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Next Level Agenda : FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs

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Next Level Agenda: FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs

By Baba Yakubu Yola

As Federal Government strive to meet its Next Level Agenda promises to the electorates, stakeholders have called for the appointment of meritocratic, pragmatic and honest persons as heads of Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs).

The advise was part of over 50 recommendations made by the stakeholders during the maiden Monthly Policy Dialogue on funding the next level agenda organized in Abuja by the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel.

Other recommendations include encouraging concession and creation of department to act an institutional monitor and evaluator of RGAs, Anti  Corruption Agencies (ACAs) etc to gauge their performances.

The stakeholders made up of economic experts, representatives of NLC, MAN, TUC and academicians, advised that borrowing should be for income generating infrastructure, while recoveries made by ACAs should be properly utilized in infrastructure.

They also suggested the formulation of strategic goals and their implementation to build citizens’ confidence and tasked APC states to developed performance indicators.

While calling for reduction in high cost of governance, the stakeholders tasked government to ensure that service delivery was consistent with taxes.

They cautioned government against removing fuel subsidy so as not to increase the sufferings of Nigerians and called for the repairs or construction of new refineries to contain unnecessary importation of fuel.

Earlier speaking at the opening of the maiden monthly policy dialogue, chairman of the session, Prof. Sadeeue Abubakar, urged participants to proffer solutions and index for funding next level agenda.

Welcoming participants at the dialogue, the SSA to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel, said the policy dialogue was part of measures to obtain ideas and policy suggestions that would assist the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari to impact positively on Nigerians.

In his remarks, the Technical Assistant to the SSA, Dr Abdulrahman Abu Hamisu, spoke on funding challenges and the dynamics of how to generate fund to actualize the next level agenda.

Hamisu identified prudent management, infrastructure delivery and anti corruption as some of the fundamental agenda of the Buhari administration as contained in the economic recovery and growth plan.

Highlight of the dialogue is the presentation of papers titled “Funding the Next Level Agenda: Challenges and Prospects” and “Funding Next Level Agenda: Overcoming the Challenges of Corruption and Abuse of Public Office in Nigeria”  by Prof. Jide Oladipo and Dr Elvis Oglafa respectively.

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Coronavirus ; Pangolins found to carry viruses related to covid -19

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Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

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A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak
Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.

Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future outbreaks, says an international team.

Pangolins are the most-commonly illegally trafficked mammal, used both as food and in traditional medicine.

Bats are thought to be the original viral source, with another species playing a role in human transmission.

In a new research paper, published in the journal Nature, researchers say their genetic data suggests “handling these animals requires considerable caution, and that their sale in wet markets should be strictly prohibited.”

Further surveillance on pangolins in the wild in China and Southeast Asia is needed to understand their role in the emergence of coronaviruses and the risk of future transmission to humans, they add.

The ant-devouring scaly mammal, said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, is threatened with extinction. The animal’s scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some.

 

 

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has arrested 8 suspected Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP, logistuc suppliers and destroyed 6 vehicles belonging to them loaded with food and assorted provision in its efforts to block all its logistic chain.

Briefing newsmen shortly before the destruction along Gubio Road Maiduguri yesterday,, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim.said “the vehicles we are going to destroy today were intetcepted base on intelligence reports. We had an information that some unpatriotic element supplied food and non food items from the hinterland and take it’s to the Boko Haram, ISWAP” in the bushes.”

General Ibrahim who is also the commander sector 1 of the Operation Lafiya Dole said ” we cary out diligent nvestigations before we carry out the destruction, it may be nteresting to know that some of the suspects were arrested before and in the cause of investigation we released them but you can see that we rearrested them again. We do dilegent investagions, if not you can see vehicles moving on the road, we would have arrested them and say they are insurgents logistic supplies.

“So we do thorough investigations before their vehicles are destroyed to serve as deterant to those still engage in this illicit bussines of logistic suppliers to the Boko Haram Investigation is still on going and they be soon charged to court,, the GOC stated.

” We have been warning the general public through jingles and press releases of the danger of this illicit and illegal bussinesd but they choose to remain adamant . it was clear in our investigation that they are taking items to the insurgents in the Bush. We are destroying these vehicles to serve as deterrent to others who engage in this act,” General Ibrahim added.

He said ” the vehickes which were intercepted about three weeks ago carrying contrabanned items which includes foodstuffs, fish, milk, mattress, spare parts . Cooking oil among other items to the Boko Haram and ISWAP in the Bush. ”

According to him, 10 peoples were arrested in connection with illigal business and that investigations have so far revealed that 8 people are involved in the illegal business, where the insurgents gives them money to supply the items for them, while investigation on two others are still ongoing.

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Covid -19 ; UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

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Covid-19: UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

By Askirama, Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri Teching Hospital (UMTH) has developed hand sanitizer and antiseptic for its local use in the hospital as part of sanitary measures to check risks of Covid-19 and Lassa fever.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, made this known on Friday in Maiduguri.

Ahijo said that the development had saved the hospital a lot of fund used to be spent on imported sanitisers, particularly with the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus.

“Following the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus, we realised that we have to buy a lot of water sanitisers in the hospital and the cost is very much to us.

“So, I called the pharmacists and say why not we produce our own. I looked at the Act that established the hospital which gave us the backing of the law to do so.

“We have produced for our local consumption for now. We are thinking maybe we can extend it to the society and other institutions,” Ahijo said.

The chief medical director assured that with time the hospital would take steps to patent the product as prescribed by law.

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