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Kwara doctors hail AbdulRazaq over new salary scale

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Last Updated on August 10, 2023 by Fellow Press

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.

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Accept FG offer above N60,000 as new minimum wage, Opeyemi Bamidele to labour

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The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central has pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC
to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

Bamidele urged the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to send a bill to the National Assembly for this purpose.

The Senate Leader has reiterated the need for Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and oneness in their daily activities as the nation journeys through its socio-political trajectory towards the promised land.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Sunday, just as he highlighted some achievements of the administration of President BolaTinubu.

Bamidele said, “The federal government has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”

While identifying with all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele who noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end, emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship being faced by the majority of Nigerians and re-offer them a sense of pride in their home country.

In the spirit of the season, the Senate Leader urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

Bamidele who appealed that the ongoing reengineering efforts of the Tinubu Administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected, said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nigerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

He further urged the Muslim faithful to use the season of Eid el-Kabir to pray for the leaders of the country for divine wisdom and understanding that can match the enormous tasks of leading the country especially at a time when economic realities are not favourable around the world.

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FG updates on UAE lifting visa ban on Nigeria

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The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.

This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.

Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.

He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.

“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.

The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.

The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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