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Enugu Commissioner charges health workers on enhanced service delivery

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Enugu Commissioner charges health workers on enhanced service delivery

The newly appointed Commissioner for Health, Prof. Emmanuel Obi, has charged health sector workers in the state to intensify efforts in ensuring effective service delivery in the sector.

Obi gave the charge when he toured key health agencies in Enugu State aimed at re-acquainting the commissioner with the inner workings of the Enugu State Ministry of Health and its associated bodies on Tuesday.

The commissioner urged them to ensure punctuality, dedication, and renewed commitment to their duties.

The agencies visited were Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency [ENSPHCDA], State Hospitals Management Board [SHMB], Enugu State Agency for Universal Health Coverage [ESAUHC], and Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane [ESUTH].

He explained that the visit would serve as an indication of the government’s resolve to prioritize the health and well-being of the citizens of the state, setting the stage for a future marked by effective and accessible healthcare delivery.

Addressing the management and other health workers in the state, Obi highlighted the administration’s deep interest in the state’s healthcare system, spanning from primary healthcare to tertiary and specialized healthcare services.

He reminded the state health sector managers of the administration’s driving mantra, “Business unusual,” encapsulating the new approach under the leadership of the state governor, Dr Peter Mbah.

The commissioner emphasized the government’s unwavering dedication to the well-being of the people of Enugu and its commitment to translating promises into action.

Obi outlined the core principles guiding the administration, including transparency, traceability, accountability, disruptive innovation, optimal performance, and participatory monitoring and evaluation which every staff must imbibe.

“This commitment reflects the administration’s determination to ensure that quality healthcare is accessible and available to all corners of the state,” he noted.

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Hardship: Protesters Defy Police Warning, Hit Lagos Streets

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Residents have hit the streets of Lagos State to protest against the increasing spike in the price of food and the high cost of living in the country.

The protest was facilitated by a human rights group identified as the “Take It Back Movement.”

This comes against the warning issued by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Sunday.

The protesters were seen carrying placards of various inscriptions at Ojuelegba Under Bridge area of the state to express their grievances.

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CBN Lifts Ban On BDCs, Introduces New Operational Mechanism

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In a major development aimed at financial stability and strengthening the naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to resume its weekly intervention in the country’s foreign exchange (FX) market through the Bureau de Change (BDC) operators.

In 2021, the central bank, in a bid to achieve its mandate of safeguarding the value of the local currency, ensuring financial system stability, and shoring up external reserves, announced the immediate discontinuance of foreign currency sales to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in the country.

However, the resumed intervention, which would reportedly commence today for funding as well as Tuesday for collection, will see the apex bank inject FX into the subsector in a bid to rescue the naira from further depreciation against major currencies, particularly the US Dollar. The collection will be at designated CBN branches in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Awka, while details of the naira accounts to be credited for funding bidding will also be made available today.

CBN is also expected to publish the list of eligible BDCs to benefit from its funding using certain compliance criteria.National Executive Council of Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) hinted on the latest developments through a memo to its members over the weekend.

The association also warned members that it will no longer be business as usual under the new supervisory regime of the central bank, as any infringement or infraction would result in outright revocation of license and prosecution.

ABCON said through the association’s various engagements with the central bank, in conjunction with ABCON’s strategic partners, CBN had agreed to its request, under the bank’s supervision, to inject liquidity into the market through a weekly intervention beginning today.

CBN assured ABCON that the new circular on the Revised Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines to BDCs, which was introduced over the weekend, was only a draft exposure that required the association’s inputs before the release of the final guidelines by the apex bank.

To that effect, the letters of the guidelines were not cast in stone, the association’s leadership told its members, who had been worried over the sweeping reforms in the document, which, among other things, prescribed N2 billion and N500 million minimum capital for national and state BDCs, respectively.

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