The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 17th March, 2015
We Complied With Legislative Procedures On Ministerial Nominees – Mark
SENATE President, David Mark, on Monday, said the decision to confirm Senator Musiliu Obanikoro among the nominees sent by President Goodluck Jonathan was in line with legislative procedures.Mark, in a statement signed by his special Adviser on media and publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, said he was taken aback by the needless controversies being generated by some interested parties on the issue.
Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Reclaims Bama
NIGERIAN troops have routed Boko Haram militants from Bama, Borno State, on Monday afternoon, the defence headquarters (DHQ) has said.Announcing the victory of the troops at Bama, through its Twitter handle @DefenceInfoNG, on Monday, the Defence headquarters said ‘Nigerian troops have, ‘this afternoon,’ routed terrorists from Bama in Borno State. Mopping up operation is ongoing.
Bloodshed Cannot Solve Any Problem – Buhari
The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) had deplored the frequent resort to violence to deal with perceived grievances by the people.Reacting to the incident at Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, where dozens, mainly women and children, were killed in cold blood by suspected herdsmen, the APC presidential campaign organisation, in a statement in Abuja, on Monday, said the resort to violence in whatever form was not acceptable and justifiable, no matter the grievances.
Real Reason Fani-Kayode Left APC – Tinubu
THE verbal war between gladiators of the two leading political parties continued on Monday, with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, accusing the spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, of inconsistency and deceit.He also claimed that the former Minister of Aviation left the opposition party following his failure to realise his unstated ambition.
Military To Set Up Joint Headquarters Against Terrorists
IN view of the current war against insurgency in the country, the Nigerian Military has disclosed plans to set up a joint operation headquarters to ensure effective operations between the countries participating in the ongoing counter-terrorism.The three countries actively involved in the ongoing operations, Nigeria, Chad and Niger are expected to utilise the structure to beef up their Liaison Teams already operating in the mission area.
Boko Haram: We Are On The Verge Of Victory – Minimah
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, on Monday, assured that the Armed Forces were on the verge of victory against the Boko Haram insurgents.He said never again would any of the country’s territories be under the control of the insurgents.Speaking while declaring open the 2015 first quarter Chief of Army Staff conference, Lieutenant-General Minimah disclosed that the army, with the support of sister services, had continued to record strings of successes against the terrorists, who had laid siege to a number of cities, towns and villages in some of the states.
He stated that the achievements would not have been possible without the sacrifice, commitment and devotion of the gallant troops, some of whom he noted paid the supreme sacrifice in the process.
The army chief expressed appreciation to all citizens, who had stood by the military, particularly in the last one year.
He said: “We are already there, we are at the verge of the promised land. The challenges we are faced with have again brought to fore the strength, perseverance, long-suffering and resilience of the Nigerian nation and its people.
“Despite some setbacks we suffered in the course of our operations, the good people of this country never wavered but consistently identified with us.
“They are understandably frustrated when we failed to perform to expectation, but are always quick to show their support and appreciation for our successes. It is from them we continued to draw inspiration.
“I urge all officers and soldiers to continue to uphold the Nigerian Army’s values of loyalty, courage, professionalism, discipline, respect and sacrifice.
“We are going to redouble our efforts and make sure that never again would Nigeria lose any territory. Nigerians must identify with us and you know the Nigerian society is such that if you are not doing well, they will come out and register their disaffection.”
Return A Performing President, First Lady Tasks Ekiti Women
The First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, on Monday, campaigned in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, for the re-election of her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, and urged the voters in the state to consider the need to return ‘a performing president rather than relying on promises. This is just as Governor Ay Fayose of the state said at the campaign that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a group of strange bedfellows, saying ‘their coming together is a conspiracy.’
Senate Committee Faults AMCON’s Sale Of Ibru’s Forfeited Assets
The Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and anti-corruption has queried the procedures adopted in the sale of the properties worth N569 billion, forfeited to the Federal Government by former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank Plc, Mrs Cecilia Ibru.The Senate Committee, headed by Senator Victor Lar had entertained a petition said to have been filed by a Nigerian whose name was not disclosed, said that the sale of the properties by the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) were questionable.
The seized assets worth N569 billion were taken over by the Federal Government, following a plea bargain entered into by Mrs Ibru. The committee said that the mode of disposal of the assets located within and outside Nigeria was shrouded in secrecy.
Senator Victor Lar said on Monday that Ibru had pleaded guilty, during the course of her prosecution and entered into a plea bargain with the government, while handing over assets allegedly bought with depositor’s funds.
