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Central Bank of Nigeria has set aside N100 billion as loan to encourage private sector participants in the health sector as independent and partners with the government.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this at the Cardiocare Multispecialty Hospital Complex ultra-modern Cathlab in Abuja.

The minister said the government would encourage private sector participants to join hands with the government in developing innovative strategies to provide healthcare access to all Nigerians.

He said the ultra-modern cardiac catheterisation laboratory, cardiac surgery theatre and multi-specialty health facility are laudable projects in the specialty area of cardiac care.

Ehanire urged more private sector entities to enter the health space.

According to the minister, the World Health Organisation has affirmed cardiovascular disease as the number one cause of deaths globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year, which is 31 per cent of all global death.

He added that in Nigeria, cardiovascular disease remained a great public health concern.

According to him, the non-communicable disease programme under the Federal Ministry of Health has reported that cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 11 per cent of the over two million non-communicable disease-related deaths annually.

The Group Medical Director of Limi Hospital, Dr Iseko Iseko, said with the country losing over $1 billion annually to medical tourism, the health ministry had to commit several health centres to addressing issues related to availability of quality medical care.

Iseko said the cardiocare hospital had successfully carried out over seventy minimally invasive interventional procedures between set up in February and the official launch in November 2020.

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Northern elders express concern over dethronement of Kano Emirs

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Northern elders express concern over dethronement of Kano Emirs

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed concern over the dethronement of Kano Emirs.

The Forum on the other hand blamed the previous administration for creating new emirates, saying such action threatens the unity and cohesion of the traditional structure and undermines the centuries-old customs, values, and traditions that are the bedrock of Nigerian society.

In a press release by its director of publicity and advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the forum warned that the crisis in the Kano emirate has significantly raised public tensions and concerns.

It, however, urged the Kano state government and the involved politicians to handle the situation with utmost care and professionalism to prevent further escalation.

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“It is important for all parties involved to approach this matter with the utmost care and professionalism, keeping in mind the potential consequences of their actions. Rash decisions and inflammatory statements can only serve to worsen the situation and jeopardize the peace and stability of the state,” NEF stated.

The Forum also called on the public to remain calm and law-abiding, stressing that violence and unrest would only further divide the community and hinder peaceful resolution efforts.

The Elders emphasized the need for unity and mutual understanding during this crisis, noting that, the traditional institution in Nigeria has long faced challenges that have rendered it weak and ineffective.

According to NEF, “Creation of multiple emirates in Kano is a deliberate attempt to weaken the authority of traditional rulers, making them more susceptible to political control and manipulation. The arbitrary dethronement and replacement of high-ranking traditional rulers in Kano, according to the NEF, undermine their authority and legitimacy.

“This move threatens the unity and cohesion of the traditional structure and undermines the centuries-old customs, values, and traditions that are the bedrock of Nigerian society,” the Forum stressed.

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BREAKING: Yusuf signs bill reversing Ganduje’s Kano emirates creation

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BREAKING: Yusuf signs bill reversing Ganduje’s Kano emirates creation

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Thursday, signed the new emirate council law.

The governor, alongside his deputy, the Speaker of the State Assembly and other principal officers in the government signed the law Thursday evening at the Government House.

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[ICYMI] HOW TO APPLY FOR STUDENT LOAN

CREATING AN ACCOUNT

Step 1: visit www.nelf.gov.ng

Step 2: Click on the “Apply Now”

Step 3: Click on “Get Started”

Step 4: Answer the questions on this page to continue by clicking on “Yes, I am a Nigerian”

Step 5: Verify your educational information. You would be required to select your school from a dropdown and provide your matric number to check if your school has uploaded your details.

Step 6: Click the “Verify with JAMB” and enter your JAMB details in the screen.
(Students whose NIN has not been registered with JAMB will have an input field where they can enter their NIN for validation.)

Step 7: Create an account by entering your Email address, Password and Confirm Password in the fields provided and click “Create Account”.

Step 8: Click the email verification link sent to your email.
This concludes the process of creating an account.

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HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE

After successful registration, log in by clicking the “LOGIN” button.

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