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700 indigent women, children get free medical care in Abuja

The International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) has offered free medical treatment to over 700 indigent women, children and the elderly in Karmo, Abuja.

The reports gathered that the centre is the custodian of Al-Noor Mosque, Abuja.

Addressing newsman during the exercise, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, Chairman of the Medical Outreach Committee, said most of the beneficiaries have illnesses that are easily treatable, but lack access to healthcare.

“We have been doing this free medical outreach regularly until the time when we had the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and we had to slow down.

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“During this month of ramadan this is our second outing. This is a community which deserves medical care, a lot of them have illnesses that are easily treatable, but unfortunately they have no access to healthcare.

“We are here to help where we can and people have come out in large numbers and our volunteer doctors, nurses and others are ready to help.

“We are going to be here until we see everyone who has a complain,” he added.

Ibrahim, who is also a member of the Advisory Board of ICICE, said those with serious medical challenges would be referred to appropriate health facilities under the sponsorship of the centre.

“It is very important for communities and organisations like ours to go out to help people in need, to complement government efforts,” he added.

The centre’s Director-General, Dr Kabir Kabo-Usman, said the over 700 people who turned up included persons with disabilities.

He explained that Karmo was chosen based on need assessment earlier conducted by the centre, in line with its mandate of offering assistance in the areas of poverty reduction and healthcare.

“These people don’t have adequate drinking water, they don’t have good roads and they don’t have good schools.

“We are doing our best to give them all the necessary medical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and relevant medication and medicaments that they require.

“Not only that, we also make sure that they are referred to general hospitals, and those that are tremendously urgent, the centre takes care of that; that is part of our responsibility,” Kabo-Usman added.

Head of the Medical Team, Dr Amina Kumaliya, said most of those attended to were hypertensive and diabetic, while some have malaria, peptic ulcer, respiratory tract infection and diarrhea.

“We saw one patient that has hernia. So we intend to help the patient to do follow up and if there is any need of surgery.

“We also saw one that has breast tumor which we will also inform the management of the ICICE so that we can follow up the patient to a tertiary hospital to take care of it,” she said.

The Head of Hausa community in Karmo, Malam Bashir Musa, expressed gratitude to the ICICE for the gesture.

“The free medical assistance to the community is the first of its kind, we have never received this kind of medical assistance, that is why you see the large turn out of people,” Musa said. 

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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