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MONROVIA (AFP) – Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday.
“They broke down the doors and looted the place.
The patients all fled,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed
by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams

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The Kwara State Government has said that the seven-month-old baby who was isolated in the state on the suspicion that the boy had Ebola has tested negative to the virus.
He stated that with this development , the state is currently free from the deadly Ebola virus disease. He was said to have manifested symptoms similar to Ebola disease, lassa fever and malaria.
The Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Information, Deji Oni, in a statement on Sunday stated that the state government had received the result of the suspect’s test from the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital which showed that the boy tested negative to the Ebola virus.
Oni who is a member, Kwara State Committee on the Prevention and Control of Ebola Virus, stated that with the development, the state remains Ebola free.
He said, “It would be recalled that the rumor mill was agog some days ago about a reported case of Ebola infection in the state.
“As a responsible and responsive government, we swung into action by closing down the hospital wherethe suspected case was reported and immediately isolated the patient at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin where necessary medication was administered on the child and the blood sample taken to Lagos to
ascertain what the real cause of his sickness.
“The test result from LUTH has subsequently proven negative. Effectively, Kwara has no confirmed case of Ebola at the moment. However, the public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspected case to the nearest hospital while continuing to take precautions against infection.”
Oni noted that shortly after the country recorded the first case, the state government inaugurated a
14-man Committee on the prevention and control of the virus.
He added that the governor also ordered the immediate procurement of laboratory equipment and reagents which are already stationed at the
Harmony Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre, Ilorin.
He said, “The state had also set up three Isolation Centres, one each in the three senatorial districts –
Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, General Hospital, Omuaran and General Hospital, Okuta. A special training was also organised for health care givers on how to handle Ebola patients.
“Presently two ambulances had been dedicated to handle any suspected case of the virus.”

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Finally light at the end of the tunnel. The first Ebola patient to be confrimed positive has been discharged in Lagos.
The Minster of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed this saying the patient ,a female doctor now tested negetive .He however did not reveal her name.He also said five of those undergoing treatment have almost recovered.

It is been confirmed to be Doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a consultant and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Hospital,Lagos.She was the first to test positive after coming in contact with Sawyer..

  He also said Nanosilver (the drug which was to be used on Ebola Patients)failed to pass the ethical test, will not be used.

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Banks customers will from September 1, 2014 pay a token for cash withdrawals made on other banks’
Automated Teller Machines, the Central Bank of Nigeria said in a directive released on Wednesday.
The re-introduction of the ATM charges came almost two years after the CBN and the Deposit Money Banks cancelled the N100 ATM charge in December 2012.
The new directive for the reintroduction of the charge was posted on the CBN website, but instead of N100 per withdrawal, customers using other banks’ ATMs will now pay N65.
According to the order, which was contained in the circular signed by the Director, Banking and Payment
Systems Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun, the central bank and the DMBs agreed to re-introduce
the ATM charges because the cost of transaction was becoming too burdensome for the banks to continue to bear.
Fatokun also said the charge would become effective on the fourth ATM withdrawal in a month, thus making the first three withdrawals on other banks’ ATMs within the month free.
The circular dated August 13, 2014, read, “The CBN hereby issues the following directives: The re- introduction of ‘Remote-on-us’ ATM cash withdrawal transaction fee, which will now be N65 per transaction, to cover the remuneration of switches, ATM monitoring and fit-notes processing by acquiring banks; the new charge shall apply as from the fourth ‘Remote-on-us’ withdrawal (in a month) by a cardholder, thereby making the first three ‘Remote on us’ transaction free for the cardholder,
but to the paid by the issuing bank.
“September 1, 2014 shall be the effective date for the implementation of the new charge; banks are expected to conduct adequate sensitisation to the customers on the introduction of the new fee; all ATM cash withdrawals on the ATM of issuing banks shall be at no cost to the cardholder.”
The CBN, in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, had in December 2012 transferred the payment of the N100 fee on ‘Remote-on-us’ ATM
cash withdrawal transactions to the issuing banks.
The fee was shared between the acquiring bank, issuing bank and switch companies at the commencement of the arrangement.
However, Fatokun, in the latest circular, noted that issuing banks had during the commencement of the
arrangement in 2012 decided to waive the issuer fee of N35, which should ordinarily have been an income to them.
He further said, “Consequently, banks only bore the cost of N65 each time their customers use another
banks’ ATMs.
“However, as a result of the unintended consequences of the decision, which has resulted in substantial cost burden incurred by banks in defraying the cost of the
service, the payment structure for card carrying bank customers is hereby reviewed in line with
present realities.”

