NCAA orders Ethiopian Airlines to stop collection of unauthorised charges

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines to stop the collection of  unauthorized charges forthwith.

The order was contained in a statement signed by Mr Sam Adurogboye, NCAA General Manager, Public Relations, on Sunday in Lagos.

Adurogboye said these unauthorised charges referred to as” refundable deportation fee” is put at between 75 dollars  and 150 dollars.

According to him, all South Africa bound passengers on Ethiopian Airlines are compelled to pay this amount before boarding.

He noted that the authority had been inundated with several complaints from many passengers that have suffered this fate.

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“According to investigation by NCAA, all outbound passengers to South Africa from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, transiting through Addis Ababa, are liable to pay 75 dollars.

“However, if your transiting time is 24 hours or beyond, the passenger will pay 150 dollars.

“While passengers are not given prior notice concerning these charges before arriving at the airports, some were made to sign undertaken to be responsible for all expenses incurred if deported,” Adurogboye said.

He said consequent upon this, the Ethiopian Airlines’ Country management were summoned by NCAA, where they claimed the fees were always refunded when a passenger was not deported.

Adurogboye said the regulatory authority however found this unacceptable and viewed it as a violation of the its extant regulations.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 18.4.1(iii) stipulates that “all air carriers should obtain approval from the authority to introduce or increase add-on charges or surcharges prior to implementation.

“Till date, the authority has not received any request for fare increase, tariff or add-ons from the airline.

“On this strength, Ethiopian Airlines has been ordered to stop with immediate effect these illegal charges,” he said.

Adurogboye noted that the Airline could take advantage of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CAR) and obtain necessary approvals from the Authority if it has genuine grounds to increase fares or obtain tariffs.

The spokesman said :”the NCAA hereby warns all operating airlines to endeavour to adhere to the regulations in all facets of their operations.

“It is part of our statutory responsibilities to protect the rights of passengers and this we shall continue to do in accordance to the law.” (NAN)

Source: NTA

El-Rufai Ordered Immediate and Thorough Investigation of Rifles Found In Wrecked Car At Kachia-Kafanchan Road

El-Rufai Ordered Immediate and Thorough Investigation of Rifles Found In Wrecked Car At Kachia-Kafanchan Road

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna:

The Kaduna State Government has ordered an investigation into the e discovery of five locally made AK 47 rifles and a magazine in a car that was involved in an accident last week.

Samuel Aruwan, Spokesperson to Governor El-Rufai disclosed this in a statement.

The fatal accident, involving two vehicles, occurred on the 12th May, 2017 at Mazuga, Kachia local government area.

According to Aruwan, the government has received a briefing on the acciednt from the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

Following the briefing, security agencies were charged to ensure thorough investigation and diligent prosecution.

The statement reads:
“On 15th May 2017, the Kaduna State Government received a brief from the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corp on the discovery of a weapons in a car that had been involved in an accident. The government has therefore directed a thorough investigation of the matter.”

“According to the Sector Head of Operation, Salisu D. Galadanci. The FRSC on 12th May, 2017 at about 1607 hours received information of an accident at Mazuga, KM10, Kachia-Kafanchan road and it quickly proceeded to the scene to rescue the victims.”

“On reaching the scene, some people around the area had already started helping by bringing the victims out from the accident’s vehicles. Two vehicles were involved, an Audi Salon car AG 60MKR, one Opel Vectra car without registration. Of the seven persons involved in the accident, three died while four persons were rescued. Five locally-made AK47 rifles and a magazine were also recovered from the Audi car.”

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“The driver of the Audi, Mr. Sabo Goni, was among the rescued accident victims. All the victims were rushed to Kachia Hospital.The Kachia Divisional Police Officer, CSP Faruk Umar, was alerted about the discovery of five rifles in the Audi car. The recovered arms have since been handed over to Kachia DPO for further investigation.”

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“The Kaduna State Government commends Mazuga community for reporting the matter to security agencies and for preserving the recovered arms till the arrival of security agencies.”

Source: NTA

Almost half of all deaths now have a recorded cause, WHO data show

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Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from WHO show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Of the estimated 56 million deaths globally in 2015, 27 million were registered with a cause of death, according to WHO’s annual World Health Statistics. In 2005, only about a third of deaths had a recorded cause. Several countries have made significant strides towards strengthening the data they collect, including China, Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran, where 90% of deaths are now recorded with detailed cause-of-death information, compared with 5% in 1999.

Incomplete or incorrect information on those deaths that are registered also reduce the usefulness of those data for tracking public health trends, planning measures to improve health, and evaluating whether policies are working.

“If countries don’t know what makes people get sick and die, it’s a lot harder to know what to do about it,” said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. “WHO is working with countries to strengthen health information systems and to enable them to better track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The World Health Statistics, one of WHO’s annual flagship publications, compiles data from the organization’s 194 Member States on 21 health-related SDG targets, providing a snapshot of both gains and threats to the health of the world’s people. While the quality of health data has improved significantly in recent years, many countries still do not routinely collect high-quality data to monitor health-related SDG indicators.

The report includes new data on progress towards universal health coverage. Those data show that globally, ten measures of essential health service coverage have improved since 2000. Coverage of treatment for HIV and bed nets to prevent malaria have increased the most, from very low levels in 2000. Steady increases have also been seen in access to antenatal care and improved sanitation, while gains in routine child immunization coverage from 2000 to 2010 slowed somewhat between 2010 and 2015.

Access to services is just one dimension of universal health coverage; how much people pay out of their own pockets for those services is the other. The most recent data from 117 countries show that an average of 9.3% of people in each country spend more than 10% of their household budget on health care, a level of spending that is likely to expose a household to financial hardship.

A selection of data on progress towards the health-related SDG targets is presented below.

SDG 3: ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

Target 3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

  • About 830 women died every day due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth in 2015. Reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 216 per 100 000 live births in 2015 to less than 70 per 100 000 by 2030 will require more than tripling the average annual rate of decline between 1990 and 2015.

Target 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births

  • In 2015, the global neonatal mortality rate was 19 per 1000 live births and the under-five mortality rate in 2015 was 43 per 1000 live births, representing declines of 37% and 44% respectively from 2000.

Target 3.3: By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

  • An estimated 2.1 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2015, 35% lower than the number newly infected in 2000 (about 3.2 million).
  • There were an estimated 212 million malaria cases globally in 2015. About 60% of the population at risk had access to an insecticide-treated net 2015, compared to 34% in 2010.

Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

  • The probability of dying from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease between ages 30 and 70 is 19%, a 17% decline from 2000. Still, the total number of deaths from noncommunicable diseases is increasing due to population growth and ageing.
  • Almost 800 000 deaths by suicide occurred in 2015, with the highest rate in the WHO European Region (14.1 per 100 000 population) and the lowest rate in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (3.8 per 100 000).

Target 3.5: Strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

  • The global level of alcohol consumption in 2016 was 6.4 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older. In 2015, more than 1.1 billion people smoked tobacco.

Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

  • About 1.25 million people died from road traffic injuries in 2013, a 13% increase from 2000. Road traffic injuries are the main cause of death for people aged 15-29 years.

Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

  • In 2016, 76.7% of women of reproductive age who were married or in-union had their family planning need met with a modern contraceptive method. This fell to 50% in the WHO African Region.
  • The adolescent birth rate in 2015 was 44.1 per 1000 girls aged 15-19 years.

Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

  • Ten measures of essential health service coverage have improved since 2000. For example, 49% of people with TB are now detected and treated, compared with 23% in 2000, and 86% of children receive three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, up from 72% in 2000.
  • Recent data from 117 countries show that an average of 9.3% of people in each country spend more than 10% of their household budget on health care.

Target 3.9: By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

  • In 2012, indoor and outdoor air pollution caused an estimated 6.5 million deaths globally, or 11.6% of all deaths. The Western Pacific region bore the largest burden of these deaths.
  • Unsafe water, sanitation and lack of hygiene were responsible for an estimated 871 000 deaths in 2012. Most of these deaths were in the African region and the South-East Asia region.

SELECTED HEALTH-RELATED TARGETS OUTSIDE GOAL 3

Target 1.2: By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

  • In 2014, average government health expenditure as a proportion of the total government expenditure was 11.7%, ranging from 8.8% in the Eastern Mediterranean region to 13.6% in the region of the Americas.

Target 2.2: By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons

  • 22.9% of children under 5 stunted (too short for their age), ranging from 6.1% in the European region to 33.8% in the Southeast Asian region.
  • 6.0% of children under 5 were overweight, ranging from 4.1% in the African region to 12.8% in the European region.

Target 7.1: By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

  • In 2014, 57% of the world’s population were reliant primarily on clean fuels, ranging from 16% in the African Region to more than 95% in the European Region

Target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

  • In 2015 there were an estimated 468,000 murders, ranging from 1.7 per 100 000 in the Western Pacific region to 18.6 per 100 000 in the Region of the Americas.

Target 17.19: By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

  • In 2015 48% of deaths were registered with a cause of death, ranging from 5% of deaths in the African region to 95% in the European region.
  • Only half of WHO Member States register at least 80% of deaths with information on the cause of death.

Note to editors

Published every year since 2005, WHO’s World Health Statistics is the definitive source of information on the health of the world’s people. It contains data from 194 countries on progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, including a range of mortality, disease, and health system indicators, including life expectancy, illness and death from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, and risk factors and behaviours that affect health.

WHO’s Global Health Observatory updates health statistics of more than 1000 health indicators year round. Members of the public can use it to find the latest health statistics at global, regional, and country levels.

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Kukah Center to build skill acquisition centers for Almajiri children in the north

The Kukah Centre (TKC) on Saturday revealed it plans to introduce skill acquisition centres in the Northern part of the country for Almajiri children to acquire vocations of their choice.

kukah center to empower almajiri

 

 

Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto made this known during a four day workshop tagged ‘’Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement’’ for Christians and Muslims in Minna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, which was attended by Christians and Muslims leaders from Niger, Kano, Gombe and Yobe States was to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

Kukah said that most of the social vices in the society would be reduced when these children are empowered and gainfully engaged.

“One of the greatest concerns in Nigeria now is to get the Almajiri children off the streets.

“The centre will soon sign a Memoranda of Understanding with a foreign partner to make sure that we get the Almajiri children off the streets,’’ he said.

He said that the issue of ensuring peace in the country was a task for all Nigerians.

The Bishop said that the people of the country may have their differences but stressed the need to understand these differences in order to develop the country.

Similarly, Sheik Ahmed Lemu, founder of the Islamic Education Trust said that Nigerians must respect one another in order to develop the country.

‘’If we don’t live peacefully there is no way we can make any progress. So we need one another to move Nigeria forward,’’ he said..

NAN reports that the workshop was organised by the Development Initiative of West Africa in collaboration with TKC. (NAN)

Source: NTA

NYSC: Reprinting of Call-Up Letters By PCMs Deployed To Cross River State

NYSC: Reprinting of Call-Up Letters By PCMs Deployed To Cross River State

Prospective Corps Members of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream One) deployed to Cross River State should go to the NYSC portal and reprint their Call-up Letters before proceeding to orientation camp.

This development follows the change of Orientation Camp venue for those deployed to Cross River State as announced earlier on this platform.

All affected PCMs are, therefore, requested to go to their dashboards on the registration portal for the reprinting of the Call-up Letters.

For a reminder, the venue of Orientation Course for PCMs deployed to Cross River State is now CROSS RIVER STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AKAMKPA.

FG activates Ebola preparedness plan.

Source: NTA

 

Reps want police dress code enforced

House of Reps
House of Reps wants a well dressed police

By EricJames Ochigbo

The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to ensure that officers and men of the force dress in uniform whenever they are on highway patrol duty.

The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ajisafe Olowookere (Ondo-APC) at the plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion earlier, Olowookere said that being properly dressed was necessary to prevent identity crisis and also portray the force as a disciplined organisation.

He said that the uniform was equally important given the worrisome spate of insecurity in the country, with spiralling incidents of kidnappings and armed robberies on the highways.

Olowookere said that the Police was a regimented organisation that had official uniform and a dress code.

He stated that it was necessary to deploy policemen on highways to curtail crimes, but insisted that they must be dressed in uniform.

According to him, the practice of policemen on highway patrol wearing mufti constitutes an embarrassment, both to the force and the nation.

The lawmaker said that being in mufti could cause unsuspecting motorists to fall victims to armed robbers, who could disguise as policemen since there would be nothing to distinguish them from the robbers.

In his contribution, Rep. Nkem Abonta (Abia-PDP) said that policemen were sometimes victims of attacks and kidnapping, hence the need to dress in mufti.

He added that sometimes men of the force would need to undertake undercover operations which required them to wear mufti.

Abonta also stated that it was necessary that the House found out the reason some policemen on highway duties avoid proper uniform.

According to him, the house will be shocked to discover that some policemen will not have received uniforms in the past five years in spite of budgetary allocation.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Police Affairs to ensure that police authorities heeded the call.

Source: NAN

Good News! Nigeria saves $6bn

Health Minister Prof Adewole: Happy with the development
Health Minister Prof Adewole: Happy with the development

 

 

By Yashim Katurak

Prof. Ademola Olaitan, President, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, on Thursday said that the college had saved more than $5 billion for the country by training doctors locally.

Olaitan disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said that before the college was set up in 1979, the Federal Government usually sent doctors abroad for training, spending about $200,000 each year, for five years.

The professor said such training overseas had now been taken over by the college, saving the government resources.

“After 1979, the college started training doctors and so far, we have produced no fewer than 5,338 postgraduate doctors.

“If you calculate this, then, you can get an idea of how much the country has saved from foreign training.

“Yearly, the number of graduates increases. Last year, we graduated no fewer than 500 doctors.

“The previous year, we had no fewer than 300; each year, the number increases; our main focus is that each year we produce more doctors for the nation.

“Another thing is that if every doctor that is training in Nigeria went abroad to receive training, we would not have the number of doctors we see today rendering services in our hospitals.

“They would have been rendering their services abroad.

“These are some of the benefits the college has given to society since it was set up,” Olaitan said.

He said that despite the college’s commitment to giving doctors quality and world standard training, it was being faced with financial challenges, hindering it from achieving some of its mandate.

He said that most benefits accruing to the universities from the Ministry of Education was denied the college, even though it could be termed a medical university.

“If the college can even receive just five to 10 per cent of the amount it has saved for government, this will go a long way in moving the college forward.

“Recently, we asked the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to fund our clinical simulation laboratory, but the request was not granted.

“This laboratory is supposed to help us to change the system of our doctors treating patients,’’ said the don.

Source: NAN