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NEPZA, foreign medical coys fast-tracking Lekki medical zone’s take-off

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The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) says scores of prospective anchor tenants seeking to establish world class hospitals and pharmaceutical industries in the new Special Medical Free Zone in Lekki area of Lagos signal gradual end to unnecessary medical tourism abroad.

Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, NEPZA Managing Director made the remark while playing host to officials of two foreign Hospital Management Companies, Citizens Health Limited and Brown Brommel Medicals in Abuja.

The two health management companies are to invest in world class hospitals for cancer and kidney respectively.

The NEPZA boss described the development as a realisation of a joint dream, adding that the Authority was working toward using the special medical zones to end decades of medical tourism by Nigerians abroad.

According to him, the frequent and sustained medical trips abroad by citizens continues to hurt the economy badly.

Adesugba explained that the newly approved special medical zone located in Lekki was attracting expected attention.

He further said that the huge area overlooking large body of water and isolated swamps clustered by the Lekki Quadrant of Lagos Free Zone, Lekki Free Zone, Dangote Free Zone Enterprises as well as Alaro City Free Zone made it a hot-spot for investment chains.

Adesugba promised that the Authority was prepared to relax perceived stringent rules to ensure the comfort of anchor tenants, adding that the future gains that could accrued to investors who dared to first explore the zone usually would out-weigh the initial challenges.

“The Special Medical Zone in Lekki will be competitive as we are working toward the concentration of world class hospitals there. We are searching for anchor tenants to drive this revolution. Already, scores of prospective investors have come knocking on our door, so you are welcome to collaborate with us.

“I hope you are aware that the location is one of the best sites in the country with great opportunity for other business chains ranging from transport/logistics, electricity, estate development, tourism/hospitality among others.

“We are also opened to bringing into the zone world class pharmaceutical companies to serve Africa and the rest of the world from Lekki. The prospect of the zone is unimaginable.’’ Adesugba said.

The NEPZA chief executive officer also explained that investors should prospect similar zones in Katsina and Ilorin, saying that the Federal Government was committed to using the special medical/pharmaceutical free zones to drastically reduce medical tourism abroad.

Mr Brain Barnes, Vice President of Brown Brommel Medicals said the company had come to explore the possibility of setting up of an advanced Modern Integrated Diagnostic and Dialysis Center at the zone, adding that the center proposed to sit on 10 hectares of land would also provide sundry medical services.

Barnes, who was represented by Mr Chris Obuekwe, Group Managing Director, said the company was delighted to take advantage of the country’s free trade zone scheme, adding that citizens deserved to enjoy the best of medical services the world could provide.

On her part, Ms Cynthia Okirie, a Director with the Citizen Health Limited said the company aimed at tapping into the free zone incentives to transfer the required health technology and services into the country.

She explained that Citizen Heath Limited UK was known for its proficiency in the treatment and management of cancer, adding that the Lekki special medical free zone would serve as the ideal lunch pad for the improvement of the health sector in Nigeria.

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Airline operators to ground activities over high price of JetA1

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The Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has said it would on Monday suspend operations nationwide.

AON cited increase in price of aviation fuel (JetA1) which cost N700 per litre as reasons to suspend operations Nationwide.

This was contained in a letter by AON President, Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, and sent to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

The AON President lamented that the increase in price of JetA1 has shut up the country’s cost of operations to over 95 percent, thereby, causing hardship on passengers.

The letter read in part: “It is with a great sense of responsibility and patriotism that the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have carried on deploying and subsidizing their services to our highly esteemed Nigerian flying public in the last four months despite the steady and astronomical hike in the price of JetA1 and other operating costs.

“Overtime, aviation fuel price (JetA1) has risen from N190 per litre to N700 currently. No airline in the world can absorb this kind of sudden shock from such an astronomical rise over a short period.

“While aviation fuel worldwide is said to cost about 40% of an airline’s operating cost globally, the present hike has shut up Nigeria’s operating cost to about 95%.

“In the face of this, airlines have engaged the Federal Government, the National Assembly, NNPC and Oil Marketers with the view to bringing the cost of JetA1 down which has currently made the unit cost per seat for a one hour flight in Nigeria today to an average of N120,000.

“The latter cannot be fully passed to passengers who are already experiencing a lot of difficulties.

“To this end therefore, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) hereby wishes to regrettably inform the general public that member airlines will discontinue operations nationwide with effect from Monday, May 9, 2022 until further notice.”

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Buhari Appoints Jaji Olola new CG for Federal Fire Service

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Jaji Olola-Abdulganiyu as the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service, FFS.

A statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the Secretary of the Board Ministry of Interior, Aisha Rufai, said the appointment is with effect from Friday, April 22, 2022.

Until his appointment, Mr Abdulganiyu was the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Administration and Supplies in the Federal Fire Service.

He commenced his career at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as Higher Technical Officer in 1991.

“He held several positions in the Ministry before his redeployment to the Federal Fire Service in 1999.

“Engr. Jaji Olola Abdulganiyu MNSE, MIFire, E, COREN, was born on the 13th August 1965 to the family of Alh. Umar Olola Jaji in Ilorin, Kwara State.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering obtained in 1999 and he is married with children,” the statement noted.

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Breaking News: Alaafin of Oyo is rumoured to have joins the ancestors at 83

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There are unconfirmed rumours that Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has passed on at the age of 83.

Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi allegedly  passed on in the late hours of Friday, 22 April, 2022 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

Alaafin of Oyo is the third from the Alowodu Ruling House.

Sources have it that  remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday, 23 April, 2022 and traditional rites began.

At 83 years is the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

However, the Oyomesi is yet make official statement on the rumoured passage of the highly referred monarch.

Meanwhile Director of Alaafin Media and Publicity Bode Durojaiye has said the rumoured death of the monarch is unfounded.

Below is the statement

Alaafin Oyo RUMOURED DEATH UNFOUNDED

It has come to the notice of the Office of the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo about a fake report making the wave in the social media, by a disgruntled group of bloggers, about the imaginary death of His Imperial Majesty, IKu Baba Yeye, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, the Alaafin of Oyo.

Members of the public are hereby urged to disregard the unfounded report , as the Paramount Ruler is hale and hearty .

Precisely on Monday and Tuesday this week, Oba Adeyemi, accompanied by some of his wives (Ayabas), children, aides and well wishers was at the Durbar Stadium ,Oyo, for physical fitness exercises as usual.

He has neither fallen sick nor rushed to the hospital for any serious ailment, hence he and his family remain agile and active .

The general public should not entertain any fear at all, as IKu Baba Yeye is healthy, physically fit and mentally stable.

Signed
‘Bode Durojaiye, Alaafin’s Media and Publicity Director.

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