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King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Conclui com Sucesso sua Participação Como Parceiro Estratégico de Saúde na Global Health Exhibition 2023

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Global Health Exhibition, realizada de 29 a 31 de outubro de 2023, foi um sucesso extraordinário para o King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC).

Como Parceiro Estratégico de Saúde, o KFSH&RC apresentou iniciativas inovadoras destinadas a aprimorar a eficiência operacional em domínios médicos cruciais, abrangendo a jornada de atendimento ao paciente, pesquisa espacial, estudos genéticos, técnicas de radioterapia de última geração, avanços no transplante de órgãos (incluindo o primeiro transplante de doador vivo totalmente robótico do mundo), gerenciamento de capacidade e produção de radiofármacos para alcançar a autossuficiência dentro do Reino.

No dia inaugural, Sua Excelência Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh fez um discurso de abertura com foco no futuro promissor do Turismo Médico no Reino, ressaltando os esforços contínuos do KFSH&RC para aprimorar os serviços para pacientes internacionais. “A jornada transformadora do KFSH&RC em uma instituição sem fins lucrativos, focada principalmente no atendimento de pacientes da região do Golfo, teve início em 2021. No seu ano inaugural, o hospital recebeu 250 pacientes e, desde então, pudemos observar um impressionante crescimento anual de 40%. Nosso objetivo é ampliar o nosso atendimento para 10.000 pacientes até 2030.”

O Dr. Yaseen Mallawi, Diretor Executivo Interino – Prestação de Cuidados de Saúde no KFSH&RC, participou de um painel de discussão abordando “Desafios para acelerar a transformação do Setor de Saúde Saudita”, onde enfatizou o compromisso do hospital em priorizar o bem-estar funcional dos pacientes dentro de um sistema de saúde baseado em valores.

Muhannad Al Kadi, Diretor de Comunicações Corporativas e Marketing do KFSH&RC, expressou sua satisfação com o sucesso do fórum, afirmando: “Foi um prazer poder nos reunir com líderes do setor para compartilhar nossa visão e testemunhar o impacto das nossas colaborações. A Global Health Exhibition tem sido uma plataforma notável para avaliar novas oportunidades que irão reforçar ainda mais o cenário da saúde no Reino e além.”

Os especialistas do KFSH&RC participaram ativamente de vários painéis de discussão. O Dr. Dieter Broering, Diretor Executivo do Centro de Excelência em Transplante de Órgãos, compartilhou insights sobre o potencial das tecnologias cirúrgicas de ponta para reformular os cuidados de saúde. O Dr. Mohammed Alhamid, Diretor do Centro de Inteligência em Saúde, fez um discurso instigante sobre os cuidados de saúde com base em IA lançando luz sobre o futuro da inteligência em saúde.

Além disso, o evento foi um marco significativo para o KFSH&RC ao celebrar seu 100º procedimento Car-T Cell, uma conquista notável no Oriente Médio. O hospital também recebeu o prestigiado prêmio de “Best Public Services Call Centre of The Year – Critical” no Annual Middle East Call Centre 2023 Awards.

Além da participação no Global Health Exhibition, o KFSH&RC firmou Memorandos de Entendimento fundamentais. O hospital fez uma parceria com a Sabic, líder global em produtos químicos diversificados, para impulsionar o desenvolvimento e a inovação de produtos de saúde. O King Faisal Specialist Hospital International Holding Company, o braço de investimento do KFSH&RC, estabeleceu uma parceria estratégica com a Solutions by STC para aprimorar o cenário das empresas de negócios de saúde e identificar áreas de crescimento mútuo no setor.

Foram firmados outros Memorandos de Entendimento com a Microsoft Arabia, com foco na sustentabilidade e inovação para o aprimoramento do atendimento ao paciente, e com a Fundação Hevolution, enfatizando o avanço da pesquisa sobre longevidade e envelhecimento. O KFSH&RC também fez uma parceria com a Illumina e firmou um memorando de entendimento com a Johnson & Johnson, com a visão principal de revolucionar o treinamento cirúrgico na região.

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L’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal conclut avec succès son rôle de partenaire stratégique en matière de soins de santé à la Global Health Exhibition 2023

RIYAD, Arabie saoudite, 07 nov. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La Global Health Exhibition, qui s’est tenue du 29 au 31 octobre 2023, fut un succès exceptionnel pour l’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal (ci-après « KFSH&RC »).

À titre de partenaire santé stratégique de l’événement, le KFSH&RC a présenté des initiatives révolutionnaires visant à améliorer l’efficacité opérationnelle dans des domaines médicaux essentiels, notamment le parcours de soins des patients, la recherche spatiale, les études génétiques, les techniques de radiothérapie de pointe, les progrès en matière de greffe d’organes (y compris la toute première greffe avec donneur vivant entièrement robotisée), la gestion des capacités et la production de produits radiopharmaceutiques afin d’atteindre l’autosuffisance dans le Royaume.

Pour la journée d’ouverture, Son Excellence le Dr Majid Ibrahim Al Fayyadh, a prononcé un discours liminaire sur l’avenir prometteur du tourisme médical dans le Royaume, soulignant les efforts continus du KFSH&RC pour améliorer les services offerts aux patients internationaux. « Le parcours de transformation du FSH&RC en une institution à but non lucratif, principalement axée sur les patients de la région du Golfe, a débuté en 2021. Dans sa première année, l’hôpital a admis 250 patients, et nous avons depuis observé une croissance annuelle impressionnante de 40 %. Notre objectif est de proposer nos soins à 10 000 patients d’ici 2030 ».

Le Dr Yaseen Mallawi, directeur général par intérim de la prestation de soins de santé au KFSH&RC, a participé à une table ronde sur « Les défis à relever pour accélérer la transformation du secteur de la santé saoudien », durant laquelle il a souligné l’engagement de l’hôpital à donner la priorité au bien-être fonctionnel des patients dans le cadre d’un système de soins de santé reposant sur la notion de valeur.

Muhannad Al Kadi, responsable de la communication et du marketing de KFSH&RC, s’est réjoui du succès du forum : « Ce fut un plaisir de se réunir avec des leaders du secteur, de partager notre vision et de constater l’impact de nos collaborations. La Global Health Exhibition a été une plateforme exceptionnelle pour explorer de nouvelles opportunités qui permettront de renforcer encore le secteur des soins de santé dans le Royaume et au-delà ».

Les experts de KFSH&RC ont activement participé à de nombreuses tables rondes. Le Dr Dieter Broering, directeur exécutif du Centre d’excellence pour les greffes d’organe a partagé son point de vue sur le potentiel des technologies chirurgicales de pointe pour remodeler les soins de santé. Le Dr. Mohammed Alhamid, directeur du Centre of Healthcare Intelligence, a prononcé un discours passionnant sur les soins de santé alimentés par l’IA, mettant en lumière l’avenir de l’intelligence en matière de soins de santé.

D’autre part, l’événement a marqué une étape importante pour le KFSH&RC, qui a célébré sa 100e procédure de thérapie cellulaire Car-T, une réalisation remarquable au Moyen-Orient. L’hôpital s’est également vu décerner le prix prestigieux du « Meilleur centre d’appel de l’année pour les services publics – critique » lors de la remise des prix annuels du Middle East Call Centre 2023 Awards.

En marge de la Global Health Exhibition, le KFSH&RC a scellé des protocoles d’accord importants. Il s’est associé à SABIC, un leader mondial des produits chimiques diversifiés, pour stimuler le développement et l’innovation en matière de produits de santé. King Faisal Specialist Hospital International Holding Company, la société d’investissement de KFSH&RC, a établi un partenariat stratégique avec Solutions by STC afin d’améliorer le cadre commercial des soins de santé et d’identifier les domaines de croissance mutuelle dans le secteur.

D’autres protocoles d’accord ont été signés avec Microsoft Arabia, concernant le développement durable et l’innovation pour l’amélioration des soins aux patients, et avec la Fondation Hevolution, concernant l’avancement de la recherche sur la longévité et le vieillissement. Le KFSH&RC a également établi un partenariat avec Illumina et signé un protocole d’accord avec Johnson & Johnson, dans le but premier de révolutionner la formation chirurgicale dans la région.

