The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that his administration had approved importation of some vital medical equipment needed by Secondary health facilities across the State worth billions of Naira.
Already, the General Hospital, Ilaro now wore a new look as facilities were being upgraded to meet international standard.
He said: “When I visited the General Hospital, Ilaro, I was scandalised by the structures and facilities there. I wondered whether what was described as theatre was suitable for animals. We had to step in and today we have a modern hospital fitted with equipment that we will all be proud to call a modern health facility.
“Very soon, the equipment would arrive to ensure efficient service delivery in the health sector.”
However, the acquired equipment for the re-accreditation of State Hospital, Ijaiye, included Cardiotocographic (CTG machine), Anaesthetic Machine Halothane, Patient Monitor, Double Humidifier, Cardiac Defibrillator, Souctioning Machine, Autoclaving Machine, Gurney Trolley, Neonatal resuscitation and wheelchairs, among others.
Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abiodun in a statement issued in Abeokuta further noted that the Dapo Abiodun’s administration would ensure that dividends of democracy would be evenly spread in the state.
“No section of the State would be marginalised or shortchanged under my watch,” the governor declared after being conferred with the honorary membership of Abeokuta Club.
He promised that his administration would continue to ensure State-owned hospitals have the necessary equipment needed for its operations.
“Lack of some vital medical equipment at the General Hospital, Ijaye, was brought to my attention only last week, I immediately approved and authorized the importation of the equipment,” he said.
He said his administration had also commenced the construction of two housing estates in Abeokuta, as part of an effort to address housing deficit, saying the estates would be located at Hilltop and Ibara areas of the city.
According to him, the estate at Ibara would have 200 units of houses for low income, 50 units for middle and high income earners, adding that similar estates were going on in other parts of the State.
Briefing members of the Club on his administration’s policies and programmes, Abiodun said infrastructure, education, agriculture, employment generation and youth empowerment, as well as digitalisation of the State, would be given adequate attention.
Commenting on Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abiodun said he believed appropriate lessons had been derived from the government’s approach of open communication and inclusiveness, saying the committee was set up to review and advice government on the issue, in order to concentrate on other key areas of governance.
Adoke’s book ‘bouquet of half truths and plain lies’ – Magu
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has described a yet-to-be launched book written a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), as a “bouquet of half truths and plain lies”.
Magu said the alleged attempt by Adoke to present himself as a victim of persecution, against the backdrop of the commission’s investigation of the OPL 245 Settlement Agreement.
In a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Magu accused Adoke trying to rewrite history in his book titled: ‘Burden of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s former Attorney General’.
According ro Uwujaren, the former AGF “took aim at the EFCC boss as being part of a deadly triumvirate that had been hounding and persecuting him since he left office in 2015.
“The other two alleged traducers, mentioned by Adoke are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and former Senate Leader, Alli Ndume. Adoke claims that he had been viciously maligned by this threesome to the extent that he contemplated suicide”.
He, however, said the claims were aimed at stirring curiosity ahead of the presentation of the book.
Insecurity: Our peace deal with bandits collapsed – Gov Bello
The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has lamented the inability of the state to enter a peace deal with armed bandits terrorising parts of the state, saying “they are very fearless and ready to carry out their threats”.
This was as he said that despite spending over N470million the level of insecurity has ecalated in Minna, the state capital, where the residents now live in fear.
The governor made this revelation on Tuesday during the Critical Stakeholders meeting on the state of Affairs in Niger State at the JLK International Conference Center, Minna adding that there is the urgent need to secure the state.
It should be noted that the striking of peace deals with common criminals especially bandits is becoming a fad among Nigeria’s state governors.
In Zamfara State, the governor, Aminu Masari, was so elated when some bandits surrendered their arms and were subsequently granted amnesty.
Also, the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, embraced the curious detente when the state negotiated with bandits, released some of their captives while they surrendered their illegal weapons.
Governor Sani Bello while saying that, the state has spent alot of money on security disclosed that “all efforts to dialogue with bandits have failed; They are fearless and are ready to unleash terror on the villagers”.
One Million Women For Christ launched in Lagos
Women are set to take their place in the polity as a group known as One Million Women for Christ was recently launched in Lagos with the theme: “Women Awake! Take The Laws Of God In Your Hands”
According to the Chief convener, Bishop (Dr) Priscilla Otuya, founder Mothers of the Nation, while addressing participants in Victoria Island during the launching, the group is an umbrella organization for faith based female social entrepreneurs.
“We have social entrepreneurs but our own is faith base,d if you are a woman of faith and you are into community development through your businesses to create social change, then you can be a member, It’s an umbrella platform for women of like minds” she said.
She said the group’s message to the Christian women is that they should first of all know who they are according to Genesis chapter 5 verse 2 which says “When God created Man and Woman, He called them one name ‘Adam’ but woman has been living on the name that man has called her.
“God called us Adam but Adam gave Eve the name Eve. So we are going back to know who we are, knowing our identity and to cover who God is, work with him to achieve our goals in life”, she said.
