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Senate Confirms Re-appointment of Dabiri-Erewa as CEO NIDCOM

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Abuja, May 23,2023(NAN) The Senate has confirmed the appointment of  Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NDICOM) for a second term.

This followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGOs at plenary on Tuesday.

Presenting the report, the Committee’s Chairman, Sen.

Nanchi Michael said Dabiri-Erew possessed the technical and academic qualifications to function optimally and effectively in the position.

He said there was no petition against her, adding that the nominee sponsored the Bill for the establishment of NIDCOM, when she was a member of the House of Representatives.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the re- appointment, given her steering performance in her first term of office

Similarly, the Senate also confirmed the appointment of three nominees for appointment as board members of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This followed the adoption of a report of the Senate committee on NDDC by the Chairman, Sen. Amos Bulus.

The nominees were Benard Okwmagba (Delta),Patric Aisowieren(Edo) and Kyrian Uchegbu (Imo).

The Senate also confirmed the appointment of Mrs Funke Opeke as member of Universal Service Provision (USP) Board after adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Communications.

Earlier, the Senate passed six bills for first reading.

They included the Federal University of Agriculture Technology Damboa, Borno establishment bill, 2023 sponsored by Sen. Gobir Abdullahi (APC-Sokoto).

Other were the Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ado Ekiti,Ekiti State establishment bill, 2023 and  Federal Medical Center Act amendment bill ,2023.

The rest were the Industrial Inspectorate Act Amendment Bill, 2023, the Compulsory Inclusion of Digital Technology in the curriculum of secondary and Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria bill, 2023 and the Prohibition of Secret Recruitment in the Federal Civil Service bill, 2023.

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Gov Alia Promises To Renovate General Hospitals, Public Schools Across 23 LGAs

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Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State, Thursday, promised to carry out comprehensive renovation and equipping of all the general hospitals in the 23 local government areas of the State so as to meet the health needs of Benue people.

He further reinstated his government’s determination to rehabilitate all public primary and secondary schools, and to equip them with modern facilities to enhance educational development in the State.

Governor Alia who made this promise at Buruku while speaking in continuation of his thank you tour to the area, also promised to construct three roads across three communities in Buruku local government area in appreciation of their support for his administration.

He further announced that he has made three additional slots available for Buruku people to be appointed into his administration and thanked the people for standing by him during the 2023 governorship election in the State which saw his victory at the polls.

Earlier in his remark,, the acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue State, Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, disclosed that, Governor Hyacinth Alia inherited rotten and decay State which was almost in comatose from the previous administration.

He stated that the era where only one elder would sit down and consumed the resources meant for the development of the State has gone forever, saying that Alia has come to develop the state where every individual in the State will feel the impact and dividends of democracy being practice in Nigeria.

Mr. Omakolo noted that Governor Alia is gaining unprecedented supports and acceptance day by day since the thank you tour began few days ago and thanked Buruku people for voting Alia into power one year ago.

“At Sankara, Kwande, Jerchira federal constituencies axis, the crowds were overwhelming and acceptance of our governor due to his performance is unprecedented. The people’s love for him has continued to grow high and higher as a result of his achievements.

“Governor Alia has been able to proved to Benue State that he has leadership qualities even before he became governor right from where he was serving as a priest”, Omakolo stated.

He maintained that Benue APC under the leadership of governor Alia remain the original and authentic one with him as Chairman, saying there no other ruling party in the State and called on people to keep faith with the ruling APC and the administration of Hyacinth Alia.

The Acting Chairman used the opportunity to received about 2700 members of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the area who decamped to APC.

On his part, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the State, Chief Barnabas Gemade, remarked that governor Alia has succeeded in eliminating thuggery in Benue politics.

” Unlike before, nobody dare talked about someone in power or freely speak to address issues of concern because you don’t know when thugs will come after you. But today, thuggery has been eliminated completely in Benúe State.

