in 2020 for COVID 19 specific humanitarian actions in North east Kallon said that the figure was also in addition to the 834 million dollars funding needed to provide urgent aid to about 5 9 million people across the three conflict affected states He added that the United Nations and humanitarian partners estimated that 7 9 million people were already in dire need of humanitarian assistance before the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic This number is expected to increase as the effects of the pandemic exacerbate humanitarian needs including health services food security and livelihoods The impact of COVID 19 has made it even more essential for donors to contribute to the NHF and support aid organisations in adapting their response and providing critical life saving assistance in North east Nigeria Kallon explained The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NHF was launched in February 2017 and is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA The fund has received contributions from Belgium Canada Germany Ireland the Republic of Korea the Netherlands Norway Qatar Sweden and Switzerland for urgent actions in 2020 Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    COVID-19: NHF earmarks .4m for North East in 2020
    Foreign2 years ago

    COVID-19: NHF earmarks $22.4m for North East in 2020

    The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) has announced a 22.4 million dollars funding for 2020 to address increased vulnerability of people affected by both COVID-19 pandemic and insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.Mr Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the fund was the largest donation since its commencement in 2017.According to him, the fund is coming at a critical time when the region is entering its 11th year of crisis occasioned by continued insurgency which is now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Before and during the COVID-19 response, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund has proven to be a rapid and flexible funding tool enabling aid actors to adapt to fast-changing humanitarian emergencies.“With the new coronavirus now spreading across the country, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund swiftly provided emergency funds to procure essential personal protective equipment for frontline aid workers when the pandemic reached Nigeria.“This allocation will further support urgent efforts in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe,” Kallon said.He said that the NHF donation was just a fragment of the over 246 million dollars which was required in 2020 for COVID-19 specific humanitarian actions in North-east.Kallon said that the figure was also in addition to the 834 million dollars funding needed to provide urgent aid to about 5.9 million people across the three conflict-affected states.He added that the United Nations and humanitarian partners estimated that 7.9 million people were already in dire need of humanitarian assistance before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.“This number is expected to increase as the effects of the pandemic exacerbate humanitarian needs, including health services, food security and livelihoods.“The impact of COVID-19 has made it even more essential for donors to contribute to the NHF and support aid organisations in adapting their response and providing critical life-saving assistance in North-east Nigeria,” Kallon explained.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NHF was launched in February 2017 and is being managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The fund has received contributions from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Sweden and Switzerland for urgent actions in 2020.Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

  •  The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Nigeria Labour Congress Trade Union Congress TUC and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA are poised to deliver 100 affordable houses in six states of the Federation Mr Ayuba Wabba President of NLC made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja on the progress made in the implementation of collaboration among the four organisations on National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme for Nigerian workers According to Wabba the first phase of the programme is at various stages of completion in 14 pilot centres where construction work has commenced We have so far attained about 80 per cent completion in these centres with some of the centres presently awaiting commissioning The following sites are now fully completed and ready for commissioning by April 2020 Jigawa Nasarawa Kogi Enugu Akwa Ibom and Adamawa In addition apart from these states ready for commissioning we also have the following states which are at various stages of completion Ondo Ogun Delta Abia Sokoto Katsina Borno Lagos and FCT Wabba said He said the phase 2 of the programme was about to take off and appealed to state governors where the programme had not commenced to provide FMBN with 10 hectares of land for the take off This will enable us implement the programme with 200 units in their respective states for the benefit of their workers We also like to appeal to the governors to provide infrastructure to the estates in order to make the houses more affordable as a way of subsidy The bank is presently reviewing the building designs as well as the bill of quantities to further enhance affordability and conformity with building codes he said Speaking on the criteria for participation in ownership Wabba said workers that were contributors to the National Housing Fund NHF were eligible to be off takers since they contributed about two per cent of their salaries to the scheme He added that one of the derivables from the collaboration was that all the labour centres would be part of the process for building the houses thereby ensuring that the houses were affordable On what labour was doing to ensure the speedy passage of the NHF Act on the floor of the National Assembly he said they were looking at the issues surrounding it to ensure that all stakeholders worked in synergy and pursued the enactment of the law On his part the Director General NECA Mr Timothy Olawale said the partnership had been able to reinforce the confidence of stakeholders that as many that were interested in owning homes could get one There is no suspicion that probably when the bank builds it is going to be highjacked by powers stronger than the workers because distribution and access to the houses will be through the stakeholders Now workers are contributing joyfully without compulsion because there is hope that houses are there and houses are going to be delivered Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was a collaborative effort between FMBN and the labour centres to address the daunting challenges of home ownership amongst Nigerian workers It planned to provide 100 houses in each state of the Federation starting with 14 pilot project centres in phase 1 with two projects in each geopolitical zone with Lagos and Abuja as special centres Edited By Chioma Ugboma Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    FMBN, NLC others to deliver 100 housing units each in 6 states
     The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Nigeria Labour Congress Trade Union Congress TUC and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA are poised to deliver 100 affordable houses in six states of the Federation Mr Ayuba Wabba President of NLC made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja on the progress made in the implementation of collaboration among the four organisations on National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme for Nigerian workers According to Wabba the first phase of the programme is at various stages of completion in 14 pilot centres where construction work has commenced We have so far attained about 80 per cent completion in these centres with some of the centres presently awaiting commissioning The following sites are now fully completed and ready for commissioning by April 2020 Jigawa Nasarawa Kogi Enugu Akwa Ibom and Adamawa In addition apart from these states ready for commissioning we also have the following states which are at various stages of completion Ondo Ogun Delta Abia Sokoto Katsina Borno Lagos and FCT Wabba said He said the phase 2 of the programme was about to take off and appealed to state governors where the programme had not commenced to provide FMBN with 10 hectares of land for the take off This will enable us implement the programme with 200 units in their respective states for the benefit of their workers We also like to appeal to the governors to provide infrastructure to the estates in order to make the houses more affordable as a way of subsidy The bank is presently reviewing the building designs as well as the bill of quantities to further enhance affordability and conformity with building codes he said Speaking on the criteria for participation in ownership Wabba said workers that were contributors to the National Housing Fund NHF were eligible to be off takers since they contributed about two per cent of their salaries to the scheme He added that one of the derivables from the collaboration was that all the labour centres would be part of the process for building the houses thereby ensuring that the houses were affordable On what labour was doing to ensure the speedy passage of the NHF Act on the floor of the National Assembly he said they were looking at the issues surrounding it to ensure that all stakeholders worked in synergy and pursued the enactment of the law On his part the Director General NECA Mr Timothy Olawale said the partnership had been able to reinforce the confidence of stakeholders that as many that were interested in owning homes could get one There is no suspicion that probably when the bank builds it is going to be highjacked by powers stronger than the workers because distribution and access to the houses will be through the stakeholders Now workers are contributing joyfully without compulsion because there is hope that houses are there and houses are going to be delivered Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was a collaborative effort between FMBN and the labour centres to address the daunting challenges of home ownership amongst Nigerian workers It planned to provide 100 houses in each state of the Federation starting with 14 pilot project centres in phase 1 with two projects in each geopolitical zone with Lagos and Abuja as special centres Edited By Chioma Ugboma Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    FMBN, NLC others to deliver 100 housing units each in 6 states
    Metro3 years ago

