Monday, 21 August 2017

Equip Nigeria Hospitals To London Standard NMA Tells Buhari

​The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has risen from its August 2017 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to replicate medical equipment he had seen in London, United Kingdom in Nigerian hospitals before the end of his tenure.

The umbrella body of medical practitioners in the country said Doctors in the country would have been able to handle the President’s health challenge if the health sector had been properly equipped and funded. NMA in its communique issued and jointly signed by its National President and Secretary General, Professor Mike Ozovehe Ogirima and Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu respectively after their just concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kaduna said it has “resolved to call on the President to utilize his positive experience in the health systems of other climes to impact on the health care system in Nigeria. ”Reading the communiqué to newsmen Professor Ogirima said, Nigerian doctors are competent to handle any form of ailment if enabling environment and good working tools are on ground, adding that the President may have sought for medical attention outside the shores of this country perhaps as a result of ill-equipped hospitals in the country.

According to him, “the nature of the President’s ailment is not known to NMA, and even if it is known to us, we have to respect our oath of secrecy. The President like every other citizen of this country has the right to seek second opinion, that is part of medical practice. However, the Doctors in Nigeria are capable of handling any ailment if optimal working conditions are provided.“ 

We have read and heard on BBC that, the President does not believe in the Nigerian health system. What was wrong by the President going outside? It is a fact that our hospitals are not optimally equipped. Am sure that, the President after spending 100 days in London has first hand experience of what we have been shouting, equip! Equip! Upgrade our hospitals. “We are happy that the President is back. Based on his experience, we are saying he should come and replicate what he has seen in London, at least to take care of the masses. So, we expect him to replicate such within the next two years.”

According to the communique, “the NEC observed with dismay the continuous low budgetary allocation to health leading to declining health care service delivery in the country.“ The NEC observed with dismay the worsening availability, distribution, development and utilization of human resources for health within Nigeria’s health system and the increasing trend of brain drain especially affecting the already weakened man power base in the country.“ NEC calls on government to implement the Abuja Declaration of at least 15 percent budgetary allocation to health and ensure timely release of funds with effect from 2018 budget and appealed to the National Assembly to fast track the passage of the bill on Residency Training Program (RTP) in Nigeria.“ 

NEC calls for the improvement in Epidemic control, preparedness andestablishment of more Infectious Disease Hospitals (IDH) through out the country, and that the government to intensify efforts to improve funding on immunization services and further strengthen the collaboration between government and non governmental agencies,” NMA stated.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Benue State Governor Distances Self From Quit Notice to Fulani 

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has distanced himself and the state from a quit notice reportedly issued to herdsmen by a group-the Middle Belt Renaissance Forum.
Ortom in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase maintained that the quit notice does not have any impact on the state, and should be disregarded by all Benue people, including Fulani herdsmen living in the state.He therefore called on security agencies to quickly investigate the matter and apprehend those behind the notice.

Kaduna state governments vows to crackdown on child offenders

​Kaduna State government has said it will no longer tolerate sweeping of child abuse or any form of assault on children by offenders under the carpet.
The state commissioner for women affairs, Hajia Hafsat Baba, stated this following report of a man in Zaria, Mallam Shehu, who was released from police custody after molesting his three year-old daughter, Maimunatu.
Meanwhile, the non-governmental organisation, Arridah Relief Foundation, which exposed the ugly incident, reported that little Maimuna, currently hospitalised has suffered series of fractures, dislocation and broken limbs, due to severe beatings and maltreatment she received from her biological father.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Buhari’s return: Governor Shettima congratulates northeast citizens, other Nigerians

The people of the northeast geo-political zone should be congratulated as major beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return because of the President's open love, empathy and keen interest in addressing the security challenges in parts of the region, Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima has said.

Governor Shettima who was on a condolence visit to Kaduna when the President arrived Abuja on Saturday, said it was for Buhari’s love for the northeast that Borno State Government pioneered State prayers for the President's health during his first medical trip to the United Kingdom, Shettima said in his goodwill message emailed to journalists by his spokesman, Isa Gusau.

"Until President Buhari assumed office, our northeast was the most marginalized in every thing that had to do with the Federal Government from presence of Federal projects to representation at National levels. However, President Buhari changed that soon as he assumed the mantle of Leadership. He made the insurgency problems bedeviling the northeast as his administration's topmost priority and made the region the bride of his administration in terms of appointment of National representatives. This is why Buhari occupies a special place in hearts of minds of all true sons and daughters of the six States that make up the northeast geo-political zone. We the people of the northeast should be congratulated for President Buhari’s return. We are most grateful to Allah for returning him in good health and we pray that his health continues to grow from strength to strength so completes his noble mission to fully restore Nigeria to the path of recovery, sustainable progress and development. On behalf of Government and the good people of Borno State, we are indeed most grateful to all good Nigerians for standing by a former Governor of the old northeastern State and our own inlaw in whom we are very pleased" Shettima was quoted in the statement.

The Governor also paid tribute to ‎Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who he said, upheld President Buhari’s compassionate interest in the northeast through the Vice President's approval of numerous interventions for the northeast in order to address humanitarian needs.

"Vice President Yemi Osinbajo clearly upheld President Buhari’s passion for the northeast. In all his days as acting President, he stepped up interventions as the President himself was doing. We are grateful to him for his love and empathy. We also congratulate him on the President's return" Shettima added.

'We believe that Mr. President is healthier now to assume his responsibility' PDP Welcome Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) joins other Nigerians to welcome back the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari from his medical sojourn in London for over three months.

(2).  The President departed Nigeria on 7th of May, 2017 for an ailment and returned today being August 19, 2017. We believe that Mr. President is healthier now to assume his responsibility at the helm of the Country's affairs.
(3).  We thank the Almighty for saving his life and pray that He grants him better health and understanding on how to rescue our poor economy and relieve Nigerians from the current hardship.
God bless the PDP! God bless Nigeria!!
Prince Dayo Adeyeye

National Publicity Secretary, PDP

Everyone is Happy to Welcome Buhari as he Returns Home Healthy, Happy and Confident 

A healthy, happy, confident President Mohammadu Buhari arrived in Abuja this evening after a medical leave. 

Walking tall and with confidence, Mr President shook hands and exchanged banters with the welcome party led by Acting President Osinbajo before driving to his Aso Villa residence and waiting family through the streets of Abuja which were lined by jubilating, placard carrying and singing Nigerians. 
Governors, service chiefs, ministers, and other top government functionaries were at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, amongst them were Governors Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi. 

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Gov. Badaru Abubakar has called on Jigawa State intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors while in the holy land

Governor Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has called on Jigawa State intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors while in the holy land.
He made the call when he bid farewell to the first batch of the State intending pilgrims numbering 555 and some officials of the Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
He urged them to be law abiding in Nigeria and at the holy land.
Alhaji Badaru Abubakar also enjoined them to pray for the State, the Country at large and most importantly the full health recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.