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FCC commissioner rebuffs Chairman’s letter for not appearing before Reps probe panel



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Mr Moses Anaughe, Federal Commissioner, Federal Character Commission (FCC), representing Delta has countered its chairman, Mrs Farida Dankaka’s letter, stating why she could not appear before the House of Representatives probe panel on employment racketeering.

Dankaka in a letter she wrote to the ad hoc committee investigating Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), and Tertiary Institutions on the mismanagement of personnel recruitment in Abuja claimed she was scheduled to see her Doctor.

The ad hoc Committee is also investigating employment racketeering and gross mismanagement of IPPIS.
The letter was read by the Commissioner, representing, Taraba, stating that she had a medical appointment with her Doctor.

But in a swift reaction to the letter, Anaughe said the Chairman, was in the office as at the time of reading the letter of her purported ill-health.
“Distinguished honourable members, I want to inform this House that the FCC Chairman as we speak is in her office, this has been her usual way of dodging committee invitation.

” I just want you people to know, as we speak right now if you send somebody there now may be they will call her or send her a message she will run.


“This has been her usual practice because if FCC has done very well this issue of inviting other commission and agency will not arise because the bulk of this investigation lie on FCC, I just want this committee to know.

“And if I may request, she is in her office as we speak, she knows the duration of this committee that is why she is asking for a one week extension, I just want this honourable house to get this information.

“And I want to stress that this is the usual character of Dankaka, the chairman, FCC of abstaining from every committee that invited her.

“If she wants to collect 10 per cent of employment from any chief executive officer of MDAs, she will insist that the such chief executive must meet such person one on one, so why is she not here,” he queried.

He pleaded with the committee to ensure that Dankaka appeared before the it to explain her stewardship for three years she had been in the saddled.


Angered by the information, the chairman of the Committee, Rep Yusuf Gagdi dared the FCC Chairman to test the will of the committee, adding that the aftermath of her refusal to appear before the committee would not be pleasant.

He ordered Dankaka to appear before the committee with the entire commissioners by 12 p. m on July 26, describing the commissioners as liars.

Not satisfied with the name calling, Mr Tonye Okio, FCC, commissioner, representing Bayelsa said, “I take exceptions to you calling us liars.

There is a document from our chairman and she signed stating that she had an appointment with her Doctor today.
The committee however recommended that the Department of State Security should provide every investigation linked to the chairman of FCC
The committee also resolved that the president should saction any heads of MDAs that are taking tax payers money for granted.

Reacting to the development Anaughe said, ” As soon as I made that information, somebody among us called her, she left the office immediately and what I am saying now, MTN can proof that where she was when I made the statement.
“I want to tell this committee that all commisonera in FCC are in Abuja and we are ready to come before this committee tomorrow, ” he said.


Anaughe’s disclosure is against the backdrop of information provided by one of the commissioner supporting the chairman that some commisonera were outside Abuja.

Mr AbdulRasaq Abioye, FCC, Commissioner, representing Osun however said as at 12 p.m when he left the office, the chairman was still at the office.
Gagdi however sad that no matter where any commisonera were, they must be present by 11 a. m at the investigative hearing including the chairman of FCC.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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