The Voice Newsmagazine
Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s stewardship in Osun State has been generating all manner of comments in recent times. From the indefensible, infantile, misinformed and misguided viewpoints to the impressive analyses of his actions and inactions, the comments reveal a lot about this man of many parts who has not only done very well for his people, but has also been fair to all sections of the state in his policy implementation. Although Aregbesola is frequently the butt of criticisms, there is no doubt that he means well for his people and does what he sees to be in their best interest at all times.
Gov. Aregbesola of Osun State, Nigeria
The Obi of Owa Kingdom, in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II (JP) OON has honoured one of his subjects and the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, with a 55-year old elephant tusk. The revered Owa monarch was overwhelmed with joy when Governor Okowa and other members of his executive paid him a courtesy visit at his Owa-Oyibu Palace shortly after the commissioning of the Abavo Central Hospital, Abavo, its access roads and others at Owa-Oyibu on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Internationally acclaimed singer, Youssouf N'dour and his band, Le Super Étoile de Dakar climaxed the Jubille celebration of the Africa Music Festival in Hertme, The Netherlands last weekend. Thousands of African music fans danced throughout his performance with exhilarating rigour and zest, whilst Morocco's Jazz and soul singer, Oumel Ghait mesmerized the audience with her incredibly soaring tenor. Song hoy Blues closed the afternoon proceedings; as they rendered elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, like Songs like “Irganda” and their masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar saw the audience glowingly bluesy and shuffled every move with their feet.
Ghanaian veteran Pat Thomas with his impetuous young group, The Kwashibu Area Band, entertained the audience with a collection of songs from their album the 'hype.' Upcoming star from Guinea Bissau, Karyna Gomes, also thrilled the audience with a combination of traditional African music, and rhythms from around the world.
Although intermittently, rains fell on both days, but there was a great deal of sunlight and the thousands of music lovers nevertheless, joined the exuberant performances displayed by an array of renowned African musical artists. The young and old danced in close circles and clapping their hands in appreciation. Acts came from the four corners of Africa, including Congolese rumba, West African High Life music, Malian Kora music, the sand dunes sound of North Africa and the audience added a scintillating flavour to the atmosphere and It's no wonder the crowd rediscovered their vigour whenever a new act is being performed.
Not until the reported abduction of over 200 young school girls from #Chibok in Borno State, North-East Nigeria in April, 2014, the menace of the Boko-Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria never gained prominence in global discuss. The #BringBackOurGirls awareness campaign on the Social Media sparked an international outrage and pressure on the Nigerian Government and the Western world to get their acts together to secure the release of the abducted school girls.
Alhaji T.Y. Danjuma
The Support For Humanity Foundation, SHF has congratulated the All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for emerging victorious at the party primaries because he has the capacity to industrialize the state and reduce the level of poverty.
APC Governorship candidate: Godwin Obaseki
As the All Progressive Congress conduct its primaries this weekend The Coalition of Registered Political Parties in Edo State has thrown its support for the Deputy Governor of the state, Rt. Hon Pius Odubu as the All Progressive Congress APC conduct their party primaries this weekend in Benin City. Speaking to Newsmen the Chairman of CRPP Edo State, Dr. Samson Isibor enjoined the APC delegates to cast their votes for Dr. Odubu.
According to him, people respect Dr. Odubu for his loyalty, truthfulness, transparency. "He is not arrogant, pompous or a Mr know it all, but a very humble man and above all he is not corrupt and a good listener. We concur with the economic experts who agreed that Odubu will change the dwindling economy of the state to a more viable one". The Coalition of Registered Political Parties is an organization with 15 political parties in Edo state as members.
Press briefing to declare support for Dr. Odubu as Governor of Edo State.
25 underprivileged young Zambian women have been selected to receive the Justina Mutale Scholarship to continue their education at institutions of higher learning around the world. The announcement was made at the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation’s Scholarship Programme, which was held at the Zambian High Commission in London, on Thursday 9th June 2016.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI'S FOREIGN MEDICAL TRIP TO LONDON IS A TRAGIC BLOT ON NIGRERIA'S COLLECTIVE PROFESSIONAL AND NATIONAL IMAGE
I heard with great shock, sadness, and disappointment the news of a statement issued on Sunday, June 5, 2016, by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Mr. President, informing the general public that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR will proceed on a 10 day medical vacation to London from Monday, June 6, 2016, during which period he is billed to see an E.N.T. specialist for a persistent ear infection, based on a recommendation for further evaluation said to have been advanced by Mr. President's Personal Physician and an E.N.T. specialist in Abuja.
