Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, the Senate Deputy Majority Leader on Wednesday led inter-faith special prayer session for the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the prayer programme was organised by Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023, one of the foremost support groups working for the former Lagos governor.
The programme which held in Asokoro, Abuja also had in attendance, APC chieftains and prominent Nigerians including Sen. Musliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence.
Boroffice, who currently represents Ondo North Senatorial District called on all Nigerians to seek the face of God in selecting a passionate leader like Tinubu, who he described as the leader Nigeria needs.
The lawmaker who stepped down for Tinubu during the June 8 APC Presidential Primary said, “I have been with Asiwaju for a long time and I know that he is the person who can salvage the economy, provide the leadership we need now.
So I have no choice than to step down and support him.
“I established several platforms to market him.
I established the ‘’Yoruba Koya” which is going around the country on his behalf.
‘’This election is going to be strategic and scientific that we have to do a lot in information analysis.
Not only going round wearing T-shirts, no.
So we are gathered here today to begin the campaign with God. “We have started here today with God as according to INEC time table, campaign is allowed beginning from today.
We are praying for his guidance and grace to finish well too.
’’ On the Muslim-Muslim ticket which has raised some concerns in the polity, the lawmaker said ‘’we are not looking for a religious leader; we are looking for a leadership that can solve the problems of Nigeria.
” On his part, Obanikoro said the prayer session was important to usher in the months of campaign which will take Asiwaju and his team across the length and breadth of the country.
He called on Nigerians of diverse religious backgrounds to seek the face of God for the APC presidential candidate and his running mate Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Obanikoro said since it is only God that gives power to mankind, all APC supporters home and abroad should combine the campaign exercise with spiritual intervention for the realisation of Tinubu presidency.
He also commended the organisers of the programme for their wisdom in putting God forward in their 2023 election journey.
‘’ I strongly believe that nothing happens without God’s knowledge and it is commendable that Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023 is taking this good of seeking the face of God for our leader Asiwaju.
‘’With this step and the crowd you see here today, I have no doubt in my mind that we have started well and we shall end well come February 2023. I urge all Nigerian to follow this step regardless of their faith,’’ he said.
The Director-General of the group, Bar. Realwan Okpanachi, said the motive behind the special prayer programme was to drum support for Tinubu and to present him to God before in first week of the campaign.
‘’Asiwaju as a great leader and his running mate, Sen. Shettima deserve our best wishes through prayers and spiritual presentation to God Almighty their creator as the campaign begins today,’’ he said.
‘’That’s why we are gathered here to talk to God on behalf of these two great men who have touched lives of many citizens positively in the past.
‘’This evening, we have with us prominent spiritual leaders from both Islam and Christianity to lead us in intercessory prayers for God’s protection and divine guide as we move into the campaign proper.
‘’We believe that God has answered our prayer both for the candidate, his running mate and for Nigeria as a whole.
NAN reports that the Muslim prayers at the event were coordinated by Sheikh Danazumi Musa, National Deputy Chairman, Council of Ulama of Nigeria and Dr Abdul Mumeen Ashiribo, another prominent preacher from University of Ilorin.
The Christian prayers were led by Pastor Taiwo Aregbesola of Heaven Focus Mission, Akure and Pastor Micheal Ogala of Christ Favour and Deliverance, Abuja.
NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifts ban on political campaign on Wednesday Sept. 28, in line with the electoral act.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter, on Wednesday in Ilorin, pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Mr Majid Ojerinde, the Former Chairman of PSN-Kwara stated this Members of PSN-Kwara during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Kwara state Hospital Management Bureau in Ilorin.
during a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Abdulraheem Malik.
Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist, who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara.
According to him, the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable.
He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov. AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state’s health sector.
Responding, Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill, adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency.
He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector, adding that through communal efforts, much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare.
The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency.
In her good will message, Hajia Aduke Kuranga, a former Commissioner for Health in the state, expressed joy and optimism that Malik would bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state.
She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states, especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme, adding that various states came to understudy the programme.
Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives, such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs, would be revived.
Also speaking, Dr Sa’ad Abdullahi, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin, however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital.
He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme, adding that at 500 level to 600 level, students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals.
Stakeholders in the South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria have called on the three tiers of government to resuscitate all the moribund Waterworks to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the people.
