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  •  Mr Princewill Okorie National Coordinator Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group has called on the National Assembly NASS to include electricity consumers right in bill He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC version of the FCT Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme Okorie who is also the National President Association for Public Policy Analysis APPA appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve a new Electricity Bill 2022 to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians It will be contradictory for us to prosecute try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations he said According to him the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 he said Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers right the theme of the event Developing Grassroots Based Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME through Electricity Consumer Protection Education was selected He said in order to resolve the issues properly relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics He said that in addition a book titled Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector was published On his part Mr Oluwale Fasanya Director General of Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots Fasanya represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole Manager Federal Capital Territory FCT SMEDAN said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations In her Keynote Address Mrs Janet Odo Assistant Director Consumer Education Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation s economy Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents especially its impact on micro small and medium enterprises Not only is the supply inadequate but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for But the question remains how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of This is where consumer education comes in he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill
     Mr Princewill Okorie National Coordinator Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group has called on the National Assembly NASS to include electricity consumers right in bill He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC version of the FCT Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme Okorie who is also the National President Association for Public Policy Analysis APPA appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve a new Electricity Bill 2022 to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians It will be contradictory for us to prosecute try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations he said According to him the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 he said Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers right the theme of the event Developing Grassroots Based Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME through Electricity Consumer Protection Education was selected He said in order to resolve the issues properly relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics He said that in addition a book titled Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector was published On his part Mr Oluwale Fasanya Director General of Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency SMEDAN said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots Fasanya represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole Manager Federal Capital Territory FCT SMEDAN said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations In her Keynote Address Mrs Janet Odo Assistant Director Consumer Education Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation s economy Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents especially its impact on micro small and medium enterprises Not only is the supply inadequate but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for But the question remains how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of This is where consumer education comes in he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill
    Economy2 months ago

    Group wants consumer rights’ inclusion in electricity bill

    Mr Princewill Okorie, National Coordinator, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group, has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to include electricity consumers’ right in bill.

    He made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) version of the FCT Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy programme.

    Okorie, who is also the National President, Association for Public Policy Analysis (APPA),  appealed to NASS to include electricity consumer’s right in the new Electricity Bill it is about to pass.

    “I call on the National Assembly that is about to approve  a new Electricity Bill, 2022, to look into the matter seriously because it bothers on economic and safety of Nigerians.

    “It will be contradictory for us to prosecute, try and punish those who individually steal from other citizens and use bureaucracy or law to protect corporate organisations,” he said.

    According to him, the overall objective of the national MSME electricity consumer protection advocacy programme is to intervene through advocacy and capacity building programmes for business membership organisations.

    “It is with a view to exposing them to the provisions of consumer protection component of Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005,” he said.

    Okorie said that in order to address the issue of electricity consumers’ right, the theme of the event “Developing Grassroots Based Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) through Electricity Consumer Protection Education” was selected.

    He said in order to resolve the issues properly, relevant stakeholders made presentations on various topics.

    He said that in addition, a book titled: “Basic challenges of Safety and Quality Standards in Electricity sector’’ was published.

    On his part, Mr Oluwale Fasanya, Director-General of Small, Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), said that the theme of the programme was apt as it involved MSME at the grassroots.

    Fasanya, represented by Mrs Mary Kolawole, Manager, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) SMEDAN, said that the programme was an opportunity for electricity consumers to be aware of their rights and obligations.

    In her Keynote Address, Mrs Janet Odo, Assistant Director, Consumer Education, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), said that the commission recognised the valuable role played by the MSME in nation’s economy.

    Odo said that the MSMEs were number one driver of the economy by providing jobs to many and had also been the source of livelihood to many households.

    She said that the commission also recognised the challenges of power supply faced by FCT residents, especially its impact on micro, small and medium enterprises.

    “Not only is the supply inadequate, but also many are groaning under the burden of excessive billing or tariff.

    “Being aware that every penny inputted into the business affects overall turnover, the commission is working hard to ensure that the consumer gets value for every electricity product paid for.

    “But the question remains “how can one accurately measure consumption to know whether it is under payment or over payment of ?

    ’’ “This is where consumer education comes in,” he added.


