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Strike: Kogi NMA cries out for help, urges FG to urgently address demands of FMC Lokoja workers

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Kogi chapter, is crying out to  the Federal Government to urgently address demands of the Joint Action Congress, JAC, of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Lokoja, to save the state’s health sector from collapse.

The state’s Chairman of NMA, Dr Kabiru Zubair, in a statement on Thursday in Lokoja, also appealed to the federal government to resolve the issues between the Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC  to ensure mutual peace in the management of COVID-19 in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that JAC FMC Lokoja, comprising all industrial unions and professional associations, on July 1, embarked on industrial action, after the hospital was invaded by hoodlums who carted away some personal and hospital property.

The JAC members and associations that joined the strike are: Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Association of Resident Doctors, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Joint Health Sector Union, among others.

The striking workers cited threats to their lives.

”NMA is calling on the federal and state governments to take decisive steps in bringing the perpetrators of the hospital invasion to justice.

“ Ensure adequate security for staff, and provide NCDC certified testing facility within the hospital, while making adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, available.

”Since this unfortunate incident, the only Federal Tertiary Hospital in Kogi, which caters for most complicated medical conditions, the FMC JAC, have been on industrial action, citing threat to life among others.

”Prior to this incident, the unions had earlier planned a peaceful protest within the hospital premises to be held that day which was later shelved.

”The protest was deemed necessary because of the challenges being faced in managing COVID-19 infection in the state, which bothers mainly on transparency in testing process, lack of testing in most instances, provision of PPEs and lack of proper isolation and treatment of suspected cases in the center, and delay or outright failed response from the state management team.

”These concerns are even further heightened as workers are made to attend and get exposed to highly suspected cases without any testing done to confirm the patients’ status or that of the workers even if they develop symptoms.

”It is therefore obvious that their concerns are absolutely valid and needs to be addressed,” Zubair said.
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He added that as concerned stakeholders, Kogi NMA had initiated a process to get all their members who are leaders in the management of COVID-19 pandemic in the state, to a round table in a bid to identify possible lapses and reach an acceptable way forward.

”The importance of this cannot be overemphasized as continued perceived silence in this matter will continue to have direct consequences on diagnosis, spread, contact tracing, and deaths from the infection.

”Unfortunately, in all these, it is the poor masses that suffer.

”If the current situation is allowed to persist, the disease may eventually get out of control. The time for immediate action cannot be better than now,” Zubair stated.

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EDO 2020 UPDATES: Godwin Obaseki wins polling unit

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won his polling unit in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Voting at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, Obaseki polled 184 votes while All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 62 votes.

In Unit 21 of the same ward, the PDP garnered 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes.

Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes ahead of Ize-Iyamu’s APC that garnered 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.

In Unit 24 of the same Oredo Ward 4, PDP won with 94 votes, while the APC got 50 votes.

Also in the same ward, Unit 25, the PDP got 33 votes ahead of the APC’s 22 votes.

Casting of ballots ended in most of the areas at 2:30pm

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School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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A three-story building belonging to a private school in the Ejigbo area in Lagos state collapsed on Saturday, September 19.

The affected school, Excel College, which is located at 15, Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus-Stop, collapsed at about 8.15 am. So far, there are no reports of casualties recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the privately-owned building belonging to Excel College had previously shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate the structure before the collapse.

 

School building collapses in Lagos (photos)School building collapses in Lagos (photos)

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Edo election: I’m disappointed, says Obaseki after voting

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission should have prepared better for the election.

Obaseki spoke after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

The governor lamented that he stayed for over one and a half hours in the queue.

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election said he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and a half hours in the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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