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Le plus grand festival de cocktails au monde dévoile Jacob Martin comme meilleur bartender du monde

Le concours hautement anticipé apporte des expériences de cocktails colorées et des collaborations inédites dans la ville de São Paulo

SÃO PAULO, Brésil, 30 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Jacob Martin, du Canada, a été désigné World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2023 par les légendes de l’industrie. Il a remporté le concours face à plus de 10 000 autres bartenders de haut niveau qui se sont essayés à l’Everest du bartending de cette année.

Dans le cadre du concours, Jacob a passé une série de défis sur une période de quatre jours. En plus de concocter des cocktails classiques et de les élever à un niveau supérieur avec le gin favori des bartenders Tanqueray No. TEN, Jacob a également osé aller plus loin avec la polyvalence de saveurs de Johnnie Walker Black Label, avant de créer un cocktail Ketel One Garnished with Good qui a non seulement impressionné les juges de par sa créativité gustative, mais a aussi eu un impact positif sur leur communauté locale au Canada.

Après sa victoire, Jacob a déclaré : « C’est un incroyable honneur de gagner World Class. Non seulement parce que cela représente le sommet de l’industrie, mais aussi en raison des géants que j’ai eu le privilège d’affronter cette semaine. La communauté du bartending est incroyable et cette semaine me l’a constamment rappelé. Nous nous sommes tous poussés les uns et les autres, avons appris les uns des autres et avons puisé dans la fantastique énergie de cette ville incroyable. Le niveau du concours était extraordinaire, mais pour l’instant, j’ai juste hâte de déguster un cocktail préparé par quelqu’un d’autre ! »

Dans le cadre du concours, São Paulo a vu des bartenders de renommée mondiale comme Monica Berg (de Tayer + Elementary à Londres), Giacomo Giannotti (du meilleur bar du monde, le Paradiso à Barcelone) ou encore Ago Perrone (de The Connaught Bar à Londres) investir la ville pour juger l’événement et accueillir des expériences « World Class » spéciales dans certains des établissements nocturnes les plus emblématiques de la ville.

Le concours marque également le début du World Class Cocktail Festival, avec de formidables collaborations de bars dans toute la ville, notamment le Bar Dos Arcos, Tan Tan et le Guilhotina Bar.

Globalement, le World Class Cocktail Festival s’étend dans plus de 1 000 établissements à travers le Brésil, offrant à des centaines de milliers d’amateurs de cocktails des expériences uniques de la part de marques telles que Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray No. TEN et Don Julio.

Le World Class de cette année a également vu l’inclusion de l’Industry Forum, une chance de s’engager, d’éduquer et d’inspirer la communauté du bartending avec des séminaires et des tables rondes de juges et d’invités World Class. Parmi les points saillants du forum, on peut citer « From Insta to IRL: trends and how to master them » (D’Insta à la vraie vie : tendances et comment les maîtriser) avec Kaitlyn Stewart, lauréate du concours World Class 2017, et Giuliana Pe Benito, directrice mondiale de la culture chez Diageo Reserve, ainsi que « Behind the Scenes of the World’s Best Bars » (Dans les coulisses des meilleurs bars du monde) avec des propriétaires de bars comme Monica Berg, Thiago Benares et Benjamin Padron.

Marissa Johnston, directrice mondiale de Diageo World Class, a déclaré : « Après le succès du World Class à Sydney l’année dernière, les équipes World Class du monde entier, l’équipe du Brésil et, bien sûr, nos formidables 54 compétiteurs ont tous mis les bouchées doubles et vraiment assuré cette année. Le niveau d’énergie sur le terrain ici est incroyable et après de nombreux mois de planification, c’était formidable de tout voir se concrétiser comme cela. C’est vraiment palpitant de voir une ville prendre vie avec des cocktails de qualité et des expériences exceptionnelles.

