African Lion 2024: High-Level Moroccan-US Military Delegation Visits Medical-Surgical Field Hospital in Tata province

Akka Municipality (Tata Province) – A high-level delegation from the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and the US Army on Wednesday visited the medical-surgical field hospital deployed in Akka municipality, province of Tata.

Upon their arrival, members of the delegation led by Lieutenant General, FAR Inspector General and Commander of the Southern Zone, and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, U.S. Africa Command commander, followed explanations on the goals of this initiative and the human and logistical resources mobilized to ensure the success of this humanitarian operation as well as the various services provided for the local population.

This hospital, mobilizing medical teams made up of doctors and nurses from FAR and the US Army, is part of the parallel activities of the combined Moroccan-American exercise “African Lion 2024”, which is being held in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of the General Staff of FAR.

Operational since
May 16, this health facility provides medical and surgical services covering several specialties, including cardiology, ENT, pediatrics, internal medicine, gynecology, radiology, odontology and ophthalmology.

The population also benefits from surgeries, distribution of corrective glasses and vaccination against measles.

Subsequently, the delegation which also included US Ambassador to Morocco, Puneet Talwar, paid a visit to the Gallery of Resistance and Liberation’s Historical Memory in Akka.

“African Lion 2024′, which will continue until May 31, is the largest exercise in Africa and is an annual event where military executives come together to exchange procedures and experiences, particularly in terms of training and combined joint training.

This twentieth edition testifies to the sustainability which characterizes cooperation between the FAR and the US Army, reflecting the historical and solid links which between the two countries.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Tinubu`s administration`s efforts in combating illegal mining


Nigeria has been operating a monocultural economy for decades since the discovery of oil in 1956, relying on it to fund its development.

The result is that other sectors of the economy would not receive the needed attention for their growth, posing a worrying obstacle to economic diversification.

While various administrations in the past years struggled to change the trend, observers say the impact is yet to be reflected in the economy, and more political will is needed to achieve the feat.

The country is faced with the reality of building its resilience for the future, especially as the demand for oil is expected to decline, resulting in a loss in its value.

In building this resilience, it must leverage on opportunities in other sectors to generate revenue to drive the process of sustainable development.

One of such is taking advantage of the global upsurge of energy transition to develop its solid minerals sector.

A German company, Geoscan, conducted a preliminary survey which revealed Nigeria has a d
eposit of an estimate of N750 billion dollars worth of solid minerals underground, of which a quarter had not been harnessed.

To tow the path of exploring opportunities of these solid minerals, when President Bola took over the helm of the country on May 29, 2923, he promised to revamp the sector to improve the economic profile of the country.

His Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, said the sector targets contributing 50 per cent to Nigeria`s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), through its repositioning.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the mining and quarrying sector contributed 4.47 per cent to the overall GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 during the period Tinubu took over.

One of the eight key presidential priority areas is `to unlock energy and natural resources for sustainable development`, but achieving the feat requires attracting foreign direct investment and sanitising the sector.

Nigeria prides itself in possessing the critical minerals required for energy tr
ansition in commercial quantities across its states, which it must leverage upon to facilitate local development of its economy, especially in creating job opportunities and infrastructure development.

To attract big players in harnessing these minerals, the government need to put in place friendly policies and initiatives.

But while the Tinubu`s administration is removing impediments to the ease of doing business and strives to attract foreign direct investment to its minerals, it must deal with one of the major challenges bedevilling the sector, which is illegal mining.

Illegal mining is the extraction of minerals or other geological materials without following the proper procedures which includes the necessary permits, licences or regulatory approvals to participate in the activity.

Stakeholders say illegal mining is fuelled by insecurity in the mining environment, and is an act of economic sabotage depriving Nigeria of improved revenue.

Similarly, Alake described illegal mining as a hydra headed mons
ter, which scourge violates the legal restrictions against mining in public institutions such as national parks and educational institutions, religious centres or community properties.

He further explained that illegal mining is not just unlicenced mining, but it covers licenced miners operating with invalid licences or licenced miners operating outside their coordinates or mining minerals not approved in their licences.

When he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on Solid Minerals to defend the ministry`s 2024 budget estimate, he decried the rate of insecurity in the mining industry.

He said that the situation was impeding the sector from generating the requisite revenue, and also alleged that illegal miners are the sponsors of banditry and terrorism in the country, which must be addressed for the sector to thrive.

