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USAID’s MCSP offer 4,000 health workers new skills in Kogi

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USAID’s MCSP offer 4,000 health workers new skills in Kogi

By John Akubo
Not less than 4,000 health workers have been empowered with requisite skills to provide quality life saving maternal, newborn and child care services across 169 health facilities in Kogi by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) in the last four years empowered over .

Country Director of Jhpiego, Dr Oniyire Adetiloye, the implementing partner of the project made the discloaure in Lokoja during a dissemination meeting to mark the end of the four-year intervention project in the state.

The MCSP he said is a global USAID intervention program implemented in Kogi and Ebonyi States with the major goal of diminishing deaths in children under five years of age and to ensure survival of women before, during and after childbirths.

Dr Oniyire said many health facilities have been upgraded and many life saving machines have been provided in the health facilities under the program to ensure survival of maternal and newborns.”

Continuing he said many skills have also been acquired by the health workers adding that they have trained the professional associations to improve the quality of their services.
According to him, they have supported the state ministry of health to develop quality strategies and policy documents.

“Sustainability is what we are talking about. We have been able to build sustainability into this programme and we expect the state to carry on from where we have stopped”, he said.

He said the health intervention had recorded successes in various aspects particularly improvement in essential ante natal care services, improvement in quality of care practices during labour and delivery and improvement in maternal/newborns, amongst others.

Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Saka commended USAID and the implementing partners on the MCSP which he described as the best health intervention the state has ever had.

He said the program had impacted lots of lives across the state, assuring that government would ensure the sustainability of the programme.

“We supported health institutions-school of Health Technology, school of Nursing and Midwifery, we improved their labs. We supported them by procuring tools the students need

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Kogi NUJ council organizes Press week

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All is now set for the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council’s 2020 Press week

A statement by the Chairman Comrade Adeiza Momohjimoh and the Secretary Alhaji Ademu Seidu inficated that the programme scheduled to commence with a Friday Mosque Service at Ministry of Education Jummat Mosque on Friday 30th October, 2020.
According to the Statement the Programme will continue on Sunday with a Sunday Service at Revival House Church along Phase II Road Lokoja at 9:00am in the Morning on 1st November, 2020.

The statement said that there would be a road walk on 2nd November, 2020 at 8:00am in the morning starting from the NUJ Press Centre in Lokoja.

Other activities lined up for the Press Week include Novelty football match, visitation to orphanages, free medical outreach and grand finale.

According to the statement a grand finale will hold on the 5th November, 2020 under the Chairmanship of the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority Lokoja, Dr. George Moghahu.

The grand finale will feature a lecture titled Inland Water Transportation: “The Untapped Potentials in Nigeria Economy” to be delivered by Dr. Anthony Ali of the Department of History and International Studies, Federal University Lokoja (FUL).
The Kogi State Speaker Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole will be honoured with the Union’s Award of “Champion of Legislative Harmony” while a philanthropist and Communication Expert Dr. Victor Adoji will also be conferred with the Union Award of “Icon of Humanitarian Services”.
Also, the member representing Lokoja/Koto Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Barrister Shaba Ibrahim will also get the Union’s  Award of “Icon of Quality Representation”.
The Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello will be the Distinguished Guest of Honour at the event.
The Union urged all the invited guests and friends of the Union to attend the event.

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NUJ FCT denouces looting spree by hoodlums, sues for peace in Abuja

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NUJ FCT denouces looting spree by hoodlums, sues for peace in Abuja

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has denounced the looting of warehouses and vandalization of public and private properties by hoodlums in FCT, describing it as reprehensible.
In a press statement released in Abuja Wednesday, jointly signed by Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, Chairman and Secretary of Council respectively, it indicated that council regrets that a peaceful protest suddenly turned violent when it was hijacked by hoodlums and other malicious individuals.
According to the statement, “Council is alarmed at the worrying increase in reports of hoodlums masquerading as protesters targeting warehouses and vandalising public and private properties.
“It is regrettable that a protest aimed at addressing alleged police brutality and extra-judicial murders has become a nightmare to law abiding and peaceful loving citizens.“We support the call by the FCT administration to an end to this unfortunate development and the arrest of those culpable in the economic sabotage.”The NUJ charged the FCTA to explore means that will address youth concerns in the territory, while appealing to all interests to follow lawful means in addressing their grievances.

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NUJ worries that it has become soft targed for Govt, protesters

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The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern that the Union as journalists and media organisations have become soft targets of attack by both Government and even protesters.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the Union Chris Isiguzor in Abuja on Monday where he condemned the unending assault on the Media.
He said, “The decision by industry regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to penalise Arise Television, Channels Television and AIT over what it alleges as unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protests across the country further exposes the nation’s anti-democratic tendencies.
“Rather than trying to muzzle the media, we suggest that the NBC should applaud media coverage of the protests and the professionalism of Journalists who despite the enormous risks to their lives ensured a comprehensive coverage of the protests.”
He observed that despite all its perceived short comings, the media remains the most viable tool for good governance and democracy and should be jealously guarded and protected.
“Actions like this only bring back unpleasant memories of the long tenure of Military rule and the established culture of intolerance against the media when Nigeria recorded her most grievous crimes against the industry. “Sadly, we are once more witnessing actions that seek to undermine the profession by both State and non-State actors.”
He called for an end to the open contempt and disrespect for the Media by NBC.
The president noted that the fines imposed on the media houses are unnecessary, discriminatory and an attempt to discourage a free, independent media, hence it should be withdrawn immediately.

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