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Makinde approves recruitment of 500 health workers



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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the recruitment of 500 health workers to fill the gap in the health sector across the state.

According to the governor, the challenge of under-staffing in the public health sector in the state is something the administration has been trying to address, noting that ongoing intervention to build at least one well-equipped Primary Health Care Centre in each of the 351 Wards of the state is on course.

Makinde in a statement by his press secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, stated these in Saki, during a Town Hall meeting in commemoration of the second anniversary of the government, held at the Saki Parapo Town Hall, Saki.

The statement added that the governor equally flagged off the reconstruction of the 45.3 kilometre Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho Road, stating that his administration’s commitment to building roads that target the economy of Oyo State has led to the massive ongoing infrastructure projects in the state.

The road project, which according to the governor, is expected to be completed in 18 months, was awarded to Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) at the cost of N8.7 billion under the Alternative Project Funding Approach.

While speaking at the Town Hall meeting, which was attended by traditional rulers, artisanal groups, politicians, youths, people living with disabilities and students from Saki and neighbouring towns in Oke Ogun, Governor Makinde said his administration has listened to the yearnings of the people and would continue to address them accordingly.

Responding to the views expressed by representatives of communities and groups, Makinde reassured the physically-challenged that he would continue to hold their interest dearly.

He said: “Some of the things you requested for, I have started with those who are physically-challenged. I said I will appoint some of you as Supervisory Councillors in the interim administration at the local level and in what we plan to do too, your position is guaranteed.

“What you just need to do is not to allow anyone choose for you but choose them yourselves and that request too is granted.”

While speaking on the issue of shortage of workers in the health sector, particularly the Saki Specialist Hospital, Governor Makinde said his government would address the problem once and for all.

“I heard what they said about Saki Specialist Hospital. It is a problem we are trying to solve throughout Oyo State. As big as this State is, we only have one hundred and thirty-six (136) doctors. In Primary Health Care Center, we have only seventeen (17) Doctors.

Last week, I already signed that they should recruit 500 health workers. So, when the recruitment is done, it will reach Saki and its environs. on Thursday, we will commission the road coming from Moniya to Iseyin. I have called the person in charge of NYSC and was told that they have about 48 medical personnel and about 38 Doctors. I have told them not to post them to anywhere, and that we would post them to our various hospitals.

“So, please, just be patient a little bit with us. We have promised that there must be one Primary Health Centre in each Ward and they must be standard, well-equipped and staffed,” he said.

The governor, who also expressed his resolve to expanding the economy of the state by creating a conducive environment for trading activities said the government will soon install 800 solar streetlights across markets in the state.

He also promised to look into the fixing of the International Border Market, Saki, saying: “Another person among you requested that we fix the International Border Market but we need to construct a road along that axis before we fix the market.

“Within Saki and its environs here: Saki Township road and Saki/Ogboro Road, I can confidently tell you that we have committed at least 15billion Naira on the two roads. So, we will do the rest. We are fixing them one after the other.

“When I entered Saki today, I could not see dust cover the places and houses where it used to, because roads have been fixed. The contractor has assured us that he will complete the road in six weeks; but with the request the Kabiyesi made, which is extending the road by another 1.2km, we will also grant it.”

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun said the Town Hall meeting was held to gauge the feelings of Oyo State residents on the performance of the administration and see what other areas it would need to address.

The event was aired live on three radio stations, with opportunities to call into the Town Hall meeting by listeners at home.

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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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