President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the release of N100bn to health care investors and indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers as an intervention by the federal government to expand their capital base and boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting between the new executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the president.
He said, the loan would be facilitated through the Central Bank of Nigeria to support the private pharmaceutical sector.
Speaking on brain drain in the health sector, Buhari said he had directed the Minister of Health to look into ways of turning “brain drain” to “brain gain” by engaging top Nigerian medical experts in the diaspora in knowledge and skills repatriation.
The President extended a congratulatory message to a former president of the body Osahon Enabulele, president-elect of the World Medical Association, the first Nigerian to hold the position, he expressed confidence in Enabulele towards improving health care delivery in Nigeria and lower income countries.
NMA President Uche Rowland Ojinmah asked Buhari to ensure full and appropriate implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority Act, provision of “adequate work equipment, conducive work environment and necessary budget support as well as elongation of the retirement age for medical consultants to 70 years and 65 years for non-consultant doctors and other healthcare workers.
Tag: # INSECURITY
SPATE OF INSECURITY ACROSS THE NATION : HAS IT EVER BEEN THIS BAD ?
Nigeria is currently witnessing the worst level of fragility and insecurity since the advent of the democratic era .
According to the Nigerian security tracker, there have been over 55,000 deaths due to insecurity and violent acts between May 2015 and July 2022.
Boko Haram has been responsible for many of these deaths.
There is another terrorist group , Islamic State West Africa Province , who have been rather audacious in their activities , they were behind the recent Kaduna-Abuja train attack where 62 people were kidnapped .
Although some have been released after paying ransoms, the government has largely played little or no role in aiding the victims .
This year alone , several attacks have been made on many churches where people have lost their lives ,not to mention the countless cases of abductions .
Most recently , threats have been made by a section of ISWAP about a coordinated attack in some states including Lagos, Kaduna and others.
Fear and anxiety is in the air like never before , all private schools in Abuja have been shut down indefinitely over the latest unsettling news spreading .
All these beg the question , what is the government doing or more importantly , not doing ?
Is it a case of lack of personnel , lack of strategy or lack of interest in securing the lives of Nigerian citizens .
Despite the rifeness of banditry , the nationwide demand for state policing continues to fall on deaf ears time and time again .
Things have gotten so bad that some lawmakers are calling for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari .
Ironically , President Buhari was in Liberia a few days ago to give a speech on the state of security in West Africa.
As the current administration’s tenure runs its clock , it is clear as crystal that the leadership got it terribly wrong in the security sector .
Some might describe the current situation as a great threat to the existence of our federation, rightfully so !
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CANADA BLACKLISTS NIGERIA OVER TERRORISM
CANADA BLACKLISTS NIGERIA OVER TERRORISM
The Canadian Government has advised its nationals to avoid travelling to Nigeria over the insecurity witnessed in the country.
The advise was published on Canada’s official website .
Nationals were advised to avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings.
According to the publication, north-western states of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara; the north-central state of Plateau; the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe; the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers should majorly be avoided .
According to the Canadian authorities, Nigeria is experiencing different forms of criminalities, terrorism, insecurity and fraud