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“Contrary To Their Claims FG Never Consulted Us Before Arriving At The January 18, 2021, Resumption date”, Reps Want School Resumption Postpone For Three Months.

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Following the unabated spread of coronavirus, the House of Representatives has faulted the Federal Government for giving schools the go-ahead to resume on Monday despite the increasing cases of COVID-19, demanding postponement of resumption for three months, where necessary safety measures weren’t put in place.

Globaltimesnigeria.com reports that the House said government officials did not consult the relevant committees of the National Assembly, contrary to their claim that all relevant stakeholders were consulted before arriving at the January 18, 2021, resumption date.

Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, disclosed this in a telephone interview with newsmen on Saturday.

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“They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members. They just don’t see us as part of the critical stakeholders,” he said.

Ihonvbere, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday, on behalf of his committee, opposed the Monday resumption date.

The statement was titled “School resumption: Are we truly prepared?”

It read, “The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, has received with concern the decision of the Federal Government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021.

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“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”

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Nasarawa Assembly Complex, Offices To Be Fumigated For Safety As Part Of Measures To Prevent Covid-19

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Part of measures put in place to stem the spread of Coronavirus, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged Gov. Abdullahi Sule to direct the state Ministry of Environment to fumigate its complex including offices as part of measures to prevent spread of second wave of the virus in the State.

According to the House, the process was to ensure the safety of Honourable members, staff and other visitors coming into the assembly as members resumed sitting after seven (7) weeks of recess.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made the call after the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Umar Tanko Tunga (APC Awe North) moved a motion under matters of  public importance to that effect during the House proceedings today in Lafia.

The speaker pointing out that the fumigation of the House would not only protect Honourable members and staff but would also protect their constituents and other members of the public when they visited the House.

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“We are requesting His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to direct the state Ministry of Environment to fumigate the House tommorow, Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

” This is to ensure our safety, the safety of the staff of the assembly and other visitors,” he said.

The speaker  assured of his continued commitment to operate an open door policy and an inclusive leadership for the overall development of the state.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while moving the motion on the need for the state government to fumigate the House said that it was necessary to enable members, staff  and other visitors to  remain safe due to the second wave of coronavirus as the house has fully resumed.

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” I want to move a motion that this House should be adjourned to next week Monday so that the House should be fumigated.

” This will enable members, staff and other visitors to remain safe, ” he said.

Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority Leader of the House seconded the majority leader motion.

The Minority leader said that the fumigation of the House was necessary due to the effect of Covid-19.

Besides, the speaker appreciated members of the PDP in the House for their support and understanding when the House extended its recess by one week from February 8th, 2021 to February 15th, 2021 to enable APC lawmakers register and revalidate their party  membership as well as ensure full mobilisation of their people for the exercise.

” We have been away for recess as our recess was characterised by events. One of them is APC revalidation registration and update exercise in which I directed members of APC  to go to their various constituencies to register and revalidate their membership.

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” I want to appreciate PDP members for their support and understanding over the extension of our recess.

” I want to assure members of PDP extraction that the same gesture will be extended to them when the need arises,” he said.

Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

It would be recalled that the House on  December 22nd, 2020, went on recess for Christmas/ New Year celebration and is expected to resume on Monday, February 8th, 2021 before its recess was extended to February 15th, 2021 over APC Revalidation Registration and Update Exercise.

It would be reported that the House today  adjourned to next week,  Monday, February 22nd, 2021 to enable the state government fumigate the House.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Gov Obaseki Urges Residents To Utilise Sexual Assault Referral Centre In Edo

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged residents in the state to take advantage of the Vivian Ogu Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Benin City, the state capital to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of Gender-Based Violence inorder to eradicate the menace in the state.

He said this in commemoration of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day, as part of efforts to eradicate the global menace.

Obaseki said, “As part Edo State Government’s commitment to end this practice that violates women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, physical integrity, non-discrimination and freedom from cruel or degrading treatment, we established the Vivian Ogu Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Benin City to provide a one-stop free clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence as well as the required care and support for girls.

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He added, “With our basic education reforms, through our EdoBEST programme, we are also equipping girls in the state with a sound educational foundation. Education is a vital tool in addressing Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of Gender-Based violence as it exposes the girl-child to information, new concepts and encourages them to exchange ideas along with access to various sources of information and technology that foster social relations and developments.”

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The governor urged multilateral organizations and civil rights groups to complement the state’s government efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation by leading sensitizations to increase awareness that discourages cultures which allow female genital mutilation leading to long-term physical, psychological and social consequences.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Marking the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the context of COVID-19 is a timely reminder of the health sector’s vital role in ending this violation of girls’ and women’s health and human rights.

“From offering preventive services at the primary care level to ensuring the highest quality care possible for women and girls who have already undergone FGM, healthcare providers are powerful agents for change and service in their communities.”

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Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Identify With Kogi Primary Health-Care Devt. Agency Over Looting Of Essential Warehouse

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By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

Shuaibu Abubakar Audu,s Foundation has paid a courtesy call on the Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) office to identified with the officials and state government over the looting of their essential warehouse in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Hon. Prince Daniel Ogacheko, Chairman of the foundation who led other members to the Agency said they were in the office to formally sympathize with them over the incident that took place last year October 2020 which led to looting of the Essential warehouse by Hoodlums.

Prince Ogacheko further said that the foundation has been contributing it quota with aimed of complimenting the State government efforts in area of education, palliatives, Health-Care services and provision of potable drinking water to the citizens of the State.

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The Audu foundation is known for providing palliatives, healthcare services, education and water to the people of Kogi State through its annual programs and the foundation has received awards and commendation over its services to better lot of the society.

Speaking at the event, Executive Director of the Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Alhaji Dr. Abubakar Yakubu, expressed gratitude to Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation especially the socio-economic role the foundation plays in the state in areas of healthcare service delivery, education and provision of potable drinking water for the people of the State.

He appealed to the foundation come in and provide a potable water at the Emergency program Immunization Center (EPIC) in Zone 8, Lokoja as part of its effort to compliment government effort geared towards providing social amenities to the people of the State and among other things.

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He appealed to the foundation to provide a potable water to be situated at the Emergency Program Immunization Center (EPIC).

He also expressed gratitude to the foundation for coming down to identified with their agency at this moment of trial.

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He pledged the agency readiness to partner with the foundation in the areas of  health care services delivery to the people of Kogi State.

Alhaji Dr. Abubakar Yakubu further disclosed that the Agency strategy is to provide basic health care to the people of the State.

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