Nigeria accounts for 10% adolescents living with HIV globally
The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Sani Aliyu said Nigeria has the second highest burden of adolescents living with HIV in the world.
He said 240,000 adolescents in the country representing 10 per cent globally are living with the disease. The National Industrial Court in Abuja will today hear a suit filed by a dismissed staff of God is Good (GIG) Motors against the transport company.
The claimant, Alamudun Adedayo Victor, approached the court to challenge his alleged verbal termination of employment. He asked the court for a declaration that the verbal termination of his employment without notice or one month salary in lieu of notice was unlawful and breaches his contract of employment.
He told the court that while he was employed by the company on May
Aliyu made this known at a programme tagged “All-In” - working with adolescents and young people to achieve 90:90:90 in Nigeria.
He said with the burden, Nigeria was not preventing new infections, enrolling and retaining young people in treatment fast enough, saying with their strong drive, idealism and fresh ideas, young people could 28, 2015, he was verbally sacked on July 26, 2017 after a disagreement with one of the managers. He asked the court to order that his salary from the date of his sack be paid while the sum of N500,000 be awarded against GIG as legal charges.
The transport company in its statement of defence, told the court that the claimant abandoned his employment and unilaterally terminated his employment without due notice or payment in lieu of notice. The defendant therefore asked the court to order the claimant to pay it the sum of N50,000 as salary in lieu of notice and also the sum of N500,000 as cost of engaging a legal representative. introduce new solutions to the challenges.
“In view of this, the Nigerian National HIV response led by NACA, with support from UNICEF in partnership with Population Council, has embarked on an adolescent participation initiative that will help to define a framework for engaging adolescents in the AIDS response specifically,” Aliyu said.