Kogi born Queen Nimat Siaka is a distinguished graduate of sociology from the University of Ilorin.


Towards the end of her National Youth Service Year, in October 2015, she was crowned Miss Curvy Nigeria Tourism.



Queen Nimat has been a dedicated volunteer philanthropist who has generously given her time, expertise  and resources to make a difference in the lives of individuals in her community.


She has visited several orphanage homes and executed numerous community development projects.



Working with her NGO, the Evergreen Initiative, she has been able to sow a seed in the lives of countless Nigerians.


Essentially, the Evergreen Global Initiative for Youth and Women Development is aimed at:

1. Empowering youth, women and children in the health, education and social economic aspects of self development;


2. Sensitizing young people and women to pursue their dreams by enhancing their capabilities, confidence and strong networking;


3. Investing in health related and cultural programs that impact a diverse population of children, youth and women;


4. Being a major force in improving education;


5. Contributing immensely in fighting  against misuse and abuse of illicit drugs, and combating this phenomenon by encouraging self employment through entrepreneurial skills acquisition, mentoring and technical support programs for individuals who want to start small businesses, as well as facilitating revenue generation.


Well known and highly regarded not only for her responsiveness and keen interest in social work but also for her pleasant, kind and calm demeanor, Queen Nimat readily extends a helping hand to the less privileged in the society.


In January 2016, she took part in a United Nations/Niger State sponsored project tagged SAWAH Ecosystem of Mechanized Farming and was able to impact the lives of the children,  women and youths of Niger State by being a source of constant motivation.


Nimat is a tireless advocate for children and women in rural areas. As the brand ambassador of KAM Wire Integrated Limited, she specially invited  the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo during their foundation laying ceremony on the 26th of April, 2016.


Davido’s daughter with Sofia Momodu, Imade Adeleke turned 1 on the 15th of May, 2016 and Queen Nimat was there to grace the occasion along side other celebrities.




As a social researcher she found out that misuse and illicit use of drugs has taken roots in the fabric of our society especially among Nigerian youths.



In commemoration of the 2016  International Youth Day, Queen Nimat’s NGO organized a public campaign and sensitization program with the support of the Kogi State Government, NDLEA and NAFDAC tagged ‘Kick Against Drug Abuse’ in Lokoja, on 17th August, 2016.


The program was aimed at deterring youths from drug abuse/misuse, assist individuals affected by substance abuse, outline the problems and concerns, foster progress, enrich lives and ultimately enhance the recovery process.



Queen Nimat proceeded to Kwara State to replicate the successful drug abuse program which she started in Kogi State. She was warmly received by the Executive Governor of Kwara State in November 24, 2016.




Queen Nimat visited the Special  Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina at the  presidential villa intimating him on the goals and objectives of her initiative and on how the Federal Government  can encourage youth participation in governance.


Queen Nimat journeyed her way down to the core north, touring Katsina, Kaduna and Kano to empower and impact the lives of the destitutes popularly called the Almajiris. While celebrating with them she showed them much love, encouraged them and enlightened them on the importance of formal education.


Queen Nimat joined the movement train to create awareness on cancer on October 29, 2016.


To  apprecaite culture, tourism and tradition in Nigeria, Queen Nimat, in January this year visited the newly crowned Ooni of Ife, in Ile Ife, Osun State.


She has also served as a tourist guard to international tourists who came into Nigeria for tourism.


Queen Nimat recently paid the Executive Governor of Ondo State a courtesy visit as she flagged off her latest project tagged ‘Kick against Drug Abuse among Youths in Ondo State’.




She will be in action again in October this year during the Grand Finale of the rave-making 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES, a multi-disciplinary competition for all secondary schools in Kogi State, extending across all 21 Local Government Areas.


The epoch-making event will feature the Investiture Ceremony of the 10th President of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Rotn. (Dr.) Kennedy O. Obohwemu. Scholarship opportunities and mouth-watering prizes worth over 1 million naira will be presented to deserving students.

Queen Nimat has bagged numerous awards in recognition of her humanitarian endeavours, among which is the honorary award, ‘Most Supportive Queen of the Year’, received in Bayelsa on the 14th of August, 2016.


