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African parliamentarians laud Nigerian’s for orderly conduct in Presidential, NASS polls



The Network of African Parliamentarians for Defence and Security Committees have commended Nigerians for conducting themselves orderly in the Presidential and National Assembly election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the network was made up of serving legislators heading Committees on Security and National Intelligence in Africa parliaments.

The Vice President-General of the network, Mr Jimmy Smith of the parliament of Liberia gave the commendation during the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the network, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Smith prayed for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria as a new administration will soon be taking over the affairs of government.

“I take special honour to say a thank you to the people of Nigeria for a successful election that we have experienced in the past days.


“It is my hope and wish that peace reigns in this country as Nigeria serves the most exemplary country on the continent particularly in West Africa.

“We pray for peace and success of Nigeria,” he said.

The vice-president general said that the network was working on developing modalities that would transform the conditions of youths in Africa which makes them vulnerable to insecurity on the continent.

Smith explain that members of the network do not go around patrolling the street but are briefed on intelligence reports gathered from the security network and it is shared among the member countries.

“This network has to do with the safety and prosperity of our region; I am a witness to the professional working of this network from the Anglo xohone side.


“This has to do with the safety and security of our region; in this network, we seek to foster peace, exchange of intelligence and security technologies, sharing security ideas and information among others.

“Our continent is challenged by a young population and this network will soon be looking at modalities that will focus on the transformation of young people across the continent.

“Today in Liberia, the single national security to the country is the vulnerable youth; this is where the responsibilities come to us all as leaders, this is a phinomenon I have seen across Africa.

“It seems we have the same challenge that we need to pay attention to for peace to reign on this continent and for the transformation and growth of our young people,” he said.

Earlier, the President General of the network, Rep. Ibrahim Sharada (ADP-Kano state) of Nigeria’s parliament said that the objective of the extraordinary session is to carry out the investiture of the newly elected President General.


Sharada said that the network had strengthened the national security agencies to address disturbing security threats of Boko Haram insurgents and others.

“It has also propelled the image of Nigeria for setting exemplary leadership in fighting humanitarian crimes and ensuring a sustainable Democratic governance within the ECOWAS sub-region and the continent.

“In support of this reality, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has facilitated the enactment of laudable public sector reform legislations that have significant impact on national security.

“A few examples of such legal frameworks include the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021, Electoral Act, 2022, Police Act, 2020, the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.

Others are the Terrorism (Amendment Act), 2015, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, the Cyber Crime Act among others,” he said.

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NCDC registers 1,968 Lassa fever cases in 28 states



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), has registered 1,068 Lassa fever infections across 112 local government areas in 28 states of the federation.

The NCDC said this via its official website on Tuesday in its Lassa Fever Situation Report for Week 37 (Sep. 11 -17, 2023).

The centre indicated that 75 per cent of the cases were detected in Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi States.

Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. It is primarily found in West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

The virus is transmitted to humans through contact with the urine or feces of infected rodents, specifically the multimammate rat.


According to the NCDC, there are currently 7,352 individuals with suspected cases and the infection has resulted in the unfortunate loss of at least 181 lives in the country.

The centre said that the case-fatality ratio of the infection stood at 16.9 per cent.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 37, 2023, 181 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 16.9 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (19.1 per cent).

“In total for 2023, 28 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 112 local government areas.

“Seventy-five per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from these three states (Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi) while 25 per cent were reported from 25 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.


“Of the 75 per cent confirmed cases, Ondo reported 35 per cent, Edo 29 per cent, and Bauchi 11 per cent.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 93 years, Median Age: 32 years).

“The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.9. The number of suspected cases increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2022,” it said.

It is regretted that in 2023 Lassa fever infected 49 healthcare workers across the country.

The agency said that the National Lassa Fever Multi-partner, Multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to coordinate the response activities at all levels.


It added that prevention of Lassa fever involves avoiding contact with rodents and their droppings, practising good personal hygiene and taking precautions when caring for infected individuals.

The NCDC said that early diagnosis and prompt medical care are crucial in managing the disease and preventing complications.

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NLC, TUC suspend planned strike for 30 days




Organised labour unions have suspended their planned nationwide indefinite strike action for the next one month.

This was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed Monday by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; as well as the TUC President, Festus Osifo, and Secretary General, Nuhu Toro.

The three-page document was also signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

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