Another Trouble For Kogi As Flood Ravages Lokoja, Residents Displaced While Properties Are Destroyed

Amid financial challenges, the Kogi state government is to face issues of flash flood which displaced residents and destroyed properties on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
The incident is happening days after flood destroyed properties and rendered about 110,000 homeless in neighboring Benue state.
Governor Yahaya Bello is currently asking residents affected by the flood to leave to safety while those in other areas prone to tragedy should be evacuated.
Petra Akinti, the chief press secretary to Governor Bello, said the government was doing everything to protect lives.
“We wish to implement this immediate evacuation to forestall further loss of valuables and possibly lives in our dear state.
“We are thankful for the cooperation of all the security agencies, local and state government emergency workers, all other stakeholders and the good people of Kogi state for helping to minimize the effect of the flash flood. You are the true heroes of this event.
“We also wish to call for the understanding of all travellers, both drivers and commuters, who use this road.
“The road is a major artery connecting the Northern and southern of Nigeria, hence it is critical that we navigate the road carefully during this period and respect the men and women in uniform trying to keep traffic flowing as quickly as possible.
“Relief camps have been set up in the affected areas for temporarily displaced persons to take advantage of.
“Relief materials have also begun to arrive the locations. Donors and volunteers are also welcome,” she said.
Speaking also, Rosemary Osikoya, the environment and natural resources commissioner, said her ministry had enlightened the people three months ago concerning the incident.
She however said no life was lost in the flooding incident.
The old woman, currently taking shelter at a displaced persons camp in Makurdi, noted that the flood is the third she experienced in her lifetime.

