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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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Mother and child

Nigerian govt increases maternity leave to four months

The Nigerian government has increased maternity leave to four months. Under the Nigerian Labour Law passed in 2004, a woman working in the country's civil service has the right to maternity leave of three months, as long as she provides a medical certificate stating she should not or cannot work.…

Funding: Nigeria’s Health Sector In State of Emergency – Lawmaker

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho disclosed this while explaining various shortfalls bedeviling the funding of the health industry at the commemoration of MAMAYE day 2018 in Abuja. The theme of the event is 'Improving Nigeria's Health Budget Performance'. Mr Tejuoso in his keynote address said the health…

VFS Global Services Credit: Public Radio of Armenia

VFS Global keeps mum as Nigerians condemn extortion by visa processing firm

A visa processing, VFS Global, has been on the receiving end of criticisms after a PREMIUM TIMES report revealed how the company extort Nigerians who seek its services. While angry Nigerians, civil society organisations and activists are still complaining weeks after the report was published, the company has refused to respond to…

Kuje General hospital

Another strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

Hours after health workers under the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) suspended their nationwide strike after 44 days, the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday served a notice of its own looming strike. Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday when JOHESU announced the suspension of a strike that crippled services…

Striking health workers

Health workers union, JOHESU, suspends strike after six weeks

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike that started six weeks ago. The union announced the decision on Thursday, via a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting. In the communique signed by Biobelemoye Josiah, the national chairman of JOHESU, the union…

JOHESU: Health workers to suspend strike as court ‘takes over’ negotiations

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) says it is "considering" suspending the ongoing strike by health workers which has crippled services at public hospitals across Nigeria. A report by Vanguard newspaper stated that the decision followed the intervention of the National Industrial Court (NIC), which offered to take over the…

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

INTERVIEW: Govt risking lives of Nigerians by adopting GMOs – Environmental Activist

Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian architect, environmentalist, activist, author and poet. He was one of Time magazine's Heroes of the Environment in 2009. Mr Bassey is the Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank and advocacy organisation. There has been a protracted debate over…

National Mourning Day

Killings: Nigerians rally in Abuja, demand removal of Service Chiefs

A group of Nigerians on Monday described as 'ineffective' the conduct of the country's service chiefs in quelling increased mass violence. They called for their immediate removal. The group cuts across Nigerians of various divides and interests and they all rallied at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to observe a…

President Muhammadu Buhari signing

Buharimeter: Nigerians rate Buhari low on corruption, security, economy – Poll

Despite scoring itself high on its achievements in the past three years, a new poll conducted 'amongst 4,000 Nigerians' has rated President Muhammadu Buhari's performance below average. Last Friday, the presidency in a document made available to PREMIUM TIMES scored Mr Buhari's government high on economy, infrastructure, investment in people,…

Picture of the environment at the National Hospital

40 Days Of JOHESU Strike: Timeline of Nigeria’s health sector crisis

The ongoing health workers strike clocked 40 days today (Sunday). The strike is one of the biggest blows Nigeria's health industry has suffered. The strike was called by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), a body of all other health workers except doctors. It has left millions without care. Since…

Francis Adedayo Faduyile

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian doctors are leaving country to other climes – NMA President

Francis Adedayo Faduyile is the new president of the Nigerian Medical Association. He was elected in the recently concluded 58th Annual Delegates Meeting of the association to serve for two years. He is a consultant pathologist and an associate professor. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES‘ Ebuka Onyeji, Mr Faduyile…

Bwari General Hospital

Why we couldn’t save mom of stranded Abuja triplets — Hospital

The management of Bwari General Hospital in Abuja has explained the circumstances leading to the death of a woman who was delivered of a triplet in its facility. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the children had been left stranded after their mother died shortly after birth, and how the family requested public help…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Medical doctors oppose JOHESU’s call for removal of Nigerian Health Minister

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has opposed the call by the striking health workers under the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) for the removal of Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole. The health workers have been on strike for five weeks, disrupting services in Nigeria’s public hospitals. They called for Mr…

Unity Fountain [Photo Credit: alJazeera]

National Mourning: Group dares police, to hold rally at Abuja unity fountain

A group, Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC), says it will observe a National Day of Mourning at the Unity Fountain in Abuja despite a ban by the police on such activities at the place. According to the group, the event will be held on May 28 to remember lives…

National Bio-Technology Development Agency.

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria is adopting GMOs – Official

Rose Gidado is the Scientific Officer and Assistant Director of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA). She is also the country coordinator of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa. GM foods have been heavily criticised for their long term health effects and other demerits. However, in this…

Abuja triplets stranded after mum’s death as family seeks help

A new set of triplets have been left stranded after their mum died shortly after their birth in an Abuja hospital, and the family is asking for help to raise them. Relatives and friends are now struggling to care for the three boys and their older siblings -- a boy…

Health workers used to illustrate the story.

ANALYSIS: Health Sector Crisis: Are Nigerian doctors asking for too much?

The age-long battle of who-gets-what in Nigeria's health sector has once again put the Federal Government between two touchy ends and further endangered the very existence of the country's health industry. Medical doctors and other health workers have been on a war path for long and the main contention is…

Court

JOHESU ‘unmoved’ by court order directing resumption of work

The National Industrial Court has ordered the striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to return to work within 24 hours. However, the union says it remains 'unmoved' by the order given on Thursday in Abuja by Justice Babatunde Adejumo of the Court. According to Daily Trust newspaper, the order followed…

Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story

2018 Budget: NMA commends lawmakers on healthcare fund

The Nigerian Medical Association has hailed the inclusion of one per cent of the consolidate revenue fund in the allocation to the health sector in the 2018 budget as 'monumental'. The Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the budget after increasing it from N8.6 trillion to N9.1 trillion,…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

Health Workers’ Strike: Why negotiations are slow — JOHESU

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has attributed the Federal Government's 'slow pace' towards implementing its demands to the recent threat by doctors. The union also accused the Health Minister, Isaac Adeowle, of posing a 'body language' that militates against resolving the impasse. JOHESU, an association of health workers except…

Pregnant women suffer as Nigeria’s health workers strike worsens

Uneasy was the contenance on Ebele Nwaka as she struggled to climb down one of the stairs of Asokoro District Hospital. Mrs Nwaka is carrying a seven-month old pregnancy and she is an albino. As our correspondent helps her down the stairs, she complained bitterly. "I came to see my…

VFS Global visa centre

SPECIAL REPORT: How visa processing firm, VFS Global, ‘extorts’, ‘mistreats’ Nigerians

Theophilus Abbah, managing editor of Daily Trust newspaper, is one of Nigeria's most regarded investigative journalists renowned for giving voices to the voiceless and helping the oppressed, the cheated, and the abused get justice. But in mid October 2017, Mr Abbah himself felt extorted and could do nothing about his…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

Health Workers Strike: JOHESU considering govt’s new offer

An official of the striking health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has confirmed that the federal government made an offer to the union in a bid to end the impasse. According to the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, the government made the…

An Ebola patient being attended to

Ebola: Nigeria, other African countries at modest risk of spread – WHO

In the wake of the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Congo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Nigeria and other countries in the African region to be at moderate risk of spread. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which disclosed this in a statement Saturday, however…

Deserted corridors of the National Hospital

‎Sorrow, anguish as Nigerians suffer from health workers’ strike

Patients in federal health institutions are currently passing through untold pain even as their relatives have been grumbling for the past 22 days as a result of the ongoing strike by health workers, an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. Three weeks ago, JOHESU, an association of health workers except…