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NYCC-19 Sets up Structures in States for Better Results



NYCC-19 Sets up Structures in States for Better Results

NYCC-19 sets up structures in states for better results

The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 NYCC-19, a humanitarian outfit, says it has commenced putting in place structures at the state level to enhance its activities to accomplish the desired results.

This is also in furtherance of the mandate of engaging about 10 million youths to serve as information agents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The Vice Chairman and Head of State Affairs National Steering Committee, NYCC-19, Prince Chibuike Echem, said this at the south east zonal inauguration of COVID-19 Committee and the Youth Personality in Umuahia, Abia State

He said that Nigeria was the first African country to domesticate the United Nations’ global compact for youth in humanitarian action on COVID-19.

He stated that NYCC-19 is not a political or religion platform, but a platform put in place to compliment Federal Government efforts in the fight against corona virus at all levels.

He urged all the State Executives to be committed in the discharge of their duties, as NYCC-19 is result oriented.

On his part, the Chairman, Advisory Board, NYCC-19 and Nigeria focal person, Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers, CAYWA, Uzor Ifeanyi, said the essence of setting up the state structures was specifically to sensitize people on the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, it is in line on athe need for people to adhere to Federal Government protocols of staying safe.

He added that the committee was also charged with the responsibility to reach out to young people in the zone,displaced of their means of livelihood as a result of COVID-19 and gather data of unemployed young people toward empowering them nationwide.

Delivering a keynote address at the inauguration, on Covid-19 and the Youth Personality, Dr. Queen Obioma, said the initiative was apt “as this is a period when the inexplicable tragedy, called COVID-19 is ravaging physical, social and economic fabrics of the society, locally and globally.”

Obioma noted that, the pandemic was a transformative experience that had resolutely drifted people to frequent intensive and unpleasant emotions..

She said such experience was usually expressed through anxiety, stress, anger, depression and frustration.

This development,Obioma further noted prompted immediate short-term and more long-term consequences in terms of psychology, society, health and morality.

She expressed concern that the global economic and social meltdown had amplified the effects of personal differences and characteristic pattern of “how we feel, think, do things and our value both in good and bad dimensions.”

According to her “although most of us are not infected, but are affected and the impact is not departing soon.”

Obioma further stated that prior to now, youths had been pressured with hydra-headed challenges majority of who had been direct victims of dilapidated economy, unemployment, inadequate education system, among others.

Obioma said that young minds were being brainwashed by fortune seekers who accessed the basement of the young susceptible minds to further enrich their pockets.

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“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic tripled the ugly situation as it prompts the youths to abject redundancy through lockdowns in view of the fact that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop

She said youths were the greatest and invaluable investments of the nation, hence they should not allow themselves to be used to perpetuate crimes.

She urged youths to be resolute change agents as they deploy all arsenals and doggedness toward ensuring that advocacy and sensitizations trickles down to the grassroots levels.

Abia State Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Emenike Innocent applauds, the NYCCC-19 for the successes attained so far in empowering the Nigerian youths, stating that the state coordinators and the executives should ensure that the essence of their emergence, as state executives, is carried out diligently.

This he said became necessary to ensure that the message gets to the national and rural areas.

The Abia State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Dr. Ngozi okechukwu, represented by the Assistant Director Victor, Orji noted that one of the challenges the country faced, this period, is lack of awareness in many quarters about the pandemic.

He added that most Nigerians “do not believe that there is corona virus, hence the NOA is ready to partner with the NYCC-19 to sensitize the people, most especially in the rural areas, to keep them abreast about the pandemic.

He urged youths to observe the Federal Government rules on ways to ease the spread of the virus, adding that COVID-19 is a virus that washing of hands with soap and water could easily cure, therefore, people should not joke with their health.

High point of the event is the inauguration of the 7-man committee each from the 5 states that make up the south east zone of Nigeria. They are; Abia, Enugu, Imo, Anambra and Ebonyi.

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2021 Children Golf Development Clinic begins Monday in Abuja



By Gistflash News

July 23, 2021

The 2021 edition of the Children Golf Development Clinic, being organised by the Ladies Section of IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja, begins on Monday at the club.

The event’s Organising Committee Chairman, Joy Ikwue who is also the club’s Vice Lady Captain, disclosed this on Friday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

“The two-week event tagged `Future Champions of Golf’ is being put together by the club’s Ladies Section and it is part of efforts to raise the level of the sport by the Executive Committee led by Lady Captain MaryRose Richard-Obioha,” she said.

Ikwue disclosed that top Nigerian professional golfers would also be available at the clinic which ends on Aug. 6 to offer life skills training to the children and youths.

“This is with a view of not only integrating them into the game but the society in general.

“Golf is a game of rules and in as much as there will be many rules for the children to learn, we will also want them to know about service to humanity, country and fellow golfers.”

Ikwue stated that more than 70 children and teenagers, whose ages range from five to 18, have so far registered and the organisers believed that more are still coming.

