The Federal Government and the United Nations World Food Programme have agreed to scale up the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme as schools reopen in Nigeria.
Both parties said they would take the programme to the next level and that the decision came from a joint assessment conducted in the first quarter of 2021 to identify ways of improving, scaling up and sustaining the NHGSFP.
They disclosed this in a joint statement from the WFP and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the UN agency.
The statement read in part, “Homegrown school feeding initiatives promote nutrition education and better eating habits and encourage the diversification of production with a special emphasis on local crops.
“WFP is backing the next stage with a significant transfer of ICT equipment. This includes tablets with access to the PLUS Schools Menus – a free tool to help state nutrition officers design nutritious menus for schools.”
Both parties stated that in 2021, the initiative served school meals to over nine million students in 53,000 public primary schools, making it one of the largest school feeding programmes in Africa.
“It has also led to a significant increase in school enrollment across the country,” they stated.
The partners added, “Moreover, the programme has provided a much-needed boost to local economies by buying the products of smallholder farmers and providing jobs to more than 107,000 cooks from low-income families.”
The statement pointed out that schools provided local farmers with a predictable outlet for their products, leading to a stable income, more investments and higher productivity.
It stated that the children enjoyed healthy, diversified food, adding that this made it more likely that they would stay in school, perform better, and improve their adult job prospects.
The Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq, was quoted as saying, “The NHGSFP remains an important intervention of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Through it hunger, malnutrition, poverty, education can all be addressed.
“It is an investment that is fully funded by the Federal Government because of its sheer potential as a development driver. We at the humanitarian ministry are here to ensure that this programme is strengthened and sustained so that it can continue to support the needs of the children, families, women and communities it targets.
“The technical support from the World Food Programme is therefore timely, relevant and well appreciated.”
From Mu, Delta, IHU to NeoCov, here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus
The deadly coronavirus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan during the year 2019. Over two years and the world is still battling the virus and its variants. Here is a list of the variants
The ‘Mu’ variant was first reported in the United States during January 2021. The cases only numbered in the single digits.
The World Health Organisation continues to classify ‘Mu’ as a ‘variant of interest’ globally.
The Alpha variant of coronavirus is believed to have gained ‘skills’ to successfully block the ‘innate immune system response.’
A research states that the variant blocks the airways sensors, thus stopping the process where these sensors ‘warn’ the immune system about the presence of a virus in the body.
Since the variant has learnt how to block the functioning of the sensors, the body is unable to produce any anti-viral protein interferon.
A scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Sage claimed, John Edmunds, warned that the Beta variant may be able to evade Covid vaccines.
“The Beta variant has remained a threat throughout. It is probably less infectious than the Delta variant that is spreading here in the UK at the moment. Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent,” he said.
The Gamma variant was first discovered in Brazil.
Samples of a study collected in Manaus between November 2020 and January 2021, highlighted that the Gamma variant is 1.4–2.2 times more transmissible.
It further showed that it is capable of evading 25–61 per cent of inherited immunity from previous coronavirus diseases.
The variant was first reported in Peru during December 2020. As per NHS, the main symptoms include high temperature, continuous cough, a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.
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The Delta variant of coronavirus was responsible for a wave of cases in most countries. It was first identified in India and it led to a second wave in the nation.
Delta variantCDC claimed that the Delta variant is twice as contagious as earlier variants; and might could cause more severe illness.
Those affected by the Delta variant experience fever, cough, loss of taste, smell, as well as extreme tiredness. Sore throat, headache and diarrhea are also less common symptoms.
Binatone launches new rechargeable fans, blenders in Nigeria
Electronics manufacturing firm, Binatone Nigeria has launched new rechargeable fans into the Nigerian electronic market along with two new models of blenders and steam irons.
Managing Director of Global Appliances Nigeria Limited, distributors of Binatone products in Nigeria, Mr Prasun Banerjee said in a statement that the new rechargeable fans were of high quality designed to run on battery for up to five hours on high speed.
“The RCF -1855 rechargeable standing fan is a high quality fan designed to run on battery for up to 5 hours on high speed, and up to 10 hours on low speed, with up to nine speed controls and a timer that can run for up to nine hours. The rechargeable fan is really an energy efficient solution to the power problems mostly found in the Nigerian household,” he stated He said the new blenders and irons were cost effective and available in all parts of the country. He said the blenders are the newest entries into the affordable range of top quality of blenders in the Nigerian appliances market stressing that the product provides the high quality Binatone assurance along with the comfort of affordability and accessibility.
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“They are built with overheat protection technology along with a 300-Watt Long Life turbo motor which is sure to ensure users get the best value for your money. These blender jugs come with the Binatone proprietary unbreakable jugs while the SI – 1830 steam iron comes with non-stick ceramic base for easy gliding over fabric, with a variable steam burst to protect your fabric and provide the most hands-on ironing experience,” he noted. Stressing that all Binatone products comes with a two year warrantee, Mr Banerjee disclosed that the company maintains an efficient after sales service across Nigeria.
Akande presents horse to Oyetola
Former governor of Osun State and first interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, on Thursday evening presented a horse to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola adding that the governor should ride the animal to power. Governor Oyetola had after his strategic engagement tour of Ila Federal Constituency, visited Baba Akande at his residence in Ila.
The tour was part of the statewide consultation to the nine Federal Constituencies in Osun through which the governor has been fraternising with the newly elected APC executives at the wards and local government levels. The visit was also to inform them and party members of his intention to participate in the party’s forthcoming primaries in preparation for the July governorship election. The highly symbolic presentation of the horse to Governor Oyetola by Chief Akande was seen as a declaration of unalloyed support for the person and candidature of Oyetola.
Horse, political pundits say, symbolises strength, power, freedom, triumph, heroism, nobleness, stamina, tireless, confidence and intelligence.
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