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Maiduguri Teaching Hospital paralyses activities as Resident doctors strike continues

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The nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has paralysed normal medical activities at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that resident doctors in the state on Tuesday joined the industrial action thus crippling the smooth running of healthcare services at the hospital.

The strike came amid the challenges of insurgency and cholera outbreak in Maiduguri.

A NAN correspondent who visited the hospital reports that only senior surgeons, consultants and other cadre of health workers were attending to patients at various departments of the hospital.

NAN also reports that there is low turnout of patients at the General Out Patients Department, the National Health Insurance Scheme clinic, Accident and Emergency, and Ante-natal Care unit.

Bashir Tahir, the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, said that the management adopted proactive measures to facilitate smooth running of services at the hospital.

Mr. Tahir assured that the hospital would continue to provide normal services in view of the emergencies occasioned by insurgency in the state.

“We remain operational to enable us attend to the humanitarian and health needs of the people in the state.

“The consultants are running the services pending the time resident doctors call off the strike,” said the CMAC.

Muhammad El-Yakub, President of NARD, UMTH Chapter, said that the association would mobilise its members to provide normal services in event of emergencies.

However, Mr. El-Yakub disclosed that about 150 resident doctors stayed away from their duty posts in compliance with the strike directive.

“In the case of emergencies, we will notify the national leadership of the association, who will give further directives to our intervention during emergencies,” he said.

Ismaila Kabiru, a patient, commended the hospital management for the services provided in spite of the strike.

Another patient, Zainab Bukar, who attended the ante-natal clinic, called on the striking doctors to call off the strike in the interest of the public.

Source: (NAN)

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuse FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of taking huge loans to acquire substandard and refurbished trains.

The former lawmaker from Kaduna made this accusation on Thursday on his Twitter page while condemning the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

He expressed that for such to have happened, it means Nigeria paid for substandard or refurbished locomotives adding that the Chinese contractor in charge must be made to repair them at no cost to the government.

He wrote:

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Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation

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Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation

Akinwunmi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina has stated that former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon is a man of great honour and decency.

In recent days, the former Head of State has been in the news over the allegation that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) when he was in office.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, had referenced an allegation that Gowon looted Nigeria’s treasury while in office.

Also Read: Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

Reacting in a tweet on Thursday, Adesina said Nigerians should beware of misinformation.

He described Gowon as a “great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria”, adding that his “honesty and integrity are impeccable.”

“Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility, and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.

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Gowon Describes UK MP’s Fraud Allegations As False

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Gowon Describes UK MP’s Fraud Allegations As False

Yakubu Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has reacted to allegations by a British lawmaker that he stole half of the Central Bank of Nigeria while in office.

In his reaction on Wednesday, the former Nigerian leader described the submission by the British Parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat as rubbish.

He pointed out that he served Nigeria meritoriously and never stole anything with the records clearly available for all to see.

Also Read: Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

It will be recalled Tugendhat on Monday while addressing the British Parliament during a debate on a petition calling on the UK to impose sanctions on some federal government officials for their roles during the recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria, submitted that some leaders have been looting the West African nation and hiding the ill-gotten wealth in the UK.

However, Gowon in his reaction to the allegation was quoted to have told the BBC in an exclusive interview: “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.”

 

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