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DATE: JUNE 26, 2023


BudgIT, with support from the Skoll Foundation, commenced its Southwest #SaveOneSaveAll campaign to further set the agenda for the healthcare sector in Nigeria to initiate better healthcare accessibility, accountability, and service delivery. With its expansive population and diverse healthcare challenges, the future of Nigeria’s health sector hangs on a delicate balance.

While applaudable improvement has been made, many significant gaps remain to be filled. As we navigate the ever-shifting healthcare landscape, stakeholders, visionaries, and advocates must chart a path toward a healthier and more equitable future for all Nigerians.

With this in mind, the final stride of the two-day event in Osogbo was a high-level roundtable agenda-setting meeting with Executive Secretaries, CMDs, Permanent Secretaries, and Directors for Public Health Services in the Southwest region’s healthcare sector.

In the meeting, which was held on Monday, June 26, 2023, the attending stakeholders agreed that the following are the outlines of the critical needs of the healthcare sector in the Southwest states.

After the conclusion of the session the stakeholders comes up with the following recommendations:

Human Resource Management:

1. Adequately recruit skilled health personnel, invest in training and supporting recruited medical staff across the board for an increase in efficiency and professional practice

2. Improve the welfare packages and incentives for health workers, such as sponsorship for trainings and workshops, mortgages on new houses and cars preparedness for an Epidemic Outbreak:

1. Engage in regular (quarterly or biannually) audits of facilities for epidemic preparedness (infrastructure, trained personnel, equipment, and disease surveillance)

Proper Governance Structure in the Health System:

1. Develop and implement a policy document on the minimum staff required to work at each level of the health sector institutions and design a holistic framework for healthcare assessment, implementing a strict accreditation system for health institutions

2. The Ministry of Health should formulate policies for departments and agencies. However, operational autonomy should be given to departments and agencies without prejudice to the regulatory role of the ministry of health

Non State actor inclusion

Coordinate the activities of international donor partners to meet the state objectives and encourage international organizations to serve as watchdogs

Improvement and Access to HealthCare Facilities:

1. Ensure that at each political ward, there should be at least a functional Level 3 Centre to respond to any health challenge of the citizens and establishment of an accountability frum that is community-led

2. Provide a conducive work environment, adequate security to discourage healthcare workers from migrating to other countries, and insurance systems to drive service delivery to reduce out-of-pocket Health expenditure

3. Establish SERVICOM for feedback on client satisfaction and use the opportunity of BHCPF, state equity funds, to upgrade the PHC in the area of personnel, infrastructure, equipment, and supply

Government Accountability:

1. Ensure adequate budgetary provision and release by tracking funds released to facilities and operating transparent budget processes that follow due process


The overall goal of the Covid-19 Transparency and Accountability Project is to promote transparency and accountability by tracking COVID-19 intervention funds across nine African countries—Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

While our effort to uncover the underlying issues in the health sector across Africa, these recommendations must guide the priority of healthcare access in Southwest Nigeria. A prompt response strategy needs to be enforced, while chief executive officers of these states need to focus on reforming the health sector for the life the citizens deserve. In the end, we hope to see a more vibrant health sector that gives more access and cost-effective service to those they aerve. BudgIT and CODE are committed to constantly advocating on these issues and hope to see changes at the subnational levels.

This statement was signed by the following stakeholders in the aspect of heat sector in south west

BudgIT Foundation

Dr. Festus Olukayode Soyinka

Dr. Olubunmi Fatungase

Dr. M. Adeoye

Olawumi Adewumi

Dr. Adesoji Richard

Olabode Kehinde

Dr. Babalola Oluwatobi

Dr. Adeniyi Oginni

Dr. Bamisolu Oluyomi

Dr. Adesina Akintan

Dr. Mrs. Alice Ogundele

Dr. Opadeji Adeniyi

Dr. Francis Adegoke Akanbiemu

Israel Olakanmi Solomon

Dr. Olugbemide Abimbola Sadiat

Dr. Oluwole Fabiyi


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Osun Pensioners: Governor Adeleke is Committed to Payment of Pensions, Entitlements



The government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the rumor of accrued pensions not paid by his government as alleged by opposition in the state, upon which some unscrupulous elements are allegedly planning a protest march.

We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments, from inception of his administration

While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true,we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.

We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.

It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.

Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.

Ahead of the meeting, we take liberty to release part of the records with renewed commitment of the administration to accelerate the payment process.

The records according to the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau in the state, shows that the government of Ademola Adeleke has made payment to both the contributory pensioners and old pensioners in the state, with effect from 28th November, 2022 till date.

