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“Edo Can Fund Health Insurance Scheme Effectively”. – DG, Insurance Commission

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By Idris Ahmed, Edo

The Director General of the Edo State Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor, has reassured residents that the state government will effectively fund its health insurance scheme to ensure that everyone enrolled in the scheme is well catered for.

Amegor, in a chat with journalists in Benin City, said the state government is holistically pursuing its health insurance scheme, noting that the revamp of the Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, was the first step in preparing for the kick off of the scheme.

He added that the framework had to be set to ensure sustainability and provide well-equipped PHCs to implement the scheme across the state.

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According to him, “We have various health plans in the scheme. We have the formal sector and the informal sector health plans. We have the student package, and the premium package. We also have the basic minimum package, which is the one the Federal Government and the state government are funding. We have the formal public plan and the formal private-sector plan, as well. The private sector plan is for organisations that have more than five workers.”

On the funding of the scheme, he said, “For equitable payment for the scheme, we decided on payment of a percentage of whatever a person’s gross salary. We pegged it at 1.75 percent for the employer and the employee. In the first year, the employer, which is the government is to pay 1.75, but it is supposed to be within a range of 1.75 and 3.25 percent.”

He said the scheme is still in the test phase, adding “That is why we are working with the minimum requirements. For those earning little, it might be insignificant to pay 1.75 of your salary, but if you are on Level 17 or thereabout, it would be significant. It would help bridge the gap for funding for the scheme.”

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Addressing Nigeria’s Mass Unemployment: FCT Minister Of State Lauds Buhari’s Efforts

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Addressing Nigeria’s Mass Unemployment thorough the Special Public Works Programme has become key to ensuring millions of skilled and unkilled you in Africa’s populous country get hired. 

The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Saturday, commended President Muhammadu BuharI’s thoughtfulness in initiating the Extended Special Public Works Programme aimed at addressing mass unemployment among the unskilled youth.

 

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The Minister made the commendation at the state flag-off of the federal government extended special public works programme held in Lokoja township stadium, also maintained that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 was specifically for 1,000 persons each from all the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the country for temporary employment during the dry season.

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Governor Yahaya Bello and FCT Minister Of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the programme was not entirely new in Nigeria, however, observed that this is the first time in Nigeria government is focusing on unskilled workers, adding that before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers.

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She also noted that these types of programmes were used during the Great Depression by industrialised nations to immediately respond to grinding poverty at the lowest level of the society that normally bear the brunt of such economic upheavals.

The Minister In a statement by Austine Elemue, S.A Media affirmed that the President’s effort at addressing Nigeria’s Mass Unemployment was laudable as it was effectively used during colonial Africa to quickly respond to situations such as drought and famine by mobilising the unskilled persons to engage in other labour intensive infrastructural projects as a means of immediately alleviating their situation.

In her words: “I understand that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, was specifically for 1,000 persons each from all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country for temporary employment during the dry season.

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“Nevertheless, the programme is not entirely new to Nigeria as the National Directorate of Employment in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) first introduced it in the mid-90s, even though, the ILO itself derived the idea of Special Public Works programme from several historical templates.

“Let me add that though the programme is not entirely new, what is novel is the fact that this is the first time the Nigerian government is focusing on unskilled workers. Before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers,”.

Aliyu, therefore, called on all the participants, especially from Kogi State to reciprocate the gesture of Mr President by diligently executing this state in addressing Nigeria’s Mass Unemployment among the unskilled labour force.

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Earlier, the Acting Director-General of National Directorate of Employment, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, revealed that the initiative would have commenced some three months ago, but was regrettably delayed due to unnecessary and unavoidable circumstances, noting that with the flag-off of the programme the communities would witness a facelift through the activities of specific works to be carried out by participants ranging from drainage clearing and maintenance, vegetation control, feeder roads amongst others.

He assured that participants have been duly documented and their details captured by designated banks to guarantee a fraud-free, transparent and fair service delivery, stressing that to ensure effective monitoring of the scheme, supervisors have been appointed in all the electoral wards of the country to conduct supervisory roles.

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The event had in attendance Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Deputy Governor David Edward Onoja, members of state executive council, LGAs Chairmen, party leaders and supporters.

 

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Why White Pigeons Refused To Flying Out Of The Cage At The Armed Forces Day Celebration In Abuja (+Video) – Aide

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According Bashir Ahmad who shares photo of white pigeons flying at the Armed forces day celebration has given reason why they initially refused to fly

Bashir Ahmad is President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, has shared a photo of the white pigeons flying out of the cage at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja.

Globaltimesnigeria.com learnt that the celebration which held at the National Arcade, Eagle Square, the white pigeons at the celebration ground refused to fly when President Buhari set them free during the ceremony.

This has spark reactions from Nigerians who took to social media.

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In an apparent attempt to counter the opinions of many, Bashir has now shared a photo of the pigeons flying out of the cage.

While responding to a Tweet, Bashir in a now-deleted tweet, also gave an explanation of why the Pigeons did not initially fly and what happened to them.

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Multiple accidents claim 17 lives in Kogi, 2 Police Inspectors involved

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Two ghastly motor accidents occurred separately along Lokoja — Ayingba road in Kogi state on Thursday claiming no fewer than 17 lives involving two Police Inspectors and 15 other persons

The first accident occurred near Ojudu village in the afternoon of the fateful Thursday involving two Police Inspectors who were on their way to a mortuary at Ayingba to pick the remains of their colleague sergeant who earlier died in an accident on the same road.

The deceased officers were in an ambulance with an empty casket when an articulated vehicle was said to have ran into them, killing all the occupants including the driver.

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According to the Police Public Relation Officer,(PPRO) DSP William Aya, the two officers were sent to an  Ayingba morgue to pick the corpse of their late sergeant who died in an earlier accident for onward movement to Adamawa state for burial when they lost their lives.

About 5 hours after Fourteen persons, including five children same day, Thursday, lost their lives in another ghastly motor accident which occurred on same  Anyingba – Lokoja road in Kogi State.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure confirmed to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the multiple accident which happened in the evening of Jan. 14.

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He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, hit the truck in its front.

The Sector Commander explained that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.

Aghure disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.

According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.

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The Sector Commander  further explained  that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky to have survived the accident with some injuries.

He said that while the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.

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While suspecting break failure as the cause of the accident, he, however, said that the Corps is carrying out investigation to ascertain its cause.

 

 

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