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KFSH&RC Pushes Boundaries with a Year of Achievements Across Three Centres of Excellence

KFSH&RC Pushes Boundaries with a Year of Achievements Across Three Centres of Excellence

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) has experienced a year of achievements across its three Centres of Excellence—Oncology, Genomics, and Transplantation.

KFSH&RC’s Oncology Centre of Excellence continues to lead the fight against the disease in the Kingdom. This year alone, the centre has treated 25% of all cancer cases in Saudi Arabia, achieving a 50% overall recovery rate and up to 90% recovery in leukemia cases. With almost five decades of service, the centre’s commitment to providing advanced cancer treatments is evident in its adoption of technologies such as CAR T-cell therapy and liquid biopsy, which provide less invasive alternatives to traditional methods, along with extensive bone marrow transplants, and revolutionary techniques like Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC).

KFSH&RC Pushes Boundaries with a Year of Achievements Across Three Centres of Excellence

Notably, KFSH&RC has achieved a milestone by completing over 100 CAR T-cell therapy procedures, a novel treatment that genetically modifies a patient’s immune cells to fight cancer. This achievement puts it on par with renowned institutions that are also advancing CAR-T cell therapy for various blood cancers and exploring expanded applications through clinical trials and new treatment protocols. Furthermore, the centre’s focus on pediatric oncology boasts a 97% five-year survival rate for renal tumors and a 92% survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children.

With rapid advancements in genomic medicine, KFSH&RC is adopting next-generation sequencing technologies into patient care in its Genomic Centre, revolutionizing local and regional approaches to disease management. KFSH&RC’s discovery of the bacterial strain Stenotrophomonas Riyadhensis, facilitated by whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technology, has contributed to our understanding of bacterial antibiotic resistance mechanisms. With 15,698 patient visits and over 5,658 whole genomes completed in 2023, the centre ensures that prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are precise and personalized.

KFSH&RC’s Organ Transplant Centre of Excellence (OTCoE) continues to be the primary contributor to organ transplantation activities in the Kingdom, accounting for 65% of all transplants performed nationally. In 2023, OTCoE performed 1,092 solid organ transplants, including the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant— where doctors employed robotic technology to conduct surgery on both patient and donor — an achievement that places the centre at the forefront of global transplantation practices.

As KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in medical science, its efforts not only inspire but also significantly impact the global healthcare community, reaffirming its role as a leader in medical innovation and specialized healthcare.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.

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Curia e Carterra Fazem Parceria em Simpósio para o Avanço da Pesquisa Biotecnológica do Noroeste do Pacífico

ALBANY, N.Y. e SALT LAKE CITY, May 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Curia, uma organização líder em contratos de pesquisa, desenvolvimento e fabricação, e a Carterra Inc., líder mundial em descoberta de medicamentos de moléculas pequenas e anticorpos de alto rendimento sem rótulos, anunciaram hoje sua parceria para a realização de um simpósio de produtos biológicos de alto rendimento previsto para 31 de maio no Residence Inn do Marriott em Seattle, Washington.

O objetivo da colaboração é promover o crescente foco em biotecnologia na região Noroeste do Pacífico dos EUA e Canadá. O simpósio reunirá todos os níveis de liderança científica das comunidades de biotecnologia e farmacêutica.

“Estamos muito entusiasmados com a parceria com a Carterra para organizar este simpósio de descoberta de anticorpos, reunindo a comunidade de biotecnologia do Noroeste do Pacífico e compartilhando os mais recentes avanços na descoberta de anticorpos”, disse Steve Lavezoli, Vice-Presidente de Produtos Biológicos da Curia. “Também estamos prontos para compartilhar nossos fluxos de trabalho de descoberta ideal de anticorpos de alta qualidade e acelerados para a primeira descoberta, desenvolvimento e fabricação clínica de anticorpos humanos. Os anticorpos descobertos e/ou projetados com a tecnologia de plataforma da Curia são para a área de clínica e temos mais de 230 campanhas bem-sucedidas de descoberta de anticorpos realizadas para a comunidade de biotecnologia.”

A velocidade, a experiência científica e a eficiência podem superar as altas taxas de atrito da descoberta precoce de anticorpos e alcançar a primeira distribuição no mercado de novas terapêuticas. O simpósio destacará a plataforma tecnológica e os serviços integrados da Curia com foco no desenvolvimento de sistemas aprimorados de camundongos para geração de anticorpos e triagem de células B únicas de alto rendimento. A combinação de sequenciamento de próxima geração (NGS) e produção recombinante rápida de quantidades de miligrama para grama de anticorpo monoclonal purificado (mAb) acelera significativamente a identificação de condutores candidatos ao desenvolvimento.