    FMBN, NLC others to deliver 100 housing units each in 6 states

    The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) are poised to deliver 100 affordable houses in  six states of the Federation.

    Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of NLC, made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja,  on the progress made in the implementation of collaboration among the four organisations on  National Affordable  Housing Delivery Programme for Nigerian workers.

    According to Wabba, the first phase of the programme is at various stages of completion in 14 pilot centres where construction work has commenced.

    “We have so far attained about 80 per cent completion in these centres with some of the centres presently awaiting commissioning.

    “The following sites are now fully completed and ready for commissioning by April 2020: Jigawa, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Adamawa

    “In addition,  apart from  these states ready for commissioning, we also have the following states which are at various stages of completion- Ondo, Ogun, Delta, Abia, Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Lagos and FCT ,’’ Wabba said.

    He said the phase 2 of the programme was about to take off and appealed to state governors where the programme had not commenced to provide FMBN with 10 hectares of land for the take off.

    “This will enable us implement the programme with 200 units in their respective states for the benefit of their workers.

    “We also like to appeal to the governors to provide infrastructure to the estates in order to make the houses more affordable as a way of subsidy.

    “The bank is presently reviewing the building designs as well as the bill of quantities to further enhance affordability and conformity with building codes,” he said.

    Speaking on the criteria for participation in ownership, Wabba said workers that were contributors to the National Housing Fund (NHF) were eligible to be off-takers since they contributed about two per cent of their salaries to the scheme.

    He added that one of the derivables from the collaboration was that all the labour centres would be part of the process for building the houses,  thereby ensuring that the houses were affordable.

    On what labour was doing to ensure the speedy passage of the NHF Act on the floor of the National Assembly, he said they were looking at the issues surrounding it to ensure that all stakeholders worked in synergy and pursued the enactment of the law.

    On his part, the Director General, NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, said the partnership had been able to reinforce the confidence of stakeholders that as many that were interested in owning homes could get one.

    “There is no suspicion that probably when the bank builds, it is going to be highjacked  by powers stronger than the workers because distribution and access to the houses will be through the stakeholders.

    “Now workers are contributing joyfully without compulsion because there is hope that houses are there and houses are going to be delivered.

     Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was a collaborative effort between FMBN and the labour centres to address the daunting challenges of home ownership amongst Nigerian workers.

    It  planned to provide 100 houses in each state of the Federation starting with 14 pilot project centres in phase 1 with two projects in each geopolitical zone with Lagos and Abuja as special centres.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Isaac Aregbesola
    (NAN)

