The Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Abuja, has won the ‘Best Public Health Institution of the Year’ award among Commonwealth countries.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was presented to Prof..
Sa’ad Ahmed, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Commonwealth Medical Association which presented the award also bestowed on the CMD the ‘Commonwealth Advocate of the Year Award’.
Dr Osahon Enabulele, President, Commonwealth Medical Association, said that the award is in recognition of diligence, excellence and commitment of those within and outside the health system.
Enabulele said the recipients were carefully selected by a selection committee in recognition of their efforts in promoting health system performance, delivery of quality services and citizens’ welfare.
He said the award is geared towards promoting quality service delivery and motivating healthcare workers to continue to produce and increase their productivity.
The association’s president also said the award scheme which had a quality selection team and process, ensured that there is no dispute about the process.
According to him, this could be verified online on the association’s website.
Enabulele said, “Having transversed the length and breath of several countries in the world, and engaged with several physicians and health care professionals and indeed citizens of those countries, I must say that everywhere I go to, I am amazed at the very serious commitment that the health care professionals, physicians and healthcare workers, give to service their fellow beings.
“In terms of rendering care and everywhere you go, you find out that in spite of their challenges and constraints, they are undeterred to execute their role in the society.
“It is worse in Africa, where it is seen as a normal thing.
No body cares, and a lot is expected of you.
” Enabule added that for those who appreciated the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, they would see that appreciation of self esteem, collective or individual, are very important.
“So as one who believes in recognition of works, individual of collective works, I have always put in my leadership agenda, the need to motivate excellence.
“This is to motivate those who are really committed to the delivery of quality services, to those who are excellently performing their responsibilities and I always make it to be objective,” he said.
On his part, the CMD appreciated the association for the recognition accorded him and the hospital.
Ahmed, who appreciated the hospital staff members for their support, assured that the health facility would continue to put the patients first in their endeavours.
“This is a challenge to do more and we want to assure you that we will do more, though we may have our challenges, we will look at the positive side of everything.
“We have quite resilient staff, who are ready to put in their efforts to positive changes,” he said.
The Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association, (ICOMAA)1982 set, has donated N40 million to support an hostel building project embarked upon by the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
Its Coordinator, Prof. Folasade Akinsola, made the symbolic cheque presentation to the college Provost, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun, on Thursday at the 40th Lecture at the College’s Hall, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Akinsola said that the donation was to “top up” the N1 million earlier donated to the college three years ago.
She said that the ’82 set have been doing a lot of “giving-back” to the college in the last 20 to 25 years.
“About three years ago, we brought a cheque of N1 million to support the college in whatever it intended to do.
“But, the provost smiled and told us that the college just got approval to build PPP Hostel and that the N1 million we brought was a seed money toward the project.
“So, today, we are here to top up the money with N40 million, because we finished from the college 40 years ago and we decided to bring N40 million to support the project,” Akinsola said.
She said that the event was organised for the ’82 class of the medical college to celebrate their 40th anniversary of out of school, with various programmes such as reunion lecture, themed: “Medicine As a Business”.
In his remarks, as Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Dapo Ladipo, urged the ’82 class alumni to continue doing their best for humanity and their alma mater.
Ladipo, an Emeritus Professor, said he felt fulfilled to see the excellent works, both academic and clinical, that was ongoing in the college, in spite of the considerable challenges, in particular, financial constraints and frequent migration of scholars to greener pastures.
According to him, the progress and developments recorded by the college are due to huge investment in research.
“And, if our College of Medicine wish to remain relevant and competitive, I recommend to the alumni to contribute into a funding pool for research.
“Provision of adequate research fund will support faculty staff to acquire new research skills and set up laboratories where younger staff members can be groomed.
“In addition, quality teaching is the key to lifting students and resident staff quotient to attaining the institutional objective.
“Therefore, lecturers need to be motivated to embrace continuous professional development through provision of funds, use of digital technology and funding exchange programmes with internationally reputed institutions abroad,” he said.
Ladipo added that adequate funding would help to provide conducive living and learning environments that are crucial to motivate staff and enhance learning.
The professor emeritus, recalling that the college produced its first set of graduates in 1951, said it had indeed established itself “as one of the finest in the world”.
Ladipo said, “The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, has produced generations of bright scholars, physicians, outstanding technocrats as well as development of specialists.
