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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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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…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

BayelsaDecides (LIVE UPDATES), APC, PDP, 43 others vie for governorship

The people of Bayelsa, South-south Nigeria, go to the polls today to elect a new governor. A total of 45 political parties are taking part in the election to govern the oil-rich state. The contest is, however, expected to be between David Lyon of the APC and Duoye Diri of…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

ANALYSIS: APC’s troubles and party’s chances in Bayelsa election

Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress faces a tall order Saturday as it hopes to wrest the governorship seat of Bayelsa State from the Peoples Democratic Party. The party is dogged by unresolved internal crises and litigations. Ahead of the polls, the APC enjoyed some momentum occasioned by the goodwill of…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Bayelsa Governorship: INEC reacts to court judgement disqualifying APC

The electoral commission, INEC, has reacted to a Federal High Court ruling which invalidated the candidacy of David Lyon, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State. PREMIUM TIMES reported Thursday how the High Court in Yenegoa, on Thursday declared that the APC…

The Press release on World Pneumonia day

Pneumonia Day: Why Nigerian govt should pay more attention to child-killer disease

The high rate of child deaths from pneumonia in Nigeria is a violation of the right of children to survival and development. Florence Otedola, popularly called DJ Cuppy, stated this on Monday in Abuja during a media briefing ahead of the World Pneumonia Day on Tuesday. Ms Otedola, who is…

global warming and climate change. [PHOTO CREDIT: NASA Global Climate Change]

Climate Change: Over a billion people face health risk, food insecurity- Study

A significant global population will begin to experience food instability and lack of access to quality healthcare and safe medicine as a result of intensifying heat levels triggered by climate change, a new report has found. The situation is even direr for over a billion people living in poor rural…

Mr Enabulele delivering his inaugural remark.

Nigerian heads Commonwealth Medical Association for first time

A physician, Osahon Enabulele, has become the first Nigerian to head the Commonwealth Medical Association, (CMA). He was inaugurated on Tuesday at the 25th president of the association during the opening ceremony of the 25th Triennial Conference of the 57-year-old renowned global medical body holding in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Mr…

Health minister, Osagie Ehanire delivering an open remark for President Buhari in his absence.

Buhari: Why Nigerians seek medical care abroad

President Muhammadu Buhari has named the poor attitude of health workers across Nigeria as a major reason for the growing culture of Nigerians seeking medical care outside the country. The president stated this Tuesday at the second National Health Summit of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the 25th Triennial…

Medical Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

Why cases of medical negligence persist in Nigerian hospitals – NMA

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Francis Faduyile, says a “total systemic failure” is responsible for cases of medical negligence in Nigerian hospitals. "It’s the total systemic failure that we have been decrying. We don’t have enough personnel; we don’t have enough equipment and the government does not…

WaterAid wants Nigerian govt to sanction homes without toilets

The Nigerian government should take stringent measures against landlords building houses without proper toilet facilities before going after citizens engaging in open defecation, the Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, Chichi Aniagolu, has said. Mrs Aniagolu stated this on Wednesday at a workshop and launch of the “Context Analysis Study of…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Buhari mourns late cancer specialist Ajekigbe

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent documentation of the “good works and research of findings” of late Aderemi Ajekigbe, Nigeria’s renowned cancer specialist. Reacting to Mr Ajekigbe’s death in a statement by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, the president described his death as a huge loss to the country.…

ANALYSIS: Why Nigeria should honour late Stella Adadevoh

A fortnight ago, inside the 500-seater conference hall of Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of PREMIUM TIMES, called for a national honour for late Stella Adadevoh. Mr Olorunyomi was giving his welcome address at the 2019 National Health Dialogue, an event this newspaper organised to find ways…

mosquito

Africa ‘highly unlikely’ to meet 2030 deadline on malaria eradication – Survey

Funding gaps across the African continent may hinder the achievement of the global target for malaria elimination by 2030, a new survey has said. The survey, Malaria Futures for Africa (MalaFa), is the first systematic attempt in many years to collate expert African views on malaria policy. It found that…

Mr. Lawan speaking

National Assembly to give ‘accelerated hearing’ to NDIC Amendment Act – Senate President

The National Assembly will give an ‘accelerated hearing’ to the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) amendment act, Senate President Ahmed Lawan has said. He said the National Assembly will expedite action when plenary resumes. “When we resume plenary, the NDIC Act Amendment Bill will be a top priority,” Mr Lawan…

NDIC commemorates 30th anniversary

LIVE UPDATES: NDIC commemorates 30th anniversary

The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is marking its 30th anniversary in a grand style on Monday in Abuja. The NDIC was established in March 1989 following the promulgation of Decree No. 22 of 1988, now replaced with NDIC Act 16 of 2006. To mark this event, the company is…

National Health Dialogue organised by PREMIUM TIMES.

10 takeaways from National Health Dialogue 2019

Will Nigeria still achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030? This is one big question hundreds of participants from Nigeria and abroad took away with them after two days of spirited discussion of the future of health care in Africa’s most populous nation. At the 2019 National Health Dialogue, the…

Panel speaking on Effective State-level Health Insurance Initiatives: Challenges and Prospects.

National Health Dialogue: How states implement health insurance programmes

To boost coverage and participation, Anambra is engaging philanthropists in the implementation of the State’s Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS), Simeon Onyemachi, the Executive Secretary of the scheme has said. Mr Onyemachi said the state agency is using “the adoption model”, which encourages philanthropists to pay for the health of their…

National Health Dialogue: ‘Nine Reasons Nigeria May Not Achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030’

A former Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Nigeria’s health insurance agency has listed nine impediments to the quest for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa’s most populous nation. While delivering his keynote speech at the national health dialogue which commenced on Tuesday, Muhammad Dogo said Nigeria is “already off…

The Panel at Day 2 of the National Health Dialogue

National Health Dialogue: Nigerians continue discussions on achieving Universal Health Coverage (Live Updates)

Thanks for joining us once again as we continue to bring you crucial parts of the 2019 National Health Dialogue. The two-day health dialogue, now in its second edition, arose from the need for home-grown solutions, innovations and political commitments to bridge funding gaps in achieving UHC in Nigeria. The…

Health minister, Osagie Ehanire at the National Health Dialogue organised by Premium Times.

Nigeria to set up cancer treatment fund

To reduce the burden of treating cancer, a terminal disease claiming over 40, 000 Nigerians yearly, the federal government is planning to roll out a cancer treatment fund, health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has said. “There will be a creation of a fund, either a cancer treatment fund or whatever we…