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Doctors’ strike paralyses public hospitals

The strike embarked upon by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors has paralysed activities in public hospitals across the country. NARD had embarked upon the strike to force the Federal Government to pay arrears of salaries being owned the medical doctors. Reports by some of our correspondents and the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that more branches of the association had joined the strike. Consequently, patients are being hit hard while relatives of some of the sick are being forced to take their sick to private hospitals. Resident doctors in Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Bauchi, Kwara states and Abuja have joined the nation-wide strike called by their national

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National conference Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Arewa, others go to work

LAGOS—TWENTY-FOUR hours after President Goodluck Jonathan raised a 13-man National Conference Advisory Committee, leading ethnic nationalities and other groups in the country have started consultations with a view to presenting their agenda to the panel. Vanguard also gathered that the different geo-political zones of the country may also meet to strategise and marshall their demands. Viewing the President’s move as a unique opportunity to address the avalanche of socioeconomic and political problems afflicting the country, leaders of the ethnic nationalities said efforts should be made to make the national conference yield the desired result. Ohanaeze to hold inner caucus meeting

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Students threaten showdown with Imo govt

Students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede have threatened to attack the vehicles belonging to the state and Federal Governments. They are aggrieved because of the poor condition of the Ihiagwa/Nekede Road. The road, which links the two federal institutions and government agencies, has become a source of pain to the students and other residents, following the heavy rains, which washed away the remaining portion of the road.

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Death toll in Kaduna attacks hits 100 – Village heads

Following last Saturday’s attack on Attakar community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, during which 15 people were killed, the death toll in the series of attacks on Kaduna villages since March this year has risen to 100. Also in the period under review, property, worth several millions of naira, including over 500 houses, household items and foodstuffs were destroyed and more than 10,000 natives displaced. These revelations were made by the spokesman of the affected communities, and National President, Attakar Community Development Association (ACDA), Ishaya K. Samaila during a press conference in Fadan Attackar, yesterday.

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Nigerian students held at Moscow embassy

Moscow police have detained 16 Nigerian students accused of smashing furniture inside their country’s embassy, reportedly in anger over unpaid grants. The 16 suspects were removed from the embassy building at the request of Nigerian staff, Russia’s interior ministry told local media. All of them are enrolled at colleges of higher education in Russia, it added. Other African students in Russia have protested in the past over their home countries’ failure to pay their grants. The 16 students arrested in Moscow face administrative charges, the interior ministry said.

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Presidency North should wait till 2019, says Babatope

A former Minister of Transportation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has backed Jonathan’s 2015 bid, asking the North to wait until 2019 for their turn. Also, a former governor of the old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said President Jonathan is a tool in the hands of God to implement God’s designs for Nigeria. He said Jonathan’s tolerance, cool-headedness, fear of God and respect for people and their constitution had neutralised Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. The duo spoke during the state’s 17th anniversary public lecture organised by the Bayelsa State Government in Yenagoa on Monday.

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Nwabueze, Okurounmu, 11 others named members

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the membership and terms of reference of the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee on National Dialogue/ Conference. A terse statement on Tuesday night in Abuja by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, named a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, as one of the 13 members of the committee headed by Senator Femi Okurounmu. Others are Dr. Akilu Indabawa,Secretary; a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor; Senator Khairat Gwadabe; Senator Timothy Adudu, Col. Tony Nyiam (retd), Prof. Funke Adebayo, Dr. Mairo Amshi, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, Alhaji Dauda Birma, Mallam Buhari Bello and Mr. Tony Uranta.

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Don’t sack Odimegwu, NPC chair, group begs Jonathan

A Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, International Network on Inter-Cultural Dialogue, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan not to yield to pressure to sack the National Population Commission, NPC, Chairman, Chief Festus Odimegwu. Twenty-four commissioners in the NPC had recently demanded Odimegwu’s sack. The President of the organisation, Mr. Chris Ajugwe, made the call yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State while reacting to the commissioners’ demand. Ajugwe said those calling for Odimegwu’s sack were those who did not wish Nigeria well and wanted the country to remain backward, without a credible standard headcount. He said: “It has come to my knowledge that whenever a sensitive political position is occupied by an Igbo man, revisionists and tribal

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Ohanaeze wants equal representation for six zones

The apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting its earlier proposal to convoke a national conference as a matter of urgency. Ohanaeze was however quick to state the modality for the conference, saying the six geo-political zones of the country should be represented by the same number of people. It even went further to recommend that top on the agenda of the conference will be for the country to federate based on the six geo-political zones only and not by states as it is presently obtained.