1,175 Civilians, 497 Policemen Killed In Six Years -Report
No fewer than 1,175 civilians and 497 police officers were killed in different attacks across Nigeria in the last six years, a report has said.
The report by SBMorgen, a Lagos-based intelligence platform, covered the period between January 7, 2015 and March 22, 2021, about 75 months.
According to the report, the 497 police officers and men were killed in 554 incidents across the country during the period.
The group, which based its data on reported incidents, said its findings were corroborated by at least two different media sources across the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The figures arguably underscored the extension of the mind boggling cases of insecurity in Nigeria in recent years.
SBMorgen said, of all the six geopolitical zones in the country, the South-south region tops the chart with 163 incidents that sent 174 policemen to their early graves during the years under review.
It said 51 policemen were killed in Delta State alone within the period, making the state the highest among the six states in the region.
Akwa Ibom State recorded 11 deaths within the 75 months.
The North-central zone trailed the South-south zone having recorded 85 deaths of police officers out of the 88 reported attack incidents in the zone.
In the geopolitical zone, Benue recorded the highest number with the killing of 22 police officers during the 16 reported incidents during the period under review. The state witnessed herders-farmers clashes during most of the 75 months.
It is followed closely by Kogi which recorded the deaths of 19 police personnel in 49 violent attacks.
Kwara State, the report said, recorded two deaths out of the three cases reported in the state.
As fairly ‘safe’ as the South-west seems, the region recorded 112 incidents, which led to the demise of 72 members of Nigerian police.
In the region, Lagos topped the chart with 47 attacks and 21 reported cases of death.
Ondo State recorded 11 deaths of police officers out of the 16 attack incidents. Ekiti recorded the least.
The report said the North-west and South-east respectively accounted for 59 and 58 deaths of police personnel in 64 and 82 incidents in the geopolitical zones.
The North-east region surprisingly recorded 45 attack incidents and 49 death cases. The zone, comprising Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba, is one of the volatile regions in the country.
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States have been the epicentre of the insurgency in the region.
On a state by state basis, the gathered data by SBMorgen, showed that Kebbi was the safest state for police officers while Zamfara, Delta, Edo, Kogi, Yobe, Benue, Borno, Adamawa, Rivers, Abia, Plateau and Cross Rivers are states “where more than one police officer was killed per attack.”
There were more reported killings of police officers across the six geopolitical zones between 2018-2020 than in 2015-2017.
Between January 1, 2021 to March 22, 2021, the report said 48 said were killed across the zones.
The South-eastern part of Nigeria accounted for 16 of those deaths while the South-south accounted for 20. They both accounted for more than 60 per cent of the total figure.
Commenting on the report, a data expert with SBMorgen, Joachim MacEbong, said that the firm arrived at the figures “after compiling reports from at least two newspapers over the years”.
Sanusi Assures On Better Second Term For Makinde
Renowned billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Chief Dotun Sanusi, has said Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, would do better in his second term to lift the state’s economy.
Sanusi told newsmen at the International Conference Centre of University of Ibadan, after the presentation of Certificates of Return to newly elected political office holders, midweek.
The Tide source reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had presented certificates to Makinde and the newly elected 32 House of Assembly members at the colourful event.
Sanusi, who is also the Otun-Apesinola of Ibadanland, and Chairman, Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, said Makinde would improve the lives of the people.
He said the Governor’s qualities as the best man for the job earned him overwhelming, landmark and unprecedented victory in the just-concluded governorship election.
“As you all know, one good term deserves another. Governor Seyi Makinde has done so well since he took over the reins of governance about 46 months ago.
“He has shown capacity, character and courage in leadership to merit second term in office. I have come to once again felicitate him as he receives his Certificate of Return.
“I am congratulating the governor and all his associates, including members of his family, on this momentous and joyous occasion”, he said.
Sanusi said the people had spoken with their votes by re-electing the governor for another term of four years.
He urged all and sundry to support as well as cooperate with the governor to succeed in the onerous task of governing the state.
According to him, Makinde will hit the ground running and deliver on all his campaign promises to the people.
Earlier, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adeniran Tella, appreciated relevant stakeholders for their support before, during and after the general elections.
He appealed to the elected leaders to use their renewed mandate to reawaken the confidence of the electorate on their voting exercise.
The source reports that Sanusi had, on March 21, hosted a victory party at Ilaji Stadium and Sports Resort, which was attended by the governor, deputy governor, PDP leaders, traditional rulers and religious leaders, among others.
’82,000 Nigerian women die yearly from pregnancy-related complications’
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has said about 82,000 Nigerian women die yearly from complications from pregnancy or childbirth in the country.
It broke it down to 225 women dying every day from maternal mortality, which requires urgent action from the Federal Government and all stakeholders to halt the menace in the country.
The UNICEF Chief of Health in Nigeria, Dr Eduardo Celades, disclosed these in Lagos on Wednesday, at a three-Day Media Dialogue on COVID-19 and Routine Immunization, organised by UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Culture.
The Tide’s source reports that Maternal mortality refers to deaths due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.
From 2000 to 2020, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) declined by 34 per cent – from 342 deaths to 223 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to UN inter-agency estimates.
On the other hand, the global humanitarian intervention agency revealed that the country was now witnessing eight million childbirths yearly, expressing worry that the situation was not commensurate with healthcare indices in the country.
The source recalled that the new death rate arising from pregnancy-related complications doubled the figure released by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in March 2022, when it said at least 40,000 women in the country lose their lives to pregnancy-related issues annually.
It also said over one million children, under the age of five, also die as a result of losing their mothers to pregnancy delivery complications.
