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Investigate outbreak of anthrax in Suleja — Lawmaker



anthrax in Suleja

Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

The House of Assembly in Niger has urged the government to set up committee to investigate the remote causes of outbreak of anthrax disease in Suleja Local Government Area of the state.

This followed a motion of matters of urgent public importance brought before the house by Mr Murtal Badaru, member, representing Suleja constituency at the plenary on Wednesday in Minna.

Speaker of the House Abdulmalik Sarkindaji said the house resolved that the committee should consist of multi-disciplinary experts to collaborate with National Centre for Disease Control and other relevant agencies to provide solutions to prevent the spread of the disease.

He directed the ministries of Livestock and Transport to collaborate with the police and other security agencies to intensify surveillance on farms, markets, abattoir and movement of livestocks within the state.

Sarkindaji also directed the state of Ministry Information to begin awareness campaign to public to look out for symptoms of anthrax and report suspected cases.

He urged the chairman of Suleja Local Government Area to convey emergency meeting with relevant stakeholders and heighten surveillance on Suleja abattoir to ensure strict compliance with experts’ recommendations on preventive measures.

Earlier, Badaru, explained that his motion was borne out of concern on the outbreak of anthrax disease recorded in Gajiri village in Suleja Local Government Area.

He said that there was need for the state government to take proactive, preventive and curative control mechanism to curtail the spread of the disease.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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