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Solacebase Trains Journalists On Investigative Health Reportage At Grass-Root



Participants and resource persons at the training

Solacebase Communications, Publishers of Solacebase online newspaper on Wednesday trained selected journalists on investigative and data driven journalism on health reporting at the grass-root , especially at Primary Health Care, so as to improve healthcare services delivery to the people.

The two days training in partnership with Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and with support of MacArthur Foundation focused on accountability, transparency and ensuring judicious use of human and material resources dedicated for rural health programs for the benefit of the people was held in Kano.

Addressing participants at the opening of the training, Editor-in-Chief, Solacebase online, Abdullateef Abubakar Jos said the capacity building sessions aim to empower journalists with requisite technology with methodology of tracking funds, transparency in the use of resources, investigating and ensuring effectiveness of primary health care in the country with the aim of reducing child and maternal mortality, in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) no 3, which emphasizes good health and well being.

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With this training journalists would be equipped with modern investigative reportage skills to collaborate with Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders to check government spending , human resources distribution and availability of primary health care in rural communities.’’

In a virtual presentation, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Kashere, in Gombe State and President, Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria, Prof. Umaru Pate who dwelt much on Safety and Security for investigative reporters explains essence of economic security, legal security, job security and physical security among others noting that caution should be adopted by journalists to protect themselves while carrying out their responsibilities.

Ojetunde Damilola, of Organised Crime and Corruption Project, Abuja, in his presentation titled ‘’Data Journalism and Tapping Sources for Investigative Reporting’’ highlights sources of information and the use of modern tools to support reporters in the course of reportage.

Also, Dr. Rukayya Aliyu, of Faculty of Communications, Bayero University Kano, in a paper titled ‘’Ethical consideration in reporting Primary Health Care, in rural Nigeria encouraged journalists to abide by ethics even when conducting investigative reportage in rural areas.

Other resource persons such as Haruna Muhammad, Editor-in Chief , Wikkitimes online from Bauchi, had a presentation titled, Open Source Intelligence Method of Investigation, while Executive Director, Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability, Kabiru Saidu Dakata presentation was titled ‘’Role of Media in Strengthening Procurement Process as the best way to track PHCs projects’’ and Kano Station Manager, Freedom Radio, Ado Saidu Warawa , presentation centered on ‘’ Working with Data , Making Your Story Credible’’.

Participants were drawn from print, electronic and online media.


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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