Credits: Punch Newspaper.

National Confab

Tempers rose on Tuesday at the venue of the ongoing National Conference in Abuja as adherents of the two major religions engaged in a debate over the dominance of Islam in the 1999 Constitution without any mention of Christianity.

But the intervention of the leadership of the conference saved the situation.

The drama ensued when two Christian delegates representing Christian Leaders, Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese of Catholic Church, Joseph Bagobiri and Pastor Emmanuel Bosun (Ogun State), raised the issue which they described as unfair treatment of Christians and Christianity in the country.

This angered their Muslim counterparts, who opposed their submissions.

They had both submitted that the constitution of Nigeria was skewed in favour of Islam and Muslims with a call on delegates to ensure that the imbalance was corrected.

Bagobiri opened the debate on religion. He gave a detailed analysis of how the Nigerian constitution did not have any mention of Christianity or the church, but Islam was repeatedly mentioned.

He also argued that the adoption of a particular religion by states must be done away with, adding that in a country like Nigeria, neutrality was needed.

He said since Islamic courts had been created, it was only normal to extend the hands of fellowship to Christianity in order to create a fair state.

He called for the establishment of Ecclesiastical Courts to handle Christian-related disputes, like Sharia courts.

Bagobiri said funding should also be provided for the Christian courts, just like Sharia courts so that Christians could have a sense of belonging in their own country.

In his contribution, Bosun argued that the conference must address religious imbalance in the country, adding that the conference needed to address religion squarely before it destroys Nigerians.

He said, “In the 1999 Constitution, Shariah was mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times , Muslims 10 times and there is no single mention of Christ, Christian, Christianity or church. Some mischievous elements are taking these lapses in the constitution to come to the ungodly decision that probably that the state is an Islamic state.

“So, what are Christians doing here 100 of our churches were burnt down, Christians are being killed. In fact, it has reached the stage of genocide. I will cite one example – In one denomination in Plateau State, the Women’s Fellowship as at 2001 had 500 registered widows and by 2008, they had 900 registered widows. By February 2014, they had 25,000 registered widows.”

But a former Governor of Kebbi State, Adamu Aliero, citing Order 9 rule 7 raised a point of order.

He said, “A delegate must confine his contribution to the subject under discussion and will not introduce matters irrelevant thereto. The speaker on the floor is bringing issues that are not related to Mr. President’s speech. I therefore want the Chairman to call him to order. He is bringing diversionary issues that are very sentimental.”

But the Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, said Bosun could not be ruled out of order since others had been allowed to speak. He said he he would only plead that delegates should mind their contributions so as not to offend the sensibilities of other people.

Bosun therefore continued saying, “There is the need for us to abide by what Mr. President said on pages 14 and 15 for this conference to take a closer look at the Constitution and make recommendations that would facilitate redressing every imbalance therein so that all the citizens in Nigeria can live peacefully and live in harmony.

“If we set Nigeria on fire for whatever reason, none of us would be able to live here. We Christians do not hate Muslims. We are prepared to live together in harmony. I live in the South-West where Christians and Muslims live together and there is peace. We want to see that peace all over Nigeria- in the North, South, East and West.”

In his contributions, a delegate from the South-West, Pastor Tunde Bakare, told delegates not to deviate from the principles set by President Goodluck Jonathan as doing so would only make the conference a jamboree.

He said, “Two earlier distinguished delegates have described the President’s speech as a guiding principle to this conference. Another one said a marshal plan. Permit to go into the speech itself and bring three issues in three minutes. The President himself made clear his expected outcome of this conference that as stated in Pg. 19 “…my expectation is that the outcome of this conference will be a positive turning point for our country’s development. We must seize this opportunity to cement the cleavages and fault lines that separate us. We must relaunch our country.’ If my expectation are different from his (Jonathan’s) then we are in a jamboree. We must approach these issues with no suspicion and antagonism. Therefore we should be open-minded and work to achieve what is best for Nigeria.”