Desde 2017, a Carterra tem vendido seu potente biossensor de alto rendimento LSA® para analisar e caracterizar anticorpos com Ressonância Plasmônica de Superfície (SPR). Com o lançamento da sua plataforma LSAXT no ano passado, a Carterra passou a oferecer produtos que podem realizar análises de moléculas pequenas, bem como a descoberta de anticorpos. A plataforma LSA foi destaque em vários artigos revisados por pares em Science, Nature e Cell, detalhando o caminho de várias terapêuticas que estão entrando em ensaios clínicos. No simpósio, vários cientistas líderes em biofarmacêutica compartilharão suas ideias sobre suas áreas específicas de descoberta de medicamentos e destacarão o impacto transformador da integração da tecnologia HT-SPR, IA/ML e outras novas tecnologias.

“Estamos entusiasmados com a nossa parceria com a Curia no nosso simpósio. Os simpósios Carterra são eventos científicos que organizamos todos os anos nos EUA e na Europa”, disse Chris M. Silva, Vice-Presidente de Marketing e Produtos da Carterra. “Esses simpósios nos ajudam a compartilhar os mais recentes avanços tecnológicos e dados importantes gerados a partir dos fluxos de trabalho de cientistas que usam as plataformas sem rótulos da Carterra. A nossa entrada no noroeste do Pacífico é uma oportunidade para aumentar o entendimento mais profundo da tecnologia para produtos farmacêuticos e biotecnológicos nesta região.”

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Sobre a Curia:
A Curia é uma Organização de Desenvolvimento e Fabricação de Contratos (CDMO) com mais de 30 anos de experiência, uma rede integrada de 27 locais globais e mais de 3.500 funcionários em parceria com clientes biofarmacêuticos para levar ao mercado terapias que mudam a vida. Nossas ofertas de produtos biológicos e pequenas moléculas abrangem a descoberta através da comercialização, com capacidades regulatórias e analíticas integradas. Nossos especialistas científicos e de processos, e instalações de última geração oferecem a melhor experiência em fabricação de medicamentos e produtos farmacêuticos. Da curiosidade à cura, proporcionamos todas as etapas para a melhoria da vida dos pacientes. Visite-nos em curiaglobal.com.

Sobre a Carterra, Inc.:
A Carterra, Inc. é uma empresa privada. Sua tecnologia HT-SPR fornece aos clientes de descoberta de medicamentos de moléculas grandes e pequenas, o rendimento e a funcionalidade de triagem e caracterização que são dimensionados com aplicativos de nível ômico, condensando meses de trabalho em dias. Nossas soluções viabilizaram múltiplas terapias e pesquisas inovadoras e ajudaram pesquisadores acadêmicos e translacionais e empresas biofarmacêuticas em oncologia, imunologia, neurociência e muito mais.  A Carterra está sediada em Salt Lake City, Utah, e tem Centros de Experiência do Cliente em São Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, Inglaterra e Munique, Alemanha. Os produtos Carterra estão disponíveis na Ásia-Pacífico e na Oceania através do nosso distribuidor exclusivo, Revvity. Para mais informação, visite www.carterra-bio.com ou conecte-se conosco no LinkedIn ou X (Twitter).

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Viana Bhagan
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Curia et Carterra coorganisent un symposium sur les produits biologiques pour encourager la recherche en biotechnologie dans le nord-ouest du Pacifique

ALBANY, New York et SALT LAKE CITY, 10 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, une organisation de premier plan du domaine de la recherche, du développement et de la fabrication sous contrat, et Carterra Inc., leader mondial de la découverte d’anticorps et de médicaments à petites molécules sans étiquette à haut débit, annoncent ce jour un partenariat ciblé sur l’organisation d’un symposium sur les produits biologiques à haut débit, prévu le 31 mai au Residence Inn at Marriott de Seattle, dans l’État de Washington.

L’objectif de cette collaboration vise la promotion de l’intérêt croissant suscité par la biotechnologie dans la zone nord-ouest du Pacifique des États-Unis et du Canada. Le symposium réunira des professionnels de tous niveaux de direction scientifique de la biotechnologie et de la pharmaceutique.

« Nous sommes ravis de nous associer à Carterra pour organiser ce symposium axé sur la découverte d’anticorps, qui réunira l’ensemble de la communauté biotechnologique du nord-ouest du Pacifique et permettra de partager les dernières avancées en matière de découverte d’anticorps », observe Steve Lavezoli, vice-président des produits biologiques chez Curia. Et de poursuivre : « Nous sommes également impatients d’échanger sur nos meilleurs flux de travail, de haute qualité et accélérés pour la découverte, le développement et la fabrication clinique d’anticorps en vue d’une première administration chez l’être humain. Les anticorps découverts et/ou conçus à l’aide de la plateforme technologique de Curia sont utilisés en clinique et nous avons mené avec succès plus de 230 campagnes de découverte d’anticorps au bénéfice de la communauté biotechnologique. »

La rapidité, l’expertise scientifique et l’efficacité permettent de surmonter les forts taux de rotation de la découverte précoce d’anticorps et d’assurer la mise en marché de nouveaux produits thérapeutiques. Le symposium mettra en lumière la plateforme technologique et les services intégrés de Curia, en exerçant un focus sur le développement de modèles murins améliorés pour la génération d’anticorps et le criblage de cellules B uniques à haut débit. La combinaison du séquençage de nouvelle génération (SNG) et de la production recombinante rapide de quantités d’anticorps monoclonaux (AcM) purifiés (de milligramme en gramme) accélère considérablement l’identification des approches de développement de produits candidats.

