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Bill Gates Cautions Nigeria Against High Price For COVID-19 Vaccines

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Bill Gates Cautions Nigeria Against High Price For COVID-19 Vaccines

American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates has cautioned the Government of Nigeria against diverting its limited health fund into trying to pay a high price for COVID-19 vaccines.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gates advised on Tuesday night during a virtual press conference ahead of the launch of the 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letters.

According to Gate, waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing for Nigeria, and investing proposed vaccine funds into other health-related areas would assist to deepen vaccine coverage and save lives.

GAVI is a global vaccine alliance that brings both public and private sectors together, creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.

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GAVI is co-leading COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. This involves coordinating the COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual COVID-19 vaccines.

NAN also reported that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Executive Director, Mr Faisal Shuaib, had said Nigeria aimed to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population to stop the transmission of COVID-19.

Shuaib said about 40 per cent of the population would be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, the remaining 30 per cent before the end of 2022.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, reported that the Federal Government needed about N400 billion to vaccinate 70 per cent of Nigeria’s 211 million population.

“The key is that Nigeria is still eligible (for GAVI Vaccines), and so a lot of those vaccines, would come through the GAVI facility that we’ve raised money for,” Gates said.

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Gates stressed that the impact of investing funds into the health system, particularly the primary health care system, would be very high in terms of saving children’s lives.

“I’m an advocate for the government to have more resources and prioritise health. I’m not a voter in Nigeria, so Nigeria can decide that independently.

“So my advice is that the primary health care system is what’s super important and that with those finite resources, you have to prioritise expenditure.

“And in that case, waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing,” he said.

According to him, the deaths resulting from the deficits of primary health care were dramatically higher every year than the total deaths going on in Africa from the pandemic.

“So I hope it causes everyone in society to look at these health issues.

“There should be close to 100 per cent coverage of all the vaccines and you need to have those very functional primary health care systems because the number of lives you can save is huge,” he said.

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has disclosed what transpired during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

Ooni said that during the meeting, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari said Igboho needed to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-West to advise Igboho against moves that were lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho had a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

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He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different pieces of advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

READ ALSO: Ooni Warns Against Communal Crisis Over Modakeke Killings

“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone. You’ve to be diplomatic.”

 

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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

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Seventeen people were killed as bandits invaded a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.

Also, 18 people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday morning.

The gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents said on phone they were still in shock over the attack, which they said took them by surprise.

The Maza Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger State are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.

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The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack to reporters.

He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen.

Matane said that the State Government had sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.

The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.

He said that the attack was uncalled for especially as the people were in the mosque for prayers.

Alhassan disclosed that one of the injured people was in a critical condition and had been referred to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

 

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

The Department of History and International Studies, Federal University, Lokoja will hold a national conference in honour of renowned historian Prof. Toyin Falola.

The theme of the conference is “Insurgency, Armed Banditry, And Ethno-religious Conflicts In Central Nigeria.”

The event billed for 10:00 a.m. on November 10, 2021 at the University Auditorium, Adankolo Campus, is one of the ceremonies of the fifth convocation of the university.

Falola is a Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin , U.S.A.

Prof. Falola’s research interest is African history and the geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Falola’s thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Falola who is author and editor of more than one hundred books, makes regular interventions in the simmering and overt socioeconomic and political crises of his country Nigeria and continent Africa.

 

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