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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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Coronavirus: Nigeria issues advisory, places port health services on alert

Nigeria has placed its port health service units on alert following the outbreak of Coronavirus, a flu-like disease that has so far killed nine people in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China. Since the first case of the Coronavirus was detected last December, at least 471 cases…

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

ANALYSIS: Why Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 was bound to fail

Promoters of the Vision 20:2020 had envisaged that Nigerians would wake up to the New Year 2020 in fanfare and heavy fireworks to celebrate the country’s achievement of becoming one of the 20 best economies in the world. This was topmost among the goals of this grand national development plan…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Govt not addressing ‘what makes Nigerians unhappy, poorer’ – Oyegun

The immediate past national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, on Thursday said the government has failed to address "what is making Nigerians increasingly unhappy and poorer". He said since the return to democracy in 1999, every successive government, including the present administration, has continued to…

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

NHIS unveils ‘health insurance under one roof’

To reduce bottlenecks and fragmentations in service delivery, Nigeria’s Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has unveiled the “Health Insurance Under One Roof”. The Executive Secretary of NHIS, Mohammed Sambo, shared the strategy with the leadership of the State Social Health Insurance Agencies at a recent meeting in Abuja, according to a…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Ex-Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima

I won’t mind being part of Buhari’s cabal – Senator Shettima

The belief by many Nigerians of the existence of a ‘cabal’ dictating affairs of the government was on Thursday validated by Kassim Shettima, a senator and former governor of Borno State. The senator who did not shy away from his admiration for the ‘cabal’, said such structure exists in every…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

How sacked NHIS Boss Yusuf Responded to PREMIUM TIMES Enquiry using Swear Languages

About six months after he was controversially sacked as Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf used expletives to respond to a fresh indictment of fraudulent activities against the scheme during his stay in office. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the recently released Annual Audit from the Office…

A mentally challenged person used to illustrate a story

Many Nigerians link mental Illness to supernatural causes – Survey

While precise statistics are hardly available, a new survey has suggested that it could take a dramatic shift for Nigerians to start linking mental disorders to natural causes. The survey conducted by Africa Polling Institute in collaboration with EpiAFRIC found that there is still widespread belief linking mental disorders to…

Former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

How NHIS squandered over N6.8 billion on illegal allowances – Audit Report

The staff and management of Nigeria’s Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) between 2016 and 2017 helped themselves with several 'irregular' and unapproved allowances totalling N6.8 billion, a recently released audit report has revealed. These infractions were recorded during the reign of Usman Yusuf, the controversially sacked NHIS Executive Secretary, according to…

Doctor used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Unsplash]

Most women don’t regret after having abortion – Study

A new research has found that most women feel 'relieved' and don’t 'regret' their decision after having an abortion. The study, which was described by a CNN report as one of the largest to date on the topic, was published Sunday in the journal Social Science & Medicine. Also, about…

Conjoined twin babies, Goodness and Mercy Martins, with their parents after separation.

How Nigerian hospital separated conjoined twins

Conjoined twin babies, Goodness and Mercy Martins, will now have a chance at living their individual lives after undergoing a successful operation that separated them. The National Hospital in Abuja conducted the separation of the twins joined at the chest, abdomen and liver on November 14. Hospital management said it…

Jabi Park

Christmas Travels: Nigerians groan over higher fares, bad roads, insecurity

There is heavy traffic of commuters to the southern parts of Nigeria from Abuja during the Yuletide season, just as it is to the northern parts during Salah, Muhammad Yahaya said. Mr Yahaya is the chairman of the Abuja to Kogi commercial drivers' union and was explaining to a PREMIUM…

File photo of Resident Doctors

Nigerian doctors want Buhari to tackle crimes on highways

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has demanded the 'full commitment' of President Muhammadu Buhari to the security and protection of lives and properties of Nigerians on the nation's highways. This was part of resolutions at the end of NMA’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Sunday in Kano State.…

Trump at UN. [PHOTO CREDIT: CNN]

Donald Trump impeached by U.S House of Reps

The U.S. President, Donald Trump, has been impeached by the country’s House of Representatives. The house voted late Wednesday to impeach the president on his 1,062nd day in office for alleged obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. A trial will now be set…

