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NMA applauds unlocking of FMC Lokoja, commends Ministry

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NMA applauds unlocking of FMC Lokoja, commends Ministry


By Friday Idachaba

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter has applauded the Federal Ministry of Health for reopening the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja shut down six months ago over attack on the facility by hoodlums.

The association disclosed this in a statement signed by its state chairman, Dr Omakoji Oyiguh and secretary, Dr Fomotele Tolorunju and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja,

The state NMA chapter expressed its delight that the hospital had finally reopened and commended the Ministry for allowing the voice of reason to prevail with a decision to unlock the health institution.

The statement particularly commended the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora for his relentless efforts saying, “We wish to thankfully express the joy of our members to you that the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja is finally opened to receive patients.

“We appreciate all your efforts in ensuring a peaceful resolution of the impasse that resulted in the closure of the institution”, the statement stressed.

It stressed that with the reopening of the facility, members of the Association at the Centre who had been idle in the past six months could now go back to work and offer services that would “bring smiles to the faces of patients”.

The statement said that the members had waited eagerly for the embargo on the shut down institution to be lifted adding that they were in high spirit to resume work and offer their services to benefit of the people.

The NMA also commended the Ministry for ensuring that its members at the Federal medical facility were considered and accorded opportunity to attend the 2020 promotion interview.

NAN reports that workers of the medical facility were on Friday seen clearing their premises and dusting their offices and medical equipment in readiness for the envisaged reopening of the facility to the members of the public by Monday, 30th November.

It would be recalled that suspected hoodlums stormed the FMC in the early hours of Wednesday, July 1, destroying the administrative block and carting away computers, other equipment and files related to COVID-19 Pandemic. (NAN)

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Government has set aside over N3 billion to expand access to livelihood support and food security for the poor and the vulnerable under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus – Program for Results (Nigeria CARES).

Gov. Yahaya Bello disclosed this while declaring open a one-day Key Stakeholders Sensitisation and Training programme on Kogi State Government version of NG CARES Programme for Results at Government House, Lokoja on Thursday.

Bello who was represented by Dr Folashade Ayoad-Arike, Secretary to State Government (SSG), said the programme was divided into three areas including Basic Social Cash Transfer under Social Safety Network Program; FADAMA and SMEs.

Bello assured that the release of the earmarked N3 billion for the programme was been captured in the 2021 budget adding, “In Kogi, we do not believe in bureaucratic bottlenecks. We will make sure releases are made without undue bureaucracy.”

Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Asiwaju Asiru Idris (Mukadam), said KG CARES Programme for Results was aimed at mitigating the global effects of COVID-19 on the people and businesses in the State.

“As we know, Kogi State has no evidence of COVID-19. However, COVID-19 induced effects are very much with us, which have reduced our revenues and escalated inflation, thereby putting needless pressures on our people.

“In early 2020, the world started to witness huge disruptions over COVID-19 related issues. COVID forced lockdowns and restrictions across the globe and across sectors, which almost sniffed life out of humanity.

“Expectedly, this led to inability of businesses to cover their recurrent costs, leading to upsurge in unemployment, inflation, poverty and other disturbing social and economic indices” the Commissioner said.

In his keynote address, National Coordinator, Federal Project Suport Unit (FPSU) of Community and Social Development Project CSDP of the World Bank Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, commenced the Federal, State and the World Bank for rising to the challenge.

Obaje who represented by Mr Niyi Oduneye said that the second wave of the pandemic was more virulent and more dangerous than the first one adding that the rate at which it “operates and devastates” is far more than the first.

The state Head of Service (HOS) Mrs Deborah Ogunmola said COVID-19 had affected over 200 countries, territories and areas in the world destroying their economy, food security and livelihoods.

She said that the Pandemic also negatively impacted on livelihoods resulting in loss of wage/income, non-wage income in form of diaspora remittances from abroad, food insecurity as well as impact on household/micro enterprises.

General Manager Kogi State Community And Social Development Agency (KGCSDA), Mallam Momoh O. Dauda, the implementing agency of the programme said that programme was an initiative of the World Bank to assuage the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on livelihoods.

“The world Bank is trying to assist in Nigeria and is giving a loan of about 170 million Dollars to all the states each state will be entitled to 20 million dollars while FCT will have 50 million dollars to quelch the effects of the covid-19”, Dauda added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the key stakeholders invited for the meeting include top State Government officials, all the 21 Local Government Chairmen and their DLGs.

Others are the 21 Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils, Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), people living with disability, the media, the academics, among others. (NAN)

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Former military administrator of Benue and Kano States, Aminu Isa Kontagora has died of Coronavirus related complications on Sunday night, January 10, after a brief illness at an Abuja medical facility.
It was gathered that a close family member of the former military administrator announced his demise adding that Kontagora died of COVID-19 related complications.

The family source it was learned, said the former Nigerian governor will be buried today, Monday, January 11, in line with the Islamic injunction.
The late Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was born in 1956.
He was Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
Late Kontagora was also the Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, under the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The former Nigerian governor handed over power to the then elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.

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Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday took the lead as one of the first Nigerians to have taken the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in the United Arab Emirates.

This was confirmed in a retweet by a member of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Media Team, Abdulrasheed Uba Sharada.

Bulama@Bulama8976His Excellency Atiku Abubakar GCON has become the first Nigerian to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Not even any member of PTF A True leader.. #AtikuKawai7:28 PM · Jan 6, 202152

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