They made the calls on Wednesday in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo, Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti Akure, Ilorin and Abeokuta.
However, the state governors in the zone have expressed their readiness and commitment to provide potable water to better the lots of citizens in the region.
Commenting, a former Minister of Water Resources, Mr Bashir Awotorebo, said that the only solution to revive the public water supply was for the Federal Government to construct reservoirs and dams across the country.
Awotorebo, who described water as life and an essential commodity for living, said to ensure that every citizen live a healthy life, “it is compulsory for them to get potable water supply”.
The former minister said though, it was not the sole responsibility of the Federal Government to provide adequate water for the masses, it is also the responsibility of the state governments to make potable water available.
According to him, the funds provided by both the State and Federal Governments was not always enough to provide adequate water supply for the masses.
“There are large dams in the Northern and Southern parts of the country respectively, but distribution of the water to the public is the responsibility of state and not the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government can only provide the source of water; it is the responsibility of the state government to see to its distribution.
Awotorebo said that with the completion of Ilesa Dam, potable water would be made available to the people in Osun. The former minister, however, said the construction of Ile-Ife Dam, started since 2006 has yet to be completed, adding that it was responsible for lack of potable water to the people of the area.
He said with the availability of funds and adequate planning, potable water could be made available to the people.
Also, Mr Tadese Raheem, the immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources in Osun, said there was urgent need to channel more funds to revive public water supply system in the country.
Raheem, however, said that the state government spends N500 million on monthly basis to ensure that potable water gets to every household.
He said that putting more funds to revive public water supply system would go along way in addressing the acute water supply in the country.
“States and local governments cannot fund water projects alone, there is need for the Federal Government and international supports.
“Also, looking at the Ilesa Water project, you will agree with me that Osun cannot do it alone.
There is need for international collaboration,” the former Commissioner said.
According to him, the Ministry of Water Resources has been given mandate to ensure that Osun people were provided with clean drinking water, which remains one of the core mandates of the current administration.
He called for more investment, modern infrastructure equipment and polices aimed at fast-tracking the development of water resources across the states and the country at large.
Contributing, an official of the Oyo State Water Corporation, Mr Tolu Oluwasanu, said that the state government was revisiting the moribund Waterworks located across the zones in the state.
Oluwasanu, the corporation Maintenance Operational Officer, told NAN that the state government had also made prompt payment of over N800 million counterpart funding as contribution to the State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency.
According to Oluwasanu, this can testify that government is committed toward reviving the water supply system.
He said that the counterpart funding was also meant to attract over N2.9 billion from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
Oluwasanu said the fund was required to provide for implementation of the partnership for expanded water supply, sanitation and hygiene, particularly in the less city, small towns and rural areas in the state.
He added that replacement of the damage water pipes from Asejire Waterworks commenced immediately the current administration came into office.
The maintenance operational officer said that the state government recently procured 1,194 metric tonnes of aluminum sulphate to boost production of potable water in the state.
Oluwasanu said that welfare of staff of the water corporation was also paramount to the state government “just as other state workers”.
He said, “This is to motivate the workers and enhance their performance toward the provision of potable water to residents of the state.
” Oluwasanu said the state government would continue to formulate and implement relevant policies that would enhance functional water system in the state.
Also, Prof. Moshood Mustapha, Department of Zoology, University of Ilorin, advised the Federal and State Governments to utilise the abundant Lakes to solve the challenges of water supply.
Mustapha drew the attention of relevant stakeholders to the possibility of exploration of dams, otherwise called man-made Lakes in the country.
He said, “Dams are sources of dependable water and can be effectively used to curb the spread of more pernicious poverty, if they are properly managed.
” Mustapha said that available facts and figures had shown that the availability, proximity, quantity, and quality of water were closely associated with the incidence of poverty.
According to him, water is no doubt, a very important requirement for the survival of man as it constitutes more than 60 per cent of human body; it also covers more than 70 per cent of the earth’s surface.
He said, “In spite of huge availability of water, only one per cent of it is freshwater, which is usually impounded by man in Lakes, reservoirs, ponds and other impoundments for his benefit.
” Mustapha said that the diverse use and increasing demands for freshwater and its resources, as a result of expanding population, have put enormous pressure on its supply, quality and quantity.
According to him, this in turn is making it to become the world’s most precious resource.