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  •  The Wife of the Chief of Army Staff Mrs Salamatu Yahaya has lauded Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his administration s intervention and support to the military to discharge its responsibilities in the state Yahaya who is the National President Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA also expressed appreciation to Gov Ugwuanyi for his numerous support and kind gesture to the military She further thanked the governor for the assistance his administration had given to the NAOWA chapter of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in realising its set objectives She had led members of NAOWA on a courtesy visit to Gov Ugwuanyi at the Government House Enugu For your interventions and maximum support you have been giving NAOWA we sincerely appreciate you she said Yahaya was in Enugu on official visit to the 82 Division to meet and interact with members of NAOWA and the general members of the Barracks community and inaugurate some projects in the NAOWA Group of Schools in Enugu She further lauded Ugwuanyi for the prevailing peaceful environment in the state She added that we are also here to commend you Ugwuanyi as the Chief Security Officer of the state on how you have been able to make Enugu calm We also appreciate you for the cooperation as well as the good backing you have been giving the officers and men here She explained that NAOWA was a humanitarian association basically established to provide bonding and solidarity among the wives of the officers She said the body gradually expanded its objectives to ameliorating the plight of the less unfortunate among them The Chief of Army s wife equally thanked Gov Ugwuanyi for the warm reception in spite of his busy schedule and expressed confidence that they would have a very pleasant stay here in the Coal City state Earlier the General Officer Commanding GOC 82 Division Nigerian Army Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja informed the Chief of Army Staff s wife that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration had been of great assistance to the NAOWA 82 Division chapter as well as the military According to him part of the brief I received when I assumed office was that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration assisted in the construction of the Secretariat and even the Vocational Training Centre in the Barracks Welcoming the Army chief s wife to the Government House Enugu Gov Ugwuanyi said the state was delighted at her visit to the Coal City The governor also appreciated the contributions of the Military in providing security to the state Gov Ugwuanyi therefore paid glowing tributes to the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya and the entire Army High Command for their professionalism and steadfastness The governor commended the GOC 82 Division Maj Gen Lagbaja for his cooperation and support and wished Mrs Yahaya and her entourage a successful outing and memorable stay in Enugu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COAS’s wife lauds Gov. Ugwuanyi’s support to military, NAOWA
     The Wife of the Chief of Army Staff Mrs Salamatu Yahaya has lauded Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his administration s intervention and support to the military to discharge its responsibilities in the state Yahaya who is the National President Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA also expressed appreciation to Gov Ugwuanyi for his numerous support and kind gesture to the military She further thanked the governor for the assistance his administration had given to the NAOWA chapter of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in realising its set objectives She had led members of NAOWA on a courtesy visit to Gov Ugwuanyi at the Government House Enugu For your interventions and maximum support you have been giving NAOWA we sincerely appreciate you she said Yahaya was in Enugu on official visit to the 82 Division to meet and interact with members of NAOWA and the general members of the Barracks community and inaugurate some projects in the NAOWA Group of Schools in Enugu She further lauded Ugwuanyi for the prevailing peaceful environment in the state She added that we are also here to commend you Ugwuanyi as the Chief Security Officer of the state on how you have been able to make Enugu calm We also appreciate you for the cooperation as well as the good backing you have been giving the officers and men here She explained that NAOWA was a humanitarian association basically established to provide bonding and solidarity among the wives of the officers She said the body gradually expanded its objectives to ameliorating the plight of the less unfortunate among them The Chief of Army s wife equally thanked Gov Ugwuanyi for the warm reception in spite of his busy schedule and expressed confidence that they would have a very pleasant stay here in the Coal City state Earlier the General Officer Commanding GOC 82 Division Nigerian Army Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja informed the Chief of Army Staff s wife that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration had been of great assistance to the NAOWA 82 Division chapter as well as the military According to him part of the brief I received when I assumed office was that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration assisted in the construction of the Secretariat and even the Vocational Training Centre in the Barracks Welcoming the Army chief s wife to the Government House Enugu Gov Ugwuanyi said the state was delighted at her visit to the Coal City The governor also appreciated the contributions of the Military in providing security to the state Gov Ugwuanyi therefore paid glowing tributes to the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya and the entire Army High Command for their professionalism and steadfastness The governor commended the GOC 82 Division Maj Gen Lagbaja for his cooperation and support and wished Mrs Yahaya and her entourage a successful outing and memorable stay in Enugu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COAS’s wife lauds Gov. Ugwuanyi’s support to military, NAOWA
    General news2 months ago

    COAS’s wife lauds Gov. Ugwuanyi’s support to military, NAOWA

    The Wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, has lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his administration’s intervention and support to the military to discharge its responsibilities in the state.