Depuis 2017, Carterra commercialise son puissant biocapteur à haut débit LSA®, conçu pour l’analyse et la caractérisation des anticorps à l’aide de la résonance plasmonique de surface (ou SPR pour Surface Plasmon Resonance). Depuis le lancement de sa plateforme LSAXT l’année dernière, Carterra propose des produits en mesure d’effectuer l’analyse de petites molécules et permettre la découverte d’anticorps. La plateforme LSA a fait l’objet de plusieurs articles évalués par des pairs dans Science, Nature et Cell, détaillant le parcours de plusieurs produits thérapeutiques faisant leur entrée dans les essais cliniques. Lors du symposium, plusieurs scientifiques renommés du secteur biopharmaceutique partageront les éclairages propres à leurs domaines spécifiques de découverte de médicaments et mettront en évidence l’effet novateur de l’intégration de la technologie HT-SPR, de l’intelligence artificielle et de l’apprentissage automatique et d’autres nouvelles technologies.

« Nous sommes enchantés de nous associer à Curia pour organiser ce symposium. Les symposiums de Carterra sont des événements scientifiques que nous organisons chaque année aux États-Unis et en Europe », précise Chris M. Silva, vice-président du marketing et des produits chez Carterra, avant d’ajouter : « Ils nous permettent de partager les dernières avancées technologiques et les données significatives générées par les flux de travail des scientifiques utilisant les plateformes sans étiquette de Carterra. Nous rendre dans le nord-ouest du Pacifique nous permettra d’induire une meilleure compréhension de la technologie applicable aux domaines pharmaceutique et biotechnologique dans cette région. »

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À propos de Curia :
Curia est une organisation de développement et de fabrication sous contrat (ou CDMO pour Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) avec plus de 30 ans d’expérience à son actif, qui exploite un réseau intégré de 27 sites à travers le monde et emploie plus de 3 500 collaborateurs travaillant en partenariat avec des clients biopharmaceutiques pour commercialiser des traitements ayant un véritable impact sur la vie des personnes. Nos offres de produits biologiques et de petites molécules vont de la découverte à la commercialisation, et intègrent des capacités réglementaires et analytiques intégrées. Nos scientifiques, nos experts en processus et nos installations de pointe apportent une expérience de premier ordre dans la fabrication de substances et de produits pharmaceutiques. De la curiosité au traitement, nous réalisons toutes les étapes pour améliorer la vie des patients. Consultez notre site à l’adresse suivante : www.curiaglobal.com.

À propos de Carterra, Inc. :
Carterra, Inc. est une société privée. Sa technologie HT-SPR délivre aux clients du secteur de la découverte de médicaments à petites et grandes molécules un débit de criblage et de caractérisation et des fonctionnalités qui s’adaptent aux applications de niveau omique, ramenant ainsi des mois de travail à quelques jours à peine. Nos solutions ont permis la mise au point de nombreux traitements et de recherches révolutionnaires. Elles ont appuyé les chercheurs universitaires et translationnels ainsi que les sociétés biopharmaceutiques spécialisés dans les domaines de l’oncologie, de l’immunologie, des neurosciences, entre autres. Carterra est domiciliée à Salt Lake City, dans l’Utah, et exploite des centres d’expérience client situés à San Francisco, Salt Lake City et Boston, ainsi qu’à Manchester, en Angleterre, et à Munich, en Allemagne. Les produits Carterra sont disponibles en Asie-Pacifique et en Océanie par l’intermédiaire de notre distributeur exclusif, Revvity. Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site www.carterra-bio.com ou retrouvez-nous sur LinkedIn ou X (Twitter).

Coordonnées Curia :
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U.S. unveils 56 young Nigerians for 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship


The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria has unveiled 56 distinguished young Nigerians selected for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Mandela Washington Fellowship is a programme of the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by global education and development group, IREX.

The prospective fellows will travel to the U.S. as part of the 10th Anniversary of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the U.S. embassy spokesperson, Aishah Gambari, said on Friday.

They will travel to 28 U.S. cities from June 19 to Aug.1, and engage with U.S. leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors at a summit in Washington D.C.

Gambari added that, after the summit, three of the fellows would participate in a four-week Professional Development Experience programme at a U.S. organisation before returning to Nigeria.

