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Bayelsa Dep Gov Urges Medical Doctors to Uphold Professional Oath

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From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has reminded medical workers in Nigeria, particularly doctors of the need to obey their professional oath at all times in the performance of their duties.

This is just as he urged young lawyers to take interest in promoting and protecting human rights of the people as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo spoke when the Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa Chapter and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Community Development Service Legal Aid Group paid him separate visits in Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday.

The deputy Governor decried the situation where most doctors disobeyed with impunity the Hippocratic Oath they swore to before being inducted into the medical profession.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo emphasized that the Hippocratic Oath makes it mandatory for medical professionals to place a premium on saving life first before considering the financial implication of doing so.

He lamented that disobeying the oath together with increasing infiltration of fake doctors and their unprofessional activities had caused many avoidable deaths in the state and the country at large.

His words: “One issue I want to talk about is the issue of having a little more human milk in our medical practice. We still have a lot of cases of avoidable deaths.

“Some elements of negligence and unprofessional conduct are still there. It may not be from you, but you know, when oil stains one finger, it touches the other fingers too.

“So I will want to encourage you to step up your professional monitoring tradition. There are a lot of quacks masquerading all over the place.

“The other issue is when patients arrive, let’s save lives before we talk about money. More often than not, we have heard of cases like ‘oh, they have not paid and so we are not going to treat the patient!’ The Hippocratic Oath which you took did not state so.”

Addressing the NYSC Legal Aid Group, the Bayelsa Deputy Governor drew parallels between contemporary legal practice in Nigeria and what was obtainable during the times of legal luminaries like Gani Fawehinmi, Rotimi Williams, and Nikki Tobi.

He noted that legal practice had suffered terrible setbacks, and therefore, challenged upcoming young lawyers to avoid the apparent blunders in the Nigerian Justice delivery system in recent times.

While assuring his visitors of government’s support, Senator Ewhrudjakpo specifically urged the NYSC group to initiate a radio programme to educate the public on fundamental human rights, stressing that many citizens were being oppressed due to ignorance of their basic rights.

He said, “I want you to focus on what you can do. I believe that quite a number of people are not aware of their rights, and that is a major issue.

“And that will dovetail to the issue of domestic violence and human rights abuses that take place. I want you to find out whether we have any programme on air that educates us about our rights, otherwise we initiate one. “

The Bayelsa Number Two Man also charged them to make periodic visits to the Okaka Correctional Centre in Yenagoa with a view to following up on awaiting trial cases and ensure that inmates who deserved to be released were set free.

In their separate remarks, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, FMC Yenagoa Chapter, Dr. Sintei Shadrachson, and his NYSC CDS Legal Aid Group counterpart, Mr Fiwasayo Akintayo, commended the Governor Douye Diri-led administration for supporting health and NYSC programmes.

They, however, requested for the government’s continued support to enable their organizations function more effectively.

While presenting an award of excellent performance to Governor Diri and his Deputy, the immediate past President of the doctors association, Dr Mbooh Romeo, specifically thanked them for their enormous support that led to the success of the Association’s Annual Convention in Yenagoa.

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FCCPC Summons Owner of Chinese Supermarket for Alleged Discrimination of Citizens

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has summoned the owner of a Chinese supermarket located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for alleged restriction of Nigerians.

The supermarket located at Royal Choice Estate, Lugbe, allegedly permits only Chinese citizens access to purchase groceries.

The supermarket was under lock and key when officials of the FCCPC visited in reaction to a viral video where citizens frowned at the supermarket’s policy.

Ms Boladale Adeyinka, the Director, Surveillance and Investigations of FCCPC, who led the team, said the essence of the investigation was to verify the allegations and the contents of that viral video.

”On arrival, we noticed that the supermarket which is right behind me, was sealed and padlocked externally.

”Inquiries have shown that yes, as at this morning this supermarket was opened and people were here.

”CCTV footage also shows that at about 8:29 a.m., two vehicles departed from these premises allegedly containing the owner of the supermarket, whom we have been able to identify by name and we have her contact details.

”Now the summon is to serve notice on her to appear before the FCCPC by April 24 at 11 a. m.

”There are other regulatory tools to be deployed if she fails to honour this summons, ” she said.

Adeyinka said that if the owner of the supermarket failed to hour the summon, the commission under its powers, would seal the premises until she complied.

Mr Sanusi Shuiabu, the Estate Assistant Facilities Manager, said the supermarket was primarily established to cater for the groceries needs of Chinese residents and other tenants of the estate.

He said that there were no agreement restricting the supermarket to Chinese residents only.

Shuiabu said the owner of the supermarket who he simply identified as Cindy was a tenant in the estate.

Reports says that the supermarket was under lock and key when the FCCPC official visited. (NAN)

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Niger Delta Leaders say NDDC MD has Capacity to Perform

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Some leaders in the Niger Delta say they have confidence in the capability of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku to perform.

Mr Freedom Atigbi, the Convener of the Niger Delta Opinion Leaders, Youths and Weighted Stakeholders said this at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Monday.

He said that Ogbuku had demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, charisma, and ability to drive both human and infrastructure development in the Niger Delta during his few months in office.

“Since Ogbuku’s appointment as managing director, the NDDC has successfully completed the 25.7-kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road and bridges project.

“In addition, initiatives such as the postgraduate oversees scholarship programme and ‘Operation Light up the Niger Delta’  has significantly reduced crime and enhanced commercial activities in the region.

“Under Ogbuku’s leadership, NDDC has inaugurated the Project Hope programme aimed at creating a database to facilitate the planning and implementation of training and provision for skilled labour,” he said.

Atigbi, who also serves as the Deputy President of the Ijaw Council Worldwide, said that the managing director had established the Niger Delta Chamber of Commerce to support local entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.

“These achievements within few months in office underscores our belief that Ogbuku’s leadership has transformed NDDC from a transactional to a transformative government agency.

“Ogbuku has shown his ability to engage all stakeholders to achieve the goal of carrying everyone along in the commission’s policies and programmes.

“We hereby pass a vote of confidence and offer our support to Ogbuku, a balancer and unifier whose policies and programmes are tackling poverty and misery in the region,” he added.

The youth leader praised President Bola Tinubu for entrusting Ogbuku with the task of advancing his Renewed Hope Agenda in the Niger Delta. (NAN)

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Alleged Defilement: Businessman Docked for Failing to Produce Suspect

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A businessman, Robert Makolo on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for failing to produce a suspect he stood surety for in a case of defilement.

Makolo had promised to produce the suspect, John, who is his brother in court by the adjourned date.

The Magistrate Mr Lateef Owolabi, adjourned the case until May 30 for mention and to enable the defendant produce the suspect.

Reports says that Makolo had earlier been arraigned on Jan.

22 and stood trial on a two- count charge of conspiracy and perversion of justice.

He had pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Owolabi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum who must produce evidence of 3 years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He said that one of the sureties must be a blood relative.

The prosecutor, SP Josephine Ikhayere had told the court that Makolo stood in as surety on  Nov 16, 2023 at the Anthony Police Station.

Ikhayere alleged that Makolo stood as a surety for his brother Paul, who was involved in a case of defilement.

She said the defendant promised to produce his brother the suspect anytime his presence was required at the police station until the case is finally disposed of.

She said that the defendant undertook to produce the suspect on Nov. 30, 2023 but failed.

The prosecutor said that the section contravene the provisions of Section 97 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos.(NAN)

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