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Senatorial hopeful in Kwara urges FG to increase Investiment on NHIS 

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By Saka Laaro, Ilorin

The senatorial candidate for the Social Democratic (SDP), Kwara South, Prof Wale Sulaiman has recommended huge investment on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for effective and efficient healthcare system in the country.

Prof Sulaiman said this Wednesday in Ilorin, Kwara state, at the unveiling of his ‘Kwara South 2023 restoration agenda.’

He added that effective healthcare system is dependent on synergy between the public and private sectors.

He said that, “The problem with the healthcare system in the country has been unpredictable revenue strength.

“The way to unlock the healthcare system in our country is aggressive push by insuring many Nigerians. We need to make sure that NHIS functions effectively at the national and state government levels.

“Another thing is regulation. We should be able to control quality.”

Prof Sulaiman hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on its resolve to deploy bimodal voter’s accreditation system (BVAS) in transmitting 2023 election resuls.

He described BVAS as the magic bullet that would make votes count.

The neuro-surgeon turned politician, added that the Electoral Act is a blessing to Nigerians.

Prof Sulaiman, who is ex-Special Adviser to Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq on health, hailed President Mohammadu Buhari for putting modalities in place to ensure free and fair 2023 elections.

He said, “We should congratulate President Buhari for putting in place measures that will make our votes count in the 2023 elections.

“So, I encourage everybody to come out and vote. The elections might be wholly free and fair as we are still experimenting our democracy. But I think we are moving in the right direction. BVAS will be the magic bullet that will make people’s votes count. I urge our people to come out and protect their votes.”

He decried the underdevelopment of Kwara South region in the last 30 years.

“It is time we stopped allowing political elites from using our people as mere voters. I enjoin all men and women of the district to ‘ride the horse’ with us to a guaranteed destination of progress, genuine development, effective representation and restored hope and happiness of our people.”

 

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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