Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has forwarded a letter to President, Muhammadu Buhari to stop Aviation Minister Hadi sirika from inaugurating Nigeria Air operations on may 26th.
The letter which was signed by the Head of AON’s legal Team, Abubakar Ahmad said the attempt by the Minister will violate the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos which had restrained Sirika from taking any step in relation to Nigeria air project.
The Operators noted that the suit questions the shady deals, deliberate infraction of the Nigerian laws and self-enrichment and Corruption, against the Federal Ministry of Aviation over the Nigerian Air Project.
The Aircraft owners told the President that his Administration will hand over on Monday May 29th, 2023 but the Minister of Aviation is planning to circumvent the Court Orders on Friday 26th May, 2023 being the last working day and possibly to cover up the various infractions of Nigerian laws, amongst others by hurriedly bringing two aircraft as disguised that Nigeria air has began operations.
The AON said that if Sirika is allowed to proceed with his action, it will create needless controversies after his administration would have expired and it will still pursue contempt action against the Minister personally whether or not he has left office to promote the rule of law, protection of integrity of the court and in line with international best practices.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Hadi Sirika, had told the media that Nigeria Air plane will arrive in Nigeria on Friday and will be unveiled in Nigeria’s colours in line with the implementation of the aviation roadmap that has been achieved under his leadership.
President Muhammadu Buhari says he is proud to handover to President-elect Bola Tinubu as his successor
He said this on Thursday in Abuja during his address, shortly after he confered the National Honours of GCFR ans GCON the President-elect and vice president elect.
He described the ceremony as a significant milestone in the democratic journey of the country.
He congratulated the President elect on what he described as a well deserved victory during the 2023 election, Saying he has no doubt that Nigeria will continue to thrive under the leadership of The President elect.
President Buhari also said he had no doubt in the capacity of the Vice-president elect considering his strides in Governance.
He urged them not to forget the enormous responsibility that comes with the office, urging them to give their best in tackling the challenges of the country.
BUHARI said his Government has tackled headlong since inception the issues of insecurity , Corruption and other challenges.
The President also gave a scorecard of what his administration has done in terms of development of infastrucure in the country as the link between infastrucure and economic transformation is undeniable.
He said considering the experience of his goverment in 2015 he signed the executive order 14 to ensure a smooth transition process
He encourage the President-elect to upgrade his administration’s legacy as contained in the handover documents.
With Seventy Four Percentage Of The Global Population, especially those in developing Countries at Risk Of Non- communicable Diesases, the need to adopt healthy lifestyles according to health Experts is becoming more critical
Speaking in commemoration of the 2023 life style medicine week in Lagos with the theme” Beat the root cause of Non- communicable Disease With DREAMS” The speakers noted that the diseases most people suffer from are directly related to the choice of what they eat,Drink ,Physical activities and Relationship.
“Dr Moyosore Makinde, Consultant Family Physician & Int’l Board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, President SOLONg noted that Most of the non communicable Diesases like hypertension, Diabetes, Stroke Cancers and several Others were before now classified as the diseases of the elderly now affect all age groups going by Recent statistics from the world health organization WHO and the world health federation,
While the management of this diseases remains a huge burden for individuals and governments across the globe,the life style medicine specialty seeks to focus on the Prevention, Management and cure for these diseases through six key Pillars known as DREAMS.
The D,Stands for Diet, encouraging people to eat whole nuts, fresh foods from the farm that have not under gone processing, Avoidance of Red meat , Alcoholic drinks and Smoking.
The R stands for Positive Relationship devoid of hatred , bitterness etc.
The E represent regular and delibrate active lifestyle and Excercise.
A, represents avoidance of toxic and harmful substances
M Represents maintaining good mental health And the S represents good sleep of at least Eight Hours daily.
Given the High level of stress and mental health challenges associated with the harsh economic realities, focusing on music and other positive memories that brings happiness will help you worry less about situations you can not change Said Dr Chinasa Andi, A Public Health Physician, Int’l Board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Certified Weight loss coach & Nutritionist, Membership secretary, SOLONg
The Lifestyle Medicine Week is an annual event celebrated on the 21-26th of May world over to promote healthy behaviours.