  •  Members of Association of Resident Doctors Federal Capital Territory Administration ARD FCTA have embarked on indefinite strike over non payment of their salaries The President of the FCT chapter of the association Dr Roland Aigbovo said at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja that the strike which started on Monday was to press home their demand for urgent payment of their salaries He said that the strike would be observed by all members of ARD FCTA which comprised of all doctors practicing in the 14 districts andgeneral hospitals Department of Public Health and Primary Healthcare Development Board under the FCTA excluding consultants He added that our members were thrown into serious financial distress following non payment of our salaries when due and we waitedpatiently after the end of year 2019 and new year 2020 celebrations till third week of February only for us to receive a paltry sum of moneyas January salary The money received ranged from one fifth to one tenth of our salary with the exclusion of the newly employed members who have notbeen paid for about five to seven months Aigbovo said that arising from the association s First Quarter Ordinary General Meeting held on Feb 24 a 14 day ultimatum was issuedto the FCTA management on the demands These according to him include payment of the balance skipping arrears payment of first 28 days already approved by the FCT minister as well as the payment of 2016 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears Other issues include the improvement on security situation in hospitals as well as the provision and maintenance of equipment andinfrastructure in the various hospitals in the territory Aigbovo said that when the 14 day ultimatum lapsed on March 6 a seven day extension was also granted by the Congress of the associationat an Emergency General Meeting EGM with the inclusion of the payment of February 2020 salary It will interest you to know that on Friday March 13 FCTA started payment of February 2020 salary with no third party deductions likepension tax NHF association dues cooperative contributions and others like loans repayment Our newly employed members were paid only one month out of five to seven months and house officers were paid two months without theconsequential adjustment of the new minimum wage and the arrears An emergency general meeting of our association held yesterday Monday and it was unanimously agreed that until all our demandsare met the indefinite strike which commenced on March 16 will continue He appealed to the Minister of FCT Malam Muhammad Bello to look into the association s demands with a view to resolving them as soon as possible Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Salary: Abuja Resident Doctors embark on indefinite strike
     Members of Association of Resident Doctors Federal Capital Territory Administration ARD FCTA have embarked on indefinite strike over non payment of their salaries The President of the FCT chapter of the association Dr Roland Aigbovo said at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja that the strike which started on Monday was to press home their demand for urgent payment of their salaries He said that the strike would be observed by all members of ARD FCTA which comprised of all doctors practicing in the 14 districts andgeneral hospitals Department of Public Health and Primary Healthcare Development Board under the FCTA excluding consultants He added that our members were thrown into serious financial distress following non payment of our salaries when due and we waitedpatiently after the end of year 2019 and new year 2020 celebrations till third week of February only for us to receive a paltry sum of moneyas January salary The money received ranged from one fifth to one tenth of our salary with the exclusion of the newly employed members who have notbeen paid for about five to seven months Aigbovo said that arising from the association s First Quarter Ordinary General Meeting held on Feb 24 a 14 day ultimatum was issuedto the FCTA management on the demands These according to him include payment of the balance skipping arrears payment of first 28 days already approved by the FCT minister as well as the payment of 2016 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears Other issues include the improvement on security situation in hospitals as well as the provision and maintenance of equipment andinfrastructure in the various hospitals in the territory Aigbovo said that when the 14 day ultimatum lapsed on March 6 a seven day extension was also granted by the Congress of the associationat an Emergency General Meeting EGM with the inclusion of the payment of February 2020 salary It will interest you to know that on Friday March 13 FCTA started payment of February 2020 salary with no third party deductions likepension tax NHF association dues cooperative contributions and others like loans repayment Our newly employed members were paid only one month out of five to seven months and house officers were paid two months without theconsequential adjustment of the new minimum wage and the arrears An emergency general meeting of our association held yesterday Monday and it was unanimously agreed that until all our demandsare met the indefinite strike which commenced on March 16 will continue He appealed to the Minister of FCT Malam Muhammad Bello to look into the association s demands with a view to resolving them as soon as possible Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Salary: Abuja Resident Doctors embark on indefinite strike
    Health3 years ago

    Salary: Abuja Resident Doctors embark on indefinite strike

    Members of Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration (ARD-FCTA)

    have embarked on indefinite strike over non-payment of their salaries.

    The President of the FCT chapter of the association, Dr Roland Aigbovo, said at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja that the strike,

    which started on Monday, was to press home their demand for urgent payment of their salaries..

    He said that the strike would be observed by all members of ARD-FCTA which comprised of all doctors practicing in the 14 districts and

    general hospitals, Department of Public Health and Primary Healthcare Development Board under the FCTA, excluding consultants.

    He added that “our members were thrown into serious financial distress following non-payment of our salaries when due and we waited

    patiently after the end of year 2019 and new year 2020 celebrations till third week of February, only for us to receive a paltry sum of money

    as January salary.

    “The money received ranged from one-fifth to one-tenth of our salary with the exclusion of the newly employed members who have not

    been paid for about five to seven months.”

    Aigbovo said that arising from the association’s First Quarter Ordinary General Meeting held on Feb. 24, a 14-day ultimatum was issued

    to the FCTA management on the demands.

    These, according to him, include payment of the balance skipping arrears, payment of first 28 days already approved by the FCT minister,

    as well as the payment of 2016, 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears.

    Other issues include the improvement on security situation in hospitals, as well as the provision and maintenance of equipment and

    infrastructure in the various hospitals in the territory.

    Aigbovo said that when the 14-day ultimatum lapsed on  March 6, a seven-day extension was also granted by the Congress of the association

    at an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) with the inclusion of the payment of February 2020 salary.

    “It will interest you to know that on Friday, March 13, FCTA started payment of February 2020 salary with no third-party deductions like

    pension, tax, NHF, association dues, cooperative contributions and others like loans repayment.

    “Our newly employed members were paid only one month out of five to seven months and house officers were paid two months without the

    consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage and the arrears.

    “An emergency general meeting of our association held yesterday (Monday) and it was unanimously agreed that until all our demands

    are met, the indefinite strike, which commenced on March 16 will continue.”

