Tambuwal Signs MOU With US On Primary Education In Sokoto

Tambuwal Signs MOU With US On Primary Education In SokotoThe Sokoto state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States government to support primary education in the state.

Under the programme, which will run till 2020, not less than 500,000 school children will be reached.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal signed the agreement alongside the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mr Michael Harvey.

He said that his government is committed to the full implementation of the project, passed to him from the previous administration.

“This development is clearly a further demonstration of your commitment and our commitment to the future of our children.

“You have clearly been a very good friend, and USAID and indeed the American government have been helpful in so many ways but this particular one which is supporting us in the area of promoting access to quality education in the state is really very key and dear to our hearts.

“I am sure several other states will follow suit and benefit from this benevolence of the US government,” he said.

Governor Tambuwal added that whatever commitment they are supposed to meet as a government they are “ready to meet and ensure that whatever comes to us is judiciously applied as enshrined in the content and letters of this MoU”.

 

US Launches $1 Million Support Programme For Nigerian HIV/AIDS Victims

USAIDS, United States, HIV/AIDS, NigeriaThe United States government has launched a $1 million programme to support HIV/AIDS affected children and families in Nigeria.

The programme was launched by the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Michael Harvey, in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Edo State Government House, Mr Harvey said that the programme would benefit 15,000 families affected by HIV/AIDS in Edo, Benue, Kogi and Nasarawa States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He also pledged that the US would continue to assist Nigeria to overcome the current economic and security challenges in the nation.

FG To Withdraw Subsidy On Fertiliser – Agriculture Minister

Audu-Ogbeh-FertiliserThe Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, has announced plans by the Federal Government to withdraw subsidy for fertiliser procurement in Nigeria.

The Minister explained on Thursday at a forum in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital that the government’s decision would ensure the availability of fertiliser to farmers.

He said there were plans to ensure that farmers access loans at single digit rates to meet the growing demands for agricultural produce.

The Director of USAID Nigeria, Michael Harvey, and Director of IFDC West and North African Division, Robert Groot, suggested the increased lending to farmers.

They also called on the government to ensure that members of the private sector were involved in the distribution of fertiliser.

The Speakers noted that this would provide income for farmers and ensure food security for all.

Besides all of these suggestions, leaders in the West African region are also expected to back all policies that affects fertiliser production and distribution with action.

US Providing Over $240m In Development Assistance In Northeast Nigeria

idpsThe United States says it is currently providing over $240M in development and humanitarian assistance through comprehensive programs in north eastern Nigeria and the broader Lake Chad Basin region.

This is according to the Director of the United States International Agency For Development (USAID) Mission in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, who is in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on an assessment tour.

He said the tour was to obtain first-hand information on the spending of sister donor agencies operating in war-torn northeast Nigeria and funded by USAID.

The insurgency problem in northeast Nigeria has forced millions of citizens out of their homes with school-age kids kept out of their classes, a situation that had made the USAID intensify its intervention programmes in the affected areas.

The Director of the USAID said the intervention programmes were targeted at Internally Displaced Persons in Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba and Yobe States.

USAID believes the task of addressing the many issues families in the displaced people’s camps as well as those in the host community are dealing with is overwhelming.

The victims of insurgency in Bakassi, originally from Gwoza Local Council in Borno State are the first to host the team.

They complained of poor living conditions and feeding, which they said had led to malnutrition and other illnesses.

“We need water and drugs and the weather is very harsh here because there are no trees. The sun disturbs us a lot,” one of the displaced persons, Hauwa Bello, told the group.

Part of the intervention plans of the USAID is to identify and empower displaced families preparing them for their return home.

The USAID also encouraged informal community schools assuring them of its willingness to partner with relevant authorities to give as many kids as possible unlimited access to education.

The region had seen over six years of insurgency and terror attacks mostly carried out by members of Boko Haram terrorist group.

Nigeria, US To Finance Pharmaceutical Warehouse In Abuja

Tablets and pillsNigeria and the United States are collaborating in the construction of a pharmaceutical warehouse in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Supervising Minister of Health, Mr Khaliru Alhassan, announced the US financial assistance on Tuesday.

Mr alhassan said the project, when completed, would reduce wastages and improve supplies of medical consumables to government hospitals across the nation.

“Nigeria will be saving a lot of money and this will  in ensure that our drugs are warehoused and are in one place,” he said.

The project, which is code-named “Warehouse In a Box” is expected to be completed within five months.

The development is in line with the National Drug Policy that stipulates that all medicines meant for the public should pass through the National Warehousing System for proper storage and maintenance of quality.

This has almost been impossible since 1945, as the Federal Medical Stores in Oshodi in Lagos State has been the only major warehouse doing this job.

However, if words are matched with actions, the $10 million jointly financed project by the Nigerian and the United States to float the “warehouse in a box” project in Abuja, would boost warehousing of drugs in Nigeria.

Bearing in mind that the current administration has barely three months to go, the Director, US Mission in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, said it would take charge of the project implementation to ensure its completion.

Three modern warehouses are expected be built and completed in July.