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DUMSAA Set to Host Inaugural Seminars to Enhance Membership Development

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Delta State University Medical Students’ Alumni Association (DUMSAA) has concluded plans to launch a series of seminars as part of its dedication to enhance membership development.
Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu, the Interim Board Chair of DUMSAA, who disclosed this to journalists in a press statement, said the seminar would hold Online via Google Meet.


Dr Obohwemu said the inaugural seminar is slated for April 1st, 2024, which would feature Prof.
Gabriel Igberase as the esteemed Guest Speaker, who will speak on the theme: “Building Bridges, Connecting Alumni for Lasting Impact”.
According to Obohwemu, the initiative is aimed at fostering a dynamic platform for alumni engagement and collaboration.

“By connecting our esteemed alumni, we seek to harness collective expertise, inspire innovations, and cultivate a culture of lifelong learning within our medical community,” he said.
He described Prof. Igberase as a distinguished figure in the medical community with a wealth of experience and accolades, who has expressed his enthusiasm for contributing to the commendable initiative.
He stressed that the seminar featuring Prof. Igberase, would be an enlightening and inspiring event, fostering connections among alumni and empowering individuals to make a lasting impact in the field of medicine.
Dr Obohwemu, therefore encouraged all the members of DUMSAA both home and in diaspora to take advantage of the rare opportunity to ensure their full participation in the seminars to build their professional capacity.
“Prof. Gabriel Igberase (MBBS, MPH, FWACS, FMCOG, FICS, LMCC, CCFP) was born on March 26, 1968, in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria. His passion for medicine took root early in life, inspired by his mother’s work as a midwife.
“He graduated from the University of Benin Medical School in 1990, did his housemanship at the UBTH, and then proceeded for his NYSC in Ideato North LGA, where he served as a Corps Liaison Officer.
“Upon completion of his NYSC in 1993, he worked as a medical officer at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital as a pioneer staff.
“After graduating from the University of Benin Medical School in 1990, Prof. Igberase embarked on a journey marked by diverse experiences.
“He commenced his professional career with housemanship at the UBTH, where he served as a medical officer at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, playing a pivotal role as a pioneer staff member.
“Prof. Igberase further honed his skills through roles as a Registrar in Hematology and Blood Transfusion at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“His pursuit of excellence led him to residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, culminating in success in the West African and national exams,” he said.
He added: “Between 2003 and 2005, Prof. Igberase enriched his expertise with a brief tenure at the Baptist Hospital Eku, focusing on surgical and research endeavors.
“In 2007, he joined Delsu as a lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, eventually ascending to the esteemed position of professor in 2016.
“In 2021, driven by familial commitments, Prof. Igberase took a leave of absence without pay to relocate to Canada, where he retired in 2022. In spite his transition, his passion for medicine and mentorship remains unwavering.
“Beyond his professional pursuits, Prof. Igberase finds joy in traveling, singing, photography, and writing.
“His research interests encompass fetal and maternal medicine, infertility, and public health, reflecting a commitment to advancing medical knowledge and healthcare outcomes.
“As the CEO of Shepherd Hospital and fertility centers in Warri and Benin, Prof. Igberase exemplifies dedication to healthcare provision.
“His contributions to academia are notable, evidenced by his prolific publication record and groundbreaking research on maternal mortality in the Niger Delta.
“A firm believer in the power of hard work and divine grace, Prof. Igberase is renowned for his mentorship and encouragement of aspiring medical professionals.
“He continues to inspire the next generation of doctors to pursue their passions fearlessly.
“Currently practicing as a certified family Physician in Nova Scotia, Canada, Prof. Igberase’s legacy extends globally.
“He is happily married with four sons, embodying the values of dedication, compassion, and family.

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I-G visits Ogun, Approves Area Commands for Ifo, Imeko, Idi-Iroko

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The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday, began a three-day working visit to Ogun, with an approval for creation of additional area commands in Ifo, Imeko and Idi-Iroko areas of the state.

Reports says that Egbetokun arrived the command’s headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta, in the company of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG),  Zone ll, Olatoye Durosimi and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Alamutu.

While addressing  stakeholders and the rank-and-file of the police, Egbetokun charged officers of the command to step up their efforts at  fighting crime in the state.

He, however, called for more support for the police to enable them effectively combat crime in the state.

