Dr Adedamola Dada, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Metta, on Friday said the hospital would continue to improve on its services to make it a destination of choice for patients in the country.Dada, spoke against the backdrop of the recent award received by the hospital for the most compliant public health facility in Lagos State to standards.The Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) gave the award to the hospital on Sept. 15. Dada said that the award would spur the hospital to do more in rendering quality healthcare services to patients.“The award we received recently is really for our patients whose need is our main duty.“We shall continue to improve our services and processes until our hospital becomes the destination of choice for all patients in Nigeria.“It’s even more exciting that this award is coming from the regulator who conducted this assessment and reached this conclusion without even our knowledge.“There are over a hundred public hospitals in Lagos spanning the local, state and federal governments,” he said.The medical director commended the staff and management of the hospital for their commitment and selfless services to patients.“Kudos to our staff, management board, federal Ministry of Health and the federal government for releasing 100 per cent of all health budgets in the last few years,” he said.What is today known as Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Metta started in November 1964 as a Department of Health Services in the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).It was established exclusively to cater to the health needs of its members of staff and their families.During the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, due to the federal gvernment‘s privatisation agenda, the Nigerian Railway Hospital was among those shortlisted.The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the upgrade of the Nigerian Railway Hospital to a Federal Medical Centre on May 26, 2004.The hospital was formally handed over to the Federal Ministry of Health on Jan. 31, 2005, as a tertiary healthcare institution and designated as Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Ebute-Metta.
The Enugu State Government has urged public, private and mission primary and secondary schools in the state to comply with the new uniform school calendar or face sanction.
This is contained in a new School Calendar circular released on Friday by the Enugu State Commissioner For Education, Prof. Uche Eze and signed by the Director of Schools, Mr P.
A Ochi. According to Eze, primary and secondary schools in Enugu State shall open for 20222023 academic activities on Monday, Sept. 26. “Consequently, the Enugu State Ministry of Education shall on Sept. 27 monitor schools compliance across the state according to the uniform calendars,” he said.
In the 20222023 approved school calendar, first term will begin on Sept 26, 2022 and close on Dec. 16, 2022 while the second term will begin from Jan. 9, 2023 and closes on March 31 while third term would start on April 24 and end on July 28, 2023. Eze added that mid-term would only run from June 5 to June 11, 2023, while the 20232024 school calendar would begin on Sept.18, 2023 and end on Dec. 15, 2023. He said that the government would no longer tolerate staggered academic calendar by primary and secondary schools in the state.
The commissioner warned that “any public, private or mission school found to be contravening the approved school calendar shall be appropriately sanctioned”.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday in Abuja pulled down unauthorized structures to reclaim Zaudna land for infrastructural development.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Zaudna village, which is under Jiwa Chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), is one of the districts earmarked for land swap programme by the FCT Administration.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima, while addressing newsmen after the demolition, said the community was earmarked for land swap programme, where the administration gave out land to investors in exchange for infrastructure.
According to him, the illegal structures were causing obstacles for smooth take off of the exercise, adding that it will not be tolerated by the FCT administration.
He said that prior to the demolition exercise, there was a notice with series of meetings with officials of the development control and the natives.
“Zaudna is one of the districts committed for land swap programme, where FCT administration gives out land and the investor provides infrastructure.
“The demolition exercise is one of the programmes approved by the Federal Executive Council, so our responsibility is to ensure that the investor has no obstacle in providing the infrastructure,” he said.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Mr Ikharo Attah, said that owners of the demolished buildings had no land titles, except an agreement they signed with the natives on ordinary papers.
Attah stated that the FCT had been warning people against buying lands from locals, considering the law that made up the city.
He said that since the relocation of the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja, only the Minister of FCT had the right to approve land.
“We are reclaiming the land earmarked for infrastructural development that has been illegally taken over by some persons that said they bought it from the indigenes.
“We came in here and interfaced with the indigenes, and they told us that the areas didn’t concern them,” Attah said.
Also, a victim, Faith Opaluwa said: “I am in tears because I spent a lot of money on this house, if my children return from school now where will they go?
’’ He appealed to the government for consideration, saying that they had spent a lot on the project.
Another victim, Uguachima Lovelt, said that ‘’they had suffered to build this place, but today the whole place has been demolished.
’’ ‘’The indigenes sold it to us.
I have been here for one year but the notice didn’t reach me,” she added.
Beneficiaries of the Kwara Government free medical outreach have commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for faithfully implementing the programme.
The Erin-Ile community in Oyun Local Government Area of the state hailed the free healthcare intervention initiative with the beneficiaries pledging to support AbdulRazaq beyond 2023. They noted that the programme was bringing medical care to the doorsteps of indigenes and residents of the state, saying they will forever remain grateful.
The commendation was made by the beneficiaries on Friday, when the 8th round of the free medical and surgical intervention reached Erin-Ile General Hospital.
The weekly free medical and surgical outreach was designed to enable various communities across the state benefit from the programme.
The turnout at Friday’s event was impressive as described by the Head of the monitoring team from the Ministry of Health, Dr Olabisi Oyeyipo.
The people of Oyun, through the programme, were availed the opportunity of benefiting from free medical consultation and distribution of free drugs for common ailments, and surgical services for common minor problems such as hernia, lipoma, hydrocoele and blinding eye disease, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that free reading glasses were also distributed to some teachers and other beneficiaries that complained of difficulty in reading tiny prints.
In an interview with a few beneficiaries of the initiative, Mr Muhammad Abdullahi commended the governor for addressing the plight of indigent members of the community.
Another beneficiary, who preferred to remain anonymous, said “everything is not money, if you give me money to do this operation, I will spend it on something else.
“Imagine the cost of operation for almost 40 people that will be operated here today.
I am happy that Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has taken care of my health.
“He deserves a reward from me and prayer for God to meet his needs also.
I also thank those professional doctors and nurses that are doing the work”.
The team leader and Head, Services and Training in the ministry of health, Dr Johnson Oyeniyi said that the exercise was going on smoothly and pledged sustained impact in the remaining local government areas.
Also speaking, the Director of Primary Health Care, Oyun Local Government, Mrs Nimata Zubair, praised the governor for his magnanimity and appreciated the medical team for the humanitarian services being rendered to the people.
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (NIFF), on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Speaking at the event, the president’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted the Nigerian leader as saying: “For Nigeria and indeed Africa as a whole, achieving the SDGs will mean ending poverty and hunger, safeguarding our ecosystem and the planet and ensuring our people live in peace and prosperity by the year 2030.” While stressing the importance placed by the present administration towards achieving this, Buhari said: “It is pertinent to state that achieving inclusive, broad-based and sustainable development is a cardinal objective of our administration.
“It is for this purpose that the Federal Government of Nigeria established a number of ambitious programmes in an attempt to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria.
“The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs has continued to provide technical leadership in the operations of the SDGs at all levels of governance in Nigeria.
” He expressed delight that the process leading to the NIFF which started in 2020 finally crystalised into Friday’s memorable activity.
“Today’s event marks the end of a long process which began in 2020, when the Steering Committee and the Core Working Group on Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework were inaugurated.
”The Integrated National Financing Framework has been developed to map out a much-needed sustainable financing plan for Nigeria to deliver on our commitment to the SDGs and our National Development aspirations,” he said.
According to Buhari, the various developmental plans and programmes for the country have all been aligned with the SDG and are poised to move the economy to greater heights despite the challenges that have confronted the country.
“Despite the challenges caused by the sharp drop in the prices of crude oil and the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria has remained resolute in our genuine desire to maintain and grow our economy.
“The 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan; the 2020 Economic Sustainability Plan; the 2021 National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy; and the 2021-2025 National Development Plan are all aligned with the SDGs. “It is in line with this commitment and with a focus on the National Development Plan (2021-2025) that the Federal Government of Nigeria, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, has adopted the NIFF as a tool to improve SDGs financing.
”This is without increasing public debt and contingent liabilities to levels that will be detrimental to economic sustainability.
” While rallying Nigerians, International Community and Development Partners behind this new development, the president assured stakeholders of its immediate implementation.
In her remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said the United Nations had particularly praised the Nigerian government for the implementation of the action plans of Nigeria, putting Nigeria ahead of many countries.
She added that in August, Nigeria became the “first country in the Global South to have successfully completed a Country-led Independent Evaluation of SDG-3 on ‘quality health and well-being for all’ and SDG-4 on ‘qualitative and inclusive education and lifelong learning for all”.
Orelope-Adefulire said the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on SDGs also collaborated with the National Bureau of Statistics to track progress on the 230 Key Performance Indicators on annual basis.
She attributed the successes to the unflinching support of Buhari.
The presidential aide explained that she was also working with some state governors to “integrate Sustainable Development Goals into their policies, programmes and budgets’’.
She expressed optimism that before the end of the current administration all the states would be covered.
Goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed; Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed; the European Union and Development Partners.
The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Friday in Abuja warned Abuja residents against ignoring early flood warnings from the weather forecast agencies.