Hospitals plan options as doctors begin indefinite strike

LAGOS – HOSPITALS across the country, yesterday, mapped out options to mitigate the effects of the indefinite strike embarked upon, yesterday, by resident doctors,under the aegis of National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD. nationwide.
Part of the options is the directive from Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCAN, to doctors on housemanship not to join the strike, so they could offer services to the public.
However, normal services were in place at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday.
When Vanguard visited LUTH, yesterday morning, normal services were in place. Normal services were also observed at the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, and Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba.
From the Accident and Emergency to other departments such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, including Surgery, Paediatrics, Medical Outpatients Clinics and Labour, patients were being attended to.
But in a chat, the President of the LUTH-ARD, Dr Sekumade Adebayo, said they were complying with the directive from the national body.
“We have just received the national directive to embark on strike and we are in compliance with that. Our executives are monitoring the level of compliance as the strike is ongoing in LUTH.”
Adebayo, however, noted that their members would go about the directive with a human face, stating that if need be, patients would be referred to centres where they can be taken care of.
Measures in place to mitigate effects —CMD LUTH
Reacting to the development, Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof Chris Bode, said measures were in place to mitigate effects of the strike.
Bode said the management would address the public after appraising the situation by today.
He told Vanguard in a telephone chat: “Tomorrow (today) we will give a comprehensive report of the situation. Contingencies have been put in place as response to the strike. The senior doctors, house officers, and other non-residents are taking care of patients and there are no plans to discharge patients.
“Most of the doctors are off duty because of the holidays. This is because we record low turnout of patients during festivities.”
Also reacting, former president of Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, LUTH chapter, Dr Omojuowolo Olubunmi, confirmed that  only resident doctors and not consultants were on strike.
“A few of our members will be on ground but will be running on a very low capacity. We know that the patients suffer most during strike like this. That is why the resident doctors are working hard to ensure that the strike is not prolonged.”
300 doctors in UBTH join strike
Meanwhile, resident doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, have joined the strike.
President of the UBTH branch, Dr. Eustace Oseghale, told Vanguard that over 300 members of the association down tools at 8am yesterday.
“Yes we have. It (strike) is a national directive. We are withdrawing services until our demands are met,” Oseghale said on the telephone.
He explained that though the action would take its toll on the patients, in spite of available consultants, a resolution of the issues would be in the interest of the patients.
Announcing the strike action
Early yesterday morning, the NARD announced it was embarking on indefinite strike in a one paragraph statement signed by the President, Dr. Onyebueze John, in Abuja.
The statement read:  “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm, yesterday, and ended 3 am today, NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”
It will be recalled that in January this year, NARD embarked on seven-day nationwide warning strike to press home their demand for revitalised Residency training programme, implementation of the National Health Act, payment of arrears among other things.
The members of NARD are demanding the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries in federal and state tertiary health institutions.
Other issues include enrolment of resident doctors into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, since 2003 and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
The striking doctors are also asking for resolution of issues around stagnation of their promotion and non-promotion of members with requisite criteria, despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.
Last week, NARD met with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, but they failed to reach an agreement.
MDCAN declares  strike illegal
Meanwhile, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCAN, yesterday described as illegal the ongoing strike by members of NARD.
It warned that embarking on strike by doctors on internship would lead to repeating of the postings afresh without remuneration.
It also advised Chief Medical Directors, Medical Directors and Medical Superintendents to be alive to their responsibilities and ensure that all doctors over whom they have administrative charge, abide by all extant regulations.
The MDCN in a statement entitled: “Professional Ethics for House Officers/Interns,” signed by its Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, cited Section 2 (D) paragraph (iii) of the Guidelines on Registration (2003 ed)
“Embarking on strike by interns will lead to repeating of the posting(s) afresh without remuneration. Interns are, therefore, advised to avoid participation in activities like industrial actions that could lead to interruption in their postings.
“Medical and dental practitioners should note that provisional registration does not guarantee automatic admittance to the Full Register. Full Registration is granted only on satisfactory completion of internship training”, the MDCN stated.
Sanusi said: “The MDCN regulates medical and dental practice in Nigeria, including clinical laboratory practice by members of the professions as stipulated by the provisions of the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Act Cap M8 LFN 2004 and the various subsidiary legislative documents flowing therefrom.
“Due to the recent development in the health sector, the MDCN is constrained to issue this public notice as guidance to practitioners and the general public. Medical and dental practitioners on the Provisional Register who are employed as House Officers (Interns), heads of health institutions where internship training for medical or dental graduates are conducted and the general public should note the provisions of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act in sections 1(2c), 8, 11, 12, the Rules and Guidelines that flow therefrom including the Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria (2008 Ed) and Guidelines on Registration.
“Provisional registration is for the purpose of enabling young doctors undertake internship training in an approved hospital under the supervision of registered specialists. Provisional registration lapses after two years or immediately a doctor is signed off from internship. Generally, it is expected that on employment, interns should complete their postings within 12 calendar months.
“During the internship, doctors and dentists are required to undertake 12 weeks’ uninterrupted postings in each of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Paediatri cs and other relevant specialties for dentistry. Any interruption for any reason, including embarking on strike actions, during any of the postings, will not be condoned and should be reported immediately to the Chief Medical Director, Medical Director or Medical Superintendent of the internship training Institution. This press statement is hereby made for the purpose of guidance of members of the profession and the general public.”
Adewole appeals to striking doctors
Meantime, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has appealed to the striking resident doctors to suspend the strike action in the interest of Nigerians who are need of medical care.
Adewole, who gave assurance of the Federal Government’s commitment to address all the issues in contention said the government needed a little more time to address the issues.
According to the minister in a statement, “another round of meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and it is hoped that more progress would have been made in reaching a consensus in all the issues being discussed”.
He directed Medical Directors and Chief Medical Directors of Federal Government-owned hospitals to ensure that consultants and Youth Corps doctors as well as doctors on internship are on duty to provide health services at the hospitals in order to ensure there is no break in healthcare services to our people.
Giving assurance he said that the Federal Government Health Facilities would be open and render services to the people while the government continues to dialogue with the resident doctors to return to work.
He said arrangements on to make use of Armed forces Police and Federal Road Safety Health Facilities.

ASUU Strike: Government Negotiating Team Will Present ASUU’s Demands To FEC Today—Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday, said the demands of striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, presented in a new letter to government dated August 28,2017, would be submitted to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at its meeting today, in Abuja.
Ngige, while giving update on the aborted meeting of government with ASUU, yesterday, in his office, confirmed the receipt of ASUU’s letter and the need to present the letter to Federal Executive Council, FEC, today.
He said:”The government, as you know, has made an offer to ASUU through the Ministry of Education and late yesterday (Monday), ASUU got back to us with their counter offer.
“By then, this meeting had been scheduled and the government’s side needed to deliberate on their counter offer before we can have a reconciliation meeting to further discuss areas of disagreement.
“That is the position right now. We are holding a government side meeting, while the Minister of Education is also holding meeting and we will meet later today and formalize our position.
“Tomorrow is Federal Executive Council meeting and there are aspects that we will need FEC approval to go on with.
“Thereafter, we will meet with the ASUU team either tomorrow (today) evening or Thursday morning, which ever will be more convenient,” the minister assured.
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Photos Of The Venue Where Cameroon Will Host Nigeria In Return leg

These are Pictures Of Amadou-Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon, Where the Cameroonian team will play host to Super Eagles today 4th September 2017.
The stadium is located in Younde, the capital city of Cameroon.

