Dr Uche Ojinmah, the National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to consider privatising the nation’s hospitals for them to perform optimally.
Ojinmah told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that this had become necessary for both the teaching and public hospitals to guarantee the needed fund for their effective operation.
“As far back as 2014, we wrote a compendium on how to fix these teaching hospitals and public hospitals and there are two options if the government wants to fund it properly.
“Go for 15 per cent of the national budget for the health sector and also release the budgeted funds because budgeting is different from cash backing.
“So if they can fund it well and release the necessary cash to back it up then these institutions can come up to speed.
” He said that with this, the government could demand accountability while the other option was privatisation.
In this case, Ojinmah said that it could be outright privatisation, where the hospitals could be fixed and then sold.
“Or we can go for graded privatisation where they sell 51 per cent of the shares.
Of course they should fix it up a bit so that it could fetch some money.
“They get a core investor or sell 51 per cent of the shares to the core investor; if the government does not want to leave totally it can keep a certain percentage, maybe 30 per cent so that with that they can still moderate the price so that we don’t go for full gains to the detriment of the people.
“Then the remaining 19 per cent should be sold to the workers to retain the hospital so that they know they have a stake in this business and they will give their all so that is not all about salary.
“So now, having a representative in that board as government will help to moderate the price so that there is that human face which is what a doctor brings to heading a hospital.
He added that boosting the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) would bring more people into the health insurance net and give them better service at reduced costs.
“So if you privatise these hospitals and you channel the money, you would have budgeted for them every year for the next five years into the NHIA to capture more people under that, it will make it easier for them to assess those hospitals.
“With this, it will be easier for the people to get treatment and if you do that and personnel are well paid, everybody knows you are here to do your job, the major shareholder can decide that he wants to buy automated equipment, you cannot stop him.
“However, as it stands today, in Nigeria right now, the way we are running it, healthcare delivery is a social service and not a profit service .
” On how the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) would fare under such privatisation arrangement, the NMA president said it was time to divest Federal Government’s interest in PHCs as running PHCs should be the business of local governments.
According to him, many of them no longer function properly due to lack of maintenance and personnel, a situation that proper motivation of health personnel will address.
“If you want me to leave Abuja as a doctor to run a PHC somewhere in the rural area, I think that there should be extra allowance for that.
“It makes simple business sense to say that those going out there should be given rural posting allowance that is heavy, so that they can attract personnel to the PHCs but the government does not want to do that.
The Africa's Business Heroes (ABH) Award Competition (www.AfricaBusinessHeroes.org), a flagship philanthropic program established by the Jack Ma Foundation to spotlight and support African entrepreneurs, has announced the top 50 finalists for its 2022 edition.Year, the contest received more than 21,000 applications and saw applicants from all 54 African countries.There was a 20% increase in requests from Central Africa, which represents 9% of the total requests received.Southern Africa accounted for 17%, while East Africa and West Africa accounted for 17% and 43% of all applications, respectively.In addition, there was a 26% increase in requests from North Africa compared to last year, representing 7% of the total requests received.This year, the number of applications from 34 countries increased by more than 50%.Countries such as Egypt, Burkina Faso, Malawi, and Burundi especially experienced tremendous growth in applications, further strengthening ABH's position as a truly pan-African initiative.Women entrepreneurs were well represented among the applicant pool, making up 31% of applications.The participants were also between 19 and 72 years old, a demonstration that there is no age limit to be an entrepreneur.Entering its fourth edition, ABH has become a well-recognized philanthropic program in Africa.Most applicants found out about the competition through word of mouth.A pool of more than 60 judges will now interview the top 50 candidates who come from a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, energy, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.Among the top 50, 10% are Francophones, 42% are women, and 60% operate in rural areas.For the first time, applicants from Burkina Faso, Somalia, Guinea, and Burundi are represented in the top 50."We are delighted to see every country and region in Africa represented in this year's competition and to have a more diverse pool of applicants than ever before," said Zahra Baitie-Boateng, Director of Partnerships and Programs, Business Heroes of Africa."It's encouraging to see more than 21,000 entrepreneurs jump into the fray across a broad spectrum of industries, regardless of gender and age."“The top 50 finalists of the ABH 2022 competition show the great potential and talent that exists in Africa.We look forward to highlighting them and providing the support they need to grow and make a positive impact for both their businesses and the communities they serve,” she added.The top 50 finalists from ABH 2022 recently participated in a virtual training camp in preparation for their next round of interviews with the judges.The training camp featured sessions led by members and judges alike.Topics included using data to better understand markets, identifying opportunities to scale, running effective digital marketing campaigns, and selling in the digital age. By the end of August, the top 20 will be identified and announced.The top 10 will be announced in October, before moving on to the grand finale, where they will perform live before global business legends and secure their share of the US$1.5 million prize pool.The official slogan of this year's competition, "It's African Time", is a bold call to action for all talented African entrepreneurs who challenge the stereotypes associated with "African time", creating local impact and building a better future and more inclusive through their businesses.For more information on the ABH 2022 Top 50 Finalists, visit the official ABH website.To join these dynamic and inspiring entrepreneurs on their ABH journey, visit AfricaBusinessHeroes.org or follow ABH on Twitter (https://bit.ly/3biW5x5), LinkedIn (https://bit.ly/3zK5qHC), Instagram ( https: //bit.ly/3vwRq1j) or Facebook (https://bit.ly/3BN0HGH).
