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FG offers health workers enhanced hazard allowance, says Ngige

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The Federal Government has made an offer to increase hazard allowance for all health workers in government health establishments in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige said this while briefing newsmen at the end of a meeting between the Presidential Committee on Salaries (PSC), relevant Federal Government Stakeholders and Health Professional Association and Trade Unions on Wednesday in Abuja.

The meeting was called by the instance of the minister to discuss the issue of hazard allowance and retirement age for health sector workers in the government health establishments.

Ngige said that the resolutions reached at the meeting were fruitful.

”The Federal Government has moved up from the N5,000 monthly hazard allowance paid to all health workers in Nigeria and now offering 350 per cent and 600 per cent increments for junior workers and senior workers respectively.

”The government side led by the Minister of State for Budget and Planning, gave a counter offer to the earlier submissions made by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and affiliate associations and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

The Government side gave them that offer based on the realities that we have on ground, that the economy is not doing very well and the capital component of the budget is actually being funded on borrowing. The earnings of the government have also drastically gone down.

“So, they are going back to their people with the government offer and they asked for two weeks adjournment to enable them to conclude consultation with their members and report back to us, “He said.

He added that they agreed that the offers should be left as it is until both parties go back for consultations with their members and return in two weeks’ time for further negotiations.

“But we moved from the N5000 hazard allowance per month, which was long forgotten until COVID-19 struck. During COVID-19, the government spent about N31billion for three months.

”So, I think the government side has offered things that are very reasonable, increasing the former positions of junior and senior health workers. Junior workers had 350 percent rise and senior workers had about 600 percent, “he said.

Ngige also noted that the Federal Government has agreed in principle to increase the retirement age of doctors and other health workers from 60 to 65 years and 70 years for consultants.

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Tinubu not hospitalised, will be back shortly – Aide

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The media adviser to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said the APC leader has not been hospitalised as being reported by a section of the media.

Tunde Rahman, in a statement made available on Saturday said Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, is “fine, hale and hearty.”

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“He is not in any hospital. He has no medical problem that would require hospitalisation. Yes, he is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly,” Mr Rahman said.

There had been speculations over Mr Tinubu’s health, especially with the APC leader visibly absent at recent political events. His absence was a talking point due to his reported ambition to run for president in 2023.

During last Saturday’s local government election in Lagos, party supporters and journalists, who were hopeful to see Mr Tinubu cast his vote, were told he had travelled out of the country. He was also absent during Saturday’s APC ward congress in the state.

Mr Rahman said any time his principal travels out out of the country, “the next thing some mischievous people would say is he is sick, hospitalised or has died.”

It is shameful that perpetrators of this evil are not deterred by the fact that each time this fake news has been propagated, they have been proven wrong.

“Who really is afraid of Asiwaju Tinubu? Those wishing Asiwaju Tinubu evil or dead should be careful. They should know the matter of life and death is in the hand of only God Almighty.”

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Wase hails Buharii for establishment of orthopaedic hospital Jos

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing

the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act, 2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday 26th July 2021 signed the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act Cap. O10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide for the establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital Jos Plateau State..

The Hospital which is under the control of the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board, will be affiliated to the University teaching hospital Jos and will provide specialised orthopedic treatment and medical services.

Recall that the House of Representatives had on 24 March 2021 approved the amendment of the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Laws to provide for the establishment of Orthopaedic Hospital in Jos.

The bill which was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon Ahmed Idris Wase will provide specialised orthopedic treatment and other medical services.

Speaking when he received the executive governor of Plateau who was in his house to comisarates with him over the death of his elder sister Hajia Maryam, who passed on recently, the Deputy Speaker said the orthopedic hospital would bring a relief to the people of Plateau and the entire people of north central and northeast geopolitical zones.

The Deputy Speaker further said “on behalf of the good people of Plateau state, I wish to sincerely thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the bill and the executive governor of Plateau state, his excellency Dr. Simon Bako Lalong for his untiring support in the processes that led to the passage and signing of this bill.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Lalong said he received the cheering news of the President’s assent to the amended Act with excitement and profound gratitude because of the impact it will have not only on the people of Plateau State, but the entire neighbouring States.

Lalong also praised the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase for sponsoring the bill and following through with its passage and assent.

He thanked the leadership of the National Assembly, members of the Plateau caucus in the National Assembly and other legislators who played a great role in supporting the passage of the amended Act.

He assured of the cooperation of the Plateau State Government towards the successful take off and operations of the Orthopaedic Hospital.

Umar Muhammad Puma
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives.

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BREAKING: Buhari heads to UK for medical check-up, summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Abuja for the UK to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021 to 2025.

The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the summit would be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to him, the summit will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through an exchange of best practices.

“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others,’’ Adesina stated.

He revealed that the Nigerian leader would also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He said: “After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up.

“He is due back by the second week of August 2021.’’

The presidential aide disclosed that Buhari would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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