Stop Using ‘I Pass My Neighbour’ Generator, FG Warns

Stop Using ‘I Pass My NEIGHBOUR’ Generator, FG Warns

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), an agency under the Federal Ministry of Environment has told Nigerians, especially those residing in urban settlements, to stop using the two-stroke engine generators because of the danger their smoke poses to the environment. NESREA’s Director-General, Professor Aliyu Jauro, who gave the warning in an interview with Daily Trust in Abuja, said the two-stroke engine generators, often referred to as ‘I pass my neighbour’, is contributing immensely to the pollution of the air and environment in the country. Aliyu, who spoke…

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Fed Govt, Health Workers Reach Truce To Avert Strike

Fed Govt, Health Workers Reach Truce To Avert Strike

The Federal Government said it has reached a truce with aggrieved health workers of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professionals. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said this while addressing newsmen at the end of a five-hour meeting with the leadership of JOHESU on Tuesday in Abuja. The JOHESU President, Mr. Josiah Biobelemonye, said “strike is not the way to go”, and expressed optimism that all issues raised by the unions would be positively attended to. JOHESU had on 3 Sept. issued…

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Ifedayo Adetifa Replaces Ihekweazu As NCDC DG

Ifedayo Adetifa Replaces Ihekweazu As NCDC DG

President Muhammadu Buhari also approved the appointment of Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa as the new Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. Dr. Adetifa replaces former NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who recently got a new job as the Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation (WHO). Meanwhile, President Buhari has approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of…

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Fed Govt Plans Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination For Workers

Fed Govt Plans Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination For Workers

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday said the Federal Government would soon make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants. He added that it would commence once there was enough vaccine to go round. Mustapha stated this during a meeting with the state’s commissioners for health in Abuja. He said, “The vaccine mandate will obviously come. Before now, simple yellow fever vaccine, you couldn’t travel without the card until Nigeria exited from the list of endangered countries. “The world is gravitating towards that direction. By…

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Cholera Claims 2,141 Lives In 23 States, Abuja

Cholera Claims 2,141 Lives In 23 States, Abuja

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 2,141 people have died of cholera out of 65,145 suspected cases logged by 2 September. The deaths and cases were reported by 23 states, most of them in the northern part of Nigeria and the Federal capital of Abuja. The NCDC disclosed this on its Cholera Situation weekly epidemiological report posted on its official website, on Monday. There was a 62 percent decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 33 (2,127) when compared with the 3,098 cases in week…

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States Consider no-work-no-pay policy, May Stop Doctors’ Salaries A Imo Owes Doctors Six Months’ Salaries

States Consider no-work-no-pay policy, May Stop Doctors’ Salaries A Imo Owes Doctors Six Months’ Salaries

Striking resident doctors have called the Federal Government’s bluff for invoking the no-work-no-pay policy by stopping their salaries. However, there were indications that states across the country might also adopt the Federal Government policy by equally denying the protesting doctors their salaries. But the doctors said rather than being intimidated by the Federal Government’s action and indications that states might also join in the action, the development had further strengthened their resolve to persist until their demands were met. The resident doctors spoke in separate interviews on Friday. The Vice…

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Court Restrains Obaseki From Enforcing Compulsory Vaccination On Edo Residents

Court restrains Obaseki from enforcing compulsory vaccination on Edo residents

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has restrained Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from enforcing compulsory vaccination orders on people of the state. The trial judge, Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed, gave the order yesterday, following motions filed in Suit No. FHC/PH/FHR/266/2021, by Mr. Charles Osaretin, on Monday, against the Edo state governor and five others, seeking that status quo be maintained pending determination of the suit. Obaseki had mandated the residents of Edo to compulsorily get vaccinated for COVID-19 or risk denial of access to the church,…

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Edo Residents Protest “No-COVID-19 Vaccine, No-public Gathering” Order

Edo Residents Protest “No-COVID-19 Vaccine, No-public Gathering” Order

…as Ondo govt mandate vaccine intake for all residents The no-COVID-19 vaccine, no-public gathering order of Governor Godwin Obaseki led to massive protest by civil society groups on Monday in Benin, Edo State. The protesters under the aegis of Equity Initiatives, matched through various streets in Benin, to the Benin branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and Edo State Government House. Obaseki had at a briefing last week named such gathering to include churches, mosques, banks, wedding or burial receptions, among others. He stated…

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FG Stops Striking Doctors’ Salaries

The Federal Government has directed the immediate implementation of the “no work, no salary” policy on the striking medical doctors

The Federal Government has directed the immediate implementation of the “no work, no salary” policy on the striking medical doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) who are on a nationwide strike. Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in a letter to the Federal Ministry of Health, directed that the policy be implemented with effect from August 2, 2021, when the doctors withdrew their services nationwide over unpaid salaries and other entitlements. Ngige, in the letter, explained that he drew his powers from Section 43(1)…

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28 States With Storage Facilities Get Vaccine Doses

28 States With Storage Facilities Get Vaccine Doses

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had delivered Moderna vaccine doses to 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It added that eight states had yet to receive the vaccine because they lacked requisite vaccine storage capacity, especially backup cold chain facilities. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a joint briefing on COVID-19 vaccination by his agency, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, and the World Health Organisation in Abuja. He said the second phase of vaccination…

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