According to her, the fellowship offers a comprehensive programme that includes academic coursework, lea
dership training, and networking opportunities, and is a testament to the U.S. enduring commitment to invest in Africa’s future.

She said the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria, David Greene, had welcomed the beneficiaries and emphasised the rigorous selection process and their ability to lead and inspire others.

He highlighted the fellows’ diverse achievements and encouraged them to share their culture in the United States and use the fellowship to expand their influence in Nigeria.

‘The Chargé d’Affaires expressed appreciation to the Public Diplomacy team and the State Department for their efforts in identifying future leaders and reminded the fellows of the importance of sharing their knowledge upon return to their communities.

‘He said that since the fellowship’s inception 10 years ago in 2014, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has had the privilege of supporting 569 young Nigerian leaders through the programme.

‘The envoy said the U.S. Mission in Nigeria eagerly anticipates the Ma
ndela Washington Fellowship’s continued success and its positive impact in shaping Africa’s future, as the cornerstone of the U.S. Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), she added.

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NIMC captures 107.3m persons in its database


The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it has so far captured over 107.3 million persons in the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment.

The Director-General, NIMC, Mrs Abisoye Coker-Odusote said this at the Maiden Media Interactive Session of the Commission on Friday in Abuja.

Coker-Odusote said there was need to fast track the enrolment process to capture more people into the national identity database.

‘An increase in the enrolment rate will help to reduce the processing time for enrolees.

‘Obtaining NIN should be as minimal as possible because the system has been upgraded, and the capacity is not that bad.

‘We are working on increasing the capacity that we have, we are trying to increase it from 100million to 250million, the process will take us a minimum of between 6 months and 9 months,’ she said.

She said the commission had equipped all its enrolment centres, saying however that most of the equipment were outdated, as the systems were acquired as far back as 2011.

The
DG said that although the equipment were donated to the commission, the number of equipment donated were minimal compared to what was required.

She said that Nigerians would have to pay a certain amount of money to access the New General Multipurpose National Identity Card through their finance institutions.

Odusote also said that although NIN was free, the card would not be issued free of charge.

‘It is just like how you pay to access your ATM cards in the banks, Nigerians will pay through the banks to access their cards within 48 hours after payment to get the digital multipurpose card.

‘Application for the card will be based on request with individuals getting their NIN through self-service online portal or through the banks and the applicants will have to pay through the banks to acquire the card.

‘The proposed general multipurpose National Identity Card will be convenient, and it eliminates the need for multiple cards,’ she said.

She said that the cards had multiple use and can be used for payments
/financial, government intervention/services, and travel.

The DG said that NIMC was also working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System to ensure hitch-free roll out of the cards.

‘Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks

‘The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the debit/credit cards.

‘The card can be picked up by holders at the designated center or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,’ she said.

Coker-Odusote said the commission was in partnership with Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited and Galaxy Backbone to access efficient access to internet connectivity to the 774 Local Government Areas ( LGAs) of the country.

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Nigeria’s Defence Chief receives Prince Harry, Meghan in DHQ


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan have visited Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters, as part of a three-day private visit to Nigeria.

The visit, on the invitation of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, was also in relation to the Invictus Games, an international adaptive sport competition for wounded service personnel and veterans, founded by Prince Harry in 2014.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Duke and Duchess arrived Abuja on Friday, and immediately visited the Light Academy in Wuse, an institution supported by Archewell Foundation before moving to the defence headquarters.

On arrival at the DHQ, they were received by wives of military officers led by the President, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, Mrs Oghogho Musa and top officers of the Nigerian military.

The visitors went into closed door meeting with the defence chief, at the end of which they declined to speak with newsmen.

The royal couple had left Abuja for a visit to the Nigerian
Army Reference Hospital Kaduna to interact with wounded soldiers receiving treatment.

They are expected to watch a novelty volleyball match between CDS Invictus and Team Duke on Saturday, hold strategic meetings, and proceed to Lagos on Sunday, before their departure.

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Guns, bullets alone cannot end insurgency – Expert


Dr Sani Abubakar, National Patron, Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism, Insurgency and Terrorism (BRAVE-IT), says the fight against security challenges in Nigeria will not end with guns and bullets.

Abubakar, a scholar in Military Studies, said this at a Breakfast Meeting on National Security organised by the group on Friday in Abuja.

The theme of the meeting is ‘Exploits of the Armed Forces in Countering Insurgency, Insecurity, and Terrorism in Nigeria Through Non-kinetic Operation’.

He said that the military option alone, using guns and bombs, must be complemented with efforts to address the root causes of the insurgency and other security challenges in the country.

Abubakar identified bad governance, which leads to poverty, deprivation and discontent, as a major cause of insecurity in the country.

He commended the leadership of the military for the successes being recorded through the combination of kinetic and non-kinetic operations, specially in the North East.

The patron also identified
ignorance, religious extremism, revenge, exclusion as other factors precipitating the security threats.

