Lecturers Hail TETFund’s Development Role In Education
The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) says the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has provided strategic infrastructure, robust staff development and unprecedented culture of research in public tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement by the President of COEASU, Dr Smart Olugbeko, in Abuja on Sunday.
Olugbeko said TETFund remained the only succour for unbridled development in public tertiary institutions in the country.
He added that the union was impressed and totally satisfied by the recent reforms and innovations introduced by the management of TETFund under the leadership of Mr Sonny Echono towards increased impact and more efficient service delivery.
“We received the news with great consternation and concern that certain individuals and groups are plotting to disrupt the activities of TETFund and malign its leadership.
“It beats all sensibilities that anyone anywhere could be so mean as to be bent on smearing the image of the fund and its management, especially the Executive Secretary, in spite of the giant strides and impactful efforts of TETFund.
“We condemn such malicious mission in the strongest terms and declare that the evil machinations of detractors shall fail,” Olugbeko said.
According to him, under the present executive secretary, the fund has not only preserved the great legacies of past administrations but has surpassed them and improved significantly through progressive innovations and transparent commitment to due process.
“Our union and other like-minded stakeholders hold TETFund in the highest esteem and bear first-hand testimony to TETFund’s honest and diligent adherence to laid down regulations in the discharge of its mandate to beneficiary institutions.
“TETFund is a product of unions’ agitations; therefore, all the academic staff unions in tertiary institutions keep an eagle eye on its activities and do constantly interact with the leadership of the fund.
“Colleges of Education have benefitted immensely from the activities of the fund; our colleges would have suffered terribly without the intervention of TETFund,” he added.
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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