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Agric N-Power enrollees allege rejection in Anambra, councils debunk claim

Prospective enrollees into the N-Power agriculture programme in Anambra State have complained of rejection by some local government authorities, the News Agency of Nigeria reports .

The enrollees, who spoke in separate interviews with NAN correspondent on Monday in Awka , said some heads of departments of agriculture had refused to issue acceptance letters to them.

They named Awka South , Awka North and Anaocha Local Government Areas of Anambra among the council areas that had refused to issue the acceptance letters to several prospective enrollees.

NAN gathered that the acceptance letter is a pre-condition which an enrollee must attach before he or she is finally enrolled into the Federal Government agricultural scheme , which is aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment.

A prospective enrollee told NAN , on condition of anonymity , that she selected Awka South Local Government Area for the N-Power agriculture programme, but had yet to obtain an acceptance letter from the council .

‘‘ I went to Amawbia , the headquarters of Awka South Local Government , for my acceptance letter. The head of department of agriculture said that the council was not issuing such letters.

‘‘ I tried to explain to the official that we must get the letter in order to be enrolled into the scheme and that the deadline for us to submit the acceptance letter is August 8, 2018, ’’ she said .

Another prospective enrollee , who simply gave his name as Ugochukwu, said he had gone for his acceptance letter at Anaocha Local Government Area more than three times without getting the letter.

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Ugochukwu claimed that the head, department of agriculture in Anaocha , told him that there was no logistics for the council to print such number of letters to persons seeking to enroll into the N-Power Agricultural Scheme .

Reacting , Mr. Chukwudi Orjiako, a Coordinator , Youths for Agriculture , Anambra, said it was an anathema for some council authorities to frustrate the efforts of youths in the state to enroll into the N-Power scheme .

‘‘ Apart from the monthly stipend of N30 , 000 that the enrollees would be getting , the N-Power Agriculture programme will scale up food production in the state ,’’ he said .

Orjiako appealed to Governo Willie Obiano to intervene in the matter, with a view to ensuring that every interested youth in the area successfully enrol into the programme .

The Transition Committee Chairman , Anaocha Local Government Area , Mr. Ikeobi Ejiofor , debunked the claim that the council was turning prospective N-Power enrollees away.

‘‘ We issued about 40 acceptance letters to them on Wednesday last week and have issued up to another 30 letters this morning to make sure that they meet the August 8 deadline , ’’ he said.

On his part , the Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area , Mr. Leo Nwuba, told NAN that his council initially issued acceptance letters to about 30 persons for the N-Power Agriculture Programme .

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‘‘ After issuing the acceptance letters to about 30 persons on Tuesday , July 31 , another 100 other persons came demanding the same letters. I told them to wait for my office to properly clear with the N-Power Focal Person in the state .

‘‘ When my HOD on agriculture contacted the N-Power focal person , I now directed that letters be issued to only genuine applicants and as well get their data for follow-up action .

‘‘ We have to do that because we will make sure that all those who choose Awka South for the programme must work, because we have vast land for agriculture and we must monitor whatever they are doing, ’’ he said.

Nwuba said that information available to his office showed that more than 400 persons selected his council for the N-Power agriculture programme.

Also commenting , the Focal Person of N-Power Agriculture Programme , Mrs . C . Uzoka , said she was not aware that prospective applicants were having challenges in getting their acceptance letters in the state .


Ex-Governor, Fayose Mobbed By Supporters As He Returns To Ekiti State (Video)

Mr. Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti state has returned to the state for the first time since he left power.

Upon his arrival, the former governor was given a rousing welcome. It has been two months since he left the state after his tenure elapsed.

Fayose stands before the people
The large crowd which came out to welcome the ex-governor chanted his name and hailed him as they struggled to catch a glimpse of him.
Fayose was sighted at Oja Bisi in Ado Ekiti, the state capital earlier today. A video of him was released by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka on Facebook.
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Nigerian doctors task governors on health insurance scheme 

The National President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Faduyile has called on state governments to commence the implementation of the primary healthcare insurance scheme in order to make healthcare delivery available to all Nigerians.

The National President made the call in his welcome address at the 2018 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the association held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

He said that the implementation of the health insurance scheme was one of the two critical elements needed to achieve an effective and efficient primary health care delivery in the country.

Faduyile however commended a few states in the country that have signed into law the health insurance bills and appealed to those states that were yet to sign the bill into law not to delay any further.

“A few states in Nigeria have signed into law health insurance bills; there is still much room for improvement. We thank you Mr. Governor for signing primary healthcare management agency bill and as well as state health insurance bill into law.

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“However, we call for the speedy implementation so that the good people of Akwa Ibom can enjoy and continue to enjoy the benefits you are showering on them in your administration as the governor of the state,” he said

The National President disclosed that the association was in talks with sister associations in the healthcare sector to stem the frequent disharmony in the sector.

His words, “We are currently engaging with our friends in the health team particularly the nurses and pharmacists and hopefully we know that this approach will reduce the disharmony that has characterised the health sector in recent time.”

Responding, the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel stated that apart from signing the health insurance bill into law, his administration had also gone a step further to improve health care delivery in the state by setting up the primary healthcare development agency. The governor added that he has released take-off grant to ensure the implementation of the health care insurance scheme in the state.

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He tasked medical doctors in the country to venture into medical manufacturing by partnering with businessmen in that direction, which he reasoned would bridge the gap in medical equipment production and also reduce the huge foreign exchange spent on the importation of medical equipment.

NAIJARAY reports that the 2018 National Executive Council meeting of the NMA had as its theme: “Strengthening healthcare delivery in Nigeria: Addressing legal and ethical issues in health care management”. The event witnessed the investiture of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the NMA Ambassador, and the offering of over 3,000 medical consultations, 144 free medium and minor surgeries as stated by the national president of the association.

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Details of Buhari’s meeting with Governors emerge 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday challenged state governors to redouble efforts in addressing infrastructure deficiencies in their respective states to revamp the nation’s economy.

The Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, quoted the president as stating this at a closed-door with the 36 state governors in Abuja.

According to NAN, he said, “Mr President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way forward.

“So, Mr President talked to us in the manner that we have a task ahead of us. So, we should tighten our belts and see how we can put Nigerian economy in the right direction and how we can address the nation’s infrastructural decay.

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“So, all of us as leaders especially those that are coming to the National Assembly and those coming back as governors and the president who will be re-elected by God grace we should not think that things are going to be easy.

”They are going to be harder than before, this was the message of Mr President,’’ he said.

The governor also disclosed that the Council deliberated extensively on new ways that state governments could generate additional revenues for speedy economic growth and development.

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He, however, declined to confirm whether the meeting discussed the issue of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

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