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FCTA Disburses N3.8bn To 6 Area Councils, Others – Minister



FCTA Disburses N3.8bn To 6 Area Councils, Others - Minister
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu

The Federal Capital Territory Administration  (FCTA) had disbursed a total sum of N3,825,254,760.45 billion to the six Area Councils and other stakeholders, as their share of statutory allocation for January 2021.

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who presided over the 150th Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting, made the disclosure in a briefing to newsmen, on Thursday, in Abuja.

Aliyu said that in spite of the numerous challenges faced by the FCTA, it had recorded some growth in the allocations to the area councils.

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According to her, the sum of N2,184,299,894.92 billion was distributed to the six area councils, while the sum of N1,640,954,865.53 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N3,825,254,760.45 billion.

The minister said that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N406,026,452.03 million, Gwagwalada got N404,788,308.23 million, while Kuje received N336,657,589.34 million.

Bwari area council received N336,576,495.80 million, Abaji got N359,109,676.09 million, and Kwali area council received N341,141,373.43 million, respectively, she added.

”Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders included: Primary Teachers which gulped N1,268, 373, 922.70 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226, 478, 989.57 million, One percent Training Fund gulped N38,252,547.63 million.

”The 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107, 849, 405.63 million,” she said.

The minister, therefore, thanked all members of the Joint Area Allocation Committee (JAAC) for their contributions to the success recorded in the month of January 2021

The minister also announced that henceforth the meeting would not only serve as an avenue for disbursement of funds to councils but also as a platform to address challenges facing the area councils.

Aliyu tasked the area council’s Staff Pension Board to ensure regular payment of pensioners, saying: “retirement should not be a burden for our senior citizens.”

Health & Wellness

17,000 so Far Receive First Jab of AstraZeneca in Enugu



17,000 so Far Receive First Jab of AstraZeneca in Enugu

No fewer than 17,000 residents of Enugu have so far received their first jab of AstraZeneca in the ongoing vaccination in the state.

Dr George Ugwu,  the Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.

Recall that the state government on March 8, received 65,400 doses of the vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja, and vaccination began across the state on March 19.

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Ugwu explained that the 17,000 given first jabs of the vaccination represented those vaccinated as at 6p.m. on April 14.

He said the state has not reached half of the total dose received from the NPHCDA, Abuja and the vaccination was ongoing in each of the designated centres.

The delay in administering the vaccines was because five councils started late as well as the long Easter holiday break.

“We are yet to get to half of the 65,400 doses given to the state from the NPHCDA, Abuja.

“The exercise is still very much on for those in the priority lists – health workers and the elderly – to receive their first jabs as well as other members of the public very eager to receive as well.

“Once we exhaust half of the dose sent to us; we will stop giving the first jabs.

“We will have a pause of vaccination for about eight weeks before giving the second jabs to all those that had received their first jabs to complete their dose.

“This is what we have agreed with the NPHCDA, Abuja and our partners.

“So, those who got their first jabs will receive the second jabs in less than three months for continued efficacy of the vaccines in their system,” he said.

READ ALSO: PTF Members, Ministers Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

The executive secretary noted that prior to the Easter break and after it the number of those receiving their first jabs had grown in the council areas.

“With the daily exponential rise in the number of people coming for their first jabs; within a few days we will get to half of the total dose we have and the exercise will be paused.

“However, we are still expecting more doses from the NPHCDA, Abuja to ensure that the entire residents of the state are vaccinated and protected,” he said.

He noted  “the vaccine is safe and efficacious”, adding that there has not been any reported adverse side effects.

The executive secretary lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for supporting the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

“Apart from financial and moral assistance to the agency, Gov. Ugwuanyi volunteered himself, to be publicly vaccinated as a critical leader providing direction to residents of the state on the need to receive theirs.

“This has made the residents believe in the efficacy and safety of the vaccine; while responding appropriately to receive their first jabs,’’ he added.


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Six Cultist Arrested During Initiation In Anambra – Police



Six Cultist Arrested During Initiation In Anambra - Police

The Police Command in Anambra says it has arrested six youths aged between the ages of 17 and 25 years suspected to be cult members.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that the suspects were rounded up around Amikwo village in Awka, the state capital.

READ ALSO: Cult Clash: Police Apprehend 15 Suspects, Restore Normalcy In Ketu

Ikenga said that the suspects were arrested during a ceremony where some youths were being initiated into a cult group.

He said that two locally made pistols and eight live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO said that the suspects had confessed to being members of Black Axe Confraternity and had participated in the shooting incident of April 12, which resulted in the death of an unidentified man in the Ukwuoji area of Awka.

He gave the names of the suspects as Ejinaka Chukwujekwu (17) Emeka Nwanna (18) Michael Ozuah (20) Chukwuma Obu (22) Onyemaechi Chijoke (25) and Ifeanyi Ebeze (25).

According to him, following  credible intelligence at about 12 pm, police operatives attached to the Anti-Cult unit of the command busted the Den of Cultists and Armed robbery gang in Amiwko Village,  Awka, and arrested six suspects

“Exhibits recovered include two locally made pistols and eight live cartridges.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the suspects are actively involved in the recent shooting incident at about 8:am, April 12,  that resulted in the death of one yet unidentified young man at Ukwuoji, Awka.

“They equally confessed to being members of Black Axe Confraternity and will be charged to court on conclusion of the investigations,” he stated.

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Health & Wellness

Kano Govt. Destroys Expired Products Worth N90m



Kano Govt. Destroys Expired Products Worth N90m

The Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board says it has destroyed some expired products worth N90 million at various markets in the state.

This was contained in a statement by the board’s Public Relations Officer,  Maikudi Marafa, on Monday.

It said the Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Tijjani Husain, represented by the Director, Environmental And Public Health, Alhaji Usman Rabiu, led the team that destroyed the expired products.

According to Husain, the exercise was aimed at protecting public health against hazardous products, especially with the coming of the Ramadan.

The statement further said the exercise was conducted after receiving a court order, directing the destruction of the expired products.

READ ALSO: Kaduna Agency Warns On Use Of Expired Drugs Looted In NAFDAC Store

The Board called on the citizens of the state to be vigilant in order to avoid the use of expired products.

 NEWSRAND gathered that the destroyed expired products included, drugs, baking powder, minerals and other exotics drinks.

It was gathered that the state had intensified vigilance on fake, expired foods and drinks about a month ago. 

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