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Tuberculosis foundation sponsors surgical bill of 13yr-old patient with Heart Tumor in Kwara



A non-governmental organization, Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis (FAST) has paid off surgical bill of a 13 year-old teenage boy.

The founder of the foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Misitura Lawal-Arowona, revealed this on Monday at its unveiling and her convocation ceremony in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The multiple award winning researcher and chemist noted that the foundation was birthed as a result of her love for humanity, quality teaching and research, and understanding the peculiarity of our society.

She further said, “it is a truism to say that health is wealth and it is on this note that The Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis (FAST) will today grant the request by 13 year old patient, Nwafor Emmanuel from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, who has been clinically diagnosed of Nasopharyngeal Tumor, a likely cancer illness that this foundation will pay.”

To get the necessary response to tackle the disease, the researcher who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, therefore called on the President Bola Tinubu-led government to prioritise research as well as support for patients with tuberculosis


“At this juncture, I hereby urge the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Ahmed Bola Tinubu GCFR, to prioritize funding of research and providing adequate support for patients of tuberculosis, especially women and children due to their vulnerability,” she noted.

Dr. Lawal-Arowona bagged from the University of Ilorin Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc Chemistry), Master of Science Degree, (M.Sc Chemistry) and Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD Chemistry) even as her academic accomplishments was precipitated and enhanced by the quality research and thorough mentorship which she acquired during stay at the universiti teknologi, Johor, Malaysia and at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India.

There, she made a scientific breakthrough of developing Anti- Tuberculosis Drug Metal Complexes which was celebrated globally and flooded the media in India and other parts of the world.

“I also participated in an international conclave in Chennai, India where I emerged 3rd globally. It is on this note that I decided to continue in my strong Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis which led to the emergence of the foundation that we are unveiling today,” she noted.

The Commissioner for Health in the State, Dr. Amina El-Imam commended the graduands for attaining a wonderful and enviable feat of Doctoral Degree against all odds stressing that many people have dropped in the academic journey to pursue a PhD but I am happy that you made it.


She also lauded her for a her foresight of establishing a the Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis, (FAST) in order to compliment government’s efforts in the area of sensitization and advocacy in the health sector.

While making his remarks, the Group Managing Director of KAM Holding Limited, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf MON announced a pledge of the sum N1million towards the actualization of the vision of the newly unveiled foundation even as he commended Dr. Lawal-Arowona for her laudable contributions to research and scholarship.

Dr. Yusuf also urged and guardians to encourage their children and wards to venture into science and technology based courses and career adding that, “Science and Technology is the way to go globally in a bid to meet up with trending challenges and global demands.”

The Provost of the Nigeria Army College of Education, (NACOE) Sobi barracks, Ilorin, Brig. Gen. Solomon Inuwa expressed his delight over the landmark achievements made by the Researcher and for putting in place an NGO to cater and support patients of Tuberculosis ailments.

In her keynote address, Princess Joan Jummai Idonije, noted education of the girl child, is a cornerstone of progress and development, adding that “it is not just an investment in an individual, but an investment in the future of our Nation. This is smart economics and should be encouraged by all.


“As we honour Dr. Lawal-Arowona, let her journey serve as an inspiration to us all, highlighting the incredible potential that is unlocked when girls are given access to quality education.

“Today, Dr. Misitura has become a world class researcher of repute. While in India she discovered the breakthrough of Antituberculosis drug metal complexes with the compounds showing a higher efficacy than the active pharmaceutical ingredients, ushering in a new way of addressing cure for tuberculosis.”

“In addition to celebrating the academic excellence of Dr. Misitura Lawal-Arowona, we also come together today to address a critical public health issue – tuberculosis.

“Tuberculosis is a global concern, and our commitment to the Foundation for Advocacy and Sensitization on Tuberculosis (FAST), underscores our dedication to raising awareness, eradicating stigma, and improving access to healthcare.”

She however made a cash donation of the sum of N200,000 to support the foundation.


Also, the Director of Mobilisation for the foundation, Mr. Teddy Ozuem noted that collective effort is required to kick tuberculosis out.

“Our journey is one steeped in compassion, knowledge, and action. The heartbeat of our endeavor resonates in our tagline, “Building Bridges to TB-Free Communities.”

He stressed that the foundation comprehend that the battle against tuberculosis extends beyond medical remedies, which necessitates weaving bridges of awareness, comprehension, and support within our communities.

“FAST embodies not just an organization, but a fervent movement, propelled by the collective zeal to effect substantial change.

“Within FAST, our initiatives are fortified in advocacy, awareness, community sensitization, supportive services, and groundbreaking research. We advocate ardently for policies prioritizing tuberculosis research, prevention, and treatment. Through laser-focused awareness campaigns, workshops, and seminars, we shatter myths and empower communities with knowledge.”


The Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office, Barr. Michael Nzekwe, who presented the letter of commitment to the 14year-old patient, expressed delight over the gesture extended to the beneficiary stressing that, “Nigeria can only grow when tribalism and ethnicity is eradicated from the society.

“From the name of the patient, Emmanuel Nwafor, we can all see that he is an Igbo by tribe, but this foundation have decided to support him, thereby breaking the jinx of tribalism and ethnicity. And I want to tell you that is what we need to move Nigeria forward.”


President Tinubu Seeks Senate Approval For Fresh $8.6billion, €100million Loans



The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The President Bola Tinubu-led administration has sought the approval of the Nigerian Senate for $8.6billion and €100million borrowing plan.

The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The request was said to be part of the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan approved by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to the letter.

Tinubu explained that the projects to be funded with the loan cuts across different sectors of the economy, and were selected based on economic evaluation and the expected contribution to the country’s development.


The letter reads in part;, “I write in respect of the above subject and to submit the attached the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan for consideration and early approval of the National Assembly to ensure prompt implementation of the projects.

“The Senate may wish to note that the past administration approved a 2022-2024 borrowing plan by the federal executive council (FEC) held on May 15, 2023.

“The project cuts across all sectors, with specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, water supply, roads, security, and employment generation as well as financial management reforms.

“Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of $8,699,168,559 and €100 million.

“I would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the social economic development of the country, including employment generation, and skills acquisition.


“Given the nature of these facilities, and the need to return the country to normalcy it has become necessary for the Senate to consider and approve the 2022- 2024 external abridged borrowing plan to enable the government deliver its responsibility to Nigerians.”

In August, the National Assembly approved President Tinubu’s request for over $800 million loan to finance the National Social Safety Network Programme.

The National Assembly had also approved the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act of N819 million “for the provision of Palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal”.

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Tinubu Should Review RECs Appointment – Ex-INEC Chairman, Jega



A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has called on President Bola Tinubu to review the appointments of the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

Jega said Tinubu should review their appointments due to concerns that some of the RECs are partisan.

About a month ago, Tinubu had nominated 10 RECs, with the Senate confirming their appointments.

However, some of the RECs have been accused of being involved in partisan politics.

Reacting to the criticisms, Jega said the non-review of their appointment sends the wrong signal.


Featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Jega said: “I think there is no doubt that if the President were listening, my advice would be to immediately review the appointment of the Resident Electoral Commissioners that was passed by the Senate recently.

“It’s very, very important because clearly, not only does it send a wrong signal about the government’s intention to improve the integrity of elections, it also suggests, you know, that there is indifference with regards to protecting the independence and impartiality of the election management body.

“I would want to believe that Mr President was either misinformed or is not really furnished with all the necessary details with regards to these appointments.”

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