Just Fix It: Nigeria’s Health Minister Decries Poor Healthcare Services In Country

Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s minister of state for health, has decried the poor condition of Nigeria health care facilities, stating that large number of Nigerians travel abroad for laboratory test. Speaking to graduands and new students of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Sciences) in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Ehanire said, according to Daily Trust, that Nigerians had no confidence in the health institutions within the country as these institutions are wont to display inaccurate results. “A good portion of the challenge of medical tourism in Nigeria is attributed to patients who go abroad for medical diagnostic services, including laboratory tests,” the minister said after he commissioned projects at the permanent site of the school at the Jos University teaching Hospital (JUTH). “If this continues, it is a declaration of no confidence on all of us,” he said. “Therefore, we must do something urgent among all healthcare professionals to look at what ways of improving the quality of service which we render.” Also present at the event were Mr. Tosan Erhabor; the acting registrar of the medical laboratory science council, MLSCN,  Dr. Sunday Etukudoh. the provost/chief executive officer of the school, Dr. Kunden Kamshak, the state commissioner for health, and Professor James Damen, who was the guest speaker, all who spoke at the event.

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Trump Invites Obama’s Half Brother To The Final Presidential Debate

Donald Trump is bringing President Barack Obama’s half brother to the final presidential debate on Wednesday, CNN reports. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would participate in their third and final debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Malik Obama who lives in Washington, DC, whenever he is not in Kenya, has confirmed that he would be Donald Trump’s guest. Expressing his excitement, he said that Trump is the right man for the presidential seat. “I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik said. Trump also announced his enthusiasm. “I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik. “He gets it far better than his brother”, Trump said. Malik agrees with Trump on a lot of things,, including dismissing Trump’s sexual assault allegations. Referring to the women who had accused the Republican nominee for groping them without their permission, Obama’s half brother said he does not believe them, “Why didn’t they come forward before?”, he asked. Malik who owns a foundation, named after his and the president’s father, Barack H. Obama, said the foundation would  have been able to help the family’s village of Kogelo, Kenya, if his half brother had supported, Page Six reports. Hillary Clinton would be at the debate with two well-known billionaires, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Mark Cuban, woner of Dallas Mavericks, who have supported her campaign. According to CNN, Clinton may be planning to rattle Trump by asking what his net worth is. According to the report, Trump is countering Clinton by bringing Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim, Sean Smith. Patricia Smith had accused Hillary Clinton of murdering her son.

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Recession: ASUU Decries State Of Nigeria’s Economy Under Buhari

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has criticised the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari disapproving of his handling of the current recession and Nigeria’s alliance with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, IMF. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU president, made this disclosure to the press following the association’s national executive council, NEC, meeting which was held in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State. He said the government was hobnobbing with international financial institutions such as IMF and the World Bank, instead of searching for localized solutions for problems facing the country. Ogunyemi added that the international financial institutions in questions are both same, and are aimed at promoting capitalism in most parts of the world. ASUU also accused President Buhari of faking ignorance that its economic policies were making Nigerians poor, and making them subsequently go through psychological trauma. According to New Telegraph, Ogunyemi also said that the political class have shown that they are not able to deal with the problems facing the country, and they have taken to ensure that Nigeria continues in misery, poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. “The fundamental direction for the development of an egalitarian society as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution has not only been negated, but also vigorously violated by the governing class for the interest of a very few minority,” the ASUU president said. “Nigerian ruling class has a faulty conception of the capitalist path to national development. Nigeria’s governing class does not understand the historical path of the capitalism it is embracing; it is a clear exercise in self-delusion. “Nigerian people were never told the type of capitalism the dominant class is building in the country. “The inability of Nigeria’s political class to resolve the fundamental problems it has helped to create and nourish is noticeable in welfare problems, educational system, state of roads, access to health care, insecurity, national question, political disorder, economic mismanagement, unemployment and corruption,” he said. He also described the current recession as self-imposed. Speaking on the solution to eradicating the recession, the group said the government should set up a process through which it would invest massively in the citizenry. Ogunyemi said that the investment should go beyond infrastructural development, adding that there should be a conscious injection of funds into the economy, especially through channels that would not be manipulated by state and local government administrators. “Government has failed to be an ally of the people and has handed over the economy to the neo-liberal agents with dire consequences for the country. “As fallout of the mismanagement of the Nigerian economy, the nonpayment of salaries or payment in part by the federal, state and local governments has emerged as another affront on the country’s working class, who are finding it almost impossible to meet their obligations to family members and other concerns. “The economy would continue to bleed and our people would be driven further into perpetual state of need and slavery. “The manufacturing sector would become moribund and small and medium scale industries would then fizzle out. The economy would become uncontrollable import-oriented and the magnitude of descent into slavery would be unimaginable. “We are convinced that people must organise to reject the present policies that further pauperise the poor and consolidate the grip of an exploitative ruling class on the polity.” The academic union warned government not to hold it responsible if it mobilises its members nationwide to down tools over reluctance to meet the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement. According to Ogunyemi, failure to periodically review the agreement is causing frustration within the academic community. “The 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement provides for a periodic review after every three years. In fact, all things being equal, this should have been undertaken in 2012 and another review in 2015. “However, government’s apparent reluctance to set up its renegotiation team for the review of the 2009 agreement, as consistently requested by the union since 2012, is getting our members increasingly worried and frustrated. “Government should move to douse the tension on our campuses, otherwise ASUU should not be blamed for the consequences of government’s failure to honour and renegotiate the 2009 agreement,” the ASUU president said.

