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Dogara mourns 21 students of GSS Misau

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has expressed deep condolences to families and the people of Bauchi State over the death of 21 students in a road accident.

The students from Government Secondary School, Misau, died Tsaida Village on Gaya Road on Tuesday while they and three of their teachers were returning from an excursion in Kano State.

Dogara, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Mr Turaki Hassan, his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, said: “I am deeply saddened by the untimely and sudden death of these children.

“They died while pursuing education and in a quest for knowledge as future leaders of our country.

“This is a national tragedy of monumental proportion and a huge loss to the country.

“These children embodied our hopes and aspirations for a better society and their sudden death is a big loss to Nigeria because only God knows what they could have become in the future.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to their parents, students and teachers of Government Secondary School Misau, Misau Emirate Council and the entire Bauchi State over this tragic incident.”

Dogara said that no amount of words would be enough to console the parents and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear their losses.

“May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace and may we never witness this again,” he prayed.

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Workers bundle MD out of Enugu Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital

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There is mild drama at the Federal Neuropsychiatic Hospital Enugu, as the embattled Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe has been kicked out by the workers.

Onwukwe, who was suspended by the Board of the Hospital, suddenly staged a come back to resume duties.

He is said to be in a last minute attempt to install his cronny as successor.

DAILY POST reports that Onwukwe was suspended on 10th January, 2019 by the Hospital Board over a wide range of issues.

A letter to that effect, which was addressed to the Minister of Health, was obtained by DAILY POST.

The letter, which chronicled some of Onwukwe’s poor management activities was signed by the Board chairman, Hon. Shaban Ohimoni Shuaibu.

He recalled in the letter that “Onwukwe was arrested during the inauguration of the Board of the Federal health institutions in March, 2018 and after I stood surety to have him released, he jumped bail.

“You will also recall that the Board frequently had to resolve industrial and serious interpersonal differences, first a local strike at the beginning of our tenure, and most recently rowdy protest by workers during the last board meeting because of his refusal to comply with my advice to pay and offset staff claims emanating from promotion arrears, interdiction and other shortfalls in their emoluments.

“Dr. Onwukwe has refused to implement board decisions, instead he gives counter directives to the staff and withholds correspondences, ignores phone calls and text messages of the chairman and members of the Board, even going as far as summoning Board members, including the chairman, to meetings on his own assumed authority.

“Matters came to a head when he tried to usurp or scuttle the process of selection of a new Medical Director refusing to call Board meeting to ratify the report of the Appointment Promotion and Disciplinary Committees on the process and instead invited the ministry, summoned the Board and invited shortlisted candidates for an interview and deliberately refused to invite the Federal Character Commission that has a constitutional mandate to monitor the process of recruitment exercise of this magnitude.

“Confronted with his misdeeds, he walked out on the board, leaving behind several disgruntled workers.

“Consequently, the Board has resolved to suspend him indefinitely to create room for the selection of a new Medical Director.”

DAILY POST reports that Onwukwe had on Monday commenced moves to return to the Hospital two weeks after his suspension.

He sent advanced team of policemen, an action that provoked the Hospital workers.

They quickly mobilized to the gate where they all laid in wait for the Medical Director, vowing not to let him in. He was not seen throughout the day.

However, on Tuesday, he eventually stormed the Hospital and ended into the waiting hands of the workers, who made real their threat and bundled him out of the Hospital.

Speaking on the developments, Mr. Friday, secretary of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union, Ozurumba Anthony, Chairman of the Senior Civil Servants’ Association in the Hospital and Dr. Udeagha Charles, President of the National Association of Resident Doctors vowed that they would not allow a return to the dark days.

“Our stand is very clear; for more than 8 years we have had crisis in this Hospital over the bad leadership of the Medical Director; we have tried times without number to resolve the differences amicably but he refused.

“Due to his stubbornness, and fortunately for us, the Board of the Hospital suspended him and now, instead of him to honourable bow out, he is making desperate moves to come back but the entire workforce are in one voice. The JOHESU members, other workers, the doctors are in one accord- on no account should he come back.

For Ozurumba, “That is why workers have come out today to resist that.

“He has destroyed the institution. We cried for several years to be included in IPPIS but refused; all the welfare issues were neglected by this man.

“There is no light here, there is no water. If you go to our lab, there is nothing to work with. Our pharmacy is a shadow of itself.

“We know that there is no letter asking him to come back. We have called the ministry, we have called the Board chairman and we confirmed that he was never reinstated.”

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CCT rejects court orders stopping CJN Onnoghen’s trial

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Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar

Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has rejected High Court orders and request by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen restraining it from hearing charges against him.

The members of CCT in a split decision of two to one, refused to adjourn the matter indefinitely.

The tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar and the third member of the three-member panel, Julie Anabor refused the CJN’s application for indefinite adjournment and said the orders by High Courts were not binding on the CCT.

The second member, William Agwadza Atedze in a dissenting opinion, agreed with the CJN that with the orders by the High Courts and the appeal before the Court of Appeal, it was necessary for the CCT to adjourn indefinitely pending when the issue of jurisdiction was resolved.

More to follow………

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Yoruba youths apologise to Nigerians over Obasanjo’s recent outbursts, caution ex-president

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As reactions continue to trail the recent statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the state of the nation, the Council of Progressive Yoruba Youths has apologized to Nigerians.

The youth group said the latest missive in circulation entitled “Points For Concern And Action by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo” was off-point and should be discarded in its entirety.

Speaking at a news conference in Lagos on Tuesday, the National President of the group, Kola Salawu, said Nigerians needed to forgive Obasanjo for the eight years he wasted as a civilian president and for the wrong path he set the nation on.

Salawu said the Yoruba race was deeply ashamed that a so called elder from its ethnic stock decided to remain in a muddy gutter by penning such nauseating content.

He lamented that Obasanjo sowed the seed for extremism that birthed terrorism. He backed this up by ensuring that the military was emasculated and unable to respond to the threat he has created.

The youth leader said, “In Yoruba land, we take pride in answering our names. Only a bastard will deny his name. In practical terms this translates into us standing by our decisions and actions, irrespective of what outcomes they produced. Where the outcomes are good our head swell with the accompanying accolades; where the results of our actions are undesirable, we accept responsibility with honour and explore how to make amends so that we remain an integral part of the society. Of course, in the ancient past, where the failing is too grievous and involves a king that remained recalcitrant the relevant powers will have to present hi, with an empty calabash.

“This is a level of honour Obasanjo has never possessed and is incapable of learning. Had he such honour he would have accepted that the current insecurity he ranted is the outcome of his misrule that is only now yielding fruits. The poverty that makes it possible for terrorists, militants and separatists to gain new recruits was first instituted under his watch as president. The extremism that the nation today grapple with first surfaced under him with some states declaring Sharia rule, which was the incentive that made terrorists started demanding nationwide strict implementation Sharia.

“In the entire eight years he held office, Obasanjo was in mortal fear of being overthrown because of the unpopularity of his government. His solution to this was to destroy the military in the belief that there would be no way to plot a coup against him if there is no virile military. In addition to embarking on massive sacks and purge that deprived the military establishment of crucial institutional memory, he also ensured that the military inventory was depleted without replenishment or procurement to make sure that the military was incapacitated.

“The destruction of the military armory at Ikeja Cantonment about this time of the year in 2002 has now been confirmed to be part of Obasanjo’s desperation to de-tooth the military. A military plane crash that killed a dozen generals under Obasanjo’s watch in 2006 is equally put down to part of his obsession to gelatinize the military. He seemed to have succeeded with it.

“The taint on the military from Obasanjo’s directives for troops to disregard rules of engagement in Odi and Zak-Ibiam remains an obstacle to the military. Even when their recent and ongoing operations meet the global standards for the rules of engagement, the stain from the Obasanjo years remains a perspective from which the military is perceived. This affects the ability of the military to procure arms when they need it and the same tyrant under whose watch this happened is today playing the saint.

“In essence, Obasanjo sowed the seed for extremism that birthed terrorism. He backed this up by ensuring that the military was emasculated and unable to respond to the threat he has created. What has saved Nigeria from Obasanjo’s evil intent was the timely turnaround being witnessed under President Buhari, who has high regards for institutional memory in the military.

“The whole of Nigeria became his enemy and he has never lost on any perceived opportunity to exact vengeance on all citizens. May we refresh our memory that Obasanjo reportedly trained 1000 killer snipers abroad with the intention of using them to assassinate those who stand in the way of his ambition. These snipers formed part of the pioneer team of killers that have remained loose in the country till date.

“The outcome of that election produced Mallam Umaru Yar’Adua as president and it was a matter of months before Obasanjo started wishing him dead because he turned out not to be the stooge that Obasanjo expected. Yar’Adua’s demise paved way for Goodluck Jonathan, whom Obasanjo did much to mislead and abandoned after he incurred the anger of Nigerians pleasing the former President. If Obasanjo thought he would have a pliant President Buhari following his opposition of Jonathan he was in for a rude shock.

“If Obasanjo supported Yar’Adua and later disowned him over ill health, supported Jonathan and later disowned him for consulting others and supported Buhari and now disowning him for not bending to his wishes, then maybe it is not these president that something is wrong with. The problem is Obasanjo. He feigns support for successive presidents in the hope of being able to use them as puppets and continue as a life president while they act as the symbolic leaders. Such deviousness is not the Yoruba way because it is without honour.

“We do not want to go into the past of an Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), whom Obasanjo convinced Nigerians to be a very corrupt person. The same person God will not forgive him for forgiving. He has turned around to tell Nigerians that this is the same person to vote in the hope of acquiring a new puppet. A Yoruba elder will not be caught doing such, it amounts to being incitement, which is unbecoming of anyone that has become a grandfather.

“We apologize for the eight wasted years of Obasanjo as a civilian president and for the wrong path he set the country on, which we are now all trying to correct. We apologize for his callous thinking that had projected that Buhari would die in office. We apologize for the unbecoming tantrum he has been throwing for not having his way as a puppet master of successive presidents. We apologize to you all Nigerians because what Obasanjo is does not reflect who the Yoruba are.”

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