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Four Sentenced to 30 Years in Robbery With Violence

By Faustine Kapama

THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday sentenced four bandits to 30 years imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane for armed robbery of mobile phones and other items worth 2.05m/- during Saba Saba Day in 2013.

Principal Resident Magistrate Respicius Mwijage ruled against Donald Nzwenka, Michael Paschal, Ally Akili, alias Chinga and Kurwa Mwakagenda after observing that the prosecution, through 11 witnesses, proved their case beyond reasonable doubt as required by law in criminal cases.

The prosecution had alleged that the bandits committed the offence on July 7, 2013 at Boko Magengeni in Kinondoni District where they stole four mobile phones of Collal Nokia, Samsang and Tecno make, 150,000/- in cash and two golden rings, all items valued at 2,050,000/-. Such properties were owned by a house wife, Hobokela Mwakijambile.

It was alleged by the prosecution, led by State Attorney Gloria Mwenda that immediately before such stealing, the bandits threatened the woman with a bush knife in order to obtain the items easily.

In evaluating the evidence tendered, the magistrate pointed out that for the offence of armed robbery to stand, the prosecution was bound to prove that the accused person or persons at or immediately after the time of stealing someone’s property is armed with any dangerous or offensive weapon.

He revealed that in the case in hand, it is the evidence of the victim and other witnesses that on the night of July 7, 2013 at around 3.00am, the bandits broke the main entrance door of their house using an explosive, which was later identified by the police as dynamite.

Thereafter, the magistrate noted, the bandits proceeded to break other doors and finally entered into the room where the witnesses were sitting. While being in the room which was under the lamp light, the witnesses saw Mwakagenda with a ‘panga’ and he started beating them using such weapon.

“In consideration of the above evidence in totality, I find no doubt that (the witnesses) were able to identify the bandits who are the accused persons in this case and that is the reasons why even the (victim) managed to identify them during the identification parade at the police station,” he said.

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Nigeria: Resident Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike in Kaduna

Residents doctors in Kaduna State have begun an indefinite strike on Tuesday over the “sorry state” of healthcare facilities in state government hospitals.

Joseph Jokshan, president, Association of Resident Doctors in the state, said at a press briefing Monday night in Kaduna that the state government had not responded to any of the doctors’ demands issued 21 days ago.

He said the doctors were pained to begin the strike, but “unfortunately, we cannot effectively carry out these tasks in the current sorry state of our healthcare facilities.”

Mr. Jokshan listed issues that prompted the strike to include poor funding, equipping and staffing of hospitals and non provision of living environment for medical, health workers and patients.

He said members of the association were also demanding payment of House Officers salaries and arrears and immediate and full implementation of “corrected” CