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Bauchi to immunise 2.3 million children against polio

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The Bauchi State Government says it has targeted 2.286 million children for immunisation against polio in the 2022 first round exercise.

Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated this at the inauguration of the exercise on Saturday in Bauchi.

Mr Mohammed said the exercise was imperative in view of 38 circulating mutant polio virus type II cases recorded in 12 LGAs of the state.

He listed the affected areas to include Alkaleri; Bauchi, Dambam, Darazo, Ganjuwa, Jamaare, Katagum, Shira, Misau, Warji, Toro and Shira.

“Though, Nigeria was certified polio free in August 2020 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the presence of the circulating mutant polio virus which is derived from the environment necessitated the exercise.

“The state received 2,367,450 doses of vaccines to be administered by 5,303 teams in 17,243 settlements.

“The vaccination started two days ago in high risk local government areas like Bauchi, and it will last till Jan. 11, 2022,” he said.

While calling on parents to present their children for immunisation, Mr Mohammed urged them to keep a clean environment to stem spread of polio and other diseases.

Also speaking, Dr Ocheh James, representative of the National Emergency Polio Centre assured that the WHO would sustain its support to the state.

(NAN)

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South Sudan: UN calls for probe into deadly intercommunal violence

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has called on the authorities to investigate a report of deadly intercommunal violence in the country’s Jonglei State earlier this week.

UNMISS said on Tuesday that the attack reportedly occurred on Sunday when armed youth from the Murle community carried out cattle raids in two villages in Baidit, citing various independent sources, including the Human Rights Commission.

Some 32 people from the Dinka Bor community were killed, according to preliminary information, with the victims including three women killed by gunshots, and three children who reportedly drowned in the river while fleeing.

At least 26 other people were wounded, and at least five houses were burnt and other property looted. Also, some people reportedly fled to nearby bushes, some of whom remain unaccounted for.

UNMISS stated that it strongly condemns any attack on civilians and urged groups and individuals to take immediate action to avoid further escalations that would endanger vulnerable people.

“The Mission further calls on authorities to carry out timely investigations and that the perpetrators be held accountable,” it said.

“Any surge in subnational violence will have a devastating effect on communities that have already been impacted by flooding, the COVID-19 pandemic and recurring conflict,” the Mission stated.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also responded to the attack, with its South Sudan representative, Hamida Lasseko, saying she was deeply saddened to learn children were among the victims.

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NiMet predicts 3-day haziness from Wednesday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted hazy weather condition from Wednesday to Friday across the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja, predicted the North-Western states to be under moderate dust haze on Wednesday.

The agency further predicted horizontal visibility between 3km to 7km with the North-East to be in thick dust haze with horizontal visibility between 300m to 1,500m during the forecast period in the region.

“The North-Central cities as well as the inland cities of the South should be predominantly in dust haze throughout the forecast period.

“The coastal region of the country should also experience dust haze throughout the day,” it said.

According to NiMet, the Northern states are expected to be in thick dust haze on Thursday, with horizontal visibility of less than or equal to 1,000m throughout the day.

The agency forecast the North-Central cities to be predominantly in moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2km to 5km throughout the forecast period.

NiMet anticipated the inland and coastal regions to also experience moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2km to 5km throughout the forecast period.

“For Friday, Northern states are expected to be in thick dust haze during the forecast period. The North central cities should be in thick dust haze throughout the day.

“Inland cities of South and coastal regions should be in moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility range between two-km to five-km and localised visibility of less than or equal to 1000m during forecast period,” it said.

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NUC approves two more universities for Lagos: Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos says the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of two more universities for the state. 
Mr Sanwo-Olu dropped the hint at the public presentation of a book titled: Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe @60; Audacity of Resilience, on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to him, the development is timely, as it will expand access to the teeming youth who aspire for higher education.

He stressed that the two existing universities in the state were not enough to accommodate the quest for the growing number of youths seeking higher education.

The governor emphasised that education remained the only potent weapon to eradicate poverty and breach all limitations.

According to him, there is also the need to groom future leaders, as well as develop a curriculum that speaks to the needs of tomorrow.

Mr Sanwo-Olu added that Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu would henceforth become University of Science and Technology, while Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education would now merge with Michael Otedola College of Primary Education and upgraded as University of Education.

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