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President Buhari Suspends NSITF Boss, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate and indefinite suspension from Office of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mr Adebayo Somefun.

Sen Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, in a statement by Charles Akpan of the Press and Public Relations in the ministry, named other officers suspended to include Jasper Ikedi-Azuatalam, Executive Director (ED), Finance and Investment, and Mrs Olukemi Nelson, ED, Operations.

Also suspended are Alhaji Tijani Darazo Sulaiman, ED, Administration, Mr Olusegun Olumide-Bashorun, General Manager, Administration/Human Resources/Maintenance, and Mr Lawan Tahir, General Manager, Finance.

Others asked to go are Mr Chris Esedebe, General Manager, Claims and Compensation, Mr Olodotun Adegbite, Deputy General Manager, Investment and Treasury Management, and Mr Emmanuel Enyinnaya-Sike, Deputy General Manager, Finance and Accounts.

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The statement also named Mrs Olutoyin Arokoyo, Deputy General Manager/Acting Head, Legal, Ms. Dorathy Zajeme-Tukura, Deputy General Manager, Administration, and Mrs Victoria Ayantuga, Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit.

The minister said that their suspension from office arose from the “preliminarily established prima facie infractions on the extant Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and other acts of gross misconduct”.

“During the period of their suspension, the officers will face a Joint Board and Audit Investigative Panel that had been set up to look into the financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 to date.

“The gross misconduct has invariably put the contributions of stakeholders in a perilous state. The affected officers have also been directed to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective departments,” the statement said.

It quoted Ngige as specifically directing that Dr Kelly Nwagha, General Manager. Health, Safety and Environment Department, to assume the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, being the most senior General Manager in the organisation.

It said that officers assuming the new positions would take charge from Monday, July 6, 2020, until further notice.

Ngige charged the Chairman of the Board, Mr Austin Enajemo Isire, to ensure that the investigative panel commenced work as soon as possible.

He also charged him to ensure that the Board facilitated the smooth running of the Fund by creating the enabling environment and all the necessary staff adjustments and movements, in order to guarantee that services by staff to the contributors were not affected.

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Nigerians Pharmacy Sells Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50,000 Naira

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Nigerians Pharmacy Sells Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50,000 Naira

A Twitter user shared a pack of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and claimed it was sold for 50,000 Naira in a Port Harcourt Pharmacy.

 

The drug became highly sort after when a Nigerian-trained US-based medical doctor said she has used a combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax to treat over 350 Covid-19 patients and none died.

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While her claim has been highly disputed, demand for the drug has skyrocketed and this has made it expensive, Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate For 50000 Naira!!!

 

There are claims that a pharmacy in Port Harcourt is selling a packet of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, containing 60 tablets, for 50,000 Naira and Nigerians are shocked.

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Nigerians expressed shock as Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate was sold For 50000 Naira in PH Pharmacy

Nigerian Man Invents Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra To Save Rural Women

A primary school teacher has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women with early detection after a woman died from breast cancer.

 

Idris Dangana, 43, a Kano native, was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community.

Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills.

 

Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer.

 

Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution.

 

Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with.

 

He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project.

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Nigerian Man Invents Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra To Save Rural Women

A primary school teacher has invented an affordable cancer-detecting bra to help women with early detection after a woman died from breast cancer.

 

Idris Dangana, 43, a Kano native, was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community.

Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills.

 

Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer.

 

Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution.

 

Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with.

 

He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project.

 

“We joined hands and talked on possible partnerships with a local NGO on breast cancer, we deepened our search about this deadly cancer by asking as many women in our network, including healthcare professionals. The feedback was scary,” he told Daily Trust of his project.

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Their solution Idris came up with was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumors that are as small as 2mm in diameter.

 

The wearable device would guarantee early detection, Idris Dangana said and is especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care and the prohibitive cost of mammography.

 

However, mass production of the device is a challenge. Not finding the capacity to mass-produce in Nigeria, idris Dangana decided to seek collaboration abroad.

 

“We out-sourced to India and China to get the materials that we will use for manufacturing the cancer-detecting device produced,” he said.

 

Idris explained that with his invention, women can be tested for as low as N1, 000 if the device is available at primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals nationwide.

Those who want a personalized device would have to pay N15, 000 – N25, 000.

 

Though his idea is global, he is desirous of immediate local impact.

 

He said: “It is evident that the gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise.

Though we are still learning, I believe over time, the impact could be felt and will serve as a wakeup call to many to co-join and change the narratives.”

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Shehu Of Borno – Nobody Is Safe In Borno State 

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Shehu Of Borno – Nobody Is Safe In Borno State

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi has shown fears of insecurity in Borno state following a recent attack on the convoy of Governor of the state, Babagana Zulum.

 

The monarch who paid a Sallah homage to the governor at the Government House in Maiduguri averred that if the convoy of the chief security officer of the state could be attacked, then no one is safe in the state.

 

Shehu Of Borno said;

 

“Your Excellency, we are not happy about what happened in Baga, it is very unfortunate and a great pity.

“If the convoy of the whole chief security officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi, nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state.

“If the convoy of such a highly placed person in the state will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise  our hands to seek Allah’s intervention.”

 

Governor Zulum thanked the Shehu for the visit and assured him of the government’s readiness to address the issues he raised.

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Borno State Governor Convoy Attacked By Gunmen

The convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state was attacked by unidentified gunmen at Baga, a town in the state, on Wednesday, July 29.

 

According to reports, the Governor had gone to visit some Internally Displaced Person camps when his convoy was attacked by the gunmen.

 

“The governor went to Kukawa, and on his way to Baga his convoy was attacked. Nobody was injured,” a resident said

 

However, It is yet to be confirmed if the gunmen were Boko Haram members.

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