“In the past, some political leaders in the state were using youths in a negative way and the present regime has stop such behaviours through engagement of the youths on positive ventures. The governor is out to restore peace and order for the wellbeing of the masses particularly the elderly in the state”, Gemade stated.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Mr Imoji Tiza, acknowledged the efforts of the governor towards empowering Benue youths through their appointments into sensitive positions in his administration and engaging others in useful ventures.

He stated that Alia is the only governor that had considered Benue youths for appointments without the influence and recommendations from elders and godfather.

The commissioner thanked governor Alia for passing the litmus test in governance within the last one year and assured that Buruku people will continue to demonstrate their unalloyed support for him until the eight years tenure is completed.

Also speaking, special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and Union, Mr. Ayough Igbondu, noted that the Alia administration has reduced poverty in the state, and assured to mobilize support for him to succeed in office.

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Cholera: Agege LG Suspends School Food Vendors

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The Agege Local Government in Lagos State has suspended food vendors in schools in the area as a way of preventing the outbreak of cholera.

The council has also embarked on rigorous sensitisations to prevent outbreak of the disease in its communities.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Executive Chairman of the council, gave the disclosure in an interview on Friday.

According to the chairman, efforts have been put in place to sensitise market stakeholders and schools on radio to prevent the outbreak within the community.

“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure safety of the pupils and students.

“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.

“This development will allow us to detect and prevent the outbreaks in our community,” he said.

Egunjobi added that schools were visited and inspected to ensure the children are in good health and environmental condition.

According to him, market traders in various communities were also enlightened and sensitised to adopt environmental hygiene in their places to prevent the outbreak.

“We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreak in our community.

“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others,  to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing  foods and drinks.

“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”

The killer disease has spread to over 30 states with Lagos recording 15 deaths from 350 cases. (NAN)

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Kaduna Records 307 New Cases of HIV/ AIDS — Official

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The Kaduna State Aids Control Agency(KADSACA) on Friday said it has recorded 307 new HIV cases in the state.

Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Nuhu Butawa, said during a remark at a workshop organised by an NGO, ‘ Wave Makers for Health and Youth Empowerment’, for journalists on Friday in Kaduna.

He said the new cases have been a matter of concern to the state government, adding,

”The new cases were recorded from January to March, which is a concern for us.

According to Butawa,the state’s prevalence rate is 1.1 per cent and the state will focus their  target on key population.

” We are concerned that we are beginning to witness new cases not only in the state but globally.

” The target is to eliminate HIV by 2030 and with this new cases, we have a lot work to be done in other to achieve that.”

He further said that the state government has started  the treatment of  sexually transmitted diseases(STIs)

” We have drugs for STIs now and we encourage people to come for treatment when they are tested and found with any of such diseases,” Butawa said.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Executive Director of the NGO, Ikeokwu Bennett- Nduka, said the workshop was organised for journalists for ‘ Value Clarification and Attitude Transformation’ .

He said the workshop aimed to provide the key stakeholders with accurate and evidence- based information on SOGIESC issues, debunking myths and misconceptions.

Bennett-Nduka said, “This workshop  is aimed to  foster an understanding of the unique challenges faced by minority persons in society

“To explore strategies for promoting positive attitudes, empathy, and support towards diverse people

“To equip key stakeholders with skills to effectively communicate and engage with their communities on sensitive topics.

“To change negative narratives, myths and misconceptions about sexual minorities.”

According to him, marginalized persons face barriers which include cultural and religious Beliefs.

Bennet-Nduka added, “Cultural and religious norms can act as barriers to accessing the rights of marginalized persons.

”Traditional values and practices may restrict their autonomy, limit their decision-making power, and impede their access to adequate information and their general well-being.”

He said that the marginalized persons also faced discrimination in healthcare settings.

”Marginalized persons often encounter discriminatory treatment within healthcare settings.

”Negative attitudes from healthcare providers can lead to dismissive or disrespectful treatment, discouraging them from seeking care and support

“They don’t come out for medical services because of the stigma and discrimination,”Bennet-Nduka said. (NAN)

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