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Association battles Edo North traditional ruler over signpost, petitions CP

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From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

Iyagbugie Community Development Progressive Association in Ayua-  Uzairue in Etsako West local government area of Edo State,  has petitioned the State Police  Commissioner,  Mr Phillip Ogbadu alleging that  the Ogieneni of Uzairue Kingdom, HRH, Alhaji Kadiri Imonighe Omogbai, was using some members of the local vigilante to remove the body’s sign post at Ayua, without any justification reason.

In the petition  through the legal firm of Mokidi & Co. the body had, through two of its members, Mr Stephen Igbafe and Alhaji Abbas Imodagbe respectively, sought the intervention of the Police Commissioner in stopping the harassment of its members by the traditional ruler and his agents.

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The petitioner alleged that armed vigilantes led by one Mohammed,  who claims to be acting on behalf of the traditional ruler, had on two  occasions pulled down the body’s sign post without any just cause.

Some inhabitants of Ayua village who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity,  disclosed that the sign posts in question has the name of the association embossed on it, wondering why it had suddenly become an object of interest to the traditional ruler , adding that the sign posts have been erected on that same spot for over ten years.

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They disclosed that the association, had its registered office at Ayua in Uzairue and   duly registered body with the Edo State Ministry of Youth and Sports.

They added that the actions of the Ogieneni of  Uzairue Kingdom as it relates to the association has become too overbearing of recent and appealed to the police to step in to avert crisis in the area.

Recall the first skirmish occurred June last year when the association’s sign post, erected in front of the building housing its office, was removed in a gestapo fashion by a team of well armed vigilantes, with a warning to deal with anyone who challenges them.

Speculations are rife within Uzairue clan that the monarch’s grouse on the “controversial” sign post relates to the rumour that the  sign post  contains  inscription of the name of another village created out of Ayua by a rival kingdom which the Ogieneni frowns against, as seen as a direct affront on his authority.

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However,  attempt made to reach the traditional ruler failed as he could not be reached.

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APC Convention : Gov. Abdullahi Sule, APC Party chieftains in Nasarawa  Endorse Sen. Almakura For National Chairman

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From Abel Leonard, Lafia

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The Leadership of the Ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Nasarawa State chapter and all the chieftains of the party including top government functinaries has  endorsed  Senator Umar Tanko Almakura for the position of the National Chairman of the party’s Feb 26th National  convention of the party.

During the endorsement on Tuesday in  Government House Lafia, Governor Abdullahi Sule, who  expressed optimism on the chances of Senator Almakura clinching the position of the National the Chairman considering his efforts as only Governor in the country on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC that formed  the strong formation of the APC, hence the need for the party in the State to support him.

He further said that the support is timely as all party chieftains in the states All progressive Congress has agreed to support Almakura and admitted that the have  giving him an assignment to start the politicking towards ensuring that Senator Tanko Almakura becomes the national chairman while noting that “power belongs to God”. He said

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“This is an assignment  in particular and all of us need to pursue it  with vigour”

The Speaker of the State Assembly Rt Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi who spoke through the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Nahemiah Tsentse Dandaura said all the 20 APC members in the State Assembly has endorsed the aspiration of Sen. Almakura for the position of the National Chairman of APC.

The occasion created a platform for all party stalwarts to affirmed their support for Sen. Almakura for the highest party national responsibility and the position of the State for the February 26,2022 national convention.

On their parts, Senator Godiya Akwashiki who spoke for National Assembly Members, the State Party Chairman Dr. John Mamman, Hon. Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, Prof. Akaro Mainoma among other speakers at the occasion said Sen. Almakura is the party’s candidate for the state considering his capabilities, contributions and sense of maturity to move the party to victory in 2023.

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Recall that Daily Sun had reported that the former governor of Nasarawa state and presently a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, Sen. Tanko Almakura had declared his willingness to contest for the position of the National Chairmanship position of the All Progressive Congress( APC)

Also recall that the the Mai Bala Buni Led committee had slated February 26th 2022 for the national convention of the All Progressive Congress to select new leaders that would pilot the affairs of the party.

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UNICEF: $298m used to procure J&J COVID-19 vaccines

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From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Country Representative, Peter Hawkins, disclosed on Tuesday, that 298 million dollars was used by Nigerian government to procure 30 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

He stated that over 60 million COVID-19 vaccines, 40 million doses in 2021 and 20 million in 2022, have been received since February last year when vaccination against COVID-19 began in Nigeria.

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Hawkins who spoke at a joint press conference with the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in Abuja, commended all stakeholders involved in the fight against COVID-19 for their efforts that heralded the success recorded so far, particularly in vaccination.

He specifically commended the NPHCDA and Federal Government for the fact that no death has been recorded as a result of COVID-19 vaccine, outside the mild reactions associated with immunization, an indication that the vaccine is safe for human use.

He confirmed that sufficient COVID-19 vaccine doses with longer life span have been procured, urging the unvaccinated to take advantage of the availability to get vaccinated and stand a chance against COVID-19.

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NPHCDA boss, Dr. Shuaib, in his remarks, disclosed that, as at Tuesday, January 25th, 2022; 14,093,873 eligible persons have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, while 5,252,406 eligible Nigerians have been fully vaccinated.

“However, these results are not evenly distributed across the states of the federation. Our performance records revealed that Nasarawa, Jigawa, FCT, Ogun and Kwara have remained the top five performing states on COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

“Jigawa and Lagos have, each, vaccinated about 1.5 million eligible population with the first dose, while FCT, Nasarawa, Lagos and Delta are leading on second dose administration with more than 10 per cent of eligible populations in each of the states already vaccinated.”

Dr. Faisal, however, further disclosed that daily COVID-19 vaccination has doubled, rising to 200, 000 doses per day from about 100,000 doses per day last year, expecting a better and improved recorded soon.

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The NPHCDA boss further confirmed plans to integrate the campaign against COVID-19 with childhood immunization and other Primary Health Care (PHC) services. “What it simply means is that alongside the COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines would also be available at COVID-19 vaccination sites.”

He, thus, advised parents and guardians with children aged zero to 23 months to take them along to the vaccination sites so they can get vaccines against polio, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, tetanus, tuberculosis, and other childhood preventable diseases.

“This is to ensure that, while we are trying to control the transmission of COVID-19, we do not neglect other PHC services or even have outbreaks of childhood vaccine preventable diseases,” he said.

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