Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has reiterated the commitment of his administration towards ensuring better health care service delivery at the grassroots by creating a synergy with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, and other relevant institutions.
The Governor stated this while receiving members of management and governing council of the hospital on Monday. He expressed his readiness to work out modalities that will enable consultants in the hospital attend to patients at the Primary and Basic health facilities in the state.
Fayemi commended the giant strides the management and the governing council of the hospital had taken to reposition the hospital but appealed for more synergy with the host community through recruitment of the local people as workers in the hospital.
Governor Fayemi announced that Ekiti State University would soon graduate its first set of medical students following the final accreditation of its College of Medicine by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria adding that that his government has proposed to employ the students on graduation to fortify the staff strength of state health services.
The Governor who congratulated the students and their parents over the accreditation, said with strategic collaboration between the government and these institutions, the administration would actualise its dream of bringing health care delivery closer to the people.
The governor said, “I cannot say I am not aware of the strides the CMD has been making since he assumed office at the Federal Teaching Hospital and we are very proud of the work he is doing. As much as we are delighted that we have this institution in Ekiti, we also want it to be of better value to our people in the state.
“I get a lot of feedback from Ido community where the teaching hospital is and one can argue that Oliver Twist will always ask for more and the community feels that the teaching hospital is not doing enough for them. Particularly by way of recruitment of local people in the teaching hospital. So its an area where I want you to put your political weight.
“We are glad that the teaching hospital serves as a training institution for Afe Babalola University, but I think there is an opportunity for cross fertilization of all of these institutions that are in this area. We are delighted that we too will be graduating our first set of medical students before the end of the year with the recent final accreditation of our medical school, Afe Babalola beat us to it but it is still an Ekiti institution. But we think that is an area we think we can have a lot of input from you.
“The area which is of utmost importance to me personally and I know that we’ve one or two examples of this before in other federal institutions and its something I had cause to discuss with Prof. Adewole when he was still the Minister. The teaching hospital has an extensive number of consultants, I don’t want to say they are under-utilized, so what I want to plead with you as the CMD and the Board is for us to put them to some use within our community because they can be of assistance to us, we have heavy focus on primary health, I know that their level is higher than that, we are talking about level where Medical Officers can operate and support us but I would want them to see it more as a community service than a duty on their part when we require the need for their expertise, their contribution at the local level.”
Dr Fayemi explained, “We have like 300 Primary Health Centres, we’ve just chosen about 177 of them for our basic health care provision, and we believed that our consultants at the teaching hospital can just put in a little bit of time when they are not busy in the teaching hospital.
“ We can work out the structure that will give them the opportunity, maybe we need to discuss with their MD or discuss with the board or you require a formal engagement from us on this. Its an area I think we should look at because we cannot have these knowledgeable people in a state and yet we do not have enough of it is benefits, its incongruous in my view.
Earlier, the Chairman of the governing board of the institution, Hon. Abubakar Sukababa solicited the support of the state government to enable it continue to deliver quality health services to the people.
Sukababa said the hospital is in dare need of a well-equipped Ambulance and other operational vehicles as well as support for the construction of the road network in the hospital.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Medical Director of the Institution, Prof. Kunle Ajayi said the hospital would collaborate with sister institutions in the state to ensure effective and adequate health service delivery to the people.
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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