    He appealed to the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad  Bello, to look into the association’s demands with a view to resolving them as soon as possible.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola says Cooperative Societies are critical tools to achieving affordable housing for Nigerians Fashola said this at the inauguration of Wood Hill Estate under the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Cooperative Housing Development Loan in Abuja on Monday He said that the partnership between cooperatives subscribers developers and banks was helping to address housing deficit in the country Fashola however acknowledged the problem of housing deficit in the country which he said government was addressing He noted that the deficit was more noticeable in the urban centres than in the rural areas because of the existence of empty houses that were beyond the purse of those that need them Those empty houses speak eloquently of the problem that federal mortgage bank and the cooperative societies are trying solve concerning of affordability In most instances you find that the empty houses are too big too small or too expensive to meet or a combination of both for the wallet of the off taker But today because of our strategic partnership with cooperatives and the federal mortgage bank the Buhari government is addressing the question of affordability Therefore cooperatives have become a very critical tool to address this problem Cooperatives have worked in many other sectors of our national life They have worked in agric transportation and business sector and we thought as a policy it is something that we must now engage Fashola said Fashola also used the occasion to inaugurate the National Cooperative House Development Scheme He said that the idea was for people to acquire their own lands organise themselves into registered cooperatives and get titles of the land from their state governments This is to ensure that no successive governments destroy their houses with the excuse of being a slum Once this is done go to any Federal Mortgage Bank in any of the 36 states of the federation and you are sure to get a loan We would be using the energy of cooperatives as voluntary societies to help people build what they want what they can afford and what they can sustain Dr Adewale Adeeyo Chairman Board of Directors FMBN earlier said that the bank was intensifying the National Housing Fund NHF membership drive through cooperative societies to reach out to Nigerians in the informal sector who constitute the greater percentage of citizens He urged cooperative societies to mobilise their members to register as contributors to the NHF scheme which could open opportunities to owning their own houses Adeeyo said that the bank was committed to sustaining all efforts to ensure FMBN retained its enviable position as the foremost mortgage institution in Nigeria Also speaking the Managing Director FMBN Mr Ahmed Dangiwa said that NHF scheme was meeting its mandate of delivering houses that were well built decent and affordable to Nigerians especially the medium and low income workers FMBN was encouraged to revamp its cooperative housing development loan that advances construction loans to housing cooperatives This estate is the first cooperative estate that will be commissioned by FMBN out of many that are nearing completion I appreciate the confidence of Akacare Multipurpose cooperative society reposed in FMBN you have given us the opportunity to once again prove that the NHFS scheme is a reality and is working Dangiwa said Nigeria News Agency reports that the project was a collaborative effort between Akacare Multi Purpose Cooperative Society and M s Perfect Estate Developers The project is in two phases with a total of 154 units comprising of 80 units of two bedrooms semi detached bungalows and 74 units of three bedroom detached bungalows NAN reports that the phase one had been fully completed with 40 units of two bedrooms semi detached bungalows and 37 units of three bedrooms semi detached bungalows Edited By Nick Nicholas Isaac Aregbesola
    Cooperative Society, critical tool to achieving affordable housing – Fashola
     Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola says Cooperative Societies are critical tools to achieving affordable housing for Nigerians Fashola said this at the inauguration of Wood Hill Estate under the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Cooperative Housing Development Loan in Abuja on Monday He said that the partnership between cooperatives subscribers developers and banks was helping to address housing deficit in the country Fashola however acknowledged the problem of housing deficit in the country which he said government was addressing He noted that the deficit was more noticeable in the urban centres than in the rural areas because of the existence of empty houses that were beyond the purse of those that need them Those empty houses speak eloquently of the problem that federal mortgage bank and the cooperative societies are trying solve concerning of affordability In most instances you find that the empty houses are too big too small or too expensive to meet or a combination of both for the wallet of the off taker But today because of our strategic partnership with cooperatives and the federal mortgage bank the Buhari government is addressing the question of affordability Therefore cooperatives have become a very critical tool to address this problem Cooperatives have worked in many other sectors of our national life They have worked in agric transportation and business sector and we thought as a policy it is something that we must now engage Fashola said Fashola also used the occasion to inaugurate the National Cooperative House Development Scheme He said that the idea was for people to acquire their own lands organise themselves into registered cooperatives and get titles of the land from their state governments This is to ensure that no successive governments destroy their houses with the excuse of being a slum Once this is done go to any Federal Mortgage Bank in any of the 36 states of the federation and you are sure to get a loan We would be using the energy of cooperatives as voluntary societies to help people build what they want what they can afford and what they can sustain Dr Adewale Adeeyo Chairman Board of Directors FMBN earlier said that the bank was intensifying the National Housing Fund NHF membership drive through cooperative societies to reach out to Nigerians in the informal sector who constitute the greater percentage of citizens He urged cooperative societies to mobilise their members to register as contributors to the NHF scheme which could open opportunities to owning their own houses Adeeyo said that the bank was committed to sustaining all efforts to ensure FMBN retained its enviable position as the foremost mortgage institution in Nigeria Also speaking the Managing Director FMBN Mr Ahmed Dangiwa said that NHF scheme was meeting its mandate of delivering houses that were well built decent and affordable to Nigerians especially the medium and low income workers FMBN was encouraged to revamp its cooperative housing development loan that advances construction loans to housing cooperatives This estate is the first cooperative estate that will be commissioned by FMBN out of many that are nearing completion I appreciate the confidence of Akacare Multipurpose cooperative society reposed in FMBN you have given us the opportunity to once again prove that the NHFS scheme is a reality and is working Dangiwa said Nigeria News Agency reports that the project was a collaborative effort between Akacare Multi Purpose Cooperative Society and M s Perfect Estate Developers The project is in two phases with a total of 154 units comprising of 80 units of two bedrooms semi detached bungalows and 74 units of three bedroom detached bungalows NAN reports that the phase one had been fully completed with 40 units of two bedrooms semi detached bungalows and 37 units of three bedrooms semi detached bungalows Edited By Nick Nicholas Isaac Aregbesola
    Cooperative Society, critical tool to achieving affordable housing – Fashola
    Metro3 years ago

    Cooperative Society, critical tool to achieving affordable housing – Fashola

    Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola says Cooperative Societies are critical tools to achieving affordable housing for Nigerians.

    Fashola said this at the inauguration of Wood Hill Estate under the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) Cooperative Housing Development Loan, in Abuja on Monday.

    He said that the partnership between cooperatives, subscribers, developers, and banks was helping to address housing deficit in the country.

    Fashola however, acknowledged the problem of housing deficit in the country which he said government was addressing.

    He noted that the deficit was more noticeable in the urban centres than in the rural areas because of the existence of empty houses that were beyond the purse of those that need them.

    “Those empty houses speak eloquently of the problem that federal mortgage bank and the cooperative societies are trying solve concerning of affordability.