President Muhammed Buhari has sworn-in seven federal commissioners of the Revenue, Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
He performed the brief ceremony before the commencement of the Valedictory Executive Council meeting at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
The Federal Commissioners are Senator Ayogu Eze (Enugu state), Peter Opara (Imo state), Hawa Aliyu (Jigawa state), and Rekiya Haruna (Kebbi state). Others are Ismaila Agaka (Kwara state), Kolawole Abimbola (Oyo state) and Ayuba Ngako (Federal Capital Territory).
Meanwhile, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also presented the report on the health reform committee to the president.
The Committee chaired by Osinbajo was put in place to develop a roadmap to achieving Universal Health Coverage in the country.
Among its recommendations include improving funding of the health sector above 10 percent.
…Breaks Ground for 11-Floor Resident Doctors’ Quarters
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu today commissioned six medical infrastructure projects at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) including; a 124-Bed SDG Multipurpose Medical Building; the Renovated House Officers’ Quarters; the Faculty of Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences Building; an Ambulance Bay; a Special Services Centre and a Sport complex all located within the premises of the LASUTH complex.
The Governor also broke the ground for the commencement of construction of 11-Floor Doctors’ Resident Doctors’ Quarter; which when completed would have 30 units of two bed room apartments and 63 units of one bedroom apartment including ancillary facilities.
Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat stated that the delivery of the modern medical infrastructure projects will further strengthen the capacity of the State health care system to meet the needs of residents and citizens alike.
He said: “We are here today at LASUTH to celebrate the delivery of modern medical infrastructure projects that will further strengthen the capacity of our health care system to meet the needs of our people.
“All of these facilities have been provided in fulfilment of our promises and commitment to the good people of Lagos State under the Health and Environment pillar of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda. We are committed to doing more in this second term of our administration and raise the bar of excellence”.
Sanwo-Olu while appreciating the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire for midwifing and handing over of the 124-bed SDG multipurpose medical building to Lagos State noted that the purpose built medical infrastructure will significantly raise the status of LASUTH as a leading and award winning medical school and centre of excellence in healthcare service delivery.
“Let me use this opportunity to express the profound appreciation of the government and the good people of Lagos State to the Federal Government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to Mr President on Sustainable Development Goals for the donation of a 124 Bed multipurpose medical building which we are commissioning today.
“This building which is well equipped with modern medical care facilities and comprising 4 medical schools in the areas of Anaesthesia Technology, Echo Cardiograph, Orthopaedic Cast Technology and Post Graduate Nursing, will significantly raise the status of LASUTH as a leading and award winning medical school and centre of excellence in healthcare service delivery
“I have no doubt in my mind that with this facility, and several others that have been put in place in other parts of the country, we are on the path to improving our nation’s human capital development index and achieving the set targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, the Governor said.
While congratulating the Management of LASUTH on the harvest of medical infrastructure projects, he urged the management and staff of the hospital to prioritize the care and maintenance of the facilities adding that his administration is committed to doing more in the second term to further raise the bar of excellence.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goal, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said that the Federal Government through the Sustainable Development Goals will continue to partner with the State government to ensure that citizens have unhindered access to quality healthcare services.
Orelope-Adefulire explained that the 124-bed SDG multipurpose building is a unique facility that houses Private Wards, Presidential Suites, GYM and SPA. She noted that the facility would hopefully attract VIPs and VVIPs to seek health care services at LASUTH.
“Aside from many other projects all across Nigeria that we have implemented, this edifice at LASUTH stands out, and will take care of all Nigerians living in Lagos. I’m aware that not only those who live in Lagos are coming to receive treatment in LASUTH”.
While appreciating the Lagos State Government for the support given to the outgoing President, she urged the Government and people of Lagos State to extend the same support to the incoming administration in order further the delivery of democratic dividend.
