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Member representing Bida Gbako Katcha federal constituency in the House of Representatives, has paid the medical bills of over four hundred patients suffering from various health challenges in his constituency

At the flagged off the health outreach program in Dama community of Katcha Local Government Area, the lawmaker represented by his Senior Legislative aide, Engr Dodo AlMustapha explained that the gesture was aimed at cushioning the effect of the health challenges of rural people.

Hon Abdul said the one day program is to provide free medical and surgical services for the people.

“It is a desperate attempt to get medical care for my constituents especially for the fact that tertiary health centers are far from them.” He said.

The lawmaker restated his resolve to always Carter for the welfare of his people especially on issues that might be detrimental to the society.

The president of Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical  center Bida, Dr Chidi Njoku noted that the exercise would cover
Consultation and Distribution of Anti-hypertensive drugs, Anti diabetic drugs and Anti Malaria Drugs

He explained that Surgical aspects that have to do with Hernia, Lump excision and Hydrocelectomy all alao part of the program to be carried out.

The medical outreach committee which is chaired by Dr Abdullahi Babamini Suleman expressed commitment of the group to providing the patients with Obstetric, Paediatrics, Consultations Deworming and
circumcision.

The Traditional Ruler of Katcha, Sheshi of Katcha, Alhaji Umar Baba Adamu commended the effort of the legislator for bringing health interventions to his subjects.
He urged government to assist the area with at least one medical doctor to alleviate the suffering of the people.

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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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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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