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Nipost Collaborates Naca to Fight HIV/AIDS

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Ibrahim Mori Baba, postmaster general of the federation has said that the Nigerian Postal Service (Nipost), the nation’s national career in postal matters will partner with National Agency for the Control of AIDS (Naca) and other relevant agencies to combat the dreaded monster called HIV/AIDS and to reduce it to the barest minimum.
As Nigeria has been picked as one of the countries selected by the Universal Postal Union to pilot the affairs of the campaign against the spread of the disease, Nipost will use the opportunity to campaign vigorously to ensure that the battle is won.

Mori Baba stated this on the occasion of this year’s World Post Day celebration held at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja, last Friday. The postmaster general explained that the post-world is celebrating its 135th anniversary of the union which was established in 1874 and was charged with the responsibility of unifying and controlling the postal communication sector globally.

He said that this year’s celebration was unique in the sense that it presented a two-way campaign for a decent health devoid of HIV and AIDS and a protected environment that ensures green growth.

In his remark, Aliyu Iqra, the honourable minister of state for information and communications said the action represents a milestone because this is the first time the Post in Nigeria is getting actively involved in the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge. He said that the management’s decision was motivated by the need to promote productivity consciousness among its workforce and improve their general standard of living.

He further stated that the human society has been battling the disease for which no known cure has been identified.  He said that despite concerted efforts made by governments and corporate bodies to curb the menace, yet the statistics of the disease remain staggering and frightening. The current data on HIV reveals that 33 million people are living with the disease. Out of this number, 67% live in Africa while 700,000 of the 33 million live in Europe.

The minister said Nigeria’s selection as a partner in the global campaign was based on the fact that the country has demonstrated dynamism and commitment to reduce the spread of the pandemic. He said the post in Nigeria is deploying its vast network and workforce to embark on a massive campaign against HIV/AIDS. According to him, if the current efforts are sustained, Nigeria would certainly witness a new era of progress and sustainable development.

Prof. John Idoko , director general of  Naca promised the cooperation of his agency to Nipost  and to give it all the support and the guide in creating awareness about the disease to the society. 

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
 
 

 


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SIPTEO Arrests 7 for Allegedly Cloning Prepaid Meters

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Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO) Northwest zone has apprehended seven persons in Kaduna, said to specialise in metre clonning, theft, vandalism.

SIPTEO Arrests 7 for Allegedly Cloning Prepaid Meters

Parading the suspects on, Aliyu Bamalli, assistant superintendent of Police and zonal head of the task force, said two members of syndicate were on the run and being trailed.

Bamalli said the suspects were arrested following consistent reports of the activities of the syndicate.

The suspects arrested were Iliya Maigeri, Alex Zamani (chief cloner), Gambo Saidu,  Solomon Luka, Joseph Stephen, Monday Joseph, and Francis Ahmadu.

ASP Bamalli said the suspects cloned 13 metres from two units with same number, adding that the suspects were arrested in Barnawa in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“We arrested the syndicates following diligent investigation and manhunt, because we work with Electricity Distribution Companies to guard against energy theft,” he said.

 


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FG Announces New Deadline for NIN-SIM Linkage

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Federal Government has extended the deadline for Nigerians to register and link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their SIM cards before February 9, 2021.

FG Announces New Deadline for NIN-SIM Linkage

This information was posted on the official Twitter handle of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The NIMC had initially given a January 19 deadline for those with NIN and February 9 for those without NIN.

The tweet reads: “All Nigerians and legal residents are advised to enroll for their national identification number (NIN) and link them before February 9th, 2021.

Enroll for your national identification NUMBER (NIN) today!!!

“Please remember, NIN enrollment is FREE.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) released a statement signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, director of Public Affairs.

Adinde said that the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise and the federal government is happy about the development.

At the end of a review meeting on January 18,  the Ministerial Task Force, said that so far, a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.

Reacting to the report, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement. He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February, 2021 deadline.

The Minister urged the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project is delivered soonest.

The Technical Committee drew attention to the App developed by Federal Government which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven (7) SIMs to their NIN.

The Minister concluded by reminding Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration. “For any action committed with the SIM, good or bad, it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,” the Minister warned.

 

 

 

 

 


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NIN: NIMC Arrests Illegal Enrollment Centre Operators in Kano

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has busted some illegal centres carrying out registration for the National Identity Number (NN) in Kano State.

 

NIN: NIMC Arrests Illegal Enrollment Centre Operators in Kano

Operators of the centres were arrested during a raid by NIMC officials who handed them over to the police for investigation.

Some of the items found at the centres include NIMC slips, fake plastic ID cards and other documents belonging to the NIMC which shouldn’t be found under the custody of any other person.

In a video uploaded on the official Twitter handle of the NIMC, the Commission’s legal officer in Kano said the operation was done in conjunction with a team from Abuja.

He said, “We went around Kano together to check for illegal operations that were going on in some places, more particularly business centres and some cafes. We thank God that we made some arrests in about three centres.

“We gathered so many exhibits and evidence and we have taken them to the police station where the matter is being investigated.

“Part of the documents that we recovered are NIMC slips, fake plastic ID cards and some other documents belonging to NIMC that are not supposed to be under the custody of anybody, but unfortunately, we found them under the custody of these business centre operators.”

The legal officer added that the operators of the illegal centres will be taken to court when the investigation is concluded.

He said, “In fact, the investigation is almost concluded. The FIR has been raised by the police.”

 

 


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