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Unions Want Illegal Health Institutions Shut

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The West Africa Polytechnic/Monotechnic Students Union (WAPSU) and the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have urged the Federal Government to shut down illegal and unqualified Schools and Colleges of Health Technology.

The unions made the call in a joint statement signed by Mr Salahudeen Lukman, Regional President, WAPSU, and Comrade. Olugbode Hameed, NAPS National Public Relations Officer, on Friday in Abuja.

According to the unions, number of illegal and unqualified health institutions in the country poses a great danger to citizens, as they had produced a considerable number of unqualified medical personnel.

They threatened to stage a protest if the Federal Government failed to take action on their demand within 14 days.

The unions described the illegal institutions as glorified secondary schools established by selfish individuals as business ventures to the detriment of the lives of millions of Nigerians.

“We hereby call on the Federal Government to direct the founders to shut down their glorified Junior secondary schools called Colleges of Health Technology.

“ They should be shut down before our 14-day ultimatum expires or expect our mass action in their respective locations.

“We shall not only protest to the Federal Ministry of Health, we shall equally extend the protest to Presidential Villa.

“It is imperative for our leadership to address this issue as a matter of urgency; the rate of disease outbreaks in Nigeria informed our concern on the state of institutions producing health officers.

“Our confidence in the standard of the training of the medical doctors in Nigerian Universities pose no fear but the quality of other professionals in the sector demands serious attention.

“It is important to check the competence of health institutions across the country to ensure the readiness of the sector to combat these numerous outbreaks as well as their possible prevention and control.’’

According to the unions, an independent investigation on the state of the Schools and Colleges of Health Technology in the country, revealed the invasion of the private sector, thereby posing more threat rather than complementing government’s efforts.

They described some private investors in the system as saboteurs, adding that their activities were responsible for the “drastic fall’’ in the standard of the health profession in Nigeria.

They stressed that the establishment of Colleges of Health Technology without adequate training facilities, full or partial accreditation by Regional Regulatory body, the West Africa Health Examinations Board (WAHEB), was a violation of the law.

They identified some of the Colleges of Health Technology alleged to be illegal include Dr Sulaiman Adamu Memorial College of Hygiene and Environmental Sciences, Bauchi; Goodwill Cornerstone College of Basic and Advanced Studies, Bwari, FCT, Abuja, and . Saham College of Health Science and Technology, Zuru, Kebbi State.

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Goffin Shocks Federer to Reach ATP Final

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David Goffin stunned Roger Federer at the ATP Finals on Saturday to reach the final at the O2 Arena in London.

Goffin shocks Federer to reach ATP final
Roger Federer stunned by David Goffin at London ATP
As if clocking up a first victory over Rafael Nadal was not enough, Goffin continued breaking new ground by causing an upset against Federer to claim the biggest win of his career.

Few gave the willowy world number eight player against the Swiss maestro who had rolled through his round-robin matches unbeaten for the 10th time.

Yet Goffin, beaten in all six prior meetings with Federer, turned the tables to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

His comeback win means a new name will be on the trophy this year with fellow first-time qualifiers for the elite event Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock contesting the second semi-final.

“Both are really special. It was the first time against Rafa.

“Then the semi-final, to beat Roger for the first time here in such a big event, big tournament, it was the perfect moment,” Goffin, who beat a physically-struggling Nadal on Monday, said.

“It is the win of my career, for sure.”

Goffin sustained a freak injury at this year’s French Open when tripping on a court cover and rolling his ankle, then missed Wimbledon to recover.

He is enjoying a dream end to 2017 which will conclude when he leads Belgium in the Davis Cup final against France in Lille.

On Saturday, it appeared he would have an extra day to prepare for national duty as he was outclassed by Federer in the opening set — the 36-year-old world number two feasting on the elegant Goffin’s steady, medium-pace game.

It looked as though he was set for his second heavy beating of the week, having got only two games against Dimitrov in their group clash, but Goffin is made of sterner stuff.

The second game of the second set was to prove a turning point as Goffin, beaten 6-2 6-1 by Federer in Basel last month, broke the Swiss’s serve with a forehand winner.

Goffin consolidated his lead to take the match into a decider that hardly looked possible a short while before.

Growing in confidence, the 26-year-old broke Federer’s serve again at 1-1 in the third set as the Swiss, suddenly anxious and struggling for timing, struck a backhand out.

There was plenty of time for 19-times grand slam champion Federer to re-assert his authority and he had an immediate break-back chance but Goffin saved it with a sharp volley.

Goffin stayed cool and his moment of truth arrived at 5-4 when he stepped up to serve for the biggest win of his career.

Consecutive aces gave him a 30-0 cushion before he buried a nervy forehand in the net. Federer then went wide with a forehand to give Goffin two match points and a swinging first serve proved too good.

“When you start the game with an ace, it’s always better,” Goffin, the first Belgian to qualify for the ATP finals, said.

It was only Federer’s fifth defeat of a superb year in which he roared back from an injury lay-off in 2016 to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.

“Wish I could have played more aggressive today, but just never really felt comfortable taking the ball on,” Federer said.

“It’s kind of disappointing to finish on this note. But whatever happened today is less important than if I look at the entire season. With that season, I‘m extremely happy.”

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Mugabe Meets Army Chiefs Sunday

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Embattled President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is set to meet army chiefs on Sunday in a second similar meeting this week.

Mugabe of Zimbabwe meets Army Chiefs
Mugabe of Zimbabwe meets Army Chiefs
According to ZTV, the state TV, citing Catholic priest Fidelis Mukonori, who has been mediating the negotiations, announced the proposed meeting on Saturday.

