FG Insists Resident Doctors Remain Sacked
The federal government has insisted that resident doctors remain sacked and residency programme suspended in all teaching hospitals, despite mounting condemnations and affected resident doctors resuming at their duty posts.
Addressing a media briefing after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said despite news reportage on the resumption of duties of doctors and the calls to reinstate resident doctors, the federal government had not rescinded its decision. Read more
Suswam, Gemade fight over senate seat
As the race intensifies for Benue North East senatorial district ahead of the 2015 general elections, there has been debate as to who is a better candidate for the elective position.
The contest is between two political gladiators, namely, the governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam and a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Barnabas Gemade. Read more
Boko Haram may link up with Al Shabaab and ISIS — Australian negotiator
An Australian hostage negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, has warned that Boko Haram may establish links with two vicious terror groups- Al Shabaab and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria- if not effectively checked now by the Nigerian government.
Al Shabaab, the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Court, aligned with Al-Qaeda and took over most of Southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. The ISIS, on its part, is an Iraqi group that stands with Al-Qaeda as the most vicious Jihad group in the world. Read more
Jonathan Condemns Stigmatization of Nigerians By Some Countries
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the stigmatization of Nigerians by some countries over recent cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement.
President Jonathan made the remark on Wednesday in Abuja at a meeting with Mr. David Navarro, a Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General, denouncing such discriminatory actions as the one which forced Nigeria’s team to the Youth Olympics in China to abandon its participation. Read more
Nigerian Ebola Patient Hid From Government
A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveler from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities announced Thursday.
The death was the first in Nigeria outside Lagos, the commercial capital. The incident raises the number of confirmed cases in the country to 15, including six deaths. Read more
Nigeria’s Safe Schools Initiative Gets $4.2mln Boost
The Nigerian government has received additional $4.2 million donations in support of the Safe Schools Initiative.
The donations were announced at the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.
A donation of $1.5 million came in from Norway, one million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), $50,000 from the AfDB President and the British government donated one million pounds. Read more
INEC to include corps members, academia in 2015 elections
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has disclosed that his commission would employ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and academics in the voting and collation processes during the next general elections.
This, according to him, is necessary as the commission believes that these set of people are relatively less prone to political pressure. Read more
Jonathan Meets PDP NWC, NASS Leadership
President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday held a meeting with National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, leadership of the National Assembly and ministers at the presidential Villa.
The meeting which lasted for hours, was also attended by Senate President, Senator David Mark and it was held at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa. Read more
KASAPREKO “Alomo Bitters” gets first Nigerian MD
Kasapreko Nigeria Limited, makers of the popular “ALOMO BITTERS” brand has appointed its first Nigerian Managing Director, Mr. Richard Nwaobie.
Nwaobie, a highly experienced and versatile corporate player, was until recently the Sales and Marketing Director of the company. He takes over from the erstwhile Managing Director, Mr. Jose Roque, a Frenchman who recently retired from the company after years of meritorious service. Read more
FEC okays N 4.2b to boost electricity in Anambra
TOWARDS boosting electricity supply to some communities in Anambra State, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its weekly meeting Wednesday approved the sum of N4.2 billion for the engineering design, manufacture, supply, construction testing and commissioning of Onitsha-Ifitedunu 132KV transmission line.
The council also gave approved the bill for an act to establish Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) with uniform functions, managerial and administrative structures to provide tertiary healthcare services in support of healthcare services within areas of operation and for connected matters. Read more
Abuja Disco spends N200m on 140 electricity transformers
The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has disclosed that it spent over N200m to procure and install 140 transformers recently to replace faulty ones and improve service delivery within its service area.
The Executive Director, Commercial Services, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, who made the disclosure at a Customer Consultative Forum held earlier this week in Abuja, added that additional 200 units distribution transformers with a combined capacity of 80MVA and an estimated value of N260 million are in the procurement process. Read more
Tension in Nasarawa over renewed clash between Eggon, Fulani herdsmen
Serious fighting has broken out between the Fulani and Eggon in the Tudun Adabu area of Obi Local Government of Nasarawa State.
According to the police, most houses in the area have been set ablaze while the town has been deserted. Read more
Ondo stakeholders laud Mimiko’s planned defection to PDP
The planned defection of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, from the Labour Party (LP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has earned the commendation of stakeholders in the state.
The stakeholders have described the planned action as the best political move the governor could make at this time. Read more
Maigari Has Been Released, Says NFA Faction Member
Aminu Maigari, the immediate-past Board Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), has been released by the Department of State Security (DSS), an official said on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ephraim Chukwuemeka, a member of the three-man Interim Committee set up by a faction of the NFA congress on Tuesday, told newsmen that Maigari was released on Wednesday morning. Read more