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CREATING LEVEL PLAYING GROUND FOR NIGERA’S HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

I was in the United States of Nigeria recently and I felt that I needed to go to the clinic. My sister inlaw booked an appointment. When I arrived, I was warmly  received by a receptionist who gave me a form to fill. He was neatly dressed and after collecting my data, ushered me into a room. Soon afterwards a lady walked into the room to take my vital signs- blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature.Thishealthcare professional who I got to know was a nurse was decently dressed in a white over coat. But at first he could have passed as a medical doctor. He asked me a few questions and got me ready to see the physician. A few minutes after, the medical doctor also walked in wearing a white overall. He took his time to examine me, asking questions . At some point, he asked me to undress for a thorough physical examination.  Then he left. Thereafter some one I suspected must be a health technologist walked in with an ECG machine and  strapped some wires on my chest. When he finished, he l…

WHY HAVE THEY THROWN AMBODE INTO THE LAGOS LAGOON?

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Many Nigerians will remember the story of the threat which the Oba of Lagos was said to have issued to Ndigbo who lived in Lagos during the 2015 political season. Those who decide what happens in Lagos State were in great panic. They looked into their crystal balls and found that a majority of Ndigbo in Lagos had planned to vote for Jimmy Agbaje of PDP as governor of Lagos. All the political principalities in APC in Lagos went berserk. What to do? Oba of Lagos was recruited. He summoned some of the so called Eze Ndigbo in Lagos and issued the infamous threat. They must vote for Ambode of APC or they better be prepared to be thrown into the Lagos Lagoon. It was a desperate situation that demanded desperate action. Ambode went on to win the election. I do not know if the threat succeeded in frightening the Igbo Lagosians into voting for Ambode in order to stay alive or if it did not. But that threat actually awakened the Igbo, both in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria. When later in 2017, t…

THE INCONCLUSIVE CONCLUDED ELECTION

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There are ominous signs in the air. Seeds of instability are being sown and we seem to be watching helplessly. I held my breadth as I watched concluded election transit to inconclusive and the concluded return to inconclusive. On Saturday 22nd September 2018, Osun people went to vote for who would take over from Comrade Rauf Aregbosola as their governor. Rauf who became "popular" for owing arrears of workers' salaries was completing his very tumultuous tenure. It was a hotly contested election with an unprecedented number of parties-about 38 fielding candidates for the elections.                                                                                                                            
Everybody expected the competition to be fierce and so it was. The elections closed and were counted at the different pooling booths. Then collation started at ward levels and was concluded. Then it moved on to the Local Government Collation Centres and was concluded. The LG…

GOODWILL MESSGAE TO ALL NIGERIAN PHARMACISTS ON WORLD PHARMACISTS' DAY

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My dear professional colleagues

It is my great pleasure to send this goodwill message to all Nigerian Pharmacists on the occasion of the celebration of the World Pharmacists' Day holding today, 25th September 2018. It is exciting that the different branches, technical and interest groups have outlined several programs to commemorate this day. I pray that as we reach out on this special day to the community, the Good Lord will empower and enrich us all greatly and grant us very successful celebrations.

Taking into cognizance the theme of this year's exercise: PHARMACIST, YOUR MEDICINES' EXPERT, I must say that the time has come indeed for us to push this subject as we face competition from all and sundry in the handling and management of medicines in Nigeria. Despite the great efforts of our leaders over  90 years that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has existed, there still exists some confusion in the minds of the people on who the real experts and custodians of me…

NIGERIA : A FAKE NATION OR A NATION OF FAKES?

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Nigeria is an intriguing nation. A 58- year adult nation that is still crawling like a toddler, while most of its mates are running on sure feet. Many people including political, traditional and religious leaders have expressed their bewilderment with Nigeria's chronic inability to truly rise. Never mind that a tiny minority including some who earn 12 billion Naira as annual dividend will argue differently that Nigeria is rising. Many ordinary folks in Nigeria have raised their hands in desperation as they find themselves daily pushed into poverty despite their best efforts.This is evidenced by the fact that Nigeria the seventh most populous nation with a 'tiny' population of about 198 million People has become the global poverty headquarters,beating India( with a population of over 1.2 billion ) according to the Brookings Institution. Nigeria is said to have  87 million of its citizens in extreme poverty as today and according to Melinda Gates foundation, this number may…

RESTRUCTING NIGERIA MAY NOT BE ENOUGH!

