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FG urges Kano to adopt self care guidelines







The Federal Government has urged Kano State Government to adopt the National Self Care and Self Injection guidelines in other to improve Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in the state.

Dr Kayode Afolabi, Director, Reproductive Health ,Federal Ministry of Health, made the call on Monday in Kano during a meeting with the state commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa in his office.


Afolabi explained that the minister of Health inaugurated a task force to look at the emphasis of self Care Guidelines,its importance in improving access to care and uptake of interventions on the healthcare service.


He said that National Self Care and Self Injection guidelines was developed by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) with support from Pathfinder, JSI, SFH , PATH among others.

He further added that the guideline was designed to improve Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCN) services in the country.


The director explained that the domestication of the guidelines would set the ball rolling to scale up self-care policies and programs in order to transform health care systems and place autonomy , power, and control in the hands of women and children.


According him, the guidelines approved by the minister of health, which have four thematic areas geared towards looking at critical areas where higher burden of diseases were been recorded .


“We refer to our safe care guidelines as the national guidelines for safe care for sexual, reproductive,and maternal Health. While the fourth thematic area include areas that looked at improving ante natal care, delivery,and new born care”


“Another key thematic areas is providing high quality services for family planning , Post Abortion care and combating sexually transmission infections.


“What we expect from the state Government is to approve and support the goal of expanding access to self care across all the local Government Areas of the state,” he added.


He maintained that the Ministry was also working tirelessly in creating awareness and channels of accessing self care ,aimed at uplifting the health Status of the General populace.


Responding, the state commissioner for health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, reiterated the state government’s commitment to ensure effective implementation of the programme in the state.


Tsanyawa, said it was essential to support women and reduce maternal mortality, stressing the need for stakeholders to work collectively to fast track implementation of the Self Care programme.


He said that the state government had renovated over 500 Heath facilities out of the 1,200 to ensure good and conducive working environment for the health workers.


The commissioner also restated the state governments commitment to provide quality and accessible health care to the people of the state.


Tsanyawa lauded the Federal Governments support ,stressing that the safe guidelines intervention was a positive Development in uplifting health Status of the General populace.



Also speaking, Dr Amina Aminu, the Country Director, Pathfinder, a development partner of the Self Care programme, said increased access to information would reduce the spate of maternal mortality and other health challenges.


She said that the adoption of the guidelines would be a huge win for Kano and Northern Nigeria as a whole.


Aminu expressed hope that the state government would adopt the self -care guidelines to improve Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in the state.


Future Energies Africa (FEA) Ltd. Owns Significant Stake In KEDCO, Says MD/CEO



The attention of KEDCO has been drawn to publications in some major media publications regarding the status and ownership of KEDCO. The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has said the DisCo was not under the jurisdiction of any Bank or the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

In a statement issued by KEDCO’s Head of Corporate Communications, Sani Bala Sani, he refuted the reports that flooded the media space and claimed that KEDCO was one of the DisCos currently being managed by AMCON or the Banks, thus ordered for sale.

Sani further informed that, “Since November 2023, new investors – Future Energies Africa (FEA) Limited acquired control of 60 per cent shares of the DisCo, while the Federal Government retains 40%.

The Company’s spokesperson recalled that, In July 2022, KEDCO, alongside four other DisCos were restructured by the Federal Government and appointed an interim Board and Management to steer the affairs of the Company for transition to new investors, which was concluded and handed over to the current investors.

On the Company’s current performance metrics, Sani said the DisCo had improved significantly in its operational efficiency under the stewardship of the current MD/CEO, Abubakar Yusuf, and a crop of seasoned professionals on the Board of Directors led by Engr. Ibrahim Adamu Gumel, by creating a modernized electricity distribution system that has enhanced service delivery, a friendly customer atmosphere, and a reduction in ATC&C losses, within 6 months of the takeover.

KEDCO, under its current ownership, is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity to Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa States and environs. Through innovative solutions and partnerships, the Company aims to lead the way in renewable energy adoption and sustainable development.

