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By Stephen Adeleye

An NGO, Heal For Africa Initiative (HFAI), has trained 700 school girls in Kabba, Kogi State, on sexual and menstrual hygiene as part of its activities to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl-Child.

Its Founder, Dr. Kelechi Okoro, told newsmen on Thursday in Kabba that the sensitisation programme was organised for students of St. Monica College, Kabba.

Okoro said that the NGO was committed to the welfare of the girl-child, and reaffirmed its desire to ensure quality education for the girls through the Pay Attention To Her (PATH), project.

“The PATH project is centered around our thought that if young girls are allowed to maximize their potentials, they will be transformed into great assets for nation building.

“The project is aimed at empowering 3,000 girls in 10 selected schools across Kogi,” she said, adding that 600 girls had been trained in two secondary schools in Lokoja.

She said that the girls were being taught about the implications of poor menstrual hygiene to their reproductive health, and how best to cater for themselves so as to avoid health challenges.

“We also try to boost the girls’ awareness and enhance their capacity to make them more employable,” she said.

According to her, “an empowered girl, both in knowledge, capacity and morals, will have a better self perception and self esteem which will enhance her functions in the society”.

In her speech, Mrs. Petra Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello, urged the girls not to allow anybody to make them feel inferior.

“Women are thinkers and the best agents of change. No one should make you feel inferior,” she said.

Petra, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the NGO, advised girls to think beyond what they were being taught in school and practice something that would add more value to their lives.

Mrs. Esther Olowookere, the Principal of the school, commended the NGO for the initiative and urged its leaders to extend the training to other schools in Kogi.

One of the participants, Peace Eledewo, an SSS3 student, told NAN that she had improved her knowledge on sex health and how to maintain a good menstrual hygiene.

NAN reports that the event also featured a lecture on Girl-Child Empowerment and its role on nation building, delivered by Miss Bridget Ezeh from Young Africa Leaders Initiative.

Items distributed to the girls included sanitary pads, deodorants, liquid antiseptics, soaps, tissue papers, among many others.

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Fayemi cautions Bello over Killer vaccines’ controversial comments

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The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi is not at home with Kogi State governor’s comment that COVID-19 vaccines were meant to kill Nigerians as he advised Governor Yahaya Bello to thread with care on the matter


Speaking on Channels in a live Television program monitored by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, Fayemi cautioned his Kogi counterpart to be careful with such sensitive issues so as not to risk lives of the people.
Bello who in the first instance refused to accept most of the NCDC postulates on the COVID-19 disease also declined to lockdown the State.
Again in a viral video the Governor had declared that the COVID-19 vaccines being produced in less than one year are used to introduce new diseases that will kill many.

Since the video went viral, the governor has come under heavy criticism from individuals and groups especially from his political fold the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)

Fayemi further opined that Kogi State Governor has a right to his reservations, the most appropriate to respond to a matter of such import is not to be dismissive, but should in a way weigh it first.

Fayemi said the preponderance at the level of the Nigerian Governors Forum believes that COVID-19 is real, adding that there is a need to respond to the challenges that have emanated from the pandemic.

The governor who said COVID-19 is not just a health issue pointed out that it behooves public office holders to work in concert with the Federal Government to get to the bottom of the problem which is not peculiar to Nigeria.

Kogi governor had insisted that there was no COVID-19 in Kogi State despite many deaths suspected to be on account of COVID-19 infections.

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Government has set aside over N3 billion to expand access to livelihood support and food security for the poor and the vulnerable under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus – Program for Results (Nigeria CARES).

Gov. Yahaya Bello disclosed this while declaring open a one-day Key Stakeholders Sensitisation and Training programme on Kogi State Government version of NG CARES Programme for Results at Government House, Lokoja on Thursday.

Bello who was represented by Dr Folashade Ayoad-Arike, Secretary to State Government (SSG), said the programme was divided into three areas including Basic Social Cash Transfer under Social Safety Network Program; FADAMA and SMEs.

Bello assured that the release of the earmarked N3 billion for the programme was been captured in the 2021 budget adding, “In Kogi, we do not believe in bureaucratic bottlenecks. We will make sure releases are made without undue bureaucracy.”

Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Asiwaju Asiru Idris (Mukadam), said KG CARES Programme for Results was aimed at mitigating the global effects of COVID-19 on the people and businesses in the State.

“As we know, Kogi State has no evidence of COVID-19. However, COVID-19 induced effects are very much with us, which have reduced our revenues and escalated inflation, thereby putting needless pressures on our people.

“In early 2020, the world started to witness huge disruptions over COVID-19 related issues. COVID forced lockdowns and restrictions across the globe and across sectors, which almost sniffed life out of humanity.

“Expectedly, this led to inability of businesses to cover their recurrent costs, leading to upsurge in unemployment, inflation, poverty and other disturbing social and economic indices” the Commissioner said.

In his keynote address, National Coordinator, Federal Project Suport Unit (FPSU) of Community and Social Development Project CSDP of the World Bank Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, commenced the Federal, State and the World Bank for rising to the challenge.

Obaje who represented by Mr Niyi Oduneye said that the second wave of the pandemic was more virulent and more dangerous than the first one adding that the rate at which it “operates and devastates” is far more than the first.

The state Head of Service (HOS) Mrs Deborah Ogunmola said COVID-19 had affected over 200 countries, territories and areas in the world destroying their economy, food security and livelihoods.

She said that the Pandemic also negatively impacted on livelihoods resulting in loss of wage/income, non-wage income in form of diaspora remittances from abroad, food insecurity as well as impact on household/micro enterprises.

General Manager Kogi State Community And Social Development Agency (KGCSDA), Mallam Momoh O. Dauda, the implementing agency of the programme said that programme was an initiative of the World Bank to assuage the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on livelihoods.

“The world Bank is trying to assist in Nigeria and is giving a loan of about 170 million Dollars to all the states each state will be entitled to 20 million dollars while FCT will have 50 million dollars to quelch the effects of the covid-19”, Dauda added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the key stakeholders invited for the meeting include top State Government officials, all the 21 Local Government Chairmen and their DLGs.

Others are the 21 Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils, Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), people living with disability, the media, the academics, among others. (NAN)

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Former military administrator of Benue and Kano States, Aminu Isa Kontagora has died of Coronavirus related complications on Sunday night, January 10, after a brief illness at an Abuja medical facility.
It was gathered that a close family member of the former military administrator announced his demise adding that Kontagora died of COVID-19 related complications.

The family source it was learned, said the former Nigerian governor will be buried today, Monday, January 11, in line with the Islamic injunction.
The late Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was born in 1956.
He was Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
Late Kontagora was also the Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, under the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The former Nigerian governor handed over power to the then elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.

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