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CYPF Takes Menstruation Message to School Girls

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By Prosper Okoye, Abuja

In a groundbreaking initiative, the Child and Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF) has embarked on a mission to enlighten and empower young girls at Government Secondary School (GSS) Kuchingoro, Abuja, by providing them with crucial knowledge on proper menstrual care.

As part of their noble endeavor, CYPF generously donated a comprehensive menstrual tool kit to the school, ensuring that these girls have the necessary resources to manage their menstruation effectively.

Director of CYPF, Kolawole Olatosimi, emphasized the importance of this educational campaign, stressing that the advancement of the girl child is pivotal in driving Nigeria’s development.

Olatosimi shared his concerns, revealing that he has witnessed firsthand the devastating consequences of inadequate menstrual hygiene practices, which can lead to severe health issues for women.

Commencing the didactic session, Fejiro Anibor, a facilitator from CYPF, shared her personal experience of her first menstruation.

She emphasized that menstruation is a natural process that every woman goes through, encouraging the girls to never feel ashamed and to reach out for assistance when needed.

“Menstruation is not a sin, and it isn’t a form of punishment for women,” Fejiro reassured the girls, recognizing their discomfort in discussing the topic.

Continuing the session, Mrs. Mary Iteogu-ubach guided the girls through the signs they might experience during menstruation.

“Your menstrual flow may last from 5-7 days, depending on your biological makeup,” she informed the attentive girls, who were now actively engaged in the discussion.

Several girls acknowledged suffering from mood swings, cravings, stomach cramps, anxiety, and fatigue during their menstrual cycles while seeking clarifications on issues that bothered them regarding menstruation.

Mrs. Mary further advised the girls to keep track of their menstrual cycle, which typically ranges from 21 to 28 days on average, with a maximum duration of 35 days. This would help them be prepared and avoid being caught off guard.

Furthermore, Binta Jalo demonstrated to the girls the proper way to insert a pad into their underwear and the best method for disposing of a used menstrual pad.

Davou James, the Principal of GSS, praised the initiative and pledged that the school would work diligently to sustain it.

“Sincerely speaking, I am greatly impressed with what CYPF has accomplished in the school,” James expressed.

“Due to the remote location of the school and their parents’ financial circumstances, many of these girls lack access to pads. Additionally, they are not familiar with proper sanitary habits and often use whatever materials that are available, regardless of cleanliness. Therefore, this project will have a significant impact on their lives,” he added.

The FCT’s Secondary School Board Director, represented by Oladele Olajide, Assistant Director of Guidance and Counseling in the Board, informed DAILY ASSET that the project would prevent girls from having to return home due to the onset of their menstrual flow.

“Kudos to CYPF, now, all they need to do is visit the guidance office, and a pad will be provided to them, eliminating the need for them to go back home,” he explained.

DAILY ASSET reports that the menstrual pad box was packed with packs of pads, toilet rolls, detergents, and toilet soaps.

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Poultry Farmers Decry High Cost of Feeds, Low Patronage

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Some poultry farmers in Bwari Area Council of the FCT, on Monday in Abuja, decried the incessant rise in the cost of poultry feeds, while also groaning over low patronage in the sale of birds in the market.

The farmers expressed their concerns in separate interviews in Abuja on Monday, while calling on producers and suppliers to consider a reasonable intervention.

One of the farmers, Mrs Joy Felix, said that although poultry farming was a profitable business that involved a lot of capital, it had, however, suffered set backs at the point of sales.

“You spend so much in setting up and most importantly the cost of feed hardly comes down once it goes up. Sometimes it suffers artificial scarcity and then a hike in price when it resurfaces.

“Once it is the fourth quarter of the year when a lot of people keep birds for either personal or commercial purposes during the Christmas season, the rush that comes with it gives the producers of these feeds a high advantage to make money and at the end of the day, you spend so much feeding these birds and then buyers bargain for less.

“It is somewhat frustrating. At the end, you may have to sell at a give-away price so you do not loose.”

Felix added that the cost of drugs for the birds was another challenge to the farmers, who are forced to use organic methods to treat diseases in birds.

“We sometimes use medicinal plants like bitter leaves and pawpaw leaves to either treat minor infections or boost their feeding, except when the situation is severe and in dire need of a veterinarian,” she said.

She urged various farmers’ associations, as well as other stakeholders to intervene and assist in finding a lasting solution to the challenges, with the hope to ease the plight of the farmers.

Similarly, Mr Ayo Bamidele, another poultry farmer, said that the cost of chicken feeds is so high, ranging from N10,000 to N14,000 per 50kg bag in the last one month, depending on the brand and location of farm.

According to Bamidele, a lot of farmers find it difficult to sell their birds during the festivities because, there is usually more supply of the birds than demands for it.

He said: “The cost of feeds has made farmers to put high price on the birds yet, buyers do not have that kind of money to buy them.

“Some of us actually made good breeds grow well enough for the price we put but the buyers don’t know this, they have no idea what it takes to feed and make  the birds gain weight.

“Also, with the economic situation, people want to buy but they don’t have the money. It is unfortunate. I wish we all can just help each other make things easy for ourselves.”

He, however, said that he was optimistic that he would make profitable sells against all odds, during and after the yuletide.