The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abba Idriss, issued the warning at the 2022 FEMA Annual Review and Preparedness Meeting with over 250 Local Divers, Community Vanguards, Flood Rescue Teams and 50 Town Criers.
He said that the meeting was coming at a time when flood warnings from the weather forecast agencies, especially Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), are issuing serious flood alerts almost on a daily basis.
Idriss said the rising water levels in the nation’s major rivers in the country – especially River Niger and River Benue – couple with the threats coming from the Lagdo dam in Cameroon are issues of great concern.
Idriss emphasised the need for residents to abide and obey the early warning and would be issued out to them from time to time through the conventional and social media.
According to him, as soon as the agency get flood early warning it will disseminate the information so that people will take advantage of that.
He therefore urged residents to ensure that they get information about the way they will pass through before leaving their homes, offices and markets.
“The reason why we call for this meeting is first to alert our local divers, volunteers, vanguards and town criers on the likelihood of flooding.
“Secondly, is to call on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to be on their alert as well that all is not well yet.
We have to be watchful, we have to keep observing those environmental laws and we also have to abide by the building code.
“FCT residents must also ensure that they don’t block drainages, avoid building on the waterways and also avoid driving on a running water.
People shouldn’t undermine water they see on the road to think that they have high capacity vehicle that move on running water.
” Earlier, Mrs Florence Wenegieme, the Director, Forecasting Response Mitigation of FEMA, explained that the event was organised to review with stakeholders especially the local divers, volunteers, vanguards, local emergency committee and town criers.
Wenegieme expressed optimism that the meeting would help the agency to save lives and properties in the nation’s capital.
“We call them three or four times annually to review all the activities; to reactivate them, to know that they should always be on standby because we want all hands to be on deck to mitigate flood and other disasters in the territory.
“We have almost 600 volunteers, local divers, town criers.
We are doing the meeting by representation, we call over 200 today and next meeting we will call another set of 200 persons again to make sure that we create the needed awareness in them.
“We are training them on how to use use modern rescue equipment when somebody get drown in the river or in the wall,” she said.
Also, the Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Mr Clement Nze, reiterated the resolve of the agency to deepen partnership with FEMA in coordinating issues around water and flooding.
“I will say that we are aware of most of the activities of State Emergency Management Agency and out of all of them FEMA is on top in terms of being relevant on community development “We are delighted to associate ourselves with FEMA based on what we see on ground being done by the DG.
“I want to urge the divers and vanguards, local emergency committee, town criers and flood rescue team to see their role as very important in tackling flood in FCT.
” Similarly, the Director-General, NiMet, Prof. Mansur Matazu, also expressed willingness of the agency to deepen partnership with FEMA, adding that the agency has been very cooperative in emergency management.
Represented by Mr Kamorudeen Alao, the Assistant General Manager, Hydro, Matazu said the partnership which was beyond the issue of downscaling would continue to grow stronger.
On his part, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said the meeting was very critical to mitigating flood and other disasters in the FCT.
Represented by Mr Agbor Etim, NEMA’s Principal Search and Rescue Officer, Ahmed said disaster management was all encompassing, adding that everybody need to be on board to help ensure effective disaster management.
The Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria (ASLIN) has called for the adoption of sign language as part of languages to be incorporated into the country’s education curriculum.
The Kwara chapter Chairman of the association, Mr Ibrahim Owolabi, made the call on Friday in Ilorin while marking the 2022 International Sign Language Day. “It is a moment of joy to join International Colleagues and The Deaf Community on this special day of Sign Language.
“Sign Language is not just for the Deaf Community but for everyone as it is an internationally recognised language.
“It is worrisome that in some societies they feel unconcerned as regards the well being of the deaf, forgetting that there is Ability in Disability.
“In the Deaf Community we have Medical Doctors, Lawyers, PhD holders, Scientists, Teachers, Businessmen, Communicators, Interpreters, Linguists, the list goes on,” Owolabi said.
He said that the greatest error any society could make is labeling this “learned gurus as disabled”.
“Worthy to note, Sign Language has its own semantics, syntactic, morphological structure, it also has all derivatives or root words or words formation.
This is a Language officially adopted and developed by the Deaf Community,” he said.
Owolabi said the day is a day to show the World that Sign language usage is not limited to the deaf community, but all at large in all places the human uses; be it in the library, hospitals, police station, courtrooms, university, media stations or malls.
He therefore cautioned against stereotyping of the deaf community, saying “we are not second class citizens of any nation, we demand attention, love, care and officially adopt Sign Language as part of languages to be incorporated into education curriculum in Nigeria.
