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King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Showcases its Health Innovations and Solutions at the Global Health Exhibition

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Showcases its Health Innovations and Solutions at the Global Health Exhibition

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Showcases its Health Innovations and Solutions at the Global Health Exhibition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is participating as a strategic health partner in the Global Health Exhibition 2023, which begins in Riyadh tomorrow and continues for three days.

The hospital, through its pavilion participating in the exhibition accompanying the forum, will showcase its most prominent innovations and health solutions within the framework of its strategic directions aimed at strengthening its position as a pioneer of knowledge through education, research, innovation, and providing health care with the highest levels of quality and safety.

His Excellency the CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. Majid Ibrahim Al Fayyadh, stated on this occasion: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working to consolidate its position as a global leader in the field of innovation, fostering a dynamic ecosystem that embraces the latest technologies, supporting the future of healthcare, and establishing it as a worldwide destination.

Dr Majid Ibrahim Al Fayyadh stressed that KFSH&RC’s participation in the exhibition comes in the context of its commitment to advancing innovation in the health sector from the national to the global level and supporting everything that contributes to providing the highest levels of healthcare and the best patient experience.

KFSH&RC introduces visitors of the exhibition to its various health innovations and solutions and their impact on enhancing health care outcomes and patient experience and improving operating efficiency in multiple medical fields, including the patient journey, space biomedical research, genomic medicine, capacity management, radiopharmaceutical drug production, and treatment, with T cells (CAR-T Cell).

KFSH&RC is poised to exhibit its innovations, demonstrating its leadership in biomedical space research. This is underscored by its leadership in overseeing four research experiments in cell sciences conducted in space, solidifying the hospital’s pioneering role in fostering international innovation. Additionally, the hospital will present its T-cell re-engineering treatment program for cancer patients, signifying a significant enhancement in specialized medical care within the Kingdom. This advancement also translates to reduced financial and health burdens, as patients are no longer required to seek treatment abroad.

KFSH&RC is considered among the most prominent in the world in providing specialized health care, a pioneer in innovation, and an advanced medical research and education center. It also seeks to develop medical technologies and raise health care worldwide in partnership with major local, regional, and international institutions, to achieve world-class service in the clinical, research, and educational fields.

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eXp Realty incite les équipes à la rejoindre avec une nouvelle incitation à base d’actions

Le programme « Thrive est conçu pour attirer les équipes culturellement alignées

BELLINGHAM, Washington, 27 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, cabinet de courtage immobilier le plus axé sur les agents de la planète (« the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™ »), et filiale principale d’eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI), se réjouit d’annoncer le lancement de son nouveau programme Thrive, visant à inciter les équipes de production culturellement alignées à rejoindre la famille eXp Realty.

Une fois intégré, sur la base de sa production au cours des 12 mois précédents, le chef d’équipe recevra des actions, soumises à une acquisition future.

« En tant que société déterminée à repousser continuellement les limites en faveur du soutien de nos agents, eXp Realty est toujours à la recherche de nouveaux moyens d’améliorer l’expérience des agents », a déclaré Michael Valdes, directeur de la croissance chez eXp Realty. « Plus tôt cette année, nous avons lancé deux programmes d’incitation, Boost et Accelerate, destinés à aider les maisons de courtage indépendantes et les agents individuels à faire la transition vers eXp Realty. Maintenant, avec l’ajout de Thrive, nous offrons aux équipes une opportunité d’obtenir des actions de manière accélérée. Nous savons que chaque équipe a une culture et une méthode de travail qui lui sont propres, et nous souhaitons proposer une plateforme qui permettra à chacune de prospérer dans notre environnement centré sur les agents. »

eXp Realty fournira cette incitation à base d’actions aux chefs d’équipes culturellement alignées comptant plus de 10 agents, sans compter le chef d’équipe, et un chiffre d’affaires d’un minimum de 40 millions USD/CAD dans le pays d’origine au cours de la période fiscale de 12 mois précédente. Les qualifications internationales seront publiées par la suite. Des qualifications additionnelles s’appliquent. Un critère clé de ce programme consiste en ce que les chefs d’équipe doivent s’engager à former leur équipe et à s’assurer que ses membres s’intègrent à l’écosystème eXp Realty dans le cadre de leur alignement culturel avec eXp.

