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We Cried In Joy After Receiving First Pay In Saudi Arabia, UK, And Other Countries – Nigerian Doctor Says

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Some Nigerian doctors in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have knocked the Federal Government for its alleged failure to invest in the health care sector.

The doctors, who spoke in an interviews with said the inconsistency of the government to adequately cater for the needs of medical practitioners had led to massive brain drain in the health sector.

Some of the doctors who shared their experiences with correspondents added that they cried and felt overwhelmed when they received their first wages, which some of them described as being 10 times higher than the wages in Nigeria.

One of the doctors, who was interviewed on , said he was suprised when he received his first salary in Saudi Arabia.

He said, “To be honest, I was overwhelmed that I cried when I received my first salary in Saudi Arabia here. While I was in Nigeria, my salary was N113,450. Out of this, I had to take care of myself and my parents. It was just difficult coupled with the workload. There were times I had to attend to tons of patients.

“When the opportunity came to go to Saudi, I was a bit skeptical because some people were trying to discourage me. I just told myself that it was better to leave than to die here. Now, I work in the General Services Department in Riyadh here. I earn way more (than I did in Nigeria).

“I enjoy 36-day paid leave, good working conditions and my flight ticket was paid by Saudi Arabia. It is just sad that the Nigerian Government, in every way, has always tried to frustrate the medical profession. Every time you hear of industrial actions, salaries are not paid, no allowances.”

Another Nigerian doctor based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who simply identified himself as Kingsley, said relocating abroad was the best decision he had ever made.

He stated, “Before I left Nigeria, I was working at a national hospital. I came here in 2019. I didn’t want to come initially but when I heard that Saudi was proposing $3,000 to $8,333 (salary), I just knew I had to leave.

“Here, I only attend to four to eight patients (a day). Nigerian doctors are valued here; they really love the fact that we are so smart and intelligent. I would have loved to stay back home. The Nigerian Government really needs to do better. Nigeria will continue to lose better doctors if the country does not act fast.”

Another doctor, popularly known as Waka Waka doctor on Twitter, recalled that he left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia some years ago, adding that his life had witnessed a remarkable change.

He said, “When I arrived, I was hosted in a hotel for two weeks, all paid. I never paid rent during my stay there; I never paid for electricity. My salary as a doctor in Nigeria combining two jobs was less than N120,000. In Saudi, I earned around 10 times that amount.

“Less workload; amazing state-of-the-art facilities; good hospital management systems; health insurance; paid leave and free tickets for holidays.

“You can’t discredit the loneliness and struggle with the language to start with but that passes with time. Nigerian doctors are among the brightest and best anywhere in the world; all we ask is to be treated right, given proper remuneration that matches our skills and also improve the health system in the country of our birth.”

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Keep Quiet During An argument With Your Husband — Minister of Women Affairs 

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The Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, has advised women in the country not to argue or talk when having arguments with their husbands, Aso Naija gathered.

The minister during a Conference of Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, said avoid trading words would prevent physical assault that may lead to injury or death.

The conference was organised by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Phase II Programme and funded by the European Union through the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
“I am equally begging my women not to look for trouble, not even at home. Maintain peace in your home because if a home is peaceful, the woman has 80 percent to contribute to that. If you need peace, you can equally achieve it.

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Keep your mouth shut. Talking back does not yield fruit, rather it leads to death and destruction, it leads to bringing up bad children for society. Keep your mouth shut, it does not make you a fool but a wise person. When the man is shouting and saying all sorts of things, act like a fool and keep your mouth shut.

After a while, watch him. If he is a good man, he will come back to apologise. If he is not a good one, ignore him. Have what you want to do in your mind, but when we show who we are and we fight back, most times, it leads to hitting; you could be injured.

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Ozekhome Warns: Naira-Dollar Exchange Rate Could Reach N4000 Before Year End under Tinubu Government

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According to lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the current government led by Bola Tinubu has exacerbated the poverty levels in Nigeria.

During a live program on Channels TV, Ozekhome emphasized the urgent need for President Tinubu and his team to address the economic challenges faced by the country, as they had campaigned on the promise of renewing people’s hope during the 2023 election period.

