47,000 HIV/AIDS Victims In FCT

Presently, about 47,000 HIV/AIDS victims have registered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The victims registered at 17 Comprehensive Service Centres in the Federal Capital Territory, said the project manager of FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), Dr. Oche Okoro. The project manager revealed this recently during the celebrations of the World Aids Day in Abuja.

According to him, “FCT occupies the third position in HIV prevalence cases in Nigeria, with 9.9% which is above the national average of 4%.”

He said they are 36 ‘Heart to heart’ centres that offer free HIV/AIDS tests in the territory, adding that anyone found to be infected is documented and enrolled into FACA’s programme.

Earlier, FCT Secretary for Health and Human Services, (Mrs) Precious K. Gbeneol, said the World AIDS Days reminding is important in people that HIV has not gone away as well as for stakeholders to ensure that the promise is kept on universal access to HIV treatment care support prevention services. She stressed that in line with this year’s theme: Universal access and Human Rights, the present administration is determined to reverse the HIV/AIDS trend in the FCT.”

Among the activities outlined for the World AIDS Day celebration are candlelight procession a motorized rally which will kick-off from FCDA, Area 11, as well as a picnic slated for Area 10 Cultural Centre.


Council To Enact Law On Bride Price

Jakusko Local Government Council has revealed its plan to enact a bye-law that would fix the maximum bride price to be paid in the area. The chairman of the council, Alhaji Saleh Nadir Amshe, made the revelation recently, while speaking in an interview with Leadership. He said the law became necessary when the council observed that youths were being discouraged from getting married because of the exorbitant bride price charged by parents of prospective brides. He said the council would also enact another bye-law banning travelling with weapons which he said was aimed at reducing crime in the area. He advised youths in the area to be law-abiding and desist from drug abuse. He appealed to aggrieved members of the ANPP in the area to join hands with the administration of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam and his deputy, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, in its efforts to touch their lives through the provision of dividends of democracy.