Ondo residents collect treated mosquito nets

The distribution of treated mosquito nets have commenced across the 18 local government council areas of Ondo State after the exercise was flagged off on Friday in Akure by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The distribution exercise witnessed large turnout of residents at various distribution points in all the local government areas of the state.

In Akure North Local Government Area, the distribution was flagged off at the Basic Health Centre, Ayede Ogbese, by the council Chairman, Mr Segun Oluyede.
Oluyede charged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the nets to kick out malaria from the state.

He warned the beneficiaries against using the nets to process Garri or even sell them, saying the nets had been proven as a cost effective means of fighting malaria.
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Supervisor in the area, Mrs Bukola Oyetomi, said the people had been given proper orientation on the usage of the nets.

Oyetomi said health officials would go round houses in the community to ensure the residents comply with the usage.
Some recipients of the nets, Mrs Grace John and Mrs Zainab Alabi, expressed joy at the gesture, promising to use them as instructed by the health officials at the distribution points.

In Owo Council Area, some beneficiaries in the area, Miss Katherine Olasebikan, Miss Elizabeth Joel and Mrs Seyi Balogun, also promised to use the mosquito nets properly.
The mosquito nets replacement exercise so far has witnessed impressive turnout in all the distribution points across the state.

The nets replacement exercise is being facilitated by the CRS in partnership with the Ondo State Government with support from Global Fund.
The distribution exercise for the 2.9 million nets would end on Nov. 1.

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Atiku Abubakar absent at APC Caucus meeting

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was conspicuously absent at the All Progressives Congress’ caucus meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the new Banquet Hall, Aso Rock, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, gathered that the Turakin Adamawa might have travelled out of the country.

NAN reports that the meeting which started at about 8.45p.m. was being attended by the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

NAN also observed that some participants at the meeting were seen “struggling’’ for photo opportunity with the new SGF.

Others attending the meeting include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC national Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, Sen. Bola Tinubu, cabinet ministers and presidential aides.

The meeting was also being attended by governors of Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Sokoto, Niger, Kogi, Jigawa, Benue, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Kebbi, Nasarawa as well as deputy governors of Kwara and Yobe states.

Cabal in Buhari’s cabinet is myth — Tinubu

APC Chieftain Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has dispelled the rumour of an existing cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, saying it was a myth and fake news.

Tinubu spoke with State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with Buhari ahead of the party’s caucus meeting in Abuja.

He said the APC is a party for the people, by the people and for the people adding that “it is a democratic environment; each of us has our roles to play and that is how we are playing it.

“I don’t believe in the myth; I believe in the confidence building, the trust that we have in the President and in building that confidence in a journey of democracy you are going to have twists and turns.

“Conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in how you handle your party; the governance and the party are joined by the hips.’’

On whether the APC government  is still on course, Tinubu referred to the 16 years of the past PDP administration and what happened then and said that “APC government is on course.

“And we remain focused to those necessary things about the development, the welfare and progress of our people.’’

The former governor of Lagos and Senator stated that it was not easy to face the challenges and the problems that the party inherited.

Accordingly, he said that the citizens will find happiness and development in the future in the country.

On his meeting with the President, he said there was a confidential aspect that he would not say but added that “our discussion was fruitful, productive and was about the country and leadership as a whole.

“That brought me very excited and happy.’’

Tinubu also debunked insinuations that he was not in the good terms with the President and had been sidetracked by the cabals describing it as “fake news’’.

“I have confidence in this President; there is no doubt about it.

“We worked hard to bring a government about but there are certain things that are unpredictable and those are things that can lend itself to gossip, insinuations and all of that.

“But once you create leadership and it is functional you don’t have to baby-sit that leadership unless there is an old strain of confidence.

“They don’t have that; so you know me I am not known to shy away from talking my mind and rebelling if it is necessary and taking charge of things I believe are necessary,’’ he added.