God bless the Queen!

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reportedly begun the payment of backlog of salary arrears to resident doctors nationwide.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who made the revelation yesterday at the resumed negotiations between government and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja, explained that the office of the Accountant General of the Federation had remitted the arrears to the apex bank for immediate action.

Faulting the ongoing strike, the minister accused the doctors of violating Section 18 of the Trade Union Dispute Act of the Federation 2004. Ngige also flayed the association for allegedly blackmailing and shortchanging the Ministry of Health after an agreement had been reached last week.

His words: “I do not think it is very fair to the Federal Ministry of Health which is the employers of the doctors. In this ministry, we act as conciliators. Even though I am a government minister, I am a chief conciliator. If the government is wrong, I will tell them that they are wrong. If the employees are wrong, I will say so and at the end of the day, we will find a way to conciliate and make for equitable industrial relations.”

Besides, the Unified Nigeria Youth Forum (UNYF) has described the inability of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to meet the demands of NARD and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a national embarrassment.

In a statement by its president, Abdulsalam Muhammad Kazeem, the group contended that government should have prioritised the legitimate agitations of these professionals, since it was able to foot the bogus medical bill of the President in a London hospital for more than 100 days.

It, however, appealed to the striking doctors to suspend the strike by “reconsidering their step to save the lives of many common Nigerians who are currently receiving treatment in our various public hospitals across the nation.”

The group continued: “The resident doctors should please resume work with immediate effect to reaffirm the oath they took.”

Also yesterday, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) flayed the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, for reportedly directing all chief medical directors and medical directors of federal hospitals to immediately engage the services of casual doctors pending the resolution of the crisis. It described the order as reckless, unguarded and very unbecoming of the office of a highly placed government functionary.

Labour argued that if the current administration must tow this line, it should also employ casual officials as ministers and special aides, saying this would help the country save enough money.

In a statement by its president, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, TUC said Nigeria had become a joke in the comity of nations owing to remarks lacking intellectual depth.

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The crisis between the Kogi State government and it’s workers is taking a new twist as the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) say they are firmly in support of the impending resumption of the earlier suspended industrial action by the Nigeria Medical Association.


It would be recalled that the state government on Thursday night admitted to have paid some workers full salaries while others were paid 50% which was widely rejected by both labours and medical doctors in the state.

According to a statement jointly signed by NAGGMDP Chairman, Dr Alhassan Abubakar and Secretary, Dr Nuhu Topa Idris, the association observed that the move by the state government to discriminate against his workers in the payment of salaries was aimed at causing division in the health sector and the entire work force of the civil service.

The statement reads in parts, “It’s rather unfortunate that while the Muslim faithfuls are preparing for this year’s eidul-adha celebration, the State Government chose to dash the hope of many colleagues by resorting to payment of half salary.

“The pangs of this reality were even made worse by the introduction of dichotomy in the health sector by Government. Doctors in Hospital Management Board (HMB) and ministry of health were singled out for this unfair treatment. Colleagues in Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH),
the University and other tertiary institutions got full salary.

“It is most disheartening that our members are still being owed months of salaries arrears and underpayments ranging from 2 to 18 months .

“We in NAGGMDP support the full payment of salary to those so affected but reject, without equivocation, the payment of half salary to the rest of us. We view Government’s current action as an attempt to introduce dichotomy in the health sector with the view to weakening the fraternity.”

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An Industrial Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday stopped the management of Jos University Teaching Hospital from sacking its resident doctors.


JUTH, in moving to sack the doctors, relied on the Federal Government circular of 2013, which stipulated that the doctors could serve for only six years.

The doctors, through their Counsel, Mr Gyang Zi, have objected to that, citing what they said was the “most recent circular”, dated April 20, 2016.

The 2016 circular allows the doctors to serve for between nine and 10 years, depending on their departments.

Zi, in an exparte motion, urged the court to restrain JUTH’s management from sacking the doctors.

He had argued that sacking them without allowing to serve the mandatory 10 years was “a flagrant abuse and violation of the Federal Government’s Circular of April 20, 2016”.

Justice Waziri Abali, the Vocation Judge of the Industrial Court, who sat on the case on Thursday, directed the JUTH’s management to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the substantive case filed against it by the doctors.

“Both parties are to maintain the status quo until the determination of this motion on notice.

“The other parties in this matter should be put on notice so that the motion on notice can be heard and determined as soon as possible, ’’ the Judge directed.

Abali stated that he was a vocation Judge whose assignment would end on Sept. 8, 2017, adding that the President of Industrial Court of Nigeria would assign the case to any judge to carry on with the master whenever the Judges resume.

The doctors, represented by their President, Dr. Paul Agbo, said that the CMD of JUTH had been using the old circular of 2013, which gave them six years to serve before being disengaged.

He said that sacking them when their tenure of between nine and 10 years had not elapsed was tantamount to abuse of office and an injustice to them.

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi State on Thursday rejected the payment of 50 per cent salary to her members by the State Government.


The State Chairman of NMA, Dr Godwin Tijani, in a statement in Lokoja, expressed displeasure with the payment of half salary to her members and therefore outrightly rejected it.

According to him, NMA was not invited to the meeting held between the State Government and labour leaders where it was purportedly agreed that 50 per cent would be paid to workers.

“We only saw the news in the media this morning but we initially denied it as untrue, but now many of our members have gotten alert confirming the payment of half of their salaries.

“Kogi doctors are not happy with that decision, and as a noble and an understanding association, we expected the government to notify us of this shortfalls and not be taken by surprise.

“We learnt that those working in tertiary institutions are being paid full salary while those with the Ministry and Hospital Management Board (HMB) are getting half salary.

“NMA express displeasure with that level of discrimination,” Tijani said.

He, however, appealed to all members to remain calm and not be discouraged by such discrimination, urging them to go about their normal activities.

“We are working hard to ensure this abnormal cut in our salaries are corrected,” said the chairman.

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I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting that it is unwise, insensitive and retrogressive, to reduce the cut off mark for admissions into our tertiary institutions: 120 for universities, 100 for polytechnics and monotechnics, and a tentative 110 for Innovative Enterprise Institutions (IEIs).


Whereas the complaint has been that there is a dumbing down and lowering of standards, which is of course an obvious reaction, I argue that there is need for a better understanding of the context in which the decision was taken in the hope that this would shed some light on this controversial matter.

I write as a reporter and as a stakeholder who attended the 2017/2018 Policy Meeting on plans and modalities for the conduct of admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria at the Andrews Otutu Obaseki Auditorium, National Judicial Institute in Abuja, on August 22. The meeting started on Sunday, August 20, 2017. On Monday, August 21, there was a special session for admissions officers of all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. There are 524 tertiary institutions in Nigeria (minus the IEIs) and every institution was represented on Monday and again on Tuesday, when a special policy session was held and decisions were taken at a combined session of Registrars and Vice Chancellors, Provosts and Rectors. The Obaseki Auditorium was filled up at this meeting, which was attended by over 1, 600 stakeholders in the education sector. In other words, it was a meeting of stakeholders and the decisions were decisions taken by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It is therefore wrong to accuse JAMB or report that it is JAMB that is fixing cut-off marks for university admissions.

I recall that at the meeting, when we were about to go into the policy making session, the Minister of Education had to excuse himself on the ground that he had other commitments; all JAMB officials were also asked to leave the hall. The JAMB Registrar explained that he wanted the heads of tertiary institutions to be the ones to take the decisions, not JAMB, not the Minister, and he didn’t want either the Minister or his own staff in attendance so nobody would turn around to accuse JAMB or the Ministry of Education of imposing decisions on the tertiary institutions.

There were other stakeholders in attendance, the heads of the National University Commission (NUC), TETFUND, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), NECO, NYSC and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) – all as observers. The heads of IEIs stayed away from this particular meeting because they had earlier informed JAMB that the heads of other tertiary institutions are in the habit of out-voting and outnumbering them at policy meetings and they would rather have their own separate meeting to serve their own interests. I concluded, there and then, that students’ admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria has become big business and politics, with stiff competition between public and private institutions.

This clarification is necessary because as I see it, some of the participants in that meeting have since gone on a holier-than-thou expedition to distance themselves from it. At the meeting, the JAMB Registrar repeatedly pointed out that the University of Ibadan had made it clear that its cut-off mark would never go below 200. There are other universities like that, including the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the University of Ilorin. I am surprised however that there has been so much uncomfortable hypocrisy from some universities that attended the meeting. The Vice Chancellor and the Registrar of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti were both in attendance and the former spoke enthusiastically in support of the decisions. Yes, the ABUAD VC was there, but curiously, his employer, the proprietor and founder of the Afe Babalola University was the first person to denounce the decisions. We should take special notice however, of the intervention of the Vice Chancellor of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Professor Oluyemisi Obilade, and Professor Femi Mimiko. Out of over 1, 600 participants at a policy meeting, only two persons are standing up to report the truth?

The objectives of that policy meeting were inter alia, to brief the Degree, National Certificate in Education and National Diploma-awarding institutions on the plans and modalities for the conduct of the 2017/2018 admissions exercise, introduce the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), seek the cooperation and understanding of stakeholders, discuss and agree on submissions of estimated intakes and compliance with the current prescribed quota from the NUC, NCCE, and NBTE, adherence to institutional/programmes cut off marks, compliance with entry requirements, procedure for selection of candidates who may not be admitted at their first choice institutions, adherence to admissions schedule as approved at the Policy meeting and implementation of the science-arts ratio. These issues were tabled, discussed, voted upon and decisions were taken. The states and private tertiary institutions were exempted from the last criteria, to be determined by their proprietors.

I am surprised however that there has been so much uncomfortable hypocrisy from some universities that attended the meeting. The Vice Chancellor and the Registrar of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti were both in attendance and the former spoke enthusiastically in support of the decisions. Yes, the ABUAD VC was there, but curiously, his employer, the proprietor and founder of the Afe Babalola University was the first person to denounce the decisions.

It is important to understand the three main backgrounds to this policy meeting. At a similar policy meeting held on June 2, 2016, the various stakeholders at this same 2017 meeting, had adopted 180 as the minimum cut-off mark for admissions to all tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The regulator’s subsequent discovery is that most of the tertiary institutions did not respect this decision. They admitted students who scored below 180 and never reported same to JAMB; they introduced all kinds of back-door schemes and programmes under which admissions were offered.

In effect, the admissions process into Nigerian tertiary institutions was compromised; standards were violated. JAMB therefore decided that every institution must declare a lowest cut off point for its programmes and that every admission must be properly reported and documented, and brought to the notice of the regulator in order to enforce standards and have accurate statistics for educational planning. I got the impression for example, that some higher institutions must have been admitting all kinds of persons who did not have basic qualifications and never passed through the central admissions body. It is curious, isn’t it, that the same schools that voted for 180 in 2016, are now asking for 120, 110 and 100?

Secondly, the evidence was provided to the effect that many tertiary institutions do not respect the admission quota in line with the Federal Character prescribed by the Constitution. Most universities simply admit students from their catchment areas and ignore students from other parts of the country. Bayero University, to cite a notable example, admits over 50% of its students from Kano state, and yet it is a Federal University. Even when students from other parts of the country who apply to such universities have high, qualifying scores, they are ignored.

Thus, every year, many qualified students from different parts of the country are left stranded. They miss the opportunity to go to university not because they are not qualified, but because they have been shut out by the politicization of education in Nigeria. To correct this mischief, JAMB has now created a second tier admissions platform called the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS). It is an admissions-market where students who have been rejected by their first choices can seek alternatives, where JAMB can help rejected candidates seek other offers, and every institution can go in search of qualified candidates who may have been rejected elsewhere. This is to help increase the admissions ratio in the country, reduce the politicization of admissions, check the exodus of Nigerian students to foreign universities, create more opportunities and ensure greater equity. The only ouster clause in this arrangement is that at the end of the day, the candidate is free to reject any offer that he or she does not find acceptable, and that has no limit whatsoever.

JAMB in its explanation further recognized that ordinarily, a school certificate result should be enough requirement for admission to tertiary institutions as is the case in many countries of the world. In order to raise standards, Nigeria has a system whereby secondary school graduates still have to sit for UTME conducted by JAMB and Post-UTME, further testing conducted by the tertiary institutions, and confront other unwritten hurdles. The higher education seeker in Nigeria is thus taken through greater rigour than similar applicants elsewhere. In 2016, the Policy Meeting on Admissions had banned further conduct of the Post-UTME to reduce the burden faced by Nigerian students. At the 2017 meeting however, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu lifted the ban, noting that the tertiary institutions deserve the independence they have always asked for over their admissions process.

Indeed, this was the main point of the August 22 meeting. Tertiary institutions in Nigeria are the ones to determine their own admissions process. Cut off marks are to be fixed by the Senate of each institution, not JAMB. What JAMB has created through the CAPS is an open market that empowers admission-seekers, promotes healthy competition and provides an avenue for students to raise queries when they feel they may have been short-changed. The insistence on reporting is to aid transparency and data collection, we were told.

If this works, in no time, every tertiary institution will establish its own brand equity. As is the case elsewhere, the labour market in Nigeria will soon begin to differentiate between the students who graduated from a school that admits with 100 over 400 marks and another school whose cut off mark is as high as 250, in the same manner in which there is a marked difference in the UK between a graduate of Metropolitan University and a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. This differentiation in quality and standards is perhaps long-needed in the Nigerian education market.

Indeed, this was the main point of the August 22 meeting. Tertiary institutions in Nigeria are the ones to determine their own admissions process. Cut off marks are to be fixed by the Senate of each institution, not JAMB. What JAMB has created through the CAPS is an open market that empowers admission-seekers, promotes healthy competition and provides an avenue for students to raise queries when they feel they may have been short-changed. The insistence on reporting is to aid transparency and data collection, we were told.

That is as far as the meeting went, and the report of what I saw and heard. My real concern, and a probable justification for the outcry over the reduction of cut–off marks below the average score is, however, traceable to the fact that Nigeria’s education system is now terribly commercialized and unequal. The law of supply and demand is probably at the root of the politics of cut-off marks. We have more than 524 institutions looking not for students but customers! Ordinarily, most students want to attend elite schools and the Federal institutions, which charge subsidized fees. For instance, Federal Universities charge as low as N35, 000, the state universities about N150, 000-N200, 000, and the private universities as much as N750, 000.

The competition for space in the schools with lower fees is much higher, often leaving the ones with expensive school fees with fewer applicants. While the more economically attractive schools can afford to have high cut off marks, it is not impossible that lower cut-off marks would attract more students to the less patronized schools! The implication is not far to seek. Beyond the policy meeting of August 22, and all expressed good intentions, and regardless of the choice of the stakeholders, therefore, JAMB’s next and biggest challenge, in my view, is to ensure that market forces do not ultimately subvert quality and standards in the tertiary education sector. It is also up to parents to determine the kind of school that they want their children to attend, and for every institution to choose between mediocrity and excellence.

– Reuben Abati (NAN)

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kogi State Chapter has warned that the state’s health sector may plunge into another round of crisis if nothing is done to avert it.


The state Chairman of NMA, Dr Tijani Godwin Atayi gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Monday.

It would be recalled that NMA after its Emergency Congress on June 22nd, 2017, suspended her industrial action for three months and promised to reconvene in September to reappraise the suspended strike and resume if their demands were not met.

According to the NMA chairman, “The three months ultimatum expires in September, but up till now, nobody has called NMA for a meeting.

“All efforts to meet with Commissioner for Health proved abortive. No concrete information from government on Revised CONMESS, Promotion and annual incremental steps.

“About eight of our members are still on the uncleared list and have not being paid salary for several months. Underpayment still persists despite several reassurance from government.

“How long do we wait for this to be corrected? Nobody should blame NMA for any round of strike.”

He noted that NMA has shown understanding with the government and appealed to them to reciprocate that gesture to avoid any crisis in the state’s health sector.

“We are open to dialogue and we will always do what will project this government in a positive way. We will always support the government to succeed and improve the health indices of Kogi State but our demands should be addressed to reduce the financial burden my members are passing through.

“September is around the corner and no tangible efforts have been made as regards the NMA demands. We want a concrete commitment from government by addressing these issues to ensure the industrial harmony enjoyed in the health sector is not truncated,” he said

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Thousands of empty seats, many Irish supporters priced out from the arena and embarrassing problems with the Stateside pay-per-view system.


After months of ceaseless hype for the coming together of these two motormouths, there was plenty of ammunition ready and waiting to rubbish this circus, particularly if the contest had been over in a matter of seconds.

But happily, it wasn’t. This was as absorbing and competitive as any could have imagined and unquestionably lived up to the hype.

Conor McGregor bucked the huge experience gulf with Floyd Mayweather and enjoyed the better of the opening three rounds, before the five-weight former world champion’s class ultimately told.

Yet McGregor’s adept and gutsy performance put the encounter in a completely different light. Suddenly it wasn’t the farce or mismatch which many boxing purists had lambasted.

The outcome was never going to have any tangible bearing on the long-term future of boxing. This wasn’t another Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to decide the best of the best on a level-playing field. It was two worlds colliding in a showbiz, fantasy bout.

The real question was always whether viewers from more than 200 countries were entertained? On the level of both a spectacle and as a sporting contest, the answer was a resounding yes.

As a spectacle, it was everything it promised to be – McGregor even getting his hands wrapped while sporting his shirt, tie and waistcoat.

He gazed icily down the camera lens, with an Irish flag draped around his shoulders, as he wandered down the aisle. Mayweather, meanwhile, walked to the ring as some sort of masked samurai, before laughing to himself during the introductions.

As they backed off towards their corners for the opening bell, there was a huge roar inside the T-Mobile Arena.

Mayweather, when he connected with McGregor, caused problems for the Irishman

It was a spine-tingling moment. But then the contest lived up to the billing too.

McGregor attempted to make the running by throwing plenty of punches and he connected with a lovely left hand uppercut during the closing stages of the first round. It was a just rewards for his greater ambition, with Mayweather sitting behind his defence and very selectively picking his punches.

The Irishman remained the more aggressive and brighter of the two. Far from being daunted by the standard of his opposition, McGregor looked comfortable and relaxed.

There were no antics either. He was determined to demonstrate his boxing credentials and did so by taking the first three rounds.

McGregor taunted Mayweather as he once again tried to ramp up the entertainment level

It wasn’t until a short left from McGregor connected in the fourth that Mayweather was triggered into stepping up his offence – connecting right on the jaw on a couple of occasions.

There were some big body shots from Mayweather in the fifth as McGregor clearly began to tire. The American was able to alternate his punches to the head and began to put his stamp on proceedings.

The crowd sensed that the end was on the horizon both during the sixth and the seventh, as the exhausted McGregor was persistently picked off with clean shots to the head.

McGregor chose to go after Mayweather in the early rounds as he tried to make an impact

But McGregor continued on; doggedly staying on his feet and refused to be phased by the straight rights which were zeroing in.

Finally, the clean shots became too much to take for McGregor as a thumping right sent him spiraling against the ropes, before Mayweather went in for the kill.

But morally, this was a huge win for McGregor. After zero professional fights, he took one of the greatest to ever lace the gloves to the 10th round.

American singer Demi Lovato sung the United States national anthem ahead of the fight

After swelling their bank accounts so substantially from a solitary night in the Nevada desert, the pair had achieved their goal before the opening bell rang. 

All of those critiques of this ‘circus’ ultimately mattered little when Mayweather was able to take his career earnings beyond the $1billion mark and McGregor enjoyed by far his biggest ever pay day.

But in achieving victory, Mayweather surpasses the great Rocky Marciano in finishing his career on 50-0.

As he congratulated McGregor’s efforts in the ring afterwards, Mayweather can reflect on how the final fight of his career may ultimately prove to be one of his most memorable.

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The Commonwealth Medical Association and the Nigerian Medical Association have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, henceforth, use the State House Medical Centre, also known as Aso Rock Clinic.


While the CMA said the President should lead by example and desist from travelling abroad for medical treatment, the NMA said it was not opposed to him travelling to get a second opinion on his health.

The NMA, however, joined the CMA to urge the President to upgrade the Aso Rock Clinic and all public health institutions across the country to the level of the hospital that he used in London. They said upgrading the clinic and the President’s subsequent patronage of the centre would be the only way to justify the billions of naira budgeted annually for the running of the clinic.

Investigations have revealed that a total of N3.16bn was allocated to the Aso Rock Clinic in the 2016 and 2017 budgets. Lack of drugs and other medical items had crippled operations at the clinic, which was designated to provide medical services to the President, Vice-President, their families, aides, members of staff of the State House and other entitled public servants.

But the Vice-President, Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, while speaking on the President’s recent medical vacation to the United Kingdom, where he spent 104 days, said that it was highly embarrassing for political office holders in the country to seek medical care abroad.

The Commonwealth Medical Association, which was established in 1952, is a non-governmental organisation set up to assist and strengthen the capacities of national medical associations of countries within the Commonwealth to improve the health, well-being and human rights of their countries and communities.

Enabulele, who is also an Adviser to the World Medical Association, said it was absolutely unfortunate that while other economies were deriving benefits from their inbound medical tourism, Nigeria had been losing humongous sums of money in foreign exchange on account of its leaders’ medical tourism to other countries.

He said, “The country needs to think of how to reverse this unfortunate trend. Nigeria is in a recession and this is not the time for us to drain our economy by political office holders, whose expenses are borne by the state. I hope and pray that we will have the right leadership that will act by example to sort this out because that is the first step.

“This would give greater confidence to other Nigerians to explore the available medical services in the country. Leaders at all levels need to look beyond their individualism to say, ‘If I want people to utilise health care services in my country, I have to show that I believe in those facilities by utilising them’.

“So, I will urge all political holders, including Mr. President, to try to lead by example. The President should try as much as possible, irrespective of what may be the problem, to see how he can stay in the country and see how he can get his medical needs attended to at the State House Clinic, even if it means importing facilities that are not available here.

“In any case, if N3.16bn was budgeted for the State House Clinic in 2016 and 2017, I will expect that the money is supposed to improve the clinic to a global standard that will have most of all the needed facilities and equipment. There is no reason whatsoever to say you are looking somewhere else for medical care. It is increasingly embarrassing to see public office holders go outside the shores of Nigeria to look for care.”

While speaking in Sokoto at the 56th annual general conference and delegates meeting of the NMA in 2016, the President had said his administration would not encourage expending the nation’s hard earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad. But, Enabulele stressed that this was one area the President needed to show leadership direction.

Enabulele added, “The law as it currently exists in our country, states very clearly that except in exceptional cases that have been so determined by medical boards and with approval by the Minister of Health, no political office holder has any right to be sponsored with taxpayers’ resources for any foreign medical trip. So, even the laws are there.

“Nigerian doctors are capable and some of those Nigerian doctors abroad were trained in Nigeria. We have good experts and formidable medical expertise with good intellectual capital base in Nigeria. No country has it all but countries devise means of closing the gaps.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, said if the Aso Rock Clinic was well equipped, the President would not have been travelling outside the country to receive medical care, given that the country had the expertise to treat his ailment.

“But lack of equipment is making things difficult,” he added.

He explained that even though the NMA was not against the President seeking medical care abroad, as he was entitled to seek a second opinion, the NMA would advocate that the government equip the nation’s hospitals.

He said, “We are appealing to the President to replicate whatever experience he had in London here at home. He should equip our hospitals. We can’t keep funding the Aso Villa Clinic if it’s not being used. That clinic should be equipped so as to cater for the President’s medical need.

“The Federal Government has not been fulfilling an agreement it signed with other members of the Economic Community of West African States to set aside 15 per cent of the budget for the health care sector. If this happens, we would be able to equip our hospitals so that the President wouldn’t need to travel for medical treatment abroad again.”

Also, the NMA Chairman, Ogun State chapter, Dr. Kunle Ashimi, said poor equipment in Nigerian hospitals was responsible for the President’s medical trip abroad, noting however that hospitals should be equipped to stop medical tourism.

He added, “Lack of equipment is the problem Nigerian health care system is facing. We have the expertise to treat anybody. Go all over the world, Nigerian doctors excel because they have access to equipment.

“The Aso Villa Clinic could have gulped billions of naira, but it might be lacking the equipment to treat the President’s ailment. And sometimes, just one medical equipment could cost ten times more than the whole hospital building. No one knows the illness of the President, but I am sure if there were equipment in the Villa Clinic, he could have invited his doctors to come to Nigeria to treat him.

“What we need to do is to stop paying lip service to our health care sector. We should spend hugely on our hospitals and medical tourism would end.”

Meanwhile, reacting to the revelation by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, that Nigerians spent more than $1bn on medical tourism annually, some dons have called on the government to put an end to such recurring issue.

A professor of virology and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Oyewale Tomori, said people would continue to travel abroad until the government addressed the issues that compelled them to seek medical treatment aboard.

He, therefore, called on the government to address the issues and see if medical tourism would not be a thing of the past.

He said, “It’s not that our doctors are not good, within the limit of the facilities they have, but a doctor without equipment is as good as helpless. When India had the same problem in the health sector, the government created the conducive environment for their hospitals to be good, now they have the equipment and personnel.

“When we improve our medical services, people would stop going overseas, and it would be cheaper to get treatment at home than travelling abroad. But if we don’t address the foundational problems, I mean, issues like lack of equipment, electricity supply, water supply, the scourge of fake drugs, etc., if we don’t address them, there would continue to be medical tourism because people won’t get the kind of treatment they want.

“The leadership also plays a role. In a case where the President spent over 100 days abroad for treatment, how do you tell people not to do same? Like the NMA told him, create the environment here and you won’t have to go there. That is the only way.”

Also, a professor of psychology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Toba Elegbeleye, said the menace had continued to grow because hospitals in Nigeria lacked all the necessary equipment and the fact that people now ascribe some prestige to getting treatment abroad.

He, however, called on the government to address these issues to bring an end to the scourge.

He added, “It has a psychological side to it and I would ascribe it to colonial mentality. There was a time when even the royalty in Saudi Arabia used to come to the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State, and the University of Lagos to receive medical attention. So, I wonder why we are here now.

“Now, people like to celebrate that their parents died in London while receiving treatment. Although, we cannot fail to recognise that there may be better facilities there, so there may be an iota of truth in their fears.

“However, the way out is to equip the hospitals and change our mindset that nothing is good until it is done abroad. I even want to believe that if all our hospitals are equipped more than the ones in London and other places, people would still go there. But if we can refocus our mind, starting from a leader that is forthright, I think we may begin to have a change of heart. It’s in our attitude and world outlook. Since we are a praying nation, we would continue to pray that government put an end to it; it needs to be addressed.”

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Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, has revealed that the Nigerian military have been monitoring social media for anti-government and anti-military information.


The military chief said the move became necessary in the light of troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity of the country.

His comments come less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari said in his national broadcast that some of the discussion on social media in his absence crossed the line and left him distressed.

For Major General Enenche, the social media has always been a challenge all over the world and for the military, it is no different.

“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it,” he said when he appeared on Channels Television’s News At 10, hours after President Buhari met with service chiefs and ordered them to strengthen their operations.

“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”

Having observed the possibility that the social media can be misused the military has taken steps to address that. One of such steps is the establishment of strategic media centres.

“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security,” the military chief continued.

“We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country.”

There has been a rise in attacks by Boko Haram terrorists and it is one of the things the President advised the service chiefs to check. While the military intends to do just that, Major General Enenche said what they terrorists are doing is not surprising.

He said, “Like I have said before, it is not unexpected being that they have been degraded, decimated and really busted at camp zero and other cities there through the air bombardment and raids by members of the military, particularly the army. So you will see them spreading out like ants that have been busted from an anthill.”

According to him, the terrorists have benefitted in their attacks from the unending collaboration by insiders and sympathisers among the residents in the North East.

“However, I want to assure the general public and Nigerians that measures are in place to begin to take on them and begin to take them out. However highly placed anyone is or any insider or collaborator is, we are on top of the situation and we are beginning to get our information to begin to handle them appropriately,” he said.

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