He said water remains the most mistreated and ignored natural resource, advising that if care was not taken, water may, by next century, becomes much more scarce in Nigeria.
Mustapha, therefore, suggested that effective measures should be put in place to ensure that certain percentages were allocated for use of the Lakes.
He suggested that water for drinking and industrial supplies could be allocated 50 and 20 per cent respectively.
“Irrigation, fishing, recreation and other uses could be allotted the remaining percentage of the daily water budget and Lake usage for peace and tranquility to prevail,” Mustapha said.
However, some residents in Ilorin said that provision of water should be considered as a basic social amenity.
A resident of Pipeline Road, Mrs Farida Ademola, said that there was need for the government to repair the rusty and damaged water pipes.
“Government needs to repair our water pipes, some of them have bursted and water is being wasted in the process.
“We usually have water flow once in a while, but it does not get to our houses.
“It is either we are not connected or the pipes have bursted and you see water wasting, especially along the pipeline road, closed to the bridge.
“Then, they should make water available regularly; we are tired of fetching water from street to street,” she said.
Another resident of Agbabiaka, who simply identified himself as Mr Taiwo, said there was need for the state government to revive water supply across the country.
Taiwo decried non availability of water supply in his community, saying that almost every household was dependent on wells or rain water, especially during the rainy season.
“We are all dependent on well water, which dries up during the dry season, except for those who have boreholes in their compounds.
“Even, with this, there is no regular electricity to pump water, which makes it scarce.
“I do not think that the water provided by the state government runs through our community, which I think is not good at all.
“These are some of the amenities we should enjoy as citizens under a democratic government.
Our rights are important,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Fatai Olotu, the Ondo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Sanitation, told NAN that the state government has put in place measures to boost water supply in the state.
Olotu said that a new water scheme in Ayede Ogbese, Akure North Local Government area of the state, was part of the state government’s efforts aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030. He said that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration embarked on the project following “a devastating revelation that the percentage of public water supply in the state was less than four per cent”.
The commissioner added that 200 water fetching points were already being constructed across the state as part of the first phase of the scheme.
He said the state government would stop at nothing to ensure that lives of the people improve.
Olotu said that the water scheme, being executed by the Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASSA), would provide potable water for the people of Ayede Ogbese and its environs.
He explained that Ayede Ogbese Water Scheme was designed to have five kilometres reticulation and distribution network with a storage tank of 50 million capacity that would discharge at full capacity twice a day with 100 public standpipes, 200 fetching points, while one fetching point would serve 50 people.
The commissioner said that RUWASSA had been empowered to partner with corporate organisations to further increase water supply in the state.
While saying that the new scheme would help the state, t The commissioner explained that the scheme would improve, sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3,000 communities and also sustain the plan for Water Sanitation and Hygiene.
In Ekiti, stakeholders urged the governments to use decentralised system of water supply to achieve optimal success for the residents.
They said that the system currently being used by the governments to supply water was centralised instead of decentralised system, because Nigeria has urban and rural areas.
A development expert in water resources management, Mr Micheal Ale, attributed the non-effectiveness of public water system supply for over 20 years to a number of factors which government had ignored and now causing setback for water corporations in the country.
Ale explained that the centralised system could not work, especially in urban areas where people built indiscriminately on waterways without the government’s approval.
The expert urged government to be strict and remove houses or buildings on the waterways to allow free follow of underground water.
He noted that some houses built on the waterways have been destroying the water industrial pipes constructed underneath the ground, thereby denying many Nigerians effective water supply to their various houses.
Ale advised the government to invest in solar-powered energy as a mean of supplying water, instead of relying on electricity and generators.
He said that the cost of solar system was quite cheap and affordable than maintaining and fueling generators.
The expert urged government to have implementable water policy plan that would make provision for certain water infrastructure.
Ale advised the state government to upgrade water supply facilities with new ones and purchase a more sustainable water infrastructure.
He urged government to improve the salary of staff of water corporations in Nigeria, because human capital in water sector was currently dying as a result of poor salary.
Ale noted that poor salary structure being paid to the workers caused poor maintenance of water infrastructure across the country, as nobody was ready to be committed to the development of the water corporations.