‘All these are things that we, as civilians, need to begin to speak about. We need to add our own voices so that we could play our own part to make the systems work.

‘We are trying to use this platform to speak to either bandits or Boko Haram or whatever name they call themselves, that we condemn their act, that we. as Nigerians, do not support them and we are not with them.

‘We are calling on them to release people being held in captivity, without condition, without any receptor or transfer of any money in the name of ransom,’ he said.

Abubakar expressed optimism that the military and other security agencies could win the war with the support of the people through timely and accurate information on the criminal elements in their midst

The National Coordinator of BRAVE-IT, Aysha Rabo, said the event was a call to discuss the current security landscape of the nation and to laud the commendable efforts o
f the armed forces.

Rabo said that BRAVEIT had always advocated for the non-kinetic strategy employed by the military in combating insurgency and addressing many security challenges, saying that the strategy had proven to be highly effective.

She urged the military to enhance its non-kinetic operations, adding that the group envisioned a future where people would recognise and value the sacrifices made by servicemen and women, and motivate them to continue such dedication and professionalism.

In his remarks, the Director of Campaign Planning, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Albert Lebo, who represented the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, commended BRAVE-IT for the feedback on the military operations across the country.

He said the ideas to include the non-kinetic approach into military operations was borne out of the need to win the hearts and minds of the populace in their areas of operation.

According to him, what military men understand as combatants is go, destroy, eliminate, ann
ihilate and capture.

‘But, as you know, the military has been evolving in operations across the country.

‘To be frank, in the Nigerian Defense Academy, where we were trained, there is no aspect of non-kinetic operations that is in the syllabus.

‘But, because of the challenges that we have had and the gaps that we have identified on the need for non kinetic approach to be exploited, we in the military decided to take it upon ourselves.

‘Accordingly, the Department of Civil Military Cooperation was created in the defence headquarters and also across the services.

‘So, the task is to coordinate or collaborate with the field commanders, the formations and units to carry out some intervention projects.

‘It is just a minor aspect to close up the gap in the field, but the main aspect of what you call non-kinetic aspect is that of the civil authority.

‘I assure you that the chief of defence staff and members of the armed forces will not relent in our effort towards fighting insecurity and insurgency.

‘Also, I
want to assure you that we will continue to collaborate with organisations such as yours, and other well meaning members of the society, to ensure that we stamp out this menace from our society,’ he said.

Deputy Coordinator, BRAVE-IT, Dr AK Peters, announced that the organisation had acknowledged the contribution of the Nigerian Air Force to the fight against insurgency in the country.

Peters said the Air Force was rated high in its activities in combating insurgency, banditry and oil theft with precision in air bombardments of criminal enclaves across the country.

He said that NAF had been awarded the Force of the Year by BRAVE-IT, adding that the award would be presented through the Chief of Defence Staff.

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Bello should’ve appeared in court even if arrest warrant illegally obtained – Judge


A Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to appear in court for his trial.

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling, held that even if an arrest warrant issued against him was illegally obtained, the defendant (Bello) should still show up in court.

The judge had, on April 23, fixed May 10 for the ruling on the ex-governor’s application to set aside the arrest warrant against him.

The EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, had, on April 17, moved the ex-parte application for the arrest warrant.

But Bello’s counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, on April 23, prayed the court to set aside the arrest warrant against their client

He said that the arrest warrant had become unnecessary since their lead counsel, Abdulwahab Mohammed, SAN, had accepted the service of the charge on behalf of the ex-governor.

He argued that the arrest warrant order, having been made before the charge, ought to be set aside suo motu (on its own accord, without any request by the parties involved).

The
senior lawyer argued that contrary to the submission of the lawyer who appeared for EFCC, Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, that the ex-governor must be in court first before any application could be entertained as a criminal case.

He said that the anti-graft agency also made an application on April 18 after the warrant arrest was issued to EFCC on April 17 and that the court granted it.

The lawyer submitted that the arrest warrant was issued in favour of the EFCC by the court in violation of fair hearing to their client.

He noted that the complainant made an application for substituted service on April 18, after the arrest warrant had been issued on April 17 and ‘today, my noble lord granted it.’

‘The court must satisfy itself that the defendant (Bello) will not be prejudiced in fairness if the warrant of arrest continues to hang on his neck, having been made before service of the charge contrary to Section 394 of ACJA,’ Adeola argued.

He argued that justice should be a three-way traffic; that is, justice to the pros
ecution, the defendant and the public.

He said for Bello to appear in court, he must have the notion that he would get justice.

Adedipe also argued that the EFCC was an unconstitutional body because its establishment was not ratified by the 36 states of the federation.

He said that for the EFCC to become a constitutional body, the 36 states of the federation must ratify the law establishing it as against the current position, that the EFCC Establishment Act was unilaterally ratified by the Federal Government.