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Plateau state government introduces monthly press briefing to highlight achievement




By Asile Abel,jos

The Plateau State Government has began monthly Ministerial press briefing to inform citizens on government activities in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs)

The monthly briefing start with 4 Ministries held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Education Building, JD Gomwalk Secretariat, Jos, Plateau State.

Declaring the briefing open, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Musa Ashoms, stated that the event was a core mandate of the Ministry of Information and Communication, expected to bolster its vision for an enlightened, educated and informed populace.

He added that the event also corresponds with the present administrations idea of carrying citizens along in accordance with the first focal point of the Green Cap Policy Thrust, which is “Good Governance and Citizens Participation in Sustainable Development.”

“I therefore make due acknowledgment to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang for his enthusiastic support and expedited approval.

“…It is this attitude that drives the vigorous activities across various sectors and across the state, turning it into a huge project site for massive infrastructural development and an incubator for robust public policy initiatives.” He added.

Office of the Head of Civil Service hit the ground running with their report, where they enumerated responsibilities, successes and challenges of the office to members of the media community.

The Plateau State Head of Civil Service, Barrister Rauta Dakok, said the office is the engine room of government and the administrative machinery for implementing the State Government’s Policies and Programmes.

Some of the achievements she captured were the physical verification of staff and pensioners for the offset of Salary/Pension Arrears inherited from immediate past Administration.

She said the office also obtained approval for the release of Three Hundred Million Naira (N300,000,000.00) Monthly to settle arrears of pensions/gratuities and death benefits from 1986 to date, adding that promotions for deserving civil servants is almost up to date.

“The establishment of Information and Public Relation Officer Cadre Structure on SGL 08 – 17 and Executive Officer (Information and Public Relations) Cadre Structured on SGL 06 – 14 in the Schemes of Service.

Barr. Rauta said the implementation of recalled workers into the mainstream civil service whose employments were initially suspended is at about 80% completion

The Head of Service also highlighted some challenges faced by the office to includes Inadequate Office accommodation, shortage of manpower in view of batched retirement and non availability of copies of current Public Service Rules and other relevant Government documents.

Others she said are indiscriminate encroachment on lands adjoining to Government quarters by
unscrupulous persons and how retired civil servants are still holding unto Government quarters by preventing the
serving civil servants from enjoying same.

Also, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ephraim Usman gave a scorecard of his ministry within the 11 months of the “Time is Now” administration which includes payment of salaries and pension arrears from the previous administration at the LGAs level.

Ephraim said, “The ministry in collaboration with ALGON purchased 35 Hillux vehicles for operation Rainbow to strengthen the security architecture at the grassroots level.”

He said the ministry in conjunction with the 17 LGAs is working on digitalization of indigene forms and marriage certificates with link to NIN.

On Chieftaincy Affairs, the Commissioner said the ministry conducted the selection and coronation of the new Ngolong Ngas on first class status and also the selection of the new Mou Youm of Garkawa on second class status, noting that his coronation will soon take place.

Other ministries who gave their scorecards on the first press briefing were Ministry of Education, (Secondary) and Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development.

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Security: Governor Yusuf Attends Symposium Organized by US Institute of Peace for Northern Governors





Kano state Governor, Alh. Abba Kabir Yusuf has arrived United States of America for high powered symposium organized by US Institute of Peace.

The three days conference being attended by Governors of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa,and Plateau states, was designed to address insecurity in Northern Nigeria and better option to mitigate the challenge.

The intensive executive engagement will enable the Governors of some of the trouble state deep understanding on the dynamics of security threat, it’s socioeconomic dimensions, and near-term opportunities to drive stability in Northern Nigeria.

The US Institute of Peace would also broaden knowledge on strengthening conflict prevention in the region, through a non-violent strategies for engaging the armed groups as alternative for conflect resolution.

The strategic engagement being anchored under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Sany, Vice President, Africa Center for US Institute of Peace, will also focus on policy coordination and management of peace and stability in Nigeria.

The symposium which ends 25th April, 2024 is part of the ongoing efforts of the northern Governors especially those from northwest to set a regional development agenda.


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