Mr Stephen Adewumi, the Ekiti Programme Coordinator for Sustainable Urban, Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene,(SURWASH), said the state was parts of SURWASH to ensure availability of potable and hygienic water for the people.
Adewumi explained that the programme, which kicked off in January, in partnership with the World Bank, was designed to strengthen relevant institutions, sectors and policies in order to increase access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the state.
He said that SURWASH programme in Ekiti, under the supervision of the State Commissioner for Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, few months ago, had stakeholders’ meeting with the Federal Programme Implementing Unit (FPIU) team to channel the course for successful implementation of the programme.
Adewumi assured the people of government commitments at ensuring that the welfare of the people was prioritised, with proper coordination of the programme toward achieving the desires results of SURWASH in the state.
He highlighted some of the project sites to include: the office of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation at Ikere-Ekiti; Awo-Ekiti and Araromi-Obo-Ekiti, in Local Government area of the state.
Also, Mr Temitope Agboola, the Corporate Communication and Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Water Corporation, said that Nigeria lacked a sustainable measures to eliminate the gap in water supply to the people.
Agboola said that the alarming state of safe water deprivation among residents in the rural communities was well recognised.
He noted that rural water interventions suffers from high rate of failure due largely to weak institutional framework in the water supply sector.
“For water supply sustainability to be revived in Nigeria, all the stakeholders must work together to prioritise and address the policy gaps constraining the service delivery simultaneously in the religion because working on one factor alone may not result in sustainable services.
“Many rural water supply projects in Nigeria are characterised by poor performance.
“For instance, the Rural Water Supply Schemes (RWSS) have collapsed and that except for a few areas, most rural dwellers are facing serious and persistent challenges in meeting their water needs,” he said.
The corporate communication and public relations officer, said there were lots of ongoing projects in the state that would soon make water available to the people.
He, however, declined to speak on the plans of the state to revive water system in the state, saying that he was not in the best position.
A civil servant, Mr Taiwo Ige, frowned at the way government neglected provisions of potable water and called on the government to make provisions for potable water in the state a priority.
Ige said that lack of pipe borne water had increased the rate of water borne diseases among children and adults.
However, a Medical Practitioner, Dr Fatai Lawal, affirmed that 88 per cent of water borne diseases like diarrhoea were due to lack of access to potable water.
According to Lawal, this has led to increase in the rate of diarrhoea in children, thereby accounting for second leading causes of under-five mortality.
Also, a lecturer at the Ekiti State University, Dr Yinka Adeugba, suggested the use of Chlorine tablet as a cost effective way of water purification.
In his remarks, a Water Resources expert, Mr Isaac Okafor, stressed the importance of access to clean waters in enhancing environmental sustainability and economic growth.
Okafor said that across the country, access to clean water had remained a luxury with Nigerians often jostled for water from the public taps.
He said many Nigerians had continued to rely on wells, boreholes, rivers and rainwater, adding, “many of these water sources are contaminated”.
The water expert observed that the pathetic water situation in the country had continued to result in the prevalence of water borne diseases, particularly, in rural areas.
In his contributions, Mr Ademola Sanni, an Hydrologist, expressed concern at the continued deprivation of Nigerian citizens of portable water.
Sanni blamed the situation on “policy gaps and faulty institutional frameworks” in the water supply sector.
According to him, the responsibility of water supply in Nigeria is shared among the three levels of government, namely, the Federal, State and Local Governments.
“The Federal Government is in charge of water resources management, while the state governments have the primary responsibility for urban water supply and local governments together with the communities are responsible for rural water supply.
“Responsibility for sanitation is not clearly defined.
The community-based service providers are constrained by several policy gaps that negatively impact on the quality and sustainability of rural water supply in the country,” he said Mrs Funmilayo Dada, who lives at Ita-Eko area of Abeokuta, said, “life can be miserable” during the dry season in the metropolis.
Dada said residents only enjoyed water during the rainy season, adding that most of the wells within the surroundings would have been filled to the brim.
Another resident, Mr Akinjobi Taiwo, who lives around Oju-Ore area in Sango, said residents had resorted to using their cars to get waters with kegs from the few public institutions in the area.
Reacting, Mr Kunle Otun, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Water Resources, said, “Dapo Abiodun-led administration met an extremely precarious situation of water supply when it came to power.
” Otun said that the state government had put effective measures in place to revive public water system.