Credits: PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Delegates at the National Conference on Wednesday called for the removal of issues that had brought about distrust and divided the citizens along ethnic, sectional and religious lines.

They made the call in Abuja when they continued deliberations on the President’s speech which emphasises unity and peaceful coexistence of all the components that make up Nigeria.

Alhaji Yusuf Daibu, representing Kwara, said that one of the country’s greatest problems was the gross mistrust among the various ethnic and religious groups.

“This mistrust is an issue we must address strongly if we want to move forward as a nation. No nation can survive under an atmosphere of mutual distrust and suspicion.

“At this forum, we must individually and collectively see ourselves as bridge builders across ethnic and religious divides that presently exist,” he said.

Daibu urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of give and take because “we cannot always have our ways and no country can survive where religious bigotry thrives.”

Another delegate, Alhaji Dalhatu Bashir, representing Jigawa, said in the nation’s history, people had lived outside their ethnic zones and were voted for by their hosts to represent them.

“We know that Dr Nnamidi Azikiwe, an Ibo man born in Northern Nigeria, won election in the heartland of Yoruba land.

“The Tiv People invited Ibrahim Imam from Borno to contest election in Tiv land to go and protect and promote the interest of the Tiv people and there was no problem.

“Bagudu also from Nupeland won election in Ibadan. Ladan from Nupeland won election in Onitsha twice and recently in Kano, Sikiru a Yoruba man won an election,” he said.

Bashir said that was the Nigerian spirit, and urged the conference to find solutions to the dichotomies of ethnicity, religion and resource control that currently divided the people.

Dr Magdalene Dura, representing Benue, regretted what she called the arbitrary state creation and boundary demarcation which had balkanised some ethnic groups.

She said that the issue of indigene/settler dichotomy must be addressed by the conference to give all Nigerians the right to live where they wanted, vote and be voted for.

In her position, Maryam Abdullah, representing the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, blamed the elites for manipulating religion, ethnicity and sectionalism for their selfish interests.

“Why we have been fighting along ethnic, regional and religious affiliations for years is caused by the elites competing for the control of political and economic powers.

“The ordinary Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and Ibo people do not have problems with one another; they wake up every day and struggle for their daily bread without relying on the government.

“But because of competition among the elites, they instigate the people to fight one another while the elites convert the resources of the nation for their personal benefits.

“We can only experience peace, unity and progress once the elites stop seeing personal loss as that of their tribes, regions and religions, and I hope this conference will address the issue,”she said.

Prof. Olu Ajakaiye, representing Nigeria Economic Society, said the dwindling economic fortune of the country was responsible for the divisions among the people.

“If the opportunities are there, if what you want is available, you will not remember who is Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Christian or Muslim; you will think about Nigeria.

“So, it is because of scarcity that we are Ibos, Yoruba and Hausas. If we reduce the issue of scarcity, nobody will bother whether you are Christian or Muslim,” he said.

Ajakaiye, therefore, challenged the delegate to evolve a working governance structure that would usher Nigeria into prosperity.

A representative of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Obinna Ekpe, regretted that the rights of the minorities, whether ethnic or religious, were not adequately protected.

“In many parts of the North, Christians are in minority but they have not committed any crime by being Christians.

“Nigeria must ensure that the rights of the Christians are protected without infringing on the rights of the Muslim majority.

“In many parts of the South, Muslims are in minority; Nigeria must evolve a way of protecting their rights without infringing on the rights of the Christian majority,” he said.

Ekpe, who is an Ibo Muslim, regretted that he was the only Igbo Muslim in the conference in spite of the large population of Igbo Muslims.

“The minorities are under-represented. I am the only Muslim Igbo in this conference and there are many Igbo Muslims which must be protected and represented,” he said.

 

 

Credits: PUNCH NEWSPAPER.

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Leading social media network Facebook Inc, has announced their latest acquisition for fast-growing mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

WhatsApp, is popular among the teenager’s around the world for exchanging message in the replace for the old way of sending messages (SMS). Facebook purchase WhatsApp, at the rate of $16Billions while $4Billion was paid on cash and the others $12Billion was placed on Shares stock for the company.

According to CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, says that WhatsApp, will run independently and will still stay at the headquarter in Mountain View while the Former CEO and founder of App Company Jan (Koum), will join the group of director at Facebook Inc.