Month: June 2018

Group calls on FG to shelve N179bn plan to set up ranches

A group known as the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has rebuffed the Federal Government’s plan to spend N179bn to set up ranches across the country for herdsmen in 10 years, starting with a N70bn budget under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. In a statement by the group’s spokesmen, Mr. Yinka Odumakin for Southwest; Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South); Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South East); and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt); they urged the government to drop the idea of committing public funds on ranches and allow the owners of the business to attend to their needs in the spirit of “I belong to everybody” mantra of the President. The leaders warned that going ahead with the project would create the impression that the herders own the current administration and, such develop

How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases

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SIXTEEN years ago Hannah Taylor woke up with a fever. Her legs began to swell to four times their normal size. They have been that way since. People shunned her because of their putrid smell. “For six years, I thought my big fut was caused by evil witchcraft,” she said outside her shack in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) ailing her was caused by a mosquito-born infection that could have been treated safely with a pill costing no more than $0.50 before it progressed. Instead, microscopic worms infested her body, causing catastrophic and irreversible damage. Elephantiasis is one of 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect 1.5bn people, disabling children and keeping multitudes poor. Huge progress has been made against these disease