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Reproductive Health: FG Plans Policy Harmonisation

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The Minister of Health, Babatunde Osotimehin has called for the exploitation of synergies using reliable, and cost effective investments that will be backed up by supportive policies and partnership, to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people.

This call follows the wide gap that exists between policy formulation and implementation in meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people.

Osotimehin who said this in Abuja during the ministerial dissemination/public presentation of the assessment of the national response to adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria, also pointed a synergy between policy formulation and programme implementation at all levels is an imperative for the country, to significantly move toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).

The Minister also added that the need to specifically address the health and related issues of young people has been globally recognised and that there is a clear consensus that addressing the health and development needs of the adolescents and other young persons would not only befits the young people, but the entire society.

He therefore called for concerted efforts to be made towards building institutional and human capacity that would include strengthening and setting up Adolescent Health and Development Units, stressing that it is necessary to develop multi-year plans for implementing sexuality. Agenda and capacity building efforts that will flow from federal to state and local government levels in a manner that will address sustainable issues.

In addressing the findings from the report holistically, the Minister also called for the Integration of Youth Friendly Service (YFS) at federal and State levels, including primary health care centres, general hospitals and federal medical centres nationwide, while promising that there is a dedicated budget for adolescent health programme at federal, state and local government levels, as stated in the policy.

Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (1st left) Alhaji Bukola Saraki of Kwara State (2nd right), Chief Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State (middle) and Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, during a governors meeting at Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (1st left) Alhaji Bukola Saraki of Kwara State (2nd right), Chief Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State (middle) and Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, during a governors meeting at Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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