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States Need More Funding To Curb Rapid Migration- Tambuwal



Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said states will need more funding to address the brain drain in the health sector as well as curb the rapid migration of medical personnel.

Fidel Info reports that Tambuwal spoke yesterday during an interactive panel session with the theme: “Universal Coverage and the Basic Healthcare Funds,” organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG, in Abuja.

He said the allocation of one percent from Consolidated Revenue Funds, may not be enough for states, adding that an increase to about two or three percent would go a long way in addressing many issues like underfunding.

According to him, “The challenge we face as states, is first funding and secondly human resource. We’ve been witnessing recently, a very drastic movement or drain of our brains out of this country to where they can attain greener pastures. We have to work hard to improve the welfare and packages of our medical personnel to address the brain drain.”

“But funding has remained a constraint and the basic health care provision fund that has come to the rescue of the PSCs is doing well. But most governors believe that if you can make it a performance-based kind of support it will be better. If we make it performance based, it will go a long way in ensuring the program succeeds.”

He  further stated that“Since the Basic Health Care Producing Fund Act says at least one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund should be allocated annually, we can rely on that provision that says at least one, and maybe increase it to two, three percent? That is of course the solution to the constraint of funding.”

“We are going to present it at the next National Economic Council meeting to be presided over by the Vice President, where the Minister of Finance will be in attendance and all the state governors are expected to be in attendance. The consensus of both the Governors and NEC, I believe will come into force,” he added.

On insecurity, he said it was a collective effort and that the Federal government along with the states were doing their best to stem the tide.

In the same vein, Secretary of the Oversight Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health for BHCPF, Dr Chris Isokpunwu, said an “accountability framework” would help in showing transparency when funds have been disbursed to states, adding that the process of developing a framework, has begun already.

He said, “Accountability is our major focus and we have even mobilised resources for that. One step that we are taking for accountability, is that the fund is audited as at when due, secondly every disbursement we make to states are published in the national newspapers and in our social media platforms, so that the people will know that the monies have been disbursed to the states.”

“We are also working with civil society organisations to ensure that they follow and independently verify implementation at the state level. Right now because of lack of awareness, funds are also being mobilised to create awareness, let the people know that the basic health care provision fund is actually functional in the health care centre that is closest to them.”

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APC Gives Fresh Appointments To Bisi Akande, Gbajabiamila, Indimi, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Others (Full List)



The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has named some of its stalwarts as chairmen and members of its standing committees.

According to a statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the listed names were appointed into Standing Committees on Establishment, Finance, Publicity, Intergovernmental, Conflict and Reconciliation.

Fedelinfo reports that some of those named include Chief Bisi Akande who chairs the Conflict and Reconciliation Committee with Aminu Masari as the deputy chairman and Nkem Okeke as the secretary.

Similarly, Uguru Matthew Ofoke was named as the chairman of the APC Finance Committee while members include the Chairman and founder of BUA Cement, Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, Mohammed Indimi; Chairman of Bet9ja, Kunle Soname; Tein Jack Rich and others.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun; Governor Hope Uzodimma; James Faleke, Solomon Adeola, and Femi Pedro were also listed as members of the finance committee.

The Publicity Committee is chaired by Felix Morka while Minister of Information and Strategy, Muhammad Idris; Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, Bayo Onanuga, among others are members of the committee.

The statement said the Standing Committees would be inaugurated on Wednesday, 6 December, 2023 at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja

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KWSG Kicks Against Street Begging Says, roaming of mentally challenged persons, socially appalling



The Kwara state Government in its concerted effort to rid the state of all societal menace and vices, has described begging and roaming the streets by people with mental challenges as condemnable and socially appalling.

This was expressed by the Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade during the recently concluded general evacuation exercise carried out by the Ministry within the State capital.

Hon. Afolashade lamented the menace of persistent street begging regarded as a viable business venture among some people, despite a series of dialogue, media sensitisation, and numerous social interventions of the government to the physically challenged and vulnerable in the State.

“The evacuation exercise is part of the Ministry’s responsibilities and a means to further ensure that the society is cleansed from any form of societal menace, thereby promoting environmental hygiene and values for the state”, the Commissioner emphasized.

She explained further that Kwara State would not condone street begging as it is against the law of the state; depicts laziness, while the roaming of mentally challenged persons also pose serious danger to the society.

Hon. Afolashade, during the excercise, reiterated that the exercise would be continuous, adding that the Ministry would no longer take the menace with levity, warning all those involved to desist or be ready to face the wrath of law.

Meanwhile, in the course of the exercise, there were resistance and physical assaults on the officers of the Ministry, but Officers of the Civil Defense were on ground to restore normalcy.


The Commissioner thus appreciated the pro-activeness and expertise demonstrated by the officers during the exercise while seeking the Corps continued support in subsequent assignments.

The evacuation team toured the Post Office/Taiwo-Isale, Tipper garage , Challenge/Unity road and Challenge/GRA axis of the State capital and evacuated no fewer than 88 mentally challenged persons and beggars who were taken to one of the Ministry’s Rehabilitation homes for treatment, prosecution and possible repatriation.


Oluwole Damilola

Press Secretary,


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Aiyedatiwa to preside over Ondo Exco meeting Thursday



Peace may be returning to the Ondo State Executive Council as it holds its meeting today in Akure, the state capital, after three months.

Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa will preside over the meeting, which is the first since the warring camps endorsed a peace deal at a reconciliation meeting hosted in Abuja by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the weekend.

However, some elite are kicking against the resolution that the deputy governor should submit an undated letter of resignation.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, who confirmed the scheduled meeting, said the deputy governor will preside as vice chairman.

But, the commissioner could not confirm to reporters last night whether Aiyedatiwa has returned to Akure, although sources hinted that he had returned from Abuja where he spent some weeks while battling to starve off the impeachment proceedings by the House of Assembly.

He got a reprieve at the peace meeting where the House of Assembly was directed to drop the impeachment plan.

A source said: “Exco meeting will be held about three months after the last meeting was held in Ibadan, presided over by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, when he returned from medical vacation in September.

“The exco meeting that will be held on Thursday (today) shows that everyone is sticking with the resolution reached with Tinubu.

“All that we are focused on is the development of Ondo State, and that should be paramount in the minds of all of us at the moment.”

A group, Concerned Elite of Ondo State, led by Dr. Olanrewaju Akeredolu, has faulted the resolution that Aiyedatiwa should sign a post-dated letter of resignation.

It also said it was unconstitutional to ask unelected political office holders to monitor elected official.

The group chided the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, for reading the resolution on the floor of the Assembly, saying that President Tinubu could not have given an order that contradicted the letter and spirit of the constitution.

It also accused the Speaker of twisting facts to suit a certain interest by asserting that there was no agreement to transfer power to Aiyedatiwa.

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