    Yahaya, who is the National President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), also expressed appreciation to Gov. Ugwuanyi for his numerous support and kind gesture to the military.

    She further thanked the governor for the assistance his administration had given to the NAOWA chapter of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in realising its set objectives.

    She had led members of NAOWA on a courtesy visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu.

    “For your interventions and maximum support you have been giving NAOWA we sincerely appreciate you,” she said.

    Yahaya was in Enugu on official visit to the 82 Division to meet and interact with members of NAOWA and the general members of the Barracks community and inaugurate some projects in the NAOWA Group of Schools in Enugu.

    She further lauded Ugwuanyi for the prevailing peaceful environment in the state.

    She added that “we are also here to commend you (Ugwuanyi) as the Chief Security Officer of the state on how you have been able to make Enugu calm.

    “We also appreciate you for the cooperation as well as the good backing you have been giving the officers and men here.

    ”   She explained that NAOWA was a humanitarian association basically established to provide bonding and solidarity among the wives of the officers.

    She said the body gradually expanded its objectives to ameliorating the plight of the less unfortunate among them.

    The Chief of Army’s wife, equally thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the warm reception in spite of his busy schedule and expressed confidence that they would“have a very pleasant stay here in the Coal City state”.

    Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.- Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, informed the Chief of Army Staff’s wife that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration had been of great assistance to the NAOWA 82 Division chapter as well as the military.

    According to him, “part of the brief I received when I assumed office was that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration assisted in the construction of the Secretariat and even the Vocational Training Centre in the Barracks.

    Welcoming the Army chief’s wife to the Government House, Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi said the state was delighted at her visit to the Coal City. The governor also appreciated the contributions of the Military in providing security to the state.

    Gov. Ugwuanyi therefore paid glowing tributes to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Farouk Yahaya and the entire Army High Command for their professionalism and steadfastness.

    The governor commended the GOC 82 Division, Maj.- Gen. Lagbaja, for his cooperation and support, and wished Mrs Yahaya and her entourage a successful outing and memorable stay in Enugu.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Actors Guild of Nigeria AGN has announced the release of two abducted members Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Agbogidi Emeka Rollas its National President announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos They were released by their abductors who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed he stated in the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria The guild on July 29 announced the abduction of the duo after family members confirmed they had not come back from a location at Ozalla town in Enugu State In the Wednesday statement it said that the kidnapped actors had been released unhurt The guild has arranged for medical check up and psychological support for the victims On behalf of their families we express our heartfelt appreciation to Nollywood industry and Nigerians at large for the support and prayers during the trying period the statemenr said Rollas urged members to be security conscious on and off film sets and always take precautionary measures on their personal security at all times NAN reports that 57 year old Okereke is a famous television personality entrepreneur and a philanthropist while Abogidi is a veteran actor movie producer and writer famous for his native doctor and chief priest roles in movies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kidnapped actors have been released – Guild confirms
     The Actors Guild of Nigeria AGN has announced the release of two abducted members Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Agbogidi Emeka Rollas its National President announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos They were released by their abductors who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed he stated in the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria The guild on July 29 announced the abduction of the duo after family members confirmed they had not come back from a location at Ozalla town in Enugu State In the Wednesday statement it said that the kidnapped actors had been released unhurt The guild has arranged for medical check up and psychological support for the victims On behalf of their families we express our heartfelt appreciation to Nollywood industry and Nigerians at large for the support and prayers during the trying period the statemenr said Rollas urged members to be security conscious on and off film sets and always take precautionary measures on their personal security at all times NAN reports that 57 year old Okereke is a famous television personality entrepreneur and a philanthropist while Abogidi is a veteran actor movie producer and writer famous for his native doctor and chief priest roles in movies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kidnapped actors have been released – Guild confirms
    Entertainment2 months ago

    Kidnapped actors have been released – Guild confirms

    The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has announced the release of two abducted members – Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Agbogidi.

    Emeka Rollas, its National President, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

    “They were released by their abductors who were touched by the spirit of God to set them free and unharmed,” he stated in the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .

    The guild on July 29 announced the abduction of the duo after family members confirmed they had not come back from a location at Ozalla town in Enugu State.

    In the Wednesday statement it said that the kidnapped actors had been released unhurt.

    “The guild has arranged for medical check-up and psychological support for the victims.

    “On behalf of their families, we express our heartfelt appreciation to Nollywood industry and Nigerians at large for the support and prayers during the trying period,” the statemenr said.