The special adviser said that the state government had recorded appreciable impacts in major towns and cities in the state in the area of adequate water supply.
The governor’s aide pointed out that many activities were ongoing by the state Water Corporation on reticulation and laying of pipes.
He added that approval for the expansion and upgrade of water facilities was also recently given by the governor to cater for expanded communities, while anticipating and providing for those that would spring up in the nearest future.
Otun explained that the first thing the state government did was the construction of new dam kits, which was inaugurated in 2022 to hold enough volume of water for system purpose.
The governor’s aide said that the state government was rehabilitating a treatment plant and upgrading the capacity from the provision of 82 million litres of water per day to 162 million litres per day.
“The current administration has also sited a 14,500 cubic meter reservoir, which is being constructed at Oke-Temidire area in Abeokuta South-Local Government Area for a massive distribution of potable water supply to various communities.
“By December this year, the plant will be due for commissioning.
We are laying a 6.5 kilometres of 900mm pipe from Temidire area to the distribution plant.
“This is to ensure that the treated water will move from the distribution plant to the reservoir and this reservoir is at an altitude of 116 above sea level.
“So, by the time we push the water there, it will be drawn by gravity to homes within Abeokuta.
“These are part of the efforts that we are putting in place to make sure that we address the water challenge in Abeokuta and its environs.
“Before the end of December, we should have enough water that will go round Abeokuta and its environs,” he said.
The special adviser said that the state government was planning to rehabilitate the dam in Ota, in conjunction with the Federal Government.
“We have an MoU signed between Ogun Government and the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and rehabilitation commenced about six months ago and is still ongoing,” he said.
According to him, there is no serious problem of water production in Ijebu-Ode, saying, “we only have problems of distributing water around the town.
“The problem arouse when the state government began the construction of Ijebu-Ode-Epe Road. “The road was expanded and it affected the distribution pipes and so we need to relocate the pipes.
“We are working round the clock to ensure distribution of water in Ijebu-Ode. “In another one month, we should have water in Ijebu-Ode, because from Yemoji Plant in outskirt of Ijebu-Ode, we will pump water to the town,” Otun said.
He assured the people that the state government would not relent until every nook and cranny of the state has access to public water system.
Malaria and Child Survival in Nigeria Malaria and Child Survival in Nigeria By Uche Anunne, News Agency of Nigeria Health economists estimate that annually billions of dollars are spent in the prevention and treatment of malaria globally.
A greater chunk of this spending takes place in developing countries.
The World Health Organistion (WHO) explains that “Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, adding that it is, however, preventable and curable.
” According to 2020 World Malaria Report, Nigeria is home to the highest number of global malaria cases, accounting for 27 per cent of the total number of malaria infections as at 2019. According to the report, Nigeria also accounted for 23 per cent of malaria deaths within the year under review, with the number of cases increasing by 3.5 per cent between 2016 and 2019. A further demographic breakdown shows that the prevalence rate varies from one region of the country to another, with 16 per cent in the south east and south-south to 34 per cent in the northwest.
In a publication, Prof. Olatunji Kolawole of the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, said Nigerians spend over N300 billion annually on malaria treatments.
This is figure, which comprise governments expenditures and household malaria-related medical bills excludes unquantifiable losses in man hours and people stay away from work due to malaria.
However, no matter how huge the financial expenditure on malaria, it pales into insignificance compared with the fatalities it causes in malaria endemic countries such as Nigeria.
While adults have developed mechanisms, including regular treatment to deal with malaria, it has continued to decimate children, killing them in their thousands, according to reports.
According to research published by Malaria Journal, under-five malaria in Nigeria is a leading cause of global child mortality, accounting for 95,000 annual child deaths.
The journal blames lack of safety nets for the treatment of malaria among infants for the astronomical figure.
It says that: “high out-of-pocket medical expenditure contributes to under-five malaria mortality by discouraging care-seeking and use of effective anti-malarial in the poorest households“.
The World Health Organisation said it is worried by the rate infant mortality arising from malaria and has called for more collaboration to eliminate the disease from around the world.
“Children under five are one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the disease, accounting for 67 per cent of all malaria deaths worldwide,” says Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa in a statement to mark 2022 World Malaria Day In an earlier report, WHO said a child dies every minute from malaria in Africa where it is estimated that 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur.
