Meanwhile, the IGP while commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased, calls for calm and assures that justice will be done in the matter, reiterating that any person found culpable will be brought to book.
The National Youth Service Corps has warned Prospective Corps Members with fake credentials to stay off its Orientation Camps across the country as the Scheme gets set for the 2020 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course.
It added that anyone caught, especially graduates from the universities in West African sub-region with the intent to undermine the integrity of its mobilisation process with fake certificates would be arrested and prosecuted.
The Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, according to press release signed by Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations, gave this warning in his office in Abuja.
He said that the NYSC Scheme had put necessary mechanism in place to curb the enrolment of fake graduates for the Orientation course, and would continue working diligently in that direction.
The DG noted that the Scheme had made tremendous achievements in the fight against unqualified graduates who try to infiltrate the Scheme.
Ibrahim added that during the 2019 Batch ‘C’ online registration, over twenty thousand foreign – trained Nigerians uploaded their results online, however, during the physical verification exercise, just 3,420 showed up, having been forewarned that anyone caught with fake certificate would be prosecuted..
He added that the Scheme recently had a meeting with the Registrars and Student Affairs Officers of some African Universities and read the riot act to them, including the Vice-Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of Corps Producing Institutions in the country on the need to sanitise the mobilisation process.
“The NYSC alone cannot do it, we need other stakeholders to assist us and we have started the process and l am sure things are getting better”.
“I want to appeal to our youths to do the right thing and not to cut corners in whatever they do in life, because there is always reward for hard work”, he added.
The NYSC boss appealed to members of the public not to fall prey to the antics of online scammers that promise preferential deployment, internal posting, relocation and other services for a fee.
He urged them to always visit the Scheme’s website and NYSC State Secretariats nationwide to make enquires on issues concerning the Scheme instead of falling victim to the fraudsters.
Speaking further, the DG added that no Corps Member would be deployed to any State where there is security breach, while equally advising Corps Members not to endanger themselves through risky adventures and unauthorised journeys. He charged them to be security conscious at all times. He also admonished them to board vehicles from only authorised motor parks and not by the roadside. He counselled that they should resist the temptation of free rides, especially from strangers.
General Ibrahim hinted that plans were underway to turn the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) centre in Gombe into a training institute where youths in the North-Eastern part of the country would be trained on skill acquisition which would inturn reduce the level of unemployment among the youths in the country.
The Director-General appealed to Corps Members to avoid the wrong use of the Social Media and any action that may haunt them in future, but embrace the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme of the Scheme which has been designed to empower them.
The DG commended the Federal Government on the recent increase of Corps Members’ allowance which was captured in the 2020 budget of the Scheme, payable with effect from January this year, which therefore precludes the payment of arrears.
“Corps Members are not Civil Servants, they are on national service and the commencement date for the payment of the increment of their allowance is January 2020 which the Federal Government has started”, he concluded.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of a National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) to oversee humanitarian activities in the country.
Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja.
He said that the committee, which would be inaugurated by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in due course, would be chaired by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, with the National Security Adviser (NSA), as co-Chairman.
According to Adesina, the committee will, among others, provide a national vision for humanitarian actions, advise on coordination between the security services and humanitarian actors, and settle disputes that may arise from interactions between security services and the humanitarian community.
Other functions include proposing policies that enhance coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities, facilitate delivery of humanitarian interventions to vulnerable persons, and promote transparency and accountability in all aspects of humanitarian delivery in the country.
Other members are Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, Ministers of Defence, Interior, Justice, Minister of State Budget and Planning, Chief of Defense Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and the Inspector General of Police.
Governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, as well as Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, will also serve as members.
Other members of the committee include the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Permanent Secretary, FMHADMSD (Secretariat), Chairman, Non-Governmental Organisation Forum, and any other person nominated by Chairman of the Committee.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stopped personnel of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) from inspecting vehicle particulars on roads in the city before 10 a.m daily.
Mr Ikharo Attah, Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task team on Traffic Management, gave the directive in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
It will be recalled that the FCTA had directed that vehicle inspection should commence from 9 a.m, but after series of meetings with stakeholders, an additional hour was added to avoid clogging the roads in the early morning.
Attah explained that the decision was borne out of complaints from residents of the city that the checking of vehicles from 9 a.m. had compounded traffic snarl, leading to loss of man hours.
The chairman also said the measure was part of efforts of the FCT administration to ease traffic congestion at peak periods.
He said that there was no going back on earlier decision by the FCTA to restrict the movement of heavy duty vehicles in the territory to off-peak periods.
He warned that severe sanctions would be imposed on violators.
“The road traffic officers of various agencies must focus on freeing traffic from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“They are to commence checking and inspecting vehicles and their particulars from 10 a.m across the city.
“The enforcement does not affect the stopping and arrest of heavy duty vehicles driving during peak traffic periods.
“Any of such vehicles must be stopped from plying the road in accordance with approved policy to avert fatal road crashes occasioned by break failures usually associated with such heavy duty vehicles,” Attah said.
The chairman also dismissed allegation that traffic officials were causing traffic congestion by checking vehicle particulars in the evenings on the ever busy Abuja-Keffi road.
He said all traffic officers on evening duties do not check documents, but are positioned to sustain a seamless flow of traffic.
Attah however, warned that the shift in the commencement of vehicles inspection time was not a licence for drivers of rickety vehicles to flood the city in the morning (NAN)
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has pledged to step-up campaign against the use of paracetamol by some Nigerians to cook their food.
The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said in Abuja that NAFDAC got to know about the use of Paracetamol tablet to cook meat in December 2019.
She said that the habit of cooking with Paracetamol tablet as tenderiser was an indication of the level of illiteracy among many Nigerians.
She added that “when I got to know about Paracetamol and Aspirin being used to cook “ponmo” (cow skin)
in the name of food softner, I said to myself `what else can we not do?’.
“Paracetamol is a medicine and an analgesic to be taken for pains, and for some Nigerians to use it
to cook meat as tenderiser? this surprises me.
“Paracetamol is a chemical that changes when the temperature is high; it changes from Paracetamol or Alcetaminophin to paraminophino and to benzoquin.
“These are products that destroy the kidney.
“We have done a lot of enlightenment on this through a programme called ‘NAFDAC and Your Health.
“Our people don’t realise that chemical will always be chemical, and when subjected to unusual temperature, pressure and humidity, it changes.”
Adeyeye said that the agency would continue to scale up enlightenment on the subject matter until Nigerians stop the bad cooking habit.
Although no arrest had so far been made on the subject matter, the NAFDAC boss said the agency would
begin to visit food vendors to take samples of their soup for laboratory test.
A 34-year-old bus conductor, Dolapo Pine, who allegedly stole a passenger’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and withdrew N82,000 with it, on Monday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
The police charged Pine who resides on Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos, with conspiracy and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, the conductor committed the offences on Feb. 8, at 11.05 a.m. at Chisco Bus Stop on Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos State.
Ogboko said that the conductor conspired with the driver of a bus boarded by one Mrs Damilola Arowolo, and stole her ATM card and a Tecno phone worth N6,000.
“The defendant and his accomplice forcefully obtained the Personal Identification Number (PIN) from her, pushed her out of the vehicle and later withdrew N82,000 from her account.
“The defendant was later caught but his accomplice is still at large,” the prosecutor said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Magistrate T. A. Anjorin-Ajose admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until March 3 for hearing. (NAN)
The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) says it will include Gender Based Violence (GBV) and sexual reproductive health rights in its Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum.
Its Executive Secretary, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, disclosed this during a planning and writing workshop for the review of FLHE curriculum in Mararaba Nasarawa State.
The theme of the workshop is “Concept Planning and Writing Workshop for the Review of Family Life & HIV/AIDS Education Curriculum in Nigeria.’’
Junaidu, represented by the Director, Special Programmes of NERDC, Dr David Omole, said that the move was in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other key stakeholders.
He said that the existing FLHE curriculum for basic education was developed in 2003, hence the need to include current trends in line with global practices that would capture prevailing issues affecting the society.
He added that “going by the current trend in Nigeria, there are many emerging issues that need to be addressed in the FLHE curriculum. There is also the need to adjust some existing contents and concepts to reflect the present situation in our society.
“The family life and HIV/AIDS Education is very central and invaluable in sharpening and helping to checkmate the scourge of HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls, rape and child-marriage and other socio-cultural practices that affect the wellbeing of women and girls.”
He, therefore, urged the participants to evolve modalities for the review of the curriculum, select topics and contents that would be used for the exercise, and write the curriculum based on the selected topics.
“Your presence is to make constructive contributions that will improve and enrich the curriculum so that our children will be conscious of their sexuality, HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health rights through the instrumentality of the revised curriculum,” he stressed.
The Spotlight Project Manager in UNESCO, Dr Steven Onyekwelu, said that the workshop was a platform to review the national basic and secondary education curriculum to include prevailing issues affecting the society.
Onyekwelu said that the review would include issues relating to ending violence against women and girls, sexual and reproductive health rights and harmful practices.
He added that “it is an activity sponsored by UNESCO under the Spotlight Initiative Project.
“UNESCO engaged NERDC that has the mandate to review the curriculum and integrate the variables that I mentioned: that is the essence of this workshop.
“The review will continue till May and after the first draft is produced, then NERDC will lead to make a presentation of the reviewed curriculum before the Joint Consultative Committee on Education.’’
“It will now be taken to the National Council on Education, where the final decision and approval will be given. ‘’
On her part, the National Programme Officer for Education, UNESCO, Ms Ngozi Amanze, said the review of the FLHE was necessary as it was obsolete and did not capture global trends affecting the society.
Amanze said “FLHE is all about educating adolescents and young people, so we are reviewing those things that are missing as you know the world keeps evolving and there are many things that are not in the curriculum.
“We do not have female genital mutilation, which is part of gender based violence, we do not have school-related gender based violence, all these things, child marriage these are things that we have to integrate in the curriculum.’’
She explained further that after the curriculum review, teachers would also be trained to end all forms of violence and harmful practices affecting the health status of the nation.
“FLHE is not something that you implement only at the school level, it involves everybody, the community leaders, religious and traditional leaders and parents.
“It addresses some socio-cultural negativity, harmful practices and build skills, competence to empower them in making informed decisions and consequences of their action,” she said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants at the workshop include representatives of Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, NACA, NERDC and other stakeholders. (NAN)
A research letter published this week describes the case of a woman in China who spread COVID-19 to five people without displaying any symptoms.
Although international efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak are in full swing, some view this recent finding as a cause for concern.
To date, the vast majority of cases have occurred in China, but the virus has now spread to 29 other countries.
Scientists have demonstrated that the new virus, dubbed SARS-CoV-2, can be passed from human to human. Studies have also shown that some people can be infected by the virus but display few or no symptoms.
The recent paper, published in JAMA, is the first to describe an asymptomatic carrier passing on the virus to others.
Wuhan to Anyang
The paper outlines the experiences of five individuals with respiratory symptoms and fevers who were admitted to the Fifth People’s Hospital of Anyang, in China, and one family member with no symptoms.
The asymptomatic individual is a 20-year-old woman who lives in Wuhan. She traveled to see family in Anyang, more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) away.
After a few days, five of her relatives developed symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and she was isolated and placed under observation.
The woman from Wuhan experienced no respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms and no fever, cough, or sore throat. A CT scan showed no abnormalities.
Following further tests, doctors found that her C-reactive protein levels were normal, meaning that there was no inflammation. The woman’s lymphocyte counts were also normal, indicating that there was no immune response.
However, real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction tests confirmed that she had been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
All five of her family members — four women and one man — developed COVID-19. None had visited Wuhan or had contact with anyone else who had visited Wuhan.
What does this mean?
The researchers are confident that this case study describes an asymptomatic carrier transmitting the infection to others, but because it is the first report, one must be cautious when drawing conclusions.
Overall, the authors are concerned by the possibility, writing:
“If the findings in this report of presumed transmission by an asymptomatic carrier are replicated, the prevention of COVID-19 infection would prove challenging.”
A letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine on January 30 described a similar case. It reported that a woman from Shanghai, who experienced no symptoms, had passed the infection to a German man.
The authors of the letter write that “The fact that asymptomatic persons are potential sources of [SARS-CoV-2] infection may warrant a reassessment of transmission dynamics of the current outbreak.”
However, it transpired that the woman had, in fact, experienced mild symptoms, including muscle pain and fatigue. The authors had not managed to speak directly with the woman before the material was released.
Information about this outbreak is being published thick and fast; during an epidemic, everyone is focused on getting data into the public domain.
In an interview with Science, Prof. Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston, MA, explains how these situations can change the ways that scientific evidence is compiled and released:
“I think peer review is lighter in the middle of an epidemic than it is at normal speed, and also the quality of the data going into the papers is necessarily more uncertain.”
Overall, the current case study is compelling, but further research is needed.
It is also worth noting that asymptomatic carriers do not sneeze and cough, which are some of the main ways that the virus spreads. Because of this, it is unclear how much of a role these individuals might play in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
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