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About Justina
Justina Asishana is a data/investigative journalist based in Minna, Nigeria. She is also a fact checker and a health and nutrition advocate. She is currently the Niger state Correspondent for The Nation Newspaper in Nigeria. She is open for work in any part of Nigeria
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Nigeria for Women Project empowers 75,545 women in Niger

24 Mar 2024  |  The Nation Newspaper
The Nigeria for Women Project has empowered over 75,545 women in Niger State by forming 3,601 Women Affinity Groups and providing N60,000 grants. The project, piloted in Agaie, Gurara, and Wushishi local government areas, aims to improve women's livelihoods and discourage unethical businesses. Beneficiaries have received training on financial inclusion, education, and gender-based skills. The grants have enabled women to enhance their businesses, such as the Tufa Rice Processing and Marketing Collective, which has improved its market presence. Community leaders have recognized the project's significant impact on women's socio-economic status.

NECO to get flying boats for examination logistics

09 Dec 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
The National Examinations Council (NECO) will soon acquire flying boats to transport examination materials to riverine areas, as announced by the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman. This initiative aims to address logistical challenges and prevent examination leakages. NECO has also commissioned five projects, including 70 examination logistics vehicles, a data center, and a scanning center, to enhance the delivery and security of examination processes. The Registrar of NECO, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, highlighted the importance of these projects in ensuring timely delivery of materials and faster result processing. Additionally, new NECO state offices are being constructed to further support the council's mission.

Minna Catholic Diocese to provide trauma healing programme for IDPs

09 Dec 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The Catholic Diocese of Minna plans to offer trauma healing programs for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and victims of terrorism in Niger State, addressing post-traumatic stress disorder. Rev. Father Dauda Musa Bahago, Coordinator of the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), emphasized the need for mental health support beyond just food provisions. The Diocese has been providing relief materials and medical services through Divine Mercy Hospital and is appealing for support to provide mental and psycho-social assistance to IDPs.

2,209 pregnant women, 8 infants test positive for HIV/AIDS in 2023 – Niger govt

01 Dec 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Niger State in Nigeria has reported 2,209 pregnant women and eight infants testing positive for HIV/AIDS from January to October 2023. The state's Commissioner for Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare, Dr. Tukur Bello, revealed that 34,898 individuals are currently receiving HIV treatment. The HIV prevalence rate has dropped to 0.7 percent. The eight infants with HIV were born to parents who did not use antenatal services. Major HIV transmission drivers include key populations such as sex workers, inmates, LGBTQ+ individuals, and drug users. Challenges such as early sexual debut, inadequate pre-marital HIV screening, and deliveries by unskilled attendants contribute to new infections. The state has 37 healthcare facilities offering comprehensive HIV services and community teams to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

Why hosting birthday parties is a waste of time, money

27 Nov 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Col. Sani Bello, founder of the Sani Bello Foundation, expressed his preference for philanthropy over birthday parties, highlighting the joy he finds in the smiles of beneficiaries of his Foundation's free medical outreach. The Foundation's 'Free Surgical Festival' has been running for ten years, offering surgeries for various conditions. Dr. Thot Dogo Joseph reported that nearly 500 patients received operations during the latest event, and over 13,000 surgeries have been performed since the program's inception. The Foundation also renovated medical facilities and provided treatment for non-surgical illnesses. Beneficiaries, including Mrs. Zhanif Jarfa, expressed profound gratitude for the life-saving medical assistance they received.

Niger NYSC camp in dire need of renovation

21 Nov 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, led by Honorable Martins Esin, visited the Niger state NYSC Camp and called for urgent renovations due to the dilapidated state of facilities. Esin emphasized the importance of the NYSC as a symbol of national unity and the need for a conducive environment for corps members. The Committee has contacted Governor Mohammed Umar Bago, who promised interventions starting January next year. The Niger state NYSC Coordinator, Alidat Olayinka, listed several challenges at the camp, including inadequate accommodations and infrastructure, with the state government committing to address these issues by January 2024.

Boat mishap claims 10 lives in Niger

19 Nov 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Ten people died in a boat accident in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria, when their boat capsized due to water hyacinth, strong waves, and tree grafting. The boat carried 34 passengers, including 20 males and 14 females. The Niger State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident, stating that 24 survivors had been identified and only one body had been recovered so far. The search for the remaining bodies is ongoing.

Boat mishap claims 10 in Niger

18 Nov 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
Ten people died in a boat accident in Shiroro local government area of Niger state, Nigeria, when their boat capsized due to water hyacinth, strong waves, and tree grafting. The boat carried 34 people, and 24 survivors have been identified. The deceased include Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Abubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim, Rafiya Yakubu, and two unidentified victims. Six drivers were also on board. The Niger Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident and stated that one body has been recovered while the search for the remaining bodies continues.

