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Nigerians going through very tough times, Osinbajo confesses

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a town hall meeting assembled by United Action for Change (UAC), yesterday, noted that Nigerians are going through very tough times, including, electricity problem, lack of petrol, inflation among other challenges.

Osinbajo also said the campaign promise to provide N5, 000 succour to 25 million poorest of the poor can not be carried through with the current state of the market, but said a million Nigerians would be given N5000.

Expressing optimism, he said: "You can be sure this is not going to be the end of the story, but that of wealth."

The vice president implored Nigerians never to lose hope of the change mantra, noting that Nigerians should be rest assured that there's a determination to change the direction of the nation positively, as he and President Muhammadu Buhari are committed to solving the country’s problems.

Osinbajo maintained since according to him, the change they canvassed for isn't a slogan, as Nigeria cannot live going the direction it was before now, that the question of the country experiencing change is irrevocable.

We have a leader who is honest, which can be the most significant thing," he reasoned, adding that Nigeria has the finest opportunity now "Now.

Responding to the twenty questions requested by participants at the town hall meeting, the number two citizen harped on attempts being made by the current management to supply alternatives to some of the challenges facing the nation.


Boko Haram endanger Nigeria, herdsmen, say Soyinka, Ohanaeze

Nigeria is heading towards the precipice if insecurity, represented in the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen, is not caged, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, South East senators and some leading groups in the nation warned yesterday.

Based on the Nobel laureate, the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the market through tourism and culture is endangered by insecurity.

The literary icon talked yesterday in Abuja in his capacity as the chairman of the first plenary session with a presentation entitled, ‘‘The killing culture of the neo-nomadic.’’

He noted that "culture is closely intertwined with tourism – the latter is, frequently driven by the former, actually," stressing that "the destination uppermost in the minds of most tourists we understand is – Culture." Soyinka insisted that both share – enemies and pals.

"Of the principal enemies, seeing that we find ourselves within the precincts of governance, I intend to engage your focus in this short address to just one. That inability of any vacationist to let go completely, relax, submit oneself fully to the offerings of a new environment – sights, the noises, scents, feels and taste. Of Culture itself, in and or out of the touristic intent, there is no ambiguity in the mind of its enemies. They make no bones about their detestation – call them Isis or Taliban, Daesh, al Shabbab or Boko Haram. Their hatred is impassioned and pathological to a degree that goes beyond insanity, beyond the light and unfortunately beyond treatment. The duty of governance towards such retrogressive outbreaks stays unambiguous."

Finding a link between the heinous offenses which Boko Haram has perpetrated against Nigeria and Nigerians and incessant assaults by the herdsmen, Soyinka said: " After? Actually, at this moment, Boko Haram has no ‘ since it's by no means finished after’, regardless of what technical expressions for example ‘militarily degraded’ mean.

"But let's assume really that we're already in the past of Boko Haram. It's now clear that the series is already decided, the ‘vacated the new territorial aspirants are securely placed, and ’ space is already conceded. The continuity of an established Nigerian necropolis north to south, and the whole nation appears to be theirs without a battle and east to west will be consolidated.

"Some necropoles are really fascinating. They attract visitors from distant locations, but those are works of veneration, artistry and dedication. Among whose constructions the visitors actually picnic, leave emblematic presents and blooms to hovering ancestors they can be visual feasts. Latin America is full of them.

"When I read a short while ago, the Presidential pledge to this country farming communities would soon be over and that the current homicidal escalation between the cows prowlers, I felt mortified.

The apex Igbo socio cultural Organisation urged the Federal Government to urgently address the problem in order to avoid a position where ethnic militias will emerge to ensure safety in their surroundings and condemned the attack by suspected herdsmen on some communities in Enugu State.

The organization also disregarded the projected Grazing Bill as anti- unconstitutional and federalism.

Igariwey, noted in Abuja the incessant assault on communities by heavily armed herdsmen around Nigeria endangered national unity and peaceful co existence as they can destablise the country by a synchronised actions if they so determine.

He stressed: "Why can it be that the herdsmen are so heavily armed, who is arming them and where are they from? It's time to have proper identification of herdsmen that they can be tracked. The security challenge is tremendous, when it's not Boko Haram spillovers from their foundations that are dislodged because the fashion of strike in many of these communities is exactly the same style of attack by Boko Haram and how is it possible for US to today know when it is herdsmen? Villages are sacked by them and remove. The Federal Government should pay attention to these activities. Authorities should investigate and find out those behind these killings and bring them to novel."

But the Arewa leaders have requested Nigerians to resist imputing religious and ethnic connotations to the various disasters.

They unanimously condemned the assault in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, as ill-fated and barbaric." by some herdsmen on the Ukpabi Nimbo Community

Show understanding with one another and aCF called to be patient, particularly given that President Buhari is established and committed to the war on insurgency and corruption ".

"He had the option, he said. He ensured the nation, eighteen months. I believe his Minister of Agriculture harked back to that after, but with a dispiriting time schema. Regardless, the external tourists have less perilous options."

Soyinka also decried "

His words: "Yet there is certainly also internal tourism, to be considered a premium advantage – both economically and in spirit of private edification and state building. This is an exercise I indulged in in the early sixties as by product of other engagements, such as for example research. A lot nonetheless was simply under curiosity. I will modestly claim to be among the top twenty-five percent traveled Nigerians, acquainted with the scents, feels and tastes of the habitation that is geographic. I wish the late Segun Olusola were around to testify to the sudden bouts of tourist quests we made in the pre-war sixties in his Volkswagen Beetle. Now, however, would the young adventuresome set out to visit the mystery caves of Anambra and its alleged curative pools from just interest? They'd think twice about it."

Soyinka laced his remarks with personal encounters with herdsmen during his hunting expeditions.

He said: "I 'd detected a change of quality in woods encounters with cattle herdsmen through the years.

"At the time, we thought they were Boko Haram, infiltrating under guise of cattle into the south. That has been then, and of course that surmise hasn't been firmly demonstrated or disproved.

"Lately nevertheless, I returned from a trip outside the state about to discover that my home ground were invaded, and a brand new "Appian way" sliced through my sanctuary. The invaders that were hoofed made that ‘motorable’ trail. Both exit and Yohaig aggregates the latest 24-7 Naija news; improvised entry are now blocked, but interested journalists are encouraged to see. In over two decades of living for the reason that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had occurred. They were cattle herders but although I have no idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen, and a swathe that is rough had cut through my private grounds. I sent alarms including through the Baale of our neighborhood hamlet and made enquiries. There has been no repeat, and hopefully it will remain the first and last of such invasion. What it portends however is for all thinking citizens take concerted measures against, and to reflect upon."

Describing herdsmen as mankind’s earliest known tourists, Soyinka added: " seen They must be taught nonetheless that there's a culture of settlement, and learn to seek accommodation with hosts that were settled.

The social activist decried the inability of authorities to articulate a coherent policy to tackle the threat, saying It just isn't merely arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but , impunity that was undisputed that was absolute.

"Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in conduct when crime occurs and no legal, logical and moral answer is offered. I have yet to hear this government say a business policy of non-tolerance for the serial massacres have grown to be the country’s identification stamp.

"I haven't discovered an order given that any cattle herders caught with advanced firearms be instantly disarmed, arrested, put on trial, and his cattle confiscated. The country is treated to an eighteen-month optimistic plan which, to make matters worse, smacks on innocents of abject appeasement and encouragement of violence.

" Let me repeat, and of course I just request to be corrected if wrong: I have yet to strike a terse, demanding, soldierly and uncompromising language from this leadership, one that endangers a reply to this unconscionable bloodletting that would make even Boko Haram repudiate its founding clerics."

He remembered effort made "to use the Open Forum platform of the Centre for Oshogbo, Culture and International Understanding, to launch a national discourse on the issue – ‘Sacred Cows or Sacred Rights. ’ The indications were clear and the rampage of impunity was showing a cultic intensity of alarming proportions. For reasons which are too distasteful to go into here, the forum failed to take place. We were already agreed that General Buhari be invited to give a keynote address, predicated on his long experience in such issues as former head of state, so that as a cattle rearer himself who might be be able to penetrate the mindset of this ‘post-Boko Haram pestilence’.

" That challenge remains open, but should demand this assembly, which surely contains educational agencies and tourist. They and human rights organisations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and local Vigilance associations etc. should join hands It is a gauntlet thrown down to be picked up, and urgently, by any of the affected or distressed sectors of society, or really any interested and capable party only at that conference.

The direction of any society cannot stand idly and offer alternatives that unconditionally deem the massacres of innocents mere incidents on your way to that learning school. For every crime, there is a punishment, for every violation, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world cannot put themselves above the law of mankind that is settled. "


How Nigeria can use culture, tourism to promote peaceful co existence, by Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has said that tourism and culture could play a vital role in integrating communities, boosting peace and harmonious co-existence on the list of varied cultures in Nigeria.

Talking at the on-going national summit on culture and tourism in Abuja, the President noted that tourism brings people and human communities into contact through cultures and civilisation, including that tourism has the capacity to assist the world inhabitants to live better together and thus contribute to peaceful coexistence between peoples and cultures.

President Buhari, who stressed the need to make use of culture and tourism as instruments of social mobilisation for national revival, said his government would supply the essential enabling environment for arts, culture and tourism to flourish and develop through the huge upgrading of infrastructure and the provision of security.

Symbolized by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the President noted that culture usually symbolizes the totality of the history and way of life of a people but lamented that over time, as a result of so many encounters, we appear to have lost the tenets of our cultural principles, which are of ethics, truthfulness, truthfulness and God consciousness.

While urging participants at the summit to develop suitable policies and right attitudes toward achieving the desired aims, Buhari stated that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has a crucial role to play in leveraging on the diverse cultures in Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of the country’s ethnic principles of ethics, truthfulness, sincerity and God-consciousness in the citizens.

In his address, Minister of Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his ministry in the last six months had taken a bold step to convert the state’s tourism potentials and huge ethnic into vast opportunities for job development and revenue generation.


A fresh report said that Nigeria and other emerging markets are facing as much as 10 per cent losses in working hours as a result of deteriorating thermal states in the workplace due to climate change.

The estimated losses entail adverse impacts of the same scale to economic output, or GDP, for a wide range of developing countries, including Nigeria, Indonesia and India, as highlighted by the report.
In accordance with the report, "when it's not too cold, individuals work less effectively out-of-doors, in factories, the office or on the move because of diminished skill for physical exertion and for finishing mental jobs.

"Authorities and international organizations have long put on thermal conditions in the workplace. But climate change has already transformed thermal states, " and " additional heating is a serious challenge for any worker or company reliant on outside or non - air " Amounts of heat are already " " that was very high even for acclimatized populations, it noted.
Speaking at the report’s launch, Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: "A rise in temperature risks the health of workers and the productivity in work environments where heat is debilitating – climate activity is urgent to protect workers now and in the future. Climate change is real, and actions to halt its overwhelming impact is in our hands."

According to General Secretary of UNI Global Union need to have use of a cooling surroundings, shade, water, protective clothes and enough time for rest breaks. That is especially true for individuals who do physical work, for example out in factories, mines and the fields. Governments, and companies have to take this issue of the cauldron of a warming planet and develop some successful policy responses and practical measures to protect workers. We know the challenges and we understand what must be done to allow it to be occur."

For Maria Luisa Silva, UNDP Geneva Director "We embarked with this report to give recognition for this serious and specific anxiety, and to start the dialog on how to respond and deal with it. The challenges have to be addressed by governments, companies, employees and other applicable international organizations if we wish to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030."

The release marked International Workers’ Memorial with the report calling excessive workplace heat a well-known productivity danger and occupational health behind growing dangers of " departure, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and, "in extraordinary instances.


NMA says right of every Nigerian, worldwide health coverage

President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Kayode Obembe, yesterday said that universal health coverage is the right.

Obembe clarified that this right is ensured in the Constitution, where it's clearly stipulated that it was the responsibility of government to care for the health needs of citizens at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

According to him, instead of using the provisions to better the lots of Nigerians in terms of health, government has insisted that health is on making states, the concurrent legislative list and local governments to enact laws aside from the national.

The NMA president, who made the disclosure noted that this clause has generally been used to the detriment of Nigerian citizens. He restated that every citizen has the right to enroll and experience any payment made by authorities to subsidise NHIS services.

Moreover, Obembe said that patients have the right to assessment, consultation, history taking, diagnosis, investigation, prescription and direction.

Obembe reiterated "If a doctor treats a patient, it really is the right of that patient, if he or she has medical report, to be obliged details of what he has done, the best way to continue control of such ailment, but it's not right to give the patient their case note," he said.

He clarified that "Case note belongs to the hospital and is assumed to be kept there, but if you want your record it handed over to you, summarised and could be typed."