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World Breastfeeding Week : Imo Govt Proposes Paternity Leave As Panacea Ro Optimal Breastfeeding

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Imo government has urged the state House of Assembly to enact laws that will grant ten days paternity leave to fathers in the state as panacea to the challenge of optimal breastfeeding.

The state’s commissioner for health, Dr Damaris Osunkwo made this known while unveiling the banner for the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week as part of activities marking the Week in Imo.

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Osunkwo also urged the Assembly to increase paid maternity leave for working mothers up to six months and mandate the establishment of crèches in both private and public workplaces in the state so as to make Imo a baby friendly state.

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Speaking on the theme, ‘Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet’, the commissioner regretted that according to a recent survey, the state has infant and under-five mortality rates of 66 per 1,000 live births and 96 per 1,000 live births respectively.

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She added that enacting child friendly laws would address these challenges as well as help to achieve the World Health Assembly (WHA) target of at least 50 per cent exclusive breastfeeding for 6months by year 2025 as against the current reality of 17.7 per cent.

” I urge the 9th Imo Assembly to create the enabling environment for child healthcare and optimal breastfeeding by enacting laws to increase paid maternity leave for working mothers to six months and include ten days paternity leave for fathers “, she said.

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The Commissioner identified benefits of optimal breastfeeding to include decrease in incidence and severity of diarrhea, lowering of respiratory infections , prevention of dental caries, malocclusion and increased intelligence.

Others are reducing of the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, lowering the risk of hypertension and helping with birth spacing in the case of mothers.

She however called on family members of lactating mothers to provide necessary support to them so as to reduce malnutrition and mortality among children below the age of five in the state.

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” As we reflect on the state of Imo children below five years, I call on all breastfeeding mothers and their families to improve on the care practices as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

” This will go a long way in improving child survival, growth and development “, she said.

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The unveiling was witnessed by permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr Anthony Igwe and the coordinator, Imo Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), Mrs Chinyere Chukwukere alongside other management staff of the ministry.

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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