Experts criticize appointment of Acting IGP
Criticism has continued to trail the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the new Acting Inspector General of Police by President Muhammadu Buhari
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome on Wednesday described the appointment as illegal and unconstitutional while also arguing that the President lacks the power to single-handedly appoint the IGP.
Also speaking on the appointment, activist Ayemojubar was of the opinion that President Buhari violated the Police Act 2020 by appointing an acting IGP without recourse to the Police Governing Council. #
WorldHealthDay: WHO advocates fairness in access to health care
As the world commemorates the World Health day 2021, the world health organization has tasked the government of every nation to develop easy and accessible healthcare for all citizens.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday on a virtual news briefing to mark this year’s World Health Day urged striking resident doctors to return to work.
Ehanire stated that the house officers have started receiving their outstanding entitlements and furthermore clarified that they were working diligently to address other issues raised by the doctors as he added that access to healthcare was no longer to be taken as a privilege but as a human right.
Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2021 world health day with the theme ” building fairer healthier world for everyone. #
Health Workers and patients at risk, Water Aid
Water Aid has tasked FG to invest at least $1.2bn in new funding on proper sanitary and water facilities for health care facilities as 96% of Nigeria’s health care facilities lack access to basic water, sanitary facilities thereby putting health workers and patients at risk of covid19 and other infectious diseases.
The organisation noted this during the G20 finance ministers summit in Rome. Noting that developing countries have spent nearly 10% of their GDP, a total of $20.6 trillion on stimulus packages to help bolster their economics recovering from the pandemic.
Kaduna NLC kicks against the mass sack of workers
The National Labour Congress, Kaduna State chapter, is protesting against the mass sack of workers in the Kaduna state public service.
The State Chairman, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman and the state Secretary, Comrade Christiana John Bawa, on Wednesday at a press conference in Kaduna they stated that the Government of Kaduna State must take into effect the cost implication of the mass sack and impact it will have on families and the already compromised security situation in the state.
The workers noted that the State was already faced with issues of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, the devastating effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and dwindling business prospects, adding that any additional pain on citizens.
Invest $1.2bn on water, sanitation, WaterAid tasks FG
As G20 finance ministers meet in Rome this week to discuss how they will build back from the pandemic, WaterAid in a statement on Wednesday has urged the federal government and global leaders at large to commit to new funding of at least one point two billion dollars, to ensure all hospitals and clinics, particularly within the world’s poorest countries, have clean water, decent toilets and proper handwashing facilities.
The organisation said since the onset of COVID-19, rich countries have spent significant sums, an average of nearly ten per cent of their GDP, and a total of twenty point six trillion dollars, on stimulus packages to help bolster their economies and recover from the pandemic.
It revealed that millions of people are at higher risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases as ninety-six per cent of all healthcare centers in Nigeria lack access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services, putting the lives of doctors, nurses, midwives and patients at risk.
Again, gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap cop, injure
There is growing tension in Imo State as gunmen in the early hours of Thursday attacked the Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters situated in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state.
Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the gunmen struck around 1 am and immediately released the suspects in custody in the police facility and also took away the phones belonging to suspects and the police operatives at the Division.
Sources at the Mberi Divisional Headquarters say though the policemen on duty resisted the attack, the fleeing gunmen kidnapped one police officer and injured two others.
He, however, assured that the police authority in the state had commenced investigation into the attack, immediately.
Imo State villagers set fleeing prisoner ablaze
Reports say, angry residents of Umuawom village, Ihodimeze community in Ikeduru council area of Imo State on Wednesday set ablaze a fleeing prisoner, who returned home from the Owerri Correctional Centre.
The fleeing prisoner, whose identity could not be ascertained, was said to have hailed from the nearby Ogwa community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State but grew up in Umuawom village, which is his maternal home and was said to have been involved in a kidnap activity that involved one of the families in Umuawom village but was eventually apprehended and remanded in custody for over one year.
However, when he escaped from the Correctional Centre last Monday, he was said to have gone straight to one of the families that testified against him and threatened to deal with them and while attempting to carry out his threat by attacking a member of the family in Umuawom village with a gun, the daring action prompted villagers to pounce on him and immediately set him ablaze.
Spokesman of the Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he had heard about the incident but could not officially confirm it.
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