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Lagos journalists walk 3kms as NUJ task members on health insurance

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THE Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday advised media practitioners in Lagos to embrace the state government’s health insurance policy as a proactive measure for healthy living and wellness.

The NUJ Lagos State Chapter Chairman, Mr Ajayi Adeleye, gave the advice during the association’s Walk for Fitness exercise in Ikeja as part of activities of the union’s Press Week.

News reports that journalists from all media houses converged at Ikeja UnderBridge and walked a distance of three kilometres to the NUJ Secretariat in Alausa.

Adeleye, who led the three kilometres health walk, lamented the low patronage of various highly subsidised health programmes organised by the council for journalists to know their health status.

He advised journalists to always carry out periodic health checks, urging those not captured by the federal health insurance policies to key into the state government’s scheme.

“The importance we attach to health is the reason for this walk. Journalists should take their health status very important.

“Journalists should key into the various health insurance schemes existing. Those not in the Federal and state civil service should key into the Lagos State Health Management Agency scheme,” he said.

The NUJ chairman appreciated members for the large turnout, and explained that the exercise was important to keep fit.

He said that journalists were always extremely busy, hence the programme to help them relieve stress and keep fit.

Ajayi appealed to journalists to take their health status serious and take advantage of the association’s various wellness programmes.

The chairman invited members to attend the cultural day event scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, saying that cultural meals and drinks would be served to showcase the nation’s rich heritage.

He urged members to dress in their local attires, saying that the best-dressed would be given awards.

He also announced the remaining programme of the Press Week to include a lecture on Wednesday, Gala/Awards Nite on Friday as well as Jumat and Sunday thanksgiving events.

The Chairman of the Lagos NUJ Health Committee, Julie Ekong, reeled out the benefits of health walk and the council’s various periodic health programmes.

Ekong, who is the Deputy Director, New Media, FRCN, also called for periodic health checks rather than waiting till diseases advance before detection.

“We sit a lot, sit on the screen a lot, talk a lot, we look a lot and we eat very late. When there is opportunity for health programmes, let us participate,” she said.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal

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Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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