President Buhari: He is having ear problem.
Even though the nature of the persistent ear infection/specific diagnosis was not stated in the Special Adviser's press release, I wish to commend Mr. President for the medical disclosure (a departure from the past) and sincerely sympathise with him, especially at this critical stage of our country's history and development, and wish him quick recovery.
However, I am very constrained to state that this foreign medical trip flies in the face of the Federal Government's earlier declaration of her resolve to halt the embarrassing phenomenon of outward medical tourism, which as at the end of the year 2013 had led to a humongous capital flight of about $1billion dollars, particularly from expenses incurred by political and public office holders (and their accompanying aides), whose foreign medical trips (most of which are unnecessary) were financed with tax payers' resources.
At various times in my previous publications and public lectures, one had strenuously advised Mr. President to make a clear public pronouncement on his resolve to show leadership by example with respect to the utilization of the medical expertise and facilities that abound in Nigeria by him and other members of the Federal Executive Council, particularly in concrete expression of section 46 of the National Health Act which seeks to address the abuse of tax payers' resources through frivolous foreign medical travels embarked upon by political and public office holders.
Undoubtedly, this latest move by Mr. President at a time the federal government is said to be on a change mission and rebirth of National consciousness and commitment through a backward integration agenda, Mr. President has lost a golden opportunity to assert his change mantra through a clear demonstration of leadership by example, by staying back to receive medical treatment in Nigeria and thereby inspiring confidence in Nigeria's health sector which currently boasts of medical experts that favourably compare with medical experts anywhere in the world, if not even better. It is on record that most public and political office holders who seek foreign medical care abroad are handled by Nigerian trained doctors in foreign lands (particularly in the United Kingdom which has over 3000 Nigerian trained medical doctors, United States of America with over 5000 Nigerian trained medical doctors, amongst other foreign countries), most of whom left the shores of Nigeria on account of government's perennial failure to address the various push and pull factors which have consistently driven this yearly brain drain phenomenon in Nigeria. Available records show that last year (2015) alone, 637 medical doctors emigrated due largely to poor working conditions and health facilities, insecurity, unpredictable and poor funding of Residency Training Programme, uncompetitive wages and job dissatisfaction.
Without prejudice to the expert recommendation of Mr. President's Personal Physician and the ENT specialist said to have examined and treated Mr. President in Abuja, I consider it a national shame of immense proportions that Mr. President had to be recommended for foreign medical care/re-evaluation despite the presence of over 250 ENT specialists (and professors) in Nigeria, as well as a National Ear Centre located in Kaduna state.
If I were in their shoes I would have advised Mr. President to stay back in Nigeria and explore any of the following options: (1) urgently invite a consortium of Nigerian trained ENT specialists in Nigeria to Abuja to re-evaluate and treat Mr. President; or (2) if it is determined that the medical expertise is not available in Nigeria (and I doubt this), any identified Nigerian trained ENT specialist practicing anywhere in the world should be invited to Abuja, Nigeria, for the sole purpose of re-evaluating and treating Mr. President; or (3) if it is a case where the health facilities/equipment are unavailable (and this is a possibility) then Mr. President should have used his current medical situation, though unfortunate, to commence the Federal Government's plan to re-equip Nigerian hospitals with modern state-of-the art health facilities, by ordering for the needed medical equipment to enable the locally available Nigerian trained ENT specialists to attend to him, and thereafter use same facilities to attend to other Nigerians with similar conditions.
There are so many benefits that can accrue to Nigeria if Mr. President stays back in Nigeria to receive medical treatment and explores the above stated options. Indeed, it will be a win-win situation for Nigeria as Mr. President will not only get managed with the imported medical facilities and expertise (if indeed needed); he would save Nigeria (currently going through a socio-economic turmoil) the capital flight that would result from his planned foreign medical trip. It will also help to improve the state of healthcare facilities and medical practice in Nigeria (particularly through technology transfer).
If the former Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Capt. Ichalla Idris Wada, could patronize Nigerian trained medical experts and medical facilities here in Nigeria when he unfortunately suffered a fractured femur following a fatal road traffic accident in 2013, I see no reason why in 2016 Mr. President could not have stayed back in Nigeria to attend to his ear infection.
In line with my patriotic commitment to the Nigerian dream, I, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, submitted myself for a highly skilled and successful ENT surgical intervention conducted in Nigeria in the month of April, 2016. As a trained medical specialist, I believe that those ENT specialists/medical experts (and many others in Nigeria) who handled my situation then are skilled enough, and with the right equipment in place can handle any complicated ENT problem in Nigeria. I sure know what I am talking about.
On account of the foregoing, I humbly and passionately appeal to Mr. President to show committed leadership by urgently rethinking the planned foreign medical travel and exploring the above suggested options of getting treated here in Nigeria.
Mr. President should act now to remove this tragic blot on our collective professional and national image by returning home to receive medical care in Nigeria. Doing otherwise will send a strong negative signal to majority of toiling Nigerians who either have no means to seek healthcare services or daily indulge in catastrophic health expenditures, talk less of dreaming of traveling abroad for medical treatment.
I am convinced it is doable.
I wish Mr. President speedy recovery.
God bless Nigerian Medical doctors/dentists;
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
By Dr Osahon Enabulele, M.B; B.S, MHPM, FWACP
Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association.
COACH STEPHEN OKECHUKWU KESHI'S DEATH IS A GREAT LOSS!!!---I EXPRESS MY SINCERE AND DEEP CONDOLENCE.
It was with great shock and deep pain that I received the sad news of the unfortunate death of Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, a former Coach of the Super Eagles, while in his home in the early hours of today, and before arriving at the Faith Mediplex hospital, Benin City, Edo State, where he was taken to for emergency care.
Indeed one has been so devastated and unable to hold back tears since learning of the untimely death of our indisputable football icon, the inimitable Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
As one with whom I had privileged and great friendship from my tender age, I feel extremely sad, especially as Coach Stephen Keshi lost his wife only a couple of months ago. He was undoubtedly a true Patriot, committed, diligent, selfless and altruistic Nigerian, iconic Coach and a well-respected global citizen who made tremendous sacrifices to his country, Nigeria, and the global community at large.
Despite the challenging circumstances he sometimes found himself, he, at all times, exemplified the "I can do" Nigerian spirit, one that made him achieve astounding results in his chosen career.
I offer my sincere and deep condolences to his immediate family, particularly the children he left behind, his extended family, the Aburimes (including my dear friend and in-law to late Coach Stephen Keshi, Patriot Richard Aburime). I also commiserate with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as the governments and people of Edo and Delta States, the Nigerian Football Federation, and indeed all Nigerians, over Coach Stephen Keshi's shocking and untimely demise. As we mourn, I fervently pray God in his abundant grace, to comfort and strengthen the children and family of late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, and to grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss of an icon.
While we cannot question God for his decision to call our dear brother, late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, to his spiritual realm at this time when he was still eager to give much more to his country and global community, I call on his family and all Nigerians to be consoled by the fact that late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi lived a good and Godly life with everlasting legacies of humility, diligence, excellence, and exemplary service to his fatherland and world at large.
I urge that Coach Stephen Keshi's death should not be allowed to be in vain. I therefore appeal that all efforts be made to immortalize this unique and selfless Nigerian and global citizen, distinguished family man, indefatigable bulwark of the defence line, unrivalled Coach of our Super Eagles, proud recipient of many iconic honours and awards, including the distinguished Oba Erediauwa CFR merit award, amongst others too numerous to mention.
We shall surely miss the "Great Boss". But I pray to God who loves him more, to grant the great soul of our brother, Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, eternal repose in his bosom.
Sleep on brother until we all meet to part no more.
Adieu the great Boss! Adieu Skeepo!! Adieu our inimitable Coach and bulwark of the defence line!!!
