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NPC decries the low level demand for CRVS in Nigeria.

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The Nigeria Population Commission, NPC, has decried the low level demand for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, CRVS, in Nigeria.

The Acting Chairman, NPC Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, expressed the displeasure at the launch of the Automation and Digitization of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, CRVS, in Abuja on Monday.

Dr Oyetunji noted that birth registration coverage in the country was as low as 43%, while death registration was as low as 10%. He appealed to Nigerians to join the commission in advocating for the registration and certification of births and deaths especially in rural communities now that the process has gone digital.

Launching the programme earlier, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mohammed Musa Bello, described the launch as a landmark achievement in this COVID-19 pandemic time which has made it difficult to physically carry out activities.

“Today, Nigeria joins other nations across the continent of Africa to celebrate the 3rd edition of the 2020 Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day with the launch of the Automation and Digitization of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, CRVS”.

He commended the NPC for the launch of the CRVS

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APC backs action of 17 Edo lawmakers

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has endorsed the actions of the 17 Edo State House of Assembly members, saying that ‘seven cannot be greater than 17’.
In a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC chided the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, for renovating the Edo state Assembly Complex.
The party said that the action of Governor Obaseki was a sad reminder of what it called “the backward days of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration which normalized the desecration of other arms of governments to achieve political ends.
“The attention of the APC has been drawn to unfolding political events in the Edo State House of Assembly. While we urge our security services to stay vigilant and be guided by the law in its efforts to prevent a breakdown of law and order, we also call on all parties and their proxies to ensure peace and adherence to the rule of law in all their actions.
“Amid the leadership crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly, the sudden renovation of the state’s legislative complex purportedly by the state government takes us back to the backward days of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations which normalised the desecration of other arms of governments to achieve political ends.
“Nigerians will also recall how the PDP introduced the repugnant “16 is greater than 19” political formula. By all standards, it is illegal to deny duly elected legislators their constitutional rights to represent their constituencies in government. For the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly, 7 cannot be greater than 17. Those days are gone.
“The independence of the legislature as an important arm of government must be guaranteed and protected without interference from the government (executive), partisans and other non-state actors.
The activities of the Edo State government on the State House of Assembly is a brazen assault on our constitution and the rule of law.
“The governorship election in Edo state is forthcoming. The electorate must be allowed to cast their votes peacefully and not under threats of violence by the PDP and the state government,” the national leadership of the party noted in the statement.

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Nigerian Universities join in the search for COVID-19 Vaccine

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Nigerian Universities are in the vanguard of developing vaccine for the cure of coronavirus, an expert has said.

Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary Education, at the National Universities Commission, NUC, gave the indication at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dr Yusuf told Signaturetv.org that 32 Nigerian universities have been involved in the process of getting vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic.

While launching a compendium of ongoing contributions of Nigerian Universities to National response to COVID-19, the Deputy Education Secretary, NUC, added that adequate funding is still required from government, individuals and international bodies to encourage the lecturers and students involved in research processes aimed at developing vaccine for the pandemic.

According to Dr Yusuf, some Nigerian universities are collaborating with Cambridge University in England in the search of vaccine for the virus.

He said while still relying on the WHO guidelines and protocols to help curb the spread, Nigeria is yet to come up with exclusive guidelines.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, had said through the  Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday that it is working hard to ensure that Nigerians have access to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines when available.

“To do this, we have to build capacity, gather sufficient data and include African institutions in these efforts.

“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.

“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those that need it the most.

“So, through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with GAVI to ensure that vaccines are available to countries regardless of their ability to pay.”

He also noted that in preparation for resumption templates have been sent to Nigerian Universities give account of COVID-19 protocols put in place considering their peculiarities and until feedback is collated response on school resumption cannot be given.

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