To the General Overseers, Otuya said she would like to refer them back to the Scripture about how God raised Deborah to deliver the Israelites from their enemies because the Bible says when the people of God sinned, God gave them over to their enemies and He used Deborah to be a saviour that saved them out of their situation.
She therefore urged the General Overseers to give women in their midst room to be who they ought to be adding that it’s not enough to be preaching about Deborah and Esther in the Bible just to make women in their churches happy.
“There are some of us that the Lord has prepared and raised to be partners with Him in getting this change they preach about . A man knew Esther in the Bible, groomed her and gave her the opportunity to shine so this is my message to the General Overseers”
To the Government, the female cleric said Nigeria belongs to all of us adding that government should also recognize that women are also Nigerians and give them room to operate.
“Give women opportunity to do what they are supposed to do very well, give us conducive environment to operate. For example one of our women here in this meeting went for elective position but she didn’t go far because of this situation , government should recognize our ministry”.
She cited the case of America where former President George Bush the Senior began an office for faith based initiative for women for faith based in community development. She urged the Nigerian government to also recognize faith based group as people that are contributing to the economy.
“Government should give us enabling environment to thrive and to also work on the security because we are living in fear in this country it should not be so, Nigeria belongs to all of us we have a right to this nation as they have the right to it, so we are not fighting anybody but we want our right to peace in this Nation to be respected”, she said.
She said one of the objectives of her Movement, Mothers of the Nation is to help others to be empowered.
” What we are doing in Mothers Of The Nation is to mobilize women of God, no matter who you are, no matter where you belong to, it does not matter even though you are a cleaner in the house of God as long as you are doing something in the house of God, you are a woman of God , when had an encounter with the Lord, Jesus said every part of His body must be restored before He comes back that is why I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”
One of the members, Mrs Patience Oghego said One Million Women for Christ is all about women coming together to give back to the society through prayers, mentoring and caring for people like the less privileged, people who want to go to school but are not connected in terms of financial backing. “We are specially praying that things will get better for Nigeria in our homes and in our families. Now is the time for women to pray to God so that God can give answers to our nation and to teach their children, their family to talk to God and let righteousness and holiness be esteemed in the land of Nigeria and our family”
She said her message for the Government is that they should leverage on this course of bringing everyone together for the next relevant level which is to live the good life that God has given to all.
Also, Mrs Nene Kanu said the main objectives of the group is to call women to stand up and take their place in the country Nigeria.
“We are asking women to break out of the usual. Women’s voice needs to be heard, women needs to be relevant in the happenings in their country, so we are encouraging women everywhere to key in to make this happen”
“My message to the women and the Christian folk is to arise, at every point their voice needs to be heard especially in this day and age where kidnapping and killing of Christians have become the order of the day, our voice needs to be very relevant at this time”, she said.
Women need to stand for what is true and what is right, we need to stand for justice, we need to stand for the people that are being killed every second so our voice needs to be heard and that’s why we are calling on women, we are saying the men have done it and have not done it right, we the women are rising to our responsibility to put it right , we build the home and once a woman builds the home as it is said that once you empower a woman you empower the nation so we need to take our place in this nation.
Exiled whistleblower: I’m ready to return to the US if…says Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden, who has been living in exile in Russia after leaking American intelligence secrets in 2013, said Monday that he would like to return to the United States if he is guaranteed a fair trial.
“One of the big topics in Europe right now is should Germany and France invite me in to get asylum … And of course I would like to return to the United States. That is the ultimate goal. But if I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison, the one bottom-line demand that we all have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial. And that’s the one thing the government has refused to guarantee because they won’t provide access to what’s called a public interest defense,” Snowden told CBS co-hosts Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil on “CBS This Morning.”
He added: “I’m not asking for a parade. I’m not asking for a pardon. I’m not asking for a pass. What I’m asking for is a fair trial. And this is the bottom-line that any American should require.”
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor, is accused of espionage and theft of government property in the US for leaking volumes of information on American intelligence and surveillance operations to the media. Snowden settled in Moscow after initially traveling to Hong Kong following his 2013 public disclosure of the classified information.
The Russian government granted him asylum soon after and, after receiving a three-year extension to his leave to remain in Russia, the country extended his asylum in 2017 until 2020.
In 2015, Snowden indicated that he is willing to go to prison if he is permitted to return to the United States.
In the final weeks of the Obama administration, more than a million supporters petitioned the White House to pardon Snowden, but the administration said he hadn’t submitted official documents requesting clemency, reports CNN.
Snowden’s remarks came a day before the release of his new memoir, “Permanent Record.”
Abiodun: I won’t appoint yes-men into my cabinet
Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, said he would not give appointment to yes-men or surround himself with persons lacking the ability to challenge him as regards good governance.
Abiodun, who spoke at a thanksgiving and praise programme held to celebrate his recent victory at the election petitions tribunal, said he has identified indigenes of the state in various sectors who are doing well and ready to work with him.
The event, held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, was attended by notable chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former and serving government functionaries as well as traditional rulers.
Addressing the gathering, the governor assured that his administration would be run by people that are ready to work for the development of the state.
