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Shun ‘japa’ syndrome, LUTH CMD advises young doctors




Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, the Chief Medical Director, (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has advised new medical doctors from the University of Ilorin to shun ‘japa’ syndrome and practise in the country.

Adeyemo gave this charge on Monday at the induction ceremony of 144 medical graduands of the College of Health Sciences, held in Ilorin.

The don who spoke on the topic: “Brain Drain in Health Sector: The Grass is Greener Here Too”, congratulated the inductees, saying “your future is the very bright sun going to shine on everything you do”.

He emphasised on the need for the young medics to contribute their quotas towards the peace and progress of the country.

He, however, bemoaned low remuneration and general poor working conditions medical doctors are subjected to in the country.

According to him, it is important for such young professionals to stay behind in order to contribute their quotas to national development like many of their patriotic senior colleagues.

“While hoping that all will be well soon in addressing these factors, particularly remuneration, infrastructures, and adequate funding.

“It is important that we, elders in the profession, engage these younger ones about the many opportunities here such as, clinical practice, public and private, academic, and research, among a very long list of opportunities,” he said.

Adeyemo observed that it is not the proposed mandatory five-year practice that will mitigate the effect of the brain drain, but understanding why Nigerians always take delight in relocating to other countries.

He urged elders in the profession to create and allow free flow of mentoring between them and the young graduates as done in the law profession.

He explained that young graduates should be discouraged from taking decisions that will hurt them.

The CMD added that young medical doctors need mentors amongst the elders to redirect their thoughts as he advised the graduands to emulate and be encouraged by the styles and accomplishments of their senior colleagues who remain at home to produce them.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, SAN, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, congratulated the graduands and their parents on the successful completion of their training.

He charged them to show the world compassion, care and concern to humanity.

“Today we are celebrating with your parents who have paid the dues to make sure you are here today. Remember that although it was not easy but they did it for you.

“To show appreciation also do it to the Nigerian society that has produced you. Remember that the lexicon today has moved from ‘Japa’ to ‘Japada’.

“Therefore use the latest lexicon to stay here and make use of the best opportunity you have here,”he said.


Tribunal upholds Gov. Alia’s election



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Gov. Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March 18 Governorship Election.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.

Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.

He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.

He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.

Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.

He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.

The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.

The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.

They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.

They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.

They, therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.

The also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.

NAN reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.

However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.

The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.

They also said that the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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