The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, on Monday, inaugurated the Federal Capital Territory Administration‘s second round of polio immunization in response to the recent outbreak of the virus in parts of the country.
The minister, who performed the exercise at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre, Garki, Abuja, vaccinated two new born babies as the chief vaccinator.
She urged mothers to take the vaccination seriously, ensure proper hygiene and come out and vaccinate their babies to ensure the eradication of polio.
“We want the status to be maintained. I know mothers are the most excited people in the world, especially with a newborn babies. However, follow all the processes as directed by medical personnel.
”Also, be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, therefore keep observing all the protocols by wearing your face mask and keeping physical distancing.
”I am happy you are all wearing your face mask, keep doing that even in marketplaces,” Aliyu said.
She assured that the FCT would participate in the October National Immunization Plus Days when children below age five in the FCT and the 36 states of the federation would have another opportunity to be vaccinated with the potent novel oral polio vaccine.
Aliyu also commended the partner agencies including WHO and UNICEF for their support with logistics, in advocacy, communication and social mobilization, while charging the area councils to expand their reach.
Earlier, the Acting Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, said the first round was conducted in the five area councils of Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Kuje and Kwali in August 2021.
According to him, FCT was due for the second round in the month of September 2021.
He stated that the first-round report showed Abaji, Kwali and Bwari area councils performed well and passed the end process evaluation at the first test.
“While Abuja Municipal and Kuje area councils had to undertake mop-up exercises to meet the required coverage and eventually passed the end process test,” the official said
FIIAPP Appraises Nigerian Criminal Justice System
The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) on Tuesday in Abuja began a two-day workshop for increased awareness on criminal justice for human trafficking.
FIIAPP is a Spanish public foundation that advocates Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) in Nigeria, a project funded by the European Union (EU).
The workshop is themed: “Compounding crises and criminal justice in Nigeria collaborative approaches in dealing with new and emerging trends of TIPSOM”.
The A-TIPSOM team leader, Mr. Rafael-Rios Molina, stated that the workshop was organized for officers/stakeholders working on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM).
He said that the workshop was put together to appraise the criminal justice system post COVID-19 pandemic, seeking better ways to improve collaboration with many agencies to tackle and fight human traffickers.
Molina added that the main objective of the workshop was to support the Nigerian agencies to identify with international network.
He disclosed that some European prosecutors had been invited to speak to increase collaboration with Nigeria and EU member states.
“Criminal justice could only be strengthened through relationship to fight the menace of trafficking; the relationship needs to increase to get more result, and to know exactly how to carryout good human investigation.
“The relationship/collaboration will help stakeholders to know the financiers of these criminals, we decided to collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to organise this workshop.
“We are very happy with the appointment of the new director general of NAPTIP,” Molina said.
On her part, NAPTIP’s Director-General, Mrs Fatima Waziri-Azi, appreciated EU and FIIAPP’s invaluable support and from other partners in the agency’s efforts at implementing its projects against human trafficking.
She said that partners/stakeholders, both local and international, had over the years proven valuable in their support towards NAPTIP’s effort to rid the country of human trafficking.
She noted that the role played by all partners was obvious from the increased awareness, continuous rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration of victims, arrest and prosecution of offenders.
Waziri-Azi stated that the choice of the theme for the workshop was apt, saying that some preventive measures had also been observed as effectively hindering the prosecution of certain criminals which had given them escape route to evade justice.
TGIF: Cleric Tasks Muslims On Regular Supplication To Allah
A Muslim Cleric, Imam Yahya Alyolawi, has urged Muslims to endeavor to supplicate to Allah at all times as a supplication (Dua) is the most powerful weapon in the hands of believers.
Alyolawi, who is the Imam of Area 10 Jumaat Mosque, Garki. Abuja made the call in his sermon at the mosque on Friday.
He explained that, though supplication is powerful and important, certain factors were necessary for it to be accepted by Allah.
“There are certain times and venues where supplication can be more effective.
“Scholars have explained that supplication is of two types, that of need (Du’a Masalah) and that of worship (Du’a Ibadah).