” In his remarks, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, UCH Chief Medical Director (CMD), appreciated the class of ’82 set of the College of Medicine for their contributions to the alma mater.
Otegbayo, represented by Dr Abiodun Adeoye, acknowledged the role being played by the products of the college in healthcare delivery globally The CMD urged them not to relent in contributing to the growth and development of the college.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event also witnessed lectures to enlighten members of ’82 set and students on how they could venture into medical business, saying, “medicine is a business on its own” .
The key speaker, Mr Kola Oni, said healthcare was a significant challenge in Nigeria “and, because it is such a challenge, it is not a problem that we can leave for only one constituency”.
According to Oni, it is a problem that doctors, government private individuals, investors and even ordinary people consuming healthcare, need to come together and solve, instead of apportioning the cost to everyone in a way that all will bear the burden.
One of the focus speakers, Dr Leke Oshuniyi, said there was need for the College to be interested in the inclusion of business practices in the training of its students.
Oshuniyi said this would reduce the stress some of its young graduates passed through immediately after graduation due to the fact that they were not earning enough.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Pokop Bupwatda as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by Mr Ahmadu Chindaya, the Deputy Director, Media and Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Health.
Chindaya said that Bupwatda’s appointment was conveyed in a letter signed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
The letter said the appointment was with effect from Aug. 30, 2022 and would run for an initial tenure of four years.
Presenting the letter to Bupwatda, the minister charged him to strive to add value to the facility in order to improve the economy and also justify the confidence reposed in him by the president.
“The health sector is a key sector of the economy, you should strive to improve on the health facility in your domain, take more responsibility to improve the economy and the condition of the teaching hospital,’’ Ehanire said.
The statement quoted the new CMD as expressing his appreciation to Buhari for finding him worthy and also assured him that he would not disappoint the nation.
He pledged to work with all stakeholders to improve the hospital’s lot.
Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the police to conduct thorough investigation to arrest the accomplices of former CMD, Kaiama General Hospital, Dr Abbas Adio, allegedly discovered to be on a killing spree.
This was sequel to a motion moved by Abdullahi Danbaba, representing Kaiama constituency, as a matter of General Public Importance.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Dr Adio was arrested in Edo in September for allegedly killing a cab driver and continued using his vehicle.
Upon further investigation, Police said he confessed to the killing of his girlfriend in Kwara which led the Kwara Police to search his office at the General Hospital, Kaiama.
In his office, two corpses were also allegedly found, one buried in a shallow grave therein and another in a trash can.
According to Danbaba, it was unfortunate that the suspect, who was trained to save lives, is rather taking lives.
”It is difficult to believe that the doctor can perpetrate such act because he is loved and accepted by members of the community, in spite that he is not an indigene of the community.
”Either we like it or not, his case will have psychological effects on the people of the community which may make them engage in self medication or patronising quacks.
”And it is difficult for him to have carried out the murders and cover ups alone, so the police have a lot of work to do in apprehending his accomplices,” he said.
Some lawmakers in their contributions, said sensitisation should be done on the need for people within and outside the community to be security conscious.
Razaq Owolabi, representing -Ode constituency, said there was the need for the government to have a monitoring unit of medical facilities in the state as well as monitoring of the conduct of senior officers to avoid a repeat of such.
In his submission, Olumide Awolola representing Isin constituency, said with the latest development, there was the need to keep assuring residents of the best services at government hospitals, so as not to create fear in them.
On his part, Abdulwaheed Yusuf, representing constituency, said there should be provision for local vigilantes who should be answerable to the hospital management board to avoid being compromised.
Reading the resolutions of the House, the, Speaker Mr Yakubu Salihu, called for thorough investigation into the case to serve as deterent to others and urged the people not to be swayed by the incidence but assured of quality services at the general hospitals.
The House also urged residents to be security conscious and avoid taking laws into their hands.
On Sept. 1, the second phase of the Lagos State Government’s ban on operation of commercial motorcycles (popularly called Okada) took effect.
The phase saw the ban on Okada operations in parts of the state gaining more ground, with its extension to more areas.
It was extended to four more Local Government Areas (LGAs) and six Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The state named the additional areas as Oshodi- Isolo LGA ,Kosofe LGA, Shomolu LGA and Mushin LGA.
Agboyi -Ketu LCDA, Odi-Olowo LCDA , Bariga LCDA,Isolo LCDA,Ikosi-Isheri LCDA were also given as the LCDAs affected by the ban.
Earlier in the year, the state government, after a critical review of its restriction on Okada activities in the first six LGAs from Feb. 1, 2020, strengthened it further in the areas.
It expanded the restriction to a total ban across the highways and bridges within the six LGAs and their LCDAs, effective from June 1, 2022. The state listed affected LGAs as Apapa, Surulere, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland ,Lagos Island and Eti Osa. Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Coker- Aguda LCDA,, Itire -Ikate LCDA,Onigbongbo LCDA ,Ojodu LCDA,Lagos Island West LCDA,Lagos Island East LCDA ,Yaba LCDA,Ikoyi Obalende LCDA ,Iru Victoria Island LCDA , Eti-Osa West LCDA and Eti Osa East LCDA were also listed as the LCDAs affected by the ban.
Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu said the ban was to implement the state traffic law and check the threats posed by operations of commercial motorcycles to the state.
One month after the second phase of the ban took effect, motorists, riders, commuters, security agents and others have different experiences.
For some riders who tried to be intransigent after the ban, the security officials have cut many to size.
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit said it impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last week of September alone.
The unit’s spokesman, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem said that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation in parts of the state.
Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban, but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order.
Others, who were in the business, have not been daring, but taken the ban in their stride, settling for other means of making ends meet.
Dauda Yusuf, who rode Okada in Surulere, said he usually generated between N5,000 to N6,000 daily.
Yusuf said he was operating between Bode Thomas and Ojuelegba and used to smile home every day before the ban reached the area.
“With the ban on Okada operations in Surulere, I switched to pushing wheelbarrow and selling water.
“I now sell water in Surulere where I am residing, I also generate over N1,200 daily through wheelbarrow pushing,” Yusuf said.
Tunde Afolabi, who operated in Lagos Island between Marina and Adeniji area, however, said it had been difficult for him after the ban.
Afolabi pleaded with the government to help and provide them with accessible alternatives to survive.
Mr Emeka Chibuzor said he operates in Ikorodu, where commercial motorcycles still operate, being outside the areas so far covered by the ban.
He, however, said that they faced challenges of extortion from policemen who restricted their operations unlawfully.
Chibuzor pleaded with the government to intervene and stop the unlawful restrictions by the police, which was hindering their operations.
Mr Kehinde Omotehinse, Coordinator, Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative, Kosofe chapter, said while the ban was well-intentioned, it took away the livelihood of many families.
“Government should provide an alternative.
These people are Nigerians, they deserve a living too”, he said.
But the Lagos State Government, in placing the ban, had urged the displaced riders to take advantage of the numerous schemes it had in place to empower residents.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said that the government was not leaving the riders stranded.
Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative body to get the First and Last Mile buses.
The Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, while announcing the second phase of the ban, said the government was responsive.
”As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.
”The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities”.
The commissioner said that the government’s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders.
”These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for vocational training; the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes; Office of Civic Engagement; Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
”Also, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for Loan for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme (LEAP); the Ministry of Agriculture (Agric YES); the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme, and many others.
” The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, said the government had been engaging in skills acquisition for different kinds of artisans.
Giwa said that after engaging them in the training, the government usually gives them incentives to start their businesses.
“Government has been doing a lot with regard to incentives and providing soft loans to artisans.
“Okada riders that are affected by the ban could enrol for training to incorporate them in the First and Last Mile bus scheme of the state where they can get trained and retrained.
“Government has provided lots of First and Last mile buses that can ply routes across Lagos.
“People that are meant to ride the motorcycles should patronise First and Last Mile buses designated to ply inner routes to make Lagos residents more comfortable,” Giwa said.
The Lagos State Police Command, on its part, dismissed fears of a possible negative ripple effect of the ban on crime rate, due to the level of unemployment.
The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said rather than swelling crime, the ban had reduced the incidence of traffic robbery in some parts of the state.
“Although we still have pockets of traffic robbery in some areas, the ban has reduced it drastically.
“It has helped us channel our energy to other areas, so it has been a welcome development,” he said.
On its possible effect on other crimes, he said there was nothing on ground to indicate an increase.
