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ICPC Commends MAUTH Yola, Inaugurates New ACTU Members

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has commended the management of the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola, Adamawa state for the wonderful performance on the transparency and integrity index.

The commendation was made Monday, during the inauguration of the new members of the Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU at the Boardroom of the hospital.

Represented by the Commissioner Adamawa state, George J. Lawal, the ICPC chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said he was happy to be part of the inauguration, especially with the upgrading of the facility to a teaching hospital.

ICPC commended the ACTU activities in MAUTH Yola as one of the best in the country, where he challenged the newly appointed members to not only maintain the tempo but to go beyond.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar has commended the ICPC for recognising MAUTH Yola as a worthy key partner and the outgoing ACTU members for the credible performance, presenting the hospital as one of the Best MDAs.

The CMD has promised to continue sponsoring the ACTU activities and members for trainings and retraining.

The new chairman ACTU MAUTH Yola, Dr Dahiru Aminu M.C. has on behalf of the the inaugurated members promised to meet up with the challenge of excellence as a legacy established by the previous ACTU teams.

Dr Aminu thanked the management of MAUTH Yola for finding them credibily worthy for the challenging task, where he commended the ICPC for the inauguration.

Dr Aminu’s team, though the pioneer with the upgrading of the hospital, it is the third with the establishment of the hospital from the FMC days.

The pioneer ACTU committee was that led by Dr Esther Malgwi, it used to be one of the best ACTU units in the country. It was followed by Dr Barkindo Muhammad that is also rated as one of the best ACTU units in country.

The following is the list of the newly inaugurated ACTU members of MAUTH Yola

1 Dr Dahiru Aminu M.C. Chairman
2 Mr Mohammed Ibrahim (Audit) Investigation Officer
3 Mr Etim Emmanuel (Lab Science) Inspection Officer
4 Mr Abraham Peters Emmanuel (Finance) Investigation Officer
Mr Gabriel E. Musa (Nursing Services) Prevention Officer
6 Mr Inuwa Adams Madu (Med Records) Ethics and Compliance Officer
7 Mrs Husseina Bubakari Bello (Admin) Enlightenment Officer/Secretary

The Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), was established by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) as one of the implementation mechanisms for its Mandate on prohibition and prevention of corruption especially in the Public Service. Anti-Corruption Units are established in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and operate as autonomous outfits with functional linkages with the office of the Chief Executives of the MDAs.

For the purpose of exercising its power of System Study and Review in Section 6 (b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 (ICPC ACT, 2000), the Commission made a request to the Executive Arm of Government to establish ACTU in all Ministries and other Government establishments. The approved request was followed by a Directive from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSOF) through a Circular, Ref. No. OHCSF/MSO/192/94, dated 2nd October, 2001. Funding for the Unit is to be provided by the respective MDAs, as contained in another Circular, Ref. No. OE/MS/MSO/196/S.1/7, dated 16th April 2003, from the OHCSOF.

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Healthcare: Gov Kefas Commissions 38 Pentacyclic Ambulances

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By Henry Agbu, Jalingo 

The Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas, has commissioned 38 Pentacyclic Ambulances.

The event took place in Jalingo, with the state Deputy Governor representing the Governor.

 handed them over to the Chairmen of the 16 Local Government Areas for use.
This is the first batch of ambulances out of the 168 that arrived in Jalingo. 

Governor Kefas aims to improve the lives of people in Taraba, especially in the rural areas. 

The ambulances will help manage emergency cases, particularly during childbirth and healthcare delivery.

The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Alkali, emphasized that health is a top priority of the current administration. 

He also stated that local government leaders will be held accountable for any misuse of the ambulances.

Dr. Bordiya Buma, the Taraba State Commissioner for Health, highlighted ongoing health projects, including the Rehabilitation Center at the State Specialist Hospital in Jalingo and a temporary site for the National Orthopedic Hospital.

Alhaji Aminu Jauro Hassan, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), praised the initiative as timely and effective for health transformation. 

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Adamawa Govt, UNPF Take HIV Campaign To Students, Provide Free Testing

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By Austin Ajayi

The need to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS has again been stressed as the Adamawa state ministry of youth and sports in conjunction with United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) organized a one day sensitization and free testing for young people of tertiary institution on the danger of HIV/AIDS in Adamawa.

The sensitization program which took place at the College for Legal Studies Yola, had students of the institution in attendance.

Provost of the College, Barrister Suleiman Ahamed thanked the ministry of youths and sports for choosing the institution, stressing that this sensitization of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS will help in making the young ones stay negative and live positive in pursuit of their dreams

Earlier, the commissioner of youths and sports, Bar. Wali Yakubu  said youth development is important  to the overall development of the state.

Adding that ” this is why the state governor has dedicated a lot of funds to build the stadium for youth development, noting that this development can only be achieved when you the youths stay healthy”.

Represented by the Director youths in the ministry, Mr. Mike Ngula, the commissioner said the ministry will continue to partner groups and organizations to develop the youths .

Executive Director, Today 4 Tomorrow, Miss Abei Bassey who spoke on behalf of the UNPF said the choice of tertiary institutions is because HIV/AIDS PREVELANCE rate is more among youths of tertiary institutions.

“With this sensitization here today and the awareness created , more than half of the people now know that their destinies is in their own hands”

” The way they live their lives today determines their tomorrow “

Over three hundred participants attended the programme.

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Why Smokers Switches To Snuff

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By Sani Yarima 

Snuff is a form of smokeless tobacco made from finely ground tobacco leaves that is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the user’s mouth or nostrils. 

Snuff can lead to effects such as relaxation, increased alertness, elevated heart rate, and a temporary decrease in appetite. 

There are two types of snuff: dry, which is powdered tobacco sniffed through the nostrils, and moist, which is cut tobacco placed in the mouth.

The use of snuff is common in Nigeria, particularly in the northern part of the country, where many people who do not smoke tobacco or have retired from smoking use snuff instead. 

Users such as Danjuma Muhammed and Sanusi Alhaji in an interview with our Correspondent in Jalingo said it makes them feel strong and healthier without experiencing health issues. 

According to them, they have used snuff for over thirty years without adverse effects.

A snuff dealer, Malam Rabi’u Mai Shake, mentioned that there are different types of snuff available, including a popular variety called “Moringa” and a newer, more potent product called “Danmilla.”

The “Danmilla” variant is growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions such as piles, waist pain, eye problems, heartburn, and menstrual issues for women. 

However, the container for “Danmilla” indicates contraindications for people with asthma, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

Malam Rabi’u claimed that snuff has no negative effects on human health and is not linked to cigarettes, noting that many smokers are quitting cigarettes and switching to snuff not only in Taraba State but in many northern states.

He said he has been using snuff for over ten years without experiencing any health issues. 

Mai Shake also disclosed the wholesale prices of “Danmilla” (N1000) and “Moringa” (N700) snuff containers and advised smokers to switch to snuff for its purported health benefits.

He revealed that he used to make sales of thirty to fifty thousand (N30,000 to N50,000) per day.

On the other hand, Dr. Isaiah Hunuato, a medical doctor, stated that smokeless tobacco, including snuff, contains cancer-causing chemicals such as tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines, cadmium, polonium, formaldehyde, and polycyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons.

Hunuato who spoke via telephone interview, also pointed out that all tobacco products, including snuff, contain nicotine, which is addictive. 

According to him, prolonged use of snuff can lead to addiction and an increased risk of mouth or throat cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other health problems. 

Dr. Isiah Hunuato discouraged the use of snuff and warned about its potential to cause high blood pressure and stroke.

It is important to note that snuff is not a safe alternative to smoking and should be used with caution. 

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