NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today's Thisday Newspaper Headlines [16 May, 2018].

Below are the headlines found on The Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 16 May, 2018.

Wed, 16 May 2018
The federal government on Tuesday warned health workers across the country under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to desist from taking laws into their hands or face deep consequences.

The warning came following reports of tussle between health workers and medical doctors in public health facilities.

In a statement signed by Assistant Director, Federal Ministry of Health, Oshundun Olajide, the government said: “The attention of the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has been drawn to a press briefing addressed by the President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka, in which members of JOHESU are accused of harassing and molesting members of NARD and other medical officers at their respective duty posts.

“The minister was also informed that, JOHESU members were accused of locking- up government health facilities to prevent access to those who are not on strike.
“In view of the above, the minister of health stated that: in as much as members of JOHESU have the right to embark on strike, they do not have the constitutional right to harass other health workers including members of JOHESU who choosed to work and JOHESU members do not have right to lock-up government facilities.”

He added: “The federal government would not accept nor condone any act of irresponsibility and disobedience to constituted authorities, adding that all locked health facilities should be opened immediately to enable the facilities provide required services while negotiation continues.

“The minister further re-iterates that all heads of medical institutions should as a matter of urgency provide adequate security for the working members of staff and any person found disturbing the peace in any health facility should be made to face the law.”

But speaking to THISDAY, JOHESU President, Biobelemoye Josiah, denied that health workers were harrassing medical doctors on duty across health facilities.
He informed THISDAY that “my members cannot do that, they are only trying to monitor the strike. Doctors are not part of our union, so we cannot stop them from doing their work. They are only trying to cover up their weaknesses.

“Now, we are on strike, the strike has been effective, and they have now seen that the relevance of other health workers is coming up. We have the right to strike, we have the right to protest.”

Josiah further accused the minister, of lying against the health workers by insisting that JOHESU members were asking for equal pay with medical doctors.
He explained that there were no plans to call off the nationwide strike, adding that, “it is implementation that we asked for and rather than the minister sitting down to do what he ought to do, he is going on air misleading the people.”

Wed, 16 May 2018
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, on Tuesday disclosed that the federal government had approved the immediate release of N10 billion for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of communities ravaged by Fulani herdsmen-farmers’ crises in Benue and other states.

He also disclosed that the federal government was concerned about the plight of the victims of the crises who are displaced all over the country.
Osinbajo made the statements when he paid a scheduled visit to the camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abagana and Daudu in Makurdi and Guma Local Government Area respectively.

He said he was in the state to represent the president who is worried about the situation in the state.
“There are things that have been identified; first, is security and we want to ensure that the places that have been destroyed are secured. The second thing is to ensure that the displaced persons go back home and their homes are rebuild and the third is for the farmers to return back to their farms and also assist those who are not farmers to also be assisted to start a new lives.”

He assured the people that the funds would be release on time to alleviate the suffering they are passing through.
“l have come to tell you that the government of Nigeria has the capacity to protect you and cater for you and we are deploying more security apparatus to protect you.

Earlier, while briefing the vice president, the Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Emmanuel Shior, said the Abengana IDP camp was opened at the first week of February with a total population of 34,936 IDPs from from Benue and Nasarawa State.
According to Shior, there are 12,041 people in the Abagana camp.

He said the total number of people in the eight camps in the state stands at 175,017.
Adding that the governor of the state has been aiding the camps with food and other item.
The camp Chairman, Mr. Philip Osaser, appealed to the vice president to assist the displaced people to go back home as the conditions in the camp was not the best for the people.

One of the victim at the IDP camp, Angela Audu, appealed to the vice president to make haste to provide security for the people so that they can go back to school and their parents go back to their farming.
In his remark, Governor Samuel Ortom appreciated the vice president and Mr. President for their concerns.

Wed, 16 May 2018
Smile Communications Nigeria Limited’s failure to disclose that it’s Nigerian shareholders have ongoing and challenging debt to a consortium of banks is threatening it’s position as the reserve bidder for the sale of 9mobile. The telco data company has been accused of not only presenting false information in the bidding round but that is now attempting to derail the ongoing sale of the telecoms company by Barclays Africa having lost its attempt to become the preferred bidder.

Unsatisfied with the ongoing bid process, Smile Communications had on May 9, 2018, written the Board of Directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, representing the 13 local banks, the lenders of the $1.2 billion loan to Etisalat, now known as 9mobile,”raising issues after the fact as it desperately seeks to derail the ongoing bid process for the sale of 9mobile to Teleology”, said a source conversant with the transactions.

Smile has alleged that Teleology, the preferred bidder for the sale of 9mobile does not have the financial capacity to buy 9mobile, and that it has all it takes to reposition 9mobile and make it attractive and competitive again, within 90 days, if given the opportunity to acquire 9mobile. Smile Communications assured that the company would inject fresh millions of dollars from foreign financing outside Nigeria into 9mobile to pay off its indebtedness to the banks and any other group the company is indebted to, and we will still have enough to invest in 9mobile and make it competitive.

Despite its promises and threats, it was discovered that Smile Communication Nigerian partners and shareholders are indebted to banks to the tune of $125 million – a material fact they ought to have disclosed at the beginning.
According to reliable sources, Smile Communications got the loan through a consortium of banks including, Afrexim Bank, and in turn routed the loan through a domestic bank, Diamond Bank resulting in the lenders huge non performing loans.

The banks are saying that if shareholders of Smile Communications have the money to buy 9mobile, it should have long paid the banks the money it is owing, “asking why they would replace a bad loan with another bad loan”.

Wed, 16 May 2018
Jonathan Eze President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has called on Nigerians to get enrolled in the ongoing registration for National Identity cards being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The business mogul made the call just as the NIMC disclosed that it has enrolled till date 30 million Nigerians and that []The post Dangote Lists Economic Benefits of National Identity Card appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja The stakeholders in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State under the aegis of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance have petitioned the Amnesty International(AI) over recent cases of killings, kidnappings and cattle rustlings. In a 19-page petition made available yesterday through PRNigeria in Abuja, the stakeholders regretted that the []The post Birnin-Gwari Community Petitions Amnesty International over Killings appeared first on THISDAYLI 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Ex-president's aide calls for Magu's sack Obinna Chima Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has denied any interference in the failure of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to properly govern Osun State. The spokesman of the former president, Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday, said the governor should take full responsibility of the failure []The post Hold Yourself Responsible for Your Failure, Jonathan Tells Aregbesola appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Chinedu Eze The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed Nigerian airlines, especially those operating international and regional destinations to be vigilant in the screening of passengers before they are allowed to board flights to the country. This is aimed at preventing travellers who have Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from coming to Nigeria. NCAA gave []The post Ebola: NCAA Demands Vigilance from Airlines appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The Nigerian military has made a final push for Boko Haram terrorists as it launched Operation Last Hold to uproot the group from their known enclaves in and around the Lake Chad Basin. After the group was uprooted from the Sambisa Forest about a year and a half ago, they regrouped []The post Military Launches Operation Last Hold in Final Push against Boko Haram appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
NPDC's contribution to output put at 4.9% Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has indicated that more oil was produced by Nigeria in 2017 from the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) it has with international oil companies (IOCs) in the country. According to the latest monthly operations and financial reports of the []The post NNPC Report: Nigeria Produced More Oil in 2017 from PSC Leases appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 

Wed, 16 May 2018
John Shiklam in Kaduna The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were yesterday arraigned before the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna. The Kaduna State Government had filed a fresh eight-count charge against the duo and two others for, among others []The post Shiite Leader, Sheikh Zakzaky Arraigned for Murder in Kaduna appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. 
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