He said that the Nigerian economy is in dire need of rapid economic growth through the solid minerals sector given the limitless value the sector can provide, but the activi
ties of illegal miners have made the mining environment insecure for investors.

To check the menace, the ministry adopted a dual -pronged approach comprising of both coercive and persuasive measures being concurrently implemented to get the desired result to combat illegal mining.

The persuasive method involves formalising artisanal and illegal miners into cooperatives, and since the policy, more than 150 cooperatives have been established so far.

‘Recall that on the occasion of the declaration of the Seven Point Agenda, I gave illegal miners 30-day deadline to join co-operatives.

‘This was later extended to 60 days. It is gratifying to note that between September 2023 and March, 2024, the Ministry registered 152 new cooperatives, ‘ the minister said.

The move is aimed at easily identifying the miners through the cooperative to check illegality, and also enhance their business.

For the coercive approach, a Presidential Inter-Ministerial Committee was established on Jan.17, to produce a blue print for se
curing Nigeria`s natural resources, which comprised of mineral sites, marine economy and forests.

The committee was expanded to include security agencies aimed at producing comprehensive strategies to address illegal mining, which led to the establishment of the Mining Marshal Corp, an inter-agency security outfit to secure the mining environment.

The agency has 2, 220 personnel, who have been specially trained as a rapid response squad and deployed across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Alake at the recent Ministerial Sectoral Update on the performance of the Tinubu`s administration, said the corp has brought instant succour to investors, who, hitherto, watched helplessly while their cadastral units were pillaged by bandits and illegal miners.

‘Many investors are besieging the ministry with desperate requests for intervention and we are responding with appropriate rapidity.

‘Efforts to improve the kit and armoury of the Mining Marshals will enable us to increase the fleet, expand
the field of operations and combat effectively the rarely restricted operations of illegal miners.

‘The expected impact is that more miners will resume legal operations, increase mineral exploitation, pay appropriate royalty and encourage more investors to come, convinced of the security of the mining environment and the establishment of Law and order,’ he said.

He said that plans are ongoing for other security sister agencies to integrate their officers in to the outfit structure across the country for robust output.

Alake said that the establishment of the Marshals has enabled the Mines Surveillance teams to concentrate on intelligence gathering to track and monitor illegal miners for apprehension and prosecution.

According to him, the development is a major achievement as records show that no fewer than 133 persons are currently being prosecuted for illegal mining notably in Cross River, Kogi, Oyo, Gombe, Taraba and Niger.

While these efforts have been acknowledged by stakeholders in the sector, exper
ts recommend digitisation of informal or illegal miners, where they would have identity cards that government can use for their identification.

Other stakeholders observe that while the Marshal Corp has been established to tackle insecurity and illegal activities at mining sites, there is a need for the government to make provisions for their back up in dealing with violators.

This they say is crucial, as most illegal miners are linked to banditry where sophisticated weaponry is used.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tinubu`s administration`s efforts in combating illegal mining


Nigeria has been operating a monocultural economy for decades since the discovery of oil in 1956, relying on it to fund its development.

The result is that other sectors of the economy would not receive the needed attention for their growth, posing a worrying obstacle to economic diversification.

While various administrations in the past years struggled to change the trend, observers say the impact is yet to be reflected in the economy, and more political will is needed to achieve the feat.

The country is faced with the reality of building its resilience for the future, especially as the demand for oil is expected to decline, resulting in a loss in its value.

In building this resilience, it must leverage on opportunities in other sectors to generate revenue to drive the process of sustainable development.

One of such is taking advantage of the global upsurge of energy transition to develop its solid minerals sector.

A German company, Geoscan, conducted a preliminary survey which revealed Nigeria has a d
eposit of an estimate of N750 billion dollars worth of solid minerals underground, of which a quarter had not been harnessed.

To tow the path of exploring opportunities of these solid minerals, when President Bola took over the helm of the country on May 29, 2923, he promised to revamp the sector to improve the economic profile of the country.

His Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, said the sector targets contributing 50 per cent to Nigeria`s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), through its repositioning.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the mining and quarrying sector contributed 4.47 per cent to the overall GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 during the period Tinubu took over.