Le programme d’incitation Thrive se déploie aux États-Unis et au Canada avec effet immédiat et sera bientôt disponible sur 22 marchés mondiaux additionnels d’eXp, sous réserve de la loi en vigueur. Pour en savoir plus sur le nouveau programme Thrive d’eXp Realty et sur la façon dont il peut bénéficier à votre équipe, veuillez cliquer ici.

À propos d’eXp World Holdings, Inc.

eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI) est la société holding d’eXp Realty®, Virbela® et SUCCESS® Enterprises.

eXp Realty est la plus grande société immobilière indépendante dans le monde avec plus de 89 000 agents aux États-Unis, au Canada, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie, en Afrique du Sud, en Inde, au Mexique, au Portugal, en France, à Porto Rico, au Brésil, en Italie, à Hong Kong, en Colombie, en Espagne, en Israël, au Panama, en Allemagne, en République dominicaine, en Grèce, en Nouvelle-Zélande, au Chili, en Pologne et à Dubaï, et elle continue de se développer à l’échelle internationale. En tant que société cotée en bourse, eXp World Holdings fournit aux professionnels immobiliers l’opportunité unique d’obtenir des primes en actions en fonction de leurs objectifs de production et de leur contribution à la croissance globale de l’entreprise. eXp World Holdings et ses entreprises offrent une gamme complète de solutions technologiques en matière de courtage et d’immobilier, y compris son modèle innovant de courtage résidentiel et commercial, ses services professionnels, ses outils de collaboration et son développement personnel. Le service de courtage basé sur le cloud est alimenté par Virbela, une plateforme 3D immersive profondément sociale et collaborative, permettant aux agents d’être plus connectés et productifs. SUCCESS® Enterprises, ancrée par le magazine SUCCESS® et ses propriétés médiatiques connexes, a été créée en 1897 et est une marque ainsi qu’une publication de premier plan dans le domaine du développement personnel et professionnel.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter le site https://expworldholdings.com.

Énoncés prospectifs

Les énoncés contenus dans les présentes peuvent inclure des énoncés de futures attentes et d’autres énoncés prospectifs se basant sur les opinions et suppositions actuelles de la direction et impliquent des risques connus et inconnus ainsi que des incertitudes pouvant causer une différence substantielle entre les résultats, performances ou événements réels et ceux exprimés ou sous-entendus dans ces énoncés. Des exemples de ces énoncés prospectifs comprennent, mais sans s’y limiter, la disponibilité de programmes d’incitation sur les marchés internationaux et la future valeur des programmes d’incitation financière. Ces énoncés prospectifs sont valables uniquement à la date indiquée dans les présentes, et la société n’assume aucune obligation de les réviser ou de les mettre à jour. Ces énoncés ne sont pas des garanties de performances futures. Des facteurs importants pouvant causer une différence substantielle et défavorable entre les résultats réels et ceux exprimés dans les énoncés prospectifs comprennent les changements commerciaux ou d’autres conditions du marché ; la difficulté de maintenir la hausse des dépenses à des niveaux modestes tout en augmentant les recettes ; et les autres risques détaillés de temps à autre dans les dépôts de la société auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission, y compris, sans s’y limiter, le rapport trimestriel le plus récemment déposé sur formulaire 10-Q et le rapport annuel sur formulaire 10-K.

