ebuka

Ebuka Onyeji, a health and investigative reporter at Premium Times Newspaper. Ebuka hails from Ufuma in Orumba North LGA, Anambra state. He bagged a B.SC degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University, Igbariam in 2014.

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Three in ten Nigerians suffer from mental disorders – Official

The federal government has said three in every ten Nigerians suffer from one form of mental disorder or the other. This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, at the on-going mental health action committee and stakeholders workshop, which commenced on Monday, in Abuja.…

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Nigeria’s NHIS may collapse in three years – Governing Council

The Governing Council of Nigeria's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) says the scheme is near a "tipping point" and may collapse within the next three years unless urgent measures are taken. "This tipping point may occur sooner if remittances decline further, budget deficit trend persists and the management fiscal indiscipline…

Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Kano Health Sector Group Photograph.

LIVE UPDATES: CSOs hold retreat to bridge service delivery gaps in Kano health sector

A retreat to bridge service delivery gaps and demand for more openness in the management of Kano State health sector opens for the second day this morning in Abuja. Representatives of various civic groups and government organs in the state would be discussing issues bedevilling the health sector of the…

Civil Societies hold Retreat to demand more Open Government Partnership in Kano health sector

LIVE UPDATES: Civil Societies hold Retreat to demand more Open Government Partnership in Kano health sector

A retreat to drive for more openness and inclusiveness in governance of Kano State health sector opens today in Abuja. Speakers from various sectors in the state and across the country would be speaking during the two-day event, which closes tomorrow evening. The event is organised by the development Research…

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

UPDATED: NHIS Scandal: Buhari orders Executive Secretary Usman Yusuf to proceed on ‘administrative leave’

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, to proceed on administrative leave effective from November 5. The directive was conveyed in a letter signed by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on…

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Air Pollution: Majority of children breathe toxic air – WHO

More than nine in 10 children around the world breathe air so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk and kills some of them, a new global health report has found. The report was published on Monday,  two days after the health body said air pollution claims seven million lives…

Picture used to Illstrate World Stoke Day [Timeanddate.com]

World Stroke Day: Key facts to know about condition

The World Stroke Day was observed across the globe on October 29. The day was set aside to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors. The annual event was started…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

Nigerian govt speaks on NHIS leadership crisis

The Nigerian government is investigating the leadership crisis at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said. Mr Mohammed spoke on a television programme on Sunday, over a week after the health agency spiralled into fresh upheaval following the refusal of its…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

ANALYSIS: NHIS Controversy: Does Governing Council have powers to suspend Executive Secretary?

Intrigues, confrontation and infighting have been the lot of Nigeria's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) since its Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, assumed office. One of the latest intrigues in the scheme is its governing council's decision last week to suspend Mr Yusuf from office. The council said it applied the…

Yusuf forcefully enters office with police support

NHIS Crisis: Why we blocked Yusuf, dared armed police officers – Workers

Monday morning's barricade of the Abuja head office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by workers was triggered by information the suspended executive secretary would ignore his suspension order and resume work, some leaders of the workers' union have explained. Thursday's suspension of Usman Yusuf by the governing council…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Health minister speaks on NHIS controversy

The Nigerian government says it will take appropriate steps to 'restore peace' at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). This was disclosed by the health minister in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday afternoon. The state-run health insurance provider was thrown into a fresh crisis on Monday when the…

Yusuf forcefully enters office with police support

NHIS Scandal: Despite suspension, Yusuf forcefully enters office with police support

The suspended executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, on Monday forcefully gained entrance into the Abuja head office of the scheme with the help of several security operatives. Workers and staff union with a handful of security officials stationed at the gate tried to restrain…

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu makes first public broadcast, says he’s ‘coming back with hell’

The self-exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says he has returned fully and is "coming back with hell." "I have returned full-time and I am coming home and I will bring hell with me," Nnamdi Kanu said in his first public statement on a live broadcast on…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

FACT-CHECK: Did VP Osinbajo goof in his Independence Day speech?