One of the eight key presidential priority areas is `to unlock energy and natural resources for sustainable development`, but achieving the feat requires attracting foreign direct investment and sanitising the sector.

Nigeria prides itself in possessing the critical minerals required for energy tr
ansition in commercial quantities across its states, which it must leverage upon to facilitate local development of its economy, especially in creating job opportunities and infrastructure development.

To attract big players in harnessing these minerals, the government need to put in place friendly policies and initiatives.

But while the Tinubu`s administration is removing impediments to the ease of doing business and strives to attract foreign direct investment to its minerals, it must deal with one of the major challenges bedevilling the sector, which is illegal mining.

Illegal mining is the extraction of minerals or other geological materials without following the proper procedures which includes the necessary permits, licences or regulatory approvals to participate in the activity.

Stakeholders say illegal mining is fuelled by insecurity in the mining environment, and is an act of economic sabotage depriving Nigeria of improved revenue.

Similarly, Alake described illegal mining as a hydra headed mons
ter, which scourge violates the legal restrictions against mining in public institutions such as national parks and educational institutions, religious centres or community properties.

He further explained that illegal mining is not just unlicenced mining, but it covers licenced miners operating with invalid licences or licenced miners operating outside their coordinates or mining minerals not approved in their licences.

When he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on Solid Minerals to defend the ministry`s 2024 budget estimate, he decried the rate of insecurity in the mining industry.

He said that the situation was impeding the sector from generating the requisite revenue, and also alleged that illegal miners are the sponsors of banditry and terrorism in the country, which must be addressed for the sector to thrive.

He said that the Nigerian economy is in dire need of rapid economic growth through the solid minerals sector given the limitless value the sector can provide, but the activi
ties of illegal miners have made the mining environment insecure for investors.

To check the menace, the ministry adopted a dual -pronged approach comprising of both coercive and persuasive measures being concurrently implemented to get the desired result to combat illegal mining.

The persuasive method involves formalising artisanal and illegal miners into cooperatives, and since the policy, more than 150 cooperatives have been established so far.

‘Recall that on the occasion of the declaration of the Seven Point Agenda, I gave illegal miners 30-day deadline to join co-operatives.

‘This was later extended to 60 days. It is gratifying to note that between September 2023 and March, 2024, the Ministry registered 152 new cooperatives, ‘ the minister said.

The move is aimed at easily identifying the miners through the cooperative to check illegality, and also enhance their business.

For the coercive approach, a Presidential Inter-Ministerial Committee was established on Jan.17, to produce a blue print for se
curing Nigeria`s natural resources, which comprised of mineral sites, marine economy and forests.

The committee was expanded to include security agencies aimed at producing comprehensive strategies to address illegal mining, which led to the establishment of the Mining Marshal Corp, an inter-agency security outfit to secure the mining environment.

The agency has 2, 220 personnel, who have been specially trained as a rapid response squad and deployed across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Alake at the recent Ministerial Sectoral Update on the performance of the Tinubu`s administration, said the corp has brought instant succour to investors, who, hitherto, watched helplessly while their cadastral units were pillaged by bandits and illegal miners.

‘Many investors are besieging the ministry with desperate requests for intervention and we are responding with appropriate rapidity.

‘Efforts to improve the kit and armoury of the Mining Marshals will enable us to increase the fleet, expand
the field of operations and combat effectively the rarely restricted operations of illegal miners.

‘The expected impact is that more miners will resume legal operations, increase mineral exploitation, pay appropriate royalty and encourage more investors to come, convinced of the security of the mining environment and the establishment of Law and order,’ he said.

He said that plans are ongoing for other security sister agencies to integrate their officers in to the outfit structure across the country for robust output.

Alake said that the establishment of the Marshals has enabled the Mines Surveillance teams to concentrate on intelligence gathering to track and monitor illegal miners for apprehension and prosecution.

According to him, the development is a major achievement as records show that no fewer than 133 persons are currently being prosecuted for illegal mining notably in Cross River, Kogi, Oyo, Gombe, Taraba and Niger.

While these efforts have been acknowledged by stakeholders in the sector, exper
ts recommend digitisation of informal or illegal miners, where they would have identity cards that government can use for their identification.

Other stakeholders observe that while the Marshal Corp has been established to tackle insecurity and illegal activities at mining sites, there is a need for the government to make provisions for their back up in dealing with violators.

