WHO Requires $56m To Implement Zika Virus Strategy

The World Health Organisation (WHO) requires 56 million dollars to implement the recently launched global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the Zika virus.

Natela Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office in New York, disclosed this on Wednesday to the UN member states during a briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

She said under the strategy 25 million dollars would fund the joint response of WHO, the Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and 31 million dollars would fund the work of key partners.

She explained that upon Zika virus outbreak, WHO launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

Menabde said the strategy, also known as the “Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan’’, focused on mobilising and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it.

She said it was also aimed at improving vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

Menabde said in the in the interim, WHO had tapped a recently established emergency contingency fund to finance its initial operations.

She said under the new emergency programme, the global health agency had activated an “Incident Management System’’ to oversee the global response and leverage expertise from across the organisation to address the crisis.

“WHO is tapping a recently established emergency contingency fund to finance its initial operations.

Menabde said currently 34 countries had reported the Zika virus outbreak, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean, and seven reported an increase in cases of microcephaly.

She said Brazil had registered more than 4,700 suspected cases of microcephaly and a quarter was only studied for the moment.

She said before the outbreak of the virus, the average number of microcephaly every year was just 163 cases.

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NLC Calls On Nasarawa Govt. To Implement Full Benefits

The Organised Labour are asking the Nasarawa State Government to pay civil servants full January salaries and to implement all promotions with benefits from two thousand and eleven to date among other demands.

The ongoing strike is predicated on twenty one point demands which after five extensive meetings between the government and the Organised Labour has been trimmed to fourteen.

Addressing journalists in Lafia, the State Head of Civil Service, Joseph Ancho says the government is mindful of the adverse effects of the strike and appeals to the Organised Labour to reciprocate the concessions made by the government.

He affirms that the full January salaries are ready for payment contrary to speculations making the rounds.

Meanwhile the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Abdullahi Adeka insists the strike continues until the government is ready to implement all their demands.

On his part, the Nasarawa State Comptroller of the Federal Ministry of Labour Halhatu Umar affirms the Ministry will ensure the two parties resolve amicably.

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FG Promises To Implement Niger Delta Master Plan

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing the Niger Delta Master Plan to drive the development of the region.

Professor Osinbajo gave the assurance on Monday at the inaugural meeting of Partners for Sustainable Development Forum.

At the meeting organised by the Niger Delta Development Commission, in Port Harcourt, the Vice President said that President Muhammadu Buhari had also expressed concern with current degradation of the environment with a view to addressing challenges faced by the region.

“Niger Delta remains a priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government with a view to attending to current devastation and environmental degradation in the region.

“The Federal Government will give NDDC all necessary assistance and support to achieve its mandate of ensuring rapid and sustainable development of the region.

“For meaningful and sustainable development to take place in the region, citizens and stakeholders must be peaceful while curbing militancy and eliminating terrorism,” the Punch quoted the Vice President as saying.

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ISIS Threatens Hamas In Video Message On Failure To Implement Rigid Laws

ISIS has threatened the Palestinian armed group Hamas, vowing to end the faction’s rule in the territory.

In a 16-minute long video shared by social media accounts sympathetic to ISIS on Wednesday, fighters based in Syria’s Aleppo province condemned Hamas for its crackdown on Salafist groups in the Gaza Strip, and its failure to implement a rigid enough interpretation of Islamic law.

“The point of jihad is not to liberate land … but jihad as defined by God, is fighting for and implementing the law of God,” said one masked fighter who appeared in the video, who further condemned Hamas for its dealings with Iran and Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah, as well as “nationalist”, “secularist”, and “communist” factions.

“They raise their children to respect this (Palestinian) flag,” the fighter said, telling Palestinians that Hamas could not secure their freedom.

“The road to liberate Palestine goes through Iraq and we (ISIS) are getting closer, day by day … while they (Hamas) are moving away from that goal.

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Buhari Pledges To Implement APC’s Cardinal Policies

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to implement the cardinal policies of his administration in order to move the country forward. Buhari made the pledge in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he met Nigerians resident in South Africa.

He said government was determined to secure the country, improve the economy and eliminate corruption. ‘’ Government is determined to secure the country, manage the economy, create employment and fight corruption.

‘’ Some articulate writers have said if we do not kill corruption in Nigeria, corruption will kill Nigeria.

‘’ This APC administration intends to kill corruption in Nigeria. We will do our best, I assure you,’’ Buhari said.

The president said the G7 leaders had expressed commitment to helping Nigeria tackle insecurity as well as develop its oil and gas sectors. ‘’ We are getting the facts and logistics requirements together,’’ he said.

He also said the leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission had set up a military command headquarters in Chad with a Nigerian general heading it.

Buhari, however, urged Nigerians resident in South Africa to be good ambassadors of the country. ‘’ Those of you who have the opportunity to come here and represent us, make sure that you are representing Nigeria, you are all ambassadors of Nigeria.

‘’ This means a lot of patience, restraint and self respect and pride. You must have all these,’’ he said.

According to Buhari, Nigerian and South African leaders will soon meet to discuss several issues bordering on their relationship.

The Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said shops and other property worth millions of Rand belonging to Nigerians were lost during the recent xenophobic attacks.

She also said 143 Nigerians were killed in South Africa between 2011 and 2014, adding that another 81 were in Johannesburg prison. ‘’ Out of this 81 Nigerians, 21 have been convicted,’’ she said.

The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, congratulated the president on his election and inauguration. “ Your victory is victory over poverty, hunger and signals hope for the common man,’’ he said.

He urged the president to facilitate compensation for Nigerians affected by the xenophobic attacks.

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Afenifere Warns Buhari Against Selective Corruption Fight, Asks Him To Implement 2014 Confab Report

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has charged President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, not to be selective in his fight against corruption. The group also called on him to ensure the implementation of the confab report as a way out of corruption and the complexities of Nigeria’s federal system.

In a communique issued on Wednesday in Akure after a meeting held at the home of its leader, Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere admitted that corruption was pervasive and systemic in the country’s polity and therefore required a decisive approach if the country must move forward.

The communique stated, “In our view, devolution of power is the panacea to issues of corruption, generation of electricity, qualitative education, issues of security and other policies that will ensure a fair society.”

While commending President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of results of the last polls, Afenifere described his gesture as a patriotic action that saved the country from possible crisis.

The group, which said it was fully aware of the misunderstanding of its position in supporting President Jonathan in the 2015 election, ?added that the position was taken in the overall interest of the Yoruba race and the country. “For the avoidance of doubt, the ?President-elect, General Buhari (Rtd) himself would attest to our not being induced in supporting him in 2007. We were certainly not induced to support President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Our decision was based on our age-long commitment to support a presidential candidate committed to restructuring of Nigeria.

“?Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 when he agreed with Afenifere that he would restructure Nigeria and President Jonathan in 2015 because of his support for the National Conference and devolution of power.

“We will continued to make representation to the President-elect to ?implement the 2014 Conference resolutions, particularly with regards to restructuring and reduction of recurrent expenditure.

“We call on Yoruba people irrespective of their ?political leanings to continue to pursue the implementation of the report,” the Afenifere stated.

It restated its support for the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) as its own platform for political power attainment and called on its members to continue with its principled philosophy of being the conscience of the nation. The group congratulated all SDP members who won legislative seats ?in the various states of the federation, but admonished those who lost not to despair.