On the same day, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party will meet to dismiss Mugabe as its leader.

The party is also expected to reinstate ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has been backed by the army, as the deputy head of the party.

The party is also allegedly going to remove Grace Mugabe as the head of Women’s League.

Earlier media reports suggested that the ZANU-PF party that has called on Mugabe to resign amid the political crisis plans to convene an extraordinary meeting of its central committee to discuss the developments in the country within 48 hours.

The development comes amid the so-called “Solidarity March” in Harare, with up to 5,000 people participating in the rally supporting the Zimbabwe army and calling on Mugabe to resign.

According to earlier media reports, Mnangagwa, the vice president and likely successor who had been sacked by Mugabe, returned to the country to head the government.

Mugabe allegedly refused to step down at talks with the army commander.

Previously, an opposition leader called on Mugabe to resign, saying that his removal from power would be in the interest of Zimbabwe’s residents, while the president reportedly insisting that he remains the legitimate head of state and demanding guarantees of immunity should he step down.

Earlier this week, the ruling party in Zimbabwe has announced that the country was in a “bloodless transition” of power from 93-year-old Robert Mugabe.
He had been heavily guarded by the military and preparing to announce his resignation.

The military, however, said in a televised statement on Wednesday that there was no “military takeover of government” underway and that the president was “safe and sound.”

The tense situation in Zimbabwe has prompted concern in regional states, with the African Union stating that the crisis “seems like a coup,” and South African President Jacob Zuma sending envoys for talks with Mugabe.

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U.S. Delegation in Nigeria For Bi-National Commission Meeting

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan would visit Nigeria on Nov. 19 and 20, where he would lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings in Abuja.

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The high-level bilateral meeting between Nigeria and the U.S. would be hosted by the Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.

The BNC is a collaborative forum founded during the first term of the former U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Its stated mission is “to build partnerships for tangible and measurable progress on issues critical to United States’ and Nigeria’s shared future”.

Working groups at the BNC would focus on security cooperation, governance and democracy, as well as economic growth and development.

The Deputy Secretary is the highest ranking member of the President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Nigeria.

He would convey the U.S. Government’s commitment to a strong partnership with the Government and people of Nigeria.

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission last met on March 30 to April 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

The meeting was co-chaired by Onyeama and Antony Blinken, former United States Deputy Secretary of State, while former U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice provided opening remarks, and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met the group and hosted a working lunch.

During President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington, DC from July 20 to 22, 2015, Buhari and Kerry underscored the need to strengthen and revitalise the BNC to advance our overall relationship and spur joint action on key issues.

At a meeting on Nov. 13, 2015, between an inter-ministerial group led by the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, the two sides underscored the need to reinvigorate the BNC as a forum for focused and high-level discussions.

They identified three areas of focus namely: Security Cooperation, Economic Growth and Development, and Governance and Democracy.

The two sides subsequently developed a detailed agenda and added a working bilateral lunch on Multilateral Cooperation.

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INEC Monitors Collation of Results in Anambra Guber Election

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Candidates of the major political parties voted in their various wards on Saturday as INEC gave assurance it would remain vigilant in collation of results.

INEC Monitors Collation of Results in Anambra Guber Election
APC candidate Tony Nwoye votes
INEC said at the end of the voting, it would remain watchful until the announcement of the final result and winner of the Anambra governorship election.

INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the commission would continue to ensure that all the processes of the election went down well.

“Election can be manipulated at any stage, so we have to be vigilant until the final result is collated and the winner is announced by the commission.

“The collation of result from the units to the state level is on going. Until the final result is announced INEC remain vigilant to ensure that the people’s votes count.

“So we are still vigilant at every stage,” Osase Uzzi said.

He assured that all cast vote would be properly recorded, transmitted and collated at the end of the day.

On the general assessment of the election, Osase-Uzzi said the voting process was generally peaceful and was in accordance with plan, except for the late commencement of poll in some few units.

He added that the commission was however investigating the cause of such late commencement of voting in affected few polling units.

“Generally the election has been peaceful and we are very happy. The turnout look to me better than the last two previous governorship elections.”

On the allegation that there was no election at Okpoko in Ogbaru and Umudim in Nnewi North council areas, Osase-Uzzi said the matter was also been investigated by the commission with a view to find appropriate solution to the problem.

“It is being investigated and i think it has to do with late arrival or shortage of materials.

“The matter was resolved but a beat late. The community was saying we should reschedule the election in the affected unit to tomorrow, but we are looking at the best option,” he added.

Reports say the governorship election witnessed impressive turnout of voters at most of the polling units.

Voters were seen in most of the polling units visited as early as 7.30 a.m. waiting to be attended to by the electoral officials.

Security officials were present in all the polling units visited.

At Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, the country home of Gov. Willie Obiano, the governor said he was happy with the massive turnout of voters.

Obiano urged the people yet to come out to do so, noting that effective participation by the people was the only way they could support the advancement of democracy.

The APC governorship candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye, also told newsmen that the turnout was high and impressive.

In Oyi, Orumba North and South, Awka South local government areas as well as Onitsha, NAN correspondents report that the turnout was high in the polling units visited.

Meanwhile, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Election Working Group, told NAN in Onitsha that the poll began on a good note.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Adewale Ademola, said that the materials arrived and all the materials, including ballot boxes, card readers and results sheets were intact.

Ademola said the card readers were all in good working condition and that the election was smooth.

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