The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday shoved aside the massacre by the military of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on Tuesday night.
Instead, it discussed other state matters including approving a National Policy on plastic waste management in Nigeria.
The Fidelinfo gathered that the Minister of Environment, Mr Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed to State House correspondents at the end of the 20th virtual cabinet meeting held at the Council Chambers what they deliberated on.
He said: “The Federal Ministry of Environment today presented a memo on the National Policy on plastic waste management in Nigeria.
” Recall that about three months ago, we presented a memo on solid waste management and plastic being one of the compositions of total waste, has a significant place in the total waste regime because of its non-biodegradable nature and we have plastics littered all over the place, which is an environmental hazard to both humans and animals.
“What this policy seeks to do is to seize the opportunity of our paradigm shift from linear to circular economy. The standard procedure in the past was, you produce, you use and dispose and we just realised that we cannot continue to do that and plastic has lent itself to recycling or reuse.
“Therefore, what this policy intends to achieve is to capitalise on that property of it being reused.”
Mahmood disclosed that already the Ministry had built some plastic recycling plants across the country which would serve as a pilot scheme, adding that the private sector would have the opportunity to dominate the recycling plants.
He said plastic waste is the second form of waste the country needs to deal with.
“There is a lot of these waste. Nigeria has a population of 200 million and plastic waste is like the second in terms of quantity of total waste being produced in Nigeria today,” he said.
The minister explained that plastics can be recycled to produce blocks, new plastics and palettes for the production of interlocks and many more.
Ogun Leads HIV Table With Over 20 Thousand Living With Virus —Official
The Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, Dr. Tomi Coker says the state still tops the ladder of HIV prevalence in the Southwest States with more than 20, 827 people living with the virus in the state.
Just as he hinted that 105 positive cases of the HIV were recorded in the state during the COVID – 19 lockdown.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Coker said this in Abeokuta at a press conference on the 2020 World AIDS Day with the theme “United to end AIDS in the midst of COVID – 19.”
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Hospital Management Board, Dr Nafiu Aigoro, said the patients have been placed on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) to keep the HIV under control.
According to her, Ogun has prevalence rate of 1.6 percent, placing the state on the ladder in Southwest.
She said HIV prevalence rate in other states include, Lagos – 1.4%; Ondo – 1.1%; Oyo – 0.9% and Osun with 0.9%.
The Commissioner attributed drivers of the HIV epidemic in the state to poverty, low literacy level, stigma and discrimination, low political will, low use of condom and risky sexual behaviour.
She also blamed the prevalence on the state’s proximity to the international borders as well as the influx of people into the state from Lagos and other states for commercial purposes.
Coker said “The first case of HIV and AIDS in Ogun State was reported in 1990. In 1999, when the first HIV/AIDS zero-prevalence sentinel survey was carried out the prevalence rate was 2.5 percent.
“In 2001, it rose to 3.5 percent and recorded a drop in 2003 to 1.5 percent and a rise again to 3.6 percent in 2005. In 2008, it dropped to 1.7 percent in 2010, it was 3.1 percent, in 2012 (NARHS) the prevalence was 2.9 percent.
“Ogun State presently has a prevalence rate of 1.6 percent (NAIIS 2018). This is noted to be above the national prevalence (1.4percent) and is also the highest in the Southwest.”
She added that despite the COVID – 19 pandemic, “49,211 persons have been counselled, tested and given results out of which 105 were tested positive.”
The Commissioner vowed that the state would not allow fight against COVID – 19 to overshadow the effort to get rid of the HIV/AIDS, saying the facilities providing HIV Testing services (HTS) in the State have been severally increased from 86 in 2014 to 431 sites.
1,140 Pregnant Women To Be Used For Research In Lagos
A total of 1,140 pregnant women from 20 Local Governments and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) would be placed on a research project for a medical study.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the research, an initiative of the Lagos state government would commence from December 1, 2020 to May 2021 to assess the impact of the MICH Food and supplements on the pregnant participants.
The pregnant women were selected under the Mother, Infant and Child health (MICH) programme with 20 each from the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs.
MICH, a programme designed by the state government through the Office of Civic Engagement, was to support development of socially responsible citizens from the womb through infancy, childhood, youth and into adulthood.
This Research phase, which would be commencing barely four months after the first phase of the programme, would include independent case studies with a follow up as well as monitoring of diverse medical and social indices.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed that 15,000 participants have been earmarked for the three-year programme when fully launched.
Adebowale said that the research programme was a follow up to the initial pilot with a view to assessing the impact of the MICH Food and supplements on the pregnant participants with full monitoring of their existing conditions, along with their unborn children throughout pregnancy till delivery and postpartum.
The research, she insisted, is targeted at providing informed recommendations for the use of the State Government, the Federal Government and international development agencies including United Nations.
She said to ensure the research phase was impactful, government would ensure that the participating pregnant women receive qualitative health care and follow-up through home visits by a dedicated team of public and State-approved private community health workers and medical consultants.
In addition, the special adviser explained that each of the beneficiaries would have access to a toll-free line with membership on a social media chat group that would be created in each local government area for direct feedback as part of the monitoring and evaluation process of the Office of Civic Engagement.
“Also, I strongly appeal to all husbands, partners, families and support systems of the pregnant participants to ensure that the MICH Plus Food packs meant for sole consumption of our target participants are not abused or misused. Additionally, I encourage our participants’ spouses and families to continue to be responsible support systems to our pregnant women so that our dream of building the society through the unborn child and his family is realized maximally.
“We have thought ahead of the need to support struggling spouses of our indigent pregnant participants, hence we have included indicators relating to the family engagement component of the MICH programme as part of our research studies.
“I unequivocally assure everyone on this programme that the MICH research experience, over the next few months, will not only birth new healthy, virile babies and economically stable and civically responsible families but re-write the social inclusion narrative in our local governance and global sustainable development,” she added.
Adebowale hinted the criteria for selection of the participants included: pregnant and underprivileged, EGA must be between 21-24 weeks, must be registered for ANC at the Primary Health Care (PHC) within the councils, must possess a Lagos State Residence Registration Agency (LASRRA card), must be resident in the LGA/LCDA, must be from a low-income household and 75 percent of selection must be indigenous.
UPDATED: ASUU Agrees With FG, To Call Off Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities.
The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
The government also pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.
This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
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