Mr Elimah Jacob, a distributor of poultry feeds in Bwari town, said that the high cost of feed was not new but a challenge that usually came with the period of mass poultry farming, especially before December.

He also said that the increase in prices of the feeds was usually from companies that produce the goods, whom, he added, also complained about either scarcity or shortage of raw materials for sufficient production.

Jacob also attributed the challenge to cost of transportation from the suppliers to the distributors, which has risen a great deal.

“We pay for bags of feeds in millions and the transportation, which may be in one or more trailer vehicles, cost a fortune also.

“Most times, you pay in full, yet, it takes several weeks before your supplies arrive because, the demand may be high at that moment and it takes turns to service distributors.

“By the time it finally gets to the point of sale, there is usually a rush for it.”

He noted that the prices, though not constant, may go lower after the Christmas celebration. (NAN)

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UniAbuja Researchers Win N3bn Grant

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The University of Abuja (UniAbuja) says its researchers have won over N3 billion grants in 2023 following their applications to donor agencies for research grants.

The Vice Chancellor, UniAbuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the award ceremony for researchers and authors.

Na’allah said that the 2023 grant of over N3 billion was a significant improvement compared to the N1 billion that was won in 2022.

The vice-chancellor urged those leading in research to share their experiences with others, adding that they should support one another in order to bring in more researchers.

“When you hear information on grant, share it around so more people can participate, this will help the university produce more grant winning researchers.

“There is no world class university if there are no world scholars; we must continue to show this nation that a world class university is achievable and we have achieved it.

“We have made over N3 billion in research grants this year; we are making a mark and we are determined as a university that whatever it will take we must move forward.’’

He said there was need for scholars to invest in research because as they were the things needed to solve the problems facing the nation today.

The vice chancellor urged more scholars to apply for grants.

“What gives you joy as a scholar is research grants you get from outside; you have to keep working on getting a grant until you succeed,’’ he said.

Na’allah called on scholars to think of how to solve the problems of Nigeria such as insecurity, bad leadership among others through their research work.

He said that the university was taking the lead in resolving the problem of leadership, adding that the university would soon establish youth leadership clinic.

He said that this clinic would help to train young people and prepare them to take over the leadership of Nigeria.

The don assured the researchers that the university would not disappoint them as they continue to put the university on the map through this research grant.

He advised authors to ensure that originality was their main focus, adding that they should be innovative and create new words in their works.

Reports that under the researchers’ cadre, seven persons won gold, two silver and 45 bronze while in the authors cadre, eight persons won gold, nine silver and 27 bronze.

Earlier, the Director, UniAbuja Centre for Sponsored Projects (CSP), Prof. Obiageli Nnodu, said the centre was introduced in 2020 by the vice chancellor.

Nnodu, while appreciating the vice chancellor, said that the centre which started small, had grown into something big.

She said the researcher category was bringing extra income, adding that researcher income was adding significantly to the revenue of the university.

One of the awardees, Dr Dike Orji, on behalf of other awardees, appreciated the vice chancellor and the university for their support to all scholars and researchers.

Orji said the recipients would continue to put in their best to see that the university grew in terms of research. (NAN)

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Abuja Residents Express Mixed Feelings over `Fura da Nono’ Consumption

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A cross section of Abuja residents have expressed mixed feelings over the consumption of Fura da Nono.

The residents in separate interviews on Thursday in Abuja, said the unhygienic nature in the preparation of fura da nono put them away from it.

While others are of the views that they don’t mind the preparation process, they enjoy the milk because of its numerous benefits.

Reports says that fura da nono is fermented milk-cereal mix locally.

It is highly nutritious beverage which is a two-in-one product.

Consisting of a cereal, ‘fura’ made from millet and ‘nono’ fermented cow-milk product similar to yoghurt.

Mr Adam Ibrahim, a shop keeper at Area 10, Garki said he takes nono because of it nutritional benefit adding that it was a natural drink.

“ I take nono because it is natural, no preservatives and not refined,’’ he said.

He, however, advised that cleanliness must be the watch word when consuming fura da nono, adding that he buys the product from a clean and a reliable vendor.

“There is a lady that packages fura da nono in containers to sell rather than patronising those who carry it in bowls with flies following around,’’ he said.

Tope Faseun, a cosmetologist at the Nyanya market said that nono is healthy and good to be consumed fresh.

She said that taking nono helps to improve the sperm cells of a male reproductive organ.

Mrs Agada Grace, a roasted plantain and corn seller in Garki, said that   fura da nono  helps to cool her body after staying close to the fire all day.

“Nono is a good drink that refreshes your body after a hard day. For me, the drink helps me to sleep well because it relaxes my body,’’ she said.

Mr Kolade Akin, a cobbler in Garki said that the extraction method, environment and sometimes the unhygienic nature of the persons extracting the milk makes it unhealthy for me.

“The process of extracting nono and also the preparatory method of it, is likely to expose the drink to bacterial and can lead to food burn diseases,’’ he said.

Wale Ridwan, a corps member said that fura da nono irritates him due to the unhygienic method of the extraction and preparation.

“Fura da nono irritates me because of the extraction of the milk and the preparation of the millet which are done manually.

“It is not processed, can be contaminated and can pose a great health challenge to individuals who consume the milk meal and drink,’’ he said.

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