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Matmerize secures DOD award to develop low-flammability polymer composite materials using advanced AI methods

ATLANTA, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Matmerize, Inc., an industry leader in Polymer & Formulations Informatics proudly announces its selection by the US Department of Defense (DOD) for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract aimed at advancing AI methodologies for accelerating the design of novel low-flammability polymer composite materials. Matmerize is excited about the transformative potential of this project as it will not only enhance fire safety for Navy ships and submarines, but will also find applications in a wide range of industries, including construction, aerospace, automotive and consumer products. This award comes at the heels of another SBIR recently awarded to Matmerize by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop physics-informed and physics-enforced machine learning architectures to advance materials development.

The flammability of polymer composites is quantified by a set of quantitative parameters, typically measured using highly standardized instruments/tests defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and other agencies. Desirable polymeric materials that meet the specific values of ASTM and non-ASTM standardized tests require an optimal combination of base polymers, functional additives, flame retardants, and processing conditions. Matmerize will collaborate with DOD to develop a Polymer Informatics capability using suitable curated data and advanced AI/ML techniques, aimed at the accelerated design of low-flammability polymer matrix composites that meet other critical mechanical and thermal performance targets needed by the Navy.

Key highlights of the contract include:

(1)  creation of a composite materials database with flammability and other relevant properties such as maximum heat release rate, time to ignition, and smoke density,
(2)   development of AI models trained on the database to predict the relevant properties for new composite formulations, and
(3)  recommend a pool of promising polymer composites, i.e., the combinations of base polymers, functional additives, flame retardants, and processing conditions, for experimentally synthesis and testing.

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AI Custom Models for Low Flammability Polymer Composites: Creating AI Custom Models for Low Flammability Polymer Composites using Customer's Proprietary Data

Huan Tran, Director of Research Innovation for Matmerize stated, “This collaboration signifies a major achievement in the pursuit of safer, lower-flammability polymer composites. We take great pride in spearheading the development of cutting-edge AI-driven solutions for low-flammability composite materials that not only meet rigorous ASTM testing standards but also address the vital safety requirements mandated for our Navy ships.“

At the heart of Matmerize’s innovation lies PolymRize™, their flagship product – a cloud-based Polymer Informatics software platform meticulously crafted to expedite the advancement of polymers, composites, and formulations. The DOD SBIR aligns perfectly with Matmerize’s core mission to unlock the immense potential of AI in advanced materials engineering to address critical challenges and improve functionality, fire safety and sustainability. Both the DOD and the NSF SBIRs come at an opportune time and will jointly propel and advance the AI-based PolymRize™ technology in a synergistic manner.

Chiho Kim, CTO at Matmerize expressed his enthusiasm by stating “The two concurrent SBIR awards granted by DOD and NSF, represent a resounding endorsement of Matmerize’s pioneering Polymer Informatics platform PolymRize™. These contracts will provide us the resources and support needed to further advance our AI based PolymRize™ platform.”

For more information on the innovative PolymRize™ platform please visit: https://www.matmerize.com/polymrize

About Matmerize:
Matmerize, Inc. is a recent spin-out from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was founded by Dr. Rampi Ramprasad and Dr. Chiho Kim. Matmerize is a leading innovator at the intersection of advanced materials engineering and artificial intelligence. With a mission to revolutionize fire safety and sustainability through AI technology, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Our dedicated team of experts strives to create solutions that positively impact new material development while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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Quantexa Launches New Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore to Capture Next Wave of Growth

  • Quantexa’s growing presence in Singapore represents significant investment in delivering AI-enabled Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions to Enterprises and Government Agencies across Asia Pacific
  • Quantexa has seen double-digit growth and tripled employee base in Asia Pacific region since Series D announcement in 2022
  • The new location in Singapore reinforces Quantexa’s global network and brings the company closer to its clients and partners in the region

SINGAPORE, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors, today announced the opening of its new Asia Pacific Headquarters based in Tower 1 of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) in Singapore. The opening is part of a broader regional expansion plan and follows the July 2023 launch of Quantexa’s Japan operations in Tokyo and long-standing presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Malaysia. Further expansion into Hong Kong is expected in 2024.

The organization’s decision to set up its regional headquarters in Singapore was solidified by the country’s commitment to attracting investment, talent, and technology. Establishing Quantexa’s new office locally complements the government’s Smart Nation initiative which outlines its plan to invest up to SGD500 million in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development.

