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Nigerian medical doctors have threatened to go on strike over the incessant harassment of health workers by security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), FCT chapter, Ekpe Phillips, gave the warning at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

Mr Phillips said the level of harassment was still high despite a directive by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to grant essential workers free movement.

“There is incessant harassment of health workers in FCT even when they show their ID card.

“The health care workers are front liners against this war of COVID-19. They should be encouraged rather than being harassed.

“These cases have been discussed with the commissioner of police and the director of security in FCT.

“We have told them that if they cannot protect the healthcare workers, we have no choice than to sit at home and let the system run by itself,” he said.

Since the imposition of overnight curfew across Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, some health care workers and media practitioners have reported cases of harassment by security officers.

Exemptions

The National Coordinator of the Task Force, Sani Aliyu, has repeatedly stated that essential workers are exempted from the curfew.

This, he said, is to enable them carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Mr Aliyu, while reacting to the threat by the medical workers, said talks would begin with security heads to ensure the safety and free passage of all essential workers, including health care workers.

“Essential workers need to be allowed free movement according to the PTF guidelines.

“It is important that we continue to maintain our services across the country. We also need some economic activities while we are trying to get on top of this issue.

“I will be in touch with the chairman of the FCT task force and the security chiefs,” he said.

PPE

NMA also donated some homemade Personal Protective equipment (PPE) to front line health workers. Items donated includes 1600 face mask, 1600 hand sanitizer and 1600 face shields.

”Nigeria and FCT are advocating the use of a face mask. In many hospitals, companies, market places the enforcement agencies are making sure everyone is wearing a face mask.

“People that are mostly at risk are the health care workers.

“It is on this note we decided to compliment what the government and other philanthropist are doing,” Mr Phillip said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Governors convene emergency meeting as Buhari signs financial independence for States’ Judiciary, Legislature

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has fixed an emergency meeting for Wednesday.

The meeting will deliberate on the financial autonomy grated states’ judiciary and legislature, code-named, Executive Order 10, 2020.

Signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 20, details of the Executive Order 10, 2020 were released on Tuesday.

A statement by the NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said the consultation would be the 9th in the series of teleconference governors’ meetings since the coronavirus outbreak.

It will take place at 2 pm and have in attendance, all the 36 governors, via Microsoft Team from their various states.

The spokesman said among the issues to be reviewed are critical national questions that revolve around financial autonomy.

He said governors will also touch issues around the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ownership, and the controversial National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Bill.

Also to be discussed is the restructuring of states’ loans and the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deductions, which have been a recurring decimal on the governors’ table.

“As usual the governors will be given an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, as well as review a letter from the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as it relates to the pandemic draft regulations,” he said.

Bello-Barkindo added that there would also be a general update on efforts of the Coalition Against COVID-19.

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Resident doctors demand 24-month salary arrears, improved working condition from Makinde

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Doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, on Tuesday, demanded for the payment of their 24 months’ salary arrears owed its members by the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde.

The doctors in a statement jointly signed by its President, Dr. Abraham Akinbola and General Secretary, Dr. Abubakar Usman stressed the need for urgent payment of the salary arrears.

The duo in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital said, “There is a need to urgently commence the payment of our two years half salary arrears from January 2016 to December 2017.

“This payment has commenced for other affected institutions in the state. Our assumption as an association is that we are not different from other Oyo State workers.

“But we feel the government of the day is neglecting our concerns. This alone has put the government in a bad light in the eyes of our members.

The resident doctors also demanded the installation, repair and maintenance of some of their sophisticated medical equipment for upmost service deliveries.

“As an association of resident doctors, we have upheld the best of professional conducts in delivering our services to the good people of Oyo State and its environs.

“We strongly admonish the government to change her disposition towards LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso to usher in the real Omituntun experience. Time to act is now to save LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso from imminent collapse.

“Only those who believe in the founding vision of the institution stayed behind and are still presently working in the hospital to achieve those dreams within scarce resources”.

The doctors further alleged that they never got the opportunity to present their challenges in spite of all efforts to meet the governor.

“We have done many press releases to keep the world abreast of our challenges while drawing the attention of the state government to the pressing issues.

“This year alone, we wrote two different letters to the governor and this is the second press release in the last four weeks. No response to address our agitations whatsoever.

“The only mention we got was when His Excellency mistook us for Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) LAUTECH in one of his briefings. Our agitations have not changed.”

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