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Lawan flags off 2021 free medical outreach, animal vaccination in Yobe

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has flagged off at two centres in Yobe State free medical outreach for 2021 for the less privileged who are in need of treatment for some medical conditions but for which they could not afford the cost.

Lawan flagged off the event both at the Specialist Hospital Gashua on Saturday to cover three Local Government Areas(Bade, Jakusko and Yusufari) and also at the Federal Medical Center, Nguru on Sunday to cover the remaining three Local Government Areas(Nguru, Karasuwa and Machina) that make up the Yobe North Senatorial District.

Also on Sunday, the Senate President flagged off free Mass Animal Vaccination for Cattle, Sheep and Goats at Gajammu village, Nguru.

The medical/surgical outreach and animal vaccination were both started in 2017 and have become an annual event.

The medical outreach includes free surgical screening, eye surgeries and free eye glasses, treatment for hernia, fibroids and other gynecological related ailments.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony at the Gashua Center, the Senate President said the event which was the fourth in the series was part of his modest contributions to the society.

Lawan said the Medical Outreach was organised jointly between his Foundation, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan(SAIL) Foundation and Yobe State Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Health and in partnership with medical doctors who are serving in the Specialist Hospital, Gashua and Federal Medical Center, Nguru.

Lawan said “in life, we are supposed to give back to society when we are privileged and when we are serving.

“I consider this as part of my little contributions to the society and this foundation(SAIL), by the Grace of God, will continue to do this even when I’m not serving.

“So it is my special way of saying that I know some people cannot afford the treatment especially the eye sight where surgeries are carried out, glasses are given and some treatment are also given to those who need of treatment.

“Also we intervene in the area of fibroids, in the area of hernia and so on and so forth and I believe that this is an intervention that goes a long way in giving respite, in giving some reliefs to people who suffer from these ailments and most of these ailments are suffered by people who are not able to treat themselves because they lack the wherewithal to treat themselves.

“So we always feel that when we do this we are doing the right thing even though in a little way. This year by the Grace of God, being the fourth, we are going to see additional treatment for people who are suffering from the ailments that we are intervening.”

The Senate President challenged the medical outreach team to conduct researches to see which other ailments or deseases that needed intervention next year.

“We don’t pray that people should have deseases but when it happens, let’s know which areas appear prevalent so that next year we can add to our areas of intervention by the Grace of God,” Lawan said.

The Senate President also announced plan to construct an Intensive Care Unit at the Specialist Hospital Gashua next year so that the facility could be readily made available to those who would need of it.

“We will do that because we believe there is need for Intensive Care Unit so that when people are in need of it, they shouldn’t be left out and allowed to suffer,” Lawan said.

He also charged the medical team to do a constant follow up on the patients to determine the efficacy of the various interventions.

“These surgeries, for those that have already been treated, it’s an opportunity for us to also test on the efficacy of what we do. I have heard many stories of people who have gotten reliefs as a result of our Intervention.

“I pray that the level of efficacy, if it is not 100 percent, we should be aiming at that because it is not enough just to carry out the surgeries but after the surgeries, how many have recovered their sight and I’m sure many have recovered their sight but we should follow up on those we operated upon to see how they recuperate from the surgeries,” Lawan said.

Speaking on Sunday at the Federal Medical Center, Nguru, the Medical Director, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad Musa said several patients who are suffering from different types of diseases that require surgeries are expected to benefit from the medical intervention.

He said the programme covers three major surgical specialities: General surgery, Gynaecology and Ophthalmology.

“I want to assure you that our team of qualified medical personnel are prepared and ready to offer the highest level of qualitative care to the patients all through till they fully recuperate.

“So far, nearly 75 percent of the targeted surgeries have been done and the general mood is of happiness and satisfaction,” Dr. Musa said.

Also while at Nguru, the Senate President commissioned a Skill Acquisition Center named after him and it was handed over to the management of the College of Education and Legal Studies, Nguru.

Just like the one commissioned in Gashua on Saturday, the Center which was facilitated by the Senate President was constructed by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals.

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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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