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Dangote: We Need to do More For Africa

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Halima Dangote, Group Executive Director of Dangote Group, has emphasised that, “we need to do more collectively for Africa”.

Dangote: We need to do more for Africa
Halima Dangote
She made the suggestion at the Africa Business Health Forum in Addis Ababa.

She spoke to Denny, correspondent for APO at a question and answer session on Tuesday.

Q: Your foundation has obviously got a lot of influence in Nigeria, what are your main objectives for this year?

A: One of the main pillars is health. Nutrition determines the state of one’s health and we are investing towards nutrition, specifically primary health care, and most importantly towards eradication of polio, that itself is a good example of what Public Private Partnerships should put on the top of their list. This year’s Dangote Foundation ( is partnering with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nigerian government. It is crucial for us to get buy in from each state government that we partner with; so Dangote Foundation, government and B&M Gates Foundation have equal responsibilities and we do really see the impact when we each are accountable. Through impact assessment in the rural areas, studying the root causes, we are able to determine where we want to see results and how to achieve progress. The formula is working and we will keep at it as there is a lot to cover.

Q: Healthcare and infant mortality obviously is a huge issue across the poorest countries in Africa. What could other corporates do to get more involved into helping, following your model?

A: The business sector is the most important in this model, and we put a strong emphasis to really pull the business sector, like the ones here at the Health Business Forum. This thing that we are pushing to get 1% of the tax dedicated to health; we need the support of other businesses do it as well? All of us corporate can just contribute and see this would ultimately help the health sector, and I mean, the way the foundation sees it, when investing in health, it should not be considered a cost, it is a huge investment in the future generations and it’s going to cost us a lot more if we don’t start now, a lot more.

Q: What are your proudest moments?

A: I am extremely proud of being able to make a difference in this world, that collectively we are changing and influencing people to keep aiming for a better lifestyle and to take better care of their health and well-being of their loved ones.

Q: If you had one single most important message from you personally to the world, what would it be?

A: I think, every single person has a role to play, and it is important to search deeper and find ways to contribute. Ultimately it can be very little, but you have to make an effort to participate. It’s not just about saying it. It is about being honest with yourself and having the courage to walk the talk. We all live on the same planet. Our communities within our cities play a strong role in the way we live with one another. Everybody has to participate! Everyone deserves to be healthy and happy!
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Elections: U.S. Envoy Tasks Religious Leaders on Non-violence

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The United States’ Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has called on religious leaders in Nigeria to send out clear messages against violence during the upcoming general elections.

United States’ Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, charges Nigerian religious leaders to send messages against violence
United States’ Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, charges Nigerian religious leaders to send messages against violence
Brownback, who gave the advice at a news conference on the International Religious Freedom, said the whole world was watching the Nigeria’s general elections scheduled for February 16 and March 2.

He said: “My advice to religious leaders is to suggest to everybody for there to be a calm election, a peaceful election, and no violence in the election.

“And I would ask all the religious leaders in Nigeria to put that message out: that people get out and vote, but that it be calm and peaceful and no violence.

“That this is a right that everybody in Nigeria has to vote.

“It should be exercised, but it shouldn’t be something that people then are threatened with violence or deadly force in various places, and the religious leaders have a role to play and a strong role to play asking for people to do this election peacefully.

“The world is watching. Nigeria is an important, incredibly important country, and it’s important throughout the world. It’s certainly a key country in Africa.

“And what you do on having a peaceful election cycle is an important thing for the progress in Nigeria.

“And the religious leaders should be just adamant about that this must be peaceful. We do these things peacefully and we showcase that to the world”.

Sultan, Onaiyekan lead inter-faith parley on peaceful elections
Sultan, Onaiyekan lead inter-faith parley on peaceful elections
Brownback said he was in Nigeria for several days a few months ago, travelling particularly in the middle belt but also in the south of Nigeria adding, “I tracked the situation very closely”.

“The United States Government is strongly concerned that there be free and fair elections, and that they be safe elections – that the factions vote, but not attack each other.

“And that the government itself that’s in power now do everything they can to protect the people, to make sure that they’re safe,” he said.

He noted that the discussions Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held with American President Donald Trump, when the former visited the White House in 2018.

“And so we – our focus is that they be free and fair elections, and that they be safe, and that every effort be made to make sure that people are safe in these elections as they come up,” he said.

Brownback said the United States had been working to establish a religious roundtable in Nigeria.

“We have a religious freedom roundtable here, and we’re taking that concept on a global basis and asking all different faiths, or people of no faith at all but that are interested in religious freedom, to join these religious freedom roundtables, to push for religious freedom and respect for all faiths in those countries.

“The first one of those has been held in Nigeria now, and it brought together people of various faith persuasions and free thinkers as well, and it was on the topic of, what can we all do to push together for religious freedom, for respect of each other’s religion, and for the safety and security of the people that practice their faith.

“That’s gotten started; it’s just getting going.

“But it’s our hope that some of these can take place in many places around the world because of the need, really, to expand religious freedom and the protection for all people of faith wherever they are,” he said.
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Tinubu Says ‘I Remain Gidigba in APC’ Despite Ogun Attack

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he remains ‘Gidigba (solid) in the party, despite the recent attack on the APC leaders at the Abeokuta rally in Ogun state.

Oshiomhole and Tinubu at the Abeokuta rally
Oshiomhole and Tinubu at the Abeokuta rally
He said the attack was disrespectful to the office of the Nigerian President.

The attack could have potentially harmed the person of the President, Tinubu said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr Tunde Rahman on Tuesday in Lagos.

He was reacting to the APC rally in Ogun on Monday where some APC leaders were attacked by hoodlums from APM, allowed into the rally venue by Governor Ibikunle Amosun

”An incident did actually occur at the Ogun State APC rally, but it is not the one PDP has concocted.

”The true incident that should be reported and condemned is that people who oppose the party and the president tried to infiltrate and disrupt the rally.

”The attack by these operatives is disrespectful of the office of the president and could have potentially harmed the person of the president.

“Such antics have no place in our political discourse. The author of these misdeeds should desist before real harm is done.”

Tinubu said he had no plans of leaving the party as being insinuated by some reports based on a video clip from the Ogun rally.

In the video, Tinubu was alleged to be seen throwing the party’s flag at the presidential rally.

He, however, accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of framing the video clip to mean that he was throwing away the party’s flag.

According to him, he remains ‘Gidigba’ (solid) in the governing party.

” If the issue of the flag has become the hotspot of the PDP campaign, then they are in serious trouble.

“During that portion of the Ogun rally, the National Chairman and others were looking for a party flag.

”I spotted one within my reach. I picked it up and attempted to toss it to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole so that the Chairman can present it to the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

“If you want to fault me for anything in this matter, your critique can only be limited to the accuracy of my toss.

“Any attempt to enlarge the episode beyond this is fiction and mischief writ large, ” he said.

Tinubu said he was committed to the party and had been hard at work for the victory of the APC and all of its candidates in the upcoming elections.

“As the National Leader. It is unthinkable that I will leave the party. Moreover, there is no reason for me to do so.

“I understand the bigger picture. I know what is at stake in this election.

”Either the nation moves forward along the progressive path of the APC or it will be forced to retreat into the ills of the past created by the PDP.

”With the nation’s future hanging in the balance, I will not allow myself to be deterred by petty mischief.

”After the election, I will be there celebrating the APC and this nation’s victory over those who will prevent us our rightful future,” he said.
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Fire Destroys 4,965 Card Readers in Awka

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With less than four days to the presidential election, fire engulfed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, destroying 4,695 card readers.

Fire destroys 4,965 card readers in Awka
The card reader
INEC confirmed that the incident happened on Tuesday.

Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner, Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, said that there was no fatality or injury report.

He recalled that similar incidents had occurred in the last 12 days following closely behind those of Isiala Ngwa and Qua’an pan Local Governments offices in Abia and Plateau States respectively.

Okoye said that though the incident no doubt was a setback to the commission’s preparation for the smooth conduct of the elections in Anambra, but immediate measures had been taken to ameliorate the situation.

He said that the measures was the mopping up of some of the spare card readers from other states to deploy to Anambra for smooth conduct of the general elections come Feb. 16 and March 2.

The national commissioner said that with the steps taken so far, the commission remained confident that the election in the state would proceed as scheduled.

Okoye said that the incident had been reported to the police and the Fire Service adding that investigation into the cause had commenced.

He commended the Fire Service for its response which had prevented the spread of the fire and more damage to the commission’s property was averted

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two containers with configured card readers and other sensitive materials for the general elections were gutted by fire at the INEC office in the state.

The fire, which source remained unknown, started around 2.14 pm razing the entire containers before the arrival of Anambra State Fire Service.

An eye witness, who spoke in anonymity, said the fire started at a portion and was put off only to double and escalate to other places.

Many of the ad-hoc staff of the commission were at the INEC complex to collect their posting letters when the incident occured.
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Tension in Uganda Over Suspected Ebola Death

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Ugandan authorities on Tuesday quarantined 13 people, who picked up a body of suspected Ebola death in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as hemorrhagic fever tests are carried out.

Ebola in Uganda
Ebola in Uganda
The Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO) in a joint statement disclosed this in Kampala.

The statement said that the 13 relatives traveled to DRC’s Bunia hospital to repatriate the body of the deceased 46 year old male for burial in the eastern district of Tororo.

“Their details have been collected and these individuals are currently separated from the rest of the community,’’ said the joint statement.

The statement said the deceased was first admitted in Bunia hospital in November 2018 after complaining of chest pain and cough, sometimes with blood.

His condition deteriorated last week and died on Friday.

“The dead man has been living and working in the DRC for the last eight years.

He developed Ebola-like symptoms and died on Friday,” said the joint statement.

“His death certificate from the hospital indicates the cause of death to be cardiac failure and pulmonary tuberculosis.” the statement said.

The ministry of health has dispatched a burial team that will later today conduct a safe and dignified burial, according to the statement.

The statement said there is no confirmed Ebola case present in Uganda.

“Active case search continues in all communities, health facilities and on formal and informal border crossing in all districts especially in the high-risk areas,” said the statement.

Uganda is on an Ebola alert as parts of neighbouring eastern DRC are facing an outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The highly contagious Ebola virus causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalised pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding, according to WHO.

Mortality rates of Ebola fever, according to the global health body, are extremely high, with the human case fatality rate ranging from 50 per cent to 89 per cent, depending on viral subtype. (Xinhua/NAN)
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