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Dangote Foundation poised to curb malnutrition in Nigeria



Director of Health and Nutrition ADF, Francis Aminu presents gifts to participating schools


The Aliko Dangote Foundion, ADF said it has recorded tremendous achievements in the Nutrition development landscape in Nigeria.

It is therefore poised to sustaining the drive towards realizing Nigeria’s Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action For Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN)20 21-2025 goals in line with the theme of the 53rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference sponsored by the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The 5-Day event which took place in Abuja was organized by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, NSN.

The Managing Director, ADF, Zouera Youssoufou said the foundation, under the able leadership of the foremost Philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, have been collaborating with NSN since 2017 to curb malnutrition and would continue to support stakeholders for appropriate solutions.

She said the organization of the Conference by NSN at this time marks a significant step in ADF’s quests to achieve the goals of Nigeria’s National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN) 2021-2025 as desired by the foremost Philanthropist, Aliko Dangote.

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Zouera listed collaborations/achievements by ADF to include the following-The Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition (ADFIN) programme designed and implemented in compliance with global best practices, in recognition of the multifaceted and interdependent causes of malnutrition like the difficult context in northern Nigeria, is planned to reach over 1 million children at the end of the first phase in 2025

The Partnership for Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria, (PANRiN) with the World Bank and BMGF for the provision of TA mechanism through a multi-donor trust fund (MTDF), informed the 235M nutrition International development (IDA) assistance to the Federal Government, leading to the provision of community-based services to 9.6 million women and children.

The multi sectoral
ANRiN Pilot project in Gombe, has reached 14,000 poor and vulnerable households receiving cash transfers, and home gardening

ADF catalyzed food fortification and nutrition across public and private sectors through the annual Food Processing and Nutrition Leadership CEO Forum in Nigeria with the
provision of fortified staple foods with micronutrients from an average of 50 per cent in 2018 to about 90 per cent in 2022 amongst others

Represented by the Director, Health and Nutrition, Dr. Francis Aminu, Zouera reminded the Conference that
“the consequences of malnutrition are profound, and proper nutrition is a fundamental right of Nigerians as the bedrock upon which its physical/health and economic prosperity is built.

Hence, the focus of ADF in nutrition with wraparound interventions to improve health, education, livelihood and empowerment opportunities for social change through strategic investments.

She urged the conference to seek solutions to closing the gaps of the nutrition workforce, share innovative ideas and collectively chart the part towards brighter and healthier future for all Nigerians in line with the theme of the Confrence
“Strengthening Nutrition Leadership and Workforce Capacity for Improved Health and Development in Nigeria ”

Speaking at the event the Minister for Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, said Nigeria loses $1.5bn of its Gross Domestic Product yearly due to micronutrient deficiencies and called for
coordinated efforts to tackle malnutrition in the Country.

The President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, and Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Wasiu Akinloye O. Afolabi expressed gratitude to the Aliko Dangote Foundation for Sponsoring this year’s Nutritional Society of Nigeria’s Inter-Schools Debate to scale up nutrition.


Emirate Tussle:Justice Liman’s Ruling Not Helpful For The Judicial Process -Yadudu



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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

-Daily Trust report

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Kano Emirate Law 2024 Remains ,But Governor’s Action Voided



Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero

A Federal High Court in Kano has set aside all steps taken by Kano state government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

The Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law after which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf implemented it by dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano.

The governor also reversed the creation of four emirates, Bichi, Rano Karaye and Gaya, and sacked the Emirs appointed by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law was also relied upon to re-appoint the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

But a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the propriety of the law and asked the court, through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), to declare it null and void.

In his ruling on Thursday,  Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman set aside the action of Kano government, ordering parties to maintain status quo.

The judge held that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

The judge held that he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

However, the  judge transferred the case to Justice Simon Amobeda for continuation in view of his elevation to the Court of Appeal.

Daily Trust

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Arrest Kwankwaso Now-Group




The Arewa Youths Merger Group has called for the immediate arrest of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, the National Leader and 2023 Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party .This is contained in a press statement signed by. the chairman of the group Musa Mujahid Zantawa and made available to press.

This follows his recent statement accusing the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of fostering a new generation of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria.

Kwankwaso’s allegations have sparked significant controversy, prompting a strong reaction from the Arewa Youths Merger Group.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the association’s leader, Musa Mujahid Zaitawa, condemned Kwankwaso’s remarks as inflammatory and detrimental to national security.

Zaitawa asserted that such statements could exacerbate tensions and potentially incite violence in the region.

“Kwankwaso’s unfounded accusations against the federal government are not only reckless but also dangerous. They undermine efforts to combat terrorism and promote peace in Northern Nigeria,”

Zaitawa said. “We urge the authorities to take immediate action and arrest him to prevent further escalation of hostilities.”

Kwankwaso, a prominent political figure and former Governor of Kano State, made the controversial statement during a recent public address.

He accused the APC administration of failing to address the root causes of terrorism and instead contributing to its proliferation.

According to Kwankwaso, government actions and policies are inadvertently creating conditions conducive to the rise of a new breed of insurgents.

The situation remains tense as stakeholders from various sectors weigh in on the implications of Kwankwaso’s statement and the response from the Arewa Youths Merger Group.

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