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NEDC to equip Borno dental, eyes hospitals – Official



The North East Development Commission (NEDC) says it will rehabilitate and equip the Borno Government dental and eyes hospitals.


The Managing Director of NEDC, Mr Mohammed Alkali, made this known on Friday after touring facilities in the hospitals.


Alkali said the support was in line with the commission’s mandate to intervene in various sectors including health in the north east region.

“I am here to assess and see what we can do to upgrade the hospitals for quality services.

“We will not only renovate buildings but also provide necessary equipment and facilities that will make this place a centre of excellence.

“We have education endowment fund to educate and train people in all areas including teachers, doctors and nurses to train people that will handle some of the equipment to be provided,” Alkali said.

Responding, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Arab, lauded NEDC for its sustained support to the health sector, adding that the interventions have gone a long way in complementing the state government commitment to the sector.

Arab said that the state government had already sent young medical personnel for training for the needed manpower to handle upgraded facilities in the hospitals.

“By the time this place is upgraded by NEDC, it is going to be another facility for training and research,” Arab said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Maiduguri dental and eyes hospital, built in the 80s, is being patronised by patients from Borno and neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie



Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.


According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.


He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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