Author Archives: AfriPinch

Yusuf Buhari ready to be discharged, Adesina says

The Presidency on Friday said the health of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, who was admitted into Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, on December 26, 2017 following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, has improved remarkably and he is ready to be discharged. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made ...

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Medical directors sue Abuja area council over ‘illegal charges’

The Guild of Medical Directors, GMD has asked an High Court in Abuja to look into the ‘illegal and unnecessary’ taxes collected from them by officials of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC. The counsel to the guild, Akinwale Aderele, who made the plea via an application brought before the judge, Charles Angbaza ,on Thursday, said the group was seeking, ”a ...

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Nigerian health workers pass vote of no confidence on Minister

The professional rivalry in the Nigerian health sector is threatening to boil over as other unions in the sector have accused the ministry of showing blatant favouritism to medical doctors, and have passed a vote of no confidence on the minister, Isaac Adewole. In a press statement on Monday, the Joint Health Sector Union and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, ...

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Court, Medical Council yet to act a year after ‘negligence’ caused woman’s death

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN is yet to disclose details of its investigation into a case of alleged medical negligence involving the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, for over one year. PREMIUM TIMES had in December 2016 reported how the FMC allegedly engaged in acts of medical negligence resulting in the deaths of some patients, including 29-year-old Sandra David, who ...

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Community health workers to begin administering contraceptives in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has given its nod to Community Health Extension Workers, CHEW, to begin administering family planning contraception and implants for women, in an effort to increase family planning coverage across the country. According to a statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the ministry and partners have begun implementing the Task-sharing and Task-shifting Policy for essential healthcare services. ...

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Major health stories in the news last week

These are some of the reports published on developments in the health sector last week. Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism – former Health Minister A former minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism. Mr. Chukwu at opening ceremony of the 2017 Faculty of Clinical Sciences 10th Faculty Week & Scientific ...

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Why we left AGSME fund interest rate at 5% –CBN boss, Emefiele

JUST at the weekend, the Bankers’ Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) bowed to the plea of some state governors to cut the interest rate charged on the CBN’s intervention fund to 5 per cent. Addressing the media on Sunday, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said it was meant primarily for small businesses. “What we agreed was  that out of ...

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CITN trains journalists on taxation reportage

The need for the proper reporting of contemporary taxation issues and use of tax terminologies in the media took the front burner at the weekend in Lagos during the second edition of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) media workshop for tax/finance reporters and correspondents. The workshop with the theme, “Media Workshop on Basic Taxation Terminologies and Highlights of ...

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Tips on how to save money

No matter where you are on your financial journey, you need to know that it’s possible for anyone to turn their financial life around. Sometimes all it takes is that first step in the right direction to get things moving in your favour. But, as with most things, sometimes that very first step is the hardest part. That’s why we created ...

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Crowdfunding: Why you need strong business plan first

Crowdfunding is a thrilling prospect. Connecting potential entrepreneurs with millions of micro-investors, the platform has helped fund and launch countless new enterprises, and it’s given a realistic platform for countless bright, young business owners who would otherwise have nowhere to go. But crowdfunding isn’t a magic solution. It isn’t a money tree, nor can it be fully taken advantage of by ...

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FG has released N1.2trn for capital vote –Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed that funds so far released by the Federal Government for capital projects in the current fiscal year now stand at N1.2 trillion. She said N750 billion was made available for capital project recently, in addition to N450 billion earlier released in the year. Speaking in her office in Abuja yesterday, when she ...

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Why Gwarzo should remain suspended –Stakeholders

recent calls in several quarters for the Federal Government to reinstate the suspended Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mournir Gwarzo back to office, have drawn the ire of capital market stakeholders who gave reasons why the embattled DG should remain suspended. According to them, reinstating him to the office while investigation on him is still on would could ...

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State of the nation: APC rode to power on false promises –Balarabe Musa

Apparently taking a critical look at the state of the nation, almost three years into President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, former governor of old Kaduna State and National Chairman of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, yesterday said the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) rode to power on the back of false and empty promises. Musa added that the ruling ...

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Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phone

Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee — who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — was left with a bruise after “an altercation with another inmate ...

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We must carry on, says Manchester United’s Mata

Manchester United players will have to motivate themselves at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday after manager Jose Mourinho suggested their Premier League title challenge was probably over. The 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday leaves United second in the table but a daunting 11 points behind their city rivals. However, United’s Spanish forward Juan Mata issued a ...

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Iwobi’s Arsenal face Ostersunds in Europa League

The Gunners, seeded for the draw, avoided the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli – who were both in the unseeded pot. Ostersunds are managed by Englishman Graham Potter, who previously played for Birmingham City and West Brom. Potter has taken the club from the fourth division to the Allsvenskan, the Swedish top tier, in six years. The 42-year-old has ...

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Spalletti embarrassed by Mourinho comparisons

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti admitted Monday that he was embarrassed by constant comparisons with the Serie A club’s former treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho. Spalletti’s side are the only unbeaten team in Serie A this season and sit top of the league a point ahead of Napoli with six-time defending champions Juventus two points behind in third. Manchester United boss ...

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