« Jacob a véritablement porté le concours à un niveau supérieur. Il a excellé dans tous les domaines et les commentaires des juges étaient extrêmement positifs. Jacob mérite largement sa victoire et je suis impatiente de travailler avec lui au cours des 12 prochains mois – il ira loin. »

Depuis son lancement en 2009, Diageo World Class joue un rôle significatif dans l’inspiration d’une expérience de consommation d’alcool plus raffinée et la transformation de la culture du cocktail à l’échelle mondiale, en soutenant plus de 450 000 bartenders dans le monde à travers des formations et l’éducation.

Pour en savoir plus sur World Class et vous tenir au courant des dernières créations, tendances et formations, rendez-vous sur www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/world-class-/ et suivez @WorldClass sur Instagram.

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Maior Festival Mundial de Coquetéis Revela Jacob Martin como Melhor Bartender do Mundo

Competição altamente esperada leva experiências de coquetéis coloridos e colaborações inéditas para a cidade de São Paulo

SÃO PAULO, Brasil, Sept. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jacob Martin, do Canadá, foi reconhecido pelas celebridades da indústria como o Melhor Bartender do Mundo de 2023. Ele eliminou uma concorrência de mais de 10.000 bartenders de elite que tentaram conquistar o Everest de bartending deste ano.

Jacob participou de uma série de desafios ao longo da competição de quatro dias. Desde a criação de coquetéis clássicos até o famoso TEN com o favorito dos bartenders, Tanqueray No. TEN, Jacob também ousou com os sabores do Johnnie Walker Black Label, além de criar um coquetel Ketel One Decorado com Good que não apenas impressionou os jurados com a criatividade do sabor, mas também teve um impacto positivo na sua comunidade local no Canadá.

Ao vencer, Jacob disse: “É uma honra inacreditável ganhar o World Class. Além de ser o ponto mais alto da indústria, também pela oportunidade que tive de poder competir com os gigantes do setor esta semana. A comunidade de Bartenders é incrível e me lembrei disso durante toda a semana. Nós nos incentivamos, aprendemos uns com os outros e pudemos vivenciar a incrível energia desta cidade fantástica. O padrão da competição foi excepcional e agora estou louco para experimentar um coquetel feito por outra pessoa!”

Como parte da competição, São Paulo contou com bartenders de renome mundial, incluindo Monica Berg (da Tayer + Elementary de Londres), Giacomo Giannotti (do Melhor Bar do Mundo, Paradiso em Barcelona) e Ago Perrone (do Connaught Bar de Londres) que foram jurados do evento e anfitriões de experiências especiais de “Classe Mundial” em alguns dos locais mais emblemáticos da vida noturna da cidade.

A competição também deu início ao World Class Cocktail Festival com incríveis colaborações de bar em toda a cidade, incluindo Bar Dos Arcos, Tan Tan e Guilhotina Bar.

O The World Class Cocktail Festival se estende por mais de 1.000 locais em todo o Brasil, proporcionando a centenas de milhares de amantes de coquetéis experiências únicas com Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray No. TEN e Don Julio.

O World Class deste ano também contou com o Fórum da Indústria, uma oportunidade de envolver, educar e inspirar a comunidade de bartending com seminários e painéis de discussão com jurados e convidados do World Class – os destaques incluíram: “From Insta to IRL: trends and how to master them”, com a vencedora do World Class 2017, Kaitlyn Stewart e a Gerente Global de Cultura de Reserva da Diageo, Giuliana Pe Benito e “Behind the Scenes of the World ‘s Best Bars” com proprietários de bares, incluindo Monica Berg, Thiago Benares e Benjamin Padron.

Marissa Johnston, Diretora Global da Diageo World Class, disse: “Dar seguimento ao World Class do ano passado em Sydney foi um grande desafio, mas as equipes do World Class de todo o mundo, a equipe do Brasil e, é claro, nossos incríveis 54 concorrentes, levaram o desafio a sério e venceram com muito orgulho. O nível de energia aqui é incrível e depois de tantos meses de planejamento, é uma grande emoção ver tudo funcionado tão bem. É muito emocionante ver uma cidade brilhar com ótimas bebidas e ótimas experiências.

