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DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

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Determined to curb maternal mortality in the country, Development Communications Network (DEVCOM) in partnership with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) yesterday sought partnership of New Telegraph to promote family planning services.
DEVCOM Programme Director, Akin Jimoh, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the country was losing many of women to complications arising from pregnancy and child birth, saying if family planning was effectively deployed by people of reproductive age, it would avert many unintended pregnancies as well as prevent unsafe abortions.
Jimoh made the call when a team from DEVCOMS and NURHI, paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of New Telegraph in Lagos.
He said: “Family planning as you have seen is a vaccine against maternal mortality and if you really plan your family the issue of unwanted pregnancy is thrown out of the line.
“Unwanted pregnancy most of the time leads to unsafe abortion. We can say that unsafe abortion leads to maternal death and other things that surround it.”
While urging the management of New Telegraph to prioritise health while expanding reportage to include science, Jimoh said both DEVCOM and NURHI would be training journalists, including those from New Telegraph, to build their capacity on family planning and maternal health issues as a means of improving their reportage.
He said: “As a media organization, we provide information to people at the point of need. We conduct training in a way that we can work together on the things we need to put our journalism on the world stage.”
Similarly, he said DEVCOMS was doing an ‘Immersion’ programme to train journalists on investigating health and science-based issues. It will also be running a programme; ‘Not Again Campaign,’ to address maternal health issues.

On her part, Chairperson, Interfaith Forum for NURHI, Dr. Ajoke Ashiru, similarly affirmed that the plan of NURHI was to sensitise everybody at the grassroots level and at the upper level of society about family planning, saying that family planning was the best way of reducing maternal death. “When it comes to sensitising the public, we then go to religious leaders, who help sensitise their congregation.

“That is the reason for setting up the Interface Group,” she said, adding; “We have a group for both Christians and Muslims.”

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Teachers reject Sept 2 resumption date over poor welfare In Edo

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Teachers reject Sept 2 resumption date over poor welfare In Edo

The crisis between primary school teachers and Edo State government over poor condition of services has taken a new twist.

 

The state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Sunday rejected the September 2, resumption date for teachers. It will be recalled that the teachers had last week issued a three-week strike notice to the state government if it fails to meet their demands.

 

The demands include rejection of competency test for teachers, release of the approved N60million termly subvention to schools, payment of EDO BEST stipends of 2018 and 2019 to teachers, recruitment of teaching personnel into public primary and secondary schools in the state.

 

In a statement signed by Moni Mike Itua, Assistant General Secretary, NUT and made available to newsmen in Benin, the union directed members to disregard the circular letter by SUBEB directing them to resume on September 2, 2019, for the First Term of 2019/2020 academic session, as against the approved September 9, 2019, by the state Ministry of Education.

 

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Open register for corrupt public officials, SERAP tells AGF

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Open register for corrupt public officials, SERAP tells AGF

A rights organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to develop and adopt public registers for corrupt state governors and other high-ranking public officials charged with and convicted of grand corruption since the return of democracy in 1999.

 

In an open letter dated August 23, 2019, which was signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP also urged the AGF to push for a legislation that will require public officials charged with and convicted of grand corruption at the federal, state and local government levels to put their names in the public registers.

The organisation argued that the proposed registers will not only have a deterrent effect but would also be a proportionate response to the grave crime of grand corruption and impunity of perpetrators.

 

It further noted that there can be no reasonable expectation of privacy in matters already exposed to public viewing such as prior arrest, charges and conviction records.

 

According to SERAP, public registers for high-ranking officials facing corruption charges and those convicted of corruption would be a pivotal moment in the fight against corruption by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The open letter reads: “SERAP is concerned that corruption is so pervasive across many states and at several levels of governance and has remained a constant feature of Nigeria’s political scene since 1999, turning public service for many into a kind of criminal enterprise.

 

“Grand corruption has continued to fuel political violence, deny millions of Nigerians access to clean water, and even the most basic health and education services, and reinforcing police abuses and other widespread patterns of human rights violations.”

 

 

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Court slams N30m fine on Ogun govt over illegal land acquisition

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Court slams N30m fine on Ogun govt over illegal land acquisition

An Ogun State High Court sitting in Ota has awarded the sum of N30million against the state government for trespassing and destruction of buildings and crops on a family land.

 

The court, presided over by Justice O. O. Majekodunmi, also restrained the state government and its agents from the land situated at Sokelu-Efulege village in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

 

In a judgement delivered in suit number AB/330/2012, Justice Majekodunmi barred the state government and its agents from further entering or interfering with the land measuring 8.652 hectares.

 

The family, represented by Alhaji AbdulGaniu Kayode and four others, had dragged the state Attorney-General, the state Bureau of Lands and Survey, the state Housing Corporation and four others to court for illegal acquisition of their land.

 

The family also claimed that the land was acquired without proper notice of acquisition neither was adequate compensation paid for the inhabitants of the village.

 

Though the state government had in 2006 acquired the parcel of land for Asero Housing Estate Phase II, the claimants argued that the land was later allotted to individuals who had connection with the government.

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Alaafin charges Yoruba Obas to uphold culture, tradition

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The Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has called on traditional rulers in Yoruba land to uphold Yoruba culture and tradition, failure which generation unborn will not forgive them in their respective domains.

 

The Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs said this on Saturday, during this year’s “World Sango Day”, which held at the Alaafin’s palace, in the ancient Oyo town.

 

According to him: “Generations unborn will not forgive us if we fail to promote Yoruba cultural heritage. I want to charge you to promote our cultural heritage in your respective domains. It is a challenge for us in Yoruba land if we forget our culture and tradition. Let us teach our children Yoruba culture and tradition. There is a difference between religion and culture. Don’t be ashamed to dress in Yoruba attires. Our culture should even reflect in the way we eat.”

 

Speaking on the importance of the World Sango festival, Alaafin described Sango as one of the Alaafins of Oyo before he later become a diety, saying that “Sango possessed the ability of fighting his opponents without physical encounter”.

 

He noted that the beauty of the festival was for the promotion of Yoruba culture and heritage, saying that people should start teaching their children Yoruba language in their different homes and schools.

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EFCC proposes rehabilitation programme for Yahoo Yahoo Boys

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EFCC proposes rehabilitation programme for Yahoo Yahoo Boys

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is proposing the rehabilitation of suspects arrested in connection with cyber crime (Yahoo Yahoo Boys), saying most of them were undergraduate students of universities and  other tertiary institurions.

 

Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who suggested this in Abuja over the weekend, said the EFCC was working with universities towards stemming the ride of cyber crime in the country.

 

While expressing worries over the surge in internet-related fraud cases, Magu vowed the anti-graft agency’s readiness to isolate and apprehend all suspects, regardless of wherever they may be hiding.

 

“We also have to see how we can rehabilitate, because I realised that most of them (suspected Yahoo Yahoo Boys) are very young boys in the university; they are students.

 

“Now, if we arrest all of them and jail…them, it is a very sad story. I think we should also adopt a rehabilitation situation.

 

“We must work with the universities, higher institurions, to see how we can curtail, arrest the menace of Yahoo Yahoo,” Magu said.

 

According to him, the anru-graft agency had set for itself a task of testoring the country’s good image, pledging never to waiver in that commitment.

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Okorocha committed crimes against humanity not just against Imo – Ihedioha

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Okorocha committed crimes against humanity not just against Imo – Ihedioha

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, has said that his administration will remain focused on the task of rebuilding the state from the ruins of misrule and maladministration of the former administration and would not allow itself to be distracted by those who committed crimes against humanity by plundering the state and its people into deficits.

 

 

Speaking to over 3500 youths, who thronged the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport to receive him on his arrival from Abuja on Sunday, the governor said his administration will not be distracted by those who destroyed the legacies of the founding fathers of the state.

 

He said he had set up various committees at the inception of his administration, pointing out that by the time the various committees conclude their assignments, Imo people will understand the depth of roguery and the rot in various sectors of the state, as perpetrated by the Okorocha administration.

 

Governor Ihedioha said his administration, despite the enormous challenges, booby traps and landmines laid on its path by the past administration, has made significant progress in such sectors of the state like health, education, agriculture, environment, security and many others.

 

He decried the deplorable state of roads within and outside state capital in spite of huge cash receipts by the past administration, assuring, however, that palliative measures such as filling of potholes have already commenced, and  that, reconstruction of roads in the state will commence after the rains, assuring that it will be quality roads in the standard of roads built by Late Sam Mbakwe’s administration.

 

 

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NCAC DG: My problems with BBNaija

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NCAC DG: My problems with BBNaija

National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says though the reality show Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) platform has united and empowered youths, its erotic content is inimical to the Nigerian culture.

The Director-General, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja frowned at sexual scenes aired on the show, saying it undermines values that define the culture of Nigerian people.

According to him, the BBN platform has united and empowered youths from different background, but its erotic contents are alien and inimical, especially to young Nigerians.

He said: “Big Brother Naija is Okay, but the content needs to be looked into because it does not reflect the culture of us as a people.

“There is nothing wrong with Big Brother Naija, it is a good product where so many Nigerians meet, youths in particular, so we are happy for it.

“But the content is wrong; you cannot be making love, with our children, our youths watching, on air.

“We will not because of the money Nigerians will win to destroy our tomorrow because of some economic strategy.

“We are not claiming to be saints, but even the British Police have condemned their own person who was involved in the act.

“We want to build a Nigeria with better tomorrow, and make our environment to be seen as culturally friendly, not to promote nudity and immorality, “he said

The DG, however, debunks reports that the NCAC was prevailing on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to shut down the BBN programme and replace it with another one that would be broadcast by Startimes.

He explained that the council as a custodian and promoter of Nigerian culture was planning to work with relevant stakeholders to present a reality program that will promote Nigerian rich culture and values.

He, however, added that it was not an initiative being conceived to rival the Big Brother Naija brand.

“What I said is, if they don’t change the content of Big Brother Naija, I will make a formal report to NBC, and I have done that.

“I have respect for constituted authority and I will do the right thing the way it should be done by following due process.

“We are not planning to replace Big Brother, we want to have something that reflects Nigeria to the world culturally.

“It will showcase Nigerian food, Nigerian cloth and all that represent whom will are as a people positively,” he said.

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), established in 1975 is charged with the responsibility of coordination, development and promotion of the Living Arts and Culture of Nigeria at national and international fora, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

It coordinates, preserves, promotes and presents the best of our Crafts, Textiles, Cuisines, Traditional Dance, Drama, Opera, and Cinema, and Photography to deploy them as tool for forging national unity and identity.

Big Brother Naija, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, is a Nigerian scripted version of the Big Brother reality competition television franchise.

The first season of the show aired on DStv Channel 37 in 2006, a second edition premiered on January in 2017, a third season premiered in 2018 and a fourth season started on June 30, 2019 in Nigeria.

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Five killed in chopper, plane mid-air collision

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Five killed in chopper, plane mid-air collision

At least five dead people have been killed in Mallorca when a helicopter and an ultralight plane collided in mid-air.

The crash took place near Inca, in the north of the popular tourist island off the coast of mainland Spain.

At least one of the victims is understood to have been under 18.

Spanish media report that at least three passengers – a couple and the minor – were travelling together in the helicopter.

The other two deceased are believed to have been flying in the ultralight – a type of small aircraft with a maximum of two seats.

The government of the Balearic islands, to which Mallorca belongs, confirmed at least five deaths.

Regional President Francina Armengol said emergency teams were working on the scene and one of the regional government’s ministers had been dispatched.

Local newspaper Diario De Mallorca said the collision happened in the air over the Inca Hospital at about 13:36 local time (12:36 GMT). Emergency teams were trying to determine if two other potential victims were on board at the time, it said.

Photos made available from the local fire service showed wreckage from the aircraft in the town. The tail section of one landed in the road, while another photo showed twisted and blackened metal on fire in a garden, reports the BBC.

Spanish media outlet La Sexta said the wreckage had landed in a nearby farm.

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We struck Syria to send message to Iran – Israel

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We struck Syria to send message to Iran – Israel

Israel said on Sunday an air strike against an arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria that it accused of planning “killer drone attacks” showed Tehran that its forces were vulnerable anywhere.

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied that Iranian targets had been hit late on Saturday and said its military “advisory centers have not been harmed”, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck “Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days”. The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, told reporters “a number of attack drones”, each armed with several kilograms of explosives, were to have been launched simultaneously at targets in northern Israel on Thursday but the plan was thwarted.

He did not disclose what measures Israel took that day. He described the “killer drones” – designed to slam into targets – as highly accurate.

Conricus said the drones, accompanied by “Iranian operatives”, had arrived at Damascus airport from Iran several weeks ago and were taken to a Quds-controlled compound in a village southeast of the city.

Israel carried out Saturday’s attack, Conricus said, after learning that another attempt to launch drones was imminent.

Writing on Twitter after Saturday’s Israeli strike, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression. If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.”

A war monitor said on Sunday that two members of Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah and one Iranian were killed in the attack.

Syrian state media said Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, on Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

The Syrian army said in a statement that “the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets.”

Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli attack was “significant.” Israeli forces in the north, he said, were now on “elevated alert” for any retaliation.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapon shipments to Hezbollah.

Iran and Hezbollah are helping President Bashar al-Assad in the eight-year-old Syria war. Russia, which is also aiding Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli air strikes. Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Israeli leader’s office said.

Israel made no comment on what the Lebanese army and Hezbollah said was the crash of two Israeli drones in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut early on Sunday. Hezbollah officials said one of the drones was rigged with explosives and caused some damage to the organization’s media center.

On Thursday, Netanyahu hinted at possible Israeli involvement in a series of blasts in the past few weeks that have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Iran, reports Reuters.

On Wednesday, the PMF, the umbrella grouping of Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite Muslim paramilitary groups, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.

The U.S.-led coalition, in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group, dismissed the statement and the Pentagon denied it.

On the Israeli YNet news website, military affairs commentator Ron Ben-Yishai described the alleged Iranian killer drone attack plans as revenge by Tehran for the purported Israeli drone strikes in Iraq, noting that the two enemies were using similar weapons.

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We struck Syria to send message to Iran – Israel

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We struck Syria to send message to Iran – Israel

Israel said on Sunday an air strike against an arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria that it accused of planning “killer drone attacks” showed Tehran that its forces were vulnerable anywhere.

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied that Iranian targets had been hit late on Saturday and said its military “advisory centers have not been harmed”, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

The Israeli military said its aircraft struck “Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days”. The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, told reporters “a number of attack drones”, each armed with several kilograms of explosives, were to have been launched simultaneously at targets in northern Israel on Thursday but the plan was thwarted.

He did not disclose what measures Israel took that day. He described the “killer drones” – designed to slam into targets – as highly accurate.

Conricus said the drones, accompanied by “Iranian operatives”, had arrived at Damascus airport from Iran several weeks ago and were taken to a Quds-controlled compound in a village southeast of the city.

Israel carried out Saturday’s attack, Conricus said, after learning that another attempt to launch drones was imminent.

Writing on Twitter after Saturday’s Israeli strike, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression. If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.”

A war monitor said on Sunday that two members of Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah and one Iranian were killed in the attack.

Syrian state media said Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, on Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

The Syrian army said in a statement that “the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets.”

Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli attack was “significant.” Israeli forces in the north, he said, were now on “elevated alert” for any retaliation.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapon shipments to Hezbollah.

Iran and Hezbollah are helping President Bashar al-Assad in the eight-year-old Syria war. Russia, which is also aiding Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli air strikes. Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Israeli leader’s office said.

Israel made no comment on what the Lebanese army and Hezbollah said was the crash of two Israeli drones in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut early on Sunday. Hezbollah officials said one of the drones was rigged with explosives and caused some damage to the organization’s media center.

On Thursday, Netanyahu hinted at possible Israeli involvement in a series of blasts in the past few weeks that have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Iran, reports Reuters.

On Wednesday, the PMF, the umbrella grouping of Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite Muslim paramilitary groups, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.

The U.S.-led coalition, in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group, dismissed the statement and the Pentagon denied it.

On the Israeli YNet news website, military affairs commentator Ron Ben-Yishai described the alleged Iranian killer drone attack plans as revenge by Tehran for the purported Israeli drone strikes in Iraq, noting that the two enemies were using similar weapons.

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