Nige­ria ac­counts for 10% ado­les­cents liv­ing with HIV glob­ally

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Olayemi John-Men­sah Court hears suit against GIG mo­tors to­day

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.

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