The Return leg of FIFA World cup qualifier clash between Cameroon and Nigeria will see the Super eagkes as guest after they trashed Cameroon 4 – 0 in Uyo.
A win will secure Nigeria’s qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup and a draw might be enough if Zambia loses away to Algeria on the 5th of September 2017.

Actor Jim Iyke Rocks Red Beret; Fires Follower Who Called It Old Fashion

Hollywood actor and entrepreneur, Jim Iyke stepped out rocking a red beret and shared a photo on Instagram.

A follower called him out saying berets are old fashioned and advised him to be ‘more modern’.
Jim Iyke who was having none of that clapped back at him. See the conversation below:

ACCESS BANK LAGOS CITY MARATHON: Renowned measurer in Lagos to certify route

The world-renowned marathon measurer, Norrie Williamson  has arrived in Lagos on Monday to begin the certification and calibration of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon  route.The exercise which begins on Tuesday will stretch until the end of the week.
 In a statement signed by the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas, he said the decision by the IAAF and AIMS to send Williamson, a former long-distance athlete, former Scottish first division rugby player underscores the importance both organizations attach to Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Measurer of the course some of the biggest and the best marathon routes in the world, Williamson has also measured the course of three Olympic Marathons.
A great runner who authored many books on running like Everyone’s Guide to Distance Running and Every Beginner’s Guide to Walking, Jogging & Running.
His athletic feats include finishing the grueling 56-mile Comrades marathon, more than 100 ultra events, including 30 or 100 miles of longer.
He set a record for the longest distance run on a treadmill in 24 hours (more than 161 kilometers).
He has 20 Comrades medals and represented Great Britain, Scotland and South Africa in athletics, he did his first bungee and parachute jumps at age 59.
Williamson ran his first marathon in March 1981 at the Savages Marathon; the following year he ran his first 100-miler as well as the first of his 10 Two Oceans ultras, all of which produced sub-4:00 and silver medals.
 Another notable achievement of Williamson was in 1983 when he returned a 2:42 in the London Marathon and then post a 2:45 the very next day in the Boston Marathon. “I had to finish London in sub-three to make my flight to New York to get to Boston!”
In 1985 Williamson became an accredited IAAF/AIMS course measurer, in 1986 he started writing columns for the newspapers and athletics programs on television.
General Manager Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Yussuf Alli is delighted that IAAF and AIMS has sent Williamson to do the certification and calibration of our route,
“when high profile measurer is sent to certify and calibrate your route that means your race is highly respected. Because of our route, which not hilly, we are a potential host of IAAF World Challenge, this is a good development for Access Bank Lagos City Marathon”. Said Alli.

Linda Ikeji set to launch TV station

SUCCESS, they say, is not a destination; it is a journey. The further you get, the further you want to go. That much is true for one of Nigeria’s most successful bloggers, Linda Ikeji. The queen of blogging is moving on to bigger and better things. Like a rich man who decides to take many wives while he still loves the first one, she is moving from blogging into mainstream media with the imminent launch of a new TV station, which is rumoured to be coming on DSTV anytime soon.
Already, Linda Ikeji Media has started functioning with several arms including Linda Ikeji Radio, Linda Ikeji Music, LIS, and Linda Ikeji TV, an online television station. At the launch, she stated that her initial dream of becoming a television presenter had given way to the reality of her becoming an employer of television presenters. And with Linda Ikeji TV set to make its debut on cable in the coming weeks, it is safe to say that Linda is living her dreams.

The military is monitoring social media, DHQ spokesman, Major General John Enenche, insists

Says Boko Haram commander in Chibok girls’ abduction amputated •’Surrendered terrorists claimed they were deceived by fundamentalists’ preaching’

