ebuka

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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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…

File photo of Resident Doctors

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…

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu

FACT-CHECK: Document shows Kachikwu lied about graduating with First Class in Law

A claim by a Nigerian minister that he graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with a first class honours is false, a fact-check by DUBAWA and PREMIUM TIMES has shown. During the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) held at the church headquarters in Abuja two years…

People exercising [Photo credit: Al Jazeera]

World Mental Health Day: Essential daily habits to avoid, perform

Wednesday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day; an annual awareness and education initiative spearheaded by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). This year’s campaign highlights the importance of increased mental health awareness, services, and care for young people in a changing world. While eating disorders and other mental…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

APC dares INEC, vows to submit candidates for Zamfara election

The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party will present its candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections despite contrary directive by the electoral commission, INEC. "Be informed that in spirit of due compliance with the law,…

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

African commission seeks action to avert adverse climate change impacts

Africa needs to urgently adopt climate resilient development pathways if it is to survive the adverse impacts of climate change, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has warned. The ECA also warned that Africa will not successfully implement the sustainable development agenda and its 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063 if…

Abuja administration warns of traffic congestion Saturday

Ahead of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention holding on Saturday in Abuja, motorists have been warned to get prepared for traffic congestion in parts of the Nigerian capital. The Federal Capital Territory Administration secretariat in a public announcement Friday forewarned that an unusual influx of human and…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other PDP leaders led a protest to INEC headquarters, Abuja

Osun Polls: Nigerian police teargas, bar PDP protesters from Force Headquarters

A group of leaders and supporters of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) protesting the outcome of last month's governorship election re-run in Osun State were on Friday attacked by security operatives in Abuja. The operatives fired tear gas at the protesters in a bid to prevent the protesters…

Saraki Tambuwal, Lamido, Secundus during the protest ro INEC hq over Osun elections [photo: @bukolasaraki]

Osun Election: Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal lead PDP protest at INEC headquarters

Leaders of the main opposition party, PDP, are currently protesting at the headquarters of the electoral commission, INEC. The protesters are demanding the cancellation of the recent re-run governorship election in Osun State and the declaration of the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, as winner. Mr Adeleke lost to Gboyega Oyetola…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Head-Quater in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO kicks off global initiative to treat children with cancer

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said it has kicked off a new Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer – with the aim of reaching at least a 60 per cent survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, thereby saving an additional one million lives. WHO said about $15…

Mpape area in Abuja used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: SAHARA Reporters]

FCT minister visits Abuja community over rock fire incident

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, on Wednesday visited the Mpape area of Abuja over the recent incident where fire oozed out from rocks within the area. Mr Bello assured residents not to panic as the incident is not "a major cause of worry." He said investigation…

Former Borno state commissioner, Salma Ibrahim Anas-Kolo

PROFILE: Salma Anas-Kolo: The health expert who wants to be Southern Borno’s first female senator

Salma Anas-Kolo is a former Borno State commissioner for health between 2011 and 2015. She served as commissioner during Governor Kashim Shettima's first term, a time when Boko-Haram insurgency was at its peak. With tens of thousands of deaths from the insurgency and many residents suffering from physical and psychological…

Scene where Nigerian Military Jet crashed in ABuja, FCT.

How Nigerian jets crashed – Witnesses

Some eyewitnesses have narrated how two Nigerian military planes accidentally collided and crashed in Abuja while rehearsing for an air display on Friday. While one of the pilots died from injury sustained from the crash, two others survived and are currently on admission at a military hospital in Abuja, the…

Voters standing in long cue at polling unit 17, Ward 5 in Oshogbo.

#OsunDecides2018: INEC disturbed by actions of security agencies in intimidation of journalists, observers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has distanced itself from the controversial conduct of security agencies in the ongoing re-run election in Osun State. The electoral body said it has received reports of widespread intimidation from independent media practitioners and observers who were accredited to cover the election "INEC is…

Nigerian journalists trained on GMO, Bio-safety reporting

Nigerian journalists trained on GMO, Bio-safety reporting

About 20 journalists were on Tuesday in Abuja trained on how to report issues surrounding Bio-safety and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The one-day workshop was organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a nongovernmental organisation at the forefront of the campaign against the application, approval and commercialisation of GM…