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NAS knocks FG over resident doctor’s strike

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–           says healthcare has worsened under Buhari

The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) blamed President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for the ongoing industrial action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

The association which said Nigeria’s health care system has deteriorated over the last six years due to neglect asked President Buhari to take over negotiation with NARD to end the current impasse.

The NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje in a press statement titled: “Resident Doctor’s cyclic strikes” bemoaned the continued failure of the federal government to fulfill agreements signed with the union.

“It is bewildering that, despite being aware that resident doctors constitute a critical element of healthcare delivery in the country, the federal government could not prevent this industrial action by fulfilling an agreement it voluntarily signed. It is irresponsible and dishonorable to habitually break promises made to employees. More baffling is that the government would allow this shut-down by resident doctors in the midst of a third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic and an outbreak of Cholera which, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has as of August 17, 2021, claimed 1,178 lives in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Nigerians are dying needlessly as the effects of the strike bites harder,” he said.

Owoaje who berated the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige for his confrontational attitude and threats pointed out that the recent viral video of Nigerian doctors queuing for a recruitment exercise by Saudi Arabia captures the tragedy that has befallen Nigeria

“To reverse this trend and urgently too, President Muhammadu Buhari should take immediate charge of negotiations with NARD and ensure the implementation of agreements reached. Dr. Ngige should change his attitude of confrontational grandstanding, at the expense of the lives of vulnerable Nigerians and withdraw the case instituted by the Ministry of Labour at the Industrial Court, in order to create a conducive atmosphere for negotiation and resolution.

“The Resident Doctors are not making extraordinary demands. The monies being owed are a pittance, compared to the huge public funds committed to wasteful ventures by the government. President Buhari should seize the opportunity of the 18 months left of his tenure to leave an enduring legacy in the health sector. He should ensure that the health sector is allocated the required 15% of the total national budget, as contained in the Abuja Charter agreed to by African Union members in 2001. This would go a long way to address some of the fundamental problems bedeviling the health sector. It is not too late for the President to act.”

 

 

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Olugbo of Ugbo Set to Host Second edition of Turf Club Federation Tournament, Pledges to Nigeria Unity

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In a bid to foster continuous unity among Nigerians at a time Nigeria is struggling to remain united as an entity; members of the Turf Club Federation of Nigeria is doing everything within their capacity in line with its core values and mission statement in maintaining peace, stability and unity within Nigeria as they visited the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Dr. Fredrick Enitiolorunda Akinrutan OON at his palatial palace in Ode-Ugbo; Ilaje Ondo state last week on a courtesy visit and to show appreciation for the pivotal role he played in the maiden edition of its Turf games held in Bida; Niger state recently.

Presentation of a brand new horse

The delegation’s visit was to further commend Olugbo for finding time out of his tight itinerary to attend the maiden edition of the Turf game dedicated for horse lovers across the country where they converge under one umbrella to display cultural aesthetics among other things to further solidify Nigerians beyond the tribal narrative that is used to weaken our unity.

In the cause of the courtesy visit; members of the turf club through the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sultan Muhammed Saad Abubakar III, disclosed their readiness to allow South-West Nigeria host the sophomore edition which would be hosted within the kingdom of Olugbo and Kabiyesi Akinrutan as the host. This information was contained via a duly signed letter, dated 10th of August which states that: “The federation has resolved to honor your majesty with the hosting rights of the 2nd edition of the prestigious National Horse Racing Derby in your kingdom; this will be the first of its kind to have horse lovers, jockeys owners and sports enthusiast hosted outside of Northern Nigeria”

Member of the Turf Nigeria Federation delivering the goodwill message

 

After the parley; Olugbo’s cultural team displayed the rich Ugbo cultural heritage via songs, dance and its menu. Thereafter, members of the Turf Federation gifted Olugbo a horse as a sign of appreciation for his immense support for the sport and how he has worked assiduously to foster unity and peace within the country. A substantial date for the second edition to be hosted in Ugbo is yet to be announced but Kabiyesi disclosed that; after due consultation with stakeholders and chiefs within the kingdom; an appropriate time will be fixed so the whole kingdom will be in top gear to host visitors who would be coming for the event. “We are willing to make the second edition an experience that would never be forgotten. We would make sure we put every necessary plan in place to make sure the event is successful. We will also make sure that everybody who attends will never forget in a hurry. We Ilaje people are accommodating and our sense of hospitality is unmatched. We are ready to host the tournament and I thank the members who found me worthy of such a great gesture. I appreciate you all. we will keep working creating a positive synergy to make sure Nigeria is stronger in Unity”. Oba Akinrutan disclosed.

 

Horse Gift to the Olugbo of Ugbo Land

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 Lawyer demands N40million from Lufthansa Airlines Over Breach of Contract

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     Lagos lawyer, Barrister Olumide Sofowora SAN, and his wife Mrs. Olapeju Sofowora have slammed N39,640,818.00 suit on Lufthansa German Airlines for breach of contract of carriage. In a renewed legal battle via an amended statement of claim, accompanied by an additional written statement on oath sworn to by Mr. Olumide Sofowora SAN and filed before a Federal high court in Lagos southwest Nigeria, the plaintiffs avered that by a contract between them and the defendant, the Airline agreed to carry them and their luggage for reward by air from London to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September 2019. The said carriage was an international carriage.

