NEWS UPDATE: AU to Recognize Nigeria’s Efforts on Polio Eradication, Asisat Oshoala Scores a Goal for Liverpool on Her Debut and other stories on today’s News Update

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AU to Recognize Nigeria’s Efforts on Polio Eradication

The African Union is set to recognize Nigeria in its fight against polio at its 24th summit billed to take place in Addis Ababa this week.

Reports  has it that the AU is expected to set a new development agenda for its members, including holding a session on the continent’s effort towards taming the polio virus, a task Nigeria is seen to have performed tremendously.

Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, the supervising Minister of Health in a statement said  statement, ‘The development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063,’ focuses on preparing Africa for its future, building upon the progress now underway and effectively learning lessons from the past.

He also said “In Nigeria, tremendous progress was achieved at the end of December 2014 with 87 per cent reduction of the Wild Polio Virus Type 1 (WPV1) burden and 78 per cent reduction in geographic spread of the virus. Wild Polio Virus Type 3 (WPV3) has not been reported in Nigeria for 23 months.

According to Ayo Adesugba , a Deputy Director in the ministry of Health “the 24th African Union summit provides a unique and historic opportunity for the leaders of Africa, under the chairmanship of Mauritania, to express their strong commitment to deliver a polio-free continent for children of all future generations and encourage the last remaining countries and their leaders to redouble their efforts in the final stages of this long battle to consign polio to the history books.”

The 24th Africa Union summit will be held in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, from the 30th to the 31st of January with all African Heads of Government expected to be in attendance.

For more on this news, visit Thisdaylive

 

Nigerian Uzo Aduba wins 2 awards at SAG Awards yesterday

Uzoamaka  Nwaneka Aduba, the Nigerian Hollywood actress who starred in the series “Orange is the New Black” won two awards at yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Uzoamaka won an award for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series’

While receiving her award,  Uzo expressed her gratitude to God  “Oh my God, I really, truly do not know what to say. I just want to say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor.

For more on this news, visit Lindaikejisblog

 

Asisat Oshoala Scores a Goal for Liverpool on Her Debut

The Nigerian Female Footballer, Asisat Oshoala who was recently signed to play for Liverpool Ladies, played her first game against Aston Villa Ladies on Friday and she scored a goal in the enthralling game that ended 4-1 in favor of her team.

She took to her  Instagram page to share the good news.

 

Boko Haram Kill, Kidnap Youths and Women in 6 Adamawa Villages

The Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday night raided six villages of Michika local government area in Adamawa State where they killed several people, kidnapped several youths and women and also destroyed properties worth millions of naira in the areas.

Reports has it that the insurgents raided Mbororo, Shahu, Liddle, Garta, Kamake and Ghumci villages, all in Adamawa State.

An eyewitness Vandu Kainu from Garta village, who narrowly escaped the attack, told newsmen how the insurgents gained entrance into their village unannounced and raided their homes and shops.

He said “For now I can’t say the number of casualties as we are still in the bush, but they slaughtered many people like Christmas goats .They also abducted many trapped residents, mostly youths and women’’.

Also confirming the attacks, Hon. Adamu Kamale representing Michika in the state House of Assembly, said: “They kidnapped many youths and women. They attacked Mbororo, Shahu, Liddle, Garta, Kamale and Ghumci. The attack continued since last Friday and no presence of security operatives in the affected areas.”

For more on this news, visit Thisdaylive

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