Meanwhile, some commuters want the government to do more to fill up the gaps the ban has brought to transportation in some areas.
One of them, Mrs Ramota Adeyemi, a civil servant, said the ban had come with some difficulties to residents.
According to her, the impact of the alternatives promised have yet to be felt on many routes where Okada had been banned from plying.
“I suffer a lot coming and going to work everyday.
I live in Mushin and I used to take Okada to get to my house from Mushin last bus stop.
“Since the ban, I have been trekking.
So have many,” she said.
Some others however appeal to the state government to extend the ban to more council areas.
A resident of Shomolu ,Mr Oseni Ajimomuiya, said the positive results of the ban in the local government area should inform extension to other parts of the state.
Ajimomuiya,who is media assistant to Chairman of the local government ,said the ban was for the good of the people.
“The ban on Okada in certain areas is a step in the right direction.
It is pro-people as it is for security and well being of residents.
“Look at Shomolu for instance, the compliance here is 100 per cent and we are already seeing the results.
“I was at the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital here in Fadeyi the other day and the CMD told me that emergencies and Okada-related accidents have drastically reduced.
“Traffic has been flowing better here since the ban .
All these show that the ban is for the people .
“The extension of the ban to other local government areas will be for the good of more people”, he had told NAN.
Ajimomuiya, however, said that the state government could support banned Okada riders with more alternatives to take care of themselves and their families.
“Some routes are suffering, we must admit.
Some of these Okada riders want to switch to tricycles but they cant afford it.
The government should support them”, he said.
Mr Haruna Akinwale, a civil servant and resident of Maryland, said that the ban had brought sanity to his area.
Akinwale urged the state government to extend the ban to other local government areas in view of the success recorded.
Mr Edomi Ovie,a Lagos-based journalist, said the ban on operations of commercial motocycles had been justified as it had reduced crime in the areas where it had been imposed.
He said the use of Okada was not ideal as a means of transportation in the state, calling for its blanket ban in all local government areas.
Mr Wasiu Adesina,Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, commended the state government for the ban in some local government areas.
He said the restriction was yielding the desired results in the affected council areas.
He said the ban, so far, had not been extended to his local government.
He said the council was doing everything possible to properly monitor operations of commercial motorcyclists so that they do not pose threats to the people of the area.
“People use motorcycles to perpetrate crime, so it is important that we check such things in our community.
“Riders will be penalised for disobeying rules because we do not want our local government area to be operating ground for those banned in other areas”,he said.
Adeshina warned Okada riders not to flout the rules guiding their operations in the community, vowing that erring riders would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Similarly,Mr Monsuru Akinloye, Chairman, Eredo Local Council Development Area, commended the state government for the restriction in some areas.
“The ban is commendable but the reasons for the ban are not present here in Eredo in Epe division.
“Eredo is a peaceful place.
No real issues with Okada riders.
Accidents are not common, we are good here”, he said.
He said the council would continue to do its best to ensure that issues did not come up with Okada operations in the area.
The board of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme.
The Board Chairman, Col. Muhammadu Abdu (rtd.
), said this after inspection of facilities at the hospital in Calabar on Monday.
He said that the CMD’s innovative policies had transformed the medical centre into a bastion of health services provision.
Abdu, however, attributed the transformation in the teaching hospital to the seamless working relationship between his board and the office of the Chief Medical Director.
He described Ikpeme as “a focused and consummate professional who is poised to improving the status of the institution.
“We, the entire Management Board is impressed with the restorative policies of Prof. Ikpeme.
” The board chairman, therefore, commended the CMD for the judicious expenditure of the COVID-19 funds released to it by the federal government.
According to him, judicious application of the fund has given a new perspective of quality and efficient service delivery in UCTH.
“The hospital has effectively utilised the funds in standardising the Infectious Disease Isolation Centre with battery-powered ventilators, Radiology department with computerized CT Scan machines and digital X-Ray machines.
“The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) also received attention with electrically-controlled air mattresses, and automated operating machines for cardiac surgeries in addition to the Molecular and Research Laboratory.
“COVID-19 was indeed a blessing in disguise,” he stated.
Abdu said that since Ikpeme became CMD, truancy, absenteeism, theft, vandalism, unethical practices and other untoward behaviours hitherto rife in the hospital had become a thing of the past.
