BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja A Consultant Neuro Surgeon, Dr. Charlse Ugwuanyi has urged  youths to avoid any activity that may lead to incidence of Spinal Cord Injury as it is about the most difficult to treat. Speaking to Leadership in an interview, he said injury in the brain is easier managed than one on the Spinal Cord due to the fact that activities of the body are being controlled through it. The Surgeon who condemned reckless driving and other dangerous activities that could put an individual in the dreaded state, said, there is no guarantee that treatment of a Spinal Cord Injury will reverse the effects especially if it’s a complete injury. Ugwuanyi said, the aftermath of Spinal Cord Injury is about the most devastating period of a victim's life as virtually everything is being done for the individual. Speaking on the different degrees of Spinal Cord injury, he said most injuries are not...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, ABUJA After four years of deliberation,  Cedarcrest hospital Abuja, is collaborating with a German healthcare manufacturing company to begin production of artificial limbs to help rehabilitate and better care for the disabled.   Speaking to Leadership at a one day workshop, organised to educate specialists on modern concepts in management of post polio deformities, the hospital's Director of Surgical Services, Dr Kingsley Ekwe said Cedarcrest has partnered with  Otto Bock HealthCare in Germany to set up a Prosthetics and Orthotics Plant in Nigeria.   The plant which is mainly for  local manufacturing of artificial limbs will ensure quality treatment of patients with disabilities especially ones caused  by Polio.   “it is still possible to live quality life, because your limbs have been cut off doesn’t mean you have to be on crutches for life which limits your options. We are hoping that in the next few months, our patients will be able to...
Following the activities of the Indigenous People Of biafra (IPOB) in the South East, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikeazu, in this chat with State House Correspondents, has said they are risking the lives of 11.6 million Igbos residing in the south east and also spoke about the tension in his state last week. JONATHAN NDA - ISAIAH presents the excerpts.  Nigerians are beginning to wonder what went wrong. It depends from what point to what point. But if you are referring to what happened in the past one week, Nigerians know that for some time now this group called IPOB is agitating for a separate nation called biafra and that the home state of the leader of that group happens to be Abia State. As expected, when such things happen, there is an interface between some members of that group and the military, and the theater was Abia State. Also, some people...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah Sacked national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday  met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun behind closed doors. The meeting which lasted about two hours took place inside the office of the vice president at the presidential villa, Abuja. After the meeting, Sheriff who once assumed the office of the national chairman of the PDP in controversial circumstance declined to speak to journalists. But LEADERSHIP gathered that his visit to Osinbajo may not be unconnected with his current moves to defect to the ruling APC. The former controversial PDP boss was sacked by the Supreme Court recently. Reports have also suggested that his moves to switch party has been blocked by the Borno State chapter of the ruling APC.
BY AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja A renowned activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has hailed the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen for intervening in a decisive manner in the anti-corruption war being prosecuted by President Muhammadu Buhari administration by issuing a directive to all heads of courts in Nigeria to create special courts for the exclusive trial of corruption cases. In a statement signed by Falana himself yesterday, he noted that Buhari administration had since placed before the National Assembly an Executive Bill for the establishment of a special court clothed with exclusive jurisdiction to try corruption cases. “Although it was submitted over a year ago the federal legislators have not deemed it fit to pass the crucial bill into law for reasons best known to them. Hence corruption cases have been subjected to inordinate delays in our courts which are congested with many other cases. However, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the...
By Kunle Olasanmi, JULIANA AGBO, Abuja and ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday threw its weight of support behind federal government’s proscription of the activities of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) which was affirmed by the court on Wednesday. The Northern elders also commended the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for asking the federal government to follow due process of the law in the proscription of the association. Convener and leader of NEF, Dr Paul Unongo, who stated NEF’s position also called on the Attorney-General of the Federation and the relevant judicial authorities to continue to uphold the rule of law without fear or favour. “The NEF welcomes and commends the decision taken by the South-East Governors to denounce the activities of the organization known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its proscription in their respective States”, he stated. Unongo noted that the North which had been a victim...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The federal government yesterday said it is not against state governments developing their own power projects to support development and supply of incremental power. Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this on Thursday at a meeting of the National Council on Power (NACOP) in Jos. He said: “I heard statements to the effect that Federal Government should allow the states to develop their own power projects. “The truth is that federal government is not standing on the way of any state; the laws do not stand in the way of any state to develop power projects. “Because as governor, we built seven power plants, government did not stop us; what we could not do is to do commercial distribution which the law actually allows under license through Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).” The federal government also urged state governments in the country to wake up to the call...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday wielded the big stick against the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu and one of its aspirants in the Anambra State governorship election, Ifeanyi Ubah, over alleged acts of indiscipline. The national publicity secretary of PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the party suspended Ubah for one month for his refusal to reply a query over disparaging comments he was said to have made against the party’s leadership. He added that the party further referred Ubah’s case to its disciplinary committee headed by Chief Tom Ikimi for further action. In the case of Kashamu, Adeyeye  said the senator was only sent to the disciplinary committee, noting that he had replied a query where he denied some allegations of indiscipline leveled against him. The party’s spokesman however said the disciplinary committee is expected to submit their findings to the party leadership within two...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has listed Ekocorp, Thomas Wyatt and Africa Alliance Insurance Plc leading the N372.5 million fine over inability to meet the Exchange regulatory requirements. The Exchange imposed a fine of N372.5 million on 30 listed companies for inability to file in their financial statements ranging between full year ended December 31, 2014 and second quarter ended March 31, 2017. Investigation revealed that NSE fined Ekocorp, Thomas Wyatt and Africa Alliance Insurance N75.6 million, N46.8 million and N46.1 million respectively, totaling N174.4 million, which accounted for 46.8 per cent. Also, for non-compliance on 2016 financial results, NSE sanctioned AG Leventis N2.9 million, Austin Laz N5.4 million, Capital Hotel N2.1 million, Capital Oil N 1.1 million, CWG N2.1 million, Diamond Bank N2.4 million, Fidelity Bank N 700,000, Fortis Micro Finance Bank N19.8 million, Guinea Insurance N11.6 million, Premier Paints N11.2 million, Royal Exchange N7.3 million, Standard Alliance...
By ZAKA KHALIQ, Lagos In a bid to remain afloat, some insurers are now perpetuating unethical practices about by hawking third party motor insurance policies for a paltry sum of N1000, LEADERSHIP Friday investigations have revealed. It gathered that the insurance price war has heightened in recent times, a situation which might have stemmed from the economic challenges facing the country. In an interaction with our correspondent, two insurance marketers who were once corporate affairs executives but were moved to marketing said their redeployment to marketing exposed them to the dirty battle in insurance sales. One of the marketers noted that some insurers, in a bid to secure an insurance contract with clients, throw caution to the wind and charge as low as N1000 for a third party policy which statutorily goes for N5,000. Worried by this development, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) said it will continue to fight the menace of rate-cutting through...