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Alleged financial improprieties: Cross River Commissioner suspends hospital vendor



Alleged financial improprieties: Cross River Commissioner suspends hospital vendor

The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, has suspended the operations of an alleged quack vendor running the pharmacy unit of the General Hospital Calabar over alleged financial impropriety and poor quality assurance.

Ayuk gave the directive on Tuesday, during an unscheduled visit to the hospital for inspection, after the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) suspended its 40-day strike.
Bothered by the anomalies bedeviling the hospital, the commissioner confirmed the absence of remittances to government by the pharmacy operator, for the past 15 months.

He also alleged the lack of qualified personnel in the pharmacy, describing the unit as a “quack shop” laden with sharp practices.

“The people managing the pharmacy are not qualified, they do not have any background in pharmacy,, so we do not know why they are here.

“As far as I am concerned, that place is a quack shop, because it does not have the required personnel.

“How do you ensure quality assurance when you do not have even pharmacy technicians, which is a minimum requirement for such services?

“Accordingly, I have asked the vendor to see us so we can review the Memorandum of Understanding they entered with government, in order to truly ascertain what government expects of them,” he stated.

Ayuk noted that while that was being looked into, he had asked that their services be suspended.

He directed the Medical Superintendent, accountants of the hospital, Ministry of Health and the hospital pharmacists to take charge.

The commissioner stated that they were to have a record of the stock balance and ensure accountability in their operations until more effective arrangements would be put in place.

He appealed with those in charge of the laboratories to block revenue leakages through accountability.

According to him, he will be meeting with the body that collects about 15 per cent of revenue generated in the hospital, to distribute to appropriate quarters.

“We have also asked that they come to the office for their agreement to be looked into. We want to see exactly what value they are bringing to the hospital that guarantees the 15 per cent they receive.

“So all those things will be reviewed for us to come out with a more effective plan.

“Our emphasis is that the health sector must render services that are reminiscent of the Gov. Bassey Otu-led administration’s ‘People First’ agenda.

“We want people to be conscious of the fact that there is a government that gives premium attention to their health.

“But we must fight against leakages that impede our desire to bring healthcare services to the ordinary man in the society,” Dr. Ayuk said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner and his team were conducted round the hospital by the Medical Superintendent, Dr Prashant Kumar, among other staff of the facility.


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



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

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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