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CPC, NMA To Formulate Consumer Protection Guide

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The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), say they would formulate an acceptable guide to regulate interaction between patients and medical doctors in the country.
CPC’s Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera said this when the President of NMA, Prof. Mike Ogirima led members of  his executive team on a visit to the council in Abuja.
In a statement issued by the Head of Public Relations of the council, Mr Abiodun Obimuyiwa on Sunday in Abuja, Irukera said that the proposed Guide would be known as Patients’ Bill of Rights.
According to him, it will identify rights and privileges in a patient-care giver relationship for the protection of consumers.
He said a standing committee, with members drawn from the NMA and the CPC, had been set up to immediately advance the finalisation of the document.
“The committee will also expand key areas of collaboration for the promotion of high standards of care and patients’ protection.”
Irukera also said, it was imperative that the two organisations collaborate and jointly disseminate such rights to consumers to promote higher and safer healthcare standards.
“We need to ensure people know their rights to information and proper explanation of their medical situation in a language they understand.
“People need to know their right to control decision-making with respect to their treatment regimen; the right to know when to, where to and how to secure a second opinion if desired.
“The introduction of the Bill of Rights in Nigeria is long overdue and nothing improves standards more than consumers demanding it and asking questions,” he said.
The CPC boss and the NMA president underscored the urgency of the need for the Guide and had set end of June as deadline for a final draft of the Bill of Rights.
They both also agreed that a short form of the Bill of Rights should be displayed at all public and private healthcare facilities in the country.
Irukera reiterated the need for the NMA to ensure absolute precision in their dealings.
“Your industry does not permit any error; the legal industry to which I belong, provides successful appeals as many other industries also have built-in redundancies.
“This is not the case in medicine which, although investigative, requires absolute precision.
“It is tragic that doctors can go on strike and I recognise the fundamentals that are subjects of some of the strikes.
“However, I have never been able to reconcile the potential and irreversible loss that can and does happen when these strikes occur; we must not trivialise life.
“I think the rightful partner in reinforcing that message of sanctity of life is the Nigerian Medical Association because for many, saving lives is a motto, but in medicine, it is an obligation.”

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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