The statistics is not very different from data collation and published by UNICEF on the devastating impact of malaria on children.
While calling for a joint action, UNCEF has many children have continued die as a result of malaria which it said is preventable.
The regular presence many pregnant women and nursing mothers at health centres and hospitals across the country waiting for treatment from malaria is further indicator to the endemic nature of the problem posed by malaria.
“Every 75 seconds, a child under five dies of malaria.
Many of these deaths are preventable and treatable.
“ In 2019, there were 229 million malaria cases globally that led to 558,000 deaths in total.
Of these deaths, 74 per cent (416,000) were children under five years of age.
This translates into a daily toll of nearly 750 children under age five”, says the UN agency.
Mrs Folasade Oguntade, Mararaba, Nasarawa State-based business woman has to spend to ensure that her children are not part of the statistics of children malaria victims.
“The last time I treated my son for malaria, I spent N7,000 on drugs for him alone.
That’s just one of my three children.
“You can imagine how much I’d spend when I decide to treat all my children against malaria.
My children don’t fall sick that often and I’m grateful for that.
But when they do, I have to spend a lot of money,” she said.
Governments have responded to the challenge by making malaria testing and treatment part of the antenatal care.
The current National Malaria Treatment Guideline and Policy in Nigeria recommends intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) using Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and encourages pregnant women to sleep under Insecticide treated bed nets.
Experts say sleeping inside insecticide treated bed nets and clean environment can help in addressing the health and socio-economic challenges posed by malaria in Nigeria, particularly with regards to child mortality.
The global science community has engaged in researches to find a vaccine for malaria, making it of the diseases on queue to join vaccine-preventable diseases such wild polio virus and measles.
In 2019, Kenya, Ghana and Malawi were used for the test run of the malaria vaccine, known as RTS, S.
Although the final report on the vaccine is not out, it is believed to hold a lot of prospects in the fight against malaria and global efforts to save children from the disease.
The environment plays a role in the manner in which mosquitos breed and Olusegun Ademowo of College of Medicine, University of Ibadan contends that only if this is properly addressed efforts to mitigate the impact of malaria will not yield expected results.
“Efforts should be geared towards drastic reduction of contact between humans and mosquitoes.
Surveillance is a very important component of malaria elimination.
“Environmental management aims to control mosquitoes by removing their breeding sites and larvae.
This can be done through clearing bushes around the house and other buildings,” he said.
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Dr Abiola Adimula, a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, has appealed to the Federal Government to establish the National Peace Commission.
Adimula told newsmen on Tuesday in Ilorin that the commission would serve as part of the efforts targeted towards the evolution of a strong, peaceful and progressive society.
Adimula, also the Director of Al-Hikmah University’s Centre for Peace Studies, said that the establishment of the proposed commission had become imperative to stem the growing culture of violence in the country.
She added, ”when established, the commission is expected to address inter and intra-ethnic violence as well as conflicts among adherents of different faiths and social inclinations.
”The commission will help to organise constant public enlightenment programmes that will promote harmony and understanding in the society.
” Adimula said that poverty and ignorance were among the factors responsible for the increasing violence in the society.
The don added that lack of access to means of survival was also a factor that had led many to pursue violence instead of peace.
Adimula condemned the increasing rate of incest and rape of minors particularly among family members.
She decried: ”Insanity could propel a man to forcefully have carnal knowledge of girls that are young enough to be their grandchildren.
The Al-Habibiyah Islamic Society has trained about 40 Kwara Imams and Islamic scholars on different vocations including Fishery, Farming and Animal Husbandry.
Imam Fuad Adeyemi, the Convener and Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyah Islamic Society, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin.
Speaking on the sidelines of the programme, Adeyemi explained that the training is on capacity strengthening for the clerics across Kwara so as to make them self reliant and reduce corruption in the society.
He explained that the two-day training was in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation.
According to him, the seminar will enlighten the Muslim scholars to be alive to their responsibilities of preaching to make the society better.
Adeyemi expressed worry over the dimension corruption is taking, adding that all hands must be on deck to checkmate the spread.
He urged the Imams and scholars to pay attention to every part of the training to equip themselves for the task ahead.
The cleric observed that the training would also encourage transparency and accountability among members of the society.