This they say is crucial, as most illegal miners are linked to banditry where sophisticated weaponry is used.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Mining firm donates 3,000 sanitary pads to schoolgirls in Obuasi

Underground Mining Alliance (UMA), a subcontractor of AngloGold Ashanti, has donated 3,000 sanitary towels to girls at the Abdullam Orphanage and eight other schools at Obuasi.

The donation forms part of efforts by the company to promote safe menstruation among girls as the world marks Menstrual Hygiene Day on the theme ‘Together for a Period Friendly World.’

The beneficiary schools included Artic School, Asonkore M/A school, Pomposo MA school, Ahmadiyya school, Top Angels, Freedom Academy, St Margaret School and the 31st of December School at Bogobiri.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed globally on May 28, every year as an annual awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management on the global level.

Mr. Darren Howard, Project Manager of UMA, said the company was aware of the challenges many girls were confronted with during menstruation and that the donation was the company’s little contribution to make them comfortable during that period.

‘We are not oblivious to what some girls go through during menstruation.

Some decide to stay out of school while others battle with stigmatisation, so we came around to motivate and support them on how to tackle issues of menstruation’, he said.

Ms. Yvonne Asabere, Training Coordinator of the company, said the donation also sought to inspire the pupils to recognise the need to stay safe and observe clean menstruation.

She emphasised that menstruation was warning sign that the girls could easily get pregnant when they indulge in unprotected sex.

‘We came with female engineers as role models to motivate the girls to have confidence and trust in their abilities and I believe it will encourage them to aspire to climb the academic ladder,’ she observed.

Mr. Lawrence Turkson, the National Project Manager, said the company had been supporting female related activities and women empowerment programmes over the years as a company committed to promoting the development of women.

The company, he noted, aligned with the global ambition to attain a period friendly world, and advised young girls to remain confident even in the face of stigmatisation during menstruation.

Ms. Sarah Appiah, a Midwife at the AGA Health Foundation who was the resource person, took participants through the four phases of the menstrual cycle.

She demonstrated the proper way to wear sanitary pad and advised the girls to prioritise personal hygiene, especially during menstruation.

Mr. Richard Obeng, the Assembly Member for Pomposo Asonkore Electoral Area, commended the company for the support which he said was a huge relief for most of the girls.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the media, lauded the company for the donation, admitting that some of them really struggled to access the product during menstruation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mining firm donates 3,000 sanitary pads to schoolgirls in Obuasi

Underground Mining Alliance (UMA), a subcontractor of AngloGold Ashanti, has donated 3,000 sanitary towels to girls at the Abdullam Orphanage and eight other schools at Obuasi.

The donation forms part of efforts by the company to promote safe menstruation among girls as the world marks Menstrual Hygiene Day on the theme ‘Together for a Period Friendly World.’

The beneficiary schools included Artic School, Asonkore M/A school, Pomposo MA school, Ahmadiyya school, Top Angels, Freedom Academy, St Margaret School and the 31st of December School at Bogobiri.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed globally on May 28, every year as an annual awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management on the global level.

Mr. Darren Howard, Project Manager of UMA, said the company was aware of the challenges many girls were confronted with during menstruation and that the donation was the company’s little contribution to make them comfortable during that period.

‘We are not oblivious to what some girls go through during menstruation.

Some decide to stay out of school while others battle with stigmatisation, so we came around to motivate and support them on how to tackle issues of menstruation’, he said.

Ms. Yvonne Asabere, Training Coordinator of the company, said the donation also sought to inspire the pupils to recognise the need to stay safe and observe clean menstruation.

She emphasised that menstruation was warning sign that the girls could easily get pregnant when they indulge in unprotected sex.

‘We came with female engineers as role models to motivate the girls to have confidence and trust in their abilities and I believe it will encourage them to aspire to climb the academic ladder,’ she observed.

Mr. Lawrence Turkson, the National Project Manager, said the company had been supporting female related activities and women empowerment programmes over the years as a company committed to promoting the development of women.

The company, he noted, aligned with the global ambition to attain a period friendly world, and advised young girls to remain confident even in the face of stigmatisation during menstruation.

Ms. Sarah Appiah, a Midwife at the AGA Health Foundation who was the resource person, took participants through the four phases of the menstrual cycle.

She demonstrated the proper way to wear sanitary pad and advised the girls to prioritise personal hygiene, especially during menstruation.

Mr. Richard Obeng, the Assembly Member for Pomposo Asonkore Electoral Area, commended the company for the support which he said was a huge relief for most of the girls.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the media, lauded the company for the donation, admitting that some of them really struggled to access the product during menstruation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda and FCT civil servants experience


President Bola Tinubu-led administration has made it clear that its priority is to renew Nigeria’s hope and renew citizens’ trust in the government towards building a prosperous Nigeria.

This, according to the president, will require a bold and ambitious agenda that addresses the root causes of our problems and builds a more prosperous, secure, and equitable future for all Nigerians.

Tinubu, therefore, based his renewed hope agenda on eight priority areas namely, food security; poverty eradication; growth; job creation; access to capital; inclusion; rule of law; and fighting corruption.

These ambitious goals, however, require the unflagging commitment of the members of Tinubu’s cabinet, to ensure that the vision was not only achieved, but the hope of Nigerians renewed and confidence in the government rebuilt.

‘I believe in the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of President Bola Tinubu, and Nigerians will see the difference in no distant time,’

These were the words of Mr Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital T
erritory (FCT), while receiving handing over notes from Mr Adesola Olusade, the immediate past Permanent Secretary of the FCTA.

Wike, however, noted that not much would be achieved without the support of the workers of the FCT Administration.

But how could the FCT workers provide the needed support without motivation, welfare, and career progression?

Unlike other workers in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, workers in the FCTA could only get to the position of a director and retire, because FCTA do not have a Civil Service Commission (CSC).

This means that, unlike their counterparts in other ministries, workers in FCT could not get to the peak of their career by becoming a permanent secretary.

In fact, permanent secretaries were being posted to FCTA by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Often, these permanent secretaries were juniors to some of the directors in the FCTA.

This was disturbing even when the National Assembly had passed a Bill for the establishment of CSC for the
FCT and was assented into law by the then acting President Yemi Osibanjo in 2018.

But the law was locked away in cupboards and shelves and growing dust, with no efforts to implement its provision by the previous administration.

Analysts opined that this development did not only kill the morale of the workers, but also stole their motivation and the willingness to give their best to the Administration.

Realising the negative impact this could have in actualising the vision of President Tinubu, through his renewed hope agenda, Wike immediately took steps to address the challenge.

Against all odds, the minister, on Oct. 13, 2023, announced President Tinubu’s approval for the establishment of CSC for the FCTA, in line with the provisions of the law.

This was to allow career progression for civil servants in the Administration.

‘That hindrance to the workers’ career development has been removed with this development,’ he said.

Head of Federal Capital Territory Civil Service, Dr Udo Atang .

On receiving the
news, the elated FCT workers, in their numbers, stormed the Minister’s Wing of the FCTA Secretariat, praising Wike and Tinubu for taking the bold step to implement the FCT CSC Establishment Act, 2018.

Mr Korede Matilukoro, the then President of the Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC), the umbrella body of FCTA workers, said, ‘this singular act has put smiles on the faces of the workers.’

Matilukoro pointed out that since 2004, the staff of FCTA had been deprived of becoming permanent secretaries, adding that Wike took the issue and within a month, secured President Tinubu’s approval for the implementation of the law.

But the excitement did not last long when a few days after, the Officer of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, announced the redeployment of Dr Magdalene Ajani from Transportation Ministry to FCTA.

Ajani was to replace the then PS, Mr Olusade Adesola, who was to retire on Jan. 29, but the workers rejected the action, describing it as faulty, and called for the full implementation of
the FCT CSC Law.

Responding to the workers’ outcry, Wike ran to President Tinubu, halted the deployment of Ajani and on March 12, announced Tinubu’s approval for the appointment of Mr Udo Atang, as pioneer Head of Civil Service of the FCTA.

The minister also announced the appointment of 10 Permanent Secretaries for various Secretariats of the Administration as provided for in the FCT Civil Service Law, 2018.

Mr Emeka Ezeh was appointed the Chairman of the Commission’s Board, with six others as commissioners, representing the six geopolitical zones.

The excited pioneer head of FCT civil service, described the development as a demonstration of the reality of the renewed hope agenda of the Tinubu-led government.

Commending Tinubu and Wike for renewing the hope of FCT workers, Atang pointed out that the staff of the Administration have never had it this good.