Aisha Buhari

Fresh Crisis rocks Presidency as Aisha Buhari attacks Mamman Daura, Garba Shehu

Nigeria's First Lady has accused a close relative of President Muhammadu Buhari of issuing a presidential directive behind her husband. Aisha Buhari, in a statement she signed and sent to Daily Trust newspaper, accused Mamman Daura of issuing a directive to a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, not to recognise her…

Wuse District Hospital (Photo Credit: ICiR)

World AIDS Day: Nigeria needs to tackle Mother-to-Child Transmission to meet 2030 target

Today, Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World AIDS Day amidst a significant improvement in the country’s response to HIV in recent years. The impact of the response is evident in the preliminary results of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIS) released in March. The…

Osagie Ehanire

Stronger donor, govt partnership will help Nigeria achieve UHC by 2030 – Minister

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria by 2030 will require strong partnerships between the government and donor agencies, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said. The minister spoke on Wednesday in Abuja during the strategic engagement between government agencies and development partners. Organised by the National Health Insurance…

A sign post showing routes to FGC Odi and Odi community.

INTERVIEW: Odi 1999 Massacre: Why we will never forgive Obasanjo, Alamieyeseigha – Odi Community Chairman

On November 20, 1999, the Nigerian military, reportedly acting on the orders of then President Olusegun Obasanjo, invaded Odi, a predominantly Ijaw community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and killed many, burning the community to the ground. The attack, which has been largely described as a massacre,…

Bayelsa: How child ferry-canoe operators profited from election day floods

Destiny Monday says he wants every day to be like November 16. At age 13, he is not yet eligible to join the voters of Bayelsa to decide who will lead the state for the next four years. However, the young man had a spell of good fortune occasioned by…

David Lyon, winner of the Bayelsa State 2019 governorship election

PROFILE: David Lyon, the ‘obscure’ politician who ended PDP’s long reign in Bayelsa

Before contesting the Bayelsa governorship election, David Perewonrimi Lyon was unknown in the state's political circles. He owned a security firm and held no known government position. But on Sunday, after a keenly fought election that local and international observers say was fraught with irregularities and violence, INEC declared the…

Duoye Diri [PHOTO CREDIT: @iamDouyeDiri]

#BayelsaDecides: PDP candidate Diri wins own LGA

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, has recorded victory in his local government. He polled 15,360 votes to defeat his closest rival, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had 8,934 votes in the final results from Kolokuma Opokuma local…

PU10, Ward 6 Fangi Primary School, Yenegoa LG, Bayelsa

#BayelsaDecides: Thugs delay collation of votes in PDP candidate’s LG

Some armed thugs held officials of the electoral commission, INEC, hostage in one of the wards in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, thereby delaying final collation of results, an official and an election observer said. As being done in all the eight LGAs in Bayelsa, it is…

Senator Douye Diri, winner of PDP governor primary in Bayelsa

BayelsaDecides: PDP candidate Diri wins big at own polling unit

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, has recorded a landslide victory in his polling unit. Mr Diri along with his wife voted in Polling unit 4, Kalowoi ward 6 in Sampou community, Kolokuma Opokuma local government of the state at about 11:20…

PU10, Ward 6 Fangi Primary School, Yenegoa LG, Bayelsa

#BayelsaDecides (LIVE UPDATES): Official results from Polling Units, Wards

Voting has ended in some polling units in Bayelsa State where a governorship election is holding. PREMIUM TIMES has provided live updates of the election which was characterised by the late arrival of electoral materials, violence, and intimidation of voters. The electoral commission, INEC, has had to cancel the election…

9:42, Ward 3, PU 3, Ejule Allah, Ofu LGA. There are 949 eligible voters. Voting has started. This place doubles as a collation centre so voting started by 8

BayelsaDecides: PDP candidate Diri votes, raises alarm over alleged thuggery, irregularities

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, has raised alarm over alleged electoral fraud going on in many parts of the state where the governorship poll is currently holding. He accused agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, of thuggery and of hijacking…

Diri Duoye

PROFILES: Lyon and Diri, the men battling themselves, others to emerge Bayelsa governor

A total of 45 candidates will be contesting in today's governorship election in Bayelsa but it is largely believed that the race is between the prominent political parties - the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). David Lyon and Duoye Diri were chosen by the APC…