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, in this interview, speaks on the military campaign against Boko Haram, the surrender of some top members of the terrorist group and the authorities monitoring of the social media for security information which has been interpreted in many quarters, especially in the camp of those critical of the Buhari administration, as an attempt to clamp down on the opposition under the guise of curbing hate speeches.“ Major General John Enenche This new statement by some Boko Haram leaders saying they are tired of waging a war against the Federal Government, how is the military taking it? We are actually following up because it is not unexpected based on the actions we had put in place in the past – the re-invigoration of the war on terror and what we have been able to do based on the directive given by the President and Commander-in-Chief.  We started with the clearing of the areas, which is expected to dovetail into dominating the areas and we are now seeing the results. Once the lines of supply and communications to the terror group are cut off, there would be pressure on them and, from Sectors 1, 2 and 3, you will agree with me that even their epicentre in Sambisa Forest has been cleared. But the information we are getting now is yet to be converted into intelligence. We are not taking the statement at surface level because it might be a decoy. It is 60% closer to the truth that they are fatigued. The next step will be to encourage them to come out, using the Operation Safe Corridor, and surrender. After that – as we did in the case of the 96 that we have rehabilitated – we talk to them through the various channels to give the confidence that when they come out openly to surrender, they will be treated using the Geneva Convention. Furthermore, we would need them to hand over their equipment or we search for and recover them and destroy them to be sure the equipment does not fall into other hands. Some people are wondering if it should be taken that amnesty has been granted to them? It’s not amnesty. Amnesty is a different thing from Operation Safe Corridor. The latter refers to a procedure that once an armed combatant surrenders, you treat him as such. Amnesty is not a military thing; it is a political affair. What does that mean? The military profession obeys the law of armed conflict, the Geneva Convention, and it is something that is not really normal: Somebody that was your enemy, that shot at you, that killed your friends and colleagues, will now come out and say ‘I have surrendered’ and the law says you must show him love – let me use that word.  So, there’s nothing you can do about it because it is geared towards peace because two wrongs don’t make a right, so it is not amnesty. Mind you, it is about all conflicts – there are conflicts that are not armed but there are some that are armed.  It is the one that has to do with armed conflict and once he says he is no longer fighting, you give him all the courtesies that go with the Geneva Convention. What about the cost in human lives and money? Yes, some people will be concerned that how come people who have cost the nation so much in funds and human lives would just enjoy that. But that is the law and we obey it. That is the price that is always paid for war, for armed conflicts. That is why it is better not to go into a conflict. For instance, the so-called Intelligence Commander, who claimed to have led the raid to abduct the Chibok girls, is now an amputee. He went into the operation as a full-bodied person but due to the war he’s now an amputee. What is the disincentive for any other group from taking up arms against the Nigerian state and costing the nation so much? It’s a collective effort and that is what the government is doing now.  Several committees have come up with possible solutions that would serve as disincentive for people to take up arms against the Nigerian state and I believe that is a job for the Federal Government to keep the jobless out of the streets and monitor the religious leaders on the way they preach.  These people (terrorists) give the excuse of being deceived by fundamentalists’ preaching. Is there any intelligence about the location of the remaining Chibok girls? No! What about the location or intelligence on the whereabouts of Shekau?  We understand that the military were given certain orders to fish him out? Well, if you are talking about a certain Shekau, there have been so many Shekaus, and I believe that there will be more Shekaus because Shekau is a synonym and has also become a big name now, like we used to have Bruce Lee in those days or James Bond.  So, to talk about a definite intelligence or the location of a Shekau now, I don’t think that is necessary but what we are committed to is that anywhere there is any Shekau, we will always knock him off.  Once we got intelligence about somebody somewhere in Sambisa Forest, and the Air Force went and neutralised the whole place and, after the Battle Impact Assessment, I won’t be surprised to hear that another Shekau is somewhere else. But like I said earlier, the death of Shekau can only be confirmed through DNA. Osama Bin Laden was killed and this was confirmed using his DNA. So, I don’t want this issue to be a source of concern to people any longer. Are you saying, categorically, that Shekau has been neutralised and those we have now are like, in your words, Bruce Lee? I don’t expect you to put words in my mouth that I said categorically that a Shekau or the Shekau, the one you know very well, has been neutralised. All I have told you is that there have been several Shekaus and that, on several instances, we have knocked out Shekaus and we will continue to knock out any Shekau that comes out. A member of the House of Representatives from Madagali in Borno State claimed that the people there are still not safe and that the military was not giving Mr. President the right information? My response to that comment, with due respect, is that the military cannot report the way every other person will report. The media has it way of reporting just as the honourable member has his way of reporting, and the people of that area also have their way of reporting. The military reporting is not sensational; it is real, factual and exact. There is a format for it. It is progressive, the way we see things as progressive cannot be the way others will see things. How was Madagali before? How is Madagali now? People go to farm and they’re attacked now. That is a spill over when the epicentre of terror was neutralised and we have been explaining that to the general public.