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Kwara doctors hail AbdulRazaq over new salary scale



Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) and the Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Kwara chapter, on Thursday applauded Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the implementation of the new salary scale for medical workers in the state.

The commendation was made by Dr Yusuf Eletu, the Chairman of the NAGGMDP, in Ilorin during a Congress by the associations.

He Eletu noted that under the newly approved salary scale, Kwara doctors are now at par with their contemporaries in the federal services.

The chairman described the development as “a new era unfolding for the state’s health sector.

“In a significant stride towards improving healthcare services in Kwara, Gov. AbdulRazaq has once again demonstrated his commitment to the well-being of citizens by approving the normalisation of the salaries and allowances of medical doctors in the state.

“This landmark decision is poised to usher in a new era of enhanced medical care for the people of Kwara.

“Under the newly approved salary scale, Kwara state doctors are now at par with their contemporaries in the federal services,” he said.

According to him, the highlights of this transformational move include the implementation of a 100 per cent revised Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS).

He noted that this is a boost to the hazard allowance, incorporation of skipping and relativity factors, and allocation of medical residency training funds specifically tailored to support the development of resident doctors in the state.

“The positive impacts of this decision have been resonating throughout the healthcare sector, especially within the NAGGMDP.

Eletu emphasised the need for members to reciprocate the government benevolence by continuing to provide exceptional healthcare services guided by the principles of the Hippocratic Oath.

Dr Ola Ahmed, the state NMA Chairman, underscored the importance of maintaining harmonious professional and interpersonal relationships amongst members.

He stressed that such unity is essential for fostering an environment of collaboration and mutual support, ultimately contributing to the betterment of the healthcare landscape in the state.

Similarly, Dr Saliu Olomooba, the Secretary of the association, expressed gratitude to all those who have contributed to the growth and development of the NAGGMDP and state MDCAN.

He highlighted the pivotal role played by the government in averting an impending strike that could have had dire consequences for the health and wellbeing of Kwara residents in need of medical attention.

The medic also extended his appreciation to individuals who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of these achievements.

He also commended the unwavering efforts of Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Press Secretary to the governor, and Dr Abubakar Ayinla, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, among others.

The association pledged continuous support and collaboration between government and healthcare professionals, which they said can yield remarkable improvements in the lives of the people they serve.


NEDC distributes palliatives to people with disability in Borno



The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced distribution of palliatives to people living with disability in Borno.

During the exercise on Saturday in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the Managing Director of the commission, Mr Mohammed Alkali, said the gesture was in line with the commission’s mandate.

Alkali, who was represented by the NEDC Coordinator for Borno, Mr Mohammed Umaru, said the exercise started with the people with disability in Maiduguri metropolitant and would be extended to their members in the 26 LGAs of the state.

“What we are doing here today will also be done in remaining 26 LGAs of Borno.

“It has also commenced or has been done in other north east states as part of measures to ensure that everyone is given a sense of belonging in line with the NEDC mandate.”

Responding, the Chairman of people living with disability in Borno, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the commission for the gesture and assured of the leadership’s commitment to ensure fairness in sharing the 50 bags of rice and 50 cartons of spaghetti to its members in the metropolis.

Abubakar urged other organisations to emulate the gesture by the commission in reaching out to vulnerable groups in their support to victims of insurgency at this critical period.

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Customs boss charges 81 cadets on integrity, professionalism in conduct



The acting Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has charged the Basic Course I/2023 Cadets to uphold the highest level of integrity and professionalism while discharging their lawful duties.

The Ag. CGC delivered this charge in statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adeniyi congratulated the cadets on their successful completion of training and welcomed them into the service.

He expressed the hope for a better service, equip them with knowledge and skills, and urged them to make a meaningful difference in the nation.

“You should attach importance to discipline, good conduct, and the highest level of integrity in your actions, and you should represent excellence in the Nigeria Customs Service.

“There is significant enhancement to the service’s training and development framework, and officers within the superintendent cadre, starting from those graduating today will undergo a mandatory refresher course every five years,” he said.

The Training College Commandant, Deputy-Comptroller Haniel Hadisson, advised the cadets to maintain the high standard of discipline they experienced during their compulsory six-month training while executing their duties.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Acting Comptroller-General and his team.

As a reward for excellence, awards were presented to outstanding cadets who had distinguished themselves through dedication and hard work.

In total, 81 Cadets successfully completed their training and passed out of the Training College after six months of rigorous preparation.

The event was attended by the Deputy Gov. of Gombe State, Manasseh Jatau, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, senior officers of the service, and representatives of sister agencies, among others.

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