“The first category is a plain request for specific needs, while the second covers every act of worship said in words or inaction,’’ he said.
He listed appropriate times and places for effective supplication to include Laylat al Quadar, Arafat day, the last third of the night, and at the end of each of the five daily prayers among others.
Despite COVID-19, Lasaco Records GPW Of N10.937billion In 2020, Says Teju Philips At Annual 41st AGM
The Chairman of Lasaco Assurance Plc, Mrs Olateju Philips, has disclosed that in spite of the challenging situation experienced in the year 2020 has a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was able to deliver an awesome performance with a record Gross Premium Written of N10.937billion.
Mr Philips who made this known during the company’s 41st Annual General Meeting held at Marriott Hotel, Ikeja GRA Lagos, added that Lasaco Assurance Plc was able to generate N8.05billion in net underwriting income as against N6.71billion made in 2019, signifying an increase of 20% year on year.
According to her,”In spite of the challenging situation experienced during the course of the year, the company was able to deliver an awesome performance in 2020 and grew stakeholders’ value. We recorded a Gross Premium Written of N10.937billion.
“This signifies a 17% growth in performance compared to Gross Premium Written in 2019. The company made N8.05billion in net underwriting income as against N6.71billion made in 2019 signifying an increase of 20% year on year.
“100% increase was recorded in profit before tax from N315.7billion in 2019 to N679.4million in 2020. Our total asset grew from N18.5billion to N20.5billion signifying 11% increase while shareholders’ fund declined by 2% from N7.98billion in 2019 to N7.80billion in 2020.
Speaking further, she said that with the array of economic events which the company was able to manage in the previous year and strategies put in place by the leadership of the organization, 2021 promises to be better for Lasaco Assurance Plc.
“We are also hopeful that the economic policy adjustments and reforms will aid the business environment positively.
“In the last one year, we have worked assiduously to map out strategies to improve our identity and visibility to increase sales and market share. Our strategies to improve our identity and visibility to increase sales and market share.
“Our strategic digital transformation plan will aid customer experience and the diversification of income streams deepening will add tremendous value to the bottom line.
“Plans have also been devised for the diversification of our Investment portfolio. This will spur the organization to growth through increase in investment income.
She lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic placed Nigeria in a critical condition in 2020 as the country locked down economic activities at the beginning of quarter 2020 in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus.
She said the country entered the crisis with the failing per capital income, high inflation, and governance challenges which affected every aspect of business and economic lives.
“The Nigeria’s economy experienced a 3.6% contraction in the first three quarters of 2020 leading to the worst recessions in decades, oil prices improved and the authorities employed policies to counter the economic distress.
“The economy even with the various unrest experienced across the country, returned to growth albeit marginally, in the final quarter of year 2020, with GDP expanding 0.11% year -on year beating market expectations of 1.9% decline.
“Inflation galloped to a 34- month high 15.75% in December 2020 from 11.98% same period in 2019, fueled by increase food prices due to constraints on domestic supplies and the effect of an exchanged premium that widened to about 24%.
Mrs Philips lamented that citizens agitations in many parts of the country, especially End SARS protest also disrupted lots of activities leading to lost of lives and properties.
She stated that this affected insurance businesses in the country as claims in both high frequency,high severity and near catastrophy were recorded country wide.
“In 2020, Nigeria financially markets based her actions on the monetary policy. The equity market rose to 50% in 2020. It tops performance is over a decade. However, stock performance in 2021 depends on the direction of monetary policy and relative to business environment.
“Nigeria economy is anticipated to grow by 1.8% in 2021. Despite the current encouraging external situation with oil prices recovery and growth in advance economies, reform shortfall would hinder the renewed economic expansion and undermine progress towards Nigeria’s development goals.
“Hopefully, policy adjustments and reforms designed to shift the country from it dependence on oil and to diversify the economy towards private sector -led growth will set Nigeria on a more sustainable path to recovery,” she averred.
She assured the shareholders, board members, management, and staff of Lasaco Assurance Plc, that it is the dawn of new era adding that together with their continuous supports, the legacy of the organization will be sustained.
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