AMOSUN WOOS RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged religious leaders in the country to be more active in the fight against malaria.
Flagging off the National Malaria Elimination Programme organised by the State Ministry of Health in conjunction with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA), the Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, urged them to unite in the effort to check the disease by informing their followers on the importance of the use of treated mosquito nets.
The campaign against malaria he stressed would be ineffective without the collaboration of the faith leaders in Nigeria as their followers listen and follow their instructions to the letter.
Amosun lamented that malaria has killed more Nigerians than any single disease in the country, noting however that over two million insecticide treated nets were recently distributed across the state to fight the disease to a standstill.
He added that the recent launch of “ARAYA” is also aimed at fighting malaria during pregnancy and bringing free and qualitative health care delivery closer to the people. ‘’Fighting malaria to standstill will be more effective and spread faster even to the grassroots, only if our religious leaders can further intensify their enlightenment on the importance of using the insecticide treated nets, clearing all water ways in and around the compound and regular medical check-up, particularly our pregnant women,’’ governor Amosun said.
National Coordinator of NIFAA and National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Gabriel Ekueremadu, said available data showed malaria is the biggest threat to Nigerians and the number one cause of illness and death with about 70-110 million cases of malaria recorded every year.
The General Secretary, State chapter of the Inter-Faith Action Association, Mr. Jubril Awal said malaria is one major enemy of Nigerians, irrespective of their religion but assured religious leaders across Nigeria are ready to take the life saving message about malaria prevention and treatment to millions of families and communities.
NIM, WISCAR WANT ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS RESCUED UNHURT
By Bankole Adeshina, Lagos
TWO organizations in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), have joined millions of people across the world to demand that the over 200 Chibok school girls kidnapped last month be released or rescued unhurt.
In a press statement, the President and Chairman of Council of NIM, Dr. Nelson Uwaga, described the abduction of the schoolgirls as “a despicable, condemnable and dangerous trend”.
Uwaga is worried that as if the brutal killing of innocent Nigerians was not enough, the act of kidnapping recently adopted by the terrorist group was highly disturbing.
According to him, “without doubt, what we are now witnessing with the recent attacks on schools is that our children will be taken off the schools and this has grave consequences for the children, the education sector and the economy”, he submitted.
Commending President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting help from foreign countries to tackle the insurgent group, added that it was time for the terrorist group to lay down their arms or face the wrath of anger of the people of the world.
FG COMMITTED TO LOCAL DAIRY INDUSTRY
By Tade Abayomi- ibadan
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has disclosed the Federal Government is committed to improve livestock production and increase local dairy.
Adesina spoke at Iseyin, Oyo State on Wednesday at the launching of Ofa Dairy Development Programme (DPP) by Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak, Three Crowns and Friso brands of milk.
He stated that the current Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government in agriculture is to create jobs, wealth and partnership with agencies and stakeholders in ensuring agriculture and rural development to improve the quality of lives of livestock and farmers.
The minister represented by Dr. Joseph Nyagar said the ministry is currently working on six priority livestock commodity value chains of beef, dairy poultry, small ruminants, leather and pig to fix the structural gaps and strengthen the key activities along the value chains.
He added that the partnership by his ministry and WAMCO was the result of series of discussions and interactions between the two organization as part of the national effort at strengthening the local dairy industry under a public private partnership initiative.
KWARA TO COMPLETE ILORIN METROPOLIS WATER RETICULATION PROJECT FROM N23 BILLION BOND
The Kwara State Government plans to complete the Ilorin metropolis water reticulation project and others pencilled for execution through the proposed N23billion bond from the capital market.
The Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Investment, Promotion and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Ogunsola, gave this assurance while giving the sectorial breakdown of the proposed bond.
Ogunsola said the state government had expended over N5.2billion on the water reticulation project to take it to the present 98 per cent completion stage, adding that about N2billion would be used from the proposed bond to complete the project.
The Governor’s aide said the bond from the capital market would not be spent on frivolities but to address the state infrastructure needs and place the state on the path to full commercialisation.
He noted that the bond would also be expended on the renovation of secondary schools across the state, renovation of the indoor Sports Hall at the state’s stadium complex in Ilorin, the Ilorin Metropolis Street Light Project, an Agric Soil Laboratory and Independent Power Project.
Ogunsola explained that the state had never defaulted in the repayment of its existing bond and advised the people to be wary of mischief-makers, pointing out that the bond would be repaid within a period of seven years.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Dr. Abubakar Kannike, explained that the state government had earmarked the sum of N5.4billion for major ongoing and new road projects including the 61.85 kilometre Kishi-Kaiama Road, Ilesha-Gwanara Road and several township roads.
Kannike noted that the government intended to promote agriculture and regional integration in the area, stressing that over 30 communities would benefit from the road projects.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Engineer Nurudeen Banu, who spoke on the refinancing of the proposed bond, said modalities had been put in place to ensure prompt repayment of the bond.