Contact des relations avec les médias :

eXp World Holdings, Inc.
mediarelations@expworldholdings.com

Contact des relations avec les investisseurs :

Denise Garcia
investors@expworldholdings.com

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eXp Realty Incentiva a Participação de Equipes com Novo Incentivo de Capital

Programa “Thrive” projetado para atrair equipes culturalmente alinhadas

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” e a principal subsidiária da eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), tem o prazer de anunciar o lançamento do seu novo programa Thrive, projetado para incentivar equipes e produtoras culturalmente alinhadas a entrarem para a família eXp Realty.

Uma vez integrado, o líder da equipe receberá um prêmio de equidade com base na sua produção dos últimos 12 meses, sujeito à direitos futuros .

“Como uma empresa comprometida em expandir continuamente os limites em apoio aos nossos agentes, a eXp Realty está sempre em busca de novas maneiras de aprimorar a experiência do agente”, disse Michael Valdes, Diretor de Crescimento da eXp Realty. “No início deste ano, introduzimos dois programas de incentivo, Boost e Accelerate, com o objetivo de ajudar corretoras independentes e agentes individuais a fazer a transição para a eXp Realty. Agora, com a adição do Thrive, oferecemos às equipes uma oportunidade de equidade acelerada. Entendemos que cada equipe tem sua própria cultura e maneira de fazer negócios, e queremos proporcionar uma plataforma para que eles possam prosperar no nosso ambiente centrado no agente.”

A eXp Realty fornecerá esse incentivo de capital aos líderes de equipes culturalmente alinhadas com mais de 10 agentes, além do líder da equipe e um mínimo de US$ 40 milhões (EUA/CAD) em volume de vendas no país de origem no período fiscal dos últimos 12 meses. Qualificações internacionais a serem publicadas. Qualificações adicionais se aplicam. Um dos principais critérios deste programa é que os líderes de equipe se comprometam com o treinamento da equipe e garantam que os membros da sua equipe se integrem ao ecossistema da eXp Realty como parte do seu alinhamento cultural com a eXp.

O programa de incentivos Thrive está sendo lançado nos Estados Unidos e no Canadá imediatamente e, em breve, estará disponível em outros 22 mercados globais da eXp, sujeito à lei aplicável. Para mais informação sobre o novo programa Thrive da eXp Realty e como beneficiar a sua equipe, clique aqui.

Sobre a eXp World Holdings, Inc.

A eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) é a holding da eXp Realty®, Virbela® e SUCCESS® Enterprises.

A eXp Realty é a maior empresa imobiliária independente do mundo, com mais de 89.000 agentes nos Estados Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido, Austrália, África do Sul, Índia, México, Portugal, França, Porto Rico, Brasil, Itália, Hong Kong, Colômbia, Espanha, Israel, Panamá, Alemanha, República Dominicana, Grécia, Nova Zelândia, Chile, Polônia e Dubai além de continuar a crescer em todo o mundo. Como uma empresa de capital aberto, a eXp World Holdings oferece aos profissionais do setor imobiliário a oportunidade única de ganhar prêmios de capital por metas de produção e contribuições para o crescimento geral da empresa. A eXp World Holdings e suas empresas oferecem um conjunto completo de soluções tecnológicas de corretagem e imobiliária, incluindo seu inovador modelo de corretagem residencial e comercial, serviços profissionais, ferramentas colaborativas e desenvolvimento pessoal. A corretora na nuvem tem por base a Virbela, uma plataforma 3D imersiva profundamente social e colaborativa, que permite que os agentes sejam mais conectados e produtivos. A SUCCESS® Enterprises, ancorada pela revista SUCCESS® e seus ativos de mídia, foi fundada em 1897 e é uma marca e publicação líder em desenvolvimento pessoal e profissional.

Para mais informação, visite https://expworldholdings.com.