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EFCC Probe Won’t Put Food On The Table Of Nigerians – Fayose Tells Buhari

Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State, has advised the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to pay attention to hunger and suffering ravaging Nigeria and its people and leave him alone. “This project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ will definitely not put food on the tables of Nigerians and for all I care, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people,” the governor said on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in a statement issued by Lere Olayinka, a new media aide. The governor dismissed the reports of a confession implicating him allegedly by Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence. According to news planted in the media by the EFCC, Obanikoro allegedly confessed to the EFCC that he received fund from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under the embattled Sambo Dasuki to fund the 2014 guber race. “We have gone pass this stage of media trial, EFCC should rather keep its gunpowder dry, when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. They said more than this in the 2006 poultry scam blackmail, despite that, I am the governor today,” Fayose said. The Ekiti governor said he was only reacting just to fulfil all righteousness because Nigerians were more interested in having food on their tables, adding that “those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ but I am not bothered because my election was legitimately funded.” “However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God,” the statement said. “As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people. I won’t be distracted. “Since we are now in the era in which financial assistance from Nigerians to fund elections is being criminalised, the international community, especially those funding EFCC must insist that the commission probes the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission,” he said.

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Recession: 60-Year-Old Man Commits Suicide In Delta, Leaves Note Citing Hardship

A sixty year old man in Delta State has committed suicide. The man is identified by Authority as Okporo Arigo, who hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area in Delta State, left a note where he cited his inability to feel and cater for his immediate family as reasons for committing suicide. An anonymous source said, “He claimed to have embarked on the act to put a stop on his inability to take care of his immediate family after his younger brother, who is a serving councillor, abandoned him to his fate. “I don’t think the man would have died if the state government had been paying the councillors their salaries. I believe the payment was part of what that led to the death of the councillor’s brother.” The deceased was found in the bush with a suicide note hung around his lifeless body. Reports of suicides are on the increase in the country since President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence as president. The Nigerian economy has tanked owing to the lack of effective economic policies to keep the economy booming and cushion the effects of the drop in oil prices. President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policy is solely driven by his undefined and malicious anti-corruption fight that has solely targeted his political opponents.

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Recession: Sokoto Gov’t Transfers 39 Students Studying Abroad To Abuja University

Sokoto State government has recently transferred 39 students from various universities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE, to BAZE University, Abuja, Daily Post reports. Alhaji Sai’idu Umar, the state’s commissioner of information, said that the state would save N200 million annually with the transfer on Friday, October 14, 2016 while briefing the press on the results the state executive council meeting. “The Sokoto State Executive Council on Friday approved the transfer of 39 students sponsored to study in Dubai to Baze University, Abuja. “The transfer followed the recommendation of the committee set up by the state government to find suitable universities for the students in Nigeria. “This is due to the economic challenges being faced in the country, which necessitated the transfer, to reduce the cost of study sponsorship,”  he said. He also said the state had previously been spending N300 million yearly, sponsoring the students in schooling ion UAE. ”But at BAZE university, the state government will spend not more than N 100 million,” Umar said.

