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Expert Tasks Media On COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy

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Dr Emmanuel Agogo, the country representative of Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) initiative, says the media, as providers of information, has a vital role in addressing COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy.
Agogo made this known while participating in a Webinar with journalists in Africa organised by the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with public strategy firm, Gatefield and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator.
The CDC released a Response to COVID-19 (PERC) survey conducted across the continent.
In the survey, the CDC, said two-thirds of citizens interviewed expressed willingness to accept the COVID-19 vaccines. Agogo outlined the reasons for vaccine hesitancy identified in the research.
He also urged the media to take responsibility for enlightening audiences.
“Journalists should not engage in sensational reporting on vaccines since many myths are perpetuated. They should instead distribute reliable and accurate information.
“Journalists should do research, check the facts and use trusted sources of information.”
The fight against rumours and misinformation, he said, is a vital part of the battle against the virus.
The CDC in said 13 African countries have so far received 8,698,960 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
This is part of the total of 30,954,000 pledged to countries under the COVAX-facilitated COVID-19 vaccines acquisition.
According to an overview on COVAX vaccine, the Africa CDC’s Deputy Director, Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, only 13 African countries have so far received the COVID-19 vaccines supplied by COVAX
Journalists on panel include, Hopewell Chin’ono, an award winning investigative journalist from Zimbabwe; Dr Laz Eze, AIT television host; Tanya Farber, senior science reporter, Sunday Times; Vuyo Mkize, health writer, City Press; and Elizabeth Merab, health and science journalist, Nation Media Group, shared their experiences covering vaccines at the event and advocated for more responsible reporting on the subject.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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