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Ngige congratulates President Buhari @79

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has congratulated the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, on his 79th birthday.

Ngige gave the congratulatory message in a statement made available by his media officer, on Thursday in Abuja.

The minister described President Buhari as a hero, who met Nigeria at the crossroads of socio-economic challenges, and has already left footprints on the sands of time.

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Ngige also described the President as a colossus, who upon crossing the Rubicon in 2015, retrieved Nigeria from a threatening morass, and set her on a fruitful march of socio-economic and political recovery.

According to him, at crossroads in 2015, Nigeria needed a statesman, an honest leader with an undistracted focus on national rebirth and the lot fell on President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Six years in the saddle, despite teething challenges, worsened by COVID-19 pandemic which shut and brought the entire world on its knees, Nigeria has trudged on, first through the Era of Change and now, the consolidation moment of the Next Level. Many projects met on ground have been completed, in some cases, expanded and new ones initiated.

“The incipient return to national food sufficiency, through the expanded horizon on agricultural production, and the arising job opportunities in the production value chains,” he said.

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He also noted that the expansion of roads and railway infrastructures, illustrating the unambiguous commitment to national infrastructural rebirth, summarized the administration’s five legacy projects.

He added that the Second Niger Bridge, now 80 per cent completed, the Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Kaduna road, East-West road, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road and the Mambilla Project and more!

“The improving legacy of credible elections exemplified in abundance by the President, in the recent off-season elections in Edo and Anambra is at the heart of national revival.

“I’m, therefore, optimistic that by the time the President completes his term in 2023, Nigerians will look back with joy at the long standing commitment, steadfastness and sacrifices of this President,” he said.

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Ngige further commended the President for remaining resolute in the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, through massive support to the military and the paramilitary forces.

“I therefore join other Nigerians, members of his family, friends, well-wishers and political associates in congratulating the President on his birthday anniversary, while praying God to give him longer life in good health as he renders service to the nation,” he said.

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N1.4Bn fraud trial: EFCC boss Bawa testifies (PHOTOS)

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Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrived at the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Bawa arrived at the courtroom for further cross-examination in the alleged N1.4bn fuel subsidy fraud trial of Mr. Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited.

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The case is before Justice C.A. Balogun.

See more photos of Bawa in court below:

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In other news, the Ogun State Police Command has raised the alarm over a viral fake compiled list of suspected internet fraudsters in circulation.

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DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi denied that the viral list circulating on social media emanated from the state Police Command.

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The list had 31 persons purportedly drawn from Sagamu, Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu, and Abeokuta, and signed by one Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yahya Wakilu.

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Kwara doctors commend AbdulRazaq for berthing residency training

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Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital chapter, has commended Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for funding the commencement of residency training for medical doctors for the first time in state hospitals.

Speaking at the January edition of its Ordinary General Meeting and Scientific Conference on Saturday, ARD UITH President, Dr. Dele Abdullahi said the Governor is clearly committed to the growth of the health sector and deserves commendations for his efforts, especially the residency training that has now begun in the state.

The residency training followed the first-of-its-kind accreditation of the state’s premier hospital —Ilorin General Hospital — for the training of resident doctors, among other health professionals.

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“You are a Governor that listens to us. We at ARD UITH are very grateful as we have always enjoyed your support. You have supported our outreaches, you listen to us, and you give us the platform to reach for greater heights,” Dr. Abdullahi said.

“Under you, the residency training started in Kwara State. This is one huge achievement we cannot push aside. We will keep reaching out to you, we hope that this open door policy that you have pushed forward as well as your cordiality will always be there. The residency training means that we can now train more doctors in the state and that will impact positively on the sector.”

In a short address to the conference, the Governor commended health professionals for their selfless service to humanity and restated the administration’s commitment to improvement of facilities and workers’ welfare.

The Governor said he took part in the zoom meeting to understand the theme of the conference which is ‘Medical Residency Training Act: Interpretation and controversies’ especially because the state has only recently commenced the programme.

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The keynote speaker was Dr. Onyebueze John Ugochukwu who dwelt extensively on the Residency Act of 2017 and its purports for medical profession in the country.

“For us to be able to understand and draw up policies, we have to always listen to all constituencies and arguments from all divides. I’m glad I’m tuned in to this. I have listened to the issues at stake, some of which I already knew about. Understanding these issues helps us to better address the challenges,” the Governor said.

“We are not taking you (medical practitioners) for granted. The challenge in not meeting all your needs isn’t that we don’t care. It is simply because of limited resources at both national and subnational levels. There are other areas to take care of but we certainly do understand that without health being attended to, other things will simply collapse. Your contributions to humanity are truly appreciated. We cannot thank you or remunerate you enough for what you do. At the state level, we’ll continue to expand the facilities as well as attend to your welfare within available resources. As you all know, the state of our health needs to be improved upon and we are working so hard to make sure that facilities and health workers are given proper attention.”

Kwara has also recently approved better remunerations for its health workers, including medical doctors, to halt the former higher rate of attrition.

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The AbdulRazaq administration had recently secured accreditations from the West Africa College of Surgeon to train resident doctors in O & G and approval from National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria to train resident doctor in family medicine.

Presently, the Ilorin General Hospital is in the process of applying for accreditation in paediatric and ophthalmology departments because of the huge investments and commitment of the administration to the health sector.

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