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House Of Reps Probe NHIS Crisis

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate the raging crisis at the National Health Insurance Scheme, Punch has reported.
An ad hoc committee of the House has been empowered to conduct the investigation within four weeks.
The resolution came following a motion of urgent national importance moved by a member from Bayelsa State, Mr. Diri Douye.
The session was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
The Governing Council of the NHIS and its Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, have been embroiled in another dispute in the latest phase of the crisis.
The Council, which is chaired by Dr Onyantu Ifenne, had last week suspended Yusuf from office over allegations of “fraud.”
However, on Monday, Yusuf dared the council by forcing his way into office at the agency’s Abuja headquarters.
He was said to have been given security cover by about 50 armed policemen, amid protests by workers of the NHIS, who were also split into pro-Yusuf and anti-Yusuf camps.
Debating his motion on Tuesday, Douye told the House that the NHIS, a “very critical healthcare agency”, had been turned into a “theatre of war.”
He stated that the council raised some allegations against Yusuf, including infringement of procurement processes by “illegally attempting to execute N30billion Federal Government bond.”
Douye also recalled how the ES was twice queried earlier in the year by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
 
“Part of the query was that he spent N17million on a trip outside the country. He was suspended. 
 
“But, he was surprisingly recalled by the Presidency.
 
“Our country is becoming a banana republic. Let us investigate this crisis and the operations of the NHIS,” he added.
But, a member from Plateau State, Mr Edward Pwajok (SAN), drew the attention of the House to the Establishment Act of the NHIS, arguing that the ad hoc committee should also find out whether the Council had the powers to suspend the ES.
Pwajok specifically referred to Section 8 of the Act, which he said gave the President the sole power to appoint the ES.
“The law provides that Mr President shall appoint the ES on the advice of the Minister of Health.
 
“It is the person who appoints that can also suspend. The committee should first look deeply into this area as well,” Pwajok said.
The committee will summon Adewole, Yusuf and Ifenne to appear and testify at the National Assembly.

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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