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Zulum urges patronage of indigenous engineers





Gov, Babagana Zulum of Borno has called for patronage of indigenous engineering firms for accelerated infrastructural development and nation’s economic growth.

Zulum made call at the 31st Engineering Assembly of Council for Regulatory of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that in recognition of significant role of the indigenous engineers in the economic growth, there was the need to grow local content in engineering sector.

He said that they should also be given more opportunities to execute infrastructural projects in the country.

The governor further urged governments at all levels to render support to local engineers in infrastructural development in the country.

”We should work with local content order and ensure that our engineers handle all locally made products or at least 90 per cent,’’ Zulum said.

According to him, Nigeria has brilliant engineers but opportunities are limited to tap their advantages.

He said that Borno was among the few states that patronizes indigenous firms where many infrastructures were designed and executed by local engineers.

He enjoined the council to collaborate with National Assembly to sponsor bill on local content engineering.

Earlier, the COREN President, Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, described the Federal Government policy to withdraw funding of Professional bodies next year as a welcome development.

According to him, the funding withdrawal would strengthen the operational capacity of Professional organizations.

”COREN is not a professional association but a regulatory agency rendering government function of protecting the general public,’’ Abubakar said.

‘ He said that the council was working on new modes of engagement to identify others sources of revenue with a view to develop better planning and operations.


This year’s Assembly is designed to foster unity and educate the Practitioners on new developments in Engineering profession.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.


Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC




According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.


In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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