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Kwara doctors commence 7-day warning strike

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The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Kwara branch, has declared a seven-day warning strike across the 16 local government areas of the state to press home their demands.

The Chairman of the association, Dr Saka Agboola, declared the strike at a news conference after an emergency congress on Monday in Ilorin.

Agboola said that the association had been patient enough for government to respond to the welfare of members of the association.

According to him, as much as it is painful for the executive of the association to reach such decision, the congress has unanimously agreed on a seven-day warning strike action.

He explained that the industrial action is to give room for engagement with the government on some of their agitations on good conditions of service, especially in the payment of new renumeration to the members of the union.

“We are not a pressure group, but it has gotten to a point that the well-being of doctors in Kwara has to be seriously looked into.

“We have responsibilities to our families, our neighbours and even to our patients.

“There is need to remunerate the doctors to get efficient output.

“This is the more reason why we have engaged several fora at every opportunity to resolve our demands.

“But it is unfortunate that at the expiration of the ultimatum given, we have not being able to reach a comfortable agreement,” he said.

Agboola reiterated that the one week strike action would afford the government opportunity to re-engage the association in negotiation.

Reacting to the development, Mr Sa’ad Aluko, the Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau, said that government had been making effort to resolve the demands of the doctors.

Aluko noted that it was only a question of time before their demands would be met.

He said that the state government had met with the leadership of the association to look at ways to reach a resolution.

According to him, the state government has already agreed to 70 per cent increase out of the 100 per cent that is being agitated by the association.

“Based on the total algorithm and internally generated revenue, everything has to be looked into.

“The state government has setup a committee to look at a balance between what is being requested for and what is on ground.

“Government is also confronted with various agitation from the Nigeria Labour Union but we must strike a balance,” he said.

Aluko, however, said that government had employed additional healthcare workers in the state hospitals.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial

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Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted

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Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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Suspected cultists arrested with female pant, charms in Delta

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Police operatives attached to the Delta state police command raiders unit, have arrested twenty suspected cultists at a black spot in Ogarafe,  Oghara in Ethiope west LGA of the state.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Edafe Bright, said during the raid of the hot spot, a fabricated wooden gun, six hundred and forty-eight wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, one used female pant, various charms, one Knife, Sixteen bottles of codeine, ten packs of razlers, one Grinder used in grinding weeds and the sum of sixty-nine thousand (#69,000) were recovered from the suspect.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

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