Declaração de Previsão

As declarações de previsão contidas neste documento, podem incluir expectativas futuras ou outras declarações de previsão que têm por base a atual opinião e suposições da administração que envolvem riscos e incertezas conhecidos e desconhecidos que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam substancialmente diferentes dos resultados previstos. Exemplos de tais declarações de previsão incluem, mas não estão limitadas a, disponibilidade de programas de incentivo nos mercados internacionais e o valor futuro dos programas de incentivo financeiro. As declarações de previsão são válidas apenas a partir da presente data, e a empresa não tem nenhuma obrigação de atualizar ou revisar tais declarações. Tais declarações não são garantias de desempenho futuro. Fatores importantes que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam material e adversamente diferentes dos expressos nas declarações de previsão incluem, mudanças nos negócios ou outras condições de mercado; dificuldade de manter o crescimento das despesas em níveis modestos e, ao mesmo tempo, de aumentar a receita; e outros riscos detalhados ocasionalmente nos registros da Comissão de Valores Mobiliários da empresa, incluindo, mas não se limitando ao Relatório Trimestral protocolado mais recentemente no Formulário 10-Q e no Relatório Anual no Formulário 10-K.

Contato de Relações com a Mídia:

eXp World Holdings, Inc.
mediarelations@expworldholdings.com

Contato de Relações com Investidores:

Denise Garcia
investors@expworldholdings.com

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Deputy Senate President hails Ackson, Akpabio’s election as IPU President, Executive C’ttee member

The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Barau Jibrin, has congratulated the Speaker of the Tanzanian Parliament, Rt. Hon. Tulia Ackson, on her election as the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Ackson was on Friday in Luanda Angola, elected as the 31st President of the global parliamentary body, making her the first female African to lead the union.

She defeated three other female African parliamentarians to emerge as president.

Barau, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Ismail Mudashir, expressed optimism that Ackson would lead the body to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world.

He also congratulated the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, on his election into the Executive Committee of the IPU.

Jibrin described Akpabio’s election as a further confirmation of the importance of Nigeria within the comity of nations

” The election of the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, into the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is a further recognition of the importance of our country and her democracy within the comity of nations.

” I congratulate the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio and indeed, all Nigerians for this feat as the National Assembly further engages in parliamentary diplomacy to achieve global peace and harmony,” he said.(NAN)www.nannews.ng

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Lagos stakeholders task govt on healthcare prioritisation, private sector partnership

Stakeholders in Lagos State have appealed to government at all levels to collaborate fully with private health practitioners to make primary health care the bedrock of the healthcare delivery system.

The stakeholders, who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, also said collaborative efforts were required to ensure affordable and attractive primary healthcare in the state.

NAN recalls that the state government recently restated its commitment to ensuring that the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) as the foundation of a vibrant healthcare system were functional.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the state government has invested time to conduct a needs assessment on the PHCs infrastructure to provide evidence-based information for improvement.

Abayomi noted that with more than 325 PHCs in Lagos state, the government recognised that functional PHCs were the foundation of a vibrant healthcare system.

He also acknowledged that at least 60 per cent of PHCs in the state are not in a very desirable state.

Abayomi added that the state has blueprints which would serve as the framework to transform all the PHCs.

“Construction will commence soon, and we believe that over the next three to four years, the PHCs will be transformed,’’ he said.

Similarly, the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners, urged the three levels of government to collaborate fully with private health practitioners to further enhance the primary healthcare delivery system.

The National President of the association, Dr Kayode Adesola, who made the call in an interview with NAN in Lagos, noted that the partnership was critical to achieve universal health coverage and improved healthcare service delivery to citizens.

Adesola noted that most primary health centres in the country lacked critical equipment, poor facilities, shortage of skilled medical personnel, lack of power supply and ambulance services required to refer emergency cases to the state hospital, among others.

Adesola said the presence of private doctors was visible in all local government areas of the country.

He said they attended to over 70 per cent of the populace, noting that this should be leveraged upon by the government to bridge the gaps in the PHCs.

Adesola urged the Federal Government to prioritise the health sector, stressing that budget allocation to the sector should be increased to align with the 15 per cent Abuja Declaration to improve the sector.

