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US Partners Oyo State Government To Distribute 5 Million Treated Nets Worth N7.4B

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The United States Government has spent N7.4 billion on 5 million insecticide-treated bed nets and other logistics to eradicate malaria in Oyo State.

The donation, made on Monday through Joe Biden’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease every night.

A statement from the US Embassy disclosed that the treated net is expected to reach all 33 local government areas in Oyo State.

“The bed net distribution is a critical component of the ongoing effort to end malaria in Nigeria, which results in nearly 96,000 deaths per year,” the embassy noted.

“Malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in Nigeria, particularly now at the peak of the rainy season when mosquito populations increase dramatically.

“Conquering malaria will not happen overnight and it will only happen if we all work together,” USAID’s Acting PMI Resident Advisor, Ms. Celeste Carr, said at the handover ceremony.

“In addition to the nets, PMI also provided funding for logistics, including transportation and community mobilization carried out in partnership with the Oyo State government, which led the planning, coordination, and distribution effort. The total value of the contribution is near $18 million (₦7.4 billion).

“The distribution will benefit more than eight million residents of Oyo State, providing at a minimum one net for every two people within each household,” the embassy stated.

Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor in his welcome remarks, said malaria still poses a great threat to the social and economic wellbeing of the population in the state.

He said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand here today to flag off the distribution of five million insecticide-treated nets that will be distributed across all the 33 Local Government Areas of the State. My presence at this occasion underscores the importance this administration has for the health and well-being of the people of the state.

“Malaria is still a public health challenge in Nigeria and Oyo State. It seriously challenges the health care needs of women and children in our communities, especially at the grassroots. This net distribution process is expected to increase awareness of communities on the appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills in preventing malaria caused by mosquito bites. This will further improve the health of mothers and children by reducing morbidity and mortality across communities.”

He assured that his administration will continue to provide accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare for all, especially children and women, saying that “we cannot fold our arms and bury our heads in the sand without acknowledging the sheer magnitude of weak health systems has thrust on the public.

“It is for this reason that the state deemed it necessary to put in place different health intervention which is free and assessable to the grassroots. Such intervention includes improving access to health care delivery by providing one primary health care center per ward, improving human resources for health and providing community health insurance services Also, free education is provided by our College of Nursing and Midwifery,” he added.

The governor emphasized that his administration, in a bid to ensure that health services in the state are evidence-based, community data capturing is now electronic to ensure all grassroots households are captured and have access to health care services.

While explaining that distribution of the nets will prevent malaria, reduce the burden of malaria on the economy of the state and health care systems, he reassured that the state will intensify efforts in improving the healthcare-seeking behavior of the populace and give the right message and information needed on the use of insecticide-treated nets.

He added: “The focus of the state government in health care service delivery is in partnership for sustainability. It is in this wise, that this administration will continue to reach out to development partners, well-meaning organizations and notable individuals within and outside the country for partnership and collaboration to implement programmes and projects that will improve the health status of the people.

“In attaining this goal, I am pleased to state here that the Oyo State Ministry of Health, Health Insurance Agency and the State Primary Health Care Board, in collaboration with our colleges are working to ensure universal health coverage at a cost-effective and sustainable way.”

He thanked the institutions that partnered with the state including USAID, PMI, GHSC-PSM, & Break Through Action-Nigeria, for collaborating and supporting malaria activities in Oyo State hence making the net distribution possible.

“This partnership has bought us together today to flag off this round of free net distribution that is conducted every four years, the last round was in 2016. The USAID partners (PMI, GHSC-PSM, & Break Through Action-Nigeria) supporting malaria activities in Oyo State have collaborated with the state to make this net distribution possible.

“This support is appreciated as it actually goes beyond net distribution to diagnoses and treatment of malaria.”

“Let me make it clear that it is the goal of this administration to leave a befitting legacy in the area of health care. I recall the days when Ibadan and indeed Oyo State was a Mecca of sorts for health care services. Esteemed guest pacesetters we intend to bring those days back.”

The US Embassy disclosed that the PMI program in Nigeria is jointly implemented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in coordination with the Government of Nigeria.

“Since 2011, PMI has procured more than 61 million insecticide-treated nets as part of a $712 million overall contribution to malaria control in Nigeria. PMI also supports advocacy and mobilization to encourage members of the community to sleep under the bed nets every night, and trains health workers to test for malaria before treatment,” it stated.

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Nigerian-French Singer Asa Sues Joeboy Over Copyright Infringement, Demands 60% Publishing Split

Nigerian-French singer, Asa, has sued Joeboy on charges of copyright infringement. She is demanding a 60% publishing split for using her beat in his recently released single “Contour”.

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Nigerian-French singer, Bukola Elemide, popularly known as Asa, has sued Joeboy on charges of copyright infringement. She is demanding a 60% publishing split for using her beat in his recently released single “Contour”.

The notice of the lawsuit was made public by Joeboy on his verified Instagram account.

According to the details of the notice dated 30th September, Asa accused Joeboy of sampling one of her beats, Composition, created by Alageu Michael Chidozie (P.K.A Tempoe) on September 22, 2020.

The legal counsel of the veteran singer has required Joeboy to take down the song from all digital streaming platforms within 24 hours, adding that Joeboy should compensate Asa with a payment of N300 million and a written apology.

The notice reads, in part, “It has been brought to our attention that your newly released song, Contour (the “Song”), infringes on the copyright of our Client, as recorded/captured in a musical composition (the “Composition”) which she created in a recording session, which took place on 22 September 2020, with the producer of the Song, Alageu Michael Chidozie (p.k.a Tempoe) in attendance.

“We hereby demand that you immediately remove the Song from all DSPs and any other platforms within twenty-four (24) hours of your receipt of this letter, with a written apology issued to our Client as well as halt any additional infringements of our Composition, including any other infringements.

“We also demand that the sum of N300,000,000 (Three Hundred Million Naira) as well as a 60% (sixty percent) publishing split on the Song be assigned to our Client.”

Joeboy, who seems to have found the whole charge ludicrous, took to his Instagram story to express his anger. The musician who felt disrespected by the whole notice claimed Asa wanted to exploit him because of his seemingly calm nature.

He said, “Cos I Dey always do love and light you think sey I be soft meat.”

A few hours after his first tweet, the obviously angry musician, tweeted again, calling on Asa to take him to court as the notice (24 hours) he was given had elapsed.

“You said I have 24 hours ‚it’s been 48hours, do something.”

Veteran singer Asa is a pop indie and Afrobeat singer, who’s famous for her hit tracks like Bibanke, Jailer and Fire on the mountain amongst many others.

Asa is highly regarded as a music legend amongst the millennials and a few of the Gen Z whose music taste resonates with her genres of music.

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Npower: How to Check and Print Deployment Letter For Npower Batch C, Stream 2

Successful Npower batch C, Stream 2 applicants can now check and print their deployment letters.

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Successful Npower batch C, Stream 2 applicants can now check and print their deployment letters.

Investors King earlier reported that successful batch C, Stream 2 Npower applicants can now check their deployment letter on their dashboard. 

It should be noted that the Npower deployment phase is the last phase for Batch C, Stream 2 beneficiaries. Successful applications are to download their deployment letter and take it to their Primary Place of Assignment (PPA).

NASIM has announced that one million beneficiaries from Batch C, Stream 1 and 2 will be deployed to various PPAs. 

National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) is the management body for Npower and other social intervention programmes of the Federal Government. 

How To Check Your Deployment Status

Stage One: Successful applicants are advised to log in to Npower deployment portal www.nasims.gov.ng/deployment

Stage Two: You are to provide your email and password at the necessary fields. 

Stage Three: You are to log in to your NASIM dashboard using your password and email address. 

Stage Four: Once your Npower NASIMS Dashboard is open, navigate to the “Deployment” tab and click on it.

Stage Five: Your deployment status will thereafter be displayed on your screen. 

Stage Six: If you have been deployed, you will have to download your deployment letter and submit it to your PPA. 

Applicants who have not been deployed can also check back when there is a new update.

Meanwhile, in some cases, successful applicants might be asked to upload some documents on the nasim portal. Failure to do some might lead to the fortification of the offer. 

Npower was established in 2016 to address the issue of youth unemployment in Nigeria and help to create social development. It was created as part of the National Social Investment Program for unemployed graduates and non-graduates between 18-35.

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Federal Government Opens Portal For Student Bursaries; Approves N75,000 Per Semester

The Education Ministry announced that the Federal Government has opened a portal for students to register for bursaries.

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The Education Ministry announced that the Federal Government has opened a portal for students to register for bursaries. 

According to the minister, the announcement is in line with the presidential approval for the sum of N75,000 per semester for Nigerian students undergoing degree programmes in the faculty of education in public universities across the country.

Similarly, their counterparts undergoing the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) will get N50,000 per semester. 

It would be recalled that in 2021 during the World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja, Adamu Adamu said the bursary is part of the reform of the education sector. 

Investors King gathered that only students undergoing education courses in either public universities or public colleges of education will benefit from the bursary package. 

In addition, beneficiaries must also be a fa full-time students must be in their first year and above. 

The minister added that all physically challenged students who met the above descriptions are also eligible to apply. 

However, any applicant who is a beneficiary of any scholarship is not eligible to apply. 

Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to apply online at http://www.education.gov.ng/

Alternatively, they can visit the Federal Scholarship Board website at https://fsbn.com.ng/applicants/auth/register/35565 

Applicants are enjoined to only submit one application as multiple applications can lead to disqualification. 

After submitting online, applicants are to print a copy and attach a photocopy of their admission to it. They are also advised to attach a letter of admission and a current school ID card for easy processing. 

The application does not attract any processing or application fee.  The application deadline was however fixed to the 21st of October, 2022. 

The ministry also added that there is no way to sabotage or manipulate the system because all relevant information about potential applicants has been gathered from the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) and the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE) and submitted to the Ministry of Education. 

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