Quoting from the petition, Lar stated that the petitioner alleged that Ibru still controls most of the assets and shares, said to have been taken over by AMCON, while she was also said to have converted the United Kingdom (UK) branch of Oceanic Bank to her personal use, without notifying shareholders.
APC Playing Dangerous Mind Games – PDP
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has engaged in raising false alarms in a dangerous mind games capable of pushing the country to chaos.In a statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, by the national publicity of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party noted that APC resorted to the practice because it was now confronted with the reality of failure in the coming election.
Wabba Resumes As NLC President
The newly elected President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on Monday, formally assumed duty at the Paschal Bafyau House, headquarters of the congress.In his maiden press briefing, he described the purported delegates conference being planned by Comrade Joseph Ajaero, who lost to him during the NLC election, last week, as illegal and a breach of the NLC constitution.
Oba Of Benin Indisposed – Palace
The Benin Palace has announced that the Benin Monarch, Omo N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, is indisposed and cannot engage in public engagements for now.This was contained in a statement issued to journalists in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Monday, by the Benin Traditional Council.
Kaduna Government Uncovers Plans To Use Almajiris To Disrupt Polls
Director-General, Media and Publicity to Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, has raised the alarm that some politicians are planning to use almajiris to cause violence during the March/April elections in the state.To this end, Maiyaki disclosed that the state government had put in place measures that would ensure that no almajiri was allowed into the state from the neighbouring states before, during and after the elections.
Death Toll Now Over 100 In Agatu Attack. It’s 82 – CP
Death toll in the early Sunday attack on Egba village, in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, has risen to over 100, villagers have said.It will be recalled that suspected Fulani herdsmen, early hours of Sunday, invaded Egba village in Agatu, killing several people and setting houses and farmlands ablaze.The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hyacinth Dagala, who spoke on phone with newsmen on Monday afternoon, however, said 82 bodies had so far been recovered in the area.
The police boss, who disclosed that he was just returning from the crisis area, maintained that more armed policemen had been deployed in the area to maintain peace and order.
Some fleeing residents of the attacked village, who now seek refuge in Obagaji, the council headquarters and Ogbalu, said the death toll was well over 100, as the herdsmen took them unawares.
According to one of them, “we were still sleeping when they entered our village and started shooting sporadically in all directions, killing every humans and animals in sight. They also set many houses ablaze. We only managed to escape into the bush and trekked many kilometres before getting to Obagaji.”
31 Inmates Of Kuje Prison Get SSCE Certificate
THIRTY-ONE inmates of Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, who sat for the 2014 November/December Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE), were on Monday, March 16 presented their certificates by the representative of the Controller-General of Prisons, DCP Musa Tanko.Speaking on the occasion, Tanko reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Prisons Service to humane confinement, reformation and rehabilitation of those in its custody.
Court Orders AIT To Stop Documentary On Lion Of Bourdillion
THE Africa Independent Television (AIT) has been barred from airing a documentary on former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, entitled: ‘Lion of Bourdillion.’Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe of the Ikeja Lagos High Court, on Monday, granted an interim order restraining AIT, pending the determination of the interlocutory injunction.It will be recalled that Tinubu, through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, had instituted a N150 billion against AIT, alleging that the documentary was libellous and aimed at tarnishing his image.
Tinubu, through an ex-parte motion, sought an order of interim injunction restraining AIT whether by itself, agents, privies and or other persons from producing or continuing with the broadcast, airing, or continuing to reproduce a documentary.
The motion also sought to restrain the TV station from continuing the broadcast of the documentary, which it started airing on March 1 and had been repeating daily, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated March 5, 2015.
The motion further noted that damages would not adequately compensate the applicant/claimant if the ex-parte order was not granted and prayed that the rest of the suit might be extinguished if the ex-parte order was not granted.
It also noted that there was real, imminent and urgent threat and danger of continuing to decimate the person and integrity of Tinubu by AIT, by continuing to air the offensive broadcast if the ex-parte motion was not granted.
Boko Haram’s Grievances Legitimate – OBJ
FORMER president Olusegun Obasanjo has indicated that the Boko Haram sect has legitimate grievances.Criticising the response of the current administration to the insurgency, Obasanjo highlighted low level of education in the northern part of the country as a contributory factor to the situation.
Why I Won’t Resign – Jega
CHAIRMAN of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has, again, dismissed the allegation that he is under pressure to resign.Speaking on Monday during a town hall meeting in Abuja, Jega said the electoral body was focused on ensuring that the general election conformed to acceptable standards.’I have a job to do and it would be a disservice to Nigerians for me to resign,’ he said.’I am not under any pressure. I have absolutely no reason to resign’.