Economic forecasts for Southeast Asia predict that it will remain one of the fastest growing regions for years to come. Additionally, over the past 12 months, Quantexa has seen significant demand in the region as local banks and government agencies put an increased emphasis on detecting and preventing financial crime as the number of large-scale money laundering operations in region have risen, costing victims abroad billions of dollars[1]. Recently, Singapore authorities have taken measures to ensure that financial institutions scrutinise monetary flows with city state managed assets valued at USD4 trillion[2].

Quantexa’s regional headquarters will provide sales, marketing, product management, and professional services capabilities to support customer implementations of its Decision Intelligence Platform in the banking, insurance and telecommunications industries, as well as the public sector. The opening comes after Quantexa recently completed its Series E Funding Round led by GIC Singapore, valuing the company north of $1.8 billion, and announcing a $155 million investment to fuel global artificial intelligence advancements.

Today, Quantexa will host an event to showcase local technology innovation and partnerships at The National Museum of Singapore. Quantexa CEO Vishal Marria will be joined by esteemed industry leaders from GIC, Singapore’s Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS), and Standard Chartered Bank for a panel discussion on “Charting New Pathways for AI Innovation.”

Vishal Marria, CEO and Founder, Quantexa, said: “Quantexa has seen 90% revenue growth and we have nearly tripled our team size in the Asia Pacific region since our Series D announcement. With today’s announcement of our new regional headquarters in Singapore, we continue to accelerate our growth plans and get closer to our clients and partners as we serve the region.”

Choo Yong Cheen, Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity, GIC, said: “We are pleased to see Quantexa establish their new regional headquarters in Singapore as part of their expansion efforts in Asia. As Quantexa continues to benefit from increasing regulatory emphasis on compliance and demand for AI capabilities in data management, we remain confident in the company’s growth potential.”

Jinghua Guo, Chief Digitization Officer, The Digital and Intelligence Service, added: “The Digital and Intelligence Service views AI as a mission-critical capability for the Singapore Armed Forces to safeguard the sovereignty and security of Singapore. We have always worked closely with other technology partners in government to build cutting-edge AI capabilities for defence. But beyond this, we need to harness the rapid innovations from commercial companies as part of our AI portfolio to address our operational needs more effectively. Therefore, we are interested to further explore how cutting-edge solutions from technology leaders like Quantexa can help us succeed in our mission.”

Sean Coppinger, CIO, Standard Chartered Bank, said: “We are thrilled that Quantexa is expanding its presence here. Since 2018, we have worked closely with Quantexa to use AI-enabled data matching capabilities to get a complete view of our customers and their transaction networks. This has helped us raise the bar on how the industry detects fraud and fights financial crime.”

The Singapore Headquarters joins a growing portfolio of Quantexa hubs including London, Dublin, Brussels, Malaga, UAE, New York, Boston, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tokyo.

Quantexa’s Asia Pacific team is expanding and is actively recruiting several open positions. To find out more about current vacancies, visit this page.

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Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 675 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, Dublin, Brussels, Malaga, UAE, New York, Boston, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, and Tokyo.

About GIC

GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to secure Singapore’s financial future. As the manager of Singapore’s foreign reserves, GIC takes a long-term, disciplined approach to investing and is uniquely positioned across a wide range of asset classes and active strategies globally. These include equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure. Its long- term approach, multi-asset capabilities, and global connectivity enable it to be an investor of choice. GIC seeks to add meaningful value to its investments. Headquartered in Singapore, GIC has a global talent force of over 2,100 people in 11 key financial cities and has investments in over 40 countries. For more information, please visit www.gic.com.sg or follow on LinkedIn.

[1] Source: Nikkei Asia article – Singapore stands out as a global tech hub amid U.S.-China tensions

[2] Source: South China Morning Post article – Singapore readies roll out of anti-money-laundering platform to prevent a 1MDB repeat

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Edo 2024: Group advocates electoral rebirth, level-playing field

Rescue Edo Movement (REM), a civil society organisation, has pleaded in favour of electoral rebirth and a level-playing field for all aspirants in the Edo 2024 governorship election.

Convener of REM and former Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon. Andrew Emwanta, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

Emwanta said Edo has men and women of goodwill inspired to provide leadership for the people, hence the need for a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding.