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Nigerians Pray But Lack Commitment To Righteousness – Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, have said Nigeria consists of people who, although can pray, generally lack commitment to being righteous. Professor Osinbajo made this comment while speaking at at a special banquet that marked the 20th anniversary of Nigeria Prays in Abuja. Nigeria Prays is a pet project of General Yakubu Gowon, on Friday October 14, 2016, said that if Nigerians truly believed in and walked in the ways of Jesus Christ and if they stood up for truth, righteousness and justice, the country would clearly witness a turnaround. Adding that it is important to pray to God always, he insisted that it is more important  that many Christians turn away from evil in order that the country becomes great. “If we want to be a nation that can feed its people, we must turn from evil ways and work for righteousness,” he said. “When our pulpits preach righteousness, our people will rise up and become salts of the earth. Christians will stand up and be honest if we preach righteousness in the pulpit.” He also said that preachers had failed to let people know about their indecency In collecting bribes from government personnel. He also added that nations that follow the principles of the Bible, always emerged great. “If we want to be a nation that can feed its people, we must turn from evil ways and work for righteousness,” he said. “When our pulpits preach righteousness, our people will rise up and become salts of the earth. Christians will stand up and be honest if we preach righteousness in the pulpit.” He said that preachers were failing to tell their people about the impropriety of collecting bribes from government officials, adding that nations that follow the principles of scripture always emerge great. “Prayer and fasting are good, but that they are not enough to lift the country except the citizens turn away from evil. “The principles of hard work, integrity and innovation are things that made other countries great and they are all in the gospel and if we follow the principles, we can be great,” he said. Osinbajo praised the virtues of honesty, integrity and hardwork of Gowon, and advised the citizens, especially leaders, to emulate him. Gowon had earlier said that the group had spent the last 20 years praying for the sincere recovering of the country, adding that time had not weakened the vision of the group. “It has been an eventful journey to prepare a highway for God in our nation,” he said. “By His grace, we have succeeded in laying a solid spiritual foundation for national reflections and intercessions. “Through prayers, rallies, seminars, Nigeria Prays has created an opportunity for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, irrespective of denominational affiliation and religious background.”

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Nigerian Gov’t To Establish New Development Bank

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the federal government is about to establish a new bank, Development Bank of Nigeria. While addressing the German-Nigeria Business Forum in Berlin, Buhari said that the setup of such bank would reinforce the government’s economic diversification program. He said when the bank is fully operational, would boost the establishment of small and medium enterprises in the country, by boosting their access to finance. “Our ambitions of creating a diversified and inclusive economy in Nigeria can only be achieved by having a mix of small, medium and large businesses. “This is why we worked with the German development agency, KFW, in designing the Development Bank of Nigeria which will support the small and medium size enterprises both financially and technically to ensure they take their rightful place in the industrialization value chain. “I am pleased to announce that Development Bank of Nigeria will be taking off soon and should be a game changer in our economic diversification plans,” he said. Announcing that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), from Germany, into Nigeria, as modest, he also  urged prospective investors at the gathering to go beyond making known their interest in investing to making binding commitments for trade, investments and industry in the key priority sectors of agriculture, infrastructure, solid mineral and digital economy. He said that Nigeria, despite recording a trade volume of 2.96 billion dollars with Germany in 2015, still had unexploited areas and the space to diversify its exports to Germany and increase overall trade volumes. The president also explained that trade relations between both countries primary take the shape of oil and gas exports from Nigeria, machinery, vehicle parts, telecommunications technology and chemical products in the other direction.

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‘The Only Language Hunger Understands’ – Momoh Weighs In On, Recession, APC, Niger Delta