“And please, never can the Chief of Defence Staff lead other Service Chiefs to go and present a different picture to the Commander-in-Chief. It can never happen, first and foremost, going by the training of the military, second by the oath of allegiance and third, if the CDS does that, he cannot get what he wants. In any operation, there are needs and wants. The needs we already have – the basic weapons and tools. But the wants are the incidentals. If you don’t tell your Commander-in-Chief the truth about the situation, how does he give you the wants? So it is not possible that the military does not give the President the right information. These are people (terrorists) who have been removed from their comfort zone and who are now spilling all over and fatigued because of hunger and the like.  The truth is that some of them are surrendering and we are vetting them to be sure of their intention.“We have a multi-agency training centre in Gombe, where they will be trained and re-integrated after the 16-week course and the scheme is working. Some people say you want to go after people making hate speeches as part of the war on terror That is not correct.  That is a total lie.  It was right in this place that I was interviewed and I said we are monitoring the media and social media to help us in our planning and you agree with me that, two days later, a fake Twitter handle came up to say what you are saying which is wrong.  In the military, we don’t arrest anybody for that; we cannot and we don’t have the powers; so it is a perversion of information – misinformation. I don’t think I should respond to what is not true. Okay, what is surveillance? Surveillance is looking out for, observing, so that we can be proactive. When you get an order to move into a flash point, you don’t just move; you must have a plan in place ahead of the movement. You identify certain things as pointers to the troubled area. What I said was, in response to a question about what we were doing about the hate speeches going on in case we need to combat it, was that we are monitoring the media to be able to sieve information that is anti-government, anti-security and prepare for it appropriately. When the CDS came out of the meeting with the President and told the world about the issues they discussed, he did not mention anything like that (hate speeches). It is false assertion against the military and against my humble self that we will arrest or checkmate people. There is nothing like that. Social media is an open platform where people communicate and anybody can join and you can get information.  Nobody is banned from social media.  If we don’t get information about flashpoint you will blame us for not doing our job. You once said, “In the military, we are now taking on more seriously than ever before, we have our strategic media centre that monitors the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, anti-military and anti-security”. Yes, correct. And you added, “We will tackle them appropriately and with appropriate responses” Yes! What are the responses? People are concerned when you say anti-government and when you add that we will tackle them with appropriate responses“The responses simply mean surveillance and then to be pro-active in preparation and making our plans in case of trouble; that we need to back up the police and other security agencies. That is in plain language.“ But when you say anti-government, people in opposition have a role to play because the opposition would feel that you want to clamp down… (Cuts in) We don’t have the power to clamp down.  No. One thing leads to the other.“Causes of unrest, I studied them very well at the National Defence College, NDC, studied them very well at the Command and Staff College; one of the causes of unrest in any nation is what you just mentioned…“ Criticisms targeting government? Anti-government slogans lead to one group rising against another. It happens. It does not just happen overnight and people will start fighting one another and then they will call the police in and, if the police are overwhelmed, they call the military.  Causes of unrest are about 20 if not more. So, you are going to be monitoring it?’ Yes, so that you are pro-active, so that you are prepared because if you don’t prepare, there are five principles of ‘P’: Prior, Planned, Proper, Preparation, Prevent all performance, it’s an acronym used in the military. I need to say this because some people are already saying I am talking too much but I need to clear it to you – it’s part of our training.  So, if we study causes of unrest, what do we do? That was what I said in addition to anti-security. Has the military not been doing that before now? What I said about Shekau, have I not been saying it before? You need to repeat it over and over when the question is asked. So, the military is not going to monitor hate speeches? Did I mention hate speech?  Take it blanket: We have Strategic Media Centre. Our Strategic Media Centre monitors the media, simple.  It’s like that all over the world and we do so because it helps in gathering information that we transfer into intelligence to help us prepare for whatever directive will be given. Yes, that is what you should do.  But your comment came shortly after then Acting President said, very soon, “we will be treating hate speech as terrorism” and you also heard from the minister of interior that “we will be looking into new laws to curb hate speech”. Then we heard the military say “we are now monitoring social media”.  Was the military drawing from the political leadership? Let me tell you without the fear of anybody, we do what is called threat analysis.  Why was I trained for 31years – 34 years plus my cadet days? Why were we trained? We were trained to do threat analysis, anything that will threaten the security of this country and every day we do the threat analysis.  Any person can interpret it to mean that it is a follow up to the speech of then Acting President and then minister of interior.  Where do we get instruction from?  Where do we get information from? One thing leads to the other.  On the whole, it is about analysing the threat; that is what they have trained us to do. Are you reassuring the opposition and any Nigerian who feels threatened that freedom of speech, freedom to criticise government is not going to be trampled upon? I am reassuring them.  The moment the fake Twitter handle came on we responded.“ But some Nigerians say they feel very uncomfortable and unsafe with the government threat and intimidation, “it is becoming too much, so we can’t even speak again? It is not about clamping down on any Nigerian and I want to restate that it was misinformation to the general public by mischief makes and I was understood by some journalists out of context because of what you got from other sources.  So have the assurance that the military will not go into doing what it is not used to doing and what it has never been directed to do by the authorities.  That is not the aim.  The aim is what I explained: It is about analysing the threat that can come up.  It is not against any individual 


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