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Kaduna Perm. Sec. urges LG focal persons to improve responsibilities for better nutrition indices

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Mr Bashir Muhammad, the Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission (PBC), has urged Local Government Area
(LGA) Nutrition Focal Persons (NFPs) to improve their responsibilities for better nutrition indices in the state.

Muhammad, who doubles as the Chairman of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN), made the call in Zaria, Kaduna State, at the opening of a three-day quarterly review meeting of NFPs across the state’s LGAs.

Muhammad, represented by the Director, Development Aid Coordination, PBC, Mrs Linda Yakubu, decried the poor outcome of the last meeting held with the local government NFPs .

“We felt discouraged to the point of contemplating to hold another meeting, but due to your importance in ensuring the set objectives in improving nutrition, we organised this quarterly review meeting,” he said.

He noted that the NFPs were saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that all nutrition interventions in LGAs were implemented under the PBC’s watch.

The SCFN chairman also noted that the committee was saddled with responsibility of ensuring that whatever was contained in the Kaduna State Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action on nutrition, should also be implemented at LGA levels.

He, therefore, said the review meeting was to interact with the LGAs NFPs to hear what they were doing in the various LGAs in line with the nutrition action plan.

He urged the LGAs NFPs to improve, going forward to reflect what they ought to have developed as their Annual Operation Plan, which would be reviewed in the meeting as a supposed guide for their activities in the last two quarters.

Earlier, the Director, Development Aid Coordination, PBC, Mrs Linda Yakubu, said the essence of the meeting was to review the Annual Operational Plan for the 23 LGAs in Kaduna.

Yakubu, represented by Ms Hauwa Baba, said the meeting was also to review updates on implementation of the annual operational plan and build capacity of the NFPs on appraisal tool.

A supporting partner of the meeting, Jessica Bartholomew, the State Coordinator of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), commended the PBC for ensuring implementation of their mandate.

She explained that, in spite of numerous challenges such as cash backing and other government protocols, the SCFN had been appraised of its task towards ensuring that the needful was done by the NFPs, to enhance nutrition.

Another supporting partner, Rahila Maishanu, representative of NAFDAC, congratulated the SCFN for the feat it had achieved in enhancing nutrition indices.

In comparison with other states across Nigeria, she said better nutrition indices in Kaduna superceded many states in Nigeria.

Also, Muhammad Madaki, the Zonal Coordinator (Zone 1) of the State Primary Health Care Board, noted that such review meetings was critical to improving nutrition indices.

On behalf of other Zonal Coordinators (2 and 3), he said the NFPs were key to the success of the SCFN.

He urged the NFPs to be deligent in implementing the nutrition action plan however the numerous challenges, including finance.

The review meeting was also supported by UNICEF, among others.

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Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website, https://www.navy.mil.ng, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other

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Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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