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Lassa fever: Administration to fumigate Abuja

As part of efforts to exterminate rodents and minimize any possibility of Lassa fever in the Federal Capital Territory, the administration has concluded plans to fumigate the entire territory. 

FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure, last week during an interactive session with members of the FCT press corps in Abuja to mark his 100 days in office. 

Bello, who spoke through his media team, said that the action would go a long way in improving the environment and reduce the incidences of avoidable diseases. 

He revealed that FCT Administration has recently cleared outstanding debt of over N250 million owed the cleaning and security contractors working in the FCT district and general hospitals; adding that the debt cleared was for services provided for up to December 2015. 

According to him, the administration has equally extended the services of those contractors to December 2016 to allow for effective room to plan for new engagement as from 2017 fiscal year. 

On Avian Influenza, he revealed that the FCT Administration has been able to stamp out the bird flu as no new case has been reported since February 9, 2016. 

The Minister announced that the FCT Administration would give bailout to the troubled FCT Area Councils to pay for two month salary arrears, while the area councils have been mandated to look inward and immediately clear the remaining one-month for equity. 

Bello, however, remarked that the National Assembly would have to approve the virement to accommodate such request first since administration has no provision for area councils’ staff salaries. 

He restated that the FCT Administration has structured the repayment plan for the bailout to be from the 10 percent statutory payment to the Area Councils from the FCTA’s Internally Generated Revenue. 

To ensure that these funds were judiciously spent, the administration would constitute a panel to conduct personnel audit of the Local Education Authority because about 90 percent of allocation from the federation account to the FCT area councils go to the primary schools.

JSS Sheretti marks annual inter-house sports competition

Junior Secondary School, JSS, Sheretti, Abuja held her maiden annual inter-house sports competition with the Red House emerging the overall best in most of the track and field events. 

Pioneer principal of the school, Mrs Amara Obidigbo, told The Abuja Inquirer that the event was informed by the need to enrich the academic and extracurricular activities of the students.

According to Mrs Obidigbo; “the occasion also aims at bringing our future leaders nearer to their root with a view to affording the parents the opportunity to see their children display their talents in various sporting activities.”

She explained that the various houses that competed at the occasion reflected the six geo-political zones of the country, and meant to enable the students embrace one another’s culture, and other important features from each zone with a view to promote peace, love, unity and harmonious relationship amongst the students.

The principal said that her major challenges were; fencing of the school to avoid continuous incursions, provision of administrative and classroom blocks, provision of toilets for staff and students and recruitment of staff among others.

She commended the FCT education secretariat, UBEB, PTA, staff and students for their support and expressed the confidence that quality will remain the watchword of the management.

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