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COVID-19 now mostly disease of unvaccinated, FG warns 

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From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday,  received booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the State House, Abuja.

He had taken his first jab of the vaccine on March 6 and the second jab on May 29.

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The vaccine was administered by his personal physician, Suhayb Rafndadi.

Speaking to State House Correspondents, Rafndadi said by taking the booster shot, the president has demonstrated to Nigerians that it is safe and efficacious. 

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Meanwhile, the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has said with over eight million Nigerians vaccinated, the booster shot is another proof that the vaccine is safe and a clarion call to all Nigerians to make themselves available to get the vaccine. He urged all those refusing to take the vaccine to shelve all conspiracy theories, as the vaccine is safe. He said out of every 10 people that have died, data showed that eight were unvaccinated.

“So, there’s a greater likelihood of dying from COVID-19 if you’re unvaccinated. What the president has done today is again to indicate to all Nigerians that the Federal Government does everything to make sure that only safe and efficacious vaccines are brought into Nigeria, and that when they are brought into Nigeria, we’ll double check to make sure it fits the very high standards that have been set by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,” he said.

Shuaib said the vaccine comes with mild signs that confirm the vaccine is working well, as it triggers the immune system of everybody that takes it.

“Chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19 has also taken his booster dose. I am aware that Mr. Vice President has also taken the booster dose and the ministers of health too, everybody has shown leadership by coming forward to do this publicly. So, I encourage all Nigerians to do the same,” he said.

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Matawalle seeks new approach against banditry

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From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

Worried by the spate of deadly attacks by bandits in the country, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called for a new approach in the fight against banditry in the state.

Zamfara has been in the spotlight over the activities of bandit in the last few years.

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The governor, while addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the retreat organised for members of the Zamfara State executive council, special advisers and other relevant public office, called on them to redouble their efforts to end banditry in the state.

He said, ”We must strategise to redouble our efforts in fighting banditry and place our state on the path of an enduring development by optimally utilising the resources at our disposal. This is a clarion call for all of us to brace up to the great tasks ahead.”

He said the House of Assembly in the state will soon pass the Child Rights Act.

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”The Child Protection Bill and the Disability Bill would soon be passed by the House of Assembly and signed into law as soon as they are brought for my assent”, he said.

The governor said the decision to conduct the retreat was informed by one of the fundamental principles of his administration to continuously reposition the machinery of government in tune with the ever-changing dynamics of our time.

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”It is my expectation that, at the end of the retreat, participants will return to their respective duty posts full of fresh ideas relating to Administrative Procedures, Financial Prudence, Policy Innovations, Information Technology, Executive Council Business and Inter-Governmental Collaboration.

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”As you are aware, Zamfara State, like other states in the northwest, is confronted with a serious security problem, which has exacerbated the multiple development challenges we face. I believe that opportunities like this retreat could be used to stimulate thought and offer workable solutions to issues affecting not only the public sector but also the overall development of our state,” he said.

Also speaking at the retreat, The Head of service, Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi- Esan called on Zamfara State Government to prioritise the quality of its human resource.

While stressing that it is most valuable asset in curbing banditry, Yemi-Esan saud, the Federal government through its Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP), is repositioning the service for more effective and improved service delivery.

Among other goals, she added that the plan sought to bring about culture/attitudinal change from bureaucratic red-tapism to a result-oriented, innovative and entrepreneurial public service among other objectives.

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She commended gov Matawalle, over the laudable and proactive initiative saying, it is not only in line with international best practices but a clear sign of visionary leadership in the state’s public service.

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Stay away from Karl Kumm University crisis, host community warns Lalong

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Vwang, the host community of Karl Kumm University in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday warned the state Governor, Simon Lalong, to stay away from the crisis rocking the institution.

The community described a visit to the Governor by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University, Prof. Ochapa Onazi, who led members of the council on a courtesy visit to Government House, Jos as a ploy by the government to take over the running of affairs of the university through the back door.

reports that Karl Kumm University established in Jos South LGA by the Church of Christ in Nations was shut down shortly after it got its operational license in 2021 due to misunderstanding with the host community over the appointment of a Registrar for the institution in line with an MOU signed with them.

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Since then, the new university had remained under lock and key without any academic activities while its operational licence had been withdrawn by the NUC

During the pro-chancellor’s visit to the Governor last week, Lalong had said he would intervene in the matter and directed the Commissioner for Higher Education and the Head of Service to immediately engage all stakeholders in resolving the misunderstanding that led to the suspension of the licence of the University .

But the host community, at a press conference in Jos on Wednesday, rejected the governor’s intervention, describing it as an invitation to disaster.

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The press conference was addressed by the community leaders including the President, Vwang Development Association, Jonah Gworu; Chairman, Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation, Vwang District, Ishaku; Chairperson, BEWDA Vwang District, Elizabeth Lowang; Chairman Berom Youths Moulders Association, Vwang District, Emmanuel Mangu; Chairman, Vwang Patriotic Forum, Davou Nyango, and the Chairman, Vwang Intelligentsia Forum, Weng Emmanuel, among others .

They insisted that the proprietor of the university should continue with the process it had started with the host community towards resolving the impasse at the institution

The VDA President said, “The intervention of the state government in Karl Kumm University crisis now, from all indications, is an obvious ill-fated venture and a visible invitation to disaster. The COCIN church came to Vwang community for land and not the governement. Land was donated to the church and MOU signed between the donor and recipient without government involvement.

“COCIN should assume responsibility and address issues at stake as we have have no MOU with Bogoro (the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof.Suleiman Elias Bogoro) Onazi orthe state Governement.

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“Anyone interested in the genuine resolution of the matter should encourage the church to honour its undertaking with the host community.”

The community leaders also called on the chairman of Council to apologise to the host community “for the insults he heaped on them” during their visit at the Government House where he was said to have described them “disgruntled, ungrateful and miscreants”.

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