The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), of the Federal Ministry of Health would on April 30, 2016, flag off its first pilot rural project in three rural areas beginning with Shiwer village of Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustee of Shiwer Mutual Health Association (SMHA), Ishaku Wongden, and made available to newsmen in Jos at the weekend, the programme was aimed at bringing health care closer to rural communities through a mutual insurance scheme.
“It is also aimed at rekindling the hope of the average Nigerian of having a reliable and affordable healthcare delivery.”
It would be recalled that Kanke was recently invaded by snakes and over 50 persons were bitten.
The statement further read that “a world renowned Paediatrician Dr. Ogu Emejuru, Prof Isaac Adewole, the Minster of Health, Governor Simon Lalong, Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator representing Plateau central Senatorial Zone will lead other Philanthropist and dignitaries for the commissioning and Fund raising.”
CCT: SAN faults Saraki’s trial
Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Adeniyi Akintola, has faulted the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Akintola insisted that Saraki was being persecuted through the CCT trial because of his emergence as the Senate President.
He said this to newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
He maintained that “Dr Saraki was being treated unfairly”.
He said the way Saraki’s trial was going was baffling most judicial officers in the country, more so that a precedence on such matter had earlier been set when it involved the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
According to him, he was involved in the trial of Abubakar and Tinubu when they were charged before the CCT on allegation of failure to declare their assets and the panel refused to sit then when the members did not form a quorum.
“It is quite unfortunate that most of the time we play the ostrich in this country, it is like hiding your head in the sand and living your body outside and when it is convenient for us, we do certain things in our own way but when it affects our enemy, we do it the other way round,” Akintola said.
He opined that the media is currently controlling the legal profession, describing the scenario as alien to the Nigerian judicial system.