Also Speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the different medical infrastructure projects that were commissioned are of immense value and significant in the effort of the Sanwo-Olu led administration to improve the State Health indices.
He explained that the 124-Bed SDG Multipurpose Medical Building donated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals is an L-Shaped 2-Storey structure with a waiting shed geared towards expansion, improvement of healthcare delivery and to complement the existing in-adequate bed compliment at LASUTH.
Abayomi noted that the Renovated House Officers’ Quarters has 22 self-contain apartment with six general lounge inclusive of Toilets and Bathrooms, Terrace and 6 general kitchens adding that the project equally support the LASUTH in securing accreditation from the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria for the training of House Officers.
“The Faculty of Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences Building is a four floor project built to enhance the learning process of tutors and students of the Lagos State University College of Medicine. The building houses a reception, offices, conference rooms, lecture rooms, lecture theatres, conference room, laboratories including; anatomy laboratory and physiology laboratory.
“The Ambulance Bay is a storey building facility that houses the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) activities in Ikeja division of Lagos State. The Ambulance Bay is designed to ensure quick response to emergencies especially road traffic accidents and other medical emergencies and improved response time to emergencies. The facility has a Reception, Kitchenette, Driver’s Lounge, Office space for administrative activities, Male and Female Bedroom for convenience of staff running night shift”, Abayomi said.
The Commissioner stated that the Special Services Centre (SSC) is intended to bridge the gap in our healthcare sector and solve challenges of interventional procedures on a Private Public Partnership model.
According to him, the SSC accommodates a Dialysis Unit, a Bronchoscopy Suite, a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and an Endoscopy Suite whose services are economically affordable to patients across the State.
He noted that the Unit has eight dialysis stations which cater for a minimum of 22 sessions daily and 660 dialysis sessions monthly in addition to the existing six dialysis machines in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of LASUTH.
On theResident Doctors’ Quarters, Abayomiexplained that the construction of a facility to house resident doctors becomes more imperative due to the continuous agitation by the Resident Doctors for accommodation and the promise of the State Government to solve the problem of accommodation being experienced by the Doctors.
“The proposal for the construction is in line with the “Health and Environment” pillar under the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, the present Administration embarked on provision of conducive infrastructure for staff in order to enhance productivity and efficiency in the public health sector.
“The proposed new staff quarter for resident doctors in LASUTH will consist of 11-Floors with each floor designed with consideration to natural ventilation, illumination and energy efficiency which will eventually assist them to achieve optimum performance in their Clinical services”, the Commissioner said.
While appreciating the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for investing in medical infrastructure development, Abayomi opined that the collaboration of the Federal Government agency and the Lagos State Government is a decisive way to position LASUTH as one of the leading academic centers for medical training and care in Nigeria.
Whatever has a beginning,they often say has an end . With a few days to President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s exit from office,he gave an emotional Speech Wednesday at a valedictory session of the Executive Council of the Federation.
The President who also met with staff of the State House, as part of a countdown on his eight years of administration, appreciated them for all the support and loyalty.
President Buhari thanked all the Ministers for their steadfastness in pursuing the goals of the administration, urging support for the incoming President Bola Tinubu, even from outside Government.
President Buhari appreciated the Ministers for working closely together, despite many odds and challenges, and sustaining the synergy that translated into many achievements.
“I am proud to say we gave our best,’’ he added.
The President directed the Ministers to tidy up their work and avoid last-minute rush that could compromise the good deeds they had done over the years.
“In the cause of our years together, ranging from our newest addition to the oldest members of the team for the past seven and half years, we have differed on many issues. I urge that we understand that those positions were for the collective good, and no one should keep grievances, or carry these differences forward.
“For those of us that will not directly be in government, I know that I am one of such, I ask that we continue to provide our support, in whatever way we can, if called upon by our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC) that gave us the platform to stand and we must continue to support it in every way we can,’’ he said.
