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Reps Set To Reposition Nigeria Health Sector



  • As FG Calls For More Funding For Sector

The House Representatives Committee on Health Institution on Thursday said it is aware of the havoc of omicron/covid-19, which makes it expedient to access deficit in the health sectors.

The chairman of the committee Hon. Pascal Obi from Ideato North/Ideato South federal constituency of Imo State said these bills for consideration will help find solutions to issues bedeviling the health sector.

The Bills are “A Bill for an Act to Establish Alex Ekweeme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, and for Related Matters (HB, 1325).”

“A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Science) Jos to provide for courses leading to the award of Diplomas and certificates in Medical Laboratory Technology and for Related Matters ( HB, 1421 )”.

“A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Center, Amagu Ikwo, Ebonyi State and for Related Matters (HB, 1326 ).

“A Bill for an Act to provide Establishment of  Federal Collage of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Science, Islala Mbano, Imo State and for Related Matters (HB, 1642 ).


“A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Center, Bonny, Rivers State and for Related Matters (HB, 963).

Hon. Obi while declaring the interactive session open said “these bills have tremendous value and importance for the wellbeing of Nigerians and the Health Sectors at large.”

“We hope you will make contributions that will help the House come up with a solution that will solve some of the challenges in the health sector,” He said.

The Minister of state Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora said, they are Some concerns we can’t shy away from.

Speaking from the ministry, the biggest problems are always being on funding, cost implications of implementing these proposals which you are presenting in form of bills are very important.


“These cost implications are necessary to take care of structures and equipment and most importantly is the issues of human resources”.

Momora said the cost of human resources is so important that without it infrastructure and equipment are useless. Crises in the health sector are caused by inadequate funding” He stressed.

He advised that in the future before a bill or proposal is presented, such bills must be backed up with suggestions on how the proposal will be financed.

Secondly, he said “the majority of existing health institutions today are groaning under financial challenges” He added again that, during auditing carried out by the ministry, it was discovered that out of about 30,000 health institutions in the country today, only one third are functional and not fully functional in the true sense of it.”

“Another area we must look at and consider before establishing any health institution is issues of accessibility of water, renewable energy, and transportation. You need all three for any health institution to function optimally.


“It is unfortunate today that malaria still remains the highest cause of mortality because of lack of basic amenities,” Mamora said.

He added that if the primary healthcare centers are functioning well with all basic facilities in place, most of the challenges in the health sector would have been addressed.

“Because these primary health sectors are not functional up to standard, that is why people rush to secondary and tertiary healthcare institutions which is why the places are choked up.

Of the five bills, two are established in nature, with the minister suggesting that the one seeking the establishment of Alex Ekweme Teaching Hospital requires an amendment to the existing Act to accommodate it.

“For the establishment of the federal college of nursing, midwifery and health services Isiala-Mbano Imo State, the ministry does not have issues with its establishment provided it is accredited, but it should be upgraded to a degree-awarding institution,” the minister added.


Some lawmakers however did not take some stands of the health minister likely, Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante kicked against placing a ceiling on the establishment of health institutions, especially in disadvantaged regions like the South-South and the South East that are lacking in the area of the presence of tertiary health institutions.

Hon. Chinedu Ogah who sponsored two of the bills also took time to explain the importance of establishing tertiary health institutions in the Eastern part of the country, particularly in Ebonyi state which presently has none for now.

He appealed to the minister that he should ensure that the marginalized should be considered while sighting these health institutions.

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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States



The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.


“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”


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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life



Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.


While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”


Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks



The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.


DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.


ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

  • Source: Independent


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