He added that in the new FCTA system, every member of staff was a potential permanent secretary and head of service.

‘I am also a beneficiary of beco
ming a Permanent Secretary, a son of nobody, rising to the peak of my career when I know nobody except God.

‘We never expected that such things could happen to us.

‘In terms of the aspiration of reaching your peak. I am one of the shining examples that somebody can be a Permanent Secretary in the FCT,’ Dr Babagana Adam, the pioneer Permanent Secretary, Health Services and Environmental Secretariat of the FCTA, has said.

Similarly, the current President of JUAC, Mrs Rifkatu Lortyer, expressed optimism for a cordial working relationship with Wike, for demonstrating high regards for workers and their welfare.

‘So far, he is towing the right direction because the civil service commission had been our fight for a very long time.

‘We have put one or two requests, and he has answered us. Every one of our requests is being considered; that is the most important thing,’ Lortye said.

By and large, public analysts cautioned that now that Tinubu has actualised the long struggle for the FCT CSC, it was only fair tha
t the workers pay back by being committed and work for the actualisation of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda and FCT civil servants experience


President Bola Tinubu-led administration has made it clear that its priority is to renew Nigeria’s hope and renew citizens’ trust in the government towards building a prosperous Nigeria.

This, according to the president, will require a bold and ambitious agenda that addresses the root causes of our problems and builds a more prosperous, secure, and equitable future for all Nigerians.

Tinubu, therefore, based his renewed hope agenda on eight priority areas namely, food security; poverty eradication; growth; job creation; access to capital; inclusion; rule of law; and fighting corruption.

These ambitious goals, however, require the unflagging commitment of the members of Tinubu’s cabinet, to ensure that the vision was not only achieved, but the hope of Nigerians renewed and confidence in the government rebuilt.

‘I believe in the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of President Bola Tinubu, and Nigerians will see the difference in no distant time,’

These were the words of Mr Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital T
erritory (FCT), while receiving handing over notes from Mr Adesola Olusade, the immediate past Permanent Secretary of the FCTA.

Wike, however, noted that not much would be achieved without the support of the workers of the FCT Administration.

But how could the FCT workers provide the needed support without motivation, welfare, and career progression?

Unlike other workers in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, workers in the FCTA could only get to the position of a director and retire, because FCTA do not have a Civil Service Commission (CSC).

This means that, unlike their counterparts in other ministries, workers in FCT could not get to the peak of their career by becoming a permanent secretary.

In fact, permanent secretaries were being posted to FCTA by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Often, these permanent secretaries were juniors to some of the directors in the FCTA.

This was disturbing even when the National Assembly had passed a Bill for the establishment of CSC for the
FCT and was assented into law by the then acting President Yemi Osibanjo in 2018.

But the law was locked away in cupboards and shelves and growing dust, with no efforts to implement its provision by the previous administration.

Analysts opined that this development did not only kill the morale of the workers, but also stole their motivation and the willingness to give their best to the Administration.

Realising the negative impact this could have in actualising the vision of President Tinubu, through his renewed hope agenda, Wike immediately took steps to address the challenge.

Against all odds, the minister, on Oct. 13, 2023, announced President Tinubu’s approval for the establishment of CSC for the FCTA, in line with the provisions of the law.

This was to allow career progression for civil servants in the Administration.

‘That hindrance to the workers’ career development has been removed with this development,’ he said.

Head of Federal Capital Territory Civil Service, Dr Udo Atang .

On receiving the
news, the elated FCT workers, in their numbers, stormed the Minister’s Wing of the FCTA Secretariat, praising Wike and Tinubu for taking the bold step to implement the FCT CSC Establishment Act, 2018.

Mr Korede Matilukoro, the then President of the Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC), the umbrella body of FCTA workers, said, ‘this singular act has put smiles on the faces of the workers.’

Matilukoro pointed out that since 2004, the staff of FCTA had been deprived of becoming permanent secretaries, adding that Wike took the issue and within a month, secured President Tinubu’s approval for the implementation of the law.

But the excitement did not last long when a few days after, the Officer of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, announced the redeployment of Dr Magdalene Ajani from Transportation Ministry to FCTA.

Ajani was to replace the then PS, Mr Olusade Adesola, who was to retire on Jan. 29, but the workers rejected the action, describing it as faulty, and called for the full implementation of
the FCT CSC Law.

