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Following his faulty diagnosis that pronounced a living baby in her mother’s womb, dead, a medical doctor in Martha Bamaiyi General Hospital, Zuru, Kebbi State amputated the limb of a helpless baby girl who was right in her mother’s womb, struggling to be delivered of her mother who was in labour. YAHYA SARKI writes. The family of Ibrahim Ajayi (42) and Fatima Ajayi (32) from Danko District of Danko Wasagu local government area of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State could not believe that their new baby girl will be born with an amputated hand. But it is a reality that happened not by the natural cause in giving birth but by alleged unprofessional conduct of a principal medical officer, Dr. Jamilu Muhammad, who amputated the hand of a baby girl in the process of carrying out surgery. The incident occurred on April 19, 2017 when the pregnant Mrs Ibrahim was...
Mrs.Hope Martins, a civil servant with the federal ministry of Agriculture has lost confidence in Nigerian banks. As a matter of fact, she has resolved to demand that her salaries be paid by cash as part of her decision to do away with electronic banking, which she says forced her to eat from the trashcan earlier this year and “has continued to prove ineffective to me.” Mrs. Martins lost her N15,000 monthly income to electronic transaction through an Automated Teller Machine channel in Abuja earlier this year. She has N15,000 left to her every month after a loan repayment deductions by a co-operative union in her office. “I tried to withdraw N15,000 in an Access bank machine in early February only to get the biggest disappointment of my life,” Martins recounted. “The machine came up with a message: ‘insufficient funds’ and failed to dispense cash to me. They (bank) deducted...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Efforts by the federal government to diversify the economy is beginning to yield results, as the federal government is set to export 72 metric tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States today. In a major diversification breakthrough, the minister Of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, announced yesterday that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the exportation of yams to the United States and United Kingdom. Ogbeh disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja. The minister was joined at the FEC briefing by his science and technology as well as Health counterparts, Ogbonaya Onu and Isaac Adewole respectively, and Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. Ogbeh noted that his ministry informed  council that last week, they completed arrangements for the first formal export of Nigerian yams to the...
BY AHURAKA ISAH AND SOLOMON AYADO, ABUJA | Like a phoenix, the feud between the executive and the legislature got a fresh life of its own yesterday when the Senate relied on a comment made by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo some months to suspend further confirmation of appointees of the president. The lawmakers chided the executive arm of government for refusing to strictly adhere to legislative decisions in particular and the 1999 constitution (as amended) in general. They showed the acting president the yellow card, warning that any further move to undermine the powers of the legislative arm of government will amount to crossing the red line. The Red Chamber resolved during plenary to suspend further confirmation of nominees from the executive until it implements past resolutions by the Senate concerning all issues relating to confirmation in line with provisions of the constitution and laws of the federation. The resolution by the Senate was...
By MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja and BUKOLA IDOWU and KAYODE TOKEDE, Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday retained the nation’s monetary interest rate at 14 per cent, citing headwinds confronting the domestic economy on one hand and the uncertainties in the global environment on the other as reasons for its decision. The monetary policy committee (MPC) decided by a vote of 6 to 2 to retain the MPR at 14.0 per cent alongside all other policy parameters. The bank also retained its cash reserve ratio (CRR) at 22.5 percent, liquidity ratio at 30.00 per cent and the asymmetric corridor at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR. “In consideration of the headwinds confronting the domestic economy and the uncertainties in the global environment, the Committee decided by a vote of 6 to 2 to retain the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 14.0 per cent alongside all other policy parameters”, the CBN...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The federal government is working towards ensuring that the three years ban on the exportation of some Nigerian farm produce to European countries is lifted soon. The coordinating-director, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said an inter-ministerial committee on zero-reject of the counagricultural produce to the international markets set up by the federal government is looking into issues that led to the suspension at the first instance and what caused the extension of the ban as well as to find solution to the problem. He said the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service is optimistic that the European Union (EU) will remove the ban on exporting some Nigerian produce to European countries soon. He hinted that the service and other relevant government agencies were working to ensure the removal of the three-year old ban in the first quarter of 2018. Isegbe recalled that the presidency had set up an inter-ministerial...
Anyone just arriving in the country, and reading the news headlines, might be forgiven to think that Nigeria is on the verge of a war.  The entire news space – mainstream and fringe – has been filled with the valorisation of secessionist hubris. For the benefit of those who are too young to understand and the older ones with deformed memories, let us go into a little history. Nigeria gained independence from the British easily on October 1, 1960. Barely five years later, on January 15, 1966, some Igbo army officers staged Nigeria’s first-ever military coup. That was the beginning of disaster for the country. The mass assassination was more of a mutiny than a mere military coup. They killed all northern officers from the rank of lieutenant colonel upwards. Lt. Col. Gowon (as he then was) barely escaped assassination because he was not in his house. They also killed Brigadier Ademulegun,...
Due to the moribund state of the three existing paper mills in the country, Nigeria loses over N400 billion annually to importation of paper products, LEADERSHIP checks have revealed. It was gathered that despite the much touted privatisation process of previous administrations, the three paper mills are not functional. They are Nigeria Paper Mill (NPM) Limited located in Jebba, Kwara State; Nigerian Newsprint Manufacturing Company (NNMC) Ltd. in Oku-Iboku, Akwa Ibom State and Nigerian National Paper Manufacturing Company (NNPMC) Ltd., Iwopin, in Ogun State. Managing Director/CEO of NNPMC, Ebun Braithwaite, who spoke with LEADERSHIP on phone, however, assured that the company is tackling the challenges head-on. She said she was confident that with reversal at the company, activities which would impact positively on the host community and indeed the state will commence fully. She noted that the problem of Iwopin Pulp and Paper Company has to be looked at within the larger context of...
BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO and Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday urged leaders of both the executive and legislative arms of government to avoid unnecessary bickering in governance. According to him, electorates are usually deprived of the dividends of democracy wherever executive/legislature conflict persists. But the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, quickly laid the blame on the executive, saying that arm of government has refused to reciprocate the gesture of cooperation extended by the National Assembly to ensure smooth running of government for the delivery of dividends of democracy to the Nigerian people. In his own view, Senate President Bukola Saraki observed that there is a deep rooted distrust and misconception about functions and contributions of the legislature to national development. “We recognise that there is wide spread public distrust of public institutions. We also recognize that there is a lot of public misconception and misperception about the functions...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the chairman of the assemblies of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) and president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, informing him that he will be returning to Nigeria soon to continue his duties as president. A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, noted that Buhari also thanked Conde for the nationwide prayers held last week by Guineans for his recovery and good health. According to the presidential spokesman, the president’s message to the AU chairman is contained in a letter he personally wrote dated July 24, 2017, after he had earlier made a phone call to Conde. Adesina quoted Buhari as saying in the letter: “I thank you for your kind and thoughtful action in organizing nationwide prayers for my good health. It is a gesture that I will...