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By: Babatunde Alaran

Ogun state government has flagged off free treatment of people living with eyes cataract and glaucoma tagged ‘President Buhari Restores Vision Project’, a Free Eye Screening, Cataract and Glaucoma Surgeries, organized for the residents towards combating the menace of blindness in the state.

The event organized by the State Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and Ophthalmologist Association of Nigeria, Ogun state Chapter, was held at the General Hospital in Odeda.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye while underscoring the purpose of the event, said the programme was aimed at screening and operating about 10,000 individual across the country while over 270 would be benefited across the three Senatorial district of the State, adding that the event was not done out of sheer ordinary effort but in response to current administrations mandate.

“This programme is an historical event because it’s got Presidential Mandate, aimed at operating at least 10,000 Nigerians while 270 will be operated in all the three senatorial district in the State. And this programme is not just a sheer ordinary effort but response to our mandate,” Ipaye stated.

Ipaye stated further that as health was central to economic viability, the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration would make sure that no stone was left unturned at ensuring that health of citizens was appropriately catered for, hence the investment on the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), tagged “Araya”.

While appreciating the ophthalmologist Association of Nigeria for its support, Dr. Ipaye disclosed that more citizens with eye challenges would soon be attended to under the state’s health insurance scheme.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Hospital Management Board, Dr. Ayinde Adesanya represented by Director of Planning, Research and Statistic of the Board, Dr. Wellington Ogunsanya disclosed that over 160 beneficiaries have been screened so far, with 40 of them already selected for surgeries, saying that the necessary gadgets and equipment were on ground to carry out the surgery.

Some of the beneficiaries, Akinsire Ogundele, Rafiu Sorinola, and Mrs. Atoke Adekunle and many  others, appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari and the State Government for the initiative, submitting that the intervention was indeed free, fair and easily accessible.

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Buhari Removes Executive Secretary Of TETFund




President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Dr. Abdullahi Baffa as Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

He has been replaced by a former ES of the agency, Prof Suleiman Bogoro.

Dr. Baffa’s removal is with immediate effect. No reason has been given for Baffa’s removal. Prof. Bogoro has resumed office.

There was mild jubilation at the headquarters of the agency this morning in Abuja.

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State of Osun: Osun engages six SANs to tackle activist lawyer



By:Segun Lawal

Faced by uncertainty of the likely outcome of the appeal it filed against the high court judgment which declared the use of “State of Osun” as illegal, the state government has engaged six Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) as counsels to handle the matter.

Justice Yinka Afolabi of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has on December 14, 2017 declared as unconstitutional “State of Osun” in a suit filed by an activist lawyer, Barr. Kanmi Ajibola against the enactment of a law tagged “State of Osun Land Use Tax Law”.

Besides, the same judge struck out the stay of execution application of the judgment filed by the state government on December 4, 2018 for lack of dilligent prosecution thereby reestablishing the fact that the persistence use of “State of Osun” remained illegal.

But Barr. Ajibola who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilesa Branch filed a fresh suit at the State High Court by dragging the governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his deputy, Benedict Alabi to court for taking their oaths as governor and deputy governor of “State of Osun” and not of Osun State during their swearing-in of November 27, 2018.

Ajibola who filed a 28-paragraph affidavits along with his originating summons on Thursday, December 27, 2018 asked the court among other things to set aside the swearing-in of thedefendants as governor and deputygovernor of “State of Osun” as illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

The lawyer asked to court to determinean interpretative inference from the State (Creation and Transitional Provision) Act, Annotated Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014 and the oath of office of the Governor of a state contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution whether what the Constitution created is the “State of Osun”.

According to him, maybe by the community reading of the same act andthe 1999 constitution with its schedules and the case of Aregbesola vs. Oyinlola (2010) LPELR – 3805 (CA) whether the 1st Defendant is the “Governor of State of Osun”.

In a swift move, six SANs announced to the Court of Appeal in Akure that they have taken over the case which was earlier being handled by the office of the State Attorney-General (AG) and the Ministry of Justice.

The SANs expected to handle the case are  Chief Akin Olujimi, John Baiyeshea, Abiodun Owonikoko, Abiodun Layonu, Dayo Akinlaja and Chief Yomi Alliyu.

Reacting, Barr. Ajibola stated that plaintiffs in any matter have the liberty in the choice of who to use as his lawyer, adding that the state government “knows that the decision of the appeal court will have a weighty impact” on his fresh suit, hence the decision to angage senior lawyers.

“But I am ready for them. We are all going to speak on the point of law. What I know is that State of Osun cannot stand anywhere. We will all know the truth very soon.”, he added.

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Breakingnews: PDP Presidential Candidate Off to USA



The Boss can authoritatively reveal that Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party  ( PDP) Presidential Candiadate left for the United States of America from Lagos, Nigeria’ commercial capital.

The news that Atiku is on his way to the United States has caught politicians especially those in the opposition napping and we gathered from reliable sources that calls have been going back and forth to confirm what will certainly be the game changer that will give the PDP campaign a huge boost.

Our sources revealed that Atiku left from George Hotel, Ikoyi with his entourage and was decked in pair of chinos and T-shirt, he also dorned a sport jacket and looked very trendy.

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