Ozekhome also expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s habit of blaming past administrations for Nigeria’s problems, stating that they should instead focus on innovative approaches to tackle these issues.

He highlighted the recent payment of $400 million and the increase in reserves to $34 billion, but cautioned that without careful intervention, the Naira may reach an exchange rate of N4000 to the dollar before the end of the year.

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Drawing a comparison to the situation in Ghana, where citizens carried baskets of cedis to purchase goods, Ozekhome questioned the rationale behind allowing the Bureau de Change (BDCs) to control the economy from under trees and tables.

He found it particularly disconcerting that officials of the current government continue to blame the Jonathan administration, which left office in 2015, even though they themselves took over from the same administration in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

Ozekhome concluded that the current state of affairs represents renewed poverty rather than renewed hope, and called on the government to engage in fresh thinking and innovative solutions to address the nation’s challenges.

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NLC Puts Nationwide Protest on Hold, Extends Ultimatum to March 13

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decided to temporarily suspend its planned nationwide protest and has extended the ultimatum it issued to the federal government until March 13, Aso Naija Reports.

Initially, the labor union had announced a two-day nationwide protest to draw attention to unmet demands by the federal government and the prevailing hardships experienced across the country.

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However, following the conclusion of its National Executive Council meeting today, the NLC released a communique stating that the objectives of the protest were effectively achieved on the first day of the demonstration.

As a result, the NLC has chosen to put the protest on hold for now and has extended the deadline for the federal government to address the labor union’s concerns until March 13.

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Lagos Announces 24-hour Total Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge

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The Federal Ministry of Work will embark on a total closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for 24 hours on Wednesday, February 28 to 12 noon on Thursday, February 29, to allow the contractor execute a major aspect of the ongoing repair works on the bridge, Aso Naija Reports

 

The closure by the Federal Ministry of Works was announced in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi.

The commissioner advised all road users to use alternative routes already provided during this period as the bridge would not be opened to traffic for 24-hours.

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Osiyemi assured road users that the traffic management officials would be on ground to manage traffic and minimise inconveniences.

Repair works have been ongoing on the bridge since January with partial closures for in and outbound traffics.

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Court Asks Nigerian Government To Submit List Of Witnesses For Treason Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu

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The Nigerian government has been directed by the Federal High Court in Abuja to submit a list of witnesses in order to support the charges of treasonable felony against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aso Naija Reports.

This development was revealed by Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the special counsel representing Nnamdi Kanu, after filing a fresh bail application seeking his client’s release.

According to Ejimakor, the court is prepared to commence the hearing stage of the trial and has instructed the prosecuting team to file all necessary documents, including witness statements on oath.

The court’s ruling on the bail application is scheduled for March 19, 2024, and until then, the judge will decide whether or not to grant bail.

Nnamdi Kanu’s special counsel, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor revealed this on Monday after he filed a fresh bail application to secure the release of his client in court.

He said the court is ready to open the hearing stage of the trial and has ordered the prosecuting team to file all their processes including their witnesses’ statements on oath.

He said, “Her lordship said the ruling had to wait till the 19th of March 2024, by which time she should have made up her mind whether to grant bail or not.

“We’re also looking forward to hearing. She has directed the prosecution to file their witness statement of oath from the witnesses and serve on us timeously so that we can prepare for our cross-examination.

“So we’re looking forward to a robust 19th of March, you know when they will present whatever they have and then we can also challenge the witnesses with our questions to determine the veracity or otherwise of what they have been said.”

According to earlier reports the court had fixed March 19, 2024, to rule on the bail application.

Kanu’s counsel, Aloy Ejimakor argued that the IPOB leader should be granted bail because of his ill health.

But the prosecuting team led by Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), who replaced David Kaswe, a lawyer with the Federal Ministry of Justice, urged the court to dismiss the bail application.

Awomolo argued that the Department of State Services (DSS) has the medical facilities required to take care of the IPOB leader.

The judge subsequently adjourned ruling on the bail application to March 19, 2024.

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