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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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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi


17 persons including five children, two policemen and their driver lost their lives in seperate autocrashes Thursday on Itobe-Anyigba road in Kogi State.

First was that involving a mercedez-Benz truck and an ambulance conveying an empty casket with two police inspectors and a civilian driver travelling to Anyigba to take the body of a dead police sergeant.

The trio died when their ambulance van had a headon collision with a Mercedes-Benz truck coming from the opposite direction.

On the same day 14 persons also perished in a multiple accident involving three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus along the same route.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, indicated that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane enroute Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the Bus skidded and hit the truck in its front.
Aghure said that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, adding that nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
Aghure said that three men, one woman and five children (two males and three females) survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure,who attributed the accident to possible break failure,said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.

 

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Presidency tells Muslim group to exercise restrain even though Kukah actually injured Islamic faith

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The Presidency has indicated that, though it agrees with Muslim Solidarity Forum that Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto actually injured the Muslims in his Christmas day homily it’s unconstitutional for them to issue him quit notice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke in reaction to the threats for the Bishop to quietly pack and leave Sokoto should he fail to apologise over the controversial sermon.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum had issued what seem like a subtle threat to Bishop Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved appology or quietly leave the seat of Caliphate.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said, Kukah has truly injured the Muslims, but he should be guided in his utterances and take into cognisance, Sokoto’s heartbeat of Islam in Nigeria.
Shehu said, it’s unconstitutional for an individual or group to issue quit notice to a citizen under whatever circumstances, saying, father Mathew Hassan Kukah must be allowed to practice his religion.
Nationalupdate reports on Tuesday indicated that the Sokoto based Islamic group, “Muslim Solidarity Forum”, at a press briefing said the Bishop is known for his perchance to speak in parables and innuendos against Islam in a provocative manner.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said,
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution.
“The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”

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Group tackles Bishop Kukah, demands immediate arrest

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s recent controversial statement as unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Monday, the group
condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”

The AYCF demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bishop Kukah for what it described as treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.

In the alternative, the group called on Federal Government to place Kukah on special watchlist for this open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”

Shettima, in the statement, took exception to what his group described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.”

The statement noted that “such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.

“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest President in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” the statement said.

It reminded Kukah of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima said in the statement.

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