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FCC commissioners accuse Chairman of ”selling jobs” in dollars



Federal Character Commission (FCC

Some commissioners in the Federal Character Commission (FCC), have accused the chairman of the commission, Mrs Farida Dankaka of ”selling jobs” in dollars in Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of Government.

The commissioners made the allegations during the House of Representatives Ad hoc committee investigating MDA and parastatal and Tertiary Institutions on employment racketeering in Abuja.

Some of the commissioners who made the allegations include: Mr Abdulrasaq Adeoye, FCC, commissioner, representing Osun, Mr James Dan’iya, representing Kwara.

Others are Abdulwasiu Bawa-Allah, representing Lagos State, Mr Moses Anaughe, representing Delta, Mr Mamman Alakayi, representing Nasarawa among others.

The commissioners also alleged that Dankaka connived with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to stop petition written against her on job racketeering by the commissioners.


“We petitioned the EFCC to investigate her but to our dismay nothing has been done.

“Job seekers pay as low s N750, 000 and as high as N 7 million depending on the MDAs where the jobs are being sought.”
“The money from the various accounts are transferred into the main account in Access bank.

The commissioners alleged that the chairman often moved her son from one lucrative agencies to the other
In a sweift reaction to the barrage of allegations, Dankaka said, “when you fight corruption, corruption will fight back, ” adding that this is what is happening at the commission.

“I did not come to make money, but to serve my father land, what some of them are looking for is money, before I come here, I have made my money, some of them have their reasons for attacking me.

“For instance, Osun commissioners is always in my office, what they are accusing me of is not true, ” she said.


Dankaka said before she came into office in July 2020, all the commissioners were selling jobs, adding that her refusal to join the fray spurred their anger against her.

According to her, for instance, the commissioner representing, Osun bought a property and told the person that he will be paying with job slots.

This according to her necesitated her letters to MDAs that if they do not see her signature , they should not honour any letter from any commissioner.

The chairman said she refused their offered to compromise, adding that she would be the last person to sell job., adding that the commissioners were behind all the campaign of calumny in the media and on social media.

On the issue of EFCC, she said the agency wanted to employ personnel and got the approval, adding that at no time did she compromise.


Rep Gagdi Yusuf, the chairman of the committee however said that the committee would no be part of politics of any agencies, “we will do our job and justice will be done. “

He queried why document relating to the activities of the commission in terms of employment would be said to have been missing.


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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