“We will search for someone with what it takes to lift Edo State from its present state of stunted growth. It is time for an electoral renaissance in Edo,” he said.

He also said that ethnicity, senatorial district, and other discordant sentiments should not be the major parameters for the emergence of any governorship candidate from the major political parties.

He called on residents of the state to insist on the human quality index, saying they should not cede the 2024 governorship slot to a particular zone.

Emwanta, however, noted that each of the three zones in the state had produced a governor without any form of marginalisation.

It also said the faultlines of the past should not hold the state down, adding that people should do everything constitutionally possible to reclaim the state from “the jaws of those who have swallowed it up”.

The former commissioner also called on relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure that the ambitions of credible aspirants through undemocratic practices.

“We should all emphasise competence, capacity, and pedigree. These and others should guide us to make the right decision in 2024,” he said.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki, who first became governor in 2016 under the All Progressives Congress (APC), won his reelection in 2020, having moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Sept. 21, 2024, for the governorship election in the state.

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Racketeers, extortionists will be dealt with, sacked- NIMC boss

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has vowed to deal decisively with any of its staff members caught extorting money from enrollees for their National Identification Number (NIN).

The NIMC Acting Director-General, Mrs Abisoye Coker-Odusote, made this known during an unscheduled visit to the FCT office of the commission on Tuesday.

She said the commission would not tolerate continued acts of extortion from its members, and harassment of Nigerians, saying all enrollment was free.

According to her, modifications in signatures, enrollment errors and Date of Birth should be paid through bank remittances of N500 and N15,000 respectively, noting that all other enrollment should not be paid for.

She said data is a critical infrastructure and should be treated as a national asset, saying modifications of any information would only be allowed if made with sworn affidavits.

The acting D-G however advised Nigerians to report incident of extortion or harassment in the course of their enrollment to its offices.

“So regarding extortion, NIN is free in Nigeria, there is no reason why you should pay for enrollment, It is free. If you call me or give anybody money or you go to any of the NIMC offices, you are adding to the problem.

“You know if we all keep saying it, we have to be better, Let’s also practice it as Charity begins at home, if there’s any issue, go to the website.

“There are channels there for you to escalate the matter. I am actually getting that feedback directly myself and addressing it”.

Coker-Odusote said the commission had cleared over 2.5 million backlog of modifications, saying all issues delaying the processing of national identity cards for Nigerians would be addressed within two weeks.

On the challenges of broken down and outdated systems, slow network connectivity and others, she said all issues were being addressed, saying the Renewed Hope agenda of this present administration would reposition data management in the country.

The FCT NIMC Coordinator, Mrs Ndi Awan, spoke about the uncomfortable working environment, slow network connectivity and activities of touts around the premises.

“Our challenge is many but let me talk about the issue of poor network, we usually find it difficult to upload biometrics of enrollment.

“We are also short-staffed, our officers are not enough to handle the number of people coming in, this makes the system and process slow”.

She said the commission would continue to play its part in providing a secured and universally recognised identity management system for Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that during the visit, one staff was apprehended for extorting N25,000, while another posed as an enrollee, deceiving unsuspecting people about helping them with their NIN.

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Water Security: WaterAid seeks climate-resilience interventions for communities

WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation, has called on all tiers of government to provide interventions to help communities mitigate the impact of climate change on water supply in the country.

WaterAid’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Wainwright, who made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, said it was time to shift attention to those most affected by climate crisis.

According to him, no one can be resilient to climate change if he does not have access to water, saying that adaptation strategies must be prioritised by all levels of government.

“We are seeing the impact of climate change and the impact of climate change on the human race is principally through water, either too much or too little, so we see droughts.

“We see flooding; we see sea level rise; we see we see the groundwater levels dropping to dangerously low levels; so, it is a huge issue.

“ It is a big risk; and it is getting bigger all the time with climate change.

“The impact is getting stronger and it is hitting the parts of the world– the countries in the world that did the least to cause climate change.

“So, we see that it is fundamental to do more work on adapting to climate change, building the resilience of communities; nobody can be resilient to climate change if they do not have access to water,’’ he said.

He said Nigeria must do more to strengthen its sanitation systems as flood occurrences could cause huge risks could if there was poor sanitation systems.

The chief executive officer said to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, it was crucial to ensure access to water for all.

He said resilience in the face of climate change hinged on the ability to secure the fundamental resource, adding that with the rise in urbanised communities, demand for clean water and efficient sanitation systems was growing.

Wainwright said WaterAid’s vision was for a resilient future in Nigeria and to inspire effort to address the pressing water and sanitation challenges.

He said his visit coincided with a significant milestone for WaterAid Nigeria, which recently unveiled a Country Programme Strategy to improve access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services for 10 million people.

Wainwright commended Nigeria’s commitment to addressing WASH challenges and recognised climate change as a significant threat to this essential right.

He emphasised WaterAid’s dedication to mobilising sustainable solutions and funding through the Resilient Water Accelerator project– all aimed at ensuring that communities have secure and sustainable access to water and sanitation.

On her part, Evelyn Mere, Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, expressed her enthusiasm for the visit, emphasising the opportunity it presented to advance the advocacy for safe, inclusive, and sustainable WASH access in Nigeria.

She underscored the far-reaching impact of climate change, not only on jeopardisiing access to clean water, but also threatening industrial and commercial water usage vital to businesses, productivity, and livelihoods.

“WaterAid’s visit to Nigeria is not just a working visit; it is a testament to the organisation’s unwavering commitment to securing a more resilient and water-secure future, both in Nigeria and beyond.

“As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, initiatives like this bring hope and promise to vulnerable communities striving to withstand the impacts of a changing world, “Mere said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wainwright, and Chair of WaterAid Board, Andrew Green, are embarking on a working visit to the country from Nov. 6 to Nov.10.

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Imperatives of responsible security reporting

Recently, a security intelligence and risk management company, Beacon Consulting, released a rejoinder disclaiming a newspaper report on the security situation in the country.

In the rejoinder, the organisation questioned the newspaper’s alleged increase in the activities of non-state actors and wondered why facts were twisted and to what end.

“In its report (the newspaper cited) … our August 2023 Nigeria Security Report and the authorship of our Managing Director, Dr Kabir Adamu to link the 252-fatality figure in Borno State to an alleged increase in the activities of non-state actors in Nigeria’s North East state of Borno, calling into question commendable security operations, both kinetic and non-kinetic, to combat terrorism in the state and region as a whole.”

While the organisation stood by its figures of 252 fatalities in Borno State in August 2023, it said at no point did it indicate that the figures represented an increase in non-state actors’ activities or that it was a result of the ineptness of government at federal and state levels and security forces operations to curtail insecurity.

“It is assessed that the intensity of the armed conflict has reduced significantly, indicating improved tactics, techniques, and procedures, particularly in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as inter-service and inter-agency coordination, collaboration, and cooperation within the nation,” the initial report has stated.

Beacon Consulting’s frustration is understandable.

Typical of the nature of security reportage in Nigeria, many media organisations either sensationalise security reporting or select the most negative of angles.

Either for profit or to appear authoritative or both, media houses oftentimes misrepresent verifiable facts or twist them unprovoked.

The worst version of that brand of communication is when they neglect the fact altogether just because it doesn’t sound negatively explosive.

Apart from the improvement cited by Beacon in its report, since the present administration came in, there has been significant improvement in the security situation in the South East and Niger Delta regions, in addition to the improvement in the North East cited by Beacon.

For instance, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta, in its 2023 third-quarter Niger Delta Quarterly Conflict Tracker, reported an improvement in peace and security in the region.

“The Niger Delta conflict, peace and security landscape was comparatively stable in the second quarter of 2023.

“There were continuities in the nature and dynamics of peace and security with few changes in the trends of violence during the quarter.

“There was a decline in incidents of lethal violence and a rise in conflict fatalities during the period compared to the first quarter.

“Overall, there was an improvement in the peace and security situation in the region.

“Peace actors implemented many successful interventions that helped to de-escalate political tensions and prevent communal violence in the aftermath of the February and March 2023 general elections in the region,” the report states.

In the South East, activities of separatist agitators and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been significantly halted, thanks to the combined efforts of the security and intelligence agencies coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the cooperation of state governments as well as the support of the people.

Recall that the sit-at-home order enforced by IPOB has ended and citizens don’t have to go about their daily activities thinking about disruption and violence.

