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Minister calls for more PPP initiative to achieve universal health coverage

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has called for the improved and continuous partnership between the private sector and the government towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Ehanire made this call during a virtual Annual General Meeting and 30th anniversary of the Guild of Medical Directors, Lagos Chapter,  on Saturday.

The theme was ‘Post COVID Era: Economics and Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’ challenges the abysmal state of the healthcare and impact of the pandemic on the economy.

Market infernos: NAICOM wants MSMEs to key into micro insurance policies

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has reiterated the need for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to key into the micro insurance policy to mitigate the burden of loss during crisis in business.

Mr Rasaaq Salami, the spokesperson for the commission, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.

Salami was reacting to the increasing number of fire outbreak in some markets and the safety of small businesses across the country.

He disclosed that micro insurance packages were simple, affordable and accessible.

HMO Seeks Policies to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

The Chief Executive Officer Managed Healthcare Services, a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), Dr Patrick Korie, has urged Federal Government to adopt strategies and policies that would enable the nation to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Korie made the call on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said UHC aims at ensuring that all people have access to needed healthcare services including preventive, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care irrespective of financial status.

Johnson Sirleaf Wins $5m Mo Ibrahim Leadership Prize

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia has been named as the winner of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Prize of $5million.

She joins Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007) as an Ibrahim Prize Laureate.

Nelson Mandela was made the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.

Sirleaf was named the 2017 winner by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation today following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee.

Nigerian Air Force to Start Oxygen Production

The Nigerian Air Force says it is set to begin mass production of oxygen for domestic and other uses before the end of 2017.

Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, the Chief of Air Staff, stated this on Sunday during a routine inspection of some on-going expansion works at the Nigerian Air force Base in Yola.

Oxygen use for pilots and passengers is a pre-requisite in aviation when aircrafts reaches particular altitude and its production is subjected to strict international standards.

2018 Census to Gulp ₦272b –Population Commission

The proposed 2018 national census will cost an estimated N272 billion, the Director-General of the National Population Commission (NPC), Dr Ghaji Bello, has said.

Bello told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the Federal Government was expected to fund the exercise by 51 per cent while the international donor community would fund the remaining 49 per cent.

“The submission we have made to the Federal Government is in the region of N272 billion. But the good thing is that that the N272 billion is not for one single year.

Boko Haram War Gulps $2.6b –Defence Chief

Nigeria spent more than $2.6 billion in 2016 to address the humanitarian challenges caused by Boko Haram terrorists, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has said.

Olonisakin stated this at the meeting of the ‘Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS’ in Washington, D.C.

“After over $2.6 billion was spent by the Nigerian Government to address humanitarian needs in 2016 – more needs were seen when areas were recovered from Boko Haram.

“Many in this room joined us in Oslo, Norway just last February to show support with Nigeria.

FG to Commence Recruitment of 500,000 Unemployed Graduates June 12

In what is the first roll-out of its ₦500b social investment programmes, the Buhari Presidency will start taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named

While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning of next week. Young unemployed Nigerians are advised to visit the website and apply.

We Made Faster Progress in Security by Curbing Corruption in the Military –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in Abuja that corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, President Buhari said that the loss of 14 local government areas to Boko Haram had greatly tarnished the reputation of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Buhari, Hollande, Others for Security Summit in Abuja

In furtherance of on-going efforts by his administration to enhance the security of lives, properties and investments in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, President Muhammadu will host the second Regional Security Summit in Abuja on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Participants in the summit will include President Francois Hollande of France who hosted the first Regional Security Summit in Paris on May 17, 2014.