He, therefore, asked the judge to vacate the arrest warrant against the former governor.

But Pinheiro vehemently opposed the application.

The senior lawyer argued that for the arrest warrant to be vacated, the former governor must be arraigned and take his plea in compliance with Section 396 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

Delivering the ruling on Friday, the judge agreed with the argument of the EFCC.

He said that the order of the court subsisted until it is set a
side, even if there is irregularity.

The judge said Yahaya Bello’s staying away amounted to disregard to the sanctity of the court.

‘Therefore, the application by the counsel for the defendant cannot be moved unless the defendant is present in court.

‘Bello should come to court on his own, not through EFCC for arraignment on the next adjourn date,’ the judge declared.

Meanwhile, shortly after the ruling, Mohammed, who appeared for the former governor, informed the court of a motion on notice filed on May 9.

He said the motion prayed the court to stay further hearing of the alleged money laundering suit filed against Bello until the Court of Appeal decides a pending case relating to the same matter.

The senior lawyer said the anti-graft agency had, by a motion ex-parte, got an order of the Appeal Court stopping the contempt proceedings filed by the ex-governor against the agency at the High Court sitting in Lokoja.

He said the appellate court had already fixed May 20 to hear the case.

He said it would
be important the Federal High Court, Abuja awaits the outcome before going further with the trial.

But the EFCC’s lawyer, Oyedepo, disagreed with Mohammed’s submission.

In a short ruling, Justice Nwite refused Mohammed’s application.

The judge said that the matter had generated controversy all over the world and was unnecessary.

Reacting, Mohammed responded that the former governor was not afraid to come to court but was only afraid of his life.

Justice Nwite, however, said that Bello should not be misguided but should be advised to come and answer to the alleged charge.

‘It is just a charge. It has not been proven. Counsel, it is your duty to bring him and you prepare yourselves.

‘We thank lordship. We will take your admonition to him because that is just his fear,’ Mohammed said.

He assured that efforts would be made to contact the former governor to appear in court at the next adjourned date.

Justice Nwite consequently adjourned the matter until June 13 for arraignment.

Source: News Agency of Ni
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Global security environment more volatile, uncertain – CDS


The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, on Thursday said that the survival of any country depends largely on its ability to confront any security threat.

Musa said this in his remarks at the opening of the 13th National Security Seminar organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC), holding in Abuja.

Represented by Maj.-Gen. Emeka Onumajuru, Chief of Training and Operations, the CDS noted that in recent times, the global security environment has become more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, requiring more resilience and dynamic approach to address.

He added that the security challenges Nigeria had dealt with over the years have negatively impacted the social, economic and other issues on citizens.

According to him, these challenges include terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, transnational crimes and other social vices.

‘The novelty and dynamic nature of these, underpins the requirement for a comprehensive approach to address them. A c
omprehensive approach begins with collaboration among stakeholders to enable us effectively address a continuously evolving threats within our country.

‘As such, efforts of all forms will be required to address these challenges appropriately.

‘It is also important to mention that the armed forces of Nigeria consider it a priority to secure the territorial integrity of our country by land, sea and air”.

The CDS said priorities would continue to be put in ensuring peace and security of the country.

‘Despite the efforts of the military so far, the security challenges between our borders still persist. This means that notwithstanding the successes already achieved in various sectors of operation, there is still much more to be done.

‘Equally, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has come to appreciate that owing to the complex and unique nature of security threats in contemporary times, there is need for all stakeholders to work together.

‘This is because no single service or agency can effectively address this thr
eats alone.

‘Moreover, these security challenges have become increasingly diverse and unconventional, thus the need for a forum where we will collectively resolve to provide valuable insights and perspectives”, he added.

Musa expressed confidence that the seminar would be fruitful and rewarding, as the forum was aimed at promoting social, intellectual and professional interaction on security issues towards enhancing the security of the country.

‘The expectation is that our collective discussions will generate a common understanding of pressing security challenges and enable the exploration of innovative solutions to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all Nigerians.’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar has the theme ‘ Curbing Oil Theft and Illegal Crude Oil Refining In Nigeria’.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NASENI restates commitment to enhance production of Nigeria’s branded products


The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has restated its commitment to enhance production of Nigeria’s branded products, technology transfer domestication, commercialisation and stimulation of indigenous socio-economic advancement.

Its Executive Vice Chairman, Mr Khalil Halilu, said this on Thursday while unveiling NASENI’s branded products at the agency’s quarterly media briefing in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new products include car battery, laptop, smartphone and Solar-powered street light.

Halilu said that the feats were recorded in line with the agency’s 2023-2027 strategic launchpad to fit into the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of the present administration.

He said the launchpad was to enhance Nigeria’s manufacturing capacity, reduce the country’s import bill, reposition the agency to leverage on the comparative advantage of the 36 states.

The NASENI boss disclosed that the agency was working assiduously to bring in more products to create a n
ational brand that every Nigerian would love to see.

