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South-West Holds Region’s Governors, Leaders Forum

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As deliberations on the rebuilding of key public assets destroyed in the aftermath of the EndSARS protest in some parts of the country continue, governors, traditional rulers and leaders of thought from the southwest met on Sunday to seek better ways of securing the region.

Hosted by the Lagos state government, the meeting was at the instance of all the six governors of the southwest states, to forge a common front with traditional institutions in addressing the issues that led to the recent nationwide youth demonstration, which ended in violence.

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Chairman of the region’s Governors’ Forum and Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said the coordinated violence sparked by the EndSARS protest shook the southwest to its foundation, given the unrestrained manner with which public assets and infrastructure that had sustained the region’s economy were destroyed by hoodlums.

Leaders of southwest demanded a review of reports of past constitutional conferences, including the 2014 national conference and implement some of the recommendations, especially with reference to security, economy, equal treatment for citizens all over the country.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented at the event by his chief of staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari reiterated his commitment to addressing the root causes of the protest, pointing out the reforms which the youths clamored for would be done and cases of abuses would be pursued to logical conclusion.

Also at the meeting were all serving members of the federal executive council (FEC) from the region and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu.

The session offered traditional rulers a no-holds-barred opportunity to bare their minds on the marginalization of traditional institutions in the process of governance.

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Rivers State Govt. Approves N5bn for Development of Medical Facilities

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Rivers State Govt. Approves N5bn for Development of Medical Facilities

The Executive Council of the Rivers State Government on Wednesday approved over N5 Billion Naira required for the revamping of the Prof. Kersley Harrison Hospital and the Dental and Maslofacial Hospital located in Port Harcourt.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Commissioner for Health, Princewill Chike said, the approved sum will be spent on renovation, rehabilitation and installation of medical equipment at the health facilities.

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The Commissioner said the work at the Prof. Kersley Harrison hospital is expected to last for a period of thirteen months and when completed, it will be an affiliate of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, to add to the training of medical doctors and medical personnel.

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Chike also speaking about the approval given for the revamp of the Dental and Maslofacial Hospital, said when completed it will also be affiliated to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital for the training of medical personnel.

The Health Commissioner who equally lamented that the figures Covid-19 cases in the state has continued to grow, called on residents to avoid crowdy area, wash their hands regularly and also wear their facemasks.

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Akwa Ibom Governor Signs the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law

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Akwa Ibom Governor Signs the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law

Akwa lbom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has signed into Law a bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches in the state.

The Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom (SAN), presented the bill for signing on Wednesday at the State Executive Chambers, in the Governor’s Office, Uyo.

The governor, after signing the bill into law, stated that the new law was no respecter of persons irrespective of status or calibre.

He instructed relevant authorities of government to ensure that, the bill is implemented and enforced to the letter with strict compliance, stressing that, culprits must be brought to book accordingly.

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The new law will promote modern techniques in animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms by wandering cattle while reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.

It will also promote international best practices in livestock administration, regulation and control in the state, among other things.

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Doctors Strike: Court Fixes Sept 17 For Ruling, As Parties Agree to Negotiation

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Court Fixes Sept 17 For Ruling, As Parties Agree to Negotiation

The National Industrial Court has fixed September 17th to rule on the application of jurisdiction and contempt of court, filed by both the Federal Government and the Association of Nigerian Resident Doctors.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the striking resident doctors, Femi Falana (SAN), told the court that he had an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case.

The counsel to the Federal Government, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), however, pointed out that the issue of contempt of the court, by the resident doctors, should be heard first, before that of the jurisdiction.

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He added that there was an order by the court that the resident doctors and the Federal Government should suspend all hostilities and maintain the status quo, but the doctors did not obey the court order.

According to him, the strike action, embarked upon on August 2 by the resident doctors has wreaked untold suffering on the citizenry, amounting to numerous deaths of persons.

After listening to the submission of both parties, Justice Bashar Alkali fixed September 17 to rule.

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