Also, Alhaji Murisiku Akinsola, an activist, said an existing action plan of facilitating one PHC per ward across the country, should be backed by budgetary provision for such centres, from the local government.

Also, Mrs Toyosi Adeyemi, a trader at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, said shortage of health personnel, especially doctors and nurses, was a major reason many people prefer to visit the secondary and the tertiary healthcare system.

“Most PHCs in Lagos work eight hours per day for five working days in a week. Only a few have the capacity for 24/7 operation.

“Bayeku Primary Healthcare Centre has a spacious compound but houses two small buildings which are inadequate for the large number of patients that visit the facility.

“Recently, my neighbour was rushed there in the evening and was admitted to the centre.

“However, a few hours later, she was withdrawn from the centre and taken to a private hospital due to the deplorable condition of the health centre- no light, mosquito infested rooms and bushes overrun the facility.

“She said she felt unsafe and feared that her condition might worsen considering the environment.

“Most residents of Bayeku have shunned the centre. They visit Ikorodu General Hospital or the closest private hospital for care,’’ she said.

Adeyemi appealed to the Lagos State Government to ensure sustainable electrification and prioritise the upgrade of the centre to ensure access to affordable healthcare services for citizens.

In January, the state government, through the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, unveiled the upgrade of 20 PHCs in the five divisions of the state to enhance quality healthcare services.

The government said the move was to fulfil its promise of infrastructure upgrade in alignment with the THEMES agenda, which represents health and environment.

The government said the upgrade would provide a conducive environment for both the health workers and patients and enhance delivery of healthcare services to communities.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Institute trains Nigerian, Ghanaian lawyers handling cases involving capital offences

The Makwanyane Institute Nigeria Network has offered refresher training to 20 legal practitioners on rendering quality legal services to suspects of capital offences.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three-day train-the-trainers workshop held on Friday in Abuja was organised for criminal defense lawyers selected from Nigeria and Ghana.

It had “Defending Persons Facing the Death Penalty” as its tag and was organised in collaboration with Hope Behind Bars Africa and Centre for Legal Support and Inmate Rehabilitation (CELSIR).

Other partners included Inclusion Project and Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide.

Mrs Oluwafunke Adeoye, Founder, Hope Behind Bars Africa, said the workshop was aimed at training lawyers to effectively represent their clients facing capital punishments.

According to her, capital punishments such as the death penalty, require special skills and knowledge on the part of the legal practitioners.

“When people, who have been charged for these offences cannot afford adequate legal representation, it becomes a big problem.

“That is why we organised this workshop to enhance the expertise of the legal practitioners to handle cases effectively,” she said.

Mr Mohammed Kassim, Senior Partner, Obour, Minta and Co., Accra and a facilitator at the workshop, said that defending persons on death row is not an easy task hence the need for continuous training on relevant skills.

Kassim, who took the participants on “Strategic Litigation on Death Penalty, Investigation and Evidence Gathering Techniques”, said that lawyers representing clients facing capital punishments must be encouraged, supported and trained effectively at all times.

Also, Mrs Aladesanmi Olamiposi, Founder and Executive Director, CELSIR, urged the participants to maintain their professional ethics when representing their clients.

“Explore all possible and ethical means to extract testimony from witnesses when establishing your case in spite of many hostilities you may face.

“As a human rights lawyer, it behoves on you to maintain composure. You must stay calm.

“You must be professional and respectful even when faced with hostile or uncooperative witnesses; you must avoid arguments or confrontations,” she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Food security: NASC trains seed inspectors on cassava seed certification

National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has commenced training of Licensed Seed Inspectors (LSI) on enforcement of the use of quality cassava seed toward enhancing food security in Nigeria.

A Director in NASC, Dr Ishiak Khalid, stated this in Ibadan on Thursday at the opening of a two-day training by the council, in collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop had as its theme: “Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed (BASICS-ll) for Cassava Licensed Seed Inspectors.”

