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Katsina State House of Assembly said it had passed 273 bills from 1999 to date, ranging from the first to the present seventh assembly.
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki, disclosed this at a 2-day round table meeting on Saturday in Kano. The meeting was organised by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), High Level Women Advocates (HILWA), in collaboration with the Katsina State and Federal governments, and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
According to Dalhatu-Tafoki, from 2015 to date, the assembly had passed 130 bills out of the 273 and they were passed by the sixth and the seventh assemblies.
“And the bills were majorly on education, health and justice.
There were so many bills we have passed under education.
“So, the bill on providing 35 per cent positions for women participation on decision making in education system will not be exceptional.
“By God’s grace, we are going to do our best to see how we can pass it.
There are so many bills that were domesticated by the assembly.
“The Child Rights Act had been in the assembly for the past 16 years, it is this seventh assembly that has the political will to pass that bill into law.
“But, definitely, it will suit our religion and culture.
We have done some amendments on the bill, but we have passed it in 2020,” he said.
Dalhatu-Tafoki said that the bill was already signed into law by Gov. Aminu Masari.
He said: ”What is now left is the implementation by the executive arm of the government.
“I also want to inform you that there are only three ways that you can present a bill before the assembly, either by the executive, judiciary or any of the 34 lawmakers.
” “I want you to feel comfortable, what I am saying now is very simple, maybe within a month we can even pass it into law.
“The present Chairman of the committee on education should sponsor the bill and I assure you, God’s willing, by next week you will hear the first reading.
” Earlier, the HILWA Secretary, Hajiya Wasila Sani-Saulawa said there was a commitment by the lawmakers to sponsor the bill, as it was done for the other one.
She added that HILWA has been routinely visiting the lawmakers, saying, “and we were assured that it has gone through first and second reading.
An NGO, ‘The High Level Women Advocate (HILWA)’ in Katsina State, has called for the enactment of a law to provide 35 per cent women participation in education decision making positions.
HILWA Chairperson, Hajiya Mariya Abdullahi, made the call at a two-day roundtable with members of Katsina State House of Assembly on Saturday in Kano. The meeting was organised by the NGO in collaboration with the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
She said the meeting with the lawmakers was to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the law on compulsory access to education for all children.
”And also to support the bill seeking for the provision of a law to provide the 35 per cent positions to women in the education system.
”The meeting will also give them the opportunity to identify roles of each stakeholder in the implementation of the law,” she said.
According to her, HILWA had presented two bills before the assembly, including that of compulsory access to education for all children and that of 35 per cent for positions for women.
Abdullahi said that the bill on compulsory access to education had become law already, while HILWA has been making efforts to see that the second one also to do so.
Responding, the Speaker, Alhaji Tasi’u Maigari assured that the assembly will do everything possible to see the passage of the bill.
“I know there are going to be some challenges and alterations on the bill, but I am assuring you that before the end of our tenure, it is going to be a reality like the other law.
“The early passage of the law on compulsory access to education for all children in the state was a great development for the assembly and also HILWA,” he said.
Maigari stated that the assembly was committed to providing laws that are of benefit to the entire people of the state, especially those on education.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Rafid Aziz, the UNICEF Chief of Kano Field Office said ”the problem with the enactment of laws is implementation, therefore are appealing for the prompt implementation.
”The education of women is very important, therefore UNICEF is always committed to ensuring that all children go to school, especially the girl child.
” The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the participants were drawn from the state ministry of education, assembly, SUBEB, judiciary, HILWA, media and UNICEF, among others.
Aisha Musa, a Pediatrician at Minna General Hospital, has stressed the importance of first breast milk that comes out of a mother after giving birth, saying it is the best part of breast milk.
She said this at a symposium to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) which is annually marked from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 around the world.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WBW, which has “Step Up Breastfeeding, Educate and Support” as its theme for 2022 is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding.
NAN also reports that WBW started in 1992, with annual themes including healthcare systems, women and work, education and human rights, among others.
Since 2016, WBW is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in 2018, a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution endorsed the week as an important breastfeeding promotion strategy.
The pediatrician, therefore, said during the event, organised by the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF, that nursing mothers should not deny babies the first breast milk immediately after delivery.
Musa explained that the first breast milk known as “colostrum”, yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it has nutrients’ concentration a child needs.
She said mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child access foremilk and hindmilk.
“Foremilk is the milk a baby takes at the beginning of feeding and hindmilk follows it.
Typically, foremilk is mostly water combined with other nutrients, and hindmilk is highly fatty.
