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NARD Strike: Kogi doctors render services to patients as if there was no strike

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NARD Strike: Kogi doctors render services to patients as if there was no strike

The Head of Clinical Services (HCS) of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Dr Jones Taiwo, has indicated that the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in the hospital were on strike as directed by their national body.

Taiwo pointed out that the strike however was having minimal effects on patients due to the extra services rendered by other three categories of doctors.

According to him, they have four categories of doctors of which resident doctors are just one of them; adding that all other three categories are fully on ground to render their services to patients.

He mentioned the four categories of doctors as: the Consultants, the Interns (House Officers), Corpers (NYSC Members) and the resident doctors, saying “it is only the residents on strike that others are working.

“This has really helped us a lot in keeping the services going on smoothly with minimal strike effects”.

“There is a directive from Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria that one year of the interns should not be interrupted, and this has been strictly obeyed which has helped us in effective service delivery.

“Where we used to have challenges before whenever resident doctors are on strike was in Labour ward, but the service has been made available by the commitment of the consultants.

“NARD FMC Lokoja chapter are on strike as they oblige to the directive of their national body,” Taiwo said.

Every attempt to contact the Chairman of NARD, Kogi chapter, Dr Shola Baoku, yielded no results as he was not answering his calls.

However, the Guardian was informed that Baoku had traveled to Abuja as one of the members of the negotiating team with the Federal Government.
Earlier it was observed that activities at FMC Lokoja were going on smoothly as doctors continued to render normal services to patients in the state including surgeries and laboratories services.
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, had continued to render services to patients in the state in spite of the national strike embarked upon by doctors.

Guardian checks indicated that normal activities were going on at the FMC and Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja.

Doctors and nurses were seen going about their duties attending to patients in their large numbers without any hindrance as if there was no industrial action.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), FMC Lokoja, Dr Olatunde Alabi, indicated that services were ongoing across the hospital including surgeries and laboratory services.

“Generally, we have minimal strike here because the majority of what the national body of NARD are agitating for have almost been implemented at FMC Lokoja.

“So, the management has to make sure that services are rendered to our patients including surgeries. For now, we have been attending to patients as usual,” Alabi said.

He added that the hospital always engage enough NYSC members than any other hospital across the nation, saying there are currently 110 corps members to provide services to patients.

The situation is also the same at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, as normal activities were going on smoothly with doctors attending to patients steadily.

Dr Jafar Abdulrahman, Chairman, NARD, KSSH, also told reporters that members of the association in the state did not join the strike due to the existing ultimatum given to Kogi Government on the same issues that triggered the national strike.

However, “the ultimatum will expire by the end of this month, that is why we did not join the ongoing national strike,” Abdulrahaman said.

A patient at the FMC, Mrs Bimbo Olalekan, commended the doctors in Kogi for not joining the strike.

“My two-year-old daughter was having a high temperature and I have to rush her down to the hospital and she was immediately attended to by the doctor on duty.

“I am grateful to God and to the physicians,” Olalekan said.

NARD embarked on the nationwide industrial action to press home six demands, including payment of their salary shortfalls spanning from December 2016 till date.

Other demands were payment of House Officers full salaries, placement of members on their appropriate Grade Levels, stop stagnation of promotion and capture of members on Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS).

They are also seeking for improved infrastructure and equipment in public health facilities

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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