The Vice Chancellor, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), Prof. Mukhtar Atiku-Kurawa, has restated the institution’s commitment to producing qualified medical doctors.
Atiku-Kurawa stated this when the Kano State House of Assembly Standing Committees on Higher Education and Health visited the institution on Friday in Kano.The YUMSUK Head of Information, Publications, Protocol and Public Relations, Abdullahi Abba-Hassan, disclosed in a statement.
Abba-Hassan said the VC urged the assembly to look at the possibility of renaming the Muhammad Abdullahi Wase to Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital.
He explained that would enable the institution to source intervention for its development.
According to him, the donor agencies required the hospital to carry name of the university as requirement for their intervention.
He further said that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had also recommended the renaming the hospital to make it suitable for sound MBBS programme.
The University, with the support of the state government, he said, was working tirelessly to ensure that the hospital fulfilled all the requirements for the teaching hospital status.
He further noted that the MBBS students would soon start their clinical services.
In their remarks, the Chairman, Higher Education Committee and that of Health, Ali Shanono and Nuhu Abdullahi, said they met with the University’s management in respect of Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Bill.They said that the bill was for conversion of the Hospital to YUMSUK Teaching Hospital.
The Committee Chairmen, therefore pledged support of the Kano State House of Assembly to enable the university to get a befitting teaching hospital.
They commended the Vice-Chancellor for the remarkable developments recorded in the University.
“We are happy with the zeal and commitment of the Vice-Chancellor in attracting developments to the University,” they said.
The Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola, has approved the demotion of three professors for alleged academic-related infractions.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Muhammad Ja’afaru made this known at a three-year anniversary of Prof. Abdullahi Tukur, MAU’s Vice-Chancellor, on Saturday in Yola.
He said the action was subject to disciplinary processes and the university council ratified the demotion of the affected officers to lower ranks.
”These were among Tukur’s achievements for not tolerating acts of misconduct in the institution since he assumed duty as VC.” he said.
Ja’afaru said the university would soon implement a policy on sexual harassment, adding that it was currently awaiting approval of the council.
“Once the council approves it, it is going to take care of all forms of sexual harassment whether by male or female members of staff.
“We hope that when it comes into effect, it will serve as an institutional mechanism for the students and staff to get redress quickly and effectively,” he said.
Ja’afaru further said that a lot had been achieved under Tukur’s tenure in the area of revenue generation, agriculture, staff and students welfare, as well as the successful accreditation of over 92 per cent of programmes in the institution.
Others include; the conversation of the institution to a conventional university, introduction of MBBS programme, upgrading of library and ICT centre fully powered by solar energy, staff development programme, among others.
In his remarks, Tukur commended Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri for his contributions towards the development of education in the state.
He said that Fintiri had contributed towards successful conversion of the institution to conventional university among others.
Tukur also appreciated the contributions of academic and non academic staff that led to the successes recorded in the institution under his stewardship.
Also, Fintiri expressed delight over the feat achieved and pledged support to fast track sustainable development of education in the state, adding that: ”I am proud of Tukur.”
Fintiri further lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for approving Federal Medical Center, Yola, to serve as a Teaching Hospital for the institution.
NDDC: Responding to the demands of the populations of the Niger Delta
News analysis by Emmanuel Mogbede, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was established in 2000 by the federal government to develop the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Home to the Niger Delta Ministry, one of the Commission's main mandates is to train and educate young people in the oil-rich regions of the Niger Delta to combat hostilities and militancy, while developing key infrastructure to promote diversification and productivity.
The other mandates include:
1. Formulation of policies and guidelines for the development of the Niger Delta area.
Survey the Niger Delta to determine the measures necessary to promote its physical and socio-economic development.
Prepare master plans and blueprints intended to promote the physical development of the Niger Delta region and the estimation of the Member States of the Commission.
Implementation of all measures approved for the development of the Niger Delta region by the Federal Government and the States of the Commission.
Identify the factors that hinder the development of the Niger Delta region and assist Member States in the formulation and implementation of policies to ensure sound and efficient management of the resources of the Niger Delta region.
Evaluate and report on any project funded or carried out in the region by oil and gas companies and any other company, including non-governmental organizations, and ensure that funds released for such projects are properly used.
Tackle ecological and environmental issues arising from exploration for petroleum minerals in the Niger Delta region and advise the federal government and member states on the prevention and control of oil spills, gas flaring and the pollution of the environment.
Liaise with the various oil, mineral and gas exploration and production companies on all matters of pollution, prevention and control.
Carry out these other works and fulfill these other functions, which, at the choice of the Commission, are necessary for the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region and its inhabitants.
The position of executive chairman of NDDC has been the subject of much debate. A compromise was reached where the position would be turned within the nine oil-producing states in alphabetical order: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.
But the council has not been constituted since January 2020, when the previous council was dissolved to allow for a forensic investigation.
On June 10, the House of Representatives called on President Muhammadu Buhari to form the board of directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Lawmakers urged the government to comply with Articles 4 and 12 (1) of the NDDC Act, appointing the Chairman of the Delta State Commission, the Director General of Ondo State and the Executive Director of Edo State Finance and Administration.
After debate, the House decided the following: To urge the federal government to comply with the provisions of section 4 of the NDDC Act of 2000 by considering the Delta State which is next in alphabetical order for the position of chairman of the board of directors.
To urge the federal government to comply with the provision of Article 12 (1) of the NDDC Act by considering the states of Ondo, Edo and Imo for the positions of Director General, Executive Director of finance and administration and executive director of council projects respectively.
The first candidate presented by stakeholders from Delta State is Dr Cairo Ojougboh, who is the former Executive Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) project. He is originally from Ika in the south of Delta and is a qualified medical practitioner and former member of the House of Representatives.
He graduated from the University of Benin with a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) in 1985 and contested the election of Governor of Delta in 2019.
He was Presidential Liaison Officer at the National Assembly (NASS) and Special Assistant to the President at NASS between 2007 and 2011.
He has also served as Chairman of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) and Presidential Spokesman APC, Presidential Campaign Council Delta.
Ojougboh, as the executive director of the NDDC project, initiated the pre-payment project verification, which angered fraudulent contractors and some energy brokers in the region.
Most of the Delta stakeholders who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) believed Ojougboh was the best man for the position of NDDC board chairman.
His preference, according to them, is due to his sensible attitude and his ability and ability to run the commission for good for the entire population of the Niger Delta.
A member of the Senate leadership, who prefers to remain anonymous, however, said the Senate would consider any presidential candidate on their merit.
The source recalled that Ojougboh's name had previously been presented by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs at a stakeholder meeting as the preferred choice for the post.
This, the source said, was applauded as there was no dissenting voice.
The second candidate presented is Bernard Okumagba who is considered a purebred technocrat and administrator. He is from the Warri South Local Government Area of the Delta South Senate District of Delta State.
He was Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget from August 2007 to November 2010, then was appointed Finance Commissioner and held this position from November 2010 to May 2011.
Okumagba is an All Progressives Congress leader from the Warri South Local Government Area in Delta State.
The appointment of one of these two people from Delta State would serve as a swift proactive measure to deal with the various unrest and curb the unlikely unrest that could arise from the lack of NDDC board members.
As former statesman Edwin Clark told the Nigerian News Agency, both candidates must be appropriately selected and all considerations must be taken to give an acceptable candidate to the people.
“Both people involved are from my state and are my children, but all I'm interested in is that a board of directors is being inaugurated for the commission.
Clark said the inauguration of a new board of directors for the commission was essential to enable it to fulfill its mandate to have a positive impact on the lives of people in the area.
Speaking about the commission's forensic audit initiated by Ojougboh to verify projects before payments are made, Clark expressed hope that a new board of directors would provide a more acceptable audit.
He noted that the forensic audit which was not well received by fraudulent contractors and some state energy brokers had swallowed up so much money.
If used, please credit the writer and the Nigerian News Agency (NAN)(NAN)
By Ishaq Zaki
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has denied media reports linking doctors to banditry in Zamfara state.
This is contained in a declaration signed on Friday in Gusau by the association's president and secretary of state, Dr Mannir Bature and Dr Remigius Nwachukwu.
“The attention of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara State Chapter, was drawn to a post from various media organizations with a caption, 'Police in Zamfara arrest doctor, 7 more in connection with banditry.
“However, we would like to convey to the general public that the above caption, which came from a joint press release between the ministries of information and those of security and home affairs, is incorrect.
“Our investigation revealed that said person is not a doctor, but a medical laboratory technician, posing as a doctor to defraud unsuspecting individuals.
“The person is neither resident nor working in Zamfara State.
"This clarification becomes necessary because only holders of MBBS, MBChB and BDS have the right to be called doctors," they said. (NOPE)(NAN)
The Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano on Friday released cut-off marks for admission screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The cut-off marks was released in a registration guideline signed by the Acting Registrar of the University, Mr Suleiman Saleh.
Saleh advised candidates who had chosen the institution as their first choice in the 2020/2021 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to register online for the screening exercise.
The release titled: ”Registration Guidelines for 2020/2021 Admissions Screening Exercise,” could be accessed through its web address www.nwu.edu.ng between Aug. 26 and Oct. 7.