He said that the agency embarked upon in its launchpad to improve the livelihood of Nigerians and foster national development.

‘What we are trying to do is to open our doors to people that will contribute to our activities and development of our nation.

Halilu said that the areas of focus of the strategic launchpad were agriculture and food manufacturing, defense and aerospace, sustainable transportation and mobility.

He said others included renewable energy and sustainability, health and biotechnology, information technology and software, construction and smart city.

NASENI boss also presented the agency’s proposal evaluation portal, a website for those who intend to work with the agency.

He said the NASENI Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) would soon be launched for task tracing within the agency.

He said that the agency’s e-procurement portal, an initiative in the launchpad, was to enhance transparency.

According to him, the NASENI youth empower
ment programme consists of schemes with the prospect of creating 18,000 direct jobs.

He said the vehicles to drive the project included skills acquisition centres, trainings, stem box innovation hub and campus.

The EVC said the work of Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer (PICTT) and the Delt-Her initiative programme was geared towards encouraging female participation in the engineering sector.

He added that the agency also trained 20 Nigerian engineers in Indonesia on equipment fabrication under the agency’s full acquisition saputra coal fertilizer project among other ongoing achievements.

NAN recalls that in February, the agency launched three sets of its branded products which were solar powered irrigation system, electric motorcycles and tricycles, and off-grid solar home systems.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FCTA inducts desk officers to improve service delivery in schools


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has inducted desk officers to improve service delivery across FCT public primary and secondary schools.

FCTA Head of Civil Service, Dr Udo Atang, said during the induction in Abuja, that the move was part of ongoing efforts to deliver quality services to residents of Abuja.

Atang, who was represented by a director in his office, Mrs Funmilayo Kayode, described the initiative as a crucial milestone in the administration’s efforts to transform the education sector.

This, according to him, will make FCT schools more competitive.

‘The new desk officers are expected to be at the forefront of improving services in FCT schools.

‘They will play a critical role in realising the vision of establishing a world-class city where quality services are accessible by all.

‘This is a significant step in the FCTA’s commitment to strengthen good governance through improved education service delivery in FCT schools.’

He urged the desk officers to be dedicated to their du
ties, while reiterating the FCTA’s commitment to recognising and rewarding hard work and excellence.

‘The Annual Staff Recognition and Award is one of FCTA’s ways of recognising hard work. I, therefore, urged you to distinguish yourselves and you will be recognised and rewarded,’ he said.

Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, SERVICOM, emphasised the importance of continuous capacity building to ensure quality service delivery.

Akajemeli urged the FCT Administration to fully support service improvement processes in schools to reap the benefits of quality human capital.

‘This will be achieved through training and retraining of staff, to ensure sustained quality service delivery and effective management of customer experiences,’ she added.

In his remarks, Mr Prosper Ibe, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA Education Secretariat, described the induction as a milestone in the ongoing efforts to elevate the quality of education in the FCT.

He encouraged the desk officers to uphold
the principles of accountability, transparency, and integrity.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Combating Obstetric Fistula through global initiatives, local heroes


Obstetric fistula, a global affliction disproportionately affecting women in low-resource countries, continues to devastate lives.

According to experts, obstetric fistula, is an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum.

Primarily striking young, impoverished women lacking adequate medical care, the condition manifests in urinary or faecal incontinence, leading to social isolation and rejection.

The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

While surgical intervention offers hope, research on outcomes remain limited, underscoring the imperative for preventive measures.

For over two decades, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has spearheaded the Global Campaign to End Fistula, operating in 55 countries with a holistic approach encompassing prevention, treatment, survivor reintegration, and advocacy.

Grounded in human rights principles, this initiative strive
s for equality, participation, and accountability.

According to the National Institutes of Health, in sub-regional analysis, West Africa had the highest successful surgical closure rate for obstetric fistula, with 91.74 per cent of the global total, while Central Africa recorded the lowest rate at 84.04 per cent.

Also, the successful surgical closure rate of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) with unknown urinary incontinence status varied widely across African countries, ranging from 63 per cent in Eretria to 100 per cent in Liberia and Nigeria.

The pooled estimated rate of successful closure of VVF with unknown incontinence status from 55 articles is 86.31 per cent.

In spite of the progress, achieving the 2030 goal of eliminating fistula requires intensified efforts.

In Tanzania, obstetric fistula remains a poignant reality, with approximately 3,000 cases annually.

Yet, stories of resilience emerge, exemplified by survivors like Mrs Anastasia Beni-Majasho, at 29 years old, developed obstetric fistula during
a difficult childbirth after losing her second child.

Beni-Majasho faced social stigma and isolation until she discovered the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), providing holistic fistula treatment and support services.

Through surgical intervention, counseling, rehabilitation, and skills training, she embarked on a journey toward recovery and empowerment, benefiting from a supportive community of healthcare providers and fellow survivors.

