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Gov. Mutfwang tasks Plateau citizens on unity, love



Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau, has called on citizens of the state to unite, love and support one another to tackle the current security challenges in the state

The Governor made the call at the Thanksgiving Service in honour of the immediate past Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly,  Mr Abok Ayuba, on Sunday in Jos.

This is contained in a statement by Gyang Bere,  the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA).

Mutfwang, who decried the spate of killings and wanton destruction of farmlands and other properties in some communities in the state, called on the people to unite irrespective of tribe or religion to defend the state against its common enemies.

“It is time for Plateau people to unite on a common front in preserving the state, we must forget the mistakes of the past where various ethnic groups were left alone to confront calamities that befell their communities.

“It is not time to be careless but a time for us to unite as a people and stand shoulder to shoulder with one another.

“This land that God has given us is for a purpose and we must do all within our powers to preserve it for oursleves and generation yet unborn

“We will prosper in the land that God has given us and we should continue to pray, but just as the Bible says, we should watch while we pray,” he said.

The Governor thanked the former speaker for organising the thanksgiving, adding that it had availed the people the opportunity to pray for peaceful coexistence in the state.

Mutfwang,  who described Ayuba as a dogged, committed, courageous and resilient young man, called on the citizens to support government’s efforts toward addressing the security challenges currently facing the state.

“I am confident that God will grant us victory over those that trouble us and Plateau will prosper again.

“I thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and for standing with us in this difficult moment, but I am confident that God will not allow Plateau to be destroyed,” the Governor said.

Earlier, the former Speaker, who is currently the Special Adviser on Legislative Matters to the governor, said the thanksgiving was organised to appreciate God’s favours in his life.

“My family and I have come to show gratitude to God for finding me worthy to serve Plateau in the capacity of Speaker.

“Without God, I would have been consumed by myriad of challenges.

“As Speaker, I took decisions in the interest of Plateau, but I plead for forgiveness wherever I stepped on toes of others, it was not deliberate,”he said.

In a sermon, Rev. Obed Dashan, encouraged Plateau people to put their trust on God and pray ceaselessly for lasting peace to return to all parts of the state.

The Governor was accompanied to the event by his Deputy,  Ngo Josephine Piyo, his wife, Helen Mutfwang, and other top government officials.

The Agwom Izere, Da Isaac Wakili, other traditional rulers and religious leaders in the state also attended the event.


NASENI lauds Gov. Idris for allocating land for Agric. Institute construction



The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI), has commended Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi for donating 10 hectares of land to the agency for the construction of an Agricultural Machinery Development Institute in the state.
The Director of Procurement of the Agency, Dr Muhammad Aliyu, gave the commendation after formal allocation of the land to  NASENI by officials of state government on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi.
Aliyu, who thanked Idris for providing the land at a choice area, explained that the  project would commence within the next two weeks.
H e assured that all engineering, architectural, civil and electrical designs had been completed.
”We have the bill of quantity ready and every approval needed from the government for the project has been obtained,” he said.
The director affirmed that funding for the project had been captured in the 2024 appropriation bill already assented to by  President Bola Tinubu.
”We will start with what we can accommodate this year and we will continue next year.
“We have funds to begin the basic infrastructural construction,” he assured.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Alhaji Dahiru Zaki, who led other state government officials to hand over the 10 hectares of land to NASENI, explained that the land was earmarked for the agency in 2022 for the construction of the agricultural machinery center.
”The machinery center is to serve as a Regional Office for the production of agricultural equipment and we are happy that today, we have handed over the land to NASENI.
“I believe that Kebbi was selected in the North-West region because of its huge potentials in agriculture, particularly rice production and other crops,” he said.
Zaki expressed appreciation for the governor’s  kind gesture to the agency, tailored to provide job opportunities to youths and further bolster agricultural production in the state.
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Lassa Fever outbreak at Army Hospital sparks response 



The recent outbreak of Lassa fever at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, prompted a collaborative response with Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) and Federal Ministry of Health.

Prof. Reuben Eifediyi, Chief Medical Director, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, and lead of the response team, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), confirmed that Lassa Fever was responsible for the death of three health workers and one patient at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, (44 NARHK).

Four of the six blood samples from suspected cases at the hospital sent to the Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano, were confirmed for Lassa Fever.

While 25 close contacts of all the cases were being monitored and were placed on prophylactics (preventive medication). 

Eifediyi said that the outbreak resulted in the deployment of a specialised emergency response team, which was made up of experts in Lassa fever management and infection prevention.

He said that though there were initial challenges, including inadequate resources and staffing, the response team successfully contained the outbreak through real-time laboratory testing, isolation, and treatment of confirmed cases.

“Real-time PCR testing was conducted, leading to the identification and treatment of confirmed cases.

“Three confirmed cases were successfully treated and discharged, with no further fatalities, “ he said.

He said that the incident underscored the importance of effective partnerships and rapid mobilisation of expertise in addressing public health emergencies.

He said that health workers at the hospital went through training on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), measures.

He recommended structural improvement, staffing, training, equipment provision, and hygienic measures.

He also made recommendations for capacity building and the establishment of a biosafety molecular laboratory at the hospital.

 Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated by infected rodents or contaminated persons.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, chest pain.

In severe case, there are unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other body openings.

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Why some airlines are avoiding Nigeria’s airspace – NAMA



Many airlines are avoiding Nigeria’s airspace because of difficulties encountered in communication with air traffic controllers, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) confirmed on Sunday in Lagos.

Its Managing Director, Mr Farouk Umar, told newsmen at Ikeja that the agency was consequently eyeing more investments to rejuvenate the communication systems to match emerging air traffic trends.

He explained that there was the need to improve the weak communication system, which had been demand-saturated as the industry grew and more routes were opened.

He said huge investments were required of the Federal Government as more routes opened needing more stations to have signals to cover the entire country.

He added that the presidency recently budgeted N40 billion to address some of the issues at the airports, but the money had not been accessed.

Umar assured that as soon as money was made available, the agency would tackle critical safety challenges at the various airports.

“The entire communication network has been re-designed to ensure that every blind spot is covered because if one system fails today, air traffic controllers would not notice.

“We realised also that our radios are working well and well-positioned and we have addressed the challenges we met on ground, but then, we are still having issues.

“The issues have nothing to do with our radios, but with electricity supply which had been a national challenge that government had been working assiduously to fix.

“We have decided to deploy solar energy to some of our facilities to complement electricity supply from the national grid and from generators so that they can function well,’’ he said.

Umar noted that the International Civil Aviation Organisation frowned at even a second’s blackout at any airport and Nigeria could not afford to flout the regulation.

“For an average electronic system, the lifespan is about 10 years. Most of the communications electronics at the airports have been working for the past 15 years to 20 years. Their performance would be below standard, expectedly.

“We are replacing some of the equipment and we have done almost 80 per cent. The contractors are still working, however,’’ he assured.

Umar also told newsmen that Terminal Control Centres (TRACON) were still having challenges because since 2014, there had not been enough spare parts to fix the obsolete equipment there.

“The Federal Government has approved the modernisation of the TRACON system. 15 per cent of the fund has been paid and we are hopeful that more installations will start soon.

“We are also hopeful that at the end of it all, the system will go back to optimal performance,’’ he said.

Umar lamented that NAMA had been charging airlines N11,000 as navigation fee per flight since 2008 when fares for local flights were N16,000, whereas airfares had risen to N150,000.

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