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ES lauds ex-President Buhari for establishing commission for people with disabilities

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Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has commended former President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing the commission.

This is contained in a statement issued by the head of Public Relations of the commission, Mr Mbanefo JohnMichaels on Wednesday in Abuja.

The executive secretary gave the commendation when he visited Buhari in Daura, Katsina State.

Lalu also commended the sincere commitment of the former president, which he said became evident from 2015 during his presidential campaigns.

He said, the campaign tour provided the platform towards unveiling a national disability right advocacy plan in Nigeria.

 

“This eventually led to the establishment of the National Commission for Persons With Disabilities in 2020, I am particularly grateful to be the first Executive Secretary of the Commission.

”I also want to appreciate you sir on behalf of over 30 million persons living with disabilities across Nigeria.
We will forever remember you for your unwavering passion,” he said.

Lalu described the former president as an enigmatic grand defender of disability rights in Nigeria whose records will remain fresh in the minds of the entire disability community.

Responding, Buhari thanked the delegation for deeming it fit to check on his wellbeing after living office.

He said that his actions towards people with disabilities while in office was a true reflection of his mind and passion to entrench disability rights across the board.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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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

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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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