“This will allow the growth of sign language in Nigeria and its further adoption by the general populace.
” He then appealed to parents who may have a deaf child at home that such special child should not be held at home, stating that deafness is not a disease and not even contagious rather its a challenge that can be surmounted.
While appreciating the Federal Government for signing into law the Disability Bill, the group however implored the government to speed the implementation at all levels.
The association also appreciated the Kwara Government for employing more competent teachers to the state School for Special Needs (KSSN).
The ASLIN also appealed for government’s assistance in bringing in more interpreters to media houses and medical centres as members visit these places frequently.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that every Sept. 23 of the year is a day set aside to celebrate International Sign Language Day.
The South-West region can attain greatness and restore its lost pacesetting role, if Yorubas can unite and forge a common front.
Some Yoruba groups leaders gave this assurance on Friday in Ibadan at the end of a joint session in commemoration of Yoruba Unity Day. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that theme of the Day: “Food, Physical and Digital Security of Yorubaland in Time of Dire Criss” was aimed at celebrating the 136 years that Kiriji War ended.
Among the groups present were the Agbekoya Warriors; Majiyagbe; Odua People’s Congress (OPC); New Era; the Federation of Yoruba Consiousenes and Culture (Alajobi) and Oodua Redemption Alliance (ORA).
In his remarks, Dr Victor Taiwo, the ORA President, stressed the need for people in South-West to unite and defend the unity of Yorubaland.
Taiwo said the region has all resources to cater for its citizens, adding that the system of government being operated in Nigeria does not allow it.
“We have the prospect of becoming one of the biggest countries in the world; we are one of the most blessed nations in the world, yet, we are suffering,” he said.
According to him, all the companies under Oodua Group of companies and the legacies of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in South-West, have become moribund.
He said that the South-West governors, instead of looking inward to tap resources that abound in the region, they depended on meagre allocations from Abuja.
“This is less than two per cent of what is supposed to be our resources in Yorubaland,” Taiwo said.
Also, Chief Owolabi Oladejo, the Chairman, Impact Business Radio, said it was time for the Yoruba people to look into their situations and decide on what next ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Oladejo said, “If you can’t see the future, then you need to start asking questions.
You can’t be moving in the wrong direction and expect to get to the right destination.
” The chairman said he has nothing for or against anyone contesting for the 2023 election, adding that everyone should look inward and salvage the situation.
Earlier, Mr Otunba Deji Osibogun, the Convener, said the meeting provided another opportunity for the Yorubas to look inward and tap into abundant resources in the land to develop the region.
Osibogun said the Yoruba leaders were convinced that a lot could still be achieved between now and the time of general elections in 2023 to achieve the feat.
According to him, People have now resolved to go back to their constituencies and asked those currently elected into offices to come out and present their report cards to the people.
“Once they start this, it is obvious that those who are coming into offices, whether in 2023 or thereafter, will begin to recognise the fact that a new Yorubaland is being created.
“A new Yorubaland where accountability is foremost, banditry is not encouraged, kidnapping is stopped, unemployment is get rid off, where young ones are satisfied and the old ones can go and sleep peacefully,” he said.
The Naira appreciated slightly against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Friday as it exchanged at N436.33. The rate represented a 0.04 per cent appreciation compared to the N436.50 for which the dollar exchanged on Thurday.
The open indicative rate closed at N434.83 o the dollar on Thursday.
An exchange rate of N438 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N436.33. The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 106.11 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Friday.
The Kano State Government says it will provide water, infrastructure projects across the state.
Malam Garba Yusuf, the Commissioner for Water Resources, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kano. He said due to rural urban migration and banditry in the neighboring states, rapid infrastructure development across the state contributed to the rise in water demand.
According to him, when Challawa water treatment plant was constructed, water demand in Kano was 4 million litres per day, now the demand has increased to 200 million litres per day.
“Water is an integral part of life as you know, and all creatures need water to survive, this ministry is also in charge of irrigation and basically contributes to food production.
“People should understand that water is part of life which must not be misused or abused; we must try to cultivate the habit of repairing spoilt running taps,’’ he said.
Yusuf further explained that the ministry had department of irrigation and dams in charge of irrigation activities and basically contributed to food production across the state.
He added that a committee had been set up to create awareness for the general public to know that water was for sale.
“The committee will enlighten general public on importance of paying water bills for sustainable water supply across the state.
“In Minjibir, we dug one well for them but now, it is up to four and have opened an account where they save their money,” Yusuf said.