      After checking in online on the 27th of September,2019, and indicating the number of luggage they had for the journey to Lagos via Frankfurt on 28th September,2019, they departed for Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 at about 4:30 am on 28th September,2019and arrive at the Airport at 5:00 am in order to board their 6:30 am Lufthansa Airline flight to Lagos, Nigeria via Frankfurt Germany.
   The plaintiffs stood in line at the Luggage check-in queue to drop their 4 pieces of luggage at Desk B25 but could not get to their turn on the check-in desk before 5:30 am because of the long queue of passengers.
  Upon reaching their turn and after confirming from the plaintiffs’ passports that they had checked in online, the defendant’s agent who thereafter asked one of the bags be placed on the scale/ conveyor belt to be tagged, suddenly stopped and asked how many pieces of the luggage the plaintiffs had to drop, upon confirming to her that they had 4 pieces of luggage to drop, the agent refused to continue the final check-in process for the flight saying the facilities to load the luggage on the flight had closed since they close one hour before the flight.
    The plaintiffs pleaded with the defendant’s agent to allow the luggage to be checked in on the next flight from London to Frankfurt and thereafter connected to the flight from Frankfurt to Lagos, but the agent informed the plaintiffs that, it could not be done because of security reasons all items of luggage must fly with the passenger and the only option left was to purchase new tickets for the next flight.
      The airport manager of the defendant confirmed what his agent had stated and despite the plaintiff’s plea, the manager insisted that the plaintiffs purchase a new ticket for the next London to Frankfurt flight at 7:30 am. They complained that this was most unfair considering that they purchased Premium Economy tickets and already have confirmed seats for the connecting journey from Frankfurt to Lagos on the Premium Economy class. All their pleas fell on deaf ears as the manager insisted on their decision.
      The plaintiffs had no choice but contacted their travel agent to get them fresh tickets for the journey from London to Lagos via Frankfurt and they have to be downgraded from Premium Economy to Economy class on their new flight tickets for which they paid the sum of N359,182.00. The previous London to Lagos return ticket has to be forfeited.
      To the surprise of the plaintiffs’ they were check in on the flight at 6:50 am for the 7:30 am flight and they were not told that the luggage boarding facility had closed even though this was less than one hour to the take-off of the flight. The boarding Gate did not open until 7:05 am flight to Frankfurt. To the plaintiff’s further surprise, Upon boarding the flight to Lagos from Frankfurt, the flight was virtually empty and their original Premium Economy seats on the Frankfurt to Lagos leg of the flight were also empty.
     Upon arriving in Lagos,3 of the 4 pieces of their luggage did not arrive, thereafter the plaintiffs, like several other passengers whose luggage did not arrive had to be going to Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on a daily basis to retrieve their luggage and the plaintiffs were able to retrieve 3 pieces of the luggage five days after.
       The defendant later paid N72,000 as inconvenience fee and offer N84,520.00 as compensation for the items bought by the plaintiffs due to the delay of their Luggage thereafter the defendant refused and failed to agree to pay reasonable compensation for the purchased tickets and delay of luggage stating that it was not liable to pay any compensation.
    Consequently, Mr. Olumide Sofowora and his wife Olapeju Sofowora are claiming against Lufthansa German Airlines, N20 million as Special and general damages, N359,182:00 being the cost of new tickets, N824,798:00 being half-price tickets of the cost of a ticket from London to Lagos, General damages in the sum of N10 million for denying the plaintiffs boarding at the London Heathrow airport having check-in. N8,816,029:00 for inconveniencies suffered by the plaintiffs’ including loss of professional time in trying to retrieve their Luggage.
      Interest on the total sum at the rate of 20%per annum from 28th of September,2019 until Judgement and thereafter at the rate of 10%per annum.
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Synagogue Church of All Nations SCOAN Appoints Late T.B Joshua’s widow, Evelyn as New Leader

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The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) today officially announced Mrs. Evelyn, widow of late Prophet T.B Joshua as the new leader of the church. In a statement captured on its official verified Facebook page, SCOAN urged members and followers of the late prophet to pray for Mrs. Evelyn as she steps into the shoe of her late husband.

The statement averred that; “Good Morning. We thank you for all your prayers and your love for the ministry since the glorious home call of our dear father, servant of the Highest God, ProphetT.B. Joshua. We thank you for keeping the faith. It is now God’s appointed time, to the glory of God, for The SCOAN to soldier on with the divine assignment under the guidance of God and the human leadership of Mrs. Evelyn Joshua. We urge you all to join us in prayers as we wish for God’s guidance and divine wisdom in her new God-ordained role. Mrs. Evelyn Joshua will shortly address the teeming members of The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV Partners who have waited so long for this new phase in the Great Commission.”

This announcement was made amidst the recent declaration of the federal high court who recently added Mrs. Evelyn as a member of the board of trustees. Sources averred that; The 5 wise men trained by Prophet T.B Joshua have kicked against the development; after the Late, Prophet was said to have kept his wife away from his ministry while he was alive.

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