Prof. Yusuf Badmus, the former Dean of Post-Graduate School, University of Ilorin, advised the trainees to engage themselves in proper and legal means of livelihood.
Badmus observed that leaders and Islamic clerics have the religious obligations to work for the comfort of their subjects and adherents.
He lamented that our forefathers lived in an era of little knowledge but with plenty of piety, while the reverse is the case today.
The don reminded the Imams that it is against the doctrine of Islam to extort money from the adherents dubiously, adding that it is enjoined by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that Muslims must be gainfully employed.
He admonished them on contentment, saying it is a virtue expected of Islamic scholars and warned against reducing their integrity and unnecessary demand of money from people.
On his part, Imam Agba Gambari, an Islamic scholar, commended Al-Habibiyah for the training and enjoined the participants to make judicious use of the programme.
Also Hajia Balkis Oladimeji, the Spokesperson of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Kwara Chapter, also stressed the need for Muslim scholars to work together as a team for overall benefits.
Prof. Wahab Egbewole (SAN), the Vice-Chancellor (VC) designate, University of Ilorin has condoled the family of late Malam Abidu Yazid, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, who died recently.
The VC, who led a nine-member delegation from the university, paid the condolence visit on Saturday at the resident and family house of the deceased in Katsina.
He described the death of Yazid, who was also the chairman of Governing Council of UNILORIN, as a great loss.
“His death was a great loss not only to his family, the university community, but also to the entire country, especially the university system.
“He was a man of God, honesty, integrity, sincerity and a father to all.
He will always be remembered for his dedication, service to humanity and also to the nation.
“The pro-chancellor has made unforgettable contribution in an effort to resolve the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“His death has created a very big vacuum in that aspect and also in our governing council,”.
the vice-chancellor designate said.
Egbewole further described his death as very shocking, unexpected and painful to the entire staff and students of the university, especially at “this point in time”.
According to him, the late governing council chairman died at a time when his services are most needed by the institution and the nation’s university system.
He prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and give the family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, and “may God forgive his shortcomings and admit him into Aljannah Firdaus.
” In his response, the eldest son of the deceased, Malam Abdulhalim Yazid described his late father as a mentor and hero, not only to the family, but to many.
He appreciated the delegate for their visit all the way from Kwara, saying that the visit had given him and the family more strength to bear the loss of their hero.
According to him, their late father who died in his 70s, left behind three wives and five children.
The eldest wife of late Malam Yazid, Hajiya Fatima Yazid, who also expressed their appreciation to the delegate, said “it is a clear indication that our late husband was a man of integrity.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the delegate include; Prof Wahab Egbewole, VC designate, Mrs Juwon Bose Olayiwola, representative from Federal Ministry of Education, and Dr Talmiz Usman, external member of the university’s council.
Others are Alhaja Simiat Ibrahim, External member of council, Prince Austin Obaedo, external member of the council, Mr Hakeem Shonde, University Bursar, and Dr. Rasheed Odunola, member representing the congregation.
Also, Prof. Abdulrasheed Adeoye, member representing convocation and Prof Follow Ologe, member representing UNILORIN Senate.
The Ilorin Emirate Medical Group (IEMG) on Saturday in Ilorin offered free medical treatment and drugs to more than 500 patients in Balogun Gambari area of Ilorin.
Speaking on the sidelines of the outreach, Prof. Ayisha Gobir, the President of the Group, explained that the outreach was part of the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
She noted that the medical consultations and drugs were part of the humanitarian and community engagement policy thrusts of the association.
“The outreach is taking place at Balogun Gambari area to honour our traditional institutions.
“We collaborated with various well meaning organisations; the Joint Balogun Gambari Development Association, individuals and organisations who supported our programmes.
“The outreach is focused on common illnesses that can cause death, including hypertension, diabetes, gastroenteritis and malaria among others,” she said.
Gobir, who teaches at the Faculty of Basic Medical Science of the University of Ilorin, said that many children also benefitted from the outreach as they were treated for some childhood diseases such as coughing and deworming.
Similarly, the don noted that the Association’s AGM included Career Counselling across some selected schools in Ilorin, so as to guide them of their choice of profession.
She observed that the ongoing ASUU strike would not prevent them from doing their community service, adding that even though they were not teaching for now, they engaged in research, publishing of papers and community service.
