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Lagos NMA Gives Fashola 21-Day Ultimatum Over Two Months Salary Arrears

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Nma.jpgThe Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Tope Ojo, has given the Lagos State Government a 21-day ultimatum to pay up the August and September 2014 salaries of doctors in its employ.

Ojo, in a statement on Sunday, warned that if the government did not heed the demands of the association and the Medical Guild, doctors working in public hospitals in the state, would withdraw their services.

It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had withheld the August and September salaries of its doctors, saying it was implementing its no-work, no-pay policy following the doctors’ participation in a nationwide strike called by their parent body, the NMA.

Ojo, in the statement said, “The Medical Guild will proceed to withdraw its services after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum, if all issues are not resolved. The Lagos NMA will withdraw its services from all institutions in the state seven days after if all issues remain unresolved.

“We strongly advise that the state government should embrace amicable resolution of our demands to avoid impending crisis in the heath sector of the state”.

According to Ojo, all the states of the federation and the FCT had complied with the general agreement that salaries should be paid to doctors who participated in the NMA strike for peace while negotiations continue, but Lagos had failed to comply.

He particularly noted that doctors were singled out for the no-work, no-pay policy of the Lagos government as members of other professional associations, including academic staff unions, were paid their salaries despite embarking on a six months nationwide strike last year.

He noted, “The LASU ASUU, LASPOTECH ASUP and judiciary workers did not suffer the same fate following the suspension of their industrial action last year. Their salaries were not withheld. We don’t want to believe that the governor is being unfair to doctors”.

Ojo said the association had met with the House of Assembly and the Commissioner for Health as well as writing several letters to the governor for a peaceful resolution, but lamented that all the efforts had failed to yield the desired results.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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