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FG to build 10, 000 primary health centers across the country

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To bring healthcare delivery system closer to the doorsteps of Nigerians the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has indicated that the Federal government was going to build 10, O00 primary health care centres across the country.

This was coming just as the Kogi state government inaugurated a health programme tagged “Health Care Plus” to provide free health care services to pregnant women and children with the aim of reducing maternal and infant mortality rate in the state.

The minister spoke in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital at the inauguration of “Health Care Plus” programme of the state government as part of activities marking the second anniversary of the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.

According to him, the establishment of the primary health care centres would ensure that there is one of such centres in each of the wards across the country.

The minister lamented that the the country had one of the worst induces of maternal mortality globally, saying governments at various levels should join hands to correct the situation.

He however said the federal government would collaborate with Kogi state in its efforts at making healthcare delivery accessible to the people, expressing satisfaction over the investment in the health sector.

He said, “When governors and government invest in health, it makes our job at the federal level easier. When there was an outbreak in Lokoja and they’re calling on the federal ministry of health, something is wrong. We will partner with the Commissioner for Health. Whatever we will do we will do. We gave Kogi 1.5 million dollars last year; in a couple of days we will give another 1.6 million US dollars”.

Inaugurating the programme, Bello said the scheme would provide free health care services to  pregnant women across the 21 local government in the state.

According to him, the programme was designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the state, saying the programme and would be piloted in 14 local government areas.

The governor said the items covered by the programme are  distribution of delivery kits, post partum haemohage packs, hypertensive packs, episitomy packs and launching of health rangers and free health care services; free maternal and new born health care services, free deliveries including operative services.

Others are free antenatal drugs, free treatment of newborn baby in the first month of life, free laboratory tests including obstetric ultrasound to the various primary health care centers in Kogi State as well as free starter packs for newborn.

“Our major business of today is to flag off the Kogi State Maternal and Child Health Intervention Program (Health Care Plus) and quickly deliver its benefits to our great people. We have acquired all the commodities and consumables required to take care of our pregnant mothers.

“I firmly believe that pregnancy should not be a death sentence. Through this programme we have mobilized enough resources to put an end to preventable maternal and infant deaths in our dear state. We will replenish our stocks as they are depleted by use. To this end, we made sure to provide robust budgetary support for this project in the year 2018 Budget to ensure continuity and sustainability.

“All services under the Healthcare Plus launched today are 100 percent in all the designated centres all over the state. Please report anyone demanding gratification of any kind to provide it.

Speaking on his efforts in the health sector in the last two years, the governor said, “We are glad to announce that we have continued to hit our set targets in the Blueprint, and the Health Thematic Area in particular.  Our pledge to Kogites is that we will not relent until everyone of our citizens and residents is assured of accessible, quality and affordable Health Care services.

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

 
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied paying $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja on Sunday by his chief press secretary Anietie Ekong
He described the claim as a piece of fake news.
The statement reads in part,
“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief -makers.
“It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.
 
“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous. 
According to him, in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the Commission’s offices and files.
 
“The Order clearly listed the Managing Director Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Executive Director of Projects Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs Caroline Nagboh and Cecilia Akintomide as those restrained.
He said the Order also asked that “the most senior civil servant or administrator in the Commission be appointed” to take charge of the Commission.
 
“It was based on this order that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the elevation of the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Effiong Akwa, being the most Senior Administrator to take over the headship of the NDDC as an Interim Administrator pending the completion of the Forensic Audit Exercise.
 
“It is therefore absurd for anyone to even imagine that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio would bribe the Attorney General before an Order of the Court is complied with as the purveyors of the fake news have stated. “
He therefore advised the general public to discountenance the piece of trash.
 
He said, “It is obvious that some persons who are scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari are working tirelessly to scuttle the exercise by blackmailing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio. 
“Their modus operandi is to churn out fake news in a bid to stop Senator Akpabio from sanitizing the NDDC.
“Otherwise, how can a responsible news website make such a grievous allegation without any shred of evidence to back up its claim.”
 
However, he restated the resolve of Senator Akpabio to continue to do the right thing as mandated by President Buhari adding that no amount of sponsored fake news and blackmail would deter him from achieving his mandate. “The Minister has the overwhelming support of the impoverished masses of the Niger Delta who have borne the brunt of underdevelopment of the region over the years.”
 
 

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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