Also, Dr Abdullahi Ahmed, the Vice -Chairman of the group, observed that there were many Nigerians with various health challenges and could not access health care due to poverty.
He observed that such outreach was a means of reaching out to the indigents in the society where they were treated free of charge and at their doorsteps in their communities.
Ahmed who is also the Kwara Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), advocated that the only way to cater for the health of Nigerians was through the Health Insurance, while commending the Federal and State Governments for making it available for the indigents to access.
He explained further that the artisans and small job owners could access Health Insurance in Kwara for a token of N6,000 annually.
Also Dr Hafsat Ahmed, of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ilorin admonished Nigerians against self mediaction.
She urged Kwara residents and Nigerians at large to always visit hospitals before the consumption of drugs.
Ahmed, however, observed that some patients could not even afford N500 for consultation fee in hospital, while observing that the association felt the free community services such as this would certainly come to their aid.
Malam Mohammed Balogun, the President of the of Balogun Gambari Youth Movement, commemded the doctors for the selfless act for the needy and commitment to the community development.
Fourteen-year-old Adejolaoluwa Osunbade of Roemichs International School, Ilorin, on Friday convened a lecture on impact of peer pressure among teenagers.
Ms Osunbade said the initiative was borne out of her desire to make the society a better place as building a society was the work of all.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was titled ”The Impact of Pear Pressure Among Teenagers: The right circle, the right influence”.
”The reason behind it is that I noticed that a lot of teenagers are not independent about their decisions, they do a lot of things because their friends are doing them.
”And our society does not need leaders or people that will be easily influenced by other people’s decision.
”This programme will benefit students and other teenagers to know how to make decisions by themselves without being influenced by their friends or peers,” the SS2 student said.
Dr Ayotunde Omotosho, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), while speaking on the topic, said the lecture organised would have tremendous benefits because peer pressure has mental effects as it relates to young people.
”Research shows that young people generally are heavvily influenced by what their peers do and say and it can be positive or negative.
”It is important to emphasise the effects of peer pressure because it can affect the mental health in a number of ways because young people can be influenced in terms of their perspectives, choices and the support hat is available to them.
”The lecture will have a ripple effect on the students present here because they will take what they have learnt here to their peers and step down the knowledge,” Omotosho said.
ThenChief Counsellor, University of Ilorin, Mrs Annor Patricia, advised parents to make friends with their children to curb the influence of peer pressure.
”Peer pressure influence can be tackled from home, parents should learn to relate with their childdren.
”Some parents just throw the childdren to the school, but if they listen to their children, they will know when something is wrong.
”Parents shouldd make a move to understand their children, know their friends.
If you did not let them have a feeling of detachment, they will tell you their mind,” she said.
She added that schools should also have counsellors to help their students intervene when they have peer pressure issues”It is in the national policy of every school to have a counselor, so that the students will be able to reach the counselor and for the counsellors to be able to intervene in issues like this,” Annor said.
The Principal of the school, Mr Kevin Massey, said he was not surprised that one of the students off the school came up with the idea.
”I am not surprised that one of our students came up with this idea because this is one of the things we instill in them.
”But that does not take away from the initiative and the courage she had in coming up with such a thing,” Massey said.
The mother of the girl, Mrs Atinuke Osunbade, said she was happy her daughter’s dream was coming to pass.
”She reads a lot from when she was little, so when she came up with the idea that she wants to do an enlightenment programme on peer pressure, I thought she was joking.
”But she approached my mum (because I do not work here) that she wants to drop a letter at the government house, which she did and this is the result.
”I am very proud of her and I am happy that her dream is coming to reality,” Osunbade said.
NAN reports that representatives from GDSS Agbabiaka, GDSS Tanke, GDSS Fate, GDSS Gaa-Akanbi, Senior Secondary School Danialu, Premium High School, Royal Bolt College, Waziri Secondary School and Chaste Intellect International School attended the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the government and people of Katsina State in mourning a former Secretary to the State Government and -Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Alhaji AbiduYazid Rafindadi.
Reacting to the news of the death, in a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Friday in Abuja, Buhari said the “nation has lost a skillful administrator and loyal public servant.
” Buhari described the late Rafindadi as an experienced leader who made rich contributions to the nation’s development before his demise.
He noted that every moment of his life was dedicated to the service of his community and the nation.
“May Allah repose his soul and grant the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.