He noted that UCTH had been witnessing high patronage, even as far as neighbouring Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
The Board Chairman disclosed that in UCTH, welfare of workers had become a top priority, especially with the completion of 56 suites house officers’ quarters that was started over 33 years ago.
“Prof. Ikpeme has repaid the confidence the Board reposed in him, and I can truly state without equivocation that our selection of him three years ago was not a fluke,” he said.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on Wednesday commended Mallam Yusuf Olaolu-Ali (SAN) for establishing the Yusuf Ali Trauma Care Centre in the hospital.
Prof. Abdullahi Dasilva, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, made the commendation in Ilorin during the 10th Year Anniversary of the trauma centre.
He stated that the establishment of the centre has ensured that about 70 percent of trauma victims that visit the unit receive treatment and get well.
Dasilva, who was represented by Prof Louis Odeiga, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of UITH, explained that the centre provide specialised medical services and resources to patients suffering from traumatic injuries.
According to him, the centre offers appropriate treatment by the trained staff and nurses has helped to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disability.
The CMD extols Olaolu as a philanthropist, adding that the donor understands the plight of the society and their needs.
He urged the personnel working in the centre to save lives of patients and enjoined them to continue with the seflesss humanitarian acts.
Dasilva appreciated the maintenance culture of the unit, noting that equipment are still functioning, and that the hospital had taken complete ownership of the donation.
“We appeal to other well meaning Nigerians to add more to the centre.
We know that government alone cannot do everything, we must support and give back to the society.
This will ensure progress for the country, ” he said.
The donor of the trauma centre explained that it is a thing of joy to give back to the society.
He asserted that the purpose for which the centre was established has been achieved as it is saving countless lives of people.
Olaolu, who was represented by Mrs Susan Akangbe, a Seniour Associate, Yusuf Ali and Co., expressed happiness that the facility and equipment are in top functioning order and well maintained.
The philanthropist also commended the personnel who work tirelessly to serve people.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) have applauded the re-appointment of Prof Abdullah Dasliva as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital for a second term.
Mrs Elizabeth Ajiboye, the Director of Corporate Affairs, UITH, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday.
According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the renewal effective from June 19, 2022, through a letter signed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
“It will be recalled that Prof. Dasilva was first appointed as the Chief Medical Director on June 19th, 2018,” she said.
According to her, Dasilva has solidly consolidated a foundation of an enviable and sustainable legacy, during his eventful first term in office, which has earned him the second term approval.
She explained that the CMD is a Consultant and Professor of Psychiatry, who has several administrative and professional qualifications.
“The hospital community congratulates the CMD on his re-appointment and wishes him success in his second term,” she said.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has begun training of its staff on food balance sheet in a bid to provide data on the demand and supply of food.
Prince Semiu Adeniran, the Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer, NBS, said this on the sidelines of the training on Public Sector Management and Food Balance Sheet organised by the organisation in Abuja on Wednesday.
Adeniran said the training was designed for members of staff of the NBS to help them estimate the supply and demand of all types of food in the country.
“This training will help us to come up with accurate data that can inform the government on the availability of food.
“Also on whether there is any need for us to import any particular type of food item or whether we have all our food requirements in the right quantity that is needed.
” He said the training would also complement the analysis that the bureau would carry out for the annual agricultural sample census, which was ongoing.
“As you are aware, we are presently in the field doing the listing of all farmers in the country through all the 774 local governments.
“After the listing of farmers, we will do a sampling of them and collect survey to get information on the type of crops they grow, livestock; poultry, fishing and the production that comes from their farming activities.
” So when we are doing the analysis of that survey, this training will help us a lot in coming out with a robust report that the government can use for policies and decision making.
” Adeniran said the second training was on public sector management for staff of the bureau.
According to him, we feel that they have grown up in the system and there is a need to build their capacity to conduct public administration properly for government officials.
Speaking on the recent Consumer Price Index (CPI) Report, Adeniran said the bureau was working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to get the CPI re based.
According to him, it is also to ensure that some food products captured in the report will have appropriate weights.
The statistician-general said he was hopeful that by the end of the year or early 2023, the CPI will be rebased.
“For the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report, this ongoing major agriculture sample census will be a major input to the rebasing of the GDP together with other surveys we have done, like the national business sample census as well as other administrative sources of data.
