Tobore Ovuorie

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Tunde Kelani Protégé debuts own film, screening for September 26

Jamiu Shoyode, former production manager to renowned film maker Tunde Kelani, has gone solo with a movie he completely produced and financed. Titled, Aliyyah's Wish, the short film is scheduled for screening on Monday September 26 by 7pm at the Freedom Park, Lagos and is open to the public. Mr.…

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Nigeria approves new health policy

The Emergency National Council on Health meeting held in Abuja, Thursday, approved the National Health Policy document. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, announced the approval of the document after deliberations by the council members. The National Health Policy is a comprehensive health document that spells out the functions and…

WHO commends Nigeria’s handling of fresh polio outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Nigeria on its prompt management of the recent new poliovirus outbreak in Borno State. The world health body's regional director, Matshiduso Moeti, made the commendation at the 66th session of the African Regional Committee Meeting holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She praised the…

Phones being stolen at Indian Lagos festival as event begins on rowdy note

"Shame on you, if you steal someone's phone. If you refuse to return the missing Samsung phone, you're a thief". That was Dan Foster, a renowned radio presenter and one of the masters of ceremony's announcement at exactly 3.45pm to the crowd waiting to be entertained. Findings indicate that mobile…

Buhari commissions N100million intensive care unit in Kano

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commissioned an Intensive Care Unit at Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano worth N100 million. It was built and donated by businessman Aminu Dantata. The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said in 2007, Mr. Dantata also…

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Yobe to get new federal school of nursing, midwifery

In an effort to solve the manpower needs in the health sector especially in the North- Eastern part of Nigeria, the Federal Government has approved the establishment of School of Nursing and Midwifery in Nguru Local government of Yobe State. ​The ​Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre Nguru,…

Three Nigerian writers shortlisted for Writivism Literary Prize

Three Nigerian writers have been shortlisted for the 2016 Writivism prize ahead of this year's writing festival holding in Kampala, Uganda. Aito Joseph, Okwudili Nebeolisa and Gbenga Adesina made the short story and poetry categories respectively. The names were announced on Monday by Writivism Literary Initiative, organisers of the award…

‘Nigerian govt not doing enough to end malaria’

World Malaria Day is celebrated every April globally. This year, great speeches were made and articles written in Nigeria. But not much has changed, medical experts say, as more people are affected by the scourge. The vice president of the Commonwealth Medical Association, Osahon Enabulele, says the government is not…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

Nigerian govt orders sack of striking doctors

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has directed the chief medical directors and medical director of federal tertiary hospitals to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have "abandoned" their training programme by refusing to report for work. The directive was contained in a circular signed by the permanent…

PROFILE: Meet Olasupo Ayokunle, new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN

Olasupo Ayokunle, a pastor, teacher and sociologist, was born in Oyo town in Oyo State Nigeria on January 25, 1957. Mr. Ayokunle attended the Oniyanrin Baptist Central Day School, Iware Road, Oyo State, graduating in 1971. Six years later, he completed secondary education, earning a West African School Leaving Certificate,…

NMA reacts to Buhari’s foreign medical trip, says Nigeria has ENT specialists to treat president

The Nigeria Medical Association has said the country has very competent Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists who can treat President Mr. Muhammadu Buhari’s ear infection. The general secretary of the association, Tanko Sununu, said there are competent ENT surgeons who can take care of the president’s recurring ear trouble.…

INTERVIEW: Cheaper diets Nigerian mothers can go for as economic crunch bites – Nutritionist

Meals are no longer the same in many Nigerian homes as mothers who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said they had not only reduced the rations served their children but quality and kind of foods. They are blaming the country's present economic crunch. In this interview, Ignatius Onimawo, the immediate past…

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EFCC summons top officials of Nigeria’s Health Ministry

Some key officials of the Federal Ministry of Health have been invited by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, as part of an investigation into alleged financial mismanagement, PREMIUM TIMES learnt Those invited include Abdulsalami Nasidi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC; Emmanuel Otu, who headed…

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Nigeria ‘change agenda’ will give 100 million guaranteed healthcare access – Minister

Nigeria's minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the country's "Change Agenda for Health" will guarantee access to effective and qualitative healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians. The renewed health agenda is geared towards achieving Universal Health Coverage through the Primary Health Care program, the minister said. Mr. Adewole…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

FACT-CHECK: VP Osinbajo’s claim not true: State House Clinic not for all Nigerians

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, is well regarded across the country as a stickler for truth and integrity. But PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report that the nation’s number two citizen did not tell the truth regarding who can receive healthcare at the State House Medical Centre in Abuja. Mr. Osinbajo…

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Nigeria orders probe of officials accused of embezzling Global Fund grants

The Nigerian government has directed the country's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch full investigation into the alleged misappropriation of Global Fund Grants Nigeria received from 2010 to 2014. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said, "President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR gave the directive as part…

INTERVIEW: Buhari should declare he won’t seek foreign medical treatment – Ex-NMA president

The Federal Government on Thursday announced it would not provide funds for government officials travelling abroad for treatment unless the case cannot be handled in Nigeria. The immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan made same pronouncement but failed to live up to it. The immediate past president of the Nigerian…

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Nigerian Medical Association topshots die in road crash

At least six officials of the Nigerian Medical Association died in a road accident on Sunday, an official has said. Peter Ogunnubi, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Chapter of the Association told PREMIUM TIMES that the affected executives took off from Ekiti State on their way to…

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Lagos to begin clampdown on okada riders, street traders

The Lagos State Government has vowed to enforce the existing restriction order on commercial motorcycle operation in certain routes as well as street trading within the state. This was disclosed after the monthly Security Council Meeting involving heads of all security agencies in the state. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode called on…

INTERVIEW: We were lodged near abducted Chibok girls —  Escapee Boko Haram Victim

Today makes it two years since over 200 high school girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, with their whereabouts remaining a mystery. There are several schools of thought about them. It is  believed in some quarters that they have been sold, while others doubt their safety…

INTERVIEW: More Nigerians risk mental breakdown over country’s chaotic conditions — Psychiatrist

Nigeria has been in chaos for several weeks with unending queues at fuel stations, poor power supply nationwide and increase in prices of commodities, even water. Dr. Bolanle Ola, a Consultant Psychiatrist and head of psychiatry department, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, tells PREMIUM TIMES there's likely going…

Famous ‘Iyawo Asiko’ music crooner, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, alias ‘No More Loss’, is dead

Renowned Nigerian musician, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, alias 'No More Loss', popularly known for his hit track 'Iyawo Asiko' is dead. His death was confirmed Monday when PREMIUM TIMES called his mobile phone. A lady who didn't identify herself answered the call and made the disclosure. "He cannot answer the phone," the…

Nigerian artists sell best works for charity

Ten mid-career Lagos based artists came together, Saturday, in a group arts exhibition hosted by the Ovie Brume Foundation to raise funds for educational and life needs of children from very poor homes in the country. The charity art exhibition tagged 'The Genesis' showcased over 35 art works with a…

INTERVIEW: Why we need witch doctors in Nigerian movies – actor, Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan is a renowned multiple award-winning Nigerian actor and film maker whose movies have graced all film festivals in the world. In this interview, he speaks on how to become a successful movie entrepreneur, compares English and Yoruba speaking films and discloses that though there is money in the…

PREMIUM TIMES Journalists to speak at Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Norway

PREMIUM TIMES journalists, alongside other investigative reporters around the world, have been named as speakers at the ongoing Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) in Lillehammer, Norway. In its ninth edition this year, 900 journalists from 120 countries are charting the way forward for investigative journalism. Musikilu Mojeed, PREMIUM TIMES Managing…