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Tinubu’s regime prioritizing older persons — Minister





Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu has assured that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government would do everything humanly possible to prevent Nigeria’s older citizens from slipping below the poverty line.

The Minister spoke Tuesday at an event to commemorate International and National Day of Older Persons, 2023 with the theme; “Fulfilling The Promises Of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights For Older Persons Across Generations” organised by her Ministry through the National Senior Citizens’ Centre in partnership with the United Nations.

She described Nigeria’s older citizens as the federal government’s priority which must be protected.

The Minister also announced that President Tinubu has directed that her Ministry should set aside 10% of Social Safety Net intervention programmes for older persons in the country.

She said the right of senior citizens in the areas of job security, health, livelihood, agriculture and other development planning must be considered.

According to Dr. Edu, “Presently, older persons are said to be about 14.8million out of the entire population. All the citizens at all levels must be protected. And that’s why President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has rightly directed that in all our social welfare interface, which is the Social Safety Net, we must ensure the protection of all Nigerians including the older citizens and prevent them from slipping below the poverty line.

“The President has also directed that those who are under the poverty line must be assisted to get them out of it and must be captured in the social intervention programmes.”


She disclosed that her Ministry would launch two such social intervention programmes this year with emphasis on senior citizens. “We will be providing for senior citizens who are affected by humanitarian crisis. We will be working with the Centre on this. I’m very proud of what the Center is doing in terms of creating a model home where all the senior citizens can feel dignified.”

The Minister appealed to UN Agencies and development partners to factor in the interest and well-being of older citizens in the day-to-day operations.

Also speaking at the event held at the United Nations Office Abuja, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale said the occasion offered everyone an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the protection of the rights of older persons and commended Nigeria for establishing the National Senior Citizens Centre, NSCC, saying it was a step in the right direction.

He regretted that despite the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights, older persons continue to face obstacles in the enjoyment and exorcising of their human rights.

“Ageing is a complex and multifaceted reality that will touch all of us if we are lucky… It is my sincere hope that today’s dialogue will allow for reflections on effective promotion and protection of older persons in Nigeria, focusing on their contributions throughout their life, for the knowledge and expertise they can pass on to younger generations,” Schmale said.

On her part, the Director-General of the National Senior Citizens Centre, Dr. Emem Omakaro commended the Minister for attending the event despite her tight schedule.

She explained that the Centre which began operation in 2021 has in the short period brought to the fore the plight of older persons in Nigeria.

The NSCC DG expressed optimism that with Dr. Edu in charge of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Nigeria’s older citizens would soon enjoy a new lease of life


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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