Niger to boost transport sector with 500 buses

18 Nov 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The Niger State government has partnered with a private company to introduce 500 Suzuki and Toyota Hiance buses to the state's transportation sector through a Public-Private Partnership. The buses will be provided to transport associations and used to offer reduced transportation rates to residents. The initiative aims to alleviate transportation difficulties exacerbated by rising fuel prices and is part of the state Governor Mohammed Umar Bago's development agenda.

Mothers of newborn babies plead with NLC officials to keep Neo-natal unit open

14 Nov 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Mothers with newborns at the Jumai Babangida Neo-natal hospital in Niger State were distressed by the enforcement of an NLC-directed indefinite strike, fearing for their infants in incubators. Their appeals to the Niger state NLC chairman, Comrade Idris Lafene, were successful, allowing those with critical conditions to stay. Meanwhile, the Minna General Hospital, state secretariat, agencies, and educational institutions were shut down, affecting students and the general public.

Beggar arrested for sexually exploiting three minors

12 Nov 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Abubakar Hussaini, a 25-year-old handicapped beggar, was arrested for sexually exploiting three minor girls in Minna. He admitted to having sex with the girls, aged 12 to 14, who approached him for money, and paid them N1,000 each afterward. The incidents occurred behind Zarumai Model School. The Niger State Child Rights Agency has taken the girls under care for rehabilitation and medical attention, while Hussaini has been arraigned for prosecution.

Stop parading yourself as our president, NURTW warns Baruwa

06 Nov 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Comrade Kayode Agbeyangi, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), has warned former president Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa against presenting himself as the current president of the union. Agbeyangi accused Baruwa of attempting to blackmail the Minister of Labour and Employment, Solomon Lalong, and of casting aspersions on former union president Alhaji Najeem Yasin. The warning follows a media report where Baruwa criticized the labour minister's handling of the union's internal crisis. Agbeyangi emphasized that the union has moved on with new leadership following a delegate conference on October 25.

Principal suspect of murdered FUTMinna lecturer in custody

31 Oct 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The main suspect in the murder of Dr. (Mrs) Fumilola Adefolalu, a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, has been arrested. The suspect, known as Joy, was turned over to the police by her mother and is alleged to have confessed to the crime, with two accomplices still at large. The victim, who was also a pastor at the Voice of Mercy Ministry, was stabbed to death in her Minna residence. The church has issued a statement through Pastor Bolaji Olanipekun, calling for justice and a thorough investigation by security operatives.

Security agents raid suspected terrorist's home

25 Oct 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
Security personnel raided a suspected terrorist's home in Minna, engaging in a two-hour gun battle before arresting his family. The terrorist used a rocket launcher to escape, leaving behind his wife and children. The raid, which occurred on Monday night, led to the discovery of guns hidden in the ceiling. The terrorist had moved into the neighborhood a year prior, and the state government and security agencies have not commented on the incident.

NECO releases 2023 SSCE results, says 93 schools involved in cheating

10 Oct 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the 2023 Internal Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results, with 61.60 percent of candidates achieving five credits and above, including English and Mathematics. The council identified 93 schools involved in mass cheating and recommended blacklisting 52 supervisors for poor supervision and misconduct. The Registrar, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, announced the results and noted that sanctions would be applied to the erring schools. A total of 1,196,985 candidates sat for the exams, with 1,543 candidates having special needs.

Governor decries 680,000 out-of-school children

05 Oct 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
Uba Sani, the Governor of Kaduna State, has expressed concern over the 680,000 out-of-school children in the state, describing the situation as alarming and unacceptable. He called for support from all stakeholders to reverse this trend to combat insecurity and illiteracy. During a meeting with senior citizens and elders, he briefed them on his administration's efforts, including the construction of over sixty-two new secondary schools funded by a $28 million Kuwait fund. The elders pledged to collaborate with the government on various state matters.

Bago to youths: I will arrest you and your parents if you protest over IBB varsity

01 Oct 2023  |  The Nation Newspaper
Niger state governor, Umar Mohammed Bago, has warned youths against protesting the decision to site the IBB University Teaching Hospital in Minna, threatening to arrest both protesters and their parents. The governor emphasized that university teaching hospitals are often located away from the main campus and assured the provision of potable water to several local government areas.

Day old baby abandoned in Minna

23 Aug 2023  |  authory.com
A newborn baby was found abandoned in the Tayi area of Minna, Niger state. The discovery was made by local residents who noticed the baby a few hours after he was left in the bush on Saturday evening. The identity of the mother remains unknown, and the condition of the baby at the time of recovery has not been detailed in the report. The incident has brought attention to the issue of child abandonment in the region.

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