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Gov. Adeleke begins second free medical outreach



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.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



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Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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