King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Welcomes New Deputy CEO Amid Strategic Transformations

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Welcomes New Deputy CEO Amid Strategic Transformations
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Welcomes New Deputy CEO Amid Strategic Transformations

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre Welcomes New Deputy CEO Amid Strategic Transformations

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) has recently welcomed Dr. Björn Zoéga as its Deputy CEO, an appointment that underscores its commitment to promoting and fostering healthcare excellence. Dr. Zoéga, renowned for his extensive experience in healthcare management and policy, joins a dedicated team as the hospital continues to drive key strategic initiatives.

KFSH&RC, a leader in medical research and clinical services, continues to attract global expertise to bolster its vision of healthcare excellence. With Dr. Zoéga’s involvement, the hospital is advancing a digital transformation strategy designed to improve operational efficiency and enhance patient care. His expertise in fostering international collaborations, evidenced by his former role as president of the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA) and through initiatives like JOIN4ATMP aimed at advancing access to innovative therapies, further aligns KFSH&RC’s services with global healthcare trends.

Key projects at KFSH&RC include the deployment of advanced digital technologies to streamline the patient care process, the adoption of innovative care models, and the upgrading of facility amenities. These strategic efforts aim to improve access to medical services and facilitate better communication, reflecting KFSH&RC’s dedication to setting new standards in healthcare.

Dr. Zoéga’s previous contributions at Karolinska University Hospital, which is ranked the second best in Europe and seventh globally by Newsweek’s 2024 World’s Best Hospitals, where he nurtured a culture of continuous learning and collaboration among healthcare professionals, align well with KFSH&RC’s objectives. His role in fostering programs like EUCARE and facilitating the Europe-wide exchange of intensive care nurses during crises has significantly enhanced staff development and supported his previous hospital’s goal of attracting top talent—a principle mirrored in KFSH&RC’s transformation journey. With Dr. Zoéga contributing to leadership, KFSH&RC is poised to further its role as a pivotal player in shaping the future of healthcare in Saudi Arabia.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre:

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre stands among the global leaders in providing specialized healthcare, driving innovation, and serving as an advanced medical research and education hub. Through strategic partnerships with prominent local, regional, and international institutions, the hospital is dedicated to advancing medical technologies and elevating healthcare standards worldwide.

The hospital has secured its position as the leading brand in the healthcare sector across the Kingdom and the Middle East, marking its second consecutive year as the most valuable healthcare brand. It ranks 9th within the Kingdom and 28th in the Middle East. The hospital distinguishes itself as the sole hospital globally to break into the top 10 brands in its country, as highlighted in two reports by “Brand Finance” on the 50 most valuable brands in Saudi Arabia and the 150 most valuable brands in the Middle East in 2024.

Due to the transformation programs and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, launched by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister – may God protect him – to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in the global healthcare sector, KFSH&RC has emerged as a leading Academic Medical Centre in the Middle East and Africa. It maintained its 20th rank globally for the second consecutive year in 2024, according to “Brand Finance.” Additionally, it has been ranked among the top 250 hospitals globally in 2024 by the American magazine “Newsweek.”

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Impulse Dynamics Surpasses 10,000 Patients Benefiting From CCM® Therapy for Heart Failure

Milestone Highlights Transformative Symptom Management for Patients Living with Heart Failure

Marlton, NJ, May 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Impulse Dynamics, a global medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with heart failure (HF), announced today that it has reached a worldwide milestone by surpassing 10,000 patients having received the Optimizer® system for the treatment of moderate HF. This milestone highlights the benefit and importance of this therapy in helping patients live a full life with HF.

“I noticed positive changes since the procedure, such as not feeling cold or numb, I could walk every day and everywhere, did my regular chores and shopping, and shared activities like swimming with my daughter,” said Tracey, who received her CCM® device in 2023. “I’m no longer huffing, puffing, or gasping for air,” said Joe, another HF patient who received his CCM device in 2022. “I’m reborn ─ a whole new person ─ no longer incapacitated. My life has changed so much that we’re considering taking a trip. And my wife is ecstatic because I have my life back, and we have ours again.”

“We are deeply motivated by the patients who benefit from CCM therapy. Their progress inspires us to continuously enhance our technology, aiming to improve the lives of those suffering from heart failure,” said David Prutchi, Chief Technology Officer for Impulse Dynamics, who has worked on the development of CCM therapy since its inception.

David had the opportunity to meet one of these patients, Raynita, who was implanted with an Optimizer device this year. Raynita saw immediate improvement after starting CCM therapy and gave the following remarks on the experience: “I feel like a different person. I can do things I haven’t done in years. I am attending my granddaughter’s college graduation!”

CCM is available in 44 countries, and the technology has continued to advance, based on the needs of patients and physicians. The latest generation of the proprietary CCM technology is the Optimizer Smart Mini, which offers a rechargeable battery with 20-year battery life and a smaller size designed to make the implant procedure faster and easier for patients and physicians.

“We are committed to ongoing innovation in this important therapy that has such a clear clinical need around the world,” said Jason Spees, CEO of Impulse Dynamics. “We are also getting closer to significantly impacting the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) market with successful enrollment in our INTEGRA-D clinical trial on the CCM-D® HF System, which is the first-of-its-kind technology, combining the lifesaving benefits of an ICD with HF symptom relief through CCM therapy in one device.”