” So by the end of the year, we are hoping that the GDP will be rebased as well.
” Mr Ayo Salami, the Managing Director, COINMARK International Limited, said the focus of the training was to expose participants to the methodology regarding the preparation of food balance sheets.
Salami said FBS was a tool that depicts the overall trend in national food supply and demand and exposes any food deficits that may necessitate imports.
He said the FBS was useful in carrying out an appraisal to establish the food situation in any country through estimations and projections.
“Without accurate data for food production and utilisation, this government and any other successive government cannot properly plan to make provision for food sufficiency which has been the primary dream of President Muhammadu Buhari.
* He said to take Nigerians out of hunger, the application of FBS was germane and essential for sustainable food security.
“The food balance sheet provides a sound basis for the policy analysis and decision-making needed to ensure food security.
” It is, therefore, suggestable that the Federal Government should establish through an Act of Parliament a National Standing Committee or National Food Balance Sheet Forum.
Salami also recommended the creation of a Nigeria National Food Balance Sheet Standing Committee chaired and coordinated by the Statistician-General of the Federation.
He said the membership of this committee should be drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Agencies; Agricultural Research Institutes, CBN and universities.
Salami said the application and effective use of FBS will enhance the capacity of the government to diversify exports and increase its ability to earn forex.
He commended the effort of the Federal Government and particularly that of the security agencies in stemming the tides of insecurity, adding that a lot more needed to be done in that regard.
“Except government takes more drastic steps in addressing national security threats including terrorism, social unrests, banditry, kidnapping, political and ethnic strives, achieving food security will be a mirage.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that COINMAC is a veteran trainer noted globally for excellent service delivery in the areas of statistical services, human resources development, consultancy, information technology and high-quality research.
Bitrus Chinoko, the Director-General, Centre for Management Development(CMD), said the training was designed to equip the members of staff of NBS with requisite procedures in NBS and to explain the public service rules and financial regulations.
Chinoko, represented by Dorothy Esiri, a Director at the centre, said that it would help them develop skills to manage relationships and communicate effectively in their schedules.
According to him, the training will also equip them with managerial skills and personal effectiveness when conducting government business.
Chinoko said it was necessary to invest in good public sector management for the sustainability of government agencies.
Joe Akabuike, the Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH) has called on professional and passive sportsmen and sportswomen to always obtain medical advice for their physical fitness.
Akabuike gave the advice on Monday while speaking on the just concluded Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) U-17 Igwe Nanka football championship in Anambra.
The CMD said football like other sports, not only gave fame and fortune but physical activity and healthy living.
He encouraged people of all ages to engage in physical exercise commensurate with their abilities.
He, however, pointed out that they should seek medical counselling before embarking on such activities to prevent unpalatable outcome.
According to him, sports are synonymous with life, when the body is kept without physical activity, it tends to cause several illnesses.
He said sports also helped to relieve tension for the players and those watching games like football; it also kept youths gainfully busy.
“There is no basic minimum exercise for anybody, it has to do with the individual’s strength; what is important is that there is physical fitness which doesn’t have anything to do with age.
“Whichever exercise anybody does, a doctor should advise him, anybody who has an underlying illness like heart problem, irrespective of the age, can still die when you subject the heart to sudden challenges and it fails to respond,” he said.
Akabuike thanked Godwin Ezeilo, the traditional ruler of Nanka town, for realising the importance of sports and agreeing to sponsor the competition as well as the organisers for providing the platform for youths to exhibit their talents.
In the final matches decided on Sunday, Ozalla FC of Onitsha won the trophy after defeating Hopeland FC of Nnewi by 2-1 at the Awka Township Station to clinch the trophy.
Hopeland had gone ahead with a goal by Joshua Joshua in the opening half but a brace by Ukochukwu Chukwuebuka of Ozalla in the second half cancelled and sealed the game for his team.
In the third place game, Aguata Grassroots FC walked over Soccer Stars of Onitsha to emerge third place winners.
Akonam Obiefuna, chairman of YSFON in Anambra, thanked God for the successful completion of the five-week soccer fiesta.
Obiefuna appealed to sports loving individuals, corporate bodies and traditional institutions to partner with YSFON to keep youths in the state engaged.