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Bird flu breaks in South Africa

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There have been a continuous outbreak of Bird flu in South Africa as more cases were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

At least 600,000 birds have been culled, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus have sent shock waves through the poultry industry in South Africa after it was first detected in June.

South Africa had never reported an outbreak of bird flu before.

The DAFF said the government and industry were collaborating to find scientifically sound and practical ways to bring this outbreak to a halt and minimise the effect on the poultry of South Africa.

So far, 24 outbreaks were detected — 10 outbreaks in commercial chickens, three outbreaks in ostrich, three outbreaks in backyard chickens and eight outbreaks in wild birds and birds kept as a hobby.

The outbreak poses major threats to the poultry industry with 111,000 direct and indirect agricultural jobs at risk.

Hundreds of jobs are reported to have been lost due to the outbreak.

This prompted the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) to request Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to summon Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to brief Parliament on his department’s contingency plans to contain the spread and stop further job losses.

The minister must brief Parliament about what his department is doing to ensure that jobs can be saved and containment measures are in place in the industry, DA Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Annette Steyn said.

“Zokwana must assure South Africans, especially businesses that employ thousands of people which have been negatively impacted by this mess that his department is on top of this impending crisis,” Steyn said.

Zokwana has been criticised for failing to take contingency measures to contain the pandemic.

“The DA will not rest until the minister addresses the public and reassures South Africans that his department has a proper plan to prevent shedding of jobs in the poultry sector,” said Steyn.

The DAFF said earlier negotiations are ongoing to find a way to provide an incentive to farmers, who have experienced massive losses due to the destruction of healthy birds and eggs in an effort to eradicate the disease.

But so far no funding has been made available for this, according to the DA.

The HPAI is a rapidly spreading viral disease that can infect many types of birds and it is highly contagious.

It exists naturally in many birds and can be transmitted by coming into contact with infected animals or through ingestion of infected food or water.

No effective treatment for the disease has been found.

Since January 2017, H5N8 has been reported in 47 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

But the strain found in the current outbreak does not cause disease in humans.

Source: ( PM News )

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations

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IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations

IGP Mohammed Adamu

With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).

This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.

The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.

Also Read: Police Ban All Forms Of Protest, Gatherings In Lagos

Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”

“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”

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#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari

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#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.

The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.

The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.

Also Read: Police Ban All Forms Of Protest, Gatherings In Lagos

The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.

The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.

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