Doctors suspend strike in Ondo



The Medical doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), in Ondo State on Monday suspended it one month old strike.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that doctors, who are employed by the state government, withdrawn their services on June 24, over unpaid allowances.

In a statement, the State Chairman of NAGGMDP, Dr. Oluwafemi Aina on Monday said the strike was suspended after the government acceded to some of their demands

The union, which is an affiliate of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), commended the state Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredou and his team for also meeting the demands of other health workers.

The doctors, however, implored the state government to address their other demands,  which include: immediate domestication of the Special COVID-19 Hazard and Risk (Life) Insurance for all doctors, who were part of the frontline health care providers in the state.

The doctors also demand for immediate circulation and institutionalisation of the modalities of the already begun deductions of doctors salaries into the National Housing Fund Contributions by workers in the State’s public service.

The doctors are demanding for the payment of the remaining Special COVID-19 Hazard and Risk Allowances and payment of arrears of the Minimum Wage and consequential adjustments of basic salaries, which other non Health Public Servants in the state have been enjoying since January 2020.

Aina assured the state government that members of the association will continue to discharge their duties with passion.

Edited  by Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide


2020 NSF: Ondo coach vows to retain male volleyball title



Adeniyi Adelaku, Ondo State Volleyball Coach, says his team plans to retain its title as the defending champions in the male category at the forthcoming 2020 National Sports Festival, slated for Benin, Edo.

Adekalu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja that the team has been training for three weeks in preparation for the festival.

He said the team was not ready to leave the title to any other team, adding that the team was focused on retaining the title.

According to the coach, the team is currently training with 12 players in Akure.

“The players were training individually during the COVID-19 lockdown, I gave them a training schedule to follow based on their abilities.

“Everyone one of them was training and working individually on his weak areas; I was also checking and monitoring how they were training.

” I usually use our past experiences and mistakes to correct and  prepare them ahead of any competition.

“We all know that other teams will also want to take over our current position, but we will fight well to maintain  our title and  show our supremacy in the game,” he said.

NAN reports that Ondo state defeated Plateau 3-1 to emerge champions at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.

The State placed 10th on the medal table at the Abuja National Sports Festival.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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CLO urges INEC to consolidate on gains of Edo polls



The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consolidate on gains of Edo governorship election ahead of the forthcoming Ondo pols.

The Chairman of the CLO in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday that INEC needed to uphold and strengthen the areas it did exceptionally well in the conduct of the Edo polls.

The Ondo governorship election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, Oct. 10.

According to Ezekwueme, the commission needed to understudy areas it performed below average in the just-concluded election and brace-up on them.

“I appeal to INEC to consolidate on success recorded on Edo governorship election the fast approaching Ondo governorship election and next year’s Anambra polls.

“This envisaged continuous improvement will rekindle people’s faith, hope and confidence in the electoral system and discourage voters apathy and under nourishment of our democracy.

“The greatest threat and impediments to our democracy is subverting the will of the people and god-fatherism,’’ he said.

The CLO boss also extolled Edo people for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the election.

CLO call on losers to display political intelligence and sagacity not to engage in unnecessary litigations as losers today may be winners tomorrow.’’

Ezekwueme also commended all stakeholders that made it possible for INEC to have conducted free, fair, credible and generally acceptable election in Edo.

CLO also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that political wishes of Edolites were respected.

It also gave kudos to security agents as well as USA and British governments.

“It is only justice that precipitates peace, unity and progress.

“I appeal to Gov. Godwin Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and constitute reconciliation committee to reconcile all aggrieved citizenry, especially members of Edo State House of Assembly,’’ he added.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN
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Buhari describes death of 2 Borno Emirs as “rare double tragedy” , painful loss



President Muhammadu Buhari  has described the death of two Borno Emirs as a “rare double tragedy” and a painful loss to the people of Nigeria.

Buhari in a condolence letter he sent to Gov. Babaga Zulum and the people of Borno, commended the roles played by the late Shehu of Bama, Umar El-Kanemi and the Emir of Biu Mustapha Aliyu in maintaining peace and stability in their respective emirates, especially in the wake of violence caused by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Presenting the letters on behalf of Buhari, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who  led the federal government delegation, commended Gov. Zulum for his foresight, commitment, devotion and courage for his peace building efforts to restore normalcy in his state.

“We would like to pray to God to change the situation from the challenges the state is currently facing.

“What you are doing is giving hope to Nigerians, because we have not seen a Governor, picking so much interest, risking his own life and then going after the danger that faces his people. We congratulate you for what you are doing.” he said.

Responding, Gov. Zulum expressed appreciation to President Buhari for sending a delegation to condole with government and people of the state.

Zulum said  that the President could not send his delegation when the Shehu of Bama died due to the inter-state  lockdown as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor added that the President personally called him and the Shehu of Borno to commiserate with them over the death of the Shehu of Bama.

NAN reports that the Shehu Bama died on April 27, at 60, while the Emir of Biu died on Sept. 15, at 79, leaving behind four wives, over 70 children and 200 grandchildren.

Other members of the delegation include the Ministers of State of Agriculture, Baba Shehuri and that of Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu was also part of the delegation. 

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Oil down after United States crude inventories rise against expectations



Oil prices fell on Wednesday after an industry group reported a surprise rise in United States crude, adding to worries about demand that led to a steep selloff earlier in the week.

Brent crude was trading down 30 cents or 0.7 per cent at $41.42 a barrel by 0347 GMT, after gaining 28 cents on Tuesday while United States crude dropped 34 cents or 0.9 per cent to $39.46.

Both contracts fell more than four per cent on Monday, the most in two weeks.

Surging cases of coronavirus infections in countries including France and Spain, along with the likelihood of more restrictions in Britain have renewed worries about fuel demand, just as more supply may come onto the market from Libya.

In the United States, where the death toll from COVID-19 has passed 200,000, the world’s highest, crude oil inventories rose by 691,000 barrels in the week to Sept. 18, according to industry data, compared with analysts’ forecasts for a drop of 2.3 million barrels.

Gasoline stocks fell by nearly 7.7 million barrels, nearly eight times expectations suggesting some demand for fuel in the world’s biggest oil consuming nation.

Official data from the Energy Information Administration is due out later on Wednesday.

“Official United States crude inventory data assumes greater than usual importance,’’ said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

“A surprise increase could well be enough to initiate another downward leg in crude prices.’’

In Libya, the National Oil Company expects oil output to rise to more than a quarter of a million barrels per day (bpd) by next week, it said on Tuesday.

The NOC said it was restarting exports from the Zueitinia oil terminal after checking the security situation at the port and fields that pipe crude there.

An escalation in the country’s conflict led to a blockade of facilities, which is now easing, although analysts say they don’t expect Libya to reach the 1.2 million bpd of production it was pumping previously.

This year, “world oil demand will be down by more than 10 per cent on the year to around 90 million barrels per day (bpd) due to the COVID-19 crisis,’’ Eurasia Group said in a note.

“This will mark the biggest demand shock in industry history,’’ it said.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN
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