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2022 World Toilet Summit: Bauchi Bags National ODF Achievement Award

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The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has honoured Bauchi State with the 2022 National Open Defecation Free (ODF) achievement award in recognition of the state’s remarkable performance in the implementation of Water and Sanitation programmes.

Similarly, the immediate past General Manager and Permanent Secretary of the Bauchi State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Engineer Garba Babaji Magaji, has also bagged the 2022 Open Defecation Free (ODF) champion award.

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulaiman Adamu who was the Chief Host of the Summit, supported by the Honorable Minister of Information, Alh. Lai Mohammed, presented the state’s award and that of the former General Manager of RUWASSA at the 2022 World Toilet Summit gala night in Abuja, said the award was in recognition of the state government’s efforts in the sanitation sub-sector.

The minister reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government through the Ministry to strengthen its partnership with government at all levels and all the development partners in the WASH sector to accelerate the “clean Nigeria: Use of the toilet” campaign to end open defecation in Nigeria.

The Bauchi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Jalam, who received the state’s award on behalf of Governor Bala Mohammed reiterated the desire of the state government to sustain its gains in WASH service delivery for the well-being and welfare of both rural and urban communities.

Receiving the award, Engineer Garba Magaji who is now the Programme Coordinator of the Bauchi State FGN/AfDB Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme (IBSDLEIP), attributed the successes recorded by Bauchi RUWASSA under his leadership to the outstanding support of the state government.

Engineer Garba Magaji assured that Bauchi State FGN/AfDB (IBSDLEIP) is committed to the realization of all the laudable objectives of the programme, including contributing to the achievement of the sanitation SDG6.2 and advocated for increased investment in WASH service delivery for all communities in Bauchi State and Nigeria at large to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of our vulnerable populations.

“I want to use this medium to express my profound appreciation and gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources for finding me worthy to be among the recipients of the 2022 ODF champion award. This is a great honor to me and I dedicate the award to the Bauchi State Government and RUWASSA for giving me the opportunity to serve.”

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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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