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.
“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.
” 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.
” 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.
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.
Female Genital Mutilation: Gov Obaseki Urges Residents To Utilise Sexual Assault Referral Centre In Edo
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.
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.”
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.”
Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Identify With Kogi Primary Health-Care Devt. Agency Over Looting Of Essential Warehouse
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nasarawa Assembly Calls For Strict Compliance Of Covid-19 Protocols As School Resume
As schools resume across Nasarawa State, the state House of Assembly has said that it will not spare any management whether public or private schools in the state that fails to adhere strictly to all the laid down guidelines on Covid-19 aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded disease.
Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Daniel Ogazi handed down the warning when he led other members of the committee for an unscheduled visit to some tertiary and secondary schools in the state to assess their levels of preparedness on re-opening of schools amidst second wave of coronavirus.
The Deputy Majority Leader of the House and his team inspected schools resumption and safety measures put in place at Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia , College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, Government Senior Science School, Nassarawa Eggon and College of Education, Akwanga.
He frowned at the situation where some students are seen in schools and classes without face masks and observances of social distancing as well as environmental cleanliness among others and called for a change of attitude.
Ogazi also advised management of the schools visited to ensure they put in place adequate facilities like thermometer , Isolation centres, ambulances, sanitizers, hand washing facilities as well as strict monitoring of students and teachers to ensure compliance.
He emphasised that even when government is doing its best, the schools managements are complementing, the individuals also have a greater role to play in the fight against COVID-19 by ensuring that all the laid down protocols are strictly observed.
“This exercise will be a continuous one, we will keep coming to ensure that the right things are done in protecting our people.
“We as assembly members, we are on recess, but as representatives of our people we need to cut-short our break to embark on this exercise by assessing the preparedness of schools resumption”.
The chairman also commended the state government for its efforts in tackling the menace in the state and called for more efforts in that direction.
In their separate responses, Dr Justina Kotso, Rector Isa Mustapha Agwai polytechnic Lafia, Dr Peter Aboki, Deputy Provost, College of Agriculture, Lafia, Principal, Senior Science Secondary School, Nasarawa Eggon Mr Christopher Ogiri and Dr Roseline Kela, Sole Administrator, College of Education, Akwanga all took their time to explain extensively their efforts put in place on COVID-19 as they reopened schools and their challenges.
Basically, one of the institutions top challenges is the issue of parameter fencing which they all make cases for government intervention.
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