DHQ moves to stem clashes mmong security, response agencies

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday announced steps it has put in place to stem the needless clashes that normally occurred between military, paramilitary and other response agencies in Nigeria.

To this end, a Route March Exercise for all security and response agencies in Nigeria has been organised to take place on Saturday, 1 July, 2017 in all the states capitals of the country and Abuja.

According to the defence headquarters, the exercise will witness the movement of troops and other security agencies and advised the general public not to panic.

Speaking at the maiden press conference of the Route Match Exercise, the defence spokesman, Major Gen John Enenche, said the physical fitness exercise tagged, “Together We Are, Protecting Lives and Property, Ensuring Unity and Progress, Supporting Democracy, Upholding the Constitution, Defending National Interests,” is to continue on quarterly basis and will involve Military, Para-military and security response agencies in Nigeria.

According to Enenche, the exercise will tackled the differences and misunderstanding that always occurred among security agencies and enhance espirit de corps.

Representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Airforce, Nigeria Police, DSS, NIA, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, FRSC, Prisons, Fire Service, EFCC, ICPC and NEMA were in attendance.

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Osinbajo approves appointment of resident electoral commissioners

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has approved the appointment of new Resident Electoral Commissioners.

This is contained in a statement issued by the director media in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointees are; Professor Godwill Obioma,Abia; James Lorliam, Benue ,Dr. Nwachukwu Orji , Ebonyi ; Dr. Iloh Joseph Valentine Chuks, Enugu ; Dr. Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda , Plateau ; Umar Ibrahim , Taraba ;Mr. Emeka Ononamadu Joseph, Imo; Obo O. Effanga ,Cross River; Professor Francis Chuckwemeka Ezeounu, Anambra

Others are: Dr. Briyai O. Frankland, Bayelsa;Ibrahim Abdullahi, mni Adamawa; Agboke Mutiu Olaleke, Ogun ; Hussaini Halilu Pai FCT while Alhaji Ahmad Makama, Bauchi is for reappointment .

“These appointees have been confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore the appointments are with immediate effect,” Adebiyi said.

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UK deports 28 Nigerians for immigration offences

The Government of the United Kingdom on Thursday deported 28 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences.

The Nigerians were sent back home barely 48 hours after 23 Nigerians were also deported from Spain and five days after another batch of 34 were jointly deported by the governments of Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fresh batch of deportees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 12.13 p.m.

Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development to NAN.

Alabi said the deportees, comprising 21 males and seven females, were brought back aboard a chartered Titanic Airways aircraft with registration number AWC-761/2.

He said they were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

NAN gathered that the deportees were profiled by the immigration authorities and were each given a stipend to facilitate their transportation to their respective states. 


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PENGASSAN appeals to FG to stop redundancy in oil, gas industry

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to stop the wave of redundancy in the oil and gas industry in the country.

Mr Francis Johnson, PENGASSAN president made the appeal while speaking with newsmen at the ongoing 5th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference of PENGASSAN on Thursday in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is: “Emerging Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry and its Impacts on Labour Movement in Nigeria.

“We demand that the government should stem the wave of redundancy in the oil and gas industry, especially by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other service companies.

“We have resolved to resist the growing redundancy tendencies in the industry under any guise.

“We demand that the no process of redundancy shall be undertaken by any management without express involvement of the National Secretariat of the Association.

“We therefore demand that National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), should put in place a clear policy statement to address this unfortunate trend in the industry,” he said.

Johnson, however, frowned at the management of the Oil and Gas companies for continuous disobedience to the tripartite agreements reached between their managements, unions and the Federal Government.

He said that the oil and gas managements have failed to keep to agreements and directives of the Ministers of Labour and Employment and the Petroleum Resources to ensure job security.

He noted that this was an affront to constituted authorities in the country.

“We call on the managements of the Oil and Gas companies in Nigeria to respect the laws of the lands as well as the constituted authorities in Nigeria.

“We also urge the management to respect duly signed Collective Bargaining Agreements and ensure that it reduces friction in the industrial landscape of our oil and gas industry, ” he said.

On the economy, PENGASSAN president commended steps taken by the Federal Government to ensure level of stability in the FOREX policy, which has eased the problem of getting foreign exchange for businesses.

