Apparently piqued by the abysmal performance of Nigerian politicians that has kept the country underdeveloped, the Presidential aspirant under Coalition of Opposition Parties, (COP) Prince Adewole Adebayo, has taunted failed leaders by asking Professor Maurice Iwu that of all his reforms at INEC he forgot to formulate herbal therapy for politicians.
Professor Maurice Iwu is a Nigerian Professor of Pharmacognosy who was appointed Chairman of the 2r (INEC) in June 2005, and completed his tenure in April 2010.
Prince Adebayo, who chaired the occasion of the public presentation of a book, ‘Healing Plants of Nigeria, ethnomedicine and therapeutic applications, written by Rev. Fr. Dr Anselm Adodo and Professor Maurice Iwu, in Abuja said, Nigeria is facing leadership crises because the politicians need some herbal remedy.
According to him
Trado-medicine if properly harnessed can generate $100b revenue and create 3m jobs.
He therefore called on Nigerians to invest in traditional medicine, describing it as a major revenue boost if properly developed
He lamented that the country has over the years expended huge resources on spiritual matters but failed to invest in development of ethnomedicine sector for good of the people,
He said Nigeria can generate over $100 billion from plant medicine industry if it pays serious attention to it.
Adebayo regretted that the herbal medicine sector was suffering from the same years of neglect and lack of focus to develop various sectors in the country.
He said, “What has happened to our traditional medical field is what has happened to almost every aspect.
“It is the same reason why we don’t have electricity, it is the same reason why lecturers are on strike, it is the same reason why we are importing fuel that we should be producing.”
The presidential hopeful vowed to do the opposite of what the government is doing instead of adding to the lamentations of why our government has failed.
According to him, “Nigerians know already, so, they want me to bring solutions. The solution is that we are going to do opposite of what the government has been doing.
“We are going to encourage industrialization, science, technology, research and development. We are going to encourage local production of goods.”
“My view of traditional medicine is that it is the main medicine. I have been an investor in the sector for many years. You can see many of the Professors here; we have done research together, Professor Maurice iwu, Professor Kunle and many of the Professors.
“We have done research together with other Professor. It is something I have done over the years, and these products, we have commercialize many of them.
“So, my attitude to traditional medicine is the same attitude I have to other natural resources that Nigeria has, that we must value what is ours and we must promote what is ours and we must educate our people about what we have.
“And they are my aspect that is sound skeptical like these gentlemen have tried to deal with the area of ethnomedicine. But the idea is that, if we want to be self sufficient, as a country, we must be able to feed our people and heal your people when they are ill.
“When they are healthy, you will make sure that they remain healthy and that you generate resources. It will surprise you that we have more money in plants medicine than we have in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
“So, if Nigeria were to pay attention to plants medicine and to do the kind of investment which I have made in this sector over the years, we can generate an industry of over a $100 billion. And our budget this year is less than N40 billion.
“That is why I have confidence in the county. I have no worry about Nigeria at all because I know where the resources are, I know where the opportunities are. We can generate up to three million jobs just from the propagation of plants, from development of plants, from the methodology used from training laboratories.
“If Nigeria wants to do industrial revolution, it is not by importation from foreign industries, it is by understanding ethnomedicine and ethnomethodology for developing our own product.
“And I believe that when we are in government, this will be a new brain. We have all the people we need. I know all the people in the scientific industry, the researchers, and the institutions. So I don’t have any concern that we will do well in this sector.
“So, herbal medicine to me is not what we see in the movies or if you have a headache you go to herbalist. It is a whole industry and in accessing that industry is the commercialization of plants for exports. Because we have plants for some diseases that are not common to us, there are western diseases that plants can also work for them.
“So, it generates income for you and it is also the raw materials you use for other products but are not medicine or medicinal but are used for other production industry, so, it is a field that I am very familiar with and will promote it when in government.
“What has happened to our traditional medical field is what has happened to almost every aspect.
“It is the same reason why we don’t have electricity, it is the same reason why lecturers are on strike, it is the same reason why we are importing fuel that we should be producing.
“So, we don’t have good government and it should not be forever. So, we need to take care of them now. I am more focused on finding solution and I have found solutions to most of these problems.
“So, in my public speaking, in my campaign, I am focusing on what I will do. Because adding to the lamentations of why our government has failed, is not tenable. Nigerians know already, so, they want me to bring solutions.
“The solution is that we are going to do opposite of what the government ha being doing. We are going to encourage industrialization, science, technology, research and development.
“We are going to encourage local production of goods; we are going to encourage education along the line of practical and pragmatic application of knowledge.”
Media professionals move to curb apathy towards HVP vaccination
From Daniel Abel Lafia
Media professionals under the auspices of Sustainable Media Advocacy Foundation (SMAF), on Wednesday promised to intensify media campaigns against the negative public perception of Vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus among young girls between the ages of 9 and 14 years in the state through intensive campaigns.
The foundation Chairman, Mr. Kalu Idika made this known at its advocacy meeting organized to review its activities in Lafia.
According to the SMAF Chairman, the objective of the organization is to promote media engagement for sustainable development.
