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Anthrax Disease: Osun govt warns butchers to stay away from infected animals

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Osun State Government has sounded a note of warning to butchers in the state to stay away from the animals infected with the deadly disease, anthrax.

The Director, Veterinary Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Abosede Olatokun gave the warning during a sensitisation tour to the butchers at Sabo market, Osogbo, the State Capital.

While identifying butchers in the state as one of the major stakeholders in the livestock industry, Olatokun explained that Anthrax is a bacterial infection that affects animal species like cattle, sheep, goats, camels, donkeys, horses, pigs and wildlife.

She noted that the present administration prioritises the health and welfare of the people of the state, calling on the butchers to take caution in order not to infect people with the disease.

“The disease has a forming bacterium known as Bacillus anthracis which primarily affects animals which can also affect human beings who come in direct contact with the infected animal either dead or living.”

She noted that the present administration prioritises the health and welfare of the people of the state, calling on the butchers to take caution in order not to infect people with the disease.

“The disease has a forming bacterium known as Bacillus anthracis which primarily affects animals which can also affect human beings who come in direct contact with the infected animal either dead or living.”

The Deputy Director in the department, Dr. Joseph Tanimowo revealed that some of the signs that may be seen on an infected animal, which may begin to manifest from 1-8 weeks after exposure to the anthrax spores are fever, chill, cough, muscle aches and weaknesses, chest discomfort and difficulty in breathing.

“Affected animals are usually found dead without any signs of illness. Dark unclothed blood also flows from body openings like the nose, mouth, ear, and anal region of the affected animals, also the carcass does not become stiff after death.”

He counselled the butchers not to touch any animal showing signs of the disease, pointing out that the dead or sick animal should be promptly reported to the veterinary authority for proper action.

He assured that the State Government has made provisions for the treatment of any infected animal that has not gone beyond control.

Responding, Chairman, Osun Butchers Association, Adebimpe Suleiman, appreciated the State Government for taking a proactive measure in curbing the spread of the disease in Osun.

Adebimpe, however, appealed for the provision of a central Abattoir by the state government, adding that having a cattle market in the state will assist both the government and cattle sellers to prevent buying infected animals.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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