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Strike: FG, Johesu Meeting Ends In Deadlock

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A meeting between the federal government and the striking health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has again ended with no agreement, a leader of the union has said.
According to the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, the government in the meeting held Wednesday said they are preparing an offer for the union.
“They said they want to make an offer to us but we don’t know what it is yet until we study it and know if its what we can accept or not,” Mr Chimela said.
JOHESU, an association of health workers except doctors, has been on strike for exactly 22 days.
Patients are worst hit as nurses and midwives — some of the most influential members of JOHESU have all downed tools in federal health institutions.
Earlier, our correspondent had  reported that the states and local governments health workers had been directed to join the strike by Wednesday, midnight.
State leaders of the union said they agreed to join the ongoing strike so as to mount maximum pressure on government to meet their demands.
“Our position is still clear. The federal institutions are all on strike. The state and local government health workers have joined and it will continue this way till our demands are fully met,” Mr Chimela told our correspondent yesterday.
He added that the government said it will contact the Union by 8 p.m. Thursday for a continuation of the meeting.
When contacted for comments, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the meeting between the government and the union is still ongoing.

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Police Nab Nigerian With 550grams Of Mephedrone In India

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Nigerian national, UcheIhuarulam, 31, has been arrested in Mumbai,India with 550grams of mephedrone, worth Rs 55 lakh.
The drugs were seized from him by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC).
The Worli unit of ANC was said to have received a tip-off about a Nigerian coming to deliver mephedrone at Sewri-Wadala road on Sunday evening.
Accordingly, the unit laid a trap and detained Ihuarulam.
“On conducting a search, we found 550gm of mephedrone on him and arrested him,” the officer said.
The Indian Express quoted the officer as saying that during his interrogation, they found that Ihuarulam had been staying in India for the last three years, and is part of a gang of Nigerian nationals that supplied drugs to the city.
The officer alleged that in the last few months, there have been several cases of narcotics, especially mephedrone, being smuggled into Mumbai by gangs of Nigerian nationals residing in Navi Mumbai and Vasai-Virar.
“We are keeping an eye on these gangs that supply narcotics to the city.”

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IGP Plans 20,000 To Join Force By 2022

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The delay in the recruitment of more police officers was caused by the clash of interests between the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the police hierarchy over the appropriate body to conduct the exercise.
The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, who disclosed this yesterday in Minna, the Niger State capital, added that 20,000 more personnel would be recruited into the Force by next year.
He, however, disclosed that the dispute had been resolved, adding that the recruitment of 10,000 personnel for the Force will commence soon.
The IGP further explained that “between now and year 2022, about 20,000 personnel will be engaged by the Force to boost its manpower.”
Baba while addressing officers and men of the Niger state police command at the police headquarters in Minna said, “Our problem with the Police Service Commission on who recruits is over, the recruitment which we started in 2020, will be completed soon and by the year 2022, 20,000 men would have been added to the force.”
He also disclosed that training and retraining of officers and men of the force will now be given top priority, adding that the police colleges across the country while trainees in the colleges will now eat and sleep there.
The IGP, who said he is a member of a national committee looking into the accommodation of policemen, said they have decided that about 1,500 houses would be provided for the police between now and 2022.
“There will be a change, we will give you uniforms which you are not getting before, officers will buy uniforms, and rank and file will also get shoes and berets”
Baba urged his officers to be very prayerful for all the plans to materialism, adding that “the police force has too many enemies, if you are regulating human conduct people will not like you therefore you must pray for the job”.
Earlier during a courtesy visit to the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the IGP admonished parents to encourage their children to join the Nigeria Police Force, saying the organization was a honourable one.
He urged state governors to take leadership roles in community policing, noting that it was for young men and women.
Bello, who was represented by his Deputy, Ahmed Ketso, acknowledged the role played by the police in crime prevention and curbing of banditry and kidnapping in the state.
He promised to always support all the security agencies in the state to enable them perform their constitutional roles to the optimum.

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NIGCOMSAT To Acquire More Satellite In 2023/2025

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The Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), Abimbola Alale, has disclosed that the agency will acquire more satellites between now and 2025 with the NigComSat-2 (Hight ThroughputSatellite) due for launch in 2023 while NigComSat-3 will be launched in 2025.
According to the MD, who disclosed this yesterday in Lagos during a stakeholders forum organised by the agency with the theme, ‘NIGCOMSAT, The Present and The Future’, the launch will not only inspire confidence in agency’s customers and channel partners but will also place NIGCOMSAT in the front line of communication satellite operators with fleet of satellites in the orbit.
Alale also disclosed that NIGCOMSAT, in a bid to achieve its ambition as the leading satellite communication solutions provider in Nigeria and Africa, obtained approval early 2020 to form two subsidiarycompanies (SUBCOs) the Satellite Infrastructure Company SIC to provide satellite upstreamservices such as Transponder leasing, and In-Orbit-(IOT) services, Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) services & the Satellite Broadcasting and Broadband Company (SBBC) to provide satellite downstream services such as broadband internet services,Broadcasting (DTH) services etc.
“The SUBCOs were formed to carryout commercial businesses on behalf of NIGCOMSATwith strategic partners and expand its business operations and in the information & communications technology space, NIGCOMSAT realizes the need to strategically position its subsidiaries for potential opportunities and risks, put in place operational structures to facilitate its business aspirations”.
As a result of the aforementioned, the NIGCOMSAT boss stated that Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has given the company a set of KPIs that are linked to the development of a strategic document which identifies the key market opportunities and risks in the Nigerian market as well as to define the SUBCO’s operational framework.
Continuing, Alale noted that as part of VSAT/TVRO capacity development programme,NIGCOMSAT has trained 600 youths across the six geo-political zones in the country adding that they have been equipped with tools to participate in growing the digital economy timely achievement of NIGCOMSAT’s roles specified in the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.
“Satellite communications is a technology with rapid changings, in view of this, NIGCOMAT has continued to build capacity that match global trends and requirement”, she said.
Speaking on the objective of the stakeholders’ forum, explained that, it is part of the agency’s efforts to rub minds with stakeholders on areas they may need expansion and improvement in line with its core mandate and core values.

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