The breakdown is as follows:

MONTHLY PENSION (Old Pension Scheme) – Three billion naira (N3 billion).

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Two billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and forty-one naira and thirty kobo (N2,916,224,341: 30).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – One billion, Sixty-two million, Four Hundred and Sixty-nine thousand, Seven hundred and Forty-three naira, Eighty-six Kobo (N1,062,469,743 : 86).

Regarding Death Benefits:

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Three hundred and Twenty-four million, Two hundred and Eighty-nine thousand, Five hundred and Ninety naira, Sixty-two Kobo (N324,289,590: 62).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Nine-six million, One hundred and Eighty-one thousand, Thirty-two naira, Ninety-two Kobo (N96,181,032: 92).

MONTHLY PENSION (Contributory Pension) Remittances:

PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Eighty-three million,One hundred and Ninety-seven thousand,two hundred and Sixty-five naira, Thirty-six Kobo (N1,083,197,265:36).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Six hundred and One million, Seven hundred and Seventy-four thousand, Thirty-two naira, Thirty-two kobo (N601,774,032:32).


PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Nine hundred and Eleven million, Three hundred and Seventy thousand, Two hundred and Eleven naira, Forty-four Kobo (N1,911,370,211:44).

LOCAL GOVT STAFF PENSIONERS – Seven hundred and Eight million, Forty-one thousand, Three hundred and Seventy-eight naira, Ninety-seven Kobo (N708,041,378:97).

The government appreciates the Pensioners and especially the contributory pensioners for their understanding, resilience and appreciation of the high level of commitment already shown by the government and urge them to distance themselves from evil operatives of the previous regime who were responsible for the pension debt in the first place.

As we remind the public and pensioners that Governor Adeleke has workers welfare as a number on his agenda, we affirm that the Governor has the best interest of workers, pensioners and the public at heart and his government will therefore not under any circumstances deny retirees their due rights and privileges.

The government reiterates its commitment to the good people of Osun state, and asked that the lying opposition party be shunned, as they are mischief makers.


Oluomo Kolapo Alimi

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment

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Mohbad: I Disguised To Candlelight, Shameful Things People Did – FPRO



The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that he was one of those who attended the candlelight and night of tribe held for Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in Lagos.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, however, said the conduct of some of those there did not serve the purpose.

In a tweet on his X handle, Adejobi said inasmuch as candlelight processions are a right, it should be done with decorum.

He tweeted: “None could recognise me, I disguised.

“But I intentionally attended to see things for myself and have an opinion about the whole thing.

“I gathered some intelligence there yesterday.

“Sincerely, many guys are our problem.

“You dey mourn, u con dey smoke, dey hit or attack people, dey drive reckless, etc.

“May his soul rest in peace.

“While I commend the organisers of the lagos procession for their steadfastness and understanding.

“I hope others will emulate them.

“It’s reasonable to end all processions at the latest 7pm.

“Candle light procession is a rite and must be purposeful.”

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Ramsdale’s Time At Arsenal Coming To An End —Premier League Legend



Premier League legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is certain that Aaron Ramsdale’s time at Arsenal is coming to an end.

Ramsdale has been overlooked for selection in past two games, with summer signing David Raya getting the nod.

The Spanish goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Brentford on a £3million loan deal with a purchase option of £27m.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted to the media that he will pick his goalkeeper based on tactical reasons.

But the fact that Raya has started in both the Premier League and now Champions League has many questioning his statements.

One of those is Friedel, who has the third-most appearances of any goalkeeper in Premier League history.

When asked if it’s over for Ramsdale if Raya starts this weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham, the American replied on talkSPORT: “Absolutely.”

“I thought from the second they signed him they signed him to be the new no.1, I don’t think you pay that much money for someone with one year left on their contract, I know he signed an extra contract and went on loan, but that was for other reasons.

“I think they really liked Raya so when he became available they pushed for him.”

“It’s very harsh on Ramsdale but it’s the coach’s decision,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham keeper said.

“I’m assuming Ramsdale at the end of this season will end up having to do what Matt Turner did at the end of the previous season and find another place to play.

“I know it’s early and people will say you have to see what he does, but I think Raya was brought in as the no.1, you thought maybe they could be swapping if they’d played Ramsdale in the Champions League, but that didn’t happen.

“I think we’ll see Raya in goal and he’ll be the incumbent no.1 this season.”

Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021, leaving Sheffield United in a £30m deal.

Last season the 25-year-old almost helped the Gunners to a first league title in almost two decades, which Friedel thinks will see him join another top club where he can play every match

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