Khalid, who was represented by the South-West Regional Coordinator, NASC, Dr Adekunle Adeseko, said the council had set the pace in cassava seed certification in West Africa.

He stated that it had been improving its efficiency through the adoption of seed tracker in digital certification, especially in cassava.

Khalid, however, charged the LSIs to be up and doing in ensuring compliance with seed quality, noting that the council had been abreast of the activities of informal seed entrepreneurs.

On the challenges confronting cassava certification in south-west zone and the way forward, Khalid decried low patronage on seed tracker by new seed entrepreneurs.

“We know that in the South, NASC is in the process of integrating the newly-licensed cassava growers and processors, as they are yet to fully grasp the need to register their cassava seed field on the seed tracker for quality assurance.

“Another challenge is the sourcing of cassava seed from informal seed sector,” he said.

He noted that awareness creation was a way out of the challenges.

According to him, the council has paucity of funds to upscale the level of awareness on the need to propagate cassava, using seeds instead of stem from old plants meant for root production.

Khalid commended the collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which, he said, had been supporting the realisation of the council’s objectives.

The Desk Officer Basics-ll, NASC, Dr Bankole Osho-Lagunju, identified decentralisation of seed quality assurance as a new paradigm that NASC was looking at due to shortage of manpower for the number of seed producers in the country.

“Having trained personnel like this will complement the NASC officers, bring quality assurance closer to the people, make it more responsive and create income for those engaged,” he said.

In his goodwill message, Dr Shuaeeb Oyewole, Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Ibadan zonal office, stressed the need for planting high yield seeds that

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Supreme Court decision: UK group lauds Nigerian democracy

Nigerian democracy has again shown its maturity, says a political support group based in the United Kingdom (UK), Bola Tinubu Support Organisation (BTSO-UK).

The group’s Director-General, Mr Ade Adeshina, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, while reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court, affirming Mr Bola Tinubu as the duly elected president of Nigeria.

Adeshina noted that the process, starting from electioneering campaigns, proper elections and all through the judicial processes, demonstrated that Nigeria had come of age.

According to him, the Nigerian democratic experience has become the pride of Africa, particularly in the West Africa region.

“Nigeria is currently the world’s most populous black nation. The country is Africa’s biggest economy. And one of the world’s largest democracies.

“With the Supreme Court decision, Nigerians must not take for granted the country’s modest achievements,” Adeshina said.

He described the process, including the Supreme Court pronouncement, triumph for democracy and justice.

“A time to go back to the renew hope agenda to build the Nigeria of our dreams,” he added.

Adeshina said it was heartening to witness the democratic process in action, and validating the collective voice of the Nigerian people.

“With this affirmation, we can now move forward with renewed confidence in our chosen leader.

“President Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to democracy and the rule of law is an inspiration to us all.

“His dedication to the welfare of the nation and its citizens has not gone unnoticed. We look forward to a brighter future under his leadership,” he said.

Adeshina, however, cautioned those who might want to undermine the nation’s democratic process and sow discord to jettison such acts.

“It is time to accept the verdict and join hands with the majority. Let us focus on the task at hand; building a stronger, united Nigeria.

“For those whose pockets may be burning with ambitions of wealth, let us remind them that true wealth lies in the well-being of our fellow citizens.

“It’s time to embark on a journey of helping the needy and contributing to the prosperity of our great nation,” he said. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Establish drug abuse counseling units at grassroots- youths task FG.

Lagos, Oct. 28, 2023 (NAN) Abdulmumin Edidi, Representative, Nigerian Youth Parliament for Lagos Central Senatorial District, has advised the Federal Government to establish counseling units, specifically dedicated to drug abuse at primary healthcare centers.

Edidi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

He noted that the establishment of such units would assist the federal government in tackling the issue of drug abuse at the grassroots level.

According to him, these units will play a vital role in counseling individuals about the harmful effects of drug use on society and enlightening them on how to resist and prevent drug abuse.