Dr Danladi Bako, a former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has charged media practitioners on professionalism and high ethical standards as they go about doing their jobs.
Bako who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He also advised journalists to exhibit high-level of commitment, maturity and pragmatism.
”These are key to make journalism more impactful on the society and national development,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at a public presentation of a book titled “Accidental journalist” by former General Manager of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Umuahia, Cordilia Ukwuoma, on her retirement day, he also advised journalists to embrace mentorship and other measures to improve themselves.
“Some broadcasters know the theory having gone to school but the practice of tutelage under the quality hands is missing.
“What you are displaying today is the product of what you learned from the masters and very quality seniors that you work with.
“A lot of the gentlemen and ladies today don’t have the patience to search for documents that can help them improve,” Bako said.
Also speaking at the event, the book reviewer who is a former chancellor University of Abuja, Prof. Nuhu Yakubu said that for a broadcaster to be successful, he or she must be creative and tenacious.
Also speaking, former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliu said:”the nation needs committed broadcasters like Ukwuoma during these trying times”.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr Charles Odita, charged journalists to always put down their experiences to serve as reference materials for younger reporters.
The Founder member of the International Society of Media in Public Health, Mrs Moji Makankuola, praised Ukwuoma for finding time to write a book in spite her busy time.
“I want to say congratulations and to say that women in NTA are doing good.
”I wrote a book, Ukwuoma has written one, Regina Abu too has written.
I also hope more women will write,” she said.
In her remarks, the author, who hails from Delta, appreciated God for seeing her through all her service years to the nation.
Ukwuoma expressed her gratitude to God and those who assisted her to make the book project a reality.
Isoko Association of North America (IANA) has raised more than 40,000 dollars to support the purchase of engineering equipment to help train future engineers in homeland.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the money was raised at the conclusion of a Biennial Convention of the association held at New Jersey, U.
S. The funds collected included 36,000 dollars as donations from members and 10 chapters of the association in North America as well as 4,000 dollars contributions from members in Nigeria who could not attend the convention.
Caption 3: Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul General of Nigeria in New York addressing members of IANA at a Gala Night at New Jersey on Saturday.
In his remarks, Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul General of Nigeria in New York also paid tribute to Otobo, describing him as a unifier and wise counsellor.
“We, at the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York have benefited from his wise counselling and that is the reason I deem it fit to honour him by attending this event,’’ he said.
The envoy commended the members of the association for bringing out Nigerian rich culture through the gathering and their dresses.
He invited the association for the Independence Anniversary Parade slated for Oct 1, noting that the 2022 edition of the annual event would be an opportunity to showcase the diversity of Nigerian culture and attract tourism.
NAN reports that the highlight of the Gala Night was swearing in of new national leaders with Mrs Queen Olomu as the President General of IANA for two years.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Careers and Security Matters, retired Col. Garba Moyi, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is contained in a statement signed by Malam Bashar Abubakar, Special Assistant, New Media, to Sen. Aliyu Wamakko ( APC- Sokoto North) on Sunday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is coming barely 24-hours after the defection of Tangaza Local Government Council Chairman, Alhaji Salihu Kalanjeni from the PDP to the APC.
Kalanjeni defected alongside eight serving councillors and two ex-councillors.
He said Moyi was received into the fold of the APC by its leader in the state, Wamakko.
Abubakar said that the commissioner also announced his resignation from the ruling PDP and the state executive council.
Receiving Moyi, Wamakko charged him to work hard in ensuring the victory of APC in Sokoto East Senatorial District and the state at large during the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
A political group, the Coalition of the PDP National and Diaspora Certified Support Groups (COPAG) has urged the National Assembly to fast track legislation that would allow Nigerians in Diaspora to vote in the 2023 general elections.
The coalition also known as International Coalition of Certified Atiku Groups, (ICCAG), under the leadership of Vik-Morrow Ulo, Dr Kanayo Gbemudu, Princess Falade, made the call during a meeting at the Atiku Presidential Campaign Office Abuja.
Ulo expressed concerns over the non-constitutional provision for diaspora voting in Nigeria.
He said that the group has began efforts towards to encourage strategic participation of Nigerians in the diaspora for the Presidential Elections in 2023. He said this would be done via a scheme called ‘Diaspora Supports for Grassroots Mobilisation and Sensitization in Nigeria’.
“With regards to the none constitutional provisions for Diaspora voting, COPAG also known as ICCAG took up the responsibility to build solid Diaspora Solidarity as means to encourage strategic participation of Nigerians in the Diaspora for the Presidential Elections in 2023. “COPAG is the very first assemblage of Atiku’s officially recognised national and diaspora support groups leaders since 2018.” Highlights of the meeting was the appointment of the current Youth Leader of the PDP in the U.
S. Daniel Akeni as COPAG Director-General.
The appointment, according to Ulo is to promote Nigerian Diaspora Supports for Grassroots Mobilization and Sensitization Campaign for Actualization of 2023 Presidency.
He explained that Akeni’s appointment was based on high recommendations.
“The newly appointed U.
S. leader of the ICCAG, previously campaigned for Sen. Ademola Adeleke in the U.
S. and Osun and he is today the Governor Elect of Osun. “The Hollywood promoter in collaboration with Patrick Killpatrick, a Hollywood legendary actor from California and Michael Adegoke, another top Hollywood actor, are joint collaborators with the Atiku’s Coalition US Director General to make Atiku win the 2023”, Ulo said.
Ulo expressed the hope that Akeni with his new post, would greatly contribute the role of Diaspora in the elections via diaspora support and mobilisation.
In his virtual acceptance remarks Akeni expressed great delight and promised maximum Support for Atiku Okowa Presidential Campaign.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that March 2, the national assembly rejected the proposal for diaspora voting in Nigeria’s national elections.
Senators voted 62-29 against the proposed constitutional amendment, Similarly, the House of Representatives further sealed the fate of the bill by voting 240-58 against the proposal.
President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week, expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation’s judiciary, saying it was serious and would be addressed.
He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country’s economy “currently battling insecurity, corruption and economic challenges,” aggravated by the COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.
Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers, a body of legal practitioners of “the highest distinction in the legal profession” in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the president, a democratic government like the one he leads, “standing on a tripod comprising the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, cannot stand where one of its three pillars, the Judiciary is not properly nurtured, maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties.
” The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub-regional body remained united.
Buhari said: “You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS, and of the sub-region.
”Your tenure has been very successful, and I wish you and the family more successes ahead.
” The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia, Liberia, to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country.
Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme: “Fostering Unity, Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity.
” Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s, leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways, especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme.
At the event in Monrovia, Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust, freedom and transparency.
According to the president, this is the only way the sub-region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently.
The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace, stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy.
On July 27, President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano-Katsina Expressway.
The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023-2025 from the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval.
The ministry presented the draft for the country, for the next three years to the Council.
President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja, where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide.
The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sanjay Pradhan, on Thursday in Abuja.
During the meeting, Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit since 2016.He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption.
According to him, since that time, “we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership.
The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh, General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
According to him, the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond.
The third batch of Two-hundred and thirty-eight (238) Oyo pilgrims who partook in this year's Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have safely arrived in Lagos.The pilgrims, who left Nigeria on Saturday, July 2, 2022 arrived at exactly ? pm today, July 31, 2022 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.The visibly excited pilgrims were welcomed back to the country by some members of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing and were ushered into waiting buses back to the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim) to meet their friends and families.Addressing the media, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun as well as his colleague in Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Musibau Babatunde thanked the Oyo State government for its unflinching support in making this year's Hajj a success.On behalf of the pilgrims, they thanked Almighty Allah for His mercy throughout the spiritual exercise."We enjoyed immeasurable support from the State Government and we are grateful to our Principal, Governor Seyi Makinde for this," they said.Olatubosun also commended efforts of the leader of Oyo state delegation, Senator Monsurat Sumonu for the success recorded, while state pilgrims were appreciated for making the state proud by adhering strictly to every protocol in Saudi Arabia."This largely contributed to the success of the pilgrimage, as no crime or any casualty was recorded", he added.Recall that a total number of Six hundred and Fifty-five Pilgrims, including officials were airlifted by Oyo State Government for the spiritual exercise in four batches.Among the state delegation for this year's Hajj exercise who were on this batch include: Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun; Prof Musibau Babatunde, the special assistant to the governor on Islamic Matters, Imam Abdul Rasheed Abdul Azeez and state pilgrims welfare board, Muslim wing officials.With the third batch, the total number of pilgrims who have returned from the holy land is Five hundred and Eighty-six, while others are expected to be back later this week.
Abdul Maikaba, Technical Adviser of Rangers International Football Club, says his team’s victory in the Round of 64 of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition was inspired by Enyimba International.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that six-time champions Rangers International thrashed Bauchi-based lower league side A.
B.J. (Auwalu Baba Jada) FC 4-1 on Sunday in Abuja.
The Enugu-based side won a one-sided encounter at the FIFA Goal Project pitch.
Three first-half goals and another in the second-half sandwiched what turned out to be a consolation goal as Rangers strolled into the competition’s Round of 32 with ease.
Shedrack Asiegbu slotted home the curtain raiser in the 11th minute when he met Ossy Martins’ inch-perfect cross.
Chidiebere Nwobodo increased the tally just three minutes later when he was set up on goal by Ejike Uzoenyi.
In the 24th minute, Republic of Benin International Charles Tiesso leapt the highest to nod home a Samuel Pam’s well-taken corner-kick.
As stunned as the Bauchi state representatives were, they grew in confidence as the game crept past the half-hour mark and were rewarded in the 38th minute.
This was when Aminu Yusuf fired past Seidu Mutawakilu from the edge of the penalty box after being left with too much space.
It happened few minutes after the Rangers goalkeeper had stopped a penalty kick taken by Nazeef Shuaibu.
The “Flying Antelopes” started the second half as they did the first as they piled on the pressure, making several incursions into the vital area of their opponents.
But an improved goalkeeping from Anas Hassan for the Bauchi state side ensured that most of the opportunities created by the Enugu-based side did not rest inside the net.
His efforts could however not do much to stop substitute Julius Ikechukwu’s effort in the 87th minute which killed off any further resistance.
Maikaba later told NAN he was delighted with his team’s outstanding victory, adding that Enyimba’s difficult experience against Ijebu United a day earlier was a wake-up call for his team.
NAN reports that the Aba-based Enyimba on Saturday in Benin beat Ijebu United FC, a Nigeria National League (NNL) side, 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 ending.
The former champions had goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo to thank for qualifying for the next stage of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition, after saving three penalty kicks.
Maikaba who led Akwa United to their 2017 Aiteo Cup triumph said: “It was a very interesting game and the game and the difficult experience faced by Enyimba made our players to be more serious about this game.
“If a team like Ijebu United could hold Enyimba to a draw for 90 minutes, it simply means that they are no easy opponents as far as the Cup competition is concerned.
“So, I kept drumming the message of not being complacent into the ears of my players and I am glad they listened and that was why we approached the first half with so much urgency.
“We made sure we got our result as early as possible and I am happy our game plan went just the way we wanted it to be.
“At the end, scoring as much as four goals is a morale-booster for us because a team that scores a lot of goals usually go far in Cup competitions,” he said.
On the team’s target in the competition, Maikaba said his team were aiming to go all the way to the final to compensate for their league disappointment.
“We lost to Bayelsa United in the Round of 64 last time out and so we didn’t want that to repeat itself.
“After our unsuccessful push for a continental ticket in the just-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, we are condemned to give our best in the Aiteo Cup. “We will give our best, but the most important thing is that we will approach each game as it comes one after the other.
“The Federation Cup is a competition full of surprises, but I strongly believe that we will be in the final after five games.
“I am confident that if complacency does not rear its ugly head, we shall have something to celebrate at the end of the competition.
” Maikaba added that the team was well motivated for the task ahead.
”The club’s management has done all in its powers to ensure that some outstanding match bonuses were released to the team as a further push to become champions again.
” NAN reports that Rangers last won the oldest club competition in the country in 2018. Speaking also on his team’s performance, Bashair Muhammad, the coach of A.
B.J. FC, a Nationwide League One (NLO) side, expressed mixed feelings about the game’s result.
He said even though he was sad that his team were knocked out of the competition, he was happy that his boys gave a good account of themselves.
“I am not feeling too bad because my boys played their heart out and left everything on the pitch today.
“We knew what we were up against coming into the game, but we didn’t let that weigh us down in any way.
“Facing a football giant like Rangers International wasn’t going to be easy, but I am happy that we were able to at least score a goal at the end of the day,” he said.
England defeat Germany to win women’s Euro 2022 Euro 2022 Berlin, Aug. 1, 2022 England defeated Germany 2-1 after extra-time on Sunday in the final match of Euro 2022 to become women’s European champions for the first time.
Chloe Kelly grabbed the winning goal by forcing the ball home during a corner-kick to the delight of the majority of the crowd which approached 88,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Substitute Ella Toone had opened the scoring for England just after the hour but Lina Magull levelled 11 minutes from time to force the extra period.
Germany, without captain and star striker Alexandra Popp who was injured in the warm-up, lost their first final in the competition they have won eight times previously.
England claimed the title having won all six of their games, scoring a tournament record 22 goals and conceding only OLAL(