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Health insurance underway for senior citizens, retirees – Omokaro

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The National Senior Citizens Centre is packaging a health insurance scheme, to cater for the health needs of senior citizens in the country.
The Director-General of the centre, Dr Emem Omokaro, made the announcement in Abuja on Sunday at an interview session of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Omokaro said that the management of the centre was working currently to enlist stakeholders, who would sponsor the scheme for the benefit of the senior folks.
“Access to a health care is free in some developed countries because someone has paid for it.
“The challenge in Nigeria is not to say that this is free. It is who is paying for the service and how sustainable can the payment be?”
She disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a committee to revise the National Social Protection Policy, to take special care of senior citizens.
“The 2017 National Social Protection Policy has been undergoing revision for nearly a year.
“We have identified all categories of older persons and we have noticed that the policy did not have an implementation working document and there was no cost attached to it.
“It was just a guiding document that the present administration picked and then identified some pillar programmes and embarked on.
“Right now as I speak, the final draft of the policy has been brought to an inter-ministerial committee for review.’’
The director-general pointed out that in some societies senior citizens were given near free medical care, noting however, that whatever that was given free to the senior folks must have been paid for by some sponsors.
Omokaro advised that while doing a comparison of countries one should try to determine if the care provided was by legislation or via a trust fund.
“What is the basic health package? Have they paid for you when you can approach the hospital and ask: can I have surgery, can I check my heart and do full body-check?
“What is the content of the healthcare that is free? So we thank this administration for now embarking on revising the policy.’’
The director-general assured that health insurance, which senior citizens and retirees were not enjoying would soon become a thing of the past.
“After you have retired now, you will realize how much you have over-worked your body and how your body will start demanding something from you. That is when you need your health.”
Omokaro revealed that the ministerial committee, which she was a member of before her current appointment as director-general did a good job of appraising the issues – relating to who pays for healthcare?
“All these questions have been answered in the report which is going to be submitted to the Federal Government soon.
“I know that with the political commitment of this administration, older persons and anybody who retires will soon get the service.’’
She described older citizens as a diverse segment of the population, who should deserve health benefits as their dividend for being citizens of the nation. (NAN)

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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