He called on government to further enhance the value of the Naira and hasten the implementation of other economic policies that will bring succour to the Nigerian masses and improve their standard of living.

He also appealed to government to improve industrialisation in the country to reduce dependence on importation and enhance job creation

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UNILAG invents new method of diagnosing malaria

University of Lagos (UNILAG) said it invented a new method of diagnosing malaria, following intensive research by its Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology.

Prof. Wellington Oyibo, the Director, Research and Innovation of the institution, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

Oyibo, a lecturer in the department, said the university’s research on malaria testing without the use of blood was validated in 2016.

He said that by this feat, the institution was fast becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis in the country.

According to him, the institution has provided a platform and an enabling environment for researchers that have been providing solutions to life challenges.

The Professor of Medical Parasitology noted that having worked in the malaria space, he discovered that malaria was a major health challenge in the country.

He added that “one of the major challenges in managing the menace has to do with case management, as there are assumptions that all fevers are malaria.

“This leads to excessive diagnosis and over treatment.”

He recalled that the policy that malaria test should be done before treatment was approved since 2010, noting however, that “in spite of this policy, people are still not doing tests.

“So, one way by which we can encourage diagnosis is by introducing tests that will
not require blood from patients.

“Under the new test formula, medicine retailers will be able to carry out diagnosis before dispensing drugs.

“If we keep selling drugs for a disease that does not exist, it will amount to waste of resources and patients will be suffering.’’

The lecturer said that the research was conducted in collaboration with a group of researchers in Baltimore, U.S., adding that the outcome was to diagnose malaria using urine.

He explained that “the first urine malaria test’’ has been validated.

According to him, the urine malaria test is the first clinical and global trial to be done in the world.

He said the test had been registered by both the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

He noted that the development was remarkable and groundbreaking, considering the fact that one could carry out malaria test without taking blood.

He appealed to the Federal Government to create easy access for people to test for malaria through the new approach.

This, he said, is possible by establishing testing centres in various parts of the country.

“This achievement shows that UNILAG is becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis.

“In the past, trial test are conducted in India and Bangladesh or somewhere in Asia for Nigerians.

“But now, we are conducting tests for Nigerian patients and we are providing data and that is quite remarkable.’’

Oyibo further said that the new research breakthrough would improve malaria diagnosis and treatment. 


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Rivers tribunal sacks Sekibo, PDP senator

The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East and has declared Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the senatorial election.
The Tribunal also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Sekibo and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Uchendu.

The Tribunal’s decision was hinged on the fact that Mr Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.‎

Uchendu had approached the tribunal with a petition asking the court to declare him winner of the poll, alleging that INEC failed to take into cognisance the results of some wards and polling units before declaring Sekibo the winner of the polls.

The Tribunal hinged it’s decision on substantial non compliance with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.‎‎

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Ambode empowers 103 widows

The Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), an initiative of Mrs Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Lagos State Governor, on Thursday empowered 103 widows to sustain their means of livelihood.

Ambode said at the empowerment programme in Lagos that the life of widow, especially a young one, was never enviable.

She said that the overall objective of the programme was to ensure that they were able to live happily and depend more on themselves after the death of their husbands.

The governor’s wife said that beneficiaries were divided into three categories, one of them being those that required skill acquisition — relatively young widows.

She said that the other beneficiaries were those that required equipment support to stabilise their businesses and widows that required financial assistance to expand their businesses.

“After careful analysis, we realised that though all the widows need support, the same type of assistance cannot work for everyone because of age differences and circumstances around them,” Ambode said.

She said that it was also the objective of the programme to properly educate and enlighten the women on their matrimonial rights under the law.

According to her, one cannot pretend to be ignorant of the cultural and social problems that women face upon the death of their husbands and in accessing whatever is left behind by their loved ones.

Ambode urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of benefits of the programme, more importantly, the education on self reliance, economic empowerment and rights education.

“It is an opportunity to help you rely on yourselves, rather than on external sources,” she said.

Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of HOFOWEM, Ms Oyefunke Adeleke, said that the programme was in commemoration of this year’s International Widows Day, held every June 23.

She said that millions of widows endure extreme poverty, homelessness, among others, while their situations often go unnoticed and are not captured by demographic statistics and humanitarian programmes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the widows got materials including deep freezers, generating sets, whipping machines, industrial gas cookers, grinding machines and bag sewing machines. 


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