Speaking at the media dialogue, Celades said Nigeria has a very high rate of maternal mortality at the moment, stating that the global maternal mortality report from 2000 to 2020, was recently launched as the source.
According to him, the new figures which he said were received, will help UNICEF in its response to health challenges in the country.
He said: “In the last few months and weeks, we got new data. The report is telling us that the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes is very high. About 82,000 are estimated to die every year from maternal mortality.
“What we are doing is to strengthen primary health care in the country.
“We hope that the data would help us in our response and the response with the government in Nigeria.
“The other one is the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), an analysis where there is the main issue and how we can face them.
“The other new data is the global maternal mortality trends, 2000 to 2020. This is a new report that was launched a couple of weeks ago and we wanted to share that with you because we think this could influence how we work and define how we work with the government so that we can all align and we can have a common narrative.
“We think that this is the new way of working. We are learning and we are trying to innovate. Nigeria is one of the most complex countries in the world in terms of public health issues facing it.
“It is the second country in the world with more zero-dose children–the ones that have not had any single vaccine. It is the country in the world with high maternal mortality.
“Last year was the biggest outbreak in the world and Nigeria has an extremely weak health system. So, we are trying to think from different angles because we at UNICEF and the UN cannot move alone. To do that, we need the government to work with journalists and social media influencers to make the change that is needed”.
He said that UNICEF is planning to launch antigenes virus vaccines in the country soon, noting that the vaccine would immunise children against some childhood diseases.
He said that the country is moving towards the attainment of SDG three, but, its current pace is insufficient to meet the targets.
“Maternal mortality is not going down. Maternal mortality is the same. We have seen that it has reduced by about 12 per cent in the last 20 years but it is not enough if we want to achieve the target.
“So, from UNICEF, our main approach is to try to accelerate interventions to make an impact. Now, we have seven more years to 2030 and we are halfway. If we continue like this, some donors will leave in the next few years, so we have a window of opportunities”, he explained.
He called for an increase in effective investments in primary healthcare, at the state level as well as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
“The second one is that now, we have a very powerful tool to get Universal Health Coverage, (UHC). To reduce maternal mortality, we must focus on National Health Insurance. So I appeal for expansion of the National Health Insurance as much as we can.
“We must invest in the most vulnerable. We appeal to the state governments to allocate resources and with partners we will allocate enough resources to that.
“Our third appeal is to target the most vulnerable, those women who don’t have access in the most hard-to-reach areas and in the more inaccessible places. We need to invest in getting into these areas”, he said.
He disclosed that UNICEF was working in collaboration with the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch what he described as Leadership Challenge.
“The challenge is called the Primary Healthcare Leadership Challenge and the idea is to recognize and reward state governments that are investing more in primary health care.
The launch, he said, would attract different categories of awards with US$200 million as the highest to states that would win from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
NACETEM, NITT Target Technology-Driven Transport Sector
The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) and the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology(NITT), are set to revolutionalise the transport sector with cutting-edge knowledge in Science, Technology and Innovation.
This is contained in a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja by NACETEM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Isaac Oluyi.
Oluyi said when Dr John Omimakinde visited NITT, Zaria on March 28th, with his management team, the two institutions rolled out training programmes in diverse areas of transport and STI management.
He said this was with a view to achieving sustainable development in Nigeria’s transportation sector.
“The Heads of both agencies unanimously agreed that the transport sector driven by STI would not only help achieve sustainable and inclusive development, but also make life easier in all sectors of the economy”, Oluyi said.
The NACETEM’s Overseeing Director-General was quoted as saying that no nation can achieve sustainable development without appropriate deployment of STI to all sectors of the economy.
According to the statement, Dr Bayero Farah, Director-General of NITT, the transport sector was at the centre of any meaningful development in any nation.
Oluyi listed programmes to be rolled out after the review of the technical committee and approval of the Governing Council to include: National Innovation System Management and Transport Sector.
Others are: Technological Entrepreneurship in Transport Sector, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Emerging Technologies in the Transport Sector, STI indicators in the Transport Sector and Strategic Digital Communication in Transport Sector.
Galaxy Backbone Provides Internet For E-health Services At FTH, ATBU
Galaxy Backbone has provided internet connectivity for e-health services at Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) in Gombe and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Teaching Hospital in Bauchi, an official has said.
The company’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Aliyu Musa, disclosed this at the 101st regular meeting of Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Managing Directors (MDs) of Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals in Yola.
The Tide’s source reports that Galaxy Backbone is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services provider under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Musa said Galaxy Backbone’s intervention helps to provide efficiency in service delivery for easy payment and data security for healthcare.
“This service makes patients to spend less time at the hospitals, provides easy access to patients record during emergencies from any location and virtual consultation, among others”, he said.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of ATBU Teaching Hospital, confirmed that their services have now changed from manual to automatic through the usage of internet services for effective service delivery.
“The coming of Galaxy Backbone to our hospital has changed the way we see our patients in terms of accessing service, making appointments, and payment is very fast, especially in terms of securing our data for confidentiality.
“Now, we do not have network challenges like before”, he said, assuring of continuous provision of effective service for the patients with Galaxy Vsat.
On their part, the CMD of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Dr Pokop Bupwatda, and his counterpart in David Umahi University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Uzoma Agwualso, expressed the need to key into the services of Galaxy Backbone in their respective hospitals.
“I have testimony of Galaxy Backbone services, especially in terms of internet and getting data secured.
“The technology now is making life easy and making things easy for patients and staff themselves, as well as an ease of doing business”, he said, adding that the new development would also improve internally-generated revenue for the hospital”.
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