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Hand Washing Day: Osun Constructs Boreholes, Toilets In 300 Schools

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Hand Washing Day

As part of efforts to maintain a healthy handwashing in schools, the Osun Government has constructed boreholes and sanitary toilets in 300 elementary and middle public schools in the state.

Alhaji Olaposi Adiatu, General Manager, Osun Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA), made the disclosure at a news conference to mark the Handwashing Day in Osogbo on Monday.

Adiatu, who noted that handwashing with soap was one of the effective ways to prevent diseases, said the agency had also embarked on regular training of teachers and pupils on handwashing in 170 focus schools across the state.

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He said that hygiene promotion trainings for Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) in all the focus communities were also vigorously embarked upon by RUWESA.

Adiatu also said that government provided handwashing facilities in schools and public places to encourage handwashing.

He said intensive handwashing campaigns in schools, inculcated regular effective handwashing culture among pupils, was also part of the programmes to celebrate the 2018 Handwashing Day.

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“Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

“Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

“Good handwashing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses – from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis , bronchiolitis , the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea, among others,’’ Adiatu said.

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He, however, commended Gov. Rauf Aregbesola for creating enabling environment for stakeholders in promoting the benefits of handwashing in the state.

Global handwashing is celebrated on Oct. 15 each year.

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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