“Or equivalent at not more than two sittings for both UTME and Direct Entry (DE). Candidates must have scored the minimum cut-off marks for the programme applied as stated below.
“Candidates for MBBS, Medicine and Surgery must have scored 220 and above; while 180 and above for candidates applying for Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Computer Science and International Studies.
“170 and above; Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Geography, Biology, Information and Communication, Islamic Studies, History and International Studies, and also combined Education Biology, Education Islamic Studies and Library and Information Science.
“160 and above; Arabic Studies, Chemistry, English Language, History, Entrepreneurship, Hausa Language, Education Arabic, Education English, Education Economics, Education Mathematics, Education Physics, Education Chemistry, Education Geography, Education History and Mathematics,” he said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu (NAN)
A study conducted in India's villages has found that 86 percent of the health providers in rural India were private "doctors" and 68 percent had no formal medical training like Bachelor of Medicine or MBBS.
The survey, conducted in 1,519 villages across 19 states, revealed that 75 percent of villages had at least one health care provider, and a village on an average had three primary health providers. But, at least two of every three "doctors" in rural India were informal providers of care, with no qualifications in modern system of medicine.
The study titled "Two Indias: The structure of primary health care markets in rural Indian villages with implications for policy", is being described as the country's first comprehensive assessment of public and private health care availability and quality, as measured by their medical knowledge.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Delhi-based "Centre for Policy Research (CPR)" and its findings have been published in the "Social Science and Medicine" journal.
Its findings support the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2016 report on The Health Workforce in India, which had also found that 57.3 percent people practicing allopathic medicine in India did not have a medical qualification, and 31.4 percent were educated only up to secondary school level.
The study also found that formal qualifications were not a predictor of quality, even as, in sharp contrast, the medical knowledge of informal providers in southern states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka was found to be higher than that of trained doctors in eastern state Bihar and northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
In a press release, president and chief executive of the CPR Yamini Aiyar said "The COVID-19 crisis has placed unprecedented demands on our health care, making it clear that we need to have an urgent discussion on how it needs to be structured moving forward. This crucial paper uncovers fundamental features of our rural health care system with key insights for regulation, training and capacity. It is also a testimony to CPR's unflinching commitment to rigorous research that guides policy and enables much needed reform."
English daily Hindustan Times quoted lead author and professor at Washington-based Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University Jishnu Das as saying that for the vast majority of rural households, informal providers, usually called quacks, were the only option that was locally available.
"Public health clinics and/or MBBS doctors are so few and far between that they are just not an option for most villagers. So the idea in health policy circles that as states get richer, informal providers will automatically vanish, is just not true in the data," added Jishnu Das.
One of the findings also stated that India was divided into two nations not just by quality of health care providers, but also by costs, even as better performing states provide higher quality at lower per-visit costs. This trend was consistent with significant variation in the availability and quality of medical education across the state.
Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Thursday approved the appointment of Dr Danjuma Garba as the Director General of Taraba AIDS Control Agency (TACA).
The appointment was announced in a press statement by Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.
According to the statement, Garba, who had worked with the World Bank Financial Projects for over 15 years, had garnered enough experience to take the agency to the greater heights.
It said that Garba, a fellow of West College of African Physicians, holds MBBS from University of Maiduguri and Masters degree in Public Health from university of Leeds, London.
The appointment took effect from Feb. 6.
Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi
The National Universities Commission (NUC), has approved the commencement of MBBS in Medicine at the Federal University, Lafia (FULafia).
This is contained in a statement signed by Dr N.B. Saliu, Director, Academic Planning, NUC on Tuesday in Lafia.
The statement added that 17 other degree programmes were approved for the university, effective from 2019/2020 academic session.
It quoted a letter dated January 20, 2020 with reference No. 29/VOL.1/50, as stating that all the programmes should bear only the approved titles and nomenclatures approved by the NUC.
The statement, however, stated that any title change that may be desired by the university must be approved by the Commission.
It listed other programmes approved for the university to include Integrated Science Education, B.Ed, Biology Education, B.Sc. Ed, Mass Communication, B.Sc, Psychology, B.Sc.
Others are Computer Science Education, B.Sc. (Ed.), Mathematics Education, B.Sc. (Ed.), Radiography, B.Sc, Nursing, HNSC, Arabic Studies, B.A, Hausa Language, B.A.
The remaining are Physics Education, B.Sc. (Ed.), Chemistry Education, B.Sc. (Ed.), Business, Administration, B.Sc, Accounting, B.Sc, Christian Religion, B.A, Islamic Studies, B. A and Geography, B.Sc. .
Edited by: Remi Koleoso and Ephraims Sheyin