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Big News Stories (April 22, 2021)

IKOT-NKEBRE COMMUNITY IN CALABAR MUNICIPALITY ABSOLVES ITS PEOPLE FROM THE ATTACKS ON STAFF OF A COMPANY IN THE AREA.

The Ikot-Nkebre community in 8-miles, Calabar Municipality says it is not responsible for the recent attacks on staff of a company carrying out remediation works at a Gully Erosion site in the community.

This is coming after staff of the company were beaten and bruised by unknown men, in two separate attacks that also saw the carting away of two trucks.

Addressing journalists in Calabar on Wednesday, the Chief Liaison Officer of the Project to the community, Etim Effiom said the community has partnered with the company since it started operations in 2017.

While explaining how things unfolded, some truck drivers, who were battered in the latest attack which occurred on Monday April 19th, 2021, said the hoodlums were more than 50 in number.

On his part, the Project Director, George Brown said the attack has affected the timeline for the completion of the project, which is slated for May.

TWO ARRESTED BY UNICAL SURVEILLANCE FOR THEFT

Two men have been arrested by the security personnel of the University of Calabar for snatching a phone worth 88 thousand naira from a 100-level Computer Science student of the institution.

The suspects, 22-year-old Kingsley Mathias, and 23-year-old Bassey Edet, said they sold the phone for 10 thousand naira, after they snatched if from the victim, while he was on his way to withdraw money from a bank.

Speaking on their arrest on Wednesday in Calabar, the Vice-Chancellor, Unical, Prof. Florence Obi, noted that the suspects, who are not students of university had been terrorizing undergraduates on campus, especially in the hostels.                                                      

MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS ADVISED TO AGGRESSIVELY SENSITIZE NIGERIANS ON TUBERCULOSIS

Following the increasing cases of tuberculosis in the country, media organizations have been advised to aggressively sensitize Nigerians on tuberculosis in order to reduce the current trend.

A senior program officer for media, Break-through Action Nigeria, Eze Eze, gave the advice on Wednesday during media training for states health correspondent via zoom, organized by the federal Ministry of Health Tuberculosis Program.

Eze Eze also revealed that the covid-19 pandemic affected the detection of tuberculosis in Cross River state.

While calling for more information on the difference between turbeculosis and COVID-19, Eze also believes that early detection and treatment of tuberculosis is key in reducing the number of cases and death rate.

About 245,000 Nigerians die from tuberculosis and about 590,000 new cases occur in Nigeria every year, making the country third in the world, only behind India and China.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET TO ELECTRIFY 200 PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTRES AND ALL 104 UNITY SCHOOLS ACROSS NIGERIA.

The Federal Government has concluded plans to embark on a programme to electrify 200 Primary Healthcare Centres and all the 104 Unity Schools across Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, who disclosed this in a series of tweets through his verified handle on Wednesday, explained that the mini-grid is also designed to provide solar-powered streetlights to the host communities of the healthcare centres and within the environment of the schools.

While noting that the lighting programme would enhance the security arrangements around the schools, the minister stated that the decision will ease the learning process and facilitate uninterrupted healthcare services to the rural communities.

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