    Rollas urged members to be security conscious on and off film sets and always take precautionary measures on their personal security at all times.

    NAN reports that 57-year-old Okereke is a famous television personality, entrepreneur and a philanthropist while Abogidi is a veteran actor, movie producer and writer famous for his native doctor and chief priest roles in movies.


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  •  Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin Unilorin has urged members of Old Boys Association Government Secondary School GSS Ilorin to build the right motivations among students of the institution Abdulkareem represented by Prof Musa Yakubu the Dean of Student Affairs of the institution gave the charge while delivering his address as the Guest Speaker during the Prize Giving Day ceremony of the school on Tuesday He stressed the need for them to contribute and share the values they imbibed at GSS Ilorin to restore the past glory of its usual radiating academic excellence and not to sit aloof According to him the success is about struggle just as the motto of the school persistently ingrains it in the minds of its students Manjada Wajada in Arabic meaning No Struggle No Success Abdulkareem added that true success entails having a positive mental attitude persistent struggles against difficulties setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success True success entails having a positive mental attitude persistent struggles against difficulties setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success he said Abdlukareem also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria CVCN expressed gratitude to National Executives of the Old Boys Association led by the National President Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo and the entire management team of the school I am just one of the multitudes of great boys that our great school produced and moulded as models and enviable references Any old boy present at the occasion could have been a better speaker because of the manifestations of the heritage of the academic excellence and character formation known with our school he said He appreciated the national executives of the association for initiating such event adding that though every other school organises prize award ceremony annually that of the school has a greater and nobler purpose NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin V-C tasks alumni on support for alma mater
     Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin Unilorin has urged members of Old Boys Association Government Secondary School GSS Ilorin to build the right motivations among students of the institution Abdulkareem represented by Prof Musa Yakubu the Dean of Student Affairs of the institution gave the charge while delivering his address as the Guest Speaker during the Prize Giving Day ceremony of the school on Tuesday He stressed the need for them to contribute and share the values they imbibed at GSS Ilorin to restore the past glory of its usual radiating academic excellence and not to sit aloof According to him the success is about struggle just as the motto of the school persistently ingrains it in the minds of its students Manjada Wajada in Arabic meaning No Struggle No Success Abdulkareem added that true success entails having a positive mental attitude persistent struggles against difficulties setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success True success entails having a positive mental attitude persistent struggles against difficulties setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success he said Abdlukareem also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria CVCN expressed gratitude to National Executives of the Old Boys Association led by the National President Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo and the entire management team of the school I am just one of the multitudes of great boys that our great school produced and moulded as models and enviable references Any old boy present at the occasion could have been a better speaker because of the manifestations of the heritage of the academic excellence and character formation known with our school he said He appreciated the national executives of the association for initiating such event adding that though every other school organises prize award ceremony annually that of the school has a greater and nobler purpose NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin V-C tasks alumni on support for alma mater
    General news2 months ago

    Unilorin V-C tasks alumni on support for alma mater

    Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has urged members of Old Boys Association, Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin, to build the right motivations among students of the institution.

    Abdulkareem, represented by Prof. Musa Yakubu, the Dean of Student Affairs, of the institution gave the charge while delivering his address as the Guest Speaker during the Prize Giving Day ceremony of the school on Tuesday.

    He stressed the need for them to contribute and share the values they imbibed at GSS Ilorin to restore the past glory of its usual radiating academic excellence and not to sit aloof.

    According to him, the success is about struggle just as the motto of the school persistently ingrains it in the minds of its students: “Manjada Wajada” in Arabic, meaning “No Struggle, No Success”.

    Abdulkareem added that true success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success.

    “True success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success,” he said.

    Abdlukareem, also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria (CVCN), expressed gratitude to National Executives of the Old Boys Association, led by the National President, Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo, and the entire management team of the school.

    “I am just one of the multitudes of great boys that our great school produced and moulded as models and enviable references.

    “Any old boy present at the occasion could have been a better speaker because of the manifestations of the heritage of the academic excellence and character formation known with our school,” he said.

    He appreciated the national executives of the association for initiating such event, adding that though every other school organises prize award ceremony annually, that of the school has a greater and nobler purpose.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health: NMA proposes privatisation of government hospitals for optimal performance 
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Health: NMA proposes privatisation of government hospitals for optimal performance 
    General news2 months ago

    Health: NMA proposes privatisation of government hospitals for optimal performance 

    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.

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