As expected, Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was full of optimism when the country turned 58 about two weeks ago. In a speech he delivered during a dinner at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja on Monday, October 1, he poured encomiums on Nigeria and Nigerians all over the…

Executive Secretary of the scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: NHIS websit]

NHIS: If Buhari knows one-tenth of Yusuf’s ‘atrocities’, he will throw him out – Governing Council

The chairperson, Governing Council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Enyantu Ifenne, says if President Muhammadu Buhari knows a tenth of the 'atrocities' committed by the suspended Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, ''he (Buhari) will throw him out." "If (Mr) Buhari knows one-tenth of Yusuf's atrocities, he will not keep…

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

Nine ‘infractions’ why Usman Yusuf was suspended as NHIS Executive Secretary (FULL DETAILS)

The Governing Council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has released a list of infractions that eventually prompted Thursday's indefinite suspension of the embattled Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Usman Yusuf. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the official was suspended again amidst jubilation at the Abuja office of the scheme. He had…

NHIS Governing Board during a meeting

Why embattled NHIS executive secretary Usman Yusuf was suspended again

The Abuja head office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was on Thursday thrown into jubilation following the announcement of the suspension of Usman Yusuf. This is the second time in one year that Mr Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme, will be suspended from office. Mr Yusuf,…

NHIS Governing Board during a meeting

NHIS governing council suspends Executive Secretary ‘indefinitely’

The governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has indefinitely suspended Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the scheme indefinitely. The chairperson of the NHIS governing council, Enyantu Ifenne revealed the resolution of the council to journalists after a two-day closed door meeting at the Abuja head office…

Lead paint used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Kids Legal]

WHO urges all countries to ban lead paint by 2020

The World Health Organisation has warned against exposing children to lead from paints containing the substance urging countries to ban lead paint by 2020. The health body gave the warning ahead of the 2018 international lead poisoning prevention week between 21 to 27 October with focus on eliminating lead paint.…

Hauwa Liman killed by Boko Haram (Photo Credit: ICRC)

Hauwa Liman: Doctors want Nigerian govt to ‘Step up’ in securing lives of humanitarian workers

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has joined a host of local and international bodies’ troubled over Monday's execution of another health worker by Boko Haram terrorists, within a month. According to the doctors, the Nigerian government needs to 'step up' in the areas of security of lives and property, especially…

Bianca Ojukwu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post]

2019: APGA hijacked by mercenaries – Bianca Ojukwu

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has been hijacked by 'mercenaries', Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Spain, Bianca Ojukwu, has said. The former beauty queen and widow of the late Biafran warlord, Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, was reacting to her defeat in the party's senatorial primary conducted few weeks ago. Mrs Ojukwu, a…

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Doctors decry failure of Nigerian govt to constitute board of Medical and Dental Council

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has decried the long delay by the federal government to reconstitute the board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). The MDCN has been without a board for more than three years since President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the boards of federal agencies, most…

Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja

Agency, group train public institutions on how to ease access to information

In its effort to achieve better public service delivery, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) on Thursday trained representatives of various public institutions on how to improve citizens' access to information. The agency organised the one-day seminar in Abuja in partnership with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC).…

Ibe Kachikwu

First Class Lies: PREMIUM TIMES stands by report on Kachikwu, dares minister to sue

PREMIUM TIMES on Friday defended its reporting and findings in an investigative fact-check that exposed the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, for lying that he got a First Class degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Mr. Kachikwu had clearly made the false claim at a COZA church…

Ibe Kachikwu

Despite evidence, Kachikwu claims he never said he graduated from UNN with First Class

Hours after a fact-check by PREMIUM TIMES exposed the lie by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the minister and the petroleum ministry have claimed that the report is inaccurate. The fact-check, by Dubawa, a fact-checking platform, and PREMIUM TIMES showed that the repeated claims by Mr Kachikwu…