Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Leadership Award Committee on Tuesday honoured the Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and a Cybercrime, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari with Distinguished Leadership Award.
Very recently, Senator Buhari was honoured by the Federation of Oyo State Student Union, FOSSU and Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria, PSN few weeks ago for outstanding performances at the Senate
Presenting the Award, the delegates led by Dr Victor Kwashie Tay said, “this Award appropriately reflects the endless hours spend ensuring that success is recorded within the confines of your office and it tells of a blueprint of your ultimate achievement”.
“Though your presence would have added color to the occasion, however in recognition of your remarkable achievements and sterling qualities which have attracted this award, we hereby present you this Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Leadership Award with utmost compliments”, he added.
Reacting, the lawmaker representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Buhari who also schooled in Ghana disclosed that Kwame Nkrumah is one of African leaders he grew up to look up to as a role model right from when he was in college at Kumasi in 1981 before he relocated to Nigeria.
The APC chieftain added “since the inception of the 8th Assembly which I am privilege to be a member, God has helped me to be consistent and proactive in my legislative duties through sponsoring of motions and bills and at the same time facilitates projects and empower my constituents.”
“The best is yet to come from me and I will make sure i did not betray the confidence reposed in me by my constituents who gave me the mandate to represent them at the Nation Assembly”.
Buhari, however lauded the Kwameh Nkrumah Pan African leadership Award committee for considering him for the award, urging them not to relent in ensuring the advancement of Africa and its people.
Makinde Rues 11 Hectares Undeveloped Land At Samonda GRA
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Friday, expressed his displeasure over the undeveloped 11 hectares of land at the highbrow Samonda GRA in Ibadan, as he called on investors to partner the State to develop the land in order to boost the State’s economy.
The view of the governor was expressed by the State commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem while on inspection tour to some State’s reserved areas and Samonda Ultra-Modern shopping Complex at Ibadan North Local government in Ibadan.
Abiodun who noted with disdain, how over eleven hectares of land within which the ultra-modern shopping complex was situated, adding that the complex would be turned to an annex for the popular Gbagi market as the wished to turn its condition around to make it have international standard.
“The governor is not happy that these vast hectares of land is being put to waste when investors can be called in to use it for things that will help grow the State’s economy, we have gone around and see that the Samonda Shopping Complex needs some touch of revamping after which we will work towards making the complex an annex to the Gbagi market.
“The Ministry will discuss with other concerned Ministries, especially those in charge of the Gbagi market to come up with a plan for proper usage of the place as the present administration will not allow any resources of the state to go to waste, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in partnering the State on this project to come forward with ideas on how to develop the eleven hectares of land for the benefit of the State.”
Barr. Abdu-Raheem called on the landlord association of the Samonda (Aerodome) GRA to desist from distorting the plan of the estate by building on waterways and areas mapped out for recreational purposes.
Fayemi defrays N31bn inherited debt
The Kayode Fayemi led administration in Ekiti State said it had completely offset the 31 billion naira inherited debts since assumption of office.
Governor Fayemi while making the state of the state address at the state House of Assembly as part of activities marking the first year in office also assured the civil servants in the state that salary arrears owed them by the last administration will be paid.
According to him, “Our focus now is how to gradually offset the remaining backlogs of salaries, pensions, subvention arrears and contractual debts. To the civil servants, I want to restate again that your arrears are not bad debts”.
The governor maintained that critics have been proved wrong with the administration’s job creation drive as against the rumours that he was coming back to sack workers.
The Ekiti state governor highlights milestones recorded in his first year in office in the areas of agricultural development, international partnerships and industrial growth which will see the state dairy farm produce nine thousand litres of milk daily.
“Our moribund Ikun dairy farm is coming back to life with plans to produce nine thousand litres of milk daily over the next two years. Over the next one year we expect that there will be at least two major cassava processing plants and two major rice mills assembled in Ekiti ” Fayemi disclosed.
FG, WHO collaborate to curtail child mortality
In Njediko community of Niger state, Mrs Aishatu Usman says, “Without this care, where would we go to when our children are sick since there is no hospital nearby?”.
Mrs Usman is one of the caregivers that recently benefited from the WHO-Federal Government integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) project that scales up provision of essential packages for child survival in communities. “We are grateful to WHO Nigeria and the Government for this community based intervention. Without this project, it would have been tough for us and our children”, she adds.
In line with Mrs Usman’s plea, despite recent improvements, maternal and child mortality remain critical public health issues in Nigeria with unacceptably high health outcomes indicators.
According to the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2018), the under-five mortality rate in Nigeria is 132 per 1,000 live births meaning that 1 in 8 Nigerian children never reach the age of 5. Infant deaths, which account for half of child mortality have declined from 87 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 67 in 2018. One (1) Nigerian woman dies in childbirth every 10 minutes, and 1 Nigerian child under-5 years of age dies every minute.
It is apparent through the elevated mortality rates that the lack of access to quality delivery services is an issue of immense importance in Nigeria. Problems such as cost for treatment, deplorable state of the health facilities, distance to health facility lack of awareness and knowledge for informed decisions and referral are some of the many difficulties stated by caregivers in describing difficulty with accessing healthcare.
Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) and iCCM are the key child survival thrust being used by the Nigerian Government to address the unacceptably high under-5 morbidity and mortality indices.
Dr Bose Adeniran, Head of Child Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) stated that “Child mortality has been a long pending issue in Nigeria and a lot of mothers are not aware of the causes and or prevention.”
She added that “iCCM is a complete package focusing on prevention and also on curative and I think that is what our children need. In Abia and Niger States, we now have local evidence that this (iCCM) is the way to go as it relates to addressing the unacceptably high under-five mortality rate in Nigeria”
Substantial global progress has been made in reducing child deaths since 1990. The total number of under-5 deaths worldwide has declined from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2018. On average, 15 000 children under-5 die each day compared with 34 000 in 1990. Since 1990, the global under-5 mortality rate has dropped by 58%, from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 39 in 2017 This is equivalent to 1 in 11 children dying before reaching age 5 in 1990, compared to 1 in 26 in 2018.
“With numerous World Health Organization’s (WHO) supports to Nigeria, many caregivers, especially in the rural areas are now aware of the available essential package of interventions for child survival along the continuum of care”, says Dr Joy Ufere, WHO, Family and Reproductive Health Cluster.
She added that “WHO will continue to provide leadership role to monitor the implementation of these interventions towards reducing Under-5 morbidity and mortality across Nigeria.”
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