Another inspiring story is that of Mrs Sofia Mwema, who sought solace at CCBRT after enduring 19 years of social isolation due to obstetric fistula.

Through comprehensive care, including surgery, counseling, and skills training, she regained physical health, confidence, and purpose, becoming a beacon of hope for her community.

For 70-year-old ‘Mama’, who shares her daily struggle to overcome the suffering caused by injuries sustained during childbirth, the determination is to ensure that no woman is left behind.

She recalled how the only
child she gave birth to caused her severe injuries, resulting in incontinence, and later died.

This left her ostracised by her husband and community. However, surgery provided the only cure that restored her confidence from obstetric fistula.

CCBRT, led by CEO Dr Brenda Msangi, has transitioned from a community-focused NGO to Tanzania’s leading provider of disability and rehabilitation services.

Msangi emphasised safe childbirth as a fundamental right, ensuring CCBRT facilities were accessible and staff are trained to offer compassionate care to all expectant mothers.

Highlighting the distressing statistic of an 85 per cent fatality rate for babies during obstructed labour, she said that CCBRT offered hope by providing free childbirth services to alleviate anxieties.

She dispelled misconceptions surrounding fistula, adding that it is a medical condition, not a curse.

‘Through a comprehensive approach including eye surgery, prosthetic limbs, and physical therapy, CCBRT transforms lives daily.

‘The organ
isation addresses prevalent myths, financial constraints, and cultural barriers hindering women from seeking help for fistula, offering education, free surgery, and transportation assistance through a network of community ambassadors,’ she said.

She commended Tanzania’s progress in maternal healthcare under President Samia Hassan’s leadership, highlighting CCBRT’s community outreach programs like the Mabinti Centre, empowering fistula survivors through skill-building and economic independence.

With continued support, she believed these programmes could significantly enhance the lives of women across Tanzania.

Tanzania’s approach to combating obstetric fistula offers valuable lessons for other countries.

The emphasis on community-based rehabilitation and holistic care, as demonstrated by CCBRT, highlights the importance of addressing not only the medical aspects of fistula but also the social, psychological, and economic dimensions.

By providing comprehensive support services, including counseling, skills
training, and reintegration support, Tanzania demonstrates how a multi-dimensional approach can enhance the well-being and dignity of fistula survivors.

Furthermore, Tanzania’s commitment to promoting safe childbirth as a human right, as advocated by Msangi, underscores the importance of ensuring universal access to quality maternal and obstetric care.

By prioritising accessibility, equity, and compassion in healthcare delivery, Tanzania sets a precedent for other countries striving to improve maternal health outcomes and prevent obstetric fistula.

Meanwhile, Nigeria grapples with a significant burden of obstetric fistula, with an estimated 400,000 to 800,000 affected women and inadequate surgical capacity exacerbating the backlog of untreated cases.

According to Dr Fatima Ahmed, an obstetrician, addressing this challenge demands a comprehensive response, encompassing political commitment, evidence-based policies, preventive initiatives, and robust healthcare infrastructure,

Ahmed said that Nigeria’s eff
orts to end obstetric fistula included implementing a National Strategic Framework for elimination, capacity building for healthcare workers, community outreach programmes , collaboration with NGOs, and legislation and policy reforms targeting factors contributing to fistula.

She said that by investing in healthcare infrastructure, engaging communities, and advocating for women’s rights, Nigeria aimed to prevent fistula and improve maternal healthcare nationwide.

She added that other African countries can learn from Nigeria’s experiences by adopting national strategies tailored to their contexts, investing in healthcare infrastructure, and engaging communities through awareness campaigns.

The obstetrician recommended educational programmes, enacting and enforcing laws and policies to protect women’s rights, and fostering partnerships and collaboration between governments, NGOs, and international agencies.

In spite of the notable rate of successful closure of obstetric fistula in Africa, a considerable pro
portion of women still experience residual or persistent incontinence.

Experts say successful surgical closure rate of combined VVF and RVF still falls significantly below the recommendation set by WHO.

Dr Na’ima Idris, a Kano-based reproductive health expert, said that implementing a comprehensive package of fistula care through a dedicated fistula facility or a mobile surgical outreach programmes , holds promise in addressing this issue on the continent .

Addressing this challenge will help Africa in its efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal No 3 which entails ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all.

Idris said that ensuring increased access to timely and high-quality fistula treatment, along with comprehensive post-operative care, was essential for achieving high success rates and reducing residual incontinence among women with fistulas in Africa.

As the world unites in the fight against obstetric fistula, the voices of survivors like Mama, whose resilience embodies hope, ech
o with resilience and determination.

Through collective action, advocacy, and investment in healthcare systems, the African continent can pave the way for a future where no woman suffers the indignity of obstetric fistula, where every childbirth is safe, and where every woman receives the care and support she deserves

Source: News Agency of Nigeria