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Adamawa

The Adamawa-German Medical Centre (AGMC) in Yola says
it has treated about 14,000 patients since inception in 2012.
The Administrator of the centre, Mrs Fadimatu Yakubu, made this known in an interview with newsmen.
Yakubu said the centre had at December 2015 handled 13,284 out-patients and 673 in-patients.
“Within the period under review, this centre which is rendering world class service carried out 220 surgeries, 107 mammography, 309 CT scan and 88 MRI, among others.
“A total of 8,345 patients had undergone various tests from March 2012 to December 2015. Our laboratory is fully equipped to carry out all kinds of medical test,” Yakubu said.

Borno

The Borno State Government, has awarded a N660 million
contract to three indigenous firms for the supply of medical equipment to public hospitals in the state.
The indigenous companies are Trans Sahara International Ltd, Kabiru Muhammad and Co Ltd and Kime International Ltd.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mishelia, signed the contract on behalf of the State government, while representatives of the firms signed on behalf of their companies.
Mishelia said that the contract would include the provision of medical equipment, beds and beddings, as well as additional wards at Maimusari Healthcare Clinic in Maiduguri.
The commissioner said that the contacts were awarded after approval of the state Executive Council.

FCT

National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has
called on government to improve existing response mechanism to ensure rapid response in cases of disease outbreaks in the country.
President of the association, Dr Muhammad Askira,  made the call at a news conference in Abuja on the recent outbreak of Lassa fever.
Askira said the disease had so far claimed 43 lives in 10 states and the FCT Abuja.
He decried the emergency response arrangement set up by the government to tackle outbreak of any epidemic of this nature.

Jigawa

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria
(MACBAN) has urged nomads to desist from grazing their livestock at night as the practice can raise suspicion among members of the community concerned.
The National President of the association, Alhaji Muhammad Kirowa, gave the warning in Dutse while speaking with newsmen.
According to Kirowa, the warning has become necessary in view of the current security challenges the country is facing.
He said that it had become necessary to warn the nomads against grazing at night because they had been accused of committing all sorts of crime during the night.
The president of the association also urged parents to desist from sending their under-aged children out to graze at night.

Kaduna

The Chairman, Southern Kaduna Christian Leader’s Council,
Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, has urged the people of the area to hold on to their faith and trust in God for deliverance.
Bagobiri gave the advice in a sermon delivered at the 15th Annual Southern Kaduna National Prayer Summit held at the Catholic Cathedral, Kafanchan.
The Bishop said that the message was against the backdrop of attacks witnessed in the area between 2012 and 2015 that led to wanton destruction of lives and property.
According to him, the Summit provides the platform and a rallying point for the people of the area to consolidate on the spirit of unity.

Kano

Kano State Government will host the forthcoming
conference on National Council on Agriculture scheduled to hold between February 8 and February 12.
The State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Nasiru Gawuna, made this known in Kano in an interview with newsmen recently.
According to him, the local organising committee has been set up by the government to ensure the success of the event.
He said stakeholders from the 36 states and FCT as well as participants from outside the country are expected to attend the conference.

Katsina

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in
Katsina State has intercepted a lorry loaded with cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances and cough syrups concealed in paint containers.
The NDLEA State Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Sani, who disclosed this to newsmen in Katsina, said that the vehicle was intercepted in Katsina on Friday, following a tip-off.
‘’The suspects placed real paints on top, whereas the others were below to deceive people into believing it was all paints that were being transported.
“When the vehicle was stopped by our men on duty, the some of the occupants of the vehicle took to their heels while two persons were arrested,’’ she said.
The commandant added that the items concealed inside the paint containers included cannabis sativa wrapped with polythene materials, hundreds of bottles of cough syrups, different types of psychotropic substances and other prohibited drugs.

Lagos

Alaguntan Community Development Association (CDA)
in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State has commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for approving the reconstruction of 114 inner roads across the state.
Our correspondent reports that the reconstruction of 114 inner roads, two in each of the 57 council areas, is an initiative of the Ambode administration.
The project, which is being fully funded by the State Government, is slated for completion in six months at a cost of N17.5 billion.
The General Secretary of the Alaguntan CDA, Mr Bada Saubana,  said that the inclusion of Shotunde Street in the community among roads slated for reconstruction was a welcome development.
According to him, the reconstruction of the community roads will open up the areas for more socio- economic activities and improve the welfare of the people.

Nasarawa

The Karshi Development Area Council in Nasarawa State
has warned workers against truancy, absenteeism and other sharp practices for improved productivity.
The Director of Personnel Management (DPM) Mr Musa Adamu, of the council, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen in Karshi.
He advised the workers to buckle up to record optimal productivity in the council and justify the huge investment of government at the grass roots.
“I want to appeal to the staff of the council to be punctual, dedicated, diligent and be more committed to their duty and to contribute their quota to national development.
“I am also calling on the workers to shun non-chalant attitude to work and other sharp practices.
“Doing that, will not only move the council forward, it will also enable the public have trust in the council administration for grassroots development and the country at large,’’ he said.

Niger

The Coordinator of Fadama III project in Niger,  Mr Aliyu
Kutigi, said that the state had acquired farm inputs worth N28.2 million for ten production clusters.
Kutigi made this known in Minna when he presented the report of project implementation to the Team Leader of the World Bank assisted Fadama III Additional Financing Project, Dr Adetunji Oredipe.
According to him, the agricultural inputs are of 30 metric tonnes of improved rice seeds, 2,300 litres of herbicides and 150 metric tonnes of fertilisers to farmers under Fadama project.
“I will like to inform you that the state has gone far in the implementation of Fadama III Additional Financing (AF) as one of core states.
“The state has 970 hectares of rice, comprising 700 hectares in 2015 rainy season and 270 hectares for dry season,’’ Kutigi said.
He said the state government was committed to the Fadama III Additional Financing Project, adding that benefitting communities were also cooperating.
Oredipe commended Niger Government for the success it had so far recorded in the project, but stressed the need to add value to the project.

Plateau

The Plateau State Commissioner for Housing and Urban
Development, Mr Samuel Gahe has urged contractors to step up effort and perform creditably.
Galadima, who gave the assurance wile interacting with contractors executing government projects in the state, said the current administration would also complete projects embarked upon by the previous administration.
The Commissioner said since the contractors had been fully mobilized financially, any excuse for non-performance would not be accepted.
“This government is very determined not to leave any project uncompleted.
“That is why it has given finances to the contractors handling various projects to ensure completion within the time frame”, he said.

Sokoto

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said that the
government would undertake a verification of all workers on the payroll of the state and local governments.
Tambuwal announced this when he received the National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE, Mr Ibrahim Khalil, in Sokoto.
The governor was quoted in a statement by his media aide, Imam Imam, as saying that the exercise was “to reposition the civil service.”
“We will carry out full verification to ascertain the number of workers we have at the state and local government levels.”
The governor said that the exercise would also end “the culture of truancy especially at LGAs where workers go to work late and in some instances, they don’t go at all.”
Tambuwal restated his support for full autonomy of local councils and urged NULGE to sustain its campaign to ensure amendment to the relevant sections of the Constitution.”

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State (right), inspecting the dormitory of the Government Girls Science College in Dakingari on Wednesday.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State (right), inspecting the dormitory of the Government Girls Science College in Dakingari on Wednesday.

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London School Of Public Relations Launched In Nigeria

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After months in the making, the London School of PR (LSPR) Nigeria has been launched and will be offering a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Public Relations, diploma programmes, and other shorter courses focusing on brand building, reputation and risk management.
The courses, to be delivered by World-class trainers from Europe, the United States and Nigeria, are being offered at a specially discounted price for all starter courses. LSPR Nigeria is a partner company to the London School of PR in the UK.
The school has been delivering world-class training in the UK and globally since 1993, recognised in academia and the PR industry as one of the finest training establishments.
The school was founded by Professor John Dalton, biologist, communications specialist and UK business leader.
“I and my team in London are delighted that this initiative has finally come to fruition. We believe the school will be very successful in Nigeria given the position of the country in terms of its GDP, economic growth and educated workforce.
“We already have a successful operation in Ghana and expect our Nigerian business will be equally fortunate”, Dalton commented.
LSPR Nigeria is headed by entrepreneur Charles Edosomwan, who has led advertising and digital marketing company Teksight Edge for the past 8 years using data and technology to drive brand engagement and customer acquisition.
He said: “I am excited to be leading LSPR in Nigeria and I am looking forward to delivering our first courses next month. We have a team of excellent trainers who are experienced in both the virtual and the traditional classroom environments.
“The PR Landscape in Nigeria suffers from competency and standard issues especially with regards to professionalism and barrier to entry. We have the support of local business leaders and academia to ensure that professionals and business people in Nigeria can have access to world class training.”

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10 Rescued As Soldiers Battle Bandits In Kaduna

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Bandits yesterday morning invaded Unguwar Musa Tudun Wada Kudansa in Maraban Rido, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A resident of the community, who spoke to The Tide source morning, said the bandits were resisted by the security personnel who quickly intervened.
He said before their arrival, bandits had already captured 10 residents to be taken to their den.
He added that, as soon as soldiers arrived at the scene, they engaged the bandits in a fierce battle that lasted for three hours.
According to him, the kidnapped victims were rescued while several residents fled as the gun battle raged on.
The Village Head of the community, Joseph Sauri Garba, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the gun duel between the bandits and the soldiers lasted three hours.
Kaduna Police Command Spokesperson, ASP Jalige Mohammed, did not respond to calls, and text messages sent to him

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Benue, UNICEF Partner To Provide 2,000 Boreholes To Eight LGAs

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Benue State Government in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has provided over two thousand boreholes to communities in eight local government areas of the state.
Outgoing UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Nigeria, Ibrahim Conteh, who disclosed this on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Benue Peoples House during a farewell visit to the Governor, said the feat was achieved in a period of four years.
Conteh stated that the intervention was to ensure that the most deprived communities have access to safe drinking water which he said could save the people, especially children and women from contracting water borne diseases.
The UNICEF Chief Field Officer who is moving to Afghanistan stated that the UN Agency has gone a step further to connect the boreholes to primary health care centres and primary schools in the communities and assured that they would also undertake rehabilitation of the boreholes.
According to Dr Conteh, UNICEF has also expended about one million dollars to provide temporary learning centres in IDPs across the state as well as partnered the ministry of education to ensure that children were enrolled in schools.
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for always providing the needed counterpart funding to make the work of UNICEF easier as well as consistently feeding the IDPs to ensure that children living in the camps are not malnourished.
Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to UNICEF for assisting the state through various interventions and assured that apart from the counterpart funding, the government would ensure that facilities provided by the UN Agency are well managed.
The Governor lamented unequal treatment of IDPs in Benue State as compared to what happens in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, stressing that the development was against justice, fairness and equity.
Governor Ortom prayed God to grant the UNICEF Chief Field Officer success in his new assignment in Afghanistan where he is redeployed to help intervene in humanitarian crisis.
Local government areas where the boreholes are cited include Konshisha, Katsina Ala, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Ogbadibo, Oju and Obi.

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