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Buhari regime proposes nine-year compulsory post-training service in Nigeria for health workers

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To address the challenge of brain drain in the health services sector, Nigeria-trained medical doctors and other health workers must be bonded to a nine-year post training service to the nation.

This proposal was advanced by Labour Minister Chris Ngige while lamenting how healthcare providers “just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no cost.”

Mr Ngige while defending his ministry’s 2022 budget before the House of Representatives, decried how the government utilises its resources to train medical practitioners who soon relocate abroad for jobs.

“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Committee on Health should come with a proposal for bonding doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, and other health workers so that they don’t just carry their bags and walk out of their country at will when they were trained at no cost,” he stated.

Further drawing analogy with the cost of medical education abroad, the minister said: “In London, it is 45,000 pounds a session for medical education in cheap in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay $80,000. If you go to the USA you pay $45,000 but if you go to the Ivy leagues, you pay $90,000 for only tuition, excluding lodging. You do it for six years. So, people in America take loans,” he said.

He thus emphasised the need to placed medical practitioners on government bond so that they cannot play their trade outside the country until they have fulfilled a stipulated year of service in-country.

“We can make provisions for loans and you pay back. If the government will train you for free, we should bond you. You serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere,” Mr Ngige said.

Nigeria in recent years has seen a flux of its medical doctors emigrating from the country to practice elsewhere due to poor conditions of service.

Recent statistics released by the General Medical Council had indicated that the United Kingdom employed about 353 Nigerian doctors between June 10, 2021, and September 20, 2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, about 862 Nigerian-trained doctors were licensed in the country between July 24, 2020, and September 21, 2021.

In August, Nigeria’s secret police SSS opened fire to scatter a recruitment process for hordes of medical doctors seeking to undertake interviews for job placement in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Mr Ngige himself had once dismissed the brain drain in the health sector, boasting that the country has enough doctors to cater for the population.

Medical practitioners have on different occasions gone on strike since the president assumed office in 2015, over lack of medical equipment, unpaid salaries and harsh work environments.

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#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student

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The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.

In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.

“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.

“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.

“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.

“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.

Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.

“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.

“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.

The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.

(NAN)

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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person

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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 

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