Nigeria is vital in achieving world SDGs target on child survival – UNICEF
By Baba Yakubu Yola
Dr Annefrida Kisesa-Mkusa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Chief Field Service Coordinator for Nigeria, said a lot depended on Nigeria for the world to achieve its target on child survival.
Kissea-Mkusa made this known in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
According to her if the issues of children in Nigeria were not addressed, the world could not achieve it targets of SDGs on children.
“If the issues of children in Nigeria are not solved, the world cannot achieve its targets of the SDGs that relate to children.
“Actually, when you look at the children of the world, Nigeria accounts for about 11 percent. It also accounts for 30 percent of children in Africa.
“In other words, if the issues of children in Nigeria are not solved, the world cannot achieve it’s SDG’s targets”.
Kissea-Mkusa who is in Yola for a two-day end of year review meeting of activities of UNICEF in Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba states said the review offers opportunity to know the real situation on ground.
“When we do reviews like this, we say we have achieved a lot, but when the surveys are done at the ground level, when we look at the children, you find out that the gaps are really big.
“For example, the survey done in 2018 for Nigeria, we found out that the under fives mortality rate is actually stagnant in some of the states and worse in some other states.
“This is in spite of all the resources UNICEF, other development partners as well as Governments have been using in these States”, Kissea-Mkusa said.
Earlier in an opening remarks at the meeting, Mr Bhanu Pathak, the Chief of UNICEF Field Office Bauchi, said the field office is working in six States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa Plateau and Taraba in the sectors of health and HIV, water and sanitation (WASH), nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion as it relates to children.
Speaking at the meeting, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa, Chief Crowther Seth represented by a Permanent Secretary in his office, Alhaji Hamman Mayo, lauded the many interventions of UNICEF in the state and assured the fund of sustain support and collaboration from the government.
- Seth noted that the intervention of UNICEF in improving primary healthcare centres in the 226 wards across the state to render 24 hours services to rural populace, was a development that said has transformed the healthcare delivery in the state.
Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush
Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.
” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.
The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “
While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..
“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.
Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG
Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.
The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.
Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”
“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.
The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.
” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed
Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.
Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG
Set up independent
Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.
The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.
The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.
“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.
“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.
The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.
” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.
The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.
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