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Adamawa The Adamawa State Fadama Office says it has supported three fish farmers groups with inputs worth N408,000. Malam Dalhatu Girei, the communication officer of the programme told newsmen that the objective was to encourage fish farming and increase the income of the groups. Girei said the office was currently working with 19 fish farmer groups across the state. He identifed one of the three groups being supported as Fada B women fish farmers in Tola village in Mayo Belwa Local Government Area. According to him, 1,800 fingerlings, 300 bags of feeds and 20 sachets each of antibiotic and stress drugs were given to the group. FCT The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has constituted an eminent persons committee to proffer ways of addressing disputes that arose from its just concluded primaries. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Buba Galadima, the National Secretary in Abuja. The statement stated that approval for the constitution of the committee was granted by the National Executive Committee of the party for some states in the federation. It added that members of the committee in some cases were not card carrying members of any political party. The statement quoted Galadima as saying that the essence of the committee was to “harmonise contestants in some constituencies and to advise the party on the way forward’’. The committee, according to the statement, is expected to examine the social and political environment and assess its dynamics and variables. This, it said, was with a view to recommending candidates that would ensure electoral victory in each constituency. Gombe Dr Abu Muazu, the Head of Public Health Department at Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, has advised adults to drink, at least, five litres of water daily. Addressing patients at the hospital last Thursday, Muazu said the measure would go a long way to aid the physiological system, especially the kidney. “The medically recommended quantity of water for every adult is a minimum of five litres daily. “This helps a lot in cleansing the digestive system, making it easier for the kidney to discharge its responsibilities without any stress. According to him, the recommended quantity of water for children depends on their weight. The doctor, however, said that women, who were practising exclusive breast feeding, were exempt from the practice. Muazu condemned the practice by some people, who ate solid food without drinking enough water. Jigawa The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi, has appealed to his subjects to turn out en masse and participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise. Sanusi, who gave the charge last Thursday in Garu-Kudu ward in Dutse where he registered, advised residents in his domain to exercise patience no matter how long it would take to register. He noted that voting was one way Nigerians could exercise their civic responsibility, saying voters would have the opportunity to elect leaders of their choice. Sanusi also enjoined husbands to allow their wives to register in order to promote gender equity. He appealed to politicians not to engage in acts that would jeopardise the unity and mutual co-existence among the people. Kaduna The Police in Kaduna say they are yet to arrest one Mubarak, alias Best Keeper and seven others, who allegedly murdered one Sunday Onoja. Onoja, 25, a sachet water vendor, was last Tuesday allegedly stabbed to death by Mubarak at Kabala Doki, Kaduna, at about 5 p.m. The Police Public Relations Officer, Malam Aminu Lawal, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Kaduna, said the police were still investigating the incident. Lawal said that the parents of the suspects were being held by the police, but that they were in “protective custody” against possible attack from the relations of the deceased. Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State last Thursday, urged the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), to make nation building its priority. He made the call in Kano at the national delegates’ conference of NAWOJ, which has the theme: “Media Women and Development: The Challenges of Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)”. “Your role is more like that of a middleman. You educate the general public on government activities and vice-versa. “It is good to assess yourselves and ensure that you engage in nation building so as to promote unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians in order to move the country forward,” he said. Earlier, Alhaji Haruna Dederi, the state Commissioner for Information and Sports, had remarked that women had the capacity to make a difference in any country. Katsina The Katsina State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Sabo Ringim, last Friday warned politicians in the state against using thugs to foment trouble during election campaigns. Ringim gave the warning in Katsina at a joint meeting of various security agencies on election security. He said that the command would not allow thugs to breach the peace during any political activity, stressing that it would deal with anybody found wanting. According to him, the state command is prepared to ensure the security of lives and properties during and after the general elections. The commissioner called on politicians in the state to give the police all the necessary support and cooperation to ensure violence-free election campaigns in the state. In his remark, Alhaji Abubakar Wara, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, expressed appreciation with the security provided at all the registration centres across the state. Kebbi The Kebbi State Government has disbursed N1.98 billion to its 21 local government areas for the January monthly allocation. Alhaji Abubakar Kardi, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi last week that N2.1 billion was received by the state from the Federal Government for the month. He said that in accordance with the provisions of the law, some statutory deductions were made and N527.9 million, representing 25 per cent, was allocated for rural infrastructure projects. Kardi said N357.4 million was for payment of UBE primary school teachers, N45 million for local government service commission and N11.6 million for servicing of joint account committees. The commissioner said N4.2 million was allocated for social security welfare, while N6.3 million was for the army and police joint patrol. He said that Birnin Local Government Area received the highest allocation of N65.8 million, while Zuru Local Government Area got the lowest allocation of N39.4 million. Kardi advised the councils to utilise the resources judiciously in executing projects that had direct positive impact on the people, warning that strict punitive measures would be taken against officials who diverted or mismanaged the funds. Lagos The Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Dr John Akanya, has appealed to importers to be patriotic when importing goods. Akanya told our correspondent in Lagos last Thursday at the presentation of a quality certificate tagged “ISO 2008” to Dangote Cement Plc that in spite of efforts to stamp out substandard products, some businessmen still imported such goods. He said the trend was his major regret, noting that “despite the organisation’s milestone achievements under my tenure, some unscrupulous importers still cut corners and import substandard products. “It’s regrettable that some importers still circumvent the law and import substandard products that can destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians. “My vision is for the average Nigerian to abide by standards, be orderly as far as quality standard is concerned and make consumers have value for their money. Ogun The Ogun State Government has approved 150 per cent salary increase to its medical and health workers in line with the Enhanced Medical and Health Workers Salary Scale (OGEHESS). Mr Sina Kawonise, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, announced this in a statement issued last Friday in Abeokuta. The commissioner said that the gesture was aimed at boosting the morale of the medical and health workers. The new wage (150 per cent increase) has increased the monthly wage bill of the health sector in the state by N300 million. “This increase is the fourth for medical and health workers since the inception of the present administration in May 2003,’’ the commissioner noted. He said that to further demonstrate its concern for the health of the people, the government had established new or rehabilitated existing general hospital in each of the 20 local government areas. Kawonise added that government had also provided one health centre, complete with the appropriate manpower and state-of-the-art equipment in each ward. “From 1,175 in 2003, workers in the health sector in the state increased to 3,085 by 2010, while the number of hospitals increased from 26 to 29. Sokoto No fewer than 100 patients of the Ammanawa Leprosy Hospital in Dange-Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, have been registered in the ongoing voter registration. Mr. Moses Kayode, a Registration Officer at the hospital’s registration unit, told newsmen there was a large turn-out of the patients to exercise their civic responsibility. He said that all the materials needed for the conduct of exercise had been provided by INEC. He said: “I don’t have a problem registering eligible voters as all the materials needed for the exercise are in good condition.” Most of the registration centres in Dange-Shuni and Tureta Local Government Areas witnessed large turn-out of people. Alhaji Mande Usman, Chairman of Tureta Local Government, told The Tide in Tureta, that already the council had embarked on a campaign to mobilise voters to participate in the exercise.

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Borno NARD President, Residents Hail Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

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The  Borno State branch President of Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Abubakar Kaka-Sanda, has lauded the announcement of malaria vaccine by World Health Organisation (WHO), which he described as a welcome development.
Kaka-Sanda told The Tide source in Maiduguri yesterday that “a vaccine against malaria known as a killer disease with high mortality, particularly among children in Africa is something worth celebrating.”
He, therefore, urged states and the Federal Government to start early mobilisation of the public on the vaccine to address the issue of vaccine phobia.
He said “government needs to start early public enlightenment on the vaccine so that whenever it is available, there will be no issue of phobia.”
He also reacted to the just suspended NARD strike, saying “doctors are all back and attending to patients in hospitals.
“Our members are at their respective duty posts offering the best we can.”
Maryam Audu, a woman living in Maiduguri, seen at the Borno Specialists Hospital whose two children were diagnosed of malaria, described
the development as a welcome one.
She said “if we have vaccine for malaria, I can assure you that more children will survive till adulthood.
“Most cases affecting children is malaria and that’s why some mothers in Borno have problem with polio vaccination officials .
“We use to tell immunisation officials that the problem of our children is malaria and they should not be bothering us with polio immunisation.
“We are really  looking foward to the malaria vaccine.”
Tijjani Mohammed and Asmau Isa and Janet Ezekiel, all living in Maiduguri, also said they heard the news and hope it would be a dream come true.
Ezekiel said “70 per cent of illness affecting my family members has to do with malaria.  If malaria can be contained in Nigeria, I can say
that we have solved a major problem.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa
and in other regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.The recommendation is based on results from an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that has reached more than 800,000 children since 2019.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said “this is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science.”
child health and malaria control.
“Using this vaccine on top of existing  tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”
He added that malaria remained a primary cause of childhood illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa, noting that more than 260,000 African children
under the age of five die from malaria annually.

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Court Remands Labourer For Allegedly Robbing Woman At Hotel

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Justice Oyindamola Ogala of an Ikeja High Court yesterday remanded a 22-year-old labourer, Olanrewaju Opeyemi, for allegedly robbing a woman of N2,000 at a Lagos hotel.
The Tide source reports that Ogala ordered  that Opeyemi, who has  no fixed address, should be kept at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre after he pleaded not guilty  to a three-count charge which was interpreted to him from English Language to Yoruba Language.
The defendant was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and causing grievous harm.
According to prosecution led by Mrs A.O. Oluwasanmi, the defendant committed the alleged offences at 2.00 a.m. on April 14, 2020, at Intendo Hotel, Agboju, Lagos.
“Opeyemi alongside others who are at large, conspired to commit robbery, and while armed with a knife, he robbed one Ms Blessing Okoro of N2,000.
“He also grievously harmed Okoro by cutting her with a knife and inflicting serious injuries on her.
“The offences violate Sections 245, 297 and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the she  said.
The judge adjourned the case until November 25 for trial.

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Borno NARD President, Residents Hail Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

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The  Borno State branch President of Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Abubakar Kaka-Sanda, has lauded the announcement of malaria vaccine by World Health Organisation (WHO), which he described as a welcome development.
Kaka-Sanda told The Tide source in Maiduguri yesterday that “a vaccine against malaria known as a killer disease with high mortality, particularly among children in Africa is something worth celebrating.”
He, therefore, urged states and the Federal Government to start early mobilisation of the public on the vaccine to address the issue of vaccine phobia.
He said “government needs to start early public enlightenment on the vaccine so that whenever it is available, there will be no issue of phobia.”
He also reacted to the just suspended NARD strike, saying “doctors are all back and attending to patients in hospitals.
“Our members are at their respective duty posts offering the best we can.”
Maryam Audu, a woman living in Maiduguri, seen at the Borno Specialists Hospital whose two children were diagnosed of malaria, described
the development as a welcome one.
She said “if we have vaccine for malaria, I can assure you that more children will survive till adulthood.
“Most cases affecting children is malaria and that’s why some mothers in Borno have problem with polio vaccination officials .
“We use to tell immunisation officials that the problem of our children is malaria and they should not be bothering us with polio immunisation.
“We are really  looking foward to the malaria vaccine.”
Tijjani Mohammed and Asmau Isa and Janet Ezekiel, all living in Maiduguri, also said they heard the news and hope it would be a dream come true.
Ezekiel said “70 per cent of illness affecting my family members has to do with malaria.  If malaria can be contained in Nigeria, I can say
that we have solved a major problem.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa
and in other regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.The recommendation is based on results from an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that has reached more than 800,000 children since 2019.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said “this is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science.”
child health and malaria control.
“Using this vaccine on top of existing  tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”
He added that malaria remained a primary cause of childhood illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa, noting that more than 260,000 African children
under the age of five die from malaria annually.

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