Responding to the workers’ outcry, Wike ran to President Tinubu, halted the deployment of Ajani and on March 12, announced Tinubu’s approval for the appointment of Mr Udo Atang, as pioneer Head of Civil Service of the FCTA.

The minister also announced the appointment of 10 Permanent Secretaries for various Secretariats of the Administration as provided for in the FCT Civil Service Law, 2018.

Mr Emeka Ezeh was appointed the Chairman of the Commission’s Board, with six others as commissioners, representing the six geopolitical zones.

The excited pioneer head of FCT civil service, described the development as a demonstration of the reality of the renewed hope agenda of the Tinubu-led government.

Commending Tinubu and Wike for renewing the hope of FCT workers, Atang pointed out that the staff of the Administration have never had it this good.

He added that in the new FCTA system, every member of staff was a potential permanent secretary and head of service.

‘I am also a beneficiary of beco
ming a Permanent Secretary, a son of nobody, rising to the peak of my career when I know nobody except God.

‘We never expected that such things could happen to us.

‘In terms of the aspiration of reaching your peak. I am one of the shining examples that somebody can be a Permanent Secretary in the FCT,’ Dr Babagana Adam, the pioneer Permanent Secretary, Health Services and Environmental Secretariat of the FCTA, has said.

Similarly, the current President of JUAC, Mrs Rifkatu Lortyer, expressed optimism for a cordial working relationship with Wike, for demonstrating high regards for workers and their welfare.

‘So far, he is towing the right direction because the civil service commission had been our fight for a very long time.

‘We have put one or two requests, and he has answered us. Every one of our requests is being considered; that is the most important thing,’ Lortye said.

By and large, public analysts cautioned that now that Tinubu has actualised the long struggle for the FCT CSC, it was only fair tha
t the workers pay back by being committed and work for the actualisation of Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Health professionals urged to work in accordance with stipulated laws

Sir Justice Professor Dennis Dominic Adjei, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, has stressed the need for health professionals to work in accordance with stipulated laws, to avoid issues with dire consequences on human lives and their professions

He said since human rights were basic and each of them – caregivers and patients, needed to exhibit acts of kindness to foster peace and prevent blunders, it was important for patients and health workers to respect each other to be able to offer the needed assistance.

Speaking at a seminar in Kumasi, to deliberate on issues emerging from the conduct of health professionals and patients, Sir Justice Adjei, pointed out that, per the laws, patients must consent to bodily contacts by a medical professional to avoid bringing an action against the facility and health practitioner for battery.

The seminar was organized by Patient Rights (PR) Watch Ghana, an NGO dedicated to protecting and advancing the constitutional and statutory rights of patients in Ghana.

Among the topics discussed were medical ethics, standard of care and patients’ rights in the context of traditional/herbal practice in Ghana in the 21st century, the menace of medical negligence and the role of Patient Charter in assisting the Medical and Dental Council to confront the challenge.

Also, presentations were made on nurse-patient conflict and analysis of the medico-legal implications of patients’ rights and responsibilities; its justifiability and relevance as a tool to combat patients’ rights abuses.

Sir Justice Adjei, giving typical hospital instances, noted that there were categories of health professionals, and a member of each of the health professionals might meet a patient who visited the facility to seek medical treatment.

‘Immediately one goes to a hospital, one may get the personal details recorded and the negligence starts from that point.

A name may be misspelled and another person bearing the same may respond to the other person’s name.

The drug of these two individuals may be changed, and these have a tendency of causing grave consequences on the health of patient,’ he cited.

He called on health professionals to be diligent in their duties to avoid unnecessary mistakes which could have dire consequences for the patient and the facility.

Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, Ashanti Regional Director of Health Service, said constant advocacies on these issues could help correct the wrongs in the health sector.

He pointed out that medico-legal issues were rampant with the Ashanti Region alone having 52 cases on hand at present.

Mr. Isaac Ofori Gyeabour, President and Founder, Patient Rights Watch Ghana, said patient charter was crucial to safeguarding the rights of patients and standardizing healthcare delivery, but had sadly been shrouded since its passage.

Going forward, he believed that educating health professionals about the legal implications of their work and empowering ordinary patients with knowledge about their rights were key.

Source: Ghana News Agency