He said it would also involve focusing on the grassroots level, particularly by educating parents.

Edidi noted that the counseling units would raise awareness and ensure that the message reaches the broader community.

“It is really important for the government to establish and strengthen these units at primary healthcare centres to ensure this menace is tackled properly.” he added.

Edidi recommended rehabilitating drug users instead of sentencing them to prison, saying imprisonment often worsen their situation.

He added that stiffer penalties should be handled out to drug traffickers, noting that such action would help in curbing the activities of traffickers.

“It is extremely important that when drug users are caught, they should be given the rehabilitation needed.

“Rehabilitation is needed in situations like that. It will change their orientation and mindset in the usage of drugs. This, in turn, will help them become better persons in the society.

“Dishing out prison sentences to them would only make them become worse. There is also a high chance of them mixing with the wrong crowd which would worsen their situation.

“Also, stiffer penalties like life imprisonment should be handled out to drug traffickers. It will serve as a stern warning to others and also discourage people from going into such harmful, inhumane and illegal business.” he explained.

Edidi also emphasised the potential role of technology in combating drug abuse, especially by incorporating advancing technologies and providing skill-building opportunities to the younger generation.

He, therefore, said that the country could effectively leverage technology as a tool to address drug abuse.

He recommended the implementation of a law mandating drug tests for individuals seeking political office as a proactive approach in tackling drug abuse across the country.

NAN reports that a grand finale for a debate among Junior and Senior Secondary Schools across Lagos Central Senatorial District will hold on Oct. 31.

The debate is advocacy programme on drug abuse amongst the students. Its goal is to establish drug free clubs in the schools which will serve as peer groups and safe spaces to curtail the issues of drug abuse in the schools. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Sen.Yari donates android smartphones to APC social media handlers

Sen. Abdul’aziz Yari (APC-Zamfara) on Saturday donated 40 android smartphones to All Progressives Congress (APC) social media handlers in the state.

Presenting the phones to the beneficiaries in Talata-Mafara at a one-day workshop for APC social media handlers, Yari urged them to promote peace building and political stability in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was organised by Sen Yari’s New Media office.

The lawmaker represented by the Zonal Coordinator, APC Zamfara West Senatorial District Campaigns, Alhaji Sha’ayau Sarkin-Fawa, described the contributions of the social users in building the party in the state as successful.

“I am very delighted to be with you today, I appreciate your support and contributions for maintenance of peace and political stability in the state.

“This gesture is a recognition to your contributions in building the APC in the state.

“You know, social media handlers play a greater role information dissemination globally,” Yari said.

“I believe your support contributed immensely for the success of the APC in the state.

“Your activities are always promoting our great party, I want you to maintain the tempo in promoting peace building and stability.

“I therefore urge you to maintain your good efforts, you should always put nations’ interest first for peace sustainability in our dear country,” he explained.

In his remarks, the Director-General New Media to Sen. Yari, Almansur Almajir, said the workshop aimed to enhance the capacity of the participants.

Almajir commended Yari and Minister of State Defence and former Gov. Bello Matawalle for their support and cooperation in building the APC in the state.

“No fewer than 40 participants of thepis workshop were been drowned from the Six local government areas of Zamfara West Senatorial District,” he added.

In their separate remarks, the Chairman Zamfara APC social media crew, Muhammad Lawal and former Senior Special Assistant to Matawalle, Abdul Bala commended Yari for enhancing the capacity of social media handlers in the state.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NPC, UNICEF target birth registration of 797,209 children in Katsina

The National Population Commission (NPC) with the support of the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), has embarked on birth registration in Katsina State, targeting 797,209 children.

Mrs Ogbodo Adaku, UNICEF’s Focal Person disclosed this during the training of some ad-hoc registrants in Katsina on Saturday.

According to her, no fewer than 1,083 ad-hoc registrants were recruited to support in carrying out a massive birth registration drive across the 361 wards in the state.