“Jacob realmente levou esta competição para o próximo nível – ele se destacou em as áreas e o feedback dos jurados foi incrível. Jacob mereceu o prêmio e mal posso esperar para trabalhar com ele nos próximos 12 meses – ele vai longe.”

Desde a sua estreia em 2009, o Diageo World Class tem tido um papel significativo na inspiração das melhores bebidas e na transformação da cultura de coquetéis em todo o mundo. Ele apoia mais de 450.000 bartenders em todo o mundo por meio de treinamento e educação.

Para obter mais informações sobre o World Class e para se manter atualizado com as últimas bebidas, tendências e treinamento, visite www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/world-class-/ e siga @WorldClass no Instagram.

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Foundation establishes digital learning hub in Abuja for young graduates

The Richard George Foundation (RGF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Friday in Abuja, inaugurated its digital learning hub established for young talented graduates.

Mr Richard George, Founder RGF, while briefing newsmen shortly after the inauguration, said that it was expected that the facility would serve as a knowledge hub for young talented graduates.

George said that the vision of the Foundation was to start raising young talented Africans who would become real change makers.

”Because we believe that those whose the world has not changed are those ones who will absolutely change the world. And, we want to play a part in this, ” he said.

He explained that RGF was an organisation set up to provide empowerment for young talented graduates, adding that the pillars of the Foundation were three fold

He said the fold included skills acquisition development, which could be technical or soft skill.

Others he said included education, which was not in the formal structure as was common, and then entrepreneurship opportunities.

The founder added that it was hoped that the facility would provide an opportunity for it to begin to birth concept and ideas that will become the start up business for tomorrow’s young talented Nigerians.

He disclosed that the NGO was just nine months old as it was birthed in 2023, adding that the Foundation was anxious to hit a key milestone.

“This is part of the milestone, before we turn one year,” he said.

He also disclosed that since the birth of the Foundation, no fewer than 52 mentees had been mentored in the first cohort, adding that another 50 mentees were being unburdened to commence the second cohort mid October.

“It is a continuous exercise and our mentorship programme is designed for only six months at a time.

“And, we also create opportunities for the mentees to undertake internship in several organisations that are partnering with us or supporting our vision.

“We also provide opportunity for them to continue their learning or chose a different career part,” he said.

George noted that several challenges poses limitations which hamper young men and women in Nigeria as discovered Foundation through research.

He said this included inabilities of several young graduates to own laptops or devices for continuous learning improvement, resources for data, and internet connectivity and reliability.

“These limitations affect the continuous growth of mindset of several of the nation’s young talents.

“So, before they go into employment, they lack the skills to be able to function in organised setting,” he said.

He further said that unemployment had social issues and consequences for the demographics (18 to 35) years, which the Foundation was focusing on.

“Increase in unemployment from the research by KPMG is pointing to 43 per cent, which means we are talking of a ticking time bomb.

“Having this type of facility is an opportunity for them to transfer energy into a place where engagement, communication, teamwork will thrive .

“And, our job is to ensure that the mentorship against our ethos and principles embedded as customer practice so as to become real change makers,” George said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the symbolic tape cutting of the facility was done by Mrs Astrid Arens, President/Founder, Voice Aid Association, Germany, one of the partners of the Foundation.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Out-of-School-Children: FCTUBEB organises Head-to-Head debate

The Junior Secondary School (JSS), Karu, Abuja has emerged winner of the

FCT Universal Basic Education Board Head-to-Head Debate Reality Show for Public and Private Junior Secondary Schools across the Six Area Councils of the FCT.

The JSS Karu won the competition, scoring 67 per cent while JSS Kubwa III scored 66.6 per cent to come in second position.

The third position went to ‘Pinky and Brains’, a private school in Dutse Alhaji, Bwari Area Council of the FCT.

Also, the best speaker award was given to Ms Mfoniso-abasi Bernard of the JSS in Kubwa III.

The preliminaries of the contest was held in the six Area Councils of the FCT involving 75 schools with 35 student

Highlights of the debate centred on the rights of the children on compulsory free basic education for all children of school age resident in the FCT.

Speaking earlier, the Acting Executive Chairman of the board, Dr Alhassan Sule said the debate was initiated as a platform to address the incidences of out-of-school children in territory.

He stated that the programme was aimed at giving every child the opportunity to develop their potential, boosting their confidence and critical thinking skills in addition to reducing minimally the incidence of out-of-school Children.

According to him, education is a right and not a privilege and offered solution to the myriad of human problems.

Also speaking, Alhaji Kudu Dangana, Director, Social Mobilisation and Chairman, Head-To-Head Planning Committee appreciated the Acting Executive Chairman for coming up with such a novel programme where learners could speak with evidence.

He said the programme would positively impact on the students and schools.

In the same vein, the Director, Quality Assurance Department of the board, Dr Emmanuel Shuaibu, applauded the management for the innovation.

He called on principals to do more by bringing the best talents from the schools while also appreciating the Area Council Chairmen for their support towards the programme.

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Ember Months: FRSC counsels motorists on rules, regulations of driving

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta Command, advises motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to stem crashes on highways during and after the ember months.

Mr Bassey Eshiet, the Sector Commander of FRSC Delta Command, gave the advice on Thursday at the flag-off of Ember Months Campaign 2023 entitled: “Speed Thrills, Speed Kills, Drive Responsibly and Avoid Overloading”.

According to him, toward the end of every year, the volume of traffic increases, coupled with high incidences of road traffic infractions.

“These infractions include route violation, excessive speeding, dangerous driving, wrongful overtaking, overloading, drunk driving, drivers fatigue and making call while driving.

“These risk factors result in Road Traffic Crashes with fatalities, and the high vehicular volume due to surge in movement of people results in traffic gridlock, fatigue and sometimes road traffic crash amongst others.

“The Corps’ determination to check these trends and ensure free flow of traffic culminated in 2023 Ember Months Road Safety Campaign prior to the commencement of year 2023 End of Year Special Patrol Operation from December 2023 to January 2024.

“The aim of the campaign is to immensely reduce crashes and to ensure as much as possible the elimination of death from crashes that may occur if any,” he said.

Eshiet noted that the higher the speed of a vehicle, the shorter the time a driver had to stop and avoid a crash adding that speeding contributed to the severity of the impact when a collision occurs.

According to him, controlling vehicle speed can prevent crashes and reduce the impact when they do occur, lessening the severity of injuries sustained by the victim.

“What is obvious to you may not be to others, most people don’t think `Road Safety’ as long as they have a good vehicle and a reasonable stretch of road.

“A car travelling at 50km/h will typically require 13 metres to stop, while a car travelling at 40km/h will stop in less than 8.5 metres.

“An increase in average speed of 1 km/h typically results in a 37 per cent higher risk of a crash involving injury, with a four per cent to five per cent increase for crashes that result in fatalities.

“For car occupants in a crash with an impact speed of 80km/h, the likelihood of death is 20 times what it would have been at an impact speed of 30km/h.

“The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

“Pedestrians have been shown to have a 90 per cent chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 30km/h or below, but less than 50 per cent chance of surviving an impact at 45km/h.

“Pedestrians have almost no chance of surviving an impact of 80km/h,” he said.

The Delta Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, represented by Vincent Ehiwario, Director, Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), identified lack of maintenance culture as a major cause of crashes on the road

“Many people fail to engage in simple maintenance check and servicing of their vehicle such as the brakes, tyres, steering etc.

“It is important to check these things because they are major causes of road crashes, and checking them can prevent loss of lives and properties,” he said.

Mr Silas Omobude, Assistant Director, Narcotics, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), warned motorists to desist from illicit use of drugs on steering, drunk-driving during and after the “ember” month.

“Most of the road crashes that occur during the `ember’ months are caused by bad attitudes of drivers.

“Drunk-driving and illicit use of drugs are not allowed during, before and after ’ember’ months.

“Motorists should ensure effective functioning of the steering system, headlights, brake, wipers and tyres, for safety,” he said.

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Nigerian Army General bags Guinea Bissau National Award

President Umaro Embaló of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, has decorated Brig.-Gen. Al-hassan Grema of the Nigerian Army, with the National Order of Merit, Cooperation and Development Medal of his country.

Brig.-Gen. Grema was the pioneer Force Commander, ECOWAS Stabilization Support Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ESSMGB), which was deployed to Guinea Bissau in April 2022.

The Acting Director Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, in a statement on Saturday, said the general was decorated with the award on Sept. 27 at the Presidential Palace in Bissau.

Gusau said that the deployment of Grema was necessitated by the failed coup attempt in the country on Feb.1, 2022, during which the President and his cabinet were attacked at the Palacio do Governo while holding a meeting.

He said the ESSMGB, under Gen. Grema’s 17-month stewardship, stabilised Guinea Bissau and ensured peace and stability.

“According to many sources, the presence of the ESSMGB ensured an atmosphere of peace and security in the fragile West African country as evidenced by the huge increase in economic activities and return of many International non-governmental organization (INGOs) and global organizations.

“Several countries, including the US, are also working on reopening their diplomatic missions and offices in Bissau.

“During the award ceremony, well attended by the Guinea Bissau military and political top hierarchy, President Embalo poured encomiums on Grema and wished him well,” he said.

Gusau said the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, had commended Grema for making Nigeria proud.

According to him, the CDS also called on other commanders in various foreign missions to emulate the shining example of the senior officer.

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Gov. Mutfwang calls for more recognition of nursing profession

Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau on Friday in Abuja called for more recognition of the nursing profession, saying the practitioners are relegated to the background.

The governor made the call at the presentation of a book titled: “Challenges and Triumph of the Nursing Profession in Nigeria” written by Prof. Kola Oyedepo.

According to Mutfwang, the centrality of the nursing profession to the health sector cannot be overemphasised and the contribution of the profession is enormous.

He therefore called on policy makers, trainers and stakeholders to make sure that they promote the profession to fulfil its mandate.

“Nurses are very central in the healthcare delivery system, midwives are very central to the issue of birth. We must make sure that the professionalism in the sector is enhanced in every way that is possible.

“I want to congratulate the author of this book for giving the nurses further tools

to work. As governors, we are going to ensure that the health sector is looked at comprehensively.

“This is to make sure that the nursing profession within the health sector is given its pride of place, we are going to make policy pronouncements. We are going to invest in training to enhance the profession in our state,” he said.

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Dr Faruk Abubakar, noted that nurses play a pivotal role in the healthcare delivery.

Represented by Mr Emmanuel Udontre, Director, Planning Research and Statistics, NMCN, Abubakar said that nurses have the autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings.

According to him, advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and patients, health system management and education are key roles of nurses.

He called on government at all levels to begin to show more care to the nurses for the big role they perform in the healthcare system.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of of Health (FMoH), Mrs Daju Kachallom, also stated that the nursing and Midwifery profession occupies a unique and vital place within the healthcare system.

Represented by Mrs Francisca Okafor, Director of Nursing, FMoH, Kachallom said that nurses and midwives are compassionate, skilled and tireless professionals.

She said they are often the first and last point of care for patients, stressing that they must be treated with dignity.

Kachallom stated that they provide comfort in times of distress, guidance during moment of uncertainty and skilful assistance during the most critical phases of life.

She thanked the author of the book for dishing out such enormous knowledge in the medical profession.

The book author disclosed that he was motivated to write the book to encourage practitioners of nursing and midwifery to be committed to the profession and to seek for more knowledge.

The professor added that he was also motivated to write the book so that people will give more recognition to the practitioners of nursing profession, saying that nurses give 70 to 75 per cent assistance to the medical profession.

Oyedepo who was responding to the allegation of nurses of not being part of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, blamed the nurses saying that they are not projecting themselves well as it ought to be.

According to him, nurses have a lot of information that could revive the healthcare but they are not projecting such information in the right direction, hence they are relegated to the background.

“Information is power but when this is not given out in the right direction, there is bound to be setback.

“Nurses have a lot of information but they are not projecting them out, there is a lot of advocacy they need to be doing to make them to be recognised.

“If you don’t say I am here, nobody will recognise you. Out of the three professions in the health fields, pharmacy, nursing and medicine, nurses carry almost 70 per cent of the healthcare workers population.

“They are not showing up but they want to be in power, this is why the people in power just ignore them ,” Oyedepo said.

He called on nurses and midwives to make use of his book to garner more knowledge about the profession and way out of the challenges confronting it.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Gov. Mutfwang meets Plateau indigenes in FCT, urges diligence in national service

Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau has urged indigenes of the state working in the federal service and living in the FCT to be diligent in the discharge of their roles.

He gave the advice in Abuja when he met with Plateau indigenes who are on the Directorate Cadre of the Federal Civil Service.

“The essence of this gathering is to begin to engender the spirit of being your brother’s keeper.

“We must look into how we can put ourselves together and create the necessary synergy that will help us to be able to build a good image of Plateau within the federal system.

“I am optimistic that there will be dividends that we can reap from such synergy.”

While calling on them to be thorough in the discharge of their duties, the governor urged them to be “the voice of the Plateau in the FCT.

“We need you to be a voice for us where employment is being given; we need you to be spokespersons for us where project sites are being decided.

“We need you to be our representative where discussions on development are being decided.

“We also need you to step in where some adverse decisions are being taken against us; we pray that God, who took you there, will help you to be able to quench any fire that can consume us.

“Many of you are self-sufficient in several ways. But I appeal to you to hear the cry of several younger people on the Plateau. They look up to you for assistance.

“When you initially came to Abuja in search of greener pastures, you came in search of what to do to help yourself and your family, but God has raised you to a point where you need to look beyond yourself and your family.

“You need to know that the destinies of many people are connected to your destinies,” he said

The governor also called on them to work in synergy in order to achieve positive results, adding that they must be united for the common good of all.

“You must show renewed energy, strength and commitment to making sure that Plateau becomes one of the states to be reckoned with among the comity of states in Nigeria.

“We, therefore, count on your support and contribution. We can only be great if we ride on your shoulders to become great. May you avail yourselves.”

He expressed commitment to attracting more federal presence in the Plateau.

“In every sector, we need federal presence; we need to see the roads that belong to the federal government brought back to life.

“We want to see the federal government’s presence in health, education. We want to be able to partner with the federal government in mineral development.

“In every facet, we want to see how we can rebuild our relationship with the federal authorities to ensure that all the advantages accruing from the centre are enjoyed on the Plateau,” he said.

Also speaking, Senate minority leader Simon Mwadkwon described the occasion as a very unique one and first of its kind.

“Bringing us here to discuss the destiny of Plateau tells you the kind of person the governor is; he is someone that is ready to unite Plateau State.

“He is also ready to give Plateau a focus and a direction that will help us achieve what is good for the state.

“I believe that this gathering will offer us the opportunity to interact with one another as indigenes of Plateau.

“This meeting has nothing to do with political parties; it has nothing to do with ethnicity; it has nothing to do with religion. We are all citizens of Plateau.

“The whole thing is for us to know ourselves and to take the issue of Plateau state into cognisance. Whatever is our position, we should be focused toward how we can assist our state in terms of project, unity and peace building.”

He said that the governor would want to leverage on the positions of the indigenes in Abuja and that of Plateau lawmakers in the national assembly, to fashion out a vision that would help the state.

On his part, Rep. Chuwang Bagos (PDP-Plateau) said that in line with the governor’s slogan, “the time is now to bring new development into the Plateau.

“From the testimonies of Plateau indigenes in the civil service and even in the national assembly, this meeting is the first of its kind.

“If you see something like this that is the first of its kind, you know that our leader is a visionary leader.”

Bagos, who represents Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency, said that the forum was aimed at creating an enabling networking environment between the Federal and the Plateau Government.

“What the governor is trying to do now is to draw our attention to the fact that we cannot just rely on federal allocations.

“He is saying that we must tap from our human resources; we must get the best from the brains that we have from Plateau.

“We see this as a welcome development and we are going to give him all the support he needs to succeed.

“As Plateau lawmakers, we are looking at laws that are being established in the national assembly; we intend to domesticate them at home and build a synergy that will benefit us all,” he said.

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NSIA-LUTH inaugurates programme for children with cancer

To provide specialised radiation therapy for children with cancer, the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre (NLCC) has introduced a Paediatric Radiation Oncology Programme in Lagos.

The Centre Director of NLCC, Dr Lilian Ekpo, said during a media tour on Thursday that the pioneering initiative was designed to address the rising cases of cancer in children in sub-Saharan Africa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), childhood cancer incidence in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated at 56.3 per million population.

Current projections show that Africa will account for nearly 50 per cent of the global childhood cancer burden by 2050.

Ekpo said that this was what led the NLCC team to a significant step forward to confront this concern.

“The introduction of the Paediatric Radiation Oncology Program is our response to this pressing need.

“ It is an acknowledgement that children with cancer require specialised care that addresses their unique medical and emotional needs.

“ It signifies our unwavering commitment to improving the outcomes and quality of life for these young patients,” she said.

The director described the new medical service as a beacon of hope for children and their families who faced the challenging journey of pediatric cancer.

“The project also represents a promise that the centre will make every child and every family who walks through its doors, a promise of hope, a promise of healing, and a promise of unwavering support.

“We have assembled a dedicated team of experienced radiation oncologists who are not only experts in their field but also compassionate individuals deeply committed to providing the best possible care for our young patients.

“Children are our most precious treasures, and their well-being is a shared responsibility.

“This programme underscores our dedication to this responsibility.

“It represents a promise that we make to every child and every family who walks through our doors, a promise of hope, a promise of healing, and a promise of unwavering support.

“Our journey to this point has been marked by tireless dedication, countless hours of planning, and unwavering determination.

“ Today, as we inaugurate this programme, we do so with immense pride, knowing that it carries the potential to positively impact the lives of countless children and their families,” Ekpo said.

She appreciated the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and NSIA for their commitment to advancing cancer care in Nigeria.

During her presentation, a Clinical Radiation Oncologist, Dr Adebayo Joseph, stressed that 40 per cent of Nigerian cancer deaths could be prevented if patients were provided with the information and support they need to adopt healthy lifestyles.

According to her, the NLCC offers compassionate and comprehensive care at every stage of the patient’s journey.

This is as the centre understands the huge burden that a cancer diagnosis and its subsequent treatment places on the patient and their family.

“Hence, the highly experienced team made of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiotherapists, and oncology nurses provide the most feasible route to alleviate the situation by offering affordable, safe and proven treatment options’’.

Also, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, commended the NLCC’s efforts and contributions of their selfless service to humanity, especially the children with cancer.

The CMD said the centre had once again demonstrated exemplary leadership in the treatment of cancer in the country, urging the team to continue thinking out of the box.

Adeyemo also promised to keep supporting the team.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria