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Again, APC Govs Demand NEC Meeting From Oshiomhole

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The Director-General, Progressive Governors Forum, Mr Salihu Lukman, has called on the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) to advise the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to convene the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Lukman, who made the call at a news conference in Abuja, yesterday, said that NEC meeting became necessary as it would assist in addressing crises in APC states, mismanagement of elections and affairs of the party.
The director-general recalled that Oshiomhole had on May 10, 2018, made declaration speech that he would ensure that all organs of the party regularly meet to promote internal democracy as stipulated by the party’s constitution.
“For instance, Article 25 of APC Constitution provides that National Convention shall be held once in two years, NEC meeting holds every quarter and National Working Committee (NWC) meeting once every month,” he said.
Lukman, who said that the party held its last NEC meeting in August, 2018, said that all party’s leaders needed to insist that NEC meeting should be convened.
The governors noted with displeasure that it has been over 14 months since the last NEC was held in August, 2018.
According to him, Oshiomhole should be fair to President Muhammadu Buhari because the president has promised not to interfere with the affairs of the party and has demonstrated confidence on the party’s leadership ability to manage the party’s affairs.
He said that it was also a breach of the party’s constitutional that the NEC had not been held in over one year when the party’s constitution provides that it be held every quarter.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had appealed to the party’s leadership to institutionalise the party by following rules of the party.
According to him, Oshiomhole should be fair to President Muhammadu Buhari because the president has promised not to interfere with the affairs of the party and has demonstrated confidence on the party’s leadership ability to manage the party’s affairs.
The party officials had also made similar demand last Wednesday in a statement.

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Brain Drain In Health Sector Worries Rivers NMA

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Exodus of medical doctors from Nigeria to other countries of the world demands a state of emergency in the nation’s health sector.
This is the position of the Nigeria Medical Assciation (NMA), Rivers State Branch. According to the associatiorn, brain drain is sequel to the inadequate funding, neglect of personnel’s welfare and tertiary medical institutions, among other issues in the sector.
Speaking to newsmen on the 62nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the association in Port Harcourt, the Chairman, Prof. Chizindu Alikor, noted that the primary health care system is a critical component of health care delivery that demands critical attention and response by the government.
Alikor regretted that medical doctors in the nation have migrated to other countries including America and Europe for greener pastures, with the medical attention of citizens at stake.
Describing the national budget for health as abysmally low, Alikor stressed the need for government at all levels to increase funding for the sector to further boost the personnel in the discharge of their duties.
Reacting to the outbreak of Measles in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the state, Alikor said the outbreak was due largely to the non-compliance of parents to vaccination.
The Rivers NMA boss noted that the state Primary Health Care Management Board is committed to immunization, regretting however that residents including parents and corporate organisations have down played the efforts of the board by their refusal in turning in their wards’ for vaccination.
Alikor said, “Disease like Measles should not cause death because immunization has been made available by the Rivers State Government at no cost”.
“We call on families, parents, mothers, churches and communities to ensure that children are fully immunized. The message is that immunization is available in Rivers State. It is important, free, and does not kill”.

By: Lady Ogulu

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Inflation: Govs Meet Buhari Over Economic Woes, Insecurity, Today

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Worried by the economic woes in the country, the 36 governors would, today, meet at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, to discuss the way forward.
In a statement, yesterday, the Director, Media and Public Affairs of Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, declared that the state of the nation’s economy would dominate conversations during the meeting.
According to the statement, “several governors reasoned that it is high time to tell each other the bare truth by confronting each other on the situation and brainstorming on it.”
The statement noted that: “This formed the basis for resorting to an in-person meeting which since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has been relegated by the states’ executives.
“Two things will feature prominently in the conversation: the economy and security. This will be the first time in the year, contrary to media reports that governors had collectively advised the president on the weeding of fifty-year-olds from the federal civil service and other spurious suggestions meant to impose further hardship on the people, that governors will collectively meet to consider a total overhaul of the nation’s economy.
“The meeting which, according to the invitation issued by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will commence at 2pm. It begins with the launch of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund, followed by the launch of the World Bank SFTAS charter before the real conversation on the state of the economy begins.
“There will also be such regular updates as the CARES programme and the chairman’s remarks. All governors are warmly welcome.”

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2023: Momodu Urges Atiku To Sign Peace Pact With Rivers Gov …Says Fear Of Wike, Beginning Of Wisdom In PDP

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A former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu, has suggested a solution to the rift between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Momodu suggested that a close-door dialogue between Atiku and Wike would resolve the rift between the two politicians.
There has been a rift between the pair after the PDP presidential primaries in Abuja.
Weighing in on the face-off, the veteran journalist said both politicians should possibly sign a pact and agree on deliverables.
Momodu said the fallout of the PDP post-national convention crisis has shown that Wike was a force to reckon with in the party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to Momodu: “What I would advise Atiku Abubakar to do today is to sit down one-on-one without no other person present with Governor Wike and agree on deliverables, if possible, sign an agreement.
“The situation in PDP shows what Wike is in the equation of things in Nigeria. If you have a man who is your best governor across the board, across party lines, Wike stands out as a fantastic performer.
“Today, the fear of Wike is the beginning of wisdom in PDP, there is no question about that. Wike is smart, he knows the game he’s playing, and what he wants to do is to force a deal with the party. That’s my own reading of the situation.”

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