“We are available to partner with any group to create every necessary awareness for people at the grassroots level.
“We are registered professionals ready to partner with any interested organization to sensitize, promote, and reach out to the nooks and crannies of the state in any field of endeavor.
The chairman, however, recalled that the foundation had undergone several trainings and have also engaged in sensitization in the area of safe sex among adolescence, maternal mortality in partnership with local and international Non Governmental Organizations, (NGOs).
Mr. Kalu noted that the foundation is currently partnering with the National Primary Health Development Agency, (NAPHDA), to ensure girls between ages 6-14 receive vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV launched by Governor Abdullahi Sule.
Kalu, however, stated that the Foundation has undertaken many activities in the past as well adding that they enjoyed technical support from International organizations and Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NAPHDA),
Mr. Ishaya Amegwa, who represented the state’s health educator, commended the foundation in ensuring adequate awareness against the myth and misconceptions about the vaccine.
With the help of the media engagement, more people are coming out even as parents are bringing their girls within the age bracket to receive the vaccine.
‘The media came to our assistance and created the necessary awareness that we needed at that time to encourage the young girls to avail themselves for the vaccination.
In a remark, the Research Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support Lead of The Challenge Initiative, Taco, Oluwafemi Timothy Rotimi, commended SMAF for the collaboration commencement and implementation of its programme in the state.
Rotimi also noted that the Foundation had reached out to various communities and the public through its media platforms in order to communicate the positive outcome impacted on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
Malnutrition: USAID doles out RUFT worth 3.5 million Dollars to Nigeria
The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 60,000 cartons of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUFT) to Bauchi, Kebbi, and Sokoto States to mitigate severe acute malnutrition in Nigeria.
USAID in a press statement made available to journalists after the official handover of the RUFT in Abuja on Thursday, said the approach became necessary as millions of Nigerian children are being affected by malnutrition.
The agency stated that the approach is in collaboration with the Nigerian government, to strengthen local RUTF manufacturing, as well as incorporate RUTF into state health systems such as health insurance, drug revolving funds, and health budgets.
The statement reads in part, “The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated over 60,000 cartons of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF)-valued at $3.5 million to the governors of Bauchi, Kebbi, and Sokoto states in Nigeria. The handover is part of USAID’s bid to expand access to treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
“In Nigeria, severe acute malnutrition remains a significant public health concern, affecting 3.6 million children. With challenges of food insecurity, limited access to quality healthcare, and inadequate nutrition interventions, multisectoral collaboration and innovation is needed. Expanding sustainable local access to affordable, life-saving nutrition commodities is essential to address severe malnutrition in Nigerian children.”
The agency added that the approach also improves the quality of groundnut inputs for manufacturing RUTF, to strengthen the quality of nutrition health services and to integrate humanitarian nutrition services more sustainably.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, USAID Mission Director, Melissa Jones said, “Reducing malnutrition is a critical component of improving health, education, and inclusive economic development.
“We commend Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health for including RUTF and other nutrition commodities in the list of essential medicines. Doing so allows this life-saving essential food to be procured and made available at all health facilities.”
Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Hon. Mohammed Auwal Jatau, commended USAID for its interventions in Bauchi.
Jatau gave the indication while receiving 17,500 cartons of RUTF donated by the USAID to the Bauchi State government.
The Deputy Governor said to reciprocate the gesture, the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed would continue to fulfil the obligations of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU.
Diphtheria Outbreak: UNICEF Donates 3.1 m Vaccine Dosages
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated 3.1 million Diphtheria vaccines as part of the organization’s response to Diphtheria out break in the country.
This was disclosed by the UNICEF country Director, Ms Christian Manduate while speaking during a courtesy visit to the JIgawa state governor, Malam Umar Namadi Danmodi at government house Dutse.
The country Director promised a continuation with interventions and technical support for the improvement of education, healthcare, birth and death registration in the state.
According to her other areas of its intervention included Child Nutrition and other aspects of economic and human capital development
Ms Christian Manduate commended governor Namadi for achieving milestones on child protection and development in the state.
She said JIgawa state is among the beneficiary of the 3.1 million vaccines from the UNICEF.
Ms Manduate appealed to the governor to be part of their advocacy team in northern states, as she promised to provide more technical assistance through training of Jigawa health workers.
According to the country Director, despite effort made by Jigawa government to fight five child killer diseases there are numerious challenges on the high number of malnourished children in the state.
She maintained that, most of the Diphtheria victims are unimmunized children with zero dose record, adding that UNICEF will continue collaborate with the government to improve nutrition and reduce the number of out of schools children.
In his response, the JIgawa state governor Malam Umar Namadi lauded UNICEF, saying that their interventions are yielding fruitful result in almost all the critical sectors in Jigawa.
Governor Namadi promised to timeously release counterpart funds to UNICEF, indicating that the state government has gone far on it’s plan to involve Almajiri system into formal education system, to reduce the number of out of school children.
He commended the UNICEF team for visiting Jigawa and promised that he is opened for more collaboration to save and improve the lives of children in the state.
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