She added that, “This massive birth registration drive is being organised in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We are doing this because we want to register as many as 12 million children in Nigeria that are not visible. You and I know that once a child is not registered, by legal implication, that child is not visible, it does not exist.

“NPC having that mandate, we have to do everything to ensure that every child is registered, irrespective of their locality.”

According to her, even if it is the remotest part of the country, they have to ensure that the child is registered and issued a birth certificate, which means by legal implication, the child has been recognised.

“The child has been given an identity, and can comfortably say they are Nigerians, that’s the purpose of this massive registration drive with the support of UNICEF.

“We are here in Katsina to train the ad-hoc registrants. In the past, we were doing manual registration, but the world has gone digital.

“We want to ensure that vital statistics, which is the data generated from civic registration, is disseminated so that the government can use it for good governance and implement policies for economic development,” she said.

She pointed out that the NPC wants to have a format where it would generate statistics that can be applied with other government organisations, “That’s why we are transforming from manual to digital registration.”

According to Mrs Adaku, the ad-hoc registrants were recruited at ward level, saying that they are familiar with their community and they can help in the registration of children that are not registered at birth by the NPC.

“In Katsina, the target population of children that we are looking at registering during this birth registration drive is almost 800,000.

“And there are 361 wards in the state, in each ward, we recruited three registrants, making 1,083 registrants across the state to work within their wards.

“We are grassroot orientated organisation, and we work within the community, that’s the only way we can ensure that every child, whether born in the hospital, or at home is registered and given a birth certificate.

“In fact giving a legal identity. That’s the essence of this exercise we embarked with the support of UNICEF,” she revealed.

According to her, the NPC is working closely with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in terms of social mobilisation to inform people at the grassroots the importance of the exercise.

She added that all the necessary stakeholders were engaged in sensitising the public so that there will be no resistance. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Treat economic saboteurs as criminals, says public analyst

Lagos, A public affairs analyst, Mr Jerry Amao, says any erring Nigerian found guilty of negligence or economic sabotage, which could bring the country into disrepute, should be treated as criminal.

Amao said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

He also recommended that, henceforth, any government official found wanting in decision-making should be held responsible for any financial breach against the Nigerian government.

The consultant was reacting to the Oct. 23 victory by Nigeria, at a London High Court which set aside the arbitration award of January 2017 by PandID, a British Virgin Islands company against Nigeria.

He added that punitive action on any untoward act against the country should be countered with force.

According to him, those in position of responsibility and decision-making must, henceforth, be held liable for any misdemeanour and answerable for their actions.

‘’The tribunal identified several instances where key recommendations concerning the arbitration were not acted upon by the officers responsible, including Ministers of Justice and of Petroleum Resource.

‘’The court has come to Nigeria’s rescue this time, but it is clear from the judgement that if the heads of the relevant ministries had performed their duties effectively, this case might not have arisen at all,” Amao said.

The consultant opined that the court was ‘’very critical’’ of the Gas Supply and Purchase Agreement, (GSPA) to supply gas to a PandID project that was to be located in Calabar, Cross River State.

‘’One of the major lessons from the case is that the nation must ensure that contracts entered into by government are prepared by competent and experienced legal and other experts.

‘’The court was very critical of the GSPA and the obligations that Nigeria assumed under the contract,’’ the expert noted.

Recall that the country was triumphant in a London Court which set aside the arbitration award obtained in January 2017 by the British firm against Nigeria.

Originally, the award was about $6.6 billion but rose to about 11billion as of the date of the final judgement because of interest.

The PandID had instituted the suit against Nigeria before the arbitral tribunal, alleging a breach of agreement for the supply of gas to a project to be located in Nigeria’s Cross River State.

However, Nigeria was able to, successfully obtain leave of the London High Court in September 2020 to appeal against the tribunal award, the hearing which lasted eight weeks between January and March.(NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria