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Coronavirus: Enugu State Doctors Embark on Strike Amidst the Fear of Coronavirus

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Resident doctors of the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital embarked on a 5-day warning strike on Saturday to press home their demand for an enhanced pay package amidst the fear of coronavirus detected in the country.

The leadership of the resident doctors declined to respond to questions on the coronavirus epidemic. But the president of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD ESUT-TH, Dr. Chima Edoga, spoke on the strike appealed to patients to understand their plight which he said they have managed for over four years.

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Edoga stated that it is the wish of the doctors to make the hospital a center of excellence, but noted that it is only when manpower is retained that the hospital could achieve the desired dream. He said that the Resident Doctors deliberated extensively on their work conditions and patient care before arriving at the difficult decision.

They claimed that, there is a shortage of doctors in ESUT-TH as a result of continual mass exodus of doctors, despite genuine efforts made by the State Government and the Management of ESUT-TH to replace them.

The ARD ESUT-TH stated that they have been over-burdened doctors who chose to remain and care for the people, with some doctors having to take daily call duties for months, at the expense of their own health, personal and family lives. They said that as a result there is a drop in the quality of care given to the patients.

The doctors said their reasons for embarking on the warning strike include;

  • Perennial poor salary
  •  Emoluments vis-à-vis non-implementation of the Corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) with consequential minimum wage adjustments for doctors working in ESUT-TH Parklane as is obtainable in all Federal Tertiary Health Institutions (FTHIs) and many State Tertiary Health Institutions (STHIs).

According to him, STHIs in neighboring states like Anambra (COOUTH) and Imo (IMSUTH) have made giant strides in this regard. The recent increase in their salaries by the state government, though well appreciated, will not suffice.

Edoga said there was failure of all diplomatic channels and negotiations with the Enugu State Government to address the challenges and ensure continuous delivery of standard health care services to its citizenry.

“Consequently, ARD ESUT-TH Parklane, in an unanimous decision, resolved to embark on a 5-day warning strike, starting on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8am to resume work on Thursday, March 5, 2020 by 8am, unless the State Government immediately implements the Corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) with consequential minimum wage adjustments for doctors working in ESUT-TH Parklane as is obtainable in all Federal Tertiary Health Institutions (FTHIs) and many State Tertiary Health Institutions (STHIs) in Nigeria,” Edoga said.

He disclosed that the Congress of ARD ESUT-TH Parklane will re-convene after the warning strike, give notice of and proceed on an indefinite industrial action if the Government does to meet their demand.

Meanwhile, the current situation of these doctors is quite understandable but why did they choose this timing for their strike action?  I guess they want to use the current national emergency state of coronavirus as a ‘means to an end’. Let’s see if the government will dance to their tune….

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has urged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world to the benefits of the country.

Mr Solomon Adodo, National President of NYCN, gave the advice in his remark at the International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 Celebration, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Gistflash reports that the theme of International Youth Day 2020, was “Youth Engagement for Global Action, ” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels was enriching national and multilateral institutions.

The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youths by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.

Adodo also enjoined the Nigerian youths to rise as one and look beyond the problems and challenges facing the country.The NYCN president admonished the youths to avoid being used as tools in the hands of politicians whose only mission was to bring the government down.”

If the youths allow themselves to be use as tools to bring the government down, they have brought the nation down.” Let us see how we can contribute our qouter to national development. Let us put aside our ethnic, political, religious differences and have one culture and one political party which is development of Nigeria.” Let us unite to build the new Nigerian economy.”

Nation that have developed that we run to for loan and other assistance like China and US, they do not fall from the sky rather they harness their potential and utilise them.” I urge the Nigerian youths to take advantage of adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world and turn it to the advantage of Nigerian economy and development,” Adodo said.

He used the occasion to commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent approval of N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.

Adodo pledged that the NYCN had offered itself, it’s members and the potential of the millions of the Nigerian youths to bring solutions to the problems bedeviling the country.

According to him, “there are millions of job all around us and there is so much wealth that the national youth council of Nigeria can create for the country.”

We are grateful that the government is giving the youths vistas of opportunities through its policies and programmes.” The recent approval of the N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund is one of those programmes of government through which the Nigerian youths can harness their potential and translate it into productivity.” Theme of IYD Year 2020 is youth engagement for global action

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria among failed states
Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

Web based encyclopedia – Wikipedia has updated its list of failed states and Nigeria is now one of the countries on the list.

Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

The free web-based encyclopedia project which contains information on a wide variety of subjects, described a failed state as a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.

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It further added that a state can also fail if the government loses its legitimacy even if it is performing its functions properly. For a stable state, it is necessary for the government to enjoy both effectiveness and legitimacy. Likewise, when a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of total governmental collapse.

Some countries listed as a failed state include; Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan.

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has fired back at people criticising him over his condolence message to the family of late Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Speaking in an interview with Premium Times, Obasanjo said: “When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.

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But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt.

As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions. People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.

Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused? Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.

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