The order, which commenced in 2021, had impacted the economy in the region negatively and resulted in the loss of lives and properties of residents in the South-East.

In September, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, said about the situation in the region:

“We have equally heightened our efforts in containing criminalities perpetrated in the South East Region by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network.

‘’Through Operation Udo Ka, our troops have, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, put an end to the infamous sit-at-home order that has almost crippled socio-economic activities in the region.”

In the Niger Delta region, even the uninitiated can feel the security improvement so much that, according to the June 2023 crude oil production report of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Nigeria’s crude oil earnings rose to over N1.68trillion in June 2023 following an increase in the country’s output in May.

The report majorly attributed the increase to concerted efforts by security officials and oil operators, which means the fight against oil theft is gaining momentum.

Things have even improved since that report was published.

Admittedly, a lack of access to information is one of the major challenges faced in reporting issues around national security generally in Nigeria.

As the media has an agenda-setting role to play in an emerging democracy like Nigeria, it should not be denied access to information, because understanding the situation and reporting accurately is key to mitigating misinformation.

But more than anything else, media organisations should consider themselves as partners and co-collaborators on issues of national security.

Indeed, government communicators need to increase mutual trust and confidence by delivering a freer, more accurate, and more balanced flow of information.

As is common practice globally, state actors may decide to restrict certain information so that covert operational activities are not compromised.

However, the media should at all times resist the temptation of misrepresentation of facts and sensationalism just because it does not have access to certain information.

Yes, the activities of kidnappers appear to be on the rise and it should worry the security and intelligence community, but, no doubt, the most impartial and professional analysis of Nigeria’s security situation suggests that things have continued to improve.

This progress should be reflected in security reporting in the media.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Health is an investment, catalyst for economic growth – NESG

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) says health must be viewed as an investment and a catalyst for economic growth.

The group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Designate, Mr Tayo Aduloju, said this in Abuja during a media conference.

According to Aduloju, evidence suggests that in developing countries such as Nigeria, every dollar invested in health yields an economic return of two dollars to four dollars.

He, however, said that Nigeria’s maternal mortality remains among the highest in the world, with over 50,000 women dying every year because of pregnancy-related complications and a maternal mortality ratio estimated between 500 and 1,047 deaths per 100,000 live births.

He added that the figure exceeds the global target of 70 deaths per 100,000 live births.

He added that “maternal mortality is widely accepted as an indicator of a country’s health system.

“This implies that in spite of commendable efforts by the government and donor agencies, we still need to build bridges that will advance health outcomes for all.”

The CEO designate also said that gender equity, trade and inclusive health policies and programmes are critical for sustainable development.

According to him, trade has the power to change people’s lives, communities and entire nations.

He added that health as the total state of one’s physical, mental and social well-being is a vital component of human development.

He said “a nation’s overall development, labour productivity and rate of economic growth are significantly influenced by trade and health.

“We see how rising healthcare costs, deteriorating infrastructure, lack of equipment and essential medicines and brain drain of

health workers limit physical and financial access to health services.

“Health as an investment for economic returns must be included in discussions about economic prosperity, particularly in developing economies like Nigeria.”

Aduloju also said that trade agreements and policies vary the impacts on health determinants.

He, however, said that to facilitate the advancement of a gender-inclusive society, it is necessary to consider how trade, investment and health policies/interventions affect women, men and vulnerable populations differently.

He said that in spite of their significant contributions to informal trade, women continue to have limited access to resources and markets.

He added that considering the stark realities, the Policy Innovation Centre (PIC), an initiative of NESG, organised a two-day event called Gender and Inclusion Summit 2023.

The Executive Director, PIC, Mrs Osasuyi Dirisu, explained that the summit would explore strategies to advance gender and inclusion.

She said “this is by harnessing the potential of trade to promote economic participation, reduce inequalities, improve access to opportunities, as well as innovative approaches to bridge healthcare financing gaps and access to quality healthcare services.”

She added that the PIC would provide an all-inclusive platform for dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders by amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable and co-creating innovative solutions to bridging inequality gaps in the country.

She announced that the summit, which has “Building Bridges: Advancing Gender and Inclusion through the Intersection of Trade and Health” as its theme,

will be held on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 in Abuja.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria