TO effectively combat malaria scourge, preventing its causes may still remain the best option, even as Lagos State government remains hopeful on attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target on malaria.
Speaking when the General Manager of Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited (manufacturer of Mortein insecticide), Mr. Ashok Bhashin, who led other members of the management team on a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire, identified malaria as an unrepentant enemy of the country’s economic development and growth, being the deadliest and highest killer disease in Africa.
Saying the issue of malaria should be taken seriously, Adefulire said fighting it requires effective collaboration with donors and partners to get rid of the disease.
The deputy governor said the Fashola-led administration “is working hard to prevent malaria by putting all logistics in place to collaborate with partners in achieving the MDGs.
In his address, Bhashin said his firm is committed to preventing avoidable loss of lives to malaria by promoting an environment that is malaria-free. “We intend to partner with Lagos State government to roll out malaria from the state. We are here to get your support and to see what we can do together to help children, homes as well as the nation’s economy.”
Ekiti Insists On Improved Standard Of Education
The Ekiti State Government has committed too ensure that it continues to be the model for other states in the attainment of the highest possible standard in education.
Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, who spoke at the closing of the stakeholders’ meeting on Teachers Development Needs Assessment, said government was bothered by the dwindling fortune of education in a state that had, hitherto, prided itself as the ‘Fountain of Knowledge.’
While appealing to the stakeholders, especially parents and teachers, to join hands with the government of Governor Kayode Fayemi in fixing the rot in the sector, she assured the teachers that the competency tests being planned for teachers by the government must not be seen as a punitive measure, but rather a means of identifying areas where attention are better needed.
Cleric Tasks Govt On Job Creation
By Oluwakemi Ajani
The National Presbyter of the Church of God Mission (CGM), Rev. Mcewen Lamai, has urged the Federal Government to improve on infrastructure and create more job opportunities for youths.
He made the remark at the third edition of the Youths’ Summit, organised by the church in Lagos with the theme, “Impacting Your World.”
Lamai said youths should be trained to be self-dependent in vocational skills such as fashion designing, make-up, soap making and other entrepreneurial skills.
He noted that the youths face a lot of challenges, including high rate of unemployment, even as the major workforce of the nation.
Lamai urged the government to create enabling environment that would drive business activities in the country to address unemployment rate.
This, according to him, will check immorality, crime and other social vices usually formed by the youths.
He stated that a church has a great role to play in the development of a nation.
Shettima To Mop Up Excess Wheat With N100m
TO guarantee steady income with minimal farm losses in Borno State, the State Government is to buy over 500 metric tonnes (10, 000 bags) of excess wheat produced by farmers in Marte Council Area in the Lake Chad Basin Area
A total of 3, 500 farming families are to participate in the grain mop-up exercise to prevent price volatility of grains.
Speaking yesterday at the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) irrigation farm project at Marte, Governor Kashim Shettima disclosed that the state was mopping up 10, 000 bags of wheat from farmers at a unit price of N10, 000 a bag.
The exercise, he said, would cost N100 million.
“The buying of excess wheat by government has become inevitable to protect farmers from incurring losses and selling off their farm produce at “rock-bottom” prices to grain merchants,” noted the Governor at the irrigation farm project.
The 10, 000 bags of wheat, according to Shettima, will be handed over to and stored by CBDA for distribution to farmers for their next year’s planting season.
Responding to the governor’s directives, the Managing Director of CBDA, Alhaji Abubakar Garba Iliya, said that Lake Chad Basin Areas has 7, 000 hectres of irrigated farmlands for the 3, 500 participating farming families.
He said, in meeting the target of producing 20, 000 metric tonnes of wheat, the State Government had provided bulldozers, caterpillars, 132,000 litres of diesels and 2, 000 bags of fertilizers to the CBDA.
Gaidam Warns Council Chairmen Against Graft, Others
LOCAL Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen in Yobe State have been urged to be fully committed and accountable to the people.
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who made the call yesterday, also warned that his regime would not condone any “indolence and corruption,” while discharging their duties and responsibilities in their respective duty posts.
The 17 newly-appointed chairmen were sworn-in by
the Chief Judge, Justice Garba Musa Nabaruwa.
Speaking on graft; and accountability to the people, Gaidam said: “I would like to strongly appeal to you all not to allow your personal interest to influence your official conduct of delivering the dividends of democracy in the health, water supply, and job creation sectors.”
He also warned that government would not tolerate indolence and graft within its fold.
PDP Pledges 20,000 Jobs, Tax Reduction In Edo
From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin
THE Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday promised to create 20,000 jobs for youths in the state if it won the July 14 2012 governorship election in the state.
The party also promised to reduce tax by 80 per cent if elected into office.
State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, made the promise in Benin City when about 1,000 Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN and the All Nigeria Peoples party (ANPP) members in Edo South Senatorial District defected to the PDP.
If voted into office, he said, the party would reduce school fees at the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, to N18. 000.
“We have consulted with tax experts, after which the party became convinced that the tax burden imposed on the people of Edo is unacceptable.
“If elected into office come July 14, one of the first steps that will be taken by the PDP government is to cut tax 80 per cent and to reduce school fees at the Ambrose Ali University to N18, 000,” he said.