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Abuja Hospitals Adopt Measures To Regularise Services

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Some public hospitals in
Abuja have adopted ad hoc strategies to provide regular health services to cushion the effect of the ongoing nationwide strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).
Medical doctors in some public hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) disclosed this in separate interviews with newsmen in Abuja last Wednesday.
They said patients in most public health care centres in and around the city were still being provided with regular medical services despite the protracted strike.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the FCT, Dr Akeem Lawal, said the National Hospital and some of the general hospitals in Abuja were still providing care for patients.
He said at the National Hospital, Abuja, corps members, undergraduate trainees on internship and some newly employed staff of the hospital had been deployed to assist in providing medical services.
“A hospital is not a place where you can just shut down the entire place and lock up the gates.
“There are interns and youth corps members working in most of the units. For instance, in the laboratories you will find out that the intern laboratory scientists are working because they can’t go on strike.
“What the National Hospital has done is that the new staff that were employed last year have resumed, they are not union members yet so they are working.
“There are nurses, lab scientists, physiotherapists and others, among them, so that is the way the national hospital is working, we are using corps members, interns and the employees who are not yet union members,” he said.
Lawal said the measures could have been adopted by the management of the hospital to ensure that the facilities were not shut down completely.
According to him, you need to know that in health care all aspects of care are important; you need a full complement of all services to achieve a comprehensive health care delivery.
Lawal said the doctors could also not afford to stop the treatment of cancer patients at the hospital as a result of the strike.a
The chairman said: “There some patients especially chemotherapy patients that are still on admission, their files are still with their doctors.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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