By Dr Osahon Enabulele,
Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association
A former captain of the Nigeria national team, Keshi was one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.
He also managed Togo and Mali, and his playing career included a spell for Belgian club side Anderlecht.
He is thought to have suffered a heart attack, local media reported.
As a player, Keshi was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.
He coached the national side over three spells, leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
His contract was not renewed after the World Cup but he later returned on a match-by-match deal following the team's failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup finals.
He was then sacked as caretaker coach but reinstated after intervention from then Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan. He was sacked for a final time last July.
Life respect no one, the universal laws pays no attention to your race, your beauty and your locality….Time is money a wise man once uttered , everyone is blessed with 24 hours a day, most people work so hard and they ask and wonder why they are not successful..
The wealthy ones work lesser time and they make more money and are perceived as the successful ones in our society. Truth be told what makes the difference between the successful ones and the unsuccessful people in our society is the quality of work put into the time.
The 21st century is full of distractions and so many activities that steals our time and affect the effective use of our time, if only most people adopt the principle of “work while you are working” and not “chat while you are working or facebook while you are working”.
What time is it? This should be a question you should ask yourself every moment of the day for you to be successful. By defining what the time is at every moment improves your productivity with respect to time. It also enables you to be focus on task and avoid distraction….Above all it improves your self-confidence.
By Olajide Olafuyi
Author, Speaker & Consultant
I have always made plain my aversion to lies and falsehood and I dislike it as it constitutes a deliberate affront to my intelligence. As I navigate through life and encounter one who lies to me, which I honestly do not anticipate I would be morally bound to lose my bearing thereby making it impossible for me to calculate my true position. This, I dare say, hurts my soul!
As a leading Equalities campaigner, Justina Mutale, Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership was invited to give a Talk at St Luke's Church of England Primary School in London on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, as part of the school's International Women's Month celebrations.
Minister Ploumen , Foreign Trade and Development minister in the Netherlands is joining International Women today in The Hague to draw attention to the girls and women who have been victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria says the spokesperson for the Minister,
Together with students, representatives of UNICEF Netherlands and International Alert is the minister taking part in this protest march to launch the campaign #FutureforOurGirls.
Minister Ploumen joins call for better treatment of victims of Boko Haram
A don, Dr Adetunji Ogunyemi, on Monday said the social investment votes of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2016 appropriation bill was the greatest service to Nigerians.
Ogunyemi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
"There can be no better way of executing a social contract between the citizen and the state" than the unprecedented social investments that the Buhari budget has done.
Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki is currently fighting the political battle of his life. However, some of his political associates believe that the former Governor of Kwara State is being witch hunt because of his rising political career. One of those who believe in this school of thought is Adekanye Olabode who is the Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State. In an interview with Mephy James, the APC Secretary says he sees Saraki coming out stronger stressing that the Senate President is too strong a politician to be brought down.
Senate President: Bukola Saraki
*Says access to healthcare is a poverty issue
Determined to ensure healthcare access to all Nigerians, the Buhari administration will put in place effective primary healthcare centers across the country, while also collaborating with international agencies to end HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country.
Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Executive Director and UN Under-secretary General, Michal Sidibe of UNAIDS.
These are definitely not the best of times for Nigeria. The oil price has continued to slide, the naira becoming weaker while unemployment rate remains high among the youth. An average Nigerian does not know the direction the country is going, unfortunately many youths have taken to crime to make ends meet. However, the story of Nigeria is not all about woes as some young professionals are doing the nation proud creating wealth and serving as inspiration to others.
JUSTINA MUTALE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN TO STUDY OVERSEAS
The Justina Mutale Foundation, a brainchild of Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year 2012 and Global Ambassador for Gender Equality at the International Women’s Think Tank, has partnered with the European School of Economics (ESE) to offer Business and Leadership Scholarships; and also with Rai University of India, to offer STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to academically talented underprivileged young women from Africa.
Justina Mutale: The brain behind the project
*Payments for Conditional Cash Transfer& Homegrown School Feeding would be directly to the beneficiaries
The need to pay attention on the common man and spend the resources of this country on the poor people explains why the Buhari presidency has proposed a N500B estimate in the 2016 budget, even as more details on the 6 social protection plans were released.