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N495 Million Debts: UCH Staff to Work Limited Hours Due to Power Outage

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Staff of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, will, from Tuesday, April 2, work between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily until power is restored in the hospital.

Oludayo Olabampe, chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), the umbrella body of hospital unions, announced this in an interview on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Mr Olabampe, therefore, said that the college hospital had been without electricity since March 19 and could not continue like that.

The chairman explained that “workers would now work from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only because it is dangerous and risky to attend to patients in that situation.”

Mr Olabampe added, “We held a meeting with the management this morning but the issue is that there is no electricity. So, from today, Tuesday, April 2, we will work until 4:00 p.m. we are not attending to any patient after 4:00 p.m.

“This means that we won’t admit patients because the nurses that will take care of them will not be available after 4:00 p.m., and you don’t expect patients to be on their own from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 a.m. the following day.”

He noted that “if patients need blood tests, the lab will not work” and “if they need radiography, the radiographers will not work.”

“The dieticians in charge of their food, too, will not work after 4:00 p.m. We also gave management another 14-day ultimatum, which started counting from March 27, and if, after 14 days, power is not restored, we will embark on a seven-day warning strike,” said the union leader.

Reacting to the move, the UCH chief medical director, Jesse Otegbayo, said the union did not officially write the management before taking such a decision.

He said, “I have not heard about that. If they are going to do that, they should write to management officially, and then the management will respond.

There are rules that govern government service. You can’t just decide what hours you work and expect to be paid full-time.

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EFCC Secures Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to arrest former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, ahead of his court appearance on Thursday.

Justice Emeka Nwite authorized the warrant earlier today following the EFCC’s request.

This decision comes after a conflicting ruling from the Kogi State High Court, which previously barred the EFCC from arresting, detaining, or prosecuting the former governor.

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Chaos Ensues as Ododo Allegedly Thwarts Attempt to Arrest Ex-Gov Bello

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Pandemonium erupted as Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Ododo, reportedly intervened to prevent the arrest of former governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence, leading to gunfire.

Armed operatives of the EFCC had sought to arrest Bello, but faced resistance upon arrival. Governor Ododo later arrived at the scene and was suspected to have left with Bello in his official vehicle.

Additional security forces were called in to support the EFCC, leading to a tense standoff. As Ododo departed with Bello, security operatives opened fire amid suspicions that the former governor was in the governor’s vehicle.

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Tinubu Applauds Dangote as Diesel Price Dips to N1,000 per Litre

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President Bola Tinubu has praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for slashing the price of diesel, a move expected to impact industries and transportation costs positively.

In a statement by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu emphasized the significance of the diesel price reduction, foreseeing a ripple effect on the nation’s economy.

Dangote recently announced a significant reduction in the price of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) from N1,650 to N1,000 per litre for bulk purchases, with additional discounts for larger volumes.

The reduction, amounting to a 60% drop, is poised to alleviate the burden of high transportation costs and contribute to stabilizing prices across various sectors.

Acknowledging the partnership between the federal government and Dangote Refinery, in which the government holds a 20% stake, Tinubu emphasized the importance of such collaborations in advancing national prosperity.

He urged Nigerians and businesses to prioritize national interests, assuring them of a conducive environment for growth and development.

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