Tony Momoh, a former minister of information and culture,  has said that the solution to the Niger Delta crisis is not military action but justice. According to the elder statesman, the people of the Niger Delta have a reason to be aggrieved. In a recent interview with Vanguard, Momoh said that dialogue is the next step that the government should take to resolve the crisis which is decaded old. He suggests dialogue with as many groups exist in the troubled region. “The fact is, if there are one hundred groups, there should be one hundred dialogues. You cannot say because there are many groups, therefore, war will resolve the situation. War has never resolved any situation,” Momoh said. “People who say ‘If you want peace prepare for war’ are misrepresenting life. If you prepare for war you have war. If you want peace, prepare for peace through dialogue, communication. “There is no substitute to communication. War can only draw attention when you have parity in the power to inflict, the power to ensure your presence. “Then people are weakened or you recognize yourself. You can now sit down and talk and, at the end of the day, dialogue,” he said. When asked if the All Progressive Congress Party, APC, has led Nigeria forward during the past one year, the journalist and politician said the party, to which he is a member, has been successful in moving Nigeria forward, using President Buhari as an instrument. Explaining his point, Tony Momoh said; “You see, when things go on well they take you for granted. For the first time, there are no fuel queues. And when there is power, nobody will say there is no power. “When the roads are done, nobody will say there are no roads. When there is no water and boreholes are drilled, you can’t say you have no water. “So, infrastructure, satisfies the aspect of governance that addresses stabilization of the system because, first of all, you secure the system, you stabilise the system through infrastructure satisfies development, then prosperity will emerge. “The only language that the hunger understands is food. You can’t be talking to the people to be patient about hunger. “The fact is someone is hungry, you put food on his table and he fires on because that is the language that hunger understands. And that food you must grow. If you have not grown food for years, it is rather late than never. You must grow food,” Chief Momoh said. Asked if Nigerians are right for not showing understanding with their heavy criticisms of the government, Momoh agrees that Nigerians are not incorrect to be hungry and to demand food. However, he urges Nigerians to be steadfast; “I am not saying people should be insensitive but the fact is, when you have hope in yourself and you know where the road is, be steadfast. At the end of the day, the people will be crying and asking you to do something that would undermine your journey to a particular destination, until you reach that destination, don’t give up.” He also affirmed that President Buhari’s administration has been successful in restoring security, particularly, in the fight against militant group, Boko Haram; “For instance, look at the problems of the nation, there used to be Boko Haram everywhere and, if you went to anywhere, you saw Army barricades. But now, there is more sense of security from Boko Haram insurgency that we had before. There was a time that Boko Haram was in charge of 14 local governments. They even hoisted their flag on Nigerian soil which had never happened since 1914. Now, there are no such cases.”

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PDP In Ondo State Choose Mafo For Deputy Governor In Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State has presented Prince John Ola Mafo as the running mate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  as the running mate to Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) in the Ondo gubernatorial election set to hold on November 26, 2016. The publicity secretary of the Ondo State PDP chapter, Banji Okunomo, while briefing the press, said Mafo’s credentials have made him eligible to run for the position of deputy governor of the state. The decision to pick Mafo, according to PDP scribe, was made by the decision making body in PDP in Ondo state. “At the highest decision making body of Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party today, the PDP resolved on the choice of Ola Mafo as the deputy governorship candidate of the party. “The party took this far reaching decision after considering all factors that would lead to its victory at the poll. “The party weighed a number of options including the credentials of Ola Mafo which ranged from being a former chairman of Ilaje Local Government Area and a former commissioner for information in the state. “Mafo was also a former special adviser to Governor Mimiko and until his nomination, he is the chairman of the Ondo State Football Association (ODSFA). “Mafo is also a foundation member of the PDP and a veteran politician from the Southern senatorial district particularly Ilaje local government, a native of Zion Pepe”, he said. He also said that the choice of Mafo was based on equity and political balance, adding: “For equity and balance, it is apposite for the party to uphold his nomination as the Deputy Governorship candidate. “His name has been forwarded to the INEC as the Deputy Governorship candidate of the PDP. With this development, all party members are further directed to go about their normal campaign this time around for the Eyitayo/Mafo ticket. “Finally, the party wishes to congratulate Prince John Ola Mafo for this political elevation”, Okunomo said. The announcement as Mafo as candidate falls in line with INEC’s directive which states that withdrawla and replacement of candidates would elapse on October 12, 2016.

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Tobacco Giant, Philip Morris To Begin Manufacturing In Nigeria

Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company, has concluded plans to begin manufacturing in Nigeria before the end of 2016. Although they have long begun operating within the country the company have expressed their confidence in Nigeria’s economy only recently. Philip Morris International took hold of the opportunity provided by ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) to bring its brand into the country from its manufacturing plant located in Senegal, when the company came into Nigeria in 2015. “We are proud to be in Nigeria at a time when economic diversification is so critical to Nigeria’s long term economic objectives,” Coskun Kagan Dicle, the managing director of PMINTL Nigeria Limited, revealed to the press. “Our company was incorporated in December 2014 and during 2015 received all regulatory approvals required to commence importation of some of our world-class brands into Nigeria under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme from our factory in Senegal. “However, in pursuit of our long term objectives in Nigeria, we have entered into a strategic agreement with International Tobacco Company Limited (ITC), a Nigerian company, to commence local manufacturing of some of our brands before the end of 2016.” The tobacco company has operations in 180 countries.

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