By Muhammad B Muhammad
The Presidential Steering Committee On Covid-19 in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency has organised Northeast town hall meeting over Covid-19 vaccine in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yola on Tuesday.
The meeting had in attendance Governors and stakeholders from the six states in the zone.
It has deliberated on issues inline with the principle of community engagement towards empowering people with correct information on the Covid-19 vaccine.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State commended the Presidential committee on Covid-19 for organising the town hall meeting as according to him would enlighten the people in the Northeast on the need to get vaccinated.
Fintiri lauded staff of the Adamawa State Primary Health Development Agency, vaccination teams as well as strategic and traditional leaders in Adamawa bfor their effort towards containing the coronavirus pandemic.
Represented by Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, Governor Fintiri revealed that over 33,000 people have received the first Covid-19 vaccine in Adamawa and called on the citizenry to avail themselves to get vaccinated as the second vaccination has commenced.
In his keynote address, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who is the Chairman Presidential Committee on Covid-19 observed that there is still course for concern in the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The SGF who was represented by the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmud Abubakar called on the state governments and community leaders in the Northeast zone to mobilize people to come out and receive the second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Minister of Health, Doctor Osagie Ehanire said since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in February 2019 in Nigeria, the federal government has been proactive towards containing the virus which has so far claimed over 2000 lives in the country.
In his goodwill message, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education disclosed that if the 2 million teachers in the country will get vaccinated would help to containing the spread of the virus especially in schools across Nigeria.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Doctor Faisal Shuaib commended Adamawa for having the highest number of people coming out to receive Covid-19 vaccine in the country and revealed plans to start producing the vaccine in Africa.
The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Doctor Chikwe Ikpeazu stressed that the Covid-19 vaccine can save lives and called on people to join hands with the organization towards fighting the pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Doctor Walter Kazadi Mulombo assured the organization’s support towards vaccinating ten percent of every population in countries including Nigeria by the end of September this year.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Lamido Adamawa Doctor Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa, represented by the Galadima Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu appreciated all stakeholders, development partners and health workers for their collaboration in the fight against Covid-19 in the country.
There were drama presentation, technical session, questions and answers as well as goodwill messages from the governors of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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