The President attributed all the good work and goodwill received by the administration to God’s intervention, adding, “I also thank God for the strength and for keeping us together.’’
“I look forward to a great many of you, disproving that Daura has not become too distant because I am no longer Mr President.
“I will also be happy to do the many things that I have not been able to since May 29th, 2015, one of such is my favorite pastime of taking care of my cattle.
“I wish all of us the best and hope to hear good news whenever any of our names are mentioned. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he stated.
President Buhari also met with members of Staff of the State House, lauding both the senior and junior workers for supporting his administration for eight years.
He noted that the administration had stretched to accommodate the views of workers and to meet some of their needs, within the available resources.
The National Union Of Allied Health Professionals have expressed displeasure over what it Describes as the discriminatory attitude of the Nigeria Ministry of Health to issues Concerning the welfare of its members.
President of the union Osi Ogbonna Joint Health Sector ,made this known during a briefing with Journalists on Wednesday in Abuja said the ministry has been frustrating efforts on adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary structure CONHESS and Consolidated Medical Salary Structure.
Ogbona said the union has already given a 15-day ultimatum to Government to look into the contentious issues failure which will push it to consider industrial options to get Government’s Attention to listen to their demands
Meanwhile the Lagos State Branch of the Association has threatened to withdraw it’s Services
From 12.00 Midnight on Thursday 25th May 2023 following a directive by their leadership to proceed on an indefinite strike.
According to a press Statement by the Union Members,the decision is in compliance with the decision of our national body which has given the directive upon the completion of a 15 day ultimatum to that effect
According to The Union leadership Efforts have been made at their various level to ensure the fulfilment of the agreement reached at a high powered meeting between our union and Representatives of the Lagos State Government that held on Tuesday 9th February 2023 with no success achieved.
“It is apparent that all our efforts to prevent Industrial Disharmony between us and our employers at all cost, often at great sacrifices and pain, for the sake of our clients, (the good people of Lagos and its environs), have been seen as a sign of weakness and stupidity which must be continually and maximally exploited’
We have therefore resolved to proceed on this total and indefinite strike until all our demands as agreed upon on
Governor Of Lagos State Babajide Sanwoolu has Terminated all his Commissioners, Special Advisers and Special assistants and other political appointees.
In a circular released Wednesday and signed by head of Service, Hakeem Muri- Okunola, the affected political office holders are to Submit all government properties in their care by Friday May 26th to the most senior Accounting Officer/Director in their respective MDA.
Meanwhile, political office holders whose appointments are tenure based and have not expired, are not affected by the directive until the expiration of their tenure.
According to the statement, the Governor wishes all the affected Officials success in their future endeavours.
President Muhammadu Buhari says his decision to close Nigeria’s land borders, was aimed at encouraging Nigerians to produce their own food.
The President said this on Tuesday while speaking during the inauguration of the new customs headquarters in Maitama district of the federal capital territory which was constructed at a cost of N19.6 billion.
President Buhari explained that although the move initially faced criticism, Nigerians eventually came to appreciate its importance.
He stressed the challenges of effectively guarding the extensive borders spanning over 1,600 kilometers, from Lake Chad to Benin Republic, and emphasized the need for competent supervision.
The President revealed that the deliberate closure of the borders was prompted by the prevalent practice of Nigerians ordering rice, diverting some to neighboring countries, and bringing the remainder back into the country.
Highlighting Nigeria’s vast potential in terms of resources, population, arable land, and favorable weather conditions, President Buhari underscored the importance of self-sufficiency.
He stated that closing the border was intended to encourage Nigerians to consume what they produce, particularly in terms of rice.
President Buhari also addressed the appointment of Hameed Ali as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), citing his experience and competence. He praised Ali’s ability to successfully handle problematic tasks assigned to him by the late former Head of State, Sani Abacha.
Comptroller-General Ali commended President Buhari’s intervention in combating corruption within the NCS.
He lauded the significant increase in the remuneration of customs personnel, which has made them less vulnerable to corruption.