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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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Osagie Ehanire

Minister cautions HMOs against ‘contributing to NHIS Service Failure’

Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) have been cautioned to desist from actions contributing to the overall service failure of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, gave the warning in his opening remark at the one-day strategic stakeholder’s engagement between NHIS management and HMOs in Abuja on…

The IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

Violent crimes reduce across Nigeria – IGP Adamu

Violent crimes and security breaches recorded across Nigeria have “tremendously” reduced in the last quarter of the year, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said. He said this was as a result of "peace initiatives and the dialogues initiated through the federal government’s security summits". Mr Adamu said the…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians ‘eagerly waiting for Improvement in power sector’– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said that Nigerians are eagerly looking forward to investments in the power sector "that will illuminate their homes and stimulate businesses". He said this while receiving German and Ethiopian diplomats, Birgitt Ory and Azanaw Tadesse Abreha shortly after signing an agreement with a German company,…

Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

N614bn Bailout: Governors give condition for loan repayment

Nigeria governors have demanded a reconciliation of accounts before repaying the N614 billion bailout fund the federal government granted states. The governors want the bailout support to be reconciled with debts that the federal government allegedly owes states. Many of such debts involve amounts used to repair federal roads by…

President Buhari and Elected Officers of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (Photo: Official Twitter Handle)

What Buhari told labour leaders about minimum wage, electricity, others – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday told labour leaders that his government was "committed to paying the new minimum wage." The federal government is yet to fully implement the minimum wage across all categories of workers months after Mr Buhari signed the minimum wage bill into law. Mr Buhari hosted the…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers)

Why Nigeria’s Office of the Attorney-General should be separated from Minister of Justice – Adoke

A former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, has called for the office to be split into two. Writing in his new book, Burden of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria's Former Attorney-General, Mr Adoke said, “This is because when acting as Attorney-General, he is answerable to…

Sniper Insecticides used to illustrate the story (Photo Credit: Cleaneat Integrated Services)

International Suicide Day: WHO urges countries to ban hazardous pesticides

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged nations to prohibit the use of highly hazardous pesticides which it noted can lead to a reduction in suicides. The agency disclosed this on Tuesday while commemorating the International Suicide Prevention Day. Despite a decline in the global suicide rate, one person still…

Kano gets lion share as Nigerian govt. disburses N6.5bn Basic Health Care Fund

The Federal Government has shared N6.5 billion from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) to 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was announced by the Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire, on Tuesday at a press briefing at the ministry’s secretariat in Abuja. The National Health Act…

Osagie Ehanire

I will focus on implementing major health laws, policies – Minister

Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said his administration will focus on implementing the National Health Act (NHA 2014) as well as other laws, policies and programs geared towards strengthening the health sector. Mr Ehanire, who was speaking during a two-day retreat with health officials and members of health committees…

National Assembly Complex

Health officials, lawmakers brainstorm on agenda for sector

Principal officers of health committees in the National Assembly and other government officials have outlined an agenda for the health sector for the next four years. The agenda was detailed in the communique issued after last week’s maiden strategic retreat of Principal Officers of the five health committees of the…

Oby Ezekwesili

Xenophobia: Ezekwesili, Nigerians in South Africa suggest steps to end attacks

Nigerians living in South Africa have outlined steps Nigerian and South African authorities need to take to end xenophobia in the rainbow country. One of these is that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa should offer a “sincere public apology to Nigeria, other countries affected by the attacks and the entire…

Are Facebook, Google truly spying on you? Here’s a new clue

Tech users are now growing increasingly worried over who monitors their private conversation and activities online. This sums the upsurge of distrust in tech giants, experts say. A mobile security company, however, said it has carried out a research investigation that broke one of the most popular tech myths that…

Hospital with pregnant women [Photo: The New York Times]

ANALYSIS: Why Buhari should sign bill seeking mandatory health insurance for Nigerians

An effective mandatory health insurance programme has long been identified as necessary to protect Nigerians from out-of-pocket payment for healthcare, a situation partly blamed for the country’s grim health indices. Millions of Nigerians continue to face health mishaps due to causes mostly preventable or at least treatable. This is partly…

