Alh. Muhammad Bashar, the Emir of Gwandu and Chairman of Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, has called on parents to ensure their children were immunized in the current polio campaign in the state.The traditional ruler made the call during the Immunisation Plus Days Flag Off Ceremony (IPD) ceremony in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
He said unless parents bring out their children for polio immunization, the society stood the risk of resurgence of the virus.
“All hands must be on deck to maintain and consolidate on gains recorded to completely wipe out polio in the country.‘
Kano and Kaduna State Governments have concluded plans to generate electricity from solid waste. Environmental officials in the two states gave the indication in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Malam Ahmed Salihu, Director of Environment, Kaduna State Ministry for Environment, said that plans to generate electricity from domestic waste had gone far.According to him, the plan is to transform waste into huge employment opportunities.“We have already entered into discussion with the Federal Ministry of Environment and had shown interest to partner with us to make the project a reality.“The waste generation has become a major challenge to the state and we need to be taken advantage of the situation.
A Norwegian company, Novia Scotia Power Development Limited, on Monday said the proposed solar power plant in Dutse, Jigawa, would generate 80 megawatts of electricity when completed.
The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Amit Modi, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen shortly after paying a courtesy call on the State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, in Dutse.
Modi assured that the project would be completed and handed over in 2018.He said that the 150 million dollars project would be transmitted to the national grid when completed.
He said that the company had already signed an agreement with the Federal Government to purchase the power and sell to companies.He promised the host community that the company would employ its sons and daughters, when the project was completed and commenced operation.Advertisement Modi said the company had already started paying compensation to owners of the land acquired for siting project. Earlier, Gov. Badaru said that the project would attract a lot of investments to the state. Badaru said that no industry could function without stable power supply; hence, the project would facilitate his effort to key in the state among industrialised states in the federation. He appealed to the company to honour its agreement and ensure that the project was completed at the agreed time in 2018.The governor added that the project was part of his strategy to woo investment to the state and pledged the government’s support to ensure speedy completion of the project.
Managing Director of Jigawa Saving and Loans, Babangida Umar Gantsa, said at the weekend that plans for the construction of 1,330 housing units by Jigawa State government had reached advanced stage.The Managing Director, while fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse said, they had inspected sites for the project in each of the 27 local government councils and that as soon as all other formalities were concluded, construction work would commence.He said the state government plans to build 1,080 housing units of two bedrooms in each of the local government areas as well as another set of 50 units of three bedrooms at headquarters of the five emirates. He said the project would be executed in two phases.
Top government officials at the federal and states level, as well as other stakeholders in the economy will examine options available to the government to improve its revenue streams especially in a period of low earnings from crude oil at the National Council on Finance and Economic Development (NACOFED) 2016 conference, which opens in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday.The conference, which is being hosted by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has been themed: Enhancing Revenue Generation and Obtaining Best Value for Money in Expenditure.The Federal Ministry of Finance, in a statement yesterday, said the event will attract a diverse group of participants including Ministers, Governors, Commissioners of Finance and Budget from the 36 states of the Federation, as well as captains of industry from the private sector.
While Nigeria still remains the second largest contributor to under-five mortality and maternal death rates in the world, MTN Foundation, through its Maternal Ward Support Project hopes to change the story. Martins Ifijeh writes
One of the most overwhelming misfortunes that have endured throughout history is the death of a woman or child during childbirth, as it comes with a huge burden of grief, pain and heartbreak. Thereby resulting in unwarranted and preventable deaths.
Experiences have shown that the birth process is perhaps one of the most dangerous journeys majority of women are likely to make in their lifetime. This is especially troubling as statistics revealed that the extent of loss of lives across low and middle income countries occasioned by the issue is still high despite global health interventions.
According to a 2015 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth everyday and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria.
And even more specific representation is provided by UNICEF, which reports that: “Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 children under five and 143 women of childbearing age, making it the country with the second largest contributor to under–five mortality and maternal death rate in the world. Also, for every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria.”
Additionally, death of newborn babies in Nigeria is said to represent a quarter of the total number of deaths of children under five years. The majority of these deaths reportedly occur within the first week of life, mainly due to complications during pregnancy and delivery reflecting the intimate link between newborn survival and the quality of maternal care.
Since the lack of access to quality healthcare and the apathy by women to patronise existing facilities have been fingered as an underlying causal effect of the high indices of maternal and child deaths, the MTN Foundation, in a bid to changing the narrative and reducing maternal and child deaths in the country is equipping and renovating maternal wards of hospitals across the country with the commencement of its first phase in six beneficiary states, including Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger, Abia, Cross River and Oyo.
According to the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma, a total of 24 selected hospitals in these states will benefit under this first phase of the MTNF Maternal Ward Support Project, with some states already benefitting from the gesture by the Foundation.
For instance, in Sokoto State, the General Hospital, Shargari, General Hospital, Gwadabawa and General Hospital, Tabuwal has taken ownership of the maternal wards equipped and renovated by the MTN Foundation Maternal Ward Support Project.
According to Ugboma, the hospitals were equipped with ultra-modern executive beds, incubators, and other facilities, and were renovated to create a beautiful ambiance. “The modernised wards would contribute significantly to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rate in the state and the nation as a whole,” adding that the initiative was to complement government’s national objective of reducing maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.
“Each of the newly inaugurated wards is equipped with 20 hospital beds with cardiac rest, 20 standard hospital mattresses, 20 standard hospital bed pillows, 10 four-way foldable ward screens, 20 metal bedside cupboards, 20 visitors’ chairs, 10 drip stands, 20 hydraulic over-bed tables, 10 height adjustable baby cots and 2 Carl Novel baby incubators,” she said, adding that every beneficiary state and hospitals will benefit same, as this would greatly aid the job of health workers, as well as motivate pregnant women to access healthcare.
Speaking during the delivery of the maternal wards in General Hospital, Shagari, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said the gesture has brought healthcare closer to the people, as residents of Shagari Local Government Area will not have reasons to travel as far as Sokoto capital to access healthcare.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale Shuni, said: “This is a testimony of Sokoto State being a magnet for international devoted partners and other progressive partner.”
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the disbursement of about N75billion as loan to farmers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
The loan guarantee scheme is a public-private sector initiative set up to transform the country’s agricultural sector. It was initiated by the apex bank, the Bankers’ Committee and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to guarantee 75 per cent loans provided by Deposit Money Banks (DPB) to farmers as part of efforts to transform the country’s agricultural sector.
The Head of NIRSAL Project Implementation Office under the Development Finance Department of the CBN, Jude Uzonwanne, who spoke on the role of NIRSAL in Abuja, told the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Akinjide, that the guarantee would be issued to farmers through commercial banks and other financial institutions.
“NIRSAL would mobilize financing for Nigerian agribusiness by using credit guarantees to address the risk of default,” Mr. Uzonwanne said.
“NIRSAL is a flexible financing tool designed to change the behaviour of financial institutions.
Samsung Electronics West Africa has unveiled the Samsung Smart School project for students and teachers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The Samsung smart school is a digital learning environment, which gives both the teachers and students an opportunity to use Samsung technology to create, revolutionise and enhance the learning process of students in public schools in the state by providing an integrated new technology to make the educational environment more interactive intuitive, and efficient.