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JOHESU declares nationwide strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions, which is the umbrella body for health workers in Nigeria, has declared a nationwide strike. JOHESU, in a statement on Sunday, asked its members to withdraw services from midnight of Sunday, September 13, 2020. The statement was titled ‘Notice of 15-day ultimatum/outcome of JOHESU expanded NEC meeting’. The leadership of the health workers had on Friday met with the Federal Government on the industrial action. After the meeting, the unions demanded to consult its members on the agreements reached with the FG and report back to the Ministry of Labour by Saturday, September 12. But in the statement on Sunday, the health workers said the strike would hold as planned, noting that it was necessitated by the inability of the

Health insurance: I-G orders registration of retired officers

Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, directs nationwide registration and capturing of all retired police officers for National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Police IG Mohammed Adamu By Monday Ijeh The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has directed nationwide registration and capturing of all retired police officers for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, said in a statement on Thursday in Abuja that the directive followed approval by the Federal Government to enroll retired police officers on the NHIS. He said the registration would be effective between Sept. 7 and Sept. 23. “With this development, all retired police officers, irrespective of their rank on retirement along with a spouse, will have full access

World Bank Group Exceeds 2020 Climate Finance Target for 3rd Consecutive Year – $21.4 Billion in Funding for Climate Action

Facing a Development Challenge Like No Other As countries struggle with COVID-19, they are also being hit by worsening climate impacts. Already, 2020 looks set to be the hottest year on record, potentially bringing more droughts, floods, and intense storms. All countries – particularly the poorest and most vulnerable – could face the compound impacts of climate change and COVID. Recently, India and Bangladesh were hit by the Category 5 Hurricane Amphan, forcing authorities to handle the competing goals of evacuation and social distancing to keep communities safe. The World Bank Group is committed to supporting developing countries as they respond to the challenges of a changing climate. For the third year in a row, Bank Group lending for climate-related investments exceeded the

Abortion: Seeking exceptions to the Global Gag Rule

Pregnant Woman, Abortion: Seeking exceptions to the Global Gag Rule By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore, News Agency of Nigeria Nana, 14, wakes up petrified. It is 5:30 a.m. She was supposed to be up by 4:00 a.m., but was deep asleep and did not hear her angry aunt howling for hot water to bath with. Though scared, she slowly and quietly walks into the kitchen, greeted her aunt, but the response was discomforting. “Are you just waking up?’’ Mrs. Alfred growled. “I am sorry,’’ Nana muttered, shaking. The angry woman rains slaps on poor Nana, sending her to the ground. Not done, she made to give more slaps but suddenly stopped on realising that Nana appeared to have fainted. Unsure whether the girl had indeed fainted or was

Left Hander’s Day: We are blessed, intelligent – says lefty

As the world marks International Left Hander’s Day, some left handed people in Jos say they regard their nature as a blessing from God. The International Left Hander’s Day is observed annually on Aug. 13, to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left hander’s. The day is mark to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly  right-handed world. They  told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they did not see their situation as a challenge but a gift from God as they were exceptionally intelligent in their various endeavours in life. One of them, Mr Josiah Ishaya, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),, said he regarded his left handedness as a blessing from God and an advantage. “As a