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FutureAssured@6: Aisha Buhari reaffirms commitment to maternal, child health



First Lady, Aisha Buhari

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has reaffirmed her commitment to providing the needed support for women and children, especially girl-child education.

Mrs Buhari was speaking in an event to mark the 6th anniversary of her foundation, the Future Assured Initiative at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, on Thursday, in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Future Assured Initiative is a component of the Aisha Buhari Foundation

She also appealed to the relevant stakeholders and other development partners not to relent in the effort to support the course of women and children.

She said that the achievements recorded by the foundation were due to a collaborative partnership and support from local and international donor organisations which are used to the benefit of the less privileged.

“I appeal to partners and other stakeholders not to relent in your effort to support the course to improve the living standard for women and children.

“Because your commitment and support to Future Assured remained significant in deepening our collective efforts and investment to the development of this country.

“I, therefore, urged all stakeholders to pay particular attention to the recurrent deficit in developmental spheres of our lives, especially the welfare of women and children who form part of the larger population of our country.

Mrs Buhari said the aim of the event was to appraise the journey so far by examining the successes and challenges faced by the foundation with a view to addressing them.

“ The celebration of the 6th anniversary of Future Assured will not be complete without taking stoke of our achievements and challenges so far.

“Future Assured has made a lot of progress worth sharing with you today, we share to inspire others; we equally anticipate feedback for sustainable actions in future.

“The journey began six years ago when at its inception Future Assure became committed to advocacy and support in three formative areas of Health and Nutrition, Girl-Child Education, Women and Youths Empowerment.

“ I feel proud to state categorically that the Future Assured started with only advocacy at inception and now it has succeeded in carrying out developmental activities and projects,” she said.

According to her, the projects have redirected impact on the lives of women, children and youths, especially, girl-child education.

In his address, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, extolled the resilience and doggedness of the first lady in providing the needed support to women and children, especially the women and youths educational empowerment programme.

Osinbajo commended the first lady for providing the needed support to victims of flood disaster and insurgency in the FCT and North-East.

He expressed the need for stakeholders to pay attention to the future of our children as exemplified by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

“The Educational initiative, especially the Youths Educational Empowerment Programme YEEP and the support for girl-child education, support to IDPs that return to the communities with relief materials, Building of Schools and Orphanages and distribution of Future Assured nutritional Packs.

“ Free Medical outreach for women, children and the aged mothers in some states of the federation,“ he said.

In his remark, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, commended the first lady`s complementary role in driving the health sector initiatives through the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

Ehanire expressed confidence that the Future Assured track record will ensure better results in health outcomes.

“I have no doubt that, many women, children and adolescent, especially the rural poor and the vulnerable had in one way or another from the programme, the strong advocacy for health, wellbeing and education of women, children and adolescent, in particular,  girl-child education and empowerment has been consistent.

“ The Federal Ministry of Health has in the last six years engaged in a partnership with the Aisha Buhari Foundation in several fronts and collaborated with the Future Assured in the areas of Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition.

“We have enjoyed tremendous support from the first lady and from the foundation team to drive health sector initiatives, worthy of mention was the inauguration of the national zero water campaign in August 2019.

“The advocacy and mobilisation programme with the general objective of increasing the proportion of infants who are put to their mothers’ breastmilk within an hour of birth, raising the proportion of infants exclusively breastfeed,” Ehanire said(NAN)

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Shaibu Relocates Office Out Of Edo Govt House



Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu has commenced the relocation of his office to an area outside the vicinity of the Government House.

The development follows last of Shuaibu’s suit filed at the Federal High Court to stop alleged plots by week’s withdrawal   the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to remove him from office.

The new office is situated at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.

Sources close to the deputy governor said  that a letter was sent by the Head of Service to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor instructing her to supervise the movement of civil servants and files to the new office.

It was also gathered that the new office is not habitable as there is no electricity, is waterlogged, and the office spaces are significantly small.

The state government had however insisted that the deputy governor’s new office is within the confines of the area designated as the Government House.





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Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, other members of the Senate with NARD officials


••• Cancels Planned National Protest

Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are set to call off their two week old strike after a closed door meeting with Principal Officers of the Senate on Tuesday.

Adressing the media shortly after the closed door meeting with President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and other Principal Officers of the Senate, National President of the association, Dr Emeka Innocent Orji, stated “we had a very fruitful meeting with the Senate led by the President of the Senate and from our discussions with them, we are very hopeful that when we table our discussions today before the NEC, something positive would come out.

“From our interaction with the President of the Senate and the practical demonstration he did before us today, we are very confident that there would be light at the end of the tunnel in the next 24 hours.

“Because of the intervention of the President of the Senate, who is the number three citizen and the assurance he has given us, our planned national protest has been cancelled while the decision on the ongoing strike would be taken as soon we meet, he assured.

Speaking in the same vein, Senator Akpabio, thanked the medical doctors for honoring the Senate by calling off their planned national protest and also working towards calling off the strike.

According to him, ” I thank you onbehalf of the Senate for honoring us with your decision not only to cancel the planned public protest, but to also call off the strike in the interest of the suffering masses.

“Your demands are well noted and let me assure you that as soon as a Minister in charge of Health is appointed, the Senate will work with him or her to expeditiously adress all your grievances. The President Bola Tinubu-led administration is Doctors friendly and that explains the large number of medical practitioners he has appointed into his cabinet.

“Strike by medical practitioners should not be allowed even for a day because of the impacts it creates in the polity and that is why the Senate is determined to ensure through interactions and consultation with relevant offices, amicable settlement of the impasse is reached,” he stated.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio (3rd from left), Dr Emeka Innocent Orji (middle) Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Senator Ireti Kingibe (first from right)after a meeting with national officers of NARD in the office the President of the Senate on Tuesday.


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Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe To Eat, Says NAFDAC




The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified noodles manufactured in Nigeria, saying they are safe for consumption.

The confirmation followed the Agency’s investigation into the presence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in noodles or their seasonings.

This was made known by the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, during a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

She noted that ethylene oxide or its derivative was not found in any of the instant noodles produced in Nigeria and their seasonings which make them safe for consumption.

The NAFDAC boss also declared that the level of mycotoxin and the heavy metals were within the internationally acceptable limit.

“Therefore, the noodles made in Nigeria are very safe to eat,” she stated.

Giving account of how the sampling of the noodles was conducted, she said, “Samples of chicken flavoured instant noodles of various brands (and the seasonings) were drawn from the production facilities across the country.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was robust, covering other instant noodles brands manufactured in Nigeria, besides Indomie, the implicated brand.

“The Post Marketing Surveillance Division also visited markets/retail outlets in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano and drew samples of instant noodles for laboratory analysis.

“The market visits served as surveillance for the presence of the Taiwan and Malaysian special chicken noodles in the Nigerian market.

“The samples drawn from production facilities and trade were properly packaged and delivered in good condition to our Central Laboratory, Oshodi, Lagos, where analytical activities commenced immediately in accordance with international standards and methods of analysis.”

For the sampling, a total of 114 samples of instant noodles and the seasonings were received, the NAFDAC DG stated.

The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.





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