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Gov. Adeleke begins second free medical outreach

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Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun on Wednesday opened the second edition of free Imole Medical and Surgical outreach in Ilesa to alleviate the medical challenges faced by the people .

The first phase of the outreach was held between February and April with about 22,000 citizens benefitting from surgeries and medical care.

Adeleke said the outreach would take place in six centres across the zone with two from each senatorial district in order to reduced the economic burden of Osun citizens.

He said that his Commissioner for Health had been directed to work out plans to make the outreach a regular feature of his administration .

” I take this opportunity to direct the Commissioner for Health to work out a plan to make this outreach a regular feature of this administration.

” The Ministry should create a holistic agenda in this respect. The programme should be mainstreamed across state health institutions,” Adeleke said.

According to him, the implementation of the directive will make the outreach more sustainable, more inclusive and expand the scope of benefit.

Adeleke urged the commissioner, special advisers, the boards and the management of the state health institutions to integrate the private sector in the expanded programmes.

” This will expand funding capacity and eventually deepen the delivery capacity of stakeholders.

The governor praised members of the committee and health workers under the leadership of Prof. Peter Olaitan for their sacrifices in the call to duty.

Adeleke , however , used the avenue to thank all party faithful for their presence and also sought the continuous support of Osun citizens.

The Commissioner for Health, Mr Jola Akintayo, praised the governor for the outreach with the believe that such initiative would reduce the health challenges faced by majority of the citizens in the state.

Akintayo called for more support from stakeholders to make the governor’s effort fruitful in alleviating the medical challenges of citizens.

 

NAN reports that the event witnessed the presence of officials from the Ministry of Health and Osun Teaching Hospital Board and other health agencies.

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Fagbemi warns against obstructing EFCC from performing its lawful duty

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The Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN has warned against obstructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from carrying out its lawful duty .

Fagbemi’s warning is contained in a statement in Abuja.

“This is a matter of very grave concern, it is now beyond doubt that the EFCC is given power by the law to invite any person of interest to interact with them in the course of their investigations into any matter, regardless of status.

“Therefore, the least that we can all do when invited, is not to put any obstruction in the way of EFCC, but to honourably answer their invitation.

“A situation where public officials who are themselves subject of protection by law enforcement agents will set up a stratagem of obstruction to the civil and commendable efforts of the EFCC to perform its duty is to say the least, insufferably disquieting’’.

He added that running away from the law will not resolve issues at stake but only exacerbate them.

“Nigeria has a vibrant judicial system that is capable of protecting everyone who follows the rule of law in seeking protection.

“I therefore encourage anyone who has been invited by the EFCC or any other agency to immediately toe the path of decency and civility by honouring such invitation instead of embarking on a temporising self-help and escapism.

 

“This can only put our country in bad light before the rest of the world’’.

He said institutions of state should be allowed to function effectively and efficiently.

“I stand for the rule of law and will promptly call EFCC, and indeed any other agency to order when there is an indication of any transgressions of the fundamental rights of any Nigerian by any of the agencies’’.

NAN reports that the EFCC had on Wednesday warned members of the public that it was a criminal offence to obstruct officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties.

Section 38(2)(a(b) of the EFCC Establishment Act makes it an offence to prevent officers of the Commission from carrying out their lawful duties. Culprits risk a jail term of not less than five years.

The warning , the EFCC said, became necessary against the background of the increasing tendency by persons and groups under investigation by the Commission to take the laws into their hands by recruiting thugs to obstruct lawful operations of the EFCC.

On several occasions, the anti graft agency said, operatives of the Commission have had to exercise utmost restraint in the face of such provocation to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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