Protesters Hold Anti-Jega Rally In Lagos
LAGOS and parts of Ogun State was, early Monday, grounded, as thousands of people protested against the chairman of the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, demanding his removal. Different groups, under the aegis of Coalition of Concerned Nigerians, consisting of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Nollywood artistes and human right groups, organised the protest.
Jega: I Won’t Quit Now
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Prof. Attahiru Jegawill not be going on terminal leave before the expiration of his tenure in June.The idea will be tantamount to a dis-service to the country, especially now with the elections so close, Jega said yesterday.The Presidential and National Assembly elections have been fixed forMarch 28. The governorship and states Assembly elections will come up onApril 11.
APC Accuses PDP Of Plot To Sabotage Card Readers
FROM the streets and the court rooms, the battle against the Card Reader is set to move into another realm technology.The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insists the Card Reader will make the March 28 and April 11 elections credible as it will, among others, fasten and smoothen accreditation.But the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rejects the machine, saying little is known about its workings.
Buhari’s Wife’s Convoy Attacked In Illorin
Hoodlums suspected to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday attacked the convoy of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates wife Hajia Aishat Buhari.The attack took place around Emir Road in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.Mrs. Buhari, with her husbands running mates wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and other were in Ilorin to sensitise women on the general elections.First Lady Patience Jonathan was in Ado-Ekiti yesterday to campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan.
N18, 000 Minimum Wage No Longer Realistic – NLC President
THE President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Dr. Ayuba Wabba, has emphasised that the N18,000 minimum wage is no longer realistic, considering the nations economic situation.Wabba, who spoke at his maiden news conference in Abuja yesterday, noted that the negative impact of the falling global price of crude oil at the international market on the countrys economy made it imperative to review the minimum wage.
Lagos APC Warns Against Brigandage On Streets
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress yesterday condemned what it called the syndicated demonstration being sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country. It accused the ruling party of plotting to disrupt the general elections because it has become obvious to it that the polls cannot be manipulated.
Assist Nurses In Private Practice, Government Urged
The Federal and state governments have been urged to offer interest-free loans to nurses in private practice.This, according the Chairman, Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPNPN), Lagos State branch, Mr Olusola Oyebode, will promote the profession and strengthen the sector.Over 60 per cent of nursing care, he said, is provided by nurses in the private sector, adding that government assistance to the sector in getting more equipment will discourage people from medical tourism.
Oyebode said the shortage of nurses was due to the high cost of training, stressing: “It is like training other medical personnel. To establish a school of nursing, people need to have basic tools for training them.”
The AGPNPN Lagos chair said nurses could shift some of their tasks to other less-qualified health workers to concentrate on core nursing care.
Besides, task shifting is a common occurrence in advanced countries because of high demand for nurses.
He said there were many areas in nursing, which could only be handled by professionals. She listed pre and post operative care, such as medical, surgical and maternal care as well as neonatal and paediatrics care as some of them.
He said task shifting is a necessity because of inadequate workforce, stressing that the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards is that one nurse should take care of four patients.
“Nurses can shift some of their tasks when they have other jobs, which can prevent them from having time to do core nursing care. So, they assign the tasks, which need no technicalities to less qualified health workers.
“For example, nurses cannot delegate post-operative cases. But can instruct other health workers to remove or clean catheter, which is simpler and needs no technicalities. Then they can focus on the core patients’ management,” Oyebode said.
Nigerian Pathologist Elected President Of AMAGE
Nigerian pathologist, Professor Olusegun Ojo, has been elected President of the Africa-Middle East Association of Gastroenterology (AMAGE) at the associationsseventh Congress, which took place in Cairo.AMAGE is one of the four regional bodies that constitute the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), the global body of researchers-doctors who specialise in the investigation and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract and the liver. AMAGE is a conglomerate of National Associations of Gastroenterologists in Africa and the Middle East.
Ojo teaches at the Obafemi Awolowo University and Consultant Pathologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, both at Ile-Ife. Until last year, Ojo was the president of the Society of Gasroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN).
The sixth AMAGE International Conference/Congress was hosted by SOGHIN in Tinapa, Calabar in November 2012. In his new role, Ojo will oversee the activities of the regional body and work in conjunction with the WGO in elevating the standards of gastroenterology practice as well as see to the training of more experts in the field in Africa and the Middle East.
Lagos Doctors Strike Enters Day Two
Patients care was hampered Monday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Gbagada General Hospital, and Igando General Hospital, Igando, among others as striking doctors under the umbrella of Medical Guild continue their indefinite strike in the state.The association vowed to continue the strike until the government accede to their demand and pay their salaries for April and May, 2012 as well as August and September, last year.