    “In most instances you find that the empty houses are too big, too small or too expensive to meet, or a combination of both for the wallet of the off-taker.

    “But, today because of our strategic partnership with cooperatives and the federal mortgage bank, the Buhari government is addressing the question of affordability.

    “Therefore cooperatives have become a very critical tool to address this problem. Cooperatives have worked in many other sectors of our national life.

    “They have worked in agric, transportation and business sector, and we thought as a policy it is something that we must now engage,’’ Fashola said.

    Fashola also used the occasion to inaugurate the National Cooperative House Development Scheme.

    He said that the idea was for people to acquire their own lands, organise themselves into registered cooperatives and get titles of the land from their state governments.

    “This is to ensure that no successive governments destroy their houses with the excuse of being a slum.

    “Once this is done, go to any Federal Mortgage Bank in any of the 36 states of the federation and you are sure to get a loan.

    “We would be using the energy of cooperatives as voluntary societies to help people build what they want, what they can afford and what they can sustain.’’

    Dr Adewale Adeeyo, Chairman, Board of Directors FMBN, earlier said that the bank was intensifying the National Housing Fund (NHF) membership drive through cooperative societies to reach out to Nigerians in the informal sector who constitute the greater percentage of citizens.

    He urged cooperative societies to mobilise their members to register as contributors to the NHF scheme which could open opportunities to owning their own houses.

    Adeeyo said that the bank was committed to sustaining all efforts to ensure FMBN retained its enviable position as the foremost mortgage institution in Nigeria.

    Also speaking, the Managing-Director, FMBN, Mr Ahmed Dangiwa, said that NHF scheme was meeting its mandate of delivering houses that were well-built, decent and affordable to Nigerians, especially the medium-and low-income workers.

    “FMBN was encouraged to revamp its cooperative housing development loan that advances construction loans to housing cooperatives.

    “This estate is the first cooperative estate that will be commissioned by FMBN out of many that are nearing completion.

    “I appreciate the confidence of Akacare Multipurpose cooperative society reposed in FMBN, you have given us the opportunity to once again prove that the NHFS scheme is a reality and is working,’’ Dangiwa said.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the project was a collaborative effort between Akacare Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society and M/s Perfect Estate Developers.

    The project is in two phases with a total of 154 units comprising of 80 units of two bedrooms semi-detached bungalows and 74 units of three bedroom detached bungalows.

    NAN reports that the phase one had been fully completed with 40 units of two bedrooms semi-detached bungalows and 37 units of three bedrooms semi-detached bungalows.


    Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Isaac Aregbesola

  •  Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has advised developers to be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures Mustapha gave the advice on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating Wood Hill Estate built by Cooperative Housing Loan with the support of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN He was represented by Mr David Adejo Permanent Secretary Political and Economic Affairs Office He said that developers should be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures and put measures in place to tackle them We should have a good amount of vegetation programme provide for waste recycling materials and also think of providing renewable energy as a source of power generation Most importantly from the recent rate of flooding we should think of flood and erosion control mechanisms I will also like to see more local materials in architectural design so that we will increase local content and create opportunities for more employment Mustapha advised Mustapha also charged the developer of the Wood Hill Estate to ensure that the structures were maintained and sustained for maximum usage He added that President Muhammadu Buhari s government was committed to providing portable houses as a strategic national imperative to guarantee the welfare and productivity of Nigerians It is in pursuit of this goal that the administration understands the importance of stakeholders involvement and that is why such public private partnership is highly welcomed I want to reassure you of the government commitment we are aligned to the 11th goal of Sustainable Development Goals to link human settlements and cities In this wise I want to commend the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for pushing this government agenda higher especially with the way it has been involving the private sector Mustapha said On his part Mr Dayo Babatunde Chairman Perfect Estate Developers Limited the builders of the estate said that the National Housing Policy of the Federal Government would remain a mirage without the cooperation of contributions of credible real estate developers He stressed the need for government s intervention in the provision of infrastructure especially access roads and more lands to help developers achieve housing construction delivery Mr Ayuba Wabba President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in a remark said that the bank could do more if it was more funded He was represented by Mr Benson Opah Head of Department Information NLC Wabba said that the bank should be encouraged to explore other sources of funding adding that government should declare a state of emergency in the housing sector so that houses could be made more affordable to citizens One of the beneficiaries of the estate Mrs Roda Aboye a staff of the University Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada told the Nigeria News Agency that she was happy to be part of the beneficiaries adding that she was now at peace about accommodation after retirement Aboye however said that government should do more sensitisation to get people involved and aware of the benefits of NHF NAN reports that FMBN financier of the estate has the mandate to supply the mortgage market with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians anchored on mortgage financing Its products include NHF mortgage loans NHF construction loan Home Renovation loan Rent to Own among others Edited By Nick Nicholas and Ephraims Sheyin
    SGF advises developers on effects of climate change
     Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has advised developers to be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures Mustapha gave the advice on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating Wood Hill Estate built by Cooperative Housing Loan with the support of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN He was represented by Mr David Adejo Permanent Secretary Political and Economic Affairs Office He said that developers should be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures and put measures in place to tackle them We should have a good amount of vegetation programme provide for waste recycling materials and also think of providing renewable energy as a source of power generation Most importantly from the recent rate of flooding we should think of flood and erosion control mechanisms I will also like to see more local materials in architectural design so that we will increase local content and create opportunities for more employment Mustapha advised Mustapha also charged the developer of the Wood Hill Estate to ensure that the structures were maintained and sustained for maximum usage He added that President Muhammadu Buhari s government was committed to providing portable houses as a strategic national imperative to guarantee the welfare and productivity of Nigerians It is in pursuit of this goal that the administration understands the importance of stakeholders involvement and that is why such public private partnership is highly welcomed I want to reassure you of the government commitment we are aligned to the 11th goal of Sustainable Development Goals to link human settlements and cities In this wise I want to commend the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for pushing this government agenda higher especially with the way it has been involving the private sector Mustapha said On his part Mr Dayo Babatunde Chairman Perfect Estate Developers Limited the builders of the estate said that the National Housing Policy of the Federal Government would remain a mirage without the cooperation of contributions of credible real estate developers He stressed the need for government s intervention in the provision of infrastructure especially access roads and more lands to help developers achieve housing construction delivery Mr Ayuba Wabba President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in a remark said that the bank could do more if it was more funded He was represented by Mr Benson Opah Head of Department Information NLC Wabba said that the bank should be encouraged to explore other sources of funding adding that government should declare a state of emergency in the housing sector so that houses could be made more affordable to citizens One of the beneficiaries of the estate Mrs Roda Aboye a staff of the University Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada told the Nigeria News Agency that she was happy to be part of the beneficiaries adding that she was now at peace about accommodation after retirement Aboye however said that government should do more sensitisation to get people involved and aware of the benefits of NHF NAN reports that FMBN financier of the estate has the mandate to supply the mortgage market with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians anchored on mortgage financing Its products include NHF mortgage loans NHF construction loan Home Renovation loan Rent to Own among others Edited By Nick Nicholas and Ephraims Sheyin
    SGF advises developers on effects of climate change
    Metro3 years ago

    SGF advises developers on effects of climate change

    Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has advised developers to be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures.

    Mustapha gave the advice on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating Wood Hill Estate built by Cooperative Housing Loan with the support of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

    He was represented by Mr David Adejo, Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office.

    He said that developers should be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures and put measures in place to tackle them.

    “We should have a good amount of vegetation programme, provide for waste recycling materials, and also think of providing renewable energy as a source of power generation.

    “Most importantly, from the recent rate of flooding, we should think of flood and erosion control mechanisms.

    “I will also like to see more local materials in architectural design so that we will increase local content and create opportunities for more employment,’’ Mustapha advised.

    Mustapha also charged the developer of the Wood Hill Estate to ensure that the structures were maintained and sustained for maximum usage.

    He added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was committed to providing portable houses as a strategic national imperative to guarantee the welfare and productivity of Nigerians.

    “It is in pursuit of this goal that the administration understands the importance of stakeholders involvement and that is why such public private partnership is highly welcomed.

    “I want to reassure you of the government commitment; we are aligned to the 11th goal of Sustainable Development Goals to link human settlements and cities.

    “In this wise, I want to commend the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for pushing this government agenda higher, especially with the way it has been involving the private sector,’’ Mustapha said.

    On his part, Mr Dayo Babatunde, Chairman, Perfect Estate Developers Limited, the builders of the estate, said that the National Housing Policy of the Federal Government would remain a mirage without the cooperation of contributions of credible real estate developers.

    He stressed the need for government’s intervention in the provision of infrastructure especially access roads and more lands to help developers achieve housing construction delivery.

    Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a remark, said that the bank could do more if it was more funded.

    He was represented by Mr Benson Opah, Head of Department, Information, NLC.

    Wabba said that the bank should be encouraged to explore other sources of funding, adding that government should declare a state of emergency in the housing sector so that houses could be made more affordable to citizens.

    One of the beneficiaries of the estate, Mrs Roda Aboye, a staff of the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, told the Nigeria News Agency , that she was happy to be part of the beneficiaries, adding that she was “now at peace about accommodation after retirement”.

    Aboye, however, said that government should do more sensitisation to get people involved and aware of the benefits of NHF.

    NAN reports that FMBN, financier of the estate, has the mandate to supply the mortgage market with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians anchored on mortgage financing.

    Its products include NHF mortgage loans, NHF construction loan, Home Renovation loan, Rent-to-Own, among others.


    Edited By: Nick Nicholas and Ephraims Sheyin

  •  Some stakeholders on Wednesday have called for the review of the operations of the National Housing Fund Scheme in order to meet with the housing challenges of civil servants The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scheme was established in 1992 to enable Nigerians in all sectors of the economy to own their homes In particular the scheme is for those within the low and medium income levels who cannot obtain commercial housing loans to own houses by contributing 2 5 percent of their monthly salary to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria who are the managers of the funds In his opinion Mr Sola Kuye a just retired public servant and former Zonal Coordinator of JAMB said there was the need to review the scheme for effectiveness He said I don t know how many people are benefiting from the scheme since it had started and deductions are being made from the salaries of workers monthly Most people contribute through their time in service and it becomes difficult for them to be paid after retirement I am not sure it is serving its purpose From my experience I have applied for the refund of the housing fund after I retiring four months ago I have filled all the necessary papers and submitted other documents through my former office but I have yet to be paid This is the fourth month now with no information or communication from the managers of the funds Another respondent Mr Gbemi Oguntula a retired Director in NAN said he benefited from the scheme and also got a lump sum after retirement According to him the scheme has delivered on its mandate Prof Olugbenga Ehinola Head Department of Geology University of Ibadan in his submission said Nigeria should not be static but dynamic to meet the current housing deficit in the country He wants the country to emulate China in terms of housing development and land use so as to solve problems that can affect the economy in years to come Government should invite stakeholders involving the workers and private investors to a round table with a view to proffering solutions that will be holistic and innovative to the housing challenges he said He noted that private sector contributions were key and significant to turning around the Nigerian economy Ehinola said Some retired workers went back to their villages since they had nothing to fall back on Even in their villages they are not welcomed because they had not put anything in place over there He said though some workers were beneficiaries of the scheme its impact was limited relative to the population size of the country To Prof Soji Aremu the Director Distance Learning Centre University of Ibadan government should reappraise NHF adding that this was why many people in government service steal because they wanted to secure their retirement People do all kinds of things to have what they call soft landing but I think if they are well catered for through schemes like NHF this will reduce greatly Aremu According to him it is not about the amount being deducted monthly but how the money is being deployed for the good of civil servants especially after their retirement Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Review National Housing Fund scheme, Stakeholders urge FG
     Some stakeholders on Wednesday have called for the review of the operations of the National Housing Fund Scheme in order to meet with the housing challenges of civil servants The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scheme was established in 1992 to enable Nigerians in all sectors of the economy to own their homes In particular the scheme is for those within the low and medium income levels who cannot obtain commercial housing loans to own houses by contributing 2 5 percent of their monthly salary to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria who are the managers of the funds In his opinion Mr Sola Kuye a just retired public servant and former Zonal Coordinator of JAMB said there was the need to review the scheme for effectiveness He said I don t know how many people are benefiting from the scheme since it had started and deductions are being made from the salaries of workers monthly Most people contribute through their time in service and it becomes difficult for them to be paid after retirement I am not sure it is serving its purpose From my experience I have applied for the refund of the housing fund after I retiring four months ago I have filled all the necessary papers and submitted other documents through my former office but I have yet to be paid This is the fourth month now with no information or communication from the managers of the funds Another respondent Mr Gbemi Oguntula a retired Director in NAN said he benefited from the scheme and also got a lump sum after retirement According to him the scheme has delivered on its mandate Prof Olugbenga Ehinola Head Department of Geology University of Ibadan in his submission said Nigeria should not be static but dynamic to meet the current housing deficit in the country He wants the country to emulate China in terms of housing development and land use so as to solve problems that can affect the economy in years to come Government should invite stakeholders involving the workers and private investors to a round table with a view to proffering solutions that will be holistic and innovative to the housing challenges he said He noted that private sector contributions were key and significant to turning around the Nigerian economy Ehinola said Some retired workers went back to their villages since they had nothing to fall back on Even in their villages they are not welcomed because they had not put anything in place over there He said though some workers were beneficiaries of the scheme its impact was limited relative to the population size of the country To Prof Soji Aremu the Director Distance Learning Centre University of Ibadan government should reappraise NHF adding that this was why many people in government service steal because they wanted to secure their retirement People do all kinds of things to have what they call soft landing but I think if they are well catered for through schemes like NHF this will reduce greatly Aremu According to him it is not about the amount being deducted monthly but how the money is being deployed for the good of civil servants especially after their retirement Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Review National Housing Fund scheme, Stakeholders urge FG
    General news3 years ago

    Review National Housing Fund scheme, Stakeholders urge FG

    Some stakeholders, on Wednesday, have called for the review of the operations of the National Housing Fund Scheme in order to meet with the housing challenges of civil servants. 

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scheme was established in 1992 to enable Nigerians in all sectors of the economy to own their homes.

    In particular, the scheme is for those within the low and medium income levels who cannot obtain commercial housing loans to own houses by contributing 2.5 percent of their monthly salary to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria who are the managers of the funds.

    In his opinion, Mr Sola Kuye, a just retired public servant and former Zonal Coordinator of JAMB, said there was the need to review the scheme for effectiveness.

    He said: “I don’t know how many people are benefiting from the scheme since it had started and deductions are being made from the salaries of workers monthly.

    “Most people contribute through their time in service and it becomes difficult for them to be paid after retirement. I am not sure it is serving its purpose. 

    “From my experience, I have applied for the refund of the housing fund after I retiring four months ago; I have filled all the necessary papers and submitted other documents through my former office but I have yet to be paid.

    “This is the fourth month now with no information or communication from the managers of the funds. 

    Another respondent, Mr Gbemi Oguntula, a retired Director in NAN, said he benefited from the scheme and also got a lump sum after retirement. 

    According to him, the scheme has delivered on its mandate.

    Prof Olugbenga Ehinola, Head, Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, in his submission, said Nigeria should not be static but dynamic to meet the current housing deficit in the country. 

    He wants the country to emulate China in terms of housing development and land use so as to solve problems that can affect the economy in years to come.

    “Government should invite stakeholders involving the workers and private investors to a round table with a view to proffering solutions that will be holistic and innovative to the housing challenges,” he said.

    He noted that private sector contributions were key and significant to turning around the Nigerian economy. 

    Ehinola said “Some retired workers went back to their villages since they had nothing to fall back on.

    “Even in their villages, they are not welcomed because they had not put anything in place over there.”

    He said though some workers were beneficiaries of the scheme, its impact was limited relative to the population size of the country. 

    To Prof. Soji Aremu, the Director, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, government should reappraise NHF, adding that this was why many people in government service steal because they wanted to secure their retirement.

    “People do all kinds of things to have what they call ‘soft landing’ but I think if they are well catered for through schemes like NHF, this will reduce greatly,” Aremu.

    According to him, it is not about the amount being deducted monthly but how the money is being deployed for the good of civil servants, especially after their retirement.

    Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

     

     

     

  •  Heart Abuja Sept 27 2019 The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday launched a healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate the 2019 World Heart Day and inspire Nigerians to adopt healthy lifestyles The Minister of State for Health Sen Adeleke Mamora at the launch in Abuja said that the pocketbook would sensitise Nigerians on ways to nurture the heart to a perfect condition He said that it would also enlighten Nigerians on measures to maintain a daily simple lifestyle and dietary nuggets The Nigeria News Agency reports that the World Heart Day is marked on Sept 29 The theme for this year s celebration is My Heart Your Heart The focus is raising awareness about cardiovascular disease including heart diseases and stroke Mamora said that the pocketbook was part of activities to commemorate the Day adding that the ministry in partnership with the Nigeria Heart Foundation and the World Health Organisation WHO approved nuggets for Nigerians He said that the ministry was committed to supporting the efforts of the present administration toward attaining Universal Health Coverage initiative to ease access to quality health services for all He disclosed that the National Cardiovascular Centre of excellence at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu Statewas being strengthened along with other tertiary health facilities to boost healthcare Mamora said that the ministry would continue to raise awareness and also step up actions in developing and reviewing national guidelines protocols and standard operating procedures The minister urged Nigerians to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by eating healthy He advised Nigerians to exercise regularly avoid smoking and harmful use of alcohol self medication and other unhealthy habits Earlier Dr Kingsley Akinroye Executive Director Nigerian Heart Foundation NHF had explained that the idea behind the event was to inspire millions of people around the world to be heart healthy It is about saying to us the people we care about and individuals all around the world what can I do right now to look after my heart and your heart It also resonates with the professional cardiology and healthcare audiences who dedicate themselves to looking after all our hearts he said Akinroye said that NHF would continue to promote heart health scientific research in cardiovascular health healthy lifestyles and advocacy on heart issues He said that heart disease was a disease of lifestyle You must put yourself on the good side to prevent it A healthy heart is the beginning of a healthy Life AIR Edited By Isaac Aregbesola and Ephraims Sheyin
    FG launches healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate 2019 World Heart Day
     Heart Abuja Sept 27 2019 The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday launched a healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate the 2019 World Heart Day and inspire Nigerians to adopt healthy lifestyles The Minister of State for Health Sen Adeleke Mamora at the launch in Abuja said that the pocketbook would sensitise Nigerians on ways to nurture the heart to a perfect condition He said that it would also enlighten Nigerians on measures to maintain a daily simple lifestyle and dietary nuggets The Nigeria News Agency reports that the World Heart Day is marked on Sept 29 The theme for this year s celebration is My Heart Your Heart The focus is raising awareness about cardiovascular disease including heart diseases and stroke Mamora said that the pocketbook was part of activities to commemorate the Day adding that the ministry in partnership with the Nigeria Heart Foundation and the World Health Organisation WHO approved nuggets for Nigerians He said that the ministry was committed to supporting the efforts of the present administration toward attaining Universal Health Coverage initiative to ease access to quality health services for all He disclosed that the National Cardiovascular Centre of excellence at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu Statewas being strengthened along with other tertiary health facilities to boost healthcare Mamora said that the ministry would continue to raise awareness and also step up actions in developing and reviewing national guidelines protocols and standard operating procedures The minister urged Nigerians to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by eating healthy He advised Nigerians to exercise regularly avoid smoking and harmful use of alcohol self medication and other unhealthy habits Earlier Dr Kingsley Akinroye Executive Director Nigerian Heart Foundation NHF had explained that the idea behind the event was to inspire millions of people around the world to be heart healthy It is about saying to us the people we care about and individuals all around the world what can I do right now to look after my heart and your heart It also resonates with the professional cardiology and healthcare audiences who dedicate themselves to looking after all our hearts he said Akinroye said that NHF would continue to promote heart health scientific research in cardiovascular health healthy lifestyles and advocacy on heart issues He said that heart disease was a disease of lifestyle You must put yourself on the good side to prevent it A healthy heart is the beginning of a healthy Life AIR Edited By Isaac Aregbesola and Ephraims Sheyin
    FG launches healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate 2019 World Heart Day
    Health3 years ago

    FG launches healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate 2019 World Heart Day

    Heart

    Abuja, Sept. 27, 2019 The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday launched a healthy heart pocketbook to commemorate the 2019 World Heart Day, and inspire Nigerians to adopt healthy lifestyles.

    The Minister of State for Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora, at the launch in Abuja, said that the pocketbook would sensitise Nigerians on ways to nurture the heart to a perfect condition.

    He said that it would also enlighten Nigerians on measures to maintain a daily simple lifestyle, and dietary nuggets.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the World Heart Day is marked on Sept. 29.

    The theme for this year’s celebration is

    “My Heart, Your Heart”.

    The focus is raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart diseases and stroke.

    Mamora said that the pocketbook was part of activities to commemorate the Day, adding that the ministry, in partnership with the Nigeria Heart Foundation and the World Health Organisation (WHO), approved nuggets for Nigerians.

    He said that the ministry was committed to supporting the efforts of the present administration toward attaining Universal Health Coverage initiative

    to ease access to  quality health services for all.

    He disclosed that the National Cardiovascular Centre of excellence at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu State

    was being strengthened along with other tertiary health facilities to boost healthcare. 

    Mamora said that the ministry would continue to raise awareness and also step up actions in developing and reviewing national guidelines, protocols and standard operating procedures.

    The minister urged Nigerians to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by eating healthy.

    He advised Nigerians to exercise regularly, avoid smoking and harmful use of alcohol, self medication and other unhealthy habits.

    Earlier, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, Executive Director,

    Nigerian Heart Foundation

    (NHF), had explained that the idea behind the event was to inspire millions of people around the world to be heart-healthy.

    “It is about saying to us, the people we care about and individuals all around the world, “what can I do right now to look after my heart and your heart”?

    “It also resonates with the professional cardiology and healthcare audiences who dedicate themselves to looking after all our hearts,” he said.

    Akinroye said that NHF would continue to promote heart health, scientific research in cardiovascular health, healthy lifestyles and advocacy on heart issues.

    He said that heart disease was a disease of lifestyle.

    “You must put yourself on the good side to prevent it. A healthy heart is the beginning of a healthy Life.”

    AIR/


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola and Ephraims Sheyin

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