By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos  A new research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM)  has revealed that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.  ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder who revealed the statistics in a document made available to journalists stressed that, "These new global estimates can help shape and develop interventions to prevent both forced labour and child labour."  The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016.  The ILO also released a companion estimate of child labour, which confirmed that about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labour.  “The new estimates also show that women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting almost 29...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja Nurses under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) have said it will join other health workers in the upcoming industrial action come Thursday, the 21st of September 2017. Briefing Newsman in Abuja, yesterday, the President of the Association,  Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji said the Nurses have expressed sadness over the state of the health sector especially the moribund state of health infrastructure. “Members during the meeting noted with great concern the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigerian citizens and therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and respective managements of Federal Health institutions and by extension State and Local Government owned health institutions to do the needful in this regard,” he said. Adeniji said, “The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) met...
 BY ALO ABIOLA, ADO EKITI Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to name those “treasury looters” that he claimed were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying “it is high time Nigerians begin to hold the Information Minister accountable for his frivolous claims.” Governor Fayose, who accused the Information Minister lying to gain power and still lying to sustain it, pointed out that;’ “more than 20 months after he claimed that 55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013, Lai Mohammed is yet to tell Nigerians who the 55 people are.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the Governor's Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he described Lai Mohammed as “an embodiment of contradictions, who speaks from several sides of his mouth, turning himself to a vegetable while struggling...
 Medical skills and education of general practice physicians across Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have  been boosted through Pfizer’s General Practitioners’ (GP) programme, a corporate social responsibility medical education initiative of the pharmaceutical company tagged Learning Exchange Advancement Programme (LEAP). The initiative, which began three years ago, has reached an estimated five thousand doctors, with two thousand doctors being reached in July and August 2017 alone through the use of technology. According to a statement from the company, the objective is two-fold. “Firstly, we want to be close to the general practitioners who are the first point of call for patients, in order to get a deeper understanding of their peculiar practice-related circumstances and needs, and secondly, contribute to updating their knowledge and skills on current trends in medical practice. ‘‘Of course, we believe at the end of the day, if the patients get better care, Pfizer’s mission of saving lives will be...
BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja The National Health Insurance Scheme yesterday(NHIS) yesterday said while it maintains silence on the ongoing investigation on alleged corrupt practices in the Organisation, it will not hesitate to met out sanctions to Health Management Organisations found wanting. The Scheme also disclosed that it has delisted some poor performing hospital’s to win back the confidence of enrolled. The Acting Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Mr Attahiru Ibrahim said this yesterday at a breakfast media interaction in Abuja. The Acting ES said it is only helpful to hold up any further comments until the investigation is being concluded and reports presented. “In the process, the Scheme also strongly support the rule of law, whereby anyone found wanting in the course of the operations of the Scheme, whether on the inside or outside, should be handed over to the agencies of government with the appropriate mandate to make such people accountable, as in...

PMB’s Address To UNGA 72

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA  AT  THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 72ND SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN NEW YORK,  ON  TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017   Ø    Mr. President, Ø    Fellow Heads of State and Government, Ø    Mr. Secretary-General, Ø    Distinguished Delegates, Ø    Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General.  I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation.  You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to   the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement. Mr. President, The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern,...
Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has assured the people of the state that his administration was focused on exploring the entire value chain for cocoa in order to diversify the economy of the state from its dependence on federal allocation. Ayade gave the assurance when he embarked on a project evaluation tour of the ultramodern cocoa processing factory being built in Ikom, in the Central Senatorial District of the state. "At this critical point when oil is almost becoming a thing of the past, Cross River must construct a direction for the Federal Government to follow. We understand the ideological focus of this government to ensure that there is a shift from the continuous dependence on oil to the agricultural sector. So, by the time we are done, we will explore the entire value chain for cocoa and help produce all the end products out of Ikom, making the place the...
By Winifred Ogbebo Unrestricted access to quality and essential medicine and medical products are germane to achieving a healthier world, experts have posited. Access to essential medicines as part of the right to the highest attainable standard of health (“the right to health”) is well-founded in international law. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the right to health first emerged as a social right in the Constitution (1946) and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) The director of Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP), University of Ibadan, Prof  Chinedum P. Babalola, has said that lack of access to essential medicines remains one of the most serious global public health problems. She said essential medicines save lives and improve health when they are available, affordable, of assured quality and properly used. Babalola gave the disclosure recently during a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has urged the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law. Wike, who made the call while speaking when the Primate of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, accompanied by Archbishops and Bishops of the Church visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, said that the fight against corruption must not be vindictive in nature. The governor said, "The fight against corruption must be holistic and it should not be vindictive in nature. Those of us who are privileged  to serve should know that it is by the Grace of God  that we serve. Therefore, we must serve to the Glory of God." He stated that the Church has been the pillar of his administration, hence he is not afraid  to associate with the church at all times, thanked the Church for scheduling the General Synod in Rivers State...
By Bukola Ogunsina, Gansu Province, China China's largest media organisation, Peoples Daily just recently hosted Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been referred to by the Vice Chairman, Standing Committee, 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), Mr Zhang Ping, as the blue print for China's opening up to the world. Just as interesting is the fact that this year's BRI theme is, 'New Cooperation prospects towards a shared community future.’ At the opening remarks, Vice Chairman, Zhang,  stated that the Belt and Road initiative is relevant to development, momentum and trends of time which is based on reality embracing the keywords, ‘Peace, Cooperation and Openness,’ among others. He stressed that the BRI was established to benefit and promote exchanges between countries and has gained several fruits and foreign attention. “We are willing to share our ideas and learn...