“I have heard your request for an area command in Ifo and that request is hereby granted.

“We are not, however, going to stop at creating an area command in Ifo, we will also create two area commands in the two border areas of Idi-Iroko and Imeko.

“On the issue of manpower, lack of vehicles and operational logistics for Ogun command, I have whispered to the CP that he should give me the list of all the needs of the command and we are going to pay attention to all of them.

“Whatever that we need to do to stop kidnapping in Ogun state, we are going to do it. The fact that there are few crimes being committed here and there does not affect the peaceful status of Ogun state,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Alamutu noted that Ogun remains one of the safest states in Nigeria in spite of its fair share of security challenges.

Alamutu expressed optimism that  the I-G’s visit would re-energise the officers and men for better service delivery.

He promised that men and officers of the Ogun command would remain loyal and committed to the ideals and vision of the force.

NAN reports that Egbetokun , thereafter,  inaugurated the newly built Main Office,  the Technical Intelligence Unit and the Complaints Unit  within the premises of the command.

The I-G is also expected to visit the four paramount rulers of Egba, Ijebu, Remo and Yewa on his three-day visit to the state. (NAN)

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Abia Govt. Declares War Against Indiscipline, Task Force Enters Streets

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The Abia State Harmonized Task Force (ASHTF), Aba Zone, on Tuesday began the enforcement of the law against street trading, illegal parking, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and environmental nuisance.

The Aba zone team, led by Chief Uche Wogu, the Transitional Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, began the enforcement from Bata Junction down to Aba Main Park.

The enforcement also continued throughout the entire city centre, after two weeks of sensitisation.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise, Chief Wogu said that ASHTF would ensure that all wrong methods of enforcement were eliminated from the system.

“What will change is that nothing will be business as usual as there are massive reorientation of the mentality of the people of this town.

“In the past, you had all sorts of people in the task force doing things recklessly but now, we believe in the rule of law.

“You see people jumping into vehicles, causing accidents and all manner of things. ASHTF has six zones, two in Umuahia, and four in Aba and each zone has Mobile Courts attached to them.

“We have four mobile courts in Aba and when anybody defaults, we would all make use of the mobile courts and the court will issue the penalty charges.

Wogu said that each offence had its penalty and any offence that had a cash payment had to be paid into the single treasury account.

Prince Emmanuel Ahumibe, the Coordinator of ASHTF, Aba Zone-B, has also assured residents that there would be no harassment of any sort.

Ahumibe added that ASHTF was a task force with a difference that would do its job with human face, sensitisation and civil enforcement.

“We will use the mobile courts adequately to ensure that road obstruction, illegal parking, street trading and too many other things were eliminated,” Ahumibe assured. (NAN)

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Naira Appreciation: FCCPC Intensifies Enforcements to Discourage Unfair Price Hike

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will intensify monitoring and enforcement in formal and informal markets to ensure that business owners do not unfairly inflate prices.

Dr Adamu Abdullahi, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, was reacting to complaints by consumers that in spite of the appreciation of the Naira against the dollar, prices of goods were still increasing.

Abdullahi said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the situation was unacceptable, and the Commission was committed to protecting consumers from exploitation.

He said that the operatives of FCCPC would work with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to combat price-fixing, and dismantle cartels.

This, according to Abdullahi, will encourage increased competition and ultimately lead to lower prices for consumers.

”The FCCPC understands the significant financial strain these rising prices are placing on Nigerian households. As a result, the Commission is taking proactive steps to addressing this issue.

”While the FCCPC cannot directly regulate prices, the Commission will utilise its existing legal framework to enforce fair competition and consumer protection provisions.

”This includes monitoring and investigating unusual price hikes, addressing complaints filed by consumers, and taking action against any businesses found to be engaging in anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing, price gouging or cartel formation.

”The Commission remains committed to educating consumers about their rights and empowering them to make informed choices.

”We will engage in advocacy and public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about price gouging and other unfair trade practices and provide guidance on how to identify and report such practices.

”We will collaborate with relevant regulatory bodies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to anti-competitive practices, price gouging, and other consumer protection issues,” he said.

He encouraged consumers to continue to report suspected price gouging and other unfair trade practices through contact@fccpc.gov.ng.

”Together, we can work towards a more stable, fair, and competitive marketplace for all Nigerians.” (NAN)

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