The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has clarified his position on the issue of international migration by the Nigerian Medical Doctors as contained in his interview on Channels Television live morning programme yesterday, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 which has been subjected to serial distortion and misinterpretation, arising from skewed news broadcast by the Channels media team. “Therefore, the truth no matter how it hurts, must be told and reality, boldly faced. Even the National Youth Service Corps doctors, all, today seek postings to the cities as against what obtained some decades ago. “The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) State chapters and National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have a duty to campaign and persuade State governments to devote more funds to healthcare. Doctors’ union is not only for the purpose of personal aggrandizement, asking for more emoluments and perennially egging members to go on strike.
April 25, 2019 18:33 UTC
Adamu made these disclosures at the inauguration of Zonal Security Stakeholders Forum held at Zone XI Command Headquarters, Osogbo. Osun State. He, however, explained that the Zonal Security Stakeholders’ Forum was being inaugurated as a community policing concept aimed at galvanising the people of Osun, Ondo and Oyo states towards identifying and partnering to address peculiar security challenges in the three states. In his welcome address, the AIG, Zone X1, Adeleye Oyegbade underscored the need for collaborative efforts towards combating crime, saying security is the business of everybody. He lauded the contribution of governors of Ondo, Oyo and Osun States including some prominent citizens of the three states for their support to the police morally, materially and financially towards combating crime in the zone.
April 25, 2019 18:22 UTC
Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar has lamented that not fewer than 1,556 inmates are presently languishing in 13 prisons across the Bauchi State just as she disclosed that 408 holding charge cases were recorded from the magistrate courts. Justice Rabi Umar stated this Thursday at a one day summit on Justice Reforms and Human Rights in Bauchi state, organised by the Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI) in collaboration with Citizens Unite for the Rehabilitation of Errants, (CURE Nigeria), held at the conference hall, Federal Secretariat Bauchi. The CJ who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Chief Registrar, Finance and Administration, Bauchi High Court of Justice, Emmanuel Danjuma, stated that the state recorded a total number of 408 holding charge cases from seven Chief Magistrate Courts, awaiting legal advice from the ministry of Justice. “A holding charge is unknown to Nigeria’s law and any accused person detained is entitled to be released on bail within a reasonable time before trial. Therefore, holding charge has no place in Nigeria’s Judicial system” She saidRabi Umar then called on the state government to hasten the domestication of the Justice bill into law in order to address problems of unnecessary court adjournments, court congestion and judicial corruption.
April 25, 2019 18:00 UTC
Deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekeen Nabena, has accused the Rivers State governor of witch hunt over the seal off of the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) corporate headquarters in the state’s capital, Port Harcourt. The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service had on Wednesday sealed off the corporate headquarters of NDDC in Port Harcourt . Charles Odili, NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, has since dismissed the claim of Rivers State Internal Revenue Service as incorrect. Reacting to the development, Nabena alleged that Governor Wike was using the state revenue agency to witch hunt the NDDC management. Nabena further claimed that the action of the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service did not follow due process.
April 25, 2019 18:00 UTC
Oyo State government has said that malaria-related deaths in the state have dropped by 43 per cent from 2012 to early 2018. Deputy Director, Public Health, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr Taiwo Ladipo made this disclosure at the 2019 World Malaria day celebration by the Ministry in collaboration with Breakthrough Action Nigeria. He said the reduction in malaria-related deaths was as a result of a four-prong approach by Oyo State government, including the use of insecticidal mosquito nets, prompt and free malaria testing and treatment as well as malaria prophylaxis for pregnant mothers. The expert assured that another 8 million insecticidal mosquito nets will be distributed house to house by next year. Mrs Afachung said not all fevers are malaria and as such people should ensure they get tested and found positive for malaria before they assume they need antimalarial medication.
THE Anambra state workers on Thursday commend the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the 30,000 New National Minimum wage (2019) Amendment Bill and also President Mohammadu Buhari for assenting to it. Nigerian Tribune gathered that the reelection of comrade Nnubia was unanimously agreed by all delegates present with the vow that the outgoing Chairman, Comrade Jerry Nnubia should be re-elected to steer the affairs of the union for another four years. The over 60 members represented by their delegates and affiliates said Nnubia has transformed the labour body from being a spectator to an investor in Anambra State economy through quality leadership. Alongside the State chairman, Comrade Nnubia, who also doubles as the State Chairman of the NULGE Anambra State Chapter, other officers elected was Comr. He equally called on the state governor to employed more teachers in all the public schools across the state.
According to the Youths, the threat by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the National Leader of the Party. The Youth said that the National Chairman needed to be cautioned so as not to run the party aground. ‘’Apart from the lawmakers, Governors of Benue, Sokoto and Kwara states announced their defections also from the APC to PDP under his watch. ‘’Oshiomhole has caused the suspension of some state governors without recourse to due process enshrined in the party constitution. ‘’We must all rise up in unison to deliver our party APC which is now asphyxiating in the hands of Oshiomhole…”
A member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Friday Nubari Nke-ee has accused the state government of indirectly sponsoring rival gang wars in the state. A situation where government respect those who are violent, paying them money, giving them opportunities to excel over those who are non-violent is encouraging gang violence in our society”. “So government on its own is sponsoring violence indirectly in the name of recognising these cultists. Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has said it arrested four cult kingpins suspected to be the masterminds of incessant cult wars in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. He said the cultists were arrested during a sting operation by operatives of the Rumuolumeni Divisional Police Station on April 18, at about 2100 hours.
April 25, 2019 17:15 UTC
THE Federal Government, on Thursday, said it will, henceforth, be making use of indigenous professionals and firms in the design and execution of sensitive building projects, particularly those that house the nation’s security outfits. Mr. Fashola, whose message was delievered by the Director, Public Private Partnership of the ministry, Mrs. Eucharia Alozie, said the government’s decision only permits foreign experts to be engaged for such sensitive projects where indigenous professionals were lagging behind. According to him, the Federal Government is thus placing premium on the use of indigenous professionals and firms in the design and execution of projects including those involving national security. He revealed that to curb incessant building collapse in the country, the council has developed a secret code, ARCON Project Registration Number System (APRN) to ensure that only qualified professionals were certified for any project. While alluding to the minister’s position on the use of indigenous professionals and firms, Mr. Ajayi said Nigeria has the manpower and potential to develop and deliver any project of global standard.
April 25, 2019 17:15 UTC
British aid worker, Faye Mooney, and her partner Matthew Oguche were killed by kidnappers at the Kajuru castle, a holiday resort in Kaduna State on 19th April. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu seconded the motion and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. Ekweremadu then prayed the Senate to invite the IGP in hope that their invitation will be honoured. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had earlier complained about the lack of cooperation of the police with the Upper Chamber. After the Senate resolved to invite the new IGP, Saraki expressed hope that the resolutions taken by the Upper Chamber will cause an improvement in Nigeria’s security situation.
April 25, 2019 16:52 UTC
Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released more six final reports of past crashes thus making it a total of 46 final reports and 178 safety recommendations so far released since the inception of AIB. The aircraft was directly piloted by the late Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai. According to the report: “the late governor turned pilot was not certified, qualified and not competent to fly the aircraft. Other reports released included that of a Boeing MD-83 aircraft belonging to Dana Airline which crashed at Port Harcourt International Airport on 20th, February 2018. These six final reports released according to AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru have generated a total of 24 safety recommendations.
April 25, 2019 16:48 UTC
Oil, agric prices to be lower than expected in 2019 ― World BankCrude oil prices and agricultural commodity prices are expected to be lower than previously predicted in 2019 according to the World Bank in its April Commodity Markets Outlook. According to the World Bank, metal prices are expected to continue a recovery in 2019 that follows a sharp drop in the second half of 2018. An escalation of trade tensions would likely push prices lower, but higher-than-expected energy costs could lift prices more than expected. “The outlook for commodity prices is sensitive to policy-related risks, especially for oil,” said Ayhan Kose, Director of the World Bank’s Prospects Group. Energy prices overall – which also include natural gas and coal ‒ are expected to average 5.4 percent lower in 2019 than in 2018.
April 25, 2019 16:41 UTC
A chieftain of Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Otunba Segun Adewale popularly called Aeroland, has called on all members of the party to be united and ensure that the party eventually win the rerun poll for the House of Representatives seat in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. Rita Orji is the candidate of the party, who is seeking a return to the Lower Chamber. According to the PDP chieftain, returning Hon. He further appealed to party members to see themselves as one big family no matter the disagreements, contending that if those who were aggrieved decided to work against the party’s candidate, it would send wrong signals to innocent supporters and members of the public that the party was in disarray. “Members should come out enmass to canvass for votes, man all the polling units where rerun will take place and those PDP’s votes must be adequately guarded to avoid electoral robbery by the APC,” he said.
April 25, 2019 16:41 UTC
He added: “Yesterday, April 24, 2019 the Nigerian police in collaboration with the APC arrested Mr. Abass, the Principal of the Ede Muslim High School, Ede as well as the wife of the school’s Registrar, Mrs. Rofiyat Oladepo and her nine months old baby. “Information available to the PDP shows that AIG Adeleye Oyebade of Zone II, Oshogbo, ordered the arrest of the innocent Principal of the school and the Registrar. “It is clear that there is no way a school principal, who duly signed and issued a school testimonial under his own hand and position, can be said to have “forged” the same testimonial. The PDP therefore called on Nigerians to hold the APC and their agents responsible should Senator Adeleke become a victim of any harm or sudden disappearance. “The people of Osun state have elected Senator Adeleke as their governor and should be allowed to move ahead with their choice of leadership,” he declared.
April 25, 2019 16:30 UTC
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kogi State council on Thursday, said workers in the state have been turned to street beggers following the non-payment of their salaries by the state government. The state chairman of NLC, Onuh Edoka, while speaking at the 7th Quadrennial delegates conference in Lokoja, said many workers were finding it difficult to feed their families as they were being owed between seven and 30 months salary. He said worst hit by the problem of non-payment of salary are the local government workers that are being paid “ridiculous percentage” salary for several years. Bello, who spoke through his Chief of Staff (COS), Edward Onoja, also promised to continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state. Comrade Onuh Edoka and his team were returned unopposed for another four-year term of office, even as the workers passed a vote of confidence on them for purposeful leadership.
April 25, 2019 16:07 UTC