“I’m not ready to work with with yes-men; those that can never challenge me in administering the state. I will surround myself with smartest people who have something to offer; I mean intelligent people,” he stated.
Abiodun thanked God for “shaming” his detractors and those who attempted to frustrate his political aspiration with the tribunal judgement delivered on Saturday.
He revealed that he almost gave up on contesting elections and serving in public office when his attempts to become governor and senator in 2003 and 2015 respectively failed to materialise.
Army Court Martials General over missing N400m
The Nigerian Army Tuesday arraigned a former General Officer Commanding, GOC 8 Division, Sokoto, Major General Hakeem Otiki, before a General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Abuja, over alleged diversion of N400million.
The GCM, which is sitting at the Nigerian Army Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, is headed by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun.
New Telegraph recalls that five soldiers on escort duty from Sokoto to Kaduna were alleged to have absconded with the huge cash, leading to the arrest and detention of the embattled GOC.
It was learnt that the convening order for the constitution of the GCM, may have been issued by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
AKWA IBOM BOOSTS ECONOMIC TIES WITH KINGDOM OF NETHERLANDS
As part of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s effort at attracting investment to Akwa Ibom, the Commissioner of Economic Development and Ibom Deep SeaPort over the weekend shared the Completion Agenda with the Economic Envoy of the Kingdom of Netherlands at a cocktail reception held in honor of the new Consul General Mr Jan van Weijen at the Dutch Embassy grounds in Lagos.
Exciting similarities between Netherlands and Akwa Ibom were enumerated and the strong economic cordialities holds great promise for collaboration and partnership.
Akwa Ibom like Holland remains an emerging Port nation with opportunities in tourism, agriculture, aviation, water technology and education.
The Ibom Deep SeaPort remains a flagship PPP project of Akwa Ibom and Nigeria with critical economic potential in jobs, technologies and Investment opportunities
Economic Development Mandate for International Cooperation emphasizes the delivery of development finance/partners synergy towards impactful economic growth for the benefit of Akwa Ibom.
Iran’s supreme leader rules out any talks with US officials
Iran’s supreme leader has announced there will be “no negotiations on any level” with US officials, in remarks aimed at dousing speculation of a possible summit between Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN general assembly next week.
The departure of the US national security adviser, John Bolton, an advocate of forceful anti-Iran policies, from the White House last week, along with the scheduled arrival of the Iranian president in New York had raised the possibility of renewed high-level talks between the countries after months of escalating threats and military posturing.
On Monday, Trump appeared to leave the door open for discussion even as he hinted at military action against Iran, which members of his cabinet have blamed for the weekend’s attacks on Saudi Arabian petroleum infrastructure.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” the US president told reporters. “I know [Iran] want to make a deal … At some point it will work out.”
However, in remarks posted on his official website on Tuesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, appeared to rule out the possibility of any meeting between Trump and Rouhani, at least in the short term.
“If America takes back its words and repents and returns to the nuclear deal, which they have violated, they can take part in the meetings of signatories to this agreement with Iran,” Khamenei said. “Otherwise, no negotiation on any level will happen between officials of the Islamic Republic and America, neither in New York nor anywhere else.
Khamenei is traditionally opposed to dialogue with the US, and made regular pessimistic statements during negotiations for the 2015 global agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. He came out in support of the deal once it was reached, arguing Iran had shown “heroic flexibility”.
The US pulled out of the agreement last year, with Trump arguing it was too narrowly focused on Iran’s nuclear programme and did nothing to address the country’s missile development, human rights abuses and sponsorship of militias in the Middle East.
As part of a “maximum pressure” campaign intended to bring Tehran to the table, Washington imposed harsh sanctions on Iranian exports which have choked the country’s economy, including its oil industry.
In the past four months, at least 13 oil tankers in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz have been seized by Iranian forces or been targeted by acts of sabotage, starting on 12 May with the appearance of large holes in the hulls of four ships docked in Fujairah, one of the United Arab Emirates. The US and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly accused Iran of perpetrating the damage. Tehran denies the allegations, reports The Guardian.
Inflation rate drops to 11.02% in August —NBS
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday said that the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation drop from 11.08 per cent in July to 11.02 per cent in August.
The bureau in the report stated that inflation rate of 11.02 per cent for August represents a decrease of 0.06 percentage point year-on-year.
The NBS said that the drop in inflation rate continued in August despite several pronouncements regarding restrictions on the import of some food items, minimum wage and the recent border closures.
With respect to the impact of border closure on consumer prices, the bureau stated that the country may not see the significant effect on inflation now as the closure was only captured for 11 days during the 31 days reference period in August.
24 killed in bomb attack at Afghan president’s rally
Afghan officials say a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle went off near a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in the country’s northern Parwan province.
Afghan hospital officials said 24 people died in the bomb attack.
The president’s campaign spokesman, Hamed Aziz says that Ghani was there but that he is safe and unharmed. Aziz said he would provide more details later.
Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan, says the explosion happened while the rally was underway on Tuesday, at the entrance to the venue.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, reports The Associated Press.
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