The patients statements in this Press Release represent the testimonials of their individual outcomes and may not be typical for all patients.

About the Optimizer and CCM Therapy 

The Optimizer Smart Mini system delivers CCM therapy — the company’s proprietary technology — to the heart, providing an important treatment option for the millions of patients suffering from heart failure. CCM therapy is designed to significantly improve heart contraction, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pushed out through the body.[1] CCM therapy is indicated to improve 6-minute hall walk, quality of life, and functional status of NYHA Class III HF patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline directed medical therapy, are not indicated for CRT, and have a left ventricular ejection fraction ranging from 25 to 45 percent.

CCM is the brand name for cardiac contractility modulation—the non-excitatory electrical pulses delivered by the implantable Optimizer device to improve heart contraction. CCM therapy sends unique electrical pulses to the heart cells during the absolute refractory period. In doing so, CCM helps the heart contract more forcibly. Impulse Dynamics has completed numerous clinical studies, including several randomized controlled trials, the results of which appeared in more than 100 articles from leading medical journals.

About Impulse Dynamics

Impulse Dynamics is dedicated to advancing the treatment of heart failure for patients and the healthcare providers who care for them. The company pioneered its proprietary CCM therapy, which uses the Optimizer technology platform to improve quality of life in HF patients. CCM therapy is delivered through the Optimizer system, which includes an implantable pulse generator (IPG) implanted in a minimally invasive procedure and approved for commercial use in the United States and 44 countries worldwide. More than 10,000 patients have received the therapy as part of clinical trials and real-world use, where it is proven to be safe and effective for heart failure patients with debilitating symptoms who otherwise have few effective options available to them. To learn more, visit www.ImpulseDynamics.com, or follow the company on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), and Facebook.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘target,’’ ‘‘project,’’ ‘‘contemplate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘estimate,’’ ‘‘predict,’’ ‘‘potential’’ or ‘‘continue’’ or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning potential benefits of CCM therapy. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Other important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contemplated in this press release include, without limitation: the company’s future research and development costs, capital requirements and the company’s needs for additional financing; commercial success and market acceptance of CCM therapy; the company’s ability to achieve and maintain adequate levels of coverage or reimbursement for Optimizer systems or any future products the company may seek to commercialize; competitive companies and technologies in the industry; the company’s ability to expand its indications and develop and commercialize additional products and enhancements to its current products; the company’s business model and strategic plans for its products, technologies and business, including its implementation thereof; the company’s ability to expand, manage and maintain its direct sales and marketing organization; the company’s ability to commercialize or obtain regulatory approvals for CCM therapy and its products, or the effect of delays in commercializing or obtaining regulatory approvals; FDA or other U.S. or foreign regulatory actions affecting us or the healthcare industry generally, including healthcare reform measures in the United States and international markets; the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals; and the company’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property protection for CCM therapy and products or avoid claims of infringement. The company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


[1] European Journal of Heart Failure (2021) doi:10.1002/ejhf.2202

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Le KFSH&RC s’efforce d’être un pionnier dans la valorisation optimale des dépenses de santé

Le Dr Al Fayyadh à l’Université de Harvard : « Nous nous reposons sur la technologie pour relever les enjeux de santé à l’échelle mondiale »

RIYAD, Arabie saoudite, 12 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le Dr Majid Al Fayyadh, directeur de l’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal, ou KFSH&RC pour King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, a rejoint la conférence Gulf Creatives 2024, organisée à Harvard. L’organisation de cet événement est assurée par The Diwan, un collectif dirigé par des étudiants diplômés de la célèbre université. Dans son discours, le Dr Al Fayyadh a présenté la trajectoire du KFSH&RC depuis sa création à Riyad il y a presque cinquante ans, mettant en avant comment il est parvenu à réduire considérablement la nécessité de se rendre à l’étranger pour les patients en quête de soins médicaux. L’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal est aujourd’hui un prestataire de santé de premier ordre qui propose des solutions de pointe pour le traitement des maladies cardiaques, des tumeurs, des greffes d’organes et des troubles génétiques.

Le Dr Al Fayyadh a également évoqué la transformation de l’établissement en une fondation indépendante à but non lucratif. Cette démarche, a-t-il indiqué, s’inscrit dans la vision stratégique de l’hôpital à devenir un leader mondial de l’innovation au service de la santé, en focalisant les efforts sur l’excellence, l’innovation et les investissements dans la technologie de pointe pour relever les enjeux de santé à l’échelle mondiale.

« Les instances leader du royaume ont établi un objectif clair pour le KFSH&RC, sous mandat d’un décret royal faisant converger l’hôpital en une fondation indépendante en genre propre, et à but non lucratif » explique Son Excellence le Dr Al Fayyadh.

A souligné par ailleurs que cette transformation vise à relever les normes internationales applicables aux soins de santé au profit de plus d’indépendance et de flexibilité. Cette évolution statutaire permettra au KFSH&RC d’optimiser les services existants, de poursuivre de nouvelles opportunités et d’axer ses ressources sur des initiatives jouant en faveur de la santé et du bien-être humain au sein du royaume et à l’échelle internationale. En fin de compte, cette initiative renforce l’engagement du KFSH&RC envers l’excellence centrée sur le patient.

Le Dr Al Fayyadh a observé que le KFSH&RC se considère comme un leader de la valorisation optimale des dépenses de santé, en adoptant des pratiques fondées sur des preuves aux fins de garantir les meilleurs résultats pour les patients. Il cherche à rester à l’avant-garde de l’innovation mondiale en matière de santé en pilotant des initiatives conçues pour accroître l’équité en matière de santé et l’accès aux soins dans le monde entier. À cet effet, l’hôpital poursuivra ses investissements dans des installations médicales de pointe, des outils de diagnostic avancés et des technologies de traitement de pointe. En s’appuyant sur les progrès réalisés dans des domaines tels que la thérapie cellulaire CAR T, les opérations chirurgicales robotisées, les greffes d’organes et la médecine personnalisée, l’institution aspire atteindre une compétitivité mondiale. Elle y parviendra d’autant mieux en privilégiant l’embauche d’un personnel exceptionnel, en poursuivant des percées dignes d’un prix Nobel et en renforçant les collaborations internationales stratégiques.

Le Dr Al Fayyadh a participé à une table ronde et y a souligné l’évolution du paysage de la santé et les résultats positifs issus de la transformation permanente des soins aux patients apportés par le KFSH&RC. Il a également abordé les enjeux actuels et les développements de demain qui se dessinent au sein du secteur de la santé, en insistant sur les effets prononcés des innovations de l’hôpital sur l’évolution de la santé mondiale. Enfin, le Dr Al Fayyadh a mis en lumière l’efficacité propre aux desseins de transformation de l’hôpital au double regard des objectifs du programme royal de transformation du secteur de la santé et du projet « Saudi Vision 2030 ».

Le KFSH&RC est reconnu parmi les principales institutions du monde à fournir des soins de santé spécialisés, à incarner l’innovation et à faire acte de centre de recherche médicale et d’éducation avancé. L’hôpital se consacre au développement de technologies médicales et au relèvement du niveau des soins de santé dans le monde entier, en forgeant des partenariats avec des institutions locales, régionales et internationales de premier plan pour atteindre les meilleures pratiques dans les domaines cliniques, de recherche et d’éducation.

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, le KFSH&RC a été consacré au titre de la première institution du royaume et se classe à la 20e position du classement mondial distinguant les 250 principaux centres médicaux universitaires du monde. Son empreinte est également reconnue au titre de la marque de santé la plus valorisée du royaume et du Moyen-Orient en 2024, selon Brand Finance, et le magazine Newsweek l’a classé parmi les 250 meilleurs hôpitaux du monde.

À propos de l’hôpital spécialisé et centre de recherche King Faisal :

Le King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre fait partie des leaders mondiaux en matière de soins de santé spécialisés, et d’innovation, servant de centre de formation et de recherche médicale avancée. Grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec d’éminents établissements locaux, régionaux et internationaux, l’hôpital se consacre à l’avancement des technologies médicales et à l’élévation des normes de soins de santé dans le monde entier.

L’hôpital a conforté sa position de leader du secteur de la santé en Arabie saoudite et au Moyen-Orient, en se voyant décerner pour la deuxième année consécutive le titre de marque de santé la plus valorisée. Il se classe 9e du royaume et 28e au Moyen-Orient. L’hôpital se distingue en étant le seul hôpital du monde à figurer au top 10 des marques de son pays, comme le soulignent deux rapports de « Brand Finance » consacrés aux 50 meilleures marques d’Arabie saoudite et aux 150 meilleures marques du Moyen-Orient en 2024, respectivement.

En raison des programmes de transformation et du projet royal « Saudi Vision 2030 » initié par Son Altesse Royale le Prince Héritier et Premier Ministre – que Dieu le préserve – pour renforcer le leadership du royaume dans le secteur de la santé mondiale, le KFSH&RC est devenu un centre médical universitaire de première importance dans la région MENA. En 2024, il s’est classé au 20e rang mondial pour la deuxième année consécutive selon « Brand Finance », et s’est également distingué parmi les 250 meilleurs hôpitaux du monde selon le magazine américain « Newsweek » cette même année.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez contacter :

M. Essam AlZahrani, Responsable des affaires médiatiques, 0555254429

M. Abdullah Alown, Coordinateur médias, 0556294232

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KFSH&RC Dedicado a Ser Pioneiro na Maximização do Valor dos Gastos com Saúde

Dr. Al Fayyadh em Harvard: Utilizamos a Tecnologia para Enfrentar os Desafios Globais de Saúde

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, May 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh, CEO do King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) participa da Gulf Creatives Conference (GCC) at Harvard 2024. O evento, GCC at Harvard, é organizado pela The Diwan, uma organização dirigida por estudantes de pós-graduação da Universidade de Harvard. No seu discurso, o Dr. Al Fayyadh exibiu a jornada do KFSH&RC desde a sua criação em Riade há quase cinco décadas, mostrando como o hospital reduziu significativamente a necessidade de os pacientes viajarem para outros países para obterem cuidados médicos. O KFSH&RC passou a ser um prestador de serviços de saúde terciário de primeira linha e hoje oferece tratamentos de ponta para doenças cardíacas, tumores, transplante de órgãos e distúrbios genéticos.

O Dr. Al Fayyadh discutiu a transformação do KFSH&RC em uma fundação independente e sem fins lucrativos. Essa iniciativa, segundo ele, está alinhada com a visão estratégica da organização de se tornar líder global em inovação em saúde, enfatizando a excelência, inovação e investimento em tecnologia de ponta para enfrentar os desafios globais de saúde.

“A liderança saudita delineou uma visão clara para o KFSH&RC, estipulada por um decreto real de transição do hospital para uma fundação independente Sui Generis, sem fins lucrativos”, disse Sua Excelência, o Dr. Al Fayyadh.

Ele destacou ainda que essa transformação busca elevar os padrões globais de saúde por meio da maior independência e flexibilidade. Essa mudança permitirá que o KSFH&RC otimize os serviços existentes, busque novas oportunidades e direcione recursos para iniciativas que promovam a saúde e o bem-estar humanos dentro do Reino e no exterior. Em última análise, essa transição confirma a dedicação do KFSH&RC para com a excelência centrada no paciente.

O Dr. Al Fayyadh apontou que o KFSH&RC se vê como líder na maximização do valor dos gastos com saúde, aderindo a práticas baseadas em evidências para garantir ótimos resultados para os pacientes. O hospital busca permanecer na vanguarda da inovação global em saúde, com iniciativas destinadas a aumentar a equidade e o acesso à saúde em todo o mundo. Para conseguir isso, o KFSH&RC continuará a investir em instalações médicas de ponta, equipamentos avançados de diagnóstico, e tecnologias de tratamento de última geração. Com base no progresso existente em áreas como terapia com células CAR T, cirurgias robóticas, transplantes de órgãos e medicina personalizada, a instituição visa alcançar competitividade global. Isso será ainda mais apoiado pela promoção de uma força de trabalho excepcional, pela busca de avanços a nível do Prêmio Nobel e pelo fortalecimento de colaborações internacionais estratégicas.

O Dr. Al Fayyadh participou de um painel de discussão com foco no cenário em evolução do setor de saúde e nos resultados positivos da transformação contínua do KFSH&RC no atendimento ao paciente. Ele também abordou os desafios atuais e antecipou desenvolvimentos futuros no setor de saúde, enfatizando o profundo impacto das inovações do hospital no avanço global da saúde. Além disso, o Dr. Al Fayyadh destacou o papel eficaz das iniciativas transformadoras do hospital no alinhamento com os objetivos do Programa de Transformação do Setor de Saúde e da Saudi Vision 2030.

O KFSH&RC é reconhecido como uma das principais instituições mundiais pelo seu cuidado de saúde especializado, incentivo à inovação, sendo um hub avançado de pesquisa e educação médica avançada. Ele se dedica ao desenvolvimento de tecnologias médicas e aprimoramento dos padrões de cuidados em todo o mundo por meio de parcerias com as principais instituições locais, regionais e internacionais, para oferecer um serviço de classe mundial nos campos clínico, de pesquisa e educacional.

Pelo segundo ano consecutivo, o KFSH&RC manteve seu status de instituição líder no Reino, ocupando o 20º lugar mundial entre os 250 melhores centros médicos acadêmicos do mundo. Também foi reconhecido como a marca de saúde mais valiosa do Reino e do Oriente Médio em 2024, de acordo com a Brand Finance, e foi classificado entre os 250 melhores hospitais do mundo pela Newsweek Magazine.

Sobre o King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre :

O King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre é dos líderes globais de prestação de cuidados de saúde especializados, condução de inovação, e um hubs avançado de pesquisa e educação médica. Por meio de parcerias estratégicas com proeminentes instituições locais, regionais e internacionais, o hospital se dedica ao avanço de tecnologias médicas e elevação dos padrões de cuidado da saúde em todo o mundo.

O hospital conquistou sua posição como marca líder no setor de saúde em todo o Reino e Oriente Médio, marcando seu segundo ano consecutivo como a marca de saúde mais valiosa. Ele ocupa o 9º lugar no Reino e o 28º no Oriente Médio. O hospital se distingue como o único hospital do mundo a ser listado entre as 10 principais marcas do seu país, de acordo com dois relatórios da “Brand Finance” sobre as 50 marcas mais valiosas da Arábia Saudita e as 150 marcas mais valiosas do Oriente Médio em 2024.

Devido aos programas de transformação e à Vision 2030 do Reino, lançados por Sua Alteza Real o Príncipe Herdeiro e pelo Primeiro-Ministro – que Deus o proteja – para aumentar a liderança do Reino no setor global de saúde, o KFSH&RC surgiu como um dos principais Centros Médicos Acadêmicos do Oriente Médio e da África. Ele permaneceu em 20º lugar no mundo pelo segundo ano consecutivo em 2024, de acordo com o “Brand Finance”. Além disso, ele foi classificado entre os melhores hospitais do mundo em 2024 pela revista americana “Newsweek”.

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Invest in young people now for long-term benefits – Entrepreneur


Mrs Ibukun Awosika, a Motivational Speaker and an Entrepreneur, has stressed the need to invest in younger people now to ensure a long-term benefit for the Church and nation was necessary and important.

Awosika stated this in Abuja at the Woman to Woman (W2W) Conference organised by the House on the Rock, the Refuge, Church, Abuja on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference with the theme, ‘Planted to Flourish’, is organised by the Church to also mark the 2024 Women’s Day.

Awosika emphasised the importance of shaping young minds early enough to avoid future challenges.

She pointed out that investing in people not only ensures their long-term value but also benefits nations, communities, and the church.

She equally stressed the need to maximise the talent of women as they were strategic assets for societal development.

Dwelling on the theme ‘Planted to Flourish’, the Lead Pastor of the Church, Mr Uche Aigbe highlighted the significance of women in life, even as he emphasised t
heir crucial role as helpmates created by God.

Acknowledging their contributions, the lead pastor urged them to continue fulfilling God’s purpose.

He then expressed gratitude for women, recognizing their efforts in making life fulfilling and vibrant.

He urged women to continue to be what What Gdd has created them to be and fulfil God’s purpose and mandate in the world.

‘God created man and woman, and women have a very important role to play in life. God created a woman as a helpmate to the man, which means women are important,’ he said.

Also speaking, the President of Woman to Woman Ministry of the Church, Abuja, Dr Chichi Aigbe, encouraged women to support their husbands and stay rooted in faith.

She explained the role of women as helpmates to their husbands, urging them to support their spouses through challenges and difficult times.

She highlighted women’s resilience, likening them to palm trees that could find water even in the desert.

Encouraging them to hold onto their faith, she emphasised that
God is the only one who can help them through any challenge in life.

She stressed the importance of staying connected to God and His word, especially in difficult times.

On her part, the Team Lead of GROW, an arm of Woman to Woman Ministry, Doreen Mogaji outlined their efforts to support women-owned small businesses and aid the community.

The initiative, part of House on the Rock church in Abuja, focuses on giving back to the community and engaging church members in charitable activities.

They provide support to small businesses, particularly those owned by women, by offering equipment and seed grants.

Additionally, they engage in community outreach, including feeding programs and clothing donations.

The initiative also offers counselling services to families facing crises, emphasising the importance of building a solid foundation based on scriptural teachings

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

100 Most Notable Africans’ summit in Rwanda’ll showcase Nigeria’s potentials- organisers


Organisers of the annual ‘100 Most Notable Africans Leadership and Business Summit have said that the 2024 edition of the acclaimed event will be held in Rwanda.

Amb. Kinsley Amafibe, Project Director Africa, for the 100 Most Notable Peace Icons Africa disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, the summit is poised to showcase the extraordinary achievements and potential of Nigerian and other African business titans, leadership and security stakeholders and entrepreneurs.

‘The flagship event is scheduled to hold in Kigali the Rwanda capital from Aug. 1 to Aug.4, with the theme, ‘Fostering Collaboration and Networking Among Business Leaders and Stakeholders.’

The project director said the summit was organised in collaboration with several stakeholders, including the Davdan Peace and Advocacy Foundation, American Management University, Peace Ambassador Agency Worldwide and the Global Africa Trade Advisory Chamber.

He said the event would bring
together seasoned entrepreneurs, leaders of businesses from different sectors across the continent to chart a common front towards promoting economic prosperity, peace and stability in Africa.

‘The 100 Most Notable Africans Leadership and Business Summit 2024 is primed to serve as a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and investment around the Africa continent.

‘We shall assemble pacesetters across different sectors, including those in business, government, academia, security, entertainment and the civil society to discuss sustainable development, economic prosperity, and peace building initiatives for positive transformation across Africa.

‘As we converge on Rwanda, we hope to harness the transformative power of business and leadership to propel Africa and its people towards unprecedented heights of prosperity and well-being,’ he said.

Amafibe said the choice of Rwanda as location for the summit was crucial as is signifies, tenacity, hope, unity and progress, which were the focus of the event.

He ad
ded that the event would feature keynote addresses, vibrant panel discussions, specialised workshops and captivating keynote addresses, and interactive sessions geared towards achieving sustainable development.

He said insecurity, illegal migration, poverty and the empowerment of the youth for a prosperous Africa are among issues that will be on the front burner.

‘A crowning moment of the summit will be the official unveiling of African Business and Leadership Club, Art and Cultural Exhibition, and then the presentation of awards.

‘The Leadership and Excellence honour will be given to deserving Africans, including peace and security icons, women leaders, and then Young Entrepreneurs Under 40.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

How our efforts enhanced welfare of retired military officers -RANAO


The National President, Retired Army Navy and Air Force Officers Association (RANAO), retired Maj.-Gen. Abdulhafeez Adewuyi, said the association has made progress in enhancing the welfare of its members.

Adewuyi said this at a news conference to mark the association’s 36th National Annual General Meeting (NAGM), on Monday in Abuja.

He said the decision to form the association was informed by the situation the pensioners found themselves in the 70s and late 80s.

According to him, once an officer retired from service, he goes into oblivion. Nothing is ever heard of him again.

‘Those who had health challenges died without any idea on how to seek help. It was like ‘to your tents O Israel’.

‘The objective of forming RANAO Association where officers come together, once every month to discuss issues affecting their welfare has been substantially achieved.

‘It has continued to foster the spirit of togetherness, espirit de corps, brotherhood and camaraderie.

‘Retired officers who spent a better part of their y
outhful life in the military use it to recharge their batteries,’ he said.

Adewuyi said the association organised into three tiers of administration, had its national headquarter in Abuja with seven zonal headquarters similar to the six Geopolitical Zones of the federation and FCT.

He said the former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, had described RANAO as an outstanding organisation that every retired military officer would aspire to join with pride.

According to him, former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, confirmed that his pension was enhanced through the effort of RANAO and regretted he had not joined the association.

‘Today, we are here essentially to conduct the association’s 36th NAGM.

‘It is a culmination of all activities of the association, ranging from Chapter, Zonal and HQs activities, RANAO Day celebration, PSOs Meeting, BOT implements in the Association activities and so on.

‘NAGM fosters the reflection and loyalty that you feel for people with whom you have spent the b
etter part of your life,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FCTA marks 500 structures for demolition along Karmo – Dei-Dei road corridor


The Department of Development Control, FCT Administration (FCTA) has served 24-hour demolition notices to operators of illegal markets and shanties along Karmo – Dei-Dei Road corridor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 500 illegal structures and shanties, sitting on the road corridor have been marked for demolition.

Mr Garba Jibril, the Sector Monitor and Assistant Director in the department who led the exercise in Abuja on Monday, said that the affected owners have been served with several notices.

Jibril added that the Director of Development Control, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, had held a sensitisation meeting with the stakeholders.

He explained that demolishing the illegal structures was necessary because they constituted nuisance on the road in addition to heavy traffic, especially on their market days.

He added that their activities were equally emitting environmental hazards, which the FCT Administration frowned at.

The team lead also disclosed that the FCTA had awarded a contract for t
he construction of Life Camp – Dei-Dei Road.

He, however, said that the traders’ continuous stay on the road corridor was preventing the contractors from moving to site.

According to him, the 24-hour notice is not to be played with and those who refused to comply will have themselves to blame.

He also said that the traders have been asked to move to the designated market called Karmo Market, adding that the market was fully developed and equipped with necessary facilities.

‘But the traders have been reluctant to move.

‘We have had several meetings with the relevant stakeholders including traditional leaders in the area to get them to move but they remained adamant.

‘We equally held a meeting with the traders and the new market operators, who promised to give the traders some incentives to be able to accommodate them in both the informal and the main shops.

‘We are hoping that after the demolition, there will be a successful relocation from the road corridor to the main market.

‘This will not only main
tain a serene environment, but also ensure free flow of traffic in the area,’ Jibril said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NIS boss advocates adequate protection of troops during operations


The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Kemi Nandap, says there is need to keep adversaries in the dark in planning and launch of operations to protect troops from harm during operations.

Nandap said this at the opening of the Leadership Course in Operations Security and Force Protection 3 (LCOSFP3), organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), on Monday in Abuja.

She was represented by the Deputy Comptroller General in Charge of Human Resource Management, NIS, Mr George Didel, at the event.

According to her, in today’s complex security environment, achieving those objectives is more important than ever.

She said that synergy between security agencies and the military was not just about rhetoric but recognising that their collective efforts were necessary to achieve their shared goals of protecting the nation and its citizens.

The NIS boss said the Nigerian Army and NIS have a critical role to play in the effort to secure the country and pledged the commitment of NIS to play
complementary role in securing the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

She said there were immigration personnel serving in the Joint Task Force combatting insurgency, adding that protecting the lives of the personnel was a fundamental obligation.

‘We recognise the risks they face, and are dedicated to supporting them in every way possible.

‘By keeping our borders safe from indiscriminate entry of all who may constitute adversaries and pose a threat to Nigeria, we are also protecting the lives of our personnel and ensuring that they can carry out their duties effectively.

‘We will continue to work tirelessly to prevent the influx of individuals who may seek to compromise our National Security.

‘I encourage each participant to approach this course with an open mind, willingness to learn, and commitment to excellence.

‘By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to keep our adversaries in the dark, protect our personnel, and defend our territorial integrity and citizens,’ she said.

Dire
ctor General of NARC, retired Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab, said the course was meant to bring practitioners from different services, agencies and organisations to understand their various strengths and weaknesses.

Wahab said the objective of the course was to ensure that when personnel from different agencies meet on the field it would be easier to collaborate, cooperate and work as a team.

According to him, it is about networking, socialising, getting to know each other, getting to know strengths and weaknesses and working as a team.

He said the large of participants in the third edition was the feedback that the previous editions had great impact on the personnel who participated.

According to him, the participants are drawn from the military and various security agencies as well as one or two private security organisation.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Group harps on bridging people, government gap to foster nation building


A Civil Society Organisation, Naija Connect, has stressed the need to build a bridge between the people and government to foster national development.

Its Convener, Iretidola Ojekhoa, made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Saturday.

Ojekhoa said that the group was set to hold a 10-day programme in Abuja for Nigerians to identify various challenges facing them and articulate practical solutions to the identified problems.

Accroding to her, the programme titled ’10 day sit out’ aimed to bring together progressive minds, patriotic Nigerians for the good of our great nation.

She said that the initiative would help to collate Nigerians’ thoughts on what they actually want government to do about certain things, saying government at any time would only try, but only with the people that they are able to do what they want to achieve.

‘Nigeria is a beautiful country blessed with abundance of wealth – the people, the resources, and the diversity of thoughts through multi-ethnic groups speaking over 500 dis
tinct languages.

‘People in every corner of the world have problems they deal with on a daily basis. What determines the consistency of the problems across the lands is resilience of its people towards finding solutions and a resolve towards a common purpose.

‘Nigerians are not satisfied with a lot of things – the economy, security, food supply, inflation, exchange rate, high cost of transportation due to high pump price. Yet, they don’t have a common front to project their voices and concerns.

‘There are questions to be answered, such as: What do people want the government to do? How do they envisage solutions to the problems? What will be the people’s role in making the solutions a dream comes through and the likes?

‘To answer these questions, it has become pertinent to draw out the people to pour their energies into a constructive nation building project.

‘This project is targeted at building a bridge between the people and government. This will be a platform that acts as a bridge between government a
nd the governed,’ Ojekhoa said.

She described the initiative as non-political, non-religious, and non-ethnic based, but solely for national building.

‘The Naija Connect project and the planned sit-out is non-political, non-religious and caters to no ethnic persuasion. It is #NIGERIAforNIGERIAN.

‘The aim is to bring together progressive minds, patriotic Nigerians for the good of our great nation,’ he said.

The Head Mobilization, Naija Connect, Queen Zara Oyinye, said that whatever idea generated from the initiative would be channeled toward appropriate authorities and stakeholders in the nation building for required actions.

‘Most of the time, what happen is that after all of the advocacy, people find it difficult to take it to where it supposed to get to.

‘What makes this project different is that because we are in the game, we are in the channel, and we will be able to know that this is how things ought to have been done.

‘Then we will take it to that same place so that action can be taken in some of
the resolutions we reach at the end of the project,’ Onyinye said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

SLTV clarifies connection to DSTV, offers packages to NAN


Dr John Nwafor, Managing-Director of Metro Digital Limited, operators of SLTV satellite television network, has offered subsidised packages to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Nwafor, in an interview with NAN on Monday, said the subsidy was the company’s way of ameliorating the economic challenges Nigerians face daily.

He also said that the cost for SLTV dish, decoder and subscription package would remain stable for a period, to encourage other local players in the satellite television industry.

According to him, in the next two weeks when stock will be available, the outfit will be offering a special package to NAN staff members.

‘We will work very hard and demonstrate to the country that we can do this business very well and that will encourage other Nigerians to come in for healthy competition.

‘Nigerians will benefit at the end as the subscription will come down. We are here to let our people know that we are for them; we are not going to start raising prices because of the economic situation.

‘We
are assuring Nigerians that our prices will be stable for a reasonable length of time and show example to other Nigerians to come into the industry to make it more vibrant.’

The managing director, while clarifying the claims of SLTV connection to MultiChoice’s DSTV, said that the paid television industry had always contributed to the economy of any nation.

He said that Nigerians had been prevented from being part of the industry by dominant players and there was the need for the government to put an end to that.

‘Paid TV industry is always a major part of the economy of any nation and if you look around in the Nigerian industry, there is almost no industry that is actually participating.

‘Recently, the government decided to work on that problem by making some changes to the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Code to outlaw exclusivity.

‘Exclusivity to content is one of the things that have discouraged all the indigenous players that wanted to come on board in the industry,” he said.

He added that
the amendment of the NBC code was followed with a court injunction to further enforce sub-licensing and avail them of television channels exclusively held unto, in the past.

He explained that SLTV was formed in the wake of what the government did and the objective was to provide quality programming for Nigerians.

Nwafor revealed that available channels included contents on football, movies, news, children’s cartoons, all kinds of programmes at reasonable prices.

‘Right now, we have a package that starts from N2,500, while the full package is only N5000; we believe that is actually affordable for our people.

‘We have created five local channels and three are in the major Nigerian languages, while two are in English, based on our local content.

‘We are going to be creating more eventually in the next one or two years and we are looking at establishing a studio where we can engage creative people for interesting contents.

‘People are looking for things that they can relate to; they want familiar content. W
e are passionate about producing that for our people,” he said.

He added that investing in indigenous satellite television would reduce capital flight and ensure that resources were deployed into developing infrastructure within the country.

He also said that the company was considering floating other initiatives like the Pay-As-You-View, which he said would end exploitation of Nigerians.

He called for the support of Nigerians in ensuring that indigenous satellite television networks thrived in the country, as it had the capacity to create massive employment.

‘The industry needs liberalisation and it is our people that will make it work,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Mentally-challenged man attacks police officers with panga in Oshana

Three police officers are currently receiving medical attention after they were allegedly attacked by a 37-year-old mentally-challenged man at Ongenga village in the Okaku Constituency on Sunday.