She added that the club’s ladies have traditionally always arranged this summer development clinic for over a decade now.

“The section has tried to sustain the developmental programme with the aim of discover potential young golfers.

“This is because the clinic is to catch them young and groom them so as to become assets for their parents and Nigeria as a whole.”

Ikwue however lamented the difficulties in getting sponsors as some of the letters sent out did not receive any response.

She nonetheless thanked the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, Rotary Club, as well as members of the club for their support.



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Workers’ welfare: FG to ensure implementation of projects



By Gistflash News

July 22, 2021

The Federal Government on Thursday, expressed its commitment to the effective implementation of projects that would improve the welfare of civil servants in the country.

Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), said this at the inauguration and handing over of erosion/flooding control, and road improvement work at Ama Pepple Public Servants’ Estate, FCT.

Yemi-Esan said that the project was one of the 7th ecological interventions, approved by President, Muhammadu Buhari, for 3rd and 4th quarters of 2019.

She said that the government had in pursuance of this goal, also implemented a project named the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme.

The HCSF explained that the FISH Programme was designed to provide quality and affordable housing for public servants, in line with the Federal Government’s Housing Policy.

According to her, the government is working assiduously to make the lives of public servants better.

“We are also working to provide critical infrastructure in estates built for civil servants under the FISH project.

“Necessary action has been taken to reposition the FISH programme. So, we are working very hard to ensure that public and civil servants live in comfortable homes.

“The Federal Government is determined to pursue and implement projects aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of citizens, and also looking for better opportunities for economic growth of the country,’’ she said.

Yemi-Esan, however, implored residents of the estate to cherish the project by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, in order to ensure its sustainability.

“Having successfully completed this project, the living standard of the residents will be enhanced. This will also reduce dangers of erosion and persistent flooding that had been experienced here in recent times.

“The execution of projects across the country also demonstrates the sincerity of purpose by the present administration towards entrenching justice, equity and fair play to all and sundry,’’ she said.

She commended Ecological Fund Office (EFO), the project contractor; Diamond Global Engineering Investment Ltd and the project consultant; Enplan Group Ltd, for their doggedness in ensuring speedy completion of the project.

Dr Habiba Lawal, the Permanent Secretary of EFO, said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention, forwarded to the EFO by the Chairman of the estate.

Lawal said that the request was to arrest the continued erosion, flooding and other ecological challenges, as well as to prevent further environmental degradation, loss of lives and properties in the estate.

She said that the completion of the project was made possible through the efforts of the project contractor and consultant, which worked tirelessly to ensure that minimal time in the project implementation was achieved.

Dr Gaga Ali, the Chairman of the estate, who spoke on behalf of the residents, thanked the Federal Government and EFO officials for their effort sin making sure that the project was duly implemented.

Ali appealed to the government to construct an access road to the estate, as according to him, each year residents repair the road, it deteriorates due to erosion.

Also, Alhaji Mohamed Bello, the Managing Director, Diamond Global Engineering Investment Ltd, said that the job was to be executed within six months, but was completed in four months.

Bello said that the project was executed during the rainy season, and that in spite of the horrible state of the road and the season, the contractors were able to ensure the delivery of a quality project.



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A’Ibom Govt to boost primary healthcare with N300m – Commissioner



By Gistflash News

July 20, 2021

The Akwa Ibom Government is to inject more than N300 million into the state primary healthcare system to enhance service delivery to people in the rural areas.

Prof. Augustine Umoh, the Commissioner for Health, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Tuesday.

Umoh also said that the state government had concluded plans to revive its primary healthcare system through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund by paying its counterpart funding to access the fund.

He said the basic healthcare provision fund would help to get the primary healthcare system back on track to ensure effective healthcare delivery.

The commissioner said that the fund would also help to implement more equitable and efficient health care financing to provide essential services to the most vulnerable members of the state.

“The primary healthcare is receiving quite some boost right now because the state government has established the Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

“To ensure it functions, government has released its counterpart funding so that it will be able to meet up with the requirement of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.

“We have commenced training for enumerators to be able to access our primary healthcare, provides criteria for us to meet up with the basic healthcare provision fund.

“This basic healthcare provision fund would help us to get our primary healthcare system back once activation is done at the shortest possible time.

“We will immediately inject over N300 million into the primary healthcare system and we believe this will give a significant boost to the primary healthcare in the state,’’ Umoh said.

The commissioner said the Ikot Ekpene General Hospital was undergoing rehabilitation for effective and efficient healthcare delivery system to the Akwa Ibom people.

“Government is going to provide appropriate equipment and personnel when the rehabilitation is completed.

“We have a 200-bed facility in the hospital and we have enough hands to deliver services. The state government is ready to employ  more health personnel, especially consultants,’’ he said.

On COVID-19, the commissioner said that the first phase of vaccination in the state had been concluded.

Umoh said the state received 69, 030 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the Federal Government for the first phase of the jab and appealed to the residents to continue to abide by the protocols.



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