Recently, it was reported that Vice President Osinbajo (VPO) had a different view from former Vice President Atiku (FVPA) concerning the type of restructuring that Nigeria needed. While VPO only wanted fiscal restructuring, FVPA wanted both fiscal and geographical restructuring. I must say at the outset, that it is a good thing that both political leaders are agreed that Nigeria needs restructuring, unlike some other political leaders who say all is well and do not see any need to restructure.

For me, I do not only agree that Nigeria should be restructured geographically and fiscally but I believe that Nigeria should be reinvented. This is because a broken bottle can not be repaired, patched or amended. It just has to be re moulded. The breaking of the Country did not start today. It did not start with this Government, nor the one before,not even the one before that, though some elements in these governments have contributed in some way in the breaking of the Country. In my view, the …

GOOD CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, MTN & NIGERIA

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The giant telecommunication company MTN has been in the news lately. Of course it is good for a corporate organization to be in the news, but it must be for good reasons. A few days ago, MTN was on National news for illegal money transfer. The CBN accused MTN of transferring foreign exchange illegally out of the Country and asked it to refund the sum of 8.1  billion dollars it allegedly transferred. When I first heard this news of illegal transfer, I shuddered. How did this happen? Was it possible that they bought this huge sum of forex from the Mallam or the unlicensed Bureau De Change? Later I heard the CBN sanctioning some banks for aiding MTN to transfer the money illegally. Then my worry got worse. How come that banks which are licensed to deal in Foreign Exchange are being accused of aiding illegal transfer? Is this a case of illegal transfer of money or a case of the transfer of illegal money? I think that one of these or both of them sound like criminal offence. And if so, does…

PRESIDENTS' HEALTH : MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR NIGERIA'S HEALTH

I believe that I am not alone in feeling distressed about the situation of healthcare in Nigeria. Everywhere you look, the  problems stare you on the face. In the public healthcare space, you face poor infrastructure, old or inoperative equipment and generally poor attitude. Even skill and competency levels are often suspect. If you have taken a seriously ill patient to our public health facilities - be they primary, secondary or tertiary institutions, you will have known that many more people are healed by faith in Nigeria than by medical care. If you go to the private health care institutions, may be infrastructure and equipment may be better but attitude and skills are subject to national averages. Additionally, in all cases, affordability remains a key limiting factor. Since managed care and health insurance are still in their infancy or rather has remained in a state of stultified growth, most Nigerians have to deposit cash before they can be attended to or admitted in hospitals.…

WHY NIGERIA'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS SLOWING DOWN

Ordinarily there should be so much going for Nigeria's economy. Production of crude oil at about 2 million barrels per day at a good price of about 70 dollars per barrel is yielding good foreign exchange for the Nation, helping to boost foreign reserves which today stand at about 47.25 Billion dollars. Inflation has continued to decline steadily over several months coming to the current level of 11.4% as the CBN and its MPC retain monetary policy index at a tight stance. Also some great effort is being made at the economic management level to pursue the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth  plan( NERGP). Additionally, some improved liquidity has been noticed in terms of funding Nigeria's infrastructure projects, combining oil revenue,tax heist with a large dose of debt from sundry sources.

Though the trickle down effect of the budgetary expenditure and policy choices are yet to appropriately reflect on the quality of lives of most Nigerians or on the overall Human development i…

IS THERE A COMMON DESTINY BETWEEN BUHARI & TRUMP?

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I have been in the United States of America attending family events and attempting a vacation. Before I left Nigeria, I was really downcast with the turn of events in Country, especially the show of shame happening in the political circles: rumours of planned decamping, mass decamping and some des-camping; threats of impeachment and attempted impeachments in the midst of worsening insecurity and growing poverty. Nigerian politicians seem to be taking the people for a ride. For me the political environment in the Country was unpleasant especially the high display of impunity and rascality displayed by the security agencies and naturally many people were blaming President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) and his ruling APC Party for fouling the environment. However, when I arrived the USA and turned on the TV and listened to what people were saying about President Donald Trump (PDT), I realized that the social and political environment in the USA was also agitated and for some very unpleasant, tho…