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    Lagos Health Commissioner Abayomi, SA Assume Duty



    The recently inaugurated Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih-Awokoya, officially assumed their duties in Lagos State. They jointly pledged to collaborate with all stakeholders in a comprehensive effort to rejuvenate, remodel, reposition, and repurpose the state’s healthcare sector, with the ultimate goal of becoming the premier medical tourism destination in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    During a reception ceremony hosted in their honor by the Ministry of Health’s management and staff, Abayomi and Finnih-Awokoya implored the support and cooperation of all healthcare stakeholders. Their objective is to align with the present administration’s health mandate, which centers on enhancing access to high-quality and efficient healthcare services while achieving universal health coverage.

    Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve a second term as the Commissioner for Health, Abayomi acknowledged the trust bestowed upon him by the Governor and the people of Lagos. He emphasized his unwavering commitment to enhancing the state’s healthcare system. Abayomi highlighted the critical initiatives his team will prioritize, including the transformation of healthcare infrastructure and addressing the issue of medical personnel brain drain.

    Moreover, the Commissioner underscored the Ministry of Health’s recognition of the valuable contributions made by alternative health practitioners. He announced plans to provide them with essential training, accreditation, and integration into the state’s healthcare system.

    Abayomi extended his appreciation to the Permanent Secretaries in the State Health Sector, particularly Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun, Permanent Secretary of the Health Service Commission, and Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, Permanent Secretary of the Primary Health Care Board, for their dedicated service during the period after the dissolution of the last cabinet.

    In alignment with the vision of healthcare progress, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih-Awokoya, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, affirmed her commitment to fostering partnership, collaboration, and friendship within the health sector. Leveraging her extensive experience, particularly at the primary health level, she pledged to rectify shortcomings and collaborate with all stakeholders to deliver high-quality, efficient, and equitable healthcare services to the residents of Lagos.

    Finnih-Awokoya expressed gratitude to the Governor of Lagos State for granting her the unique opportunity to serve the people of Lagos. She promised to serve with diligence, compassion, empathy, and impartiality.

    In his welcome address, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, hailed the appointments of Prof. Akin Abayomi and Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih-Awokoya as Commissioner and Special Adviser, respectively, as a positive sign for the state’s healthcare sector. He declared it the commencement of a transformative era in the sector.

    Acknowledging the complexity and public scrutiny surrounding the healthcare sector, Ogboye recognized the challenging task ahead. However, he pointed out that the restructuring of the health sector into health districts for streamlined administration will greatly aid in achieving the health mandate.

    The Commissioner and Special Adviser were warmly received in the Conference Room of the State Ministry of Health by senior government officials within the health sector.


    Makinde suspends Oyo monarch



    The Oyo State Government, yesterday, suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Council of the state.

    The government, in a letter dated February 2, 2024, and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said Governor Seyi Makinde approved the suspension on February 1, 2024.

    “I wish to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sub-section 1&2 of Section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 and by virtue of all other enabling powers in that regard, has approved your suspension as the Onido of Ido in the area of authority of Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State,” the letter read in part.

    It directed Oba Babalola to hand over all government properties in his possession to the chairman of Ido local council.

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    Bauchi Agog as Tribunal Affirms Mohammed Bauchi Gov



    Bauchi State capital and environs erupted in jubilation yesterday following the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s affirmation of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as the duly elected governor of the state.


    The 3-man tribunal led by Justice PT Kwahar, dismissed the petition by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and its gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar.


    The tribunal affirmed that Mohammed, who was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the gubernatorial election, actually won the election with the majority votes cast.


    The tribunal dismissed the APC petition for lack of credible evidence to discredit result of the gubernatorial election as declared by INEC.


    The tribunal’s premises, however, erupted in Jubilation by members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in drumming and praises to show joy and happiness over the victory.


    Reacting to the verdict, Mohammed commended the tribunal for upholding his victory despite the indiscriminate demonisation of the country’s judicial system.


    Speaking shortly after the tribunal affirmed his election, he called on his opponents to sheathe their swords and join him to harness enormous resources of the state to create a modern economy that would benefit everyone within Bauchi State as Nigeria’s pearl of tourism.


    “Today, the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, revalidated the mandate that you gave to me last March. It was a profound judgment that will continue to resonate within multiple circles as a demonstration of judicial rigour and common sense and an affirmation of the sovereign will of the people over political brinksmanship and an entitlement mentality.


    “Our victory today is by the grace of Allah, who gives power to whom he wishes and takes it without consulting the holder. We are once again reminded that all power is held in trust on behalf of God.


    “It is an unambiguous statement that despite the mischief of political merchants who arrogate to themselves kingmaker status and deceive some of our unsuspecting compatriots into believing that they can determine the destiny of others, God still reigns in the affairs of all his creations,” he said.

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    Adeleke to Fix Lasting Infrastructural Projects in Osun, Says PDP Chieftain



    Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke will soon commence fixing of long lasting Infrastructural projects in the state as part of the promises made to the people of the state.

    Speaking with Freelanews in Osogbo, former Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) in the state, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, noted that all abandoned projects within the state would be revisited for timely completion.

    Adekunle stressed that roads will also be constructed in all local government areas in the state, while the federal constituencies would equally benefit immensely in the developmental agenda of the state governor.

    He remarked that since the enthronement of the present administration, all promises made are being fully followed to the letter.

    According to him “Adeleke had surpassed people’s expectations considering the situation met on ground because he has done well based on Infrastructural development so far.”

    He also recalled the medical outfit for the people of the state in all the constituencies, saying the governor had surpassed people’s expectations on Health.

    The PDP chieftain remarked that health palliatives for the people of the state is under way as all health facilities would be given face- lift in all ramifications.

    He emphasised that all general hospitals in the state would receive a boost in order to turn them to a world-class medical centres which will serve as medical tourism to other state to visit.

    Adekunle stressed that there are enough medical personnel to make the state proud of being a world-class medical tourist attraction.

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