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Imo Govt Beams Light Into IMSUTH

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… Accuses Doctors Of Collecting Double Salaries

… Assures Quick Restoration Of Accreditation

Imo state government has attributed the delay in payment of salaries of medical Doctors at the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Umuna Orlu to double collection of salaries by the consultancy Doctors at the Imsuth who also lectures at the Imo State University.

This is even as the Government has promised to provide all the necessary equipment needed for the accreditation of the School which has resulted in the medical Students spending years above what the law provides as a period of graduation.

The last investigation carried out by Lead Newspaper at Imsuth, it was discovered that the majority of the medical Students had spent above ten years reading medicine and other related courses while they are not meant to spend more than six and seven years.

Uzodinma however disclosed the resolve of his Government to provide the campus with facilities needed for its accreditation as an instructed council during his visit to the school to ascertain the problems and needs of the campus.

While inspecting the Institution the Governor used the forum to let Imo people know the reason behind the delay in the payment of medical Doctors who are on consultancy with the Institution pointing out that the Government discovered that most of the consultants at the Imsuth are also lectures in Imsu who upon receiving full monthly salaries in Imsu as Lecturers also receive another from Imsuth as consultants, an act he described as uncalled for.

Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has promised to restore the accreditation of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH Orlu) which was lost several years back.

He has also promised that his government will do her best to provide the needed facilities that will enable the Teaching Hospital to be of service to the graduating students and cater for the health needs of the people of Imo state.

Governor Uzodimma gave the assurance when he addressed newsmen after visiting and inspecting facilities at the IMSUTH, Imo Foundation and Ochiedike Medical and Dialysis Centre in Owerri on Tuesday.

At IMSUTH, the Governor inspected the Maternity, Prenatal, Gynecology, Neurology Wards. Other sections he inspected include Dialysis Unit, Female and Male Surgical Wards, Male Medical and Female medical Wards, Male Orthopedic, Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Surgical, Children Pediatrics, Main Theatre and Consultants Clinic.

Governor Uzodimma noted that government is critically looking at the challenges in the Health and Education sectors of the state and that it has become necessary that the Imo State University Medical School which had lost its accreditation must be helped to recover same.

He said the visit to the institution was partly to identify the needs and requirements for accreditation with a view to addressing them, particularly to ensure that the Medical School gets back its accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The Governor regretted that loss of accreditation has affected the graduation of the students for years.

On why activities at the Medical School are low, the Governor said that in the process of automating the salary payroll of the workers in the University it was discovered that most of the Medical Doctors who are rendering clinical (consultancy) services in IMSUTH are also lecturers of Imo State University.

He said the implication was that they were collecting double salaries as lecturers and Medical Doctors, noting that it is not only unhealthy for Imo State government of today but that if allowed to stand, in the future when they retire from service they will be receiving pensions as both Medical doctors and University lecturers.

“It is in the process of harmonizing the above that there arose a disagreement which should be considered as a temporary setback because at the end of the day all will come to a round table to agree the right things,” the governor explained.

The Governor however appealed to the Medical Doctors rendering skeletal services at IMSUTH to continue with what they are doing, assuring that soon Government will embark on rapid upgrade of the facilities to enable the students to graduate and at the same time, procure adequate medical services for the people of Imo State.

He said soon, the government will engage the Medical Doctors, Principal Officers of the College and other stakeholders in an interaction that will benefit both government, the workers, and to a large extent, be to the greater benefit of Imo people.

The Governor was received on arrival by the IMSUTH Director, Nursing Services, Chief Boniface Agwunobi accompanied by the Imo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo.

On the entourage of the Governor were the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Hon. Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Francis Dibiagwu and other members of the State Executive Council.

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Eid: Put politics aside, pray for Buhari, Tinubu urges Nigerians

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All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to put politics aside and pray for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for strength and wisdom to protect the nation.

He made this call on Wednesday in his Eid-el-Fitr message titled, ‘Let righteous acts, efforts of Ramadan continue to guide our actions’.

Tinubu, who joined Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to mark the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, stressed that the fasting is a sign of complete devotion to God.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to remember the lessons of Ramadan.

He said, “We must never condone and tolerate the works and words of those who would do evil or who would pit brother against brother, Nigerian against Nigerian.”

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He also urged Nigerians to put politics aside and continue to pray for Buhari and his government.

“Let us put politics aside and continue to pray to Almighty Allah for our country and all its people.

“Let us remember President Muhammadu Buhari and his government in our prayers that they may be given the requisite strength and wisdom to protect the nation, defeat the challenges that confront us and help establish Nigeria as a more prosperous and just land,” he stressed.

Tinubu also emphasised that Nigerians should pray for soldiers and those that are in the frontline against the war on terrorism and coronavirus pandemic.

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FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed

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An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has slammed the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for saying that the Federal Government and its security agencies know the whereabouts of kidnappers and bandits but only being careful.

According to Omokri, the government was not careful with #EndSARS protesters last October when soldiers allegedly opened fire on youths at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, injuring over 30 protesters and allegedly killing some youths.

It was reported that the minister at a briefing on Tuesday said the government indeed knew the locations of kidnappers, adding that security agencies were only being careful to avoid civilian casualties.

“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

Read Also: Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” Mohammed had said.

Reacting, Omokri, in a string of tweets on Wednesday, wrote, “Lai Mohammed says the Buhari government knows where kidnappers are, but are only being ‘careful’. But why was the Buhari administration not careful during #LekkiMassacre, or when they massacred Nigerian Shiites? Why is their mercy only reserved for kidnappers?

“Lai, why is your government now appealing to bandits and herdsmen? Did you ‘appeal’ to #EndSARS protesters before massacring them, or to the people of Orlu before slaughtering them? The Buhari administration is a useless embarrassment!”

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Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday asked Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in his Eid-il-Fitr message.

The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity’.

Shehu quoted the President as saying, “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

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“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

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