Namibian Police Force Oshana Regional Commander, Commissioner Naftal Lungameni Sakaria on Monday told Nampa the incident happened at 12h14.

According to Sakaria, four officers were sent to attend to a scene where the suspect was reportedly disturbing his housemates.

‘The suspect attacked the four police officers with a panga while they were attending the scene,’ he said.

He said a Warrant officer sustained injuries on the right arm and leg and he is admitted at Ondangwa Private Hospital, a Sergeant officer was injured on the head and he was sent to Oshakati State Hospital for X-rays and another Sergeant was slightly injured.

The fourth officer, a Constable, escaped unharmed.

Sakaria said the suspect has been arrested and is currently detained at the Ondangwa Police Station.

Police investigation continues.

So
urce: The Namibia Press Agency

Mbumba commemorates Mother’s Day

WINDHOEK: President Nangolo Mbumba commemorated Mother’s Day on Sunday, describing it as a day which provides Namibians with a vital opportunity to reflect on the endless love, sacrifice, and resilience that define the essence of motherhood.

In a press statement issued the Presidency on Sunday, Mbumba stated that the nation should recognise that Mother’s Day is a time to honour the memory of those who are no longer alive and to extend support and compassion to those who may be experiencing loss or hardship.

‘It is with deep respect and gratitude that I honour the infinite contributions of mothers across the globe and the land of the brave. The devoted caregivers who sacrificed their ambitions to prioritise the needs of their children, to the trailblazing industry leaders who have shattered barriers and paved the way for a brighter future,’ stated Mbumba.

Mbumba further mentioned that on this special day, the world is reminded of the countless sacrifices and contributions of mothers that have shaped lives a
nd society, stating, ‘We stand in awe of mothers for their pliability and their capability to take on the world while being nurturing, soft, and caring.’

International Mother’s Day is commemorated every year on 12 May, honouring all mothers and celebrating the essence of mothers and motherhood.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Okakarara Young Warriors, Blue Waters dumped out of PstBet NFA Cup

Okakarara Young Warriors and Blue Waters’ PstBet NFA Cup journeys came to an end on Sunday, following defeats to Further Fighters and Eeshoke Chula Chula respectively, on Sunday.

Okakarara Young Warriors, who joined the league last season from the Northwest Stream First Division where they demonstrated immense footballing aptitude, have not replicated that trend since joining the top-tier league this season, where they only managed seven wins, six draws, and 17 defeats to bow out of the NPFL.

On Sunday, the boys from the Otjozondjupa Region failed to show up to the party and demonstrate their premier league experience against the defiant Northeast Stream First Division relegation-threatened side, Further Fighters, a team known for such showpieces, after the game ended 2-0 in favour of the first league tier team at Omulunga Stadium in Grootfontein.

Elsewhere in Windhoek, a game between two premier league rivals, Eeshoke Chula Chula and Blue Waters, produced some outstanding football in a five-goal thriller,
but after the 90th-minute whistle, the boys from the north came out on top, defeating their new arch-rival 3-2 to advance to the round of 16.

This means that just two Premier League teams failed to advance to the round of 16 of the NFA Cup.

In other weekend results, Mighty Gunners defeated Eleven Arrows 2-0. At the same time, Life Fighters battled valiantly for their lives after a 1-0 victory over Air Masters.

Despite having a terrible season that resulted in their relegation from the top tier league, Orlando Pirates showed some excellent football acumen by defeating Sunrise FC 3-0, while NFA Cup defending champions Civics cruised over Swakopmund in a 5-0 thriller.

The greatest shock on Saturday came from the clever boys, UNAM FC, who humiliated LK United by a 13-goal score to cement their domination in the championship they won three years prior.

Oryza Sativa, based in Katima Mulilo, and Oshikoto champions Gerros Urikhob were tied 1-all after regulation time, but the boys from Zambezi won 4-0 in penalty
shootouts.

African Stars, Civics, Orlando Pirates, Life Fighters, Mighty Gunners, Further Fighters, Oryza Sativa, Eeshoke Chula Chula, FC Ongos, Khomas NamPol, UNAM, Young African, Young Brazilians, Julinho Sporting, Okahandja United, and Tigers are the 16 teams that will be drawn for the round of 16 on Monday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Angolan national robbed by unknown suspects

The Namibian Police Force in the Oshana Region are investigating a case of theft out of a motor vehicle after a 35-year-old Angolan man fell victim to unknown thieves who targeted his stationary vehicle at a shopping centre in Oshakati.

Inspector Frida Shikole of the Oshana Community Policing Sub-division confirmed this to Nampa on Monday, saying the incident occurred around 14h30 on Saturday.

According to Shikole, money in Namibian, Angolan and European currencies and other valuable items were stolen.

Shikole indicated that the victim, a self-employed resident of Ondjiva, parked his grey Toyota Hilux in the parking area where unknown suspects tampered with the door’s lock and gained entry.

‘They stole items such as a laptop, a Samsung tablet, two bags, two Angolan passports, a pair of shoes, an assortment of male clothes and a sizable amount of money: N.dollars 30 000, KZ38 000 and 50 Euros,’ she said.

No arrest was made yet and the stolen items were not recovered either.

Source: The Namibia Press Age
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