Secondary school students of Bauchi State will be offered free drugs by the state government which was purchased for millions of naira.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Nasurudeen Mohammed, disclosed this known in Bauchi while handing over the drugs to officials of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA).
Mohammed, who did not give the exact quantity and cost of the drugs, explained that the purchase of the drugs was informed by shortage of the commodity in some health facilities in the state.
He said that the gesture was also to complement the efforts of the State Ministry of Health considering the pathetic condition of the health sector inherited by the present administration.
Mohammed noted that the action was further necessitated following the recent death of a female student of Government Girls Secondary School, Bauchi, attributed to lack of drugs.
According to him, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar had in line with his administration’s 5-point Health Agenda directed the ministry to purchase the drugs for the schools.
The commissioner warned against diversion and pilfering of the drugs meant for the schools.
He also warned the school authorities against hoarding of the drugs, urging them to ensure that dispensaries in their schools were restock.
The Director, Diseases Control and Immunisation, State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Ahmed Fanti, while receiving the items, commended the ministry for the gesture.
Fanti, who confirmed the death of a female student over lack of medication, said that the drugs would be distributed to all the 831 public senior and junior secondary schools in the state.
He said that the agency has over 1,000 health facilities in the state, adding that the facilities will also be beefed up to meet the needs of the people.
“I assure you that there will be no filtering, pilfering and siphoning of the drugs, and they will be delivered to the targeted beneficiaries,” the director said.
Akwa Ibom Governor Constitutes Judicial Panel To Probe Police Brutality
Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom has set up a judicial panel of inquiry to probe cases of police brutality in the state.
This was announced in a statement signed by the secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem.
He stated that the decision was part of resolutions reached at an emergency of the State Executive Council meeting on Monday.
This is coming following days of #EndSARS protests across the country.
Members of the panel include; Justice Ifiok Ukana (Rtd) Chairman, Ms. Manti Umoh Representative of Civil Society Organizations, Mr. Harris Udoh, (a representative of the protesters, Barr. Bassey Essien CP(Rtd), Senior Retired Police Officer, Barr. Omen Bassey, youth representative, Comrade Aniedi Michael, National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students Worldwide President – Student Leader Tony Iji – National Human Rights Commission, and Mfon Edemekong Esq. Ministry of Justice ~ secretary.
#EndSARS: Show You Understand Youths’ Plight, Obasanjo Tells Buhari
Obasanjo made this remark when he visited Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday.
He described the #EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth.
He said the youths are clamouring for a better life and there are several ways the government can show it understands their plights by making things easier for them.
“More than 65 percent of our population is under within the ages of 18 and 30; they are not only struggling to acquire education, they are also aspiring for the best that life can offer them,” Obasanjo said.
“Some of them didn’t even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.
“But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.
“Fortunately, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”
Tinubu Hails Protesters, Carpets Hoodlums, Pleads For Cessation
The APC National leader also commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying it showed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
He, however, warned the protesters against creating a platform that would lead to the destruction of Nigeria’s democratic process.
Tinubu pointed out that protesters must not abuse their right of demonstration by impeding the country’s democratic rights.
He, however, stated that the protesters must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari had “acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.”
He said it would only be fair for the youths to call off the protests and give the regime a chance to implement the reforms they had demanded.
Tinubu urged the youths to be careful not to fritter away the considerable gains they had made within a very short period with “lack of moderation and strategic thinking.”
He also condemned hoodlums who had begun to take advantage of the protests to perpetrate violence and disrupt civil life.
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