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NLC Urges FG to Remove Impediments to Health Workers’ Migration

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to remove impediments on healthcare workers path to migrating for greener pastures.

Mr Joe Ajaero, NLC President, made this submission at the 11th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) on Friday in Abuja.

The theme of the Conference is “The Nigerian Health System in the Era of Economic Downturn: Challenges and Way Forward.

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Ajaero said that the removal of the impediments was imperative due to the unfortunate socioeconomic situation confronting workers and indeed the masses in country.

“These have deep consequences for not just the provision of effective healthcare platforms to deliver services to those in need of its services but for the professionals or workers practicing in the sector.

“The already poor equipment and general decay of infrastructure in the sector has worsened because of the economic situation while remuneration of workers have lagged thus unable to meet the basic needs of workers in the industry.’’

He said that health delivery services had also gone beyond the reach of the average Nigerian further complicating an already bad situation.

Ajaero said there were consequences to the increasing number of health care professionals and workers leaving the nation were in droves.

He added that, it is not just in pursuit of better living standards but in pursuit of self-actualisation and job satisfaction.

“The dearth of your members in the industry as a result of the brain drain is having serious implications for the industry’s capacity and capability to deliver quality and effective services to Nigerians.

“That is why the NLC will continue making demands on the government for fair wages to workers in all sectors especially in critical and sensitive ones like yours; workers will always move to where they are treated better.

“We once again demand that the government removes all the impediments it is putting on your path to migration but rather should focus on making workers in the sector enjoy better working conditions.

“Let salaries and wages be commensurate with the cost of living; let there be functional equipment in the hospitals and let workers be treated as human beings ”he said.

The NLC president also said the theme of the conference was not only apt but captured the objective realities that confront the Health sector.

He said there was urgent call to engage and resolve them for the purposes of crafting a better future for the sector and Nigeria.

Ajaero commended the union’s commitment to improving the working conditions, welfare, and rights of healthcare professionals.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, former President of NLC, called on the Federal Government to be transparent in its activities.

Wabba said that there should be open communication between the citizens and the government for clearer understanding of government policies.

He also urged the union to continue to speak with one voice and remained united for the good of its members.

Also, Dr Kabiru Minjibir, acting National President of MHWUN, said that the issue of japa syndrome was a painful aspect in the Nigeria health sector.

Minjibir said that there were many health workers who were committed to.making sacrifices to serve their father’s land in spite of the humiliating pay structure and delivery in the country.

The acting president said that the health workers were frustrated by the absence of the enabling work environment to fulfill their calling as professionals.

“It is either the machine to perform basic procedure were nor working or not available,” he said.

He said that health workers who emigrated abroad for greener pastures were hardly replaced; thus, compounding the occupational stress of the few health resources in health facilities.

Minjibir, however, charged the incoming leadership to ensure mainstreaming of young health workers and women into its leadership cadres.

He also urged them to develop strategies of ensuring that the existing assets of the union gave birth to other worthy assets, among others.(NAN)

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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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