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Why NHIS performance is poor in Nigeria – Executive Secretary

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mohammed Sambo, on Wednesday outlined the factors behind poor service delivery by the scheme since its inception. He promised through his administration's “rebranding agenda” to reform and transition the scheme to a result-oriented ‘new NHIS’. The NHIS commenced in 2005…

Nnimmo Bassey

Xenophobia: Nigerian activist shelves speaking engagement in South Africa

An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has joined Nigerians pulling out from their upcoming engagements in South Africa in solidarity with victims of the ongoing xenophobic attacks targeted at Nigerians and other Africans in that country. In a statement Wednesday, Mr Bassey, the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF),…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

UPDATED: Nigeria recalls Ambassador to South Africa

Nigeria has recalled its Ambassador to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, and also pulled out of the World Economic Summit holding in Cape Town on Wednesday, an official told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The presidential source also told NAN that Nigeria demanded full compensation for the loss of life…

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

ICT will solve 80% NHIS “transparency” challenges – Executive Secretary

Robust deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will solve 80 per cent of the “unacceptable transparency” challenges of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Mohammed Sambo, the executive secretary of the scheme, said this when he visited the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, at the National Assembly…

Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. [PHOTO CREDIT: Arsenal Twitter handle]

Arsenal, Tottenham share spoils in four goals thriller

Spectators at Sunday's North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham were served with yet another suspense-filled 90 minutes as the Gunners came from two goals down to earn a draw. The tempo remained tense till the final whistle. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead eight minutes into the game following a…

Arsenal FC forwards; Nicholas Pepe, Laccazette and Aubameyang. [PHOTO CREDIT: Arsenal official twitter handle]

EPL: Arsenal battle Spurs in North London derby (LIVE UPDATES)

Arsenal are set to host their age-long rival, Tottenham Hotspur, at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Both sides will resume hostilities at 4:30 p.m. Nigerian time when the first North London derby of the 2019-20 season is billed to kick off. Today’s football derby – traditionally known for intensity, and…

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Insecurity: Enugu recruits 1,700 forest guards

As part of efforts to curb kidnapping and other violent crimes, the recruitment of about 1,700 forest guards is ongoing in Enugu, a security source within the state has said. This was reportedly revealed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi after he emerged from a meeting with the state lawmakers, the 17…

Tanko Sununu, chairman house committee on health services; Francis Faduyile, NMA president among other special guests while launching the MDCAN ground breaking building project in Abuja.

National Assembly committed to improving access to health insurance – Lawan

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Monday said the ninth National Assembly is committed to making the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) achieve its mandate of reducing out-of-pocket spending to the barest minimum. The lawmaker alluded to calls by health experts for a systematic health funding through mandatory health insurance. He…

Health ministers, Ehanire and Mamora addressing pressman on resumption to office

Five Nigeria health sector challenges new Ministers should urgently tackle

The appointment of two new ministers for Nigeria’s health ministry marks the beginning of another chapter which Nigerians will be eager to monitor closely. The two ministers President Muhammadu Buhari named on Wednesday to run the affairs of the health ministry for the next four years are not new to…

APC National Secretariat in Abuja

Kogi Governorship: Court dismisses suit challenging APC’s decision to hold indirect primary

A Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct indirect primaries for the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State. It dismissed suits filed against the decision. The party’s decision on July 6 to adopt indirect primaries has been at the centre…

IPOB: No attack on Buhari in Japan – Presidency

The presidency, on Monday, asked Nigerians to disregard 'concocted' stories of a planned protest or harassment of President Muhammadu Buhari and his team in Japan, where he is currently visiting. A statement by a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, noted that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group ''has had nothing…

Bashir Magashi is one of the 44 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

ANALYSIS: 12 ministers Buhari retained in previous portfolios

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the 43 newly inaugurated ministers about a month after they were appointed. Mr Buhari, who was returned as president in a keenly contested election, was sworn in for his second tenure on May 29. In appointing his new cabinet in July, the…