Both contain lactose that your baby needs to develop properly.
“Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman’s breast immediately after giving birth; colostrum contains antibodies a child needs; it is the first immunisation a child gets in life.
“Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to disease, therefore, the habit of throwing away the first breastmilk should be stopped in communities,” she said.
Musa also stressed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child’s survival and development, adding that the practice is to protect the child from sickness and improve bonding.
In her remarks, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, pledged the agency’s continuous collaboration with Niger Government to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and other activities in the state.
She said “we have trained community volunteers who have been going from house to house to educate women on the need to embrace exclusive breastfeeding.
” Ezeife disclosed that UNICEF, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency would engage traditional and religious leaders to support women in their domains to breastfeed.
She added that the organisation would also help in improving capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding.
Asmau Abubakar, Nutrition Officer in the state, said the government partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results Result in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women.
In February 2022, Mariam Udeh, 26, of Garki, Abuja, gave birth to her first child and was in uncharted territory.As a new mother, she agreed with her husband to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six months.“He is our firstborn and I have heard that exclusive breastfeeding is good for the baby, but I knew it was not going to be an easy task.In order for us to achieve the goal, I decided to support my wife whenever she needs help taking care of the baby.I support her mentally, emotionally and physically because breastfeeding can be tedious,” said Udeh Ifeanyi, a 30-year-old technician.According to him, his wife and his son have not been sick, and his wife does not complain of tiredness because she is always available to lend a hand."Men would do well to support their wives during and after pregnancy because they need the emotional and physical resilience to encourage them to breastfeed so we can have healthier children," he added.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, starting within the first hour after birth.According to the WHO, exclusive breastfeeding, without any other food, during the first six months promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects babies against infectious and chronic diseases.However, policies that support breastfeeding are not available to most mothers around the world.“We teach that early and exclusive breastfeeding is good for the baby and should be supported by health facilities, health workers, governments and families,” said Margaret Bawa, a retired midwife with 38 years of work experience, volunteer in Kuchingoro.Primary Health Care Center (PHC), Abuja.She said most mothers blame a lack of family or social support as the reasons they don't exclusively breastfeed their babies for six months.“We emphasize the importance of breast milk for mothers during prenatal and postnatal care and recommend that they practice exclusive breastfeeding regardless of their health conditions after delivery.But in cases where they are unable to breastfeed directly, we encourage them to feed babies with expressed breast milk.“A support system will help a woman to practice exclusive breastfeeding, as it will ensure that the new mother does not have difficulties, she feels isolated and needs support.We also advise men who accompany their wives to antenatal care to help their wives at home so they can have more time to breastfeed and rest,” she said.According to the WHO, up to 800,000 lives could be saved annually through six months of exclusive breastfeeding and continuation of breastfeeding with adequate complementary feeding for up to two years or more.However, statistics from the 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey indicate that breastfeeding rates in Nigeria are still suboptimal.Globally, the exclusive breastfeeding rate for babies under six months is 40%, while in Nigeria it is 28.7%.To mark World Breastfeeding Week 2022, a joint statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on governments, donors, society civil society and the private sector to intensify efforts to: prioritize investment in supportive breastfeeding policies and programmes, especially in fragile and food insecure contexts; equip health and nutrition workers in facilities and communities with the skills they need to provide quality advice and practical support to mothers to breastfeed successfully; protect caregivers and health workers from unethical commercial influence from the formula industry through the full adoption and implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, including in humanitarian settings; and implement family-friendly policies that give mothers the time, space, and support they need to breastfeed.This year's theme, World Breastfeeding Week, under its theme Take Breastfeeding a Step Forward: Educate and Support, seeks to engage governments, communities and individuals who can strengthen the capacity of people who have that protect, promote and support breastfeeding at different levels of society.The week-long awareness days are held from August 1-7, as breastfeeding is key to achieving Sustainable
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged continuous collaboration with the Niger government to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, said this at a symposium to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week, entitled: “Step Up Breastfeeding Educate and Support’’ in Minna on Thursday.
She explained that UNICEF had supported the state on maternal infant and young child feeding practices at communities and exclusive breastfeeding for six months.
“After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, the mother will introduce appropriate complementary food for the child and still breastfeed the child for 24 months and beyond.
“This support is ongoing in 14 local government areas and we have trained community volunteers who have been going house-to-house to explain these practices to them,” she said.
Ezeife noted that UNICEF in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency would embark on community dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on their roles to support women to breastfeed.
She added that the organisation would partner the state primary healthcare development agency to improve capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding.
Earlier in her presentation on importance of breastfeeding, Dr Aisha Musa, a paediatrician at the Minna General Hospital, urged nursing mothers not to deny their babies from sucking the first breast milk immediately after childbirth.
Musa explained that the first breast milk known as colostrum, yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it had nutrient concentration a child needed.
She advised it should not be thrown away as it was being practised in some communities.
Musa added that mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child to access foremilk and hind milk.
“Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman’s breast immediately after childbirth.
“This colostrum contains antibodies a child needs as nutrient at that time; it is the first immunisation a child gets in life.
“Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to any outbreak of disease, therefore, the habit of throwing away the first breast milk should be stopped in communities,” she said.
She also emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child’s survival and development.
She said that exclusive breastfeeding protected the child from falling sick as well improved mothers and child’s bonding.
In her remarks, Asmau Abubakar, Nutrition Officer, Niger, said the state government had partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women.
A NGO, High Level Women Advocate (HILWA), has called on the Katsina State Government to establish menstrual pad banks primary and junior secondary schools (JSS) in the state.
Hajiya Hadiza Aminu, a resource person, made the call on Wednesday at a training organised for 50 principals, head teachers and teachers in the Funtua zone of the state.
The training on menstrual hygiene management was organised by the UNICEF, federal and state governments in collaboration with the HILWA.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Sunday, the training was flagged off in the Katsina zone with about 100 participants.
On Monday, about 50 participants from the Daura zone were also trained, making 200 participants across the three senatorial zones in the state.
She explained that the participants were taught how to maintain hygiene in their schools, the use of different pad products, especially reusable and disposable pads.
She expressed the hope that at the end of the training, they would pass down what they have learned to those girl- students and also establish pad banks.
According to her, the issue of establishing a menstrual pad bank in girls’ schools is important and one of the major aims of the training.
She said that with the pad bank menstrual pads would be made available to the girls in schools and also at homes for emergency use without being embarrassed.
Hajiya Aminu said that lack of menstrual pad banks in school sometimes forced the girl-students to stay at home without coming to school while they are menstruating.
One of the participants, the Vice Principal, Government Girls Secondary School Funtua, Hajiya Murja Mu’azu, said the effort was commendable.
According to her, the issue of menstrual hygiene management is something that needs to be looked upon, because they used to face challenges when the students are on period.
She said that the training has given them the opportunity to know some ways and strategies to handle such issues, saying that they would definitely teach the girls.
Hajiya Mu’azu praised UNICEF and all stakeholders for their efforts in girl-child education, especially on their enrolment, retention and completion of education.
The project funded from the GEP-3 funding was sponsored by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and implemented by UNICEF.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged stakeholders to prioritise maternal, infant and child nutrition intervention at the community level and engage skilled health workers to support mothers to breastfeed optimally.
Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, made the call at the inauguration of 2022 Niger State Zero Water Exclusive Breastfeeding Campaign.
It was organised by the state’s Primary HealthCare Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF in Minna on Wednesday.
She disclosed that only 6.2 per cent of children were exclusively breastfed by their mothers and as a result, they children had been denied the many benefits that come with exclusive breastfeeding.
Ezeife disclosed that Nigeria was still among the world’s countries with highest child mortality rates and stunning prevalence and lowest rates of many infant and young child feeding indicators.
“There are still high levels of stunting at 37 per cent wasting among children under 5 years of age at 7 per cent.
“The rate of exclusive breastfeeding has shown modest improvement from 17 per cent in 2013 to 29 per centin 2018 according to NDHS 2018. “For context, in 2018, only 42 per cent of infants were breastfed within one hour of delivery while 49 per cent were given other fluids in the first three days of life.
“And only 29 per cent of children were exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months of their life.
” According to her, the Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2017 indicates that about seven out of every 10 children between the ages of 0 and 6 months are not exclusively breastfed in Nigeria.
She said that the state of Niger had 6.2 per cent of children exclusively breastfed.
“As a result these children are denied the many uncontested benefits that come with exclusive breastfeeding.
” The nutrition specialist said that inadequate and low rates of breastfeeding caused over 10 million avoidable cases of childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia which leads to more than 100,000 deaths in Nigeria.
In her address, Dr Amina Bello, wife of Niger Governor, said that breastfeeding played an important role in managing the double burden of malnutrition and inequalities “Breastfeeding provide nutritional bonding avenue between mother and child, therefore this campaign should be taken to every household for women to exclusively breastfeed within six months,” she said.
She urged the public to collectively carry the message of the importance of breastfeeding to every household to create awareness and sensitisation.
In his remarks, Dr Ibrahim Dangana, Executive Director, Niger state Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA), said that the campaign on breastfeeding would be carried out in 25 local government areas as well as the 274 primary and secondary centres across the state.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, Project Director, Plan International Nigeria Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria, said the organisation was implementing nutritional value among women to ensure that children had access to cost effective nutrition in the state.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday in Minna said about 6.2 per cent of children were not exclusively breastfed by their mothers in Niger.Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, made this known at the inauguration of the 2022 Niger state Zero Water Exclusive Breastfeeding Campaign.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign was organised by the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF in Minna.The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from Aug. 1 to 7, as a global initiative and the biggest annual moment worldwide for the breastfeeding movement.According to Ezeife, inadequate and low rates of breastfeeding cause more than 10 million avoidable cases of childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia which lead to more than 100,000 deaths in Nigeria.Ezeife said the Nigeria Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2017, also showed that about seven out of every 10 children between the ages of zero and six months were not exclusively breastfed in Nigeria.She said that inadequate breastfeeding was responsible for more than 100,000 child deaths translating into almost 18 billion naira in future economic losses for the country.She called on government and stakeholders to strengthen policy provisions that supported maternity leave for six months in the public sector to encourage breastfeeding among women and improve child’s survival and development.Dr Amina Bello, Wife of the state Governor, said breastfeeding was important in managing the double burden of malnutrition and inequalities “Breastfeeding provide nutritional bonding avenue between mother and child, therefore this campaign should be taken to every household for women to exclusively breastfeed within six months,” she said.She urged the public to carry the message on importance of breastfeeding to every household, to create awareness and sensitisation to six months exclusive breastfeeding.She also called for continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary food for up to two years and beyond.Dr Ibrahim Dangana, Executive Director, Niger State Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA) said campaign on breastfeeding would be carried to 25 local government areas and 274 primary and secondary centres across the state.Mrs Bolanle Oyebola, Project Director, Plan International Nigeria Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria, said they were implementing nutritional value among women to ensure children had access to cost effective nutrition.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
National Population Commission (NPC) has restated commitment to taking leadership and ownership of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS).
Its Executive Chairman, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, said this at the commemoration of the African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the day is celebrated on Aug. 10 every year to raise public awareness on the importance of timely registration of vital events, particularly births and deaths, through well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems.
It is a special day for Africans to celebrate their heritage, particularly with regards to the recognition of legal identity from birth to death of all persons.
It is also to recognise the affirmation of key human and civil rights, including the right to recognition under the law, the right to participate in society and the economy, and the right to access social services.
The day has “Harnessing Coordination, Country Leadership and Ownership to Strengthen Integrated Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Vehicle for #countingEveryone” as its theme.
The NPC executive chairman, therefore, said “the commission is committed to taking leadership and ownership in strengthening the civil registration and vital statistics systems.
“The theme speaks to the imperative of a strong institutional and effective leadership and strategies to emphasise our coordination efforts.
” Kwarra, however, assured of readiness to drive a leadership in strengthening, not only integration with all other sectors, but plans to have a transformed integrated and digitalised civil registration and vital statistics systems.
He said there would be improved data for effective policy formulation, decision making and good governance.
He added that “in doing so, conscious effort should be made to ensure that Civil Registration and Vital Registration System enjoys broad-based support that leverages development in information technology.
” He said that the NPC, in line with its statutory mandate to establish a universal and compulsory system of registration of vital events, would continue to provide leadership for credible performance.
He noted that “from its humble beginning of manual registration, the commission has carefully navigated initial teething challenges and is at the thick of an effective transformation from manual to wholly automated CVRS system in Nigeria.
” He affirmed that the commemoration was a demonstration of the commission’s resolve to give civil registration the attention it deserved.
Dr Ismaila Suleiman, the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), said that the exercise was aimed at encouraging birth and death registration.
Suleiman expressed the imperatives of legalising identity for social and economic activities.
The Chief Child Protection Officer, UNICEF, Mr Ibrahim Sese, expressed satisfaction over the attention being given to Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Nigeria.
Sese, who was represented by Mrs Sharon Oladiji, commended NPC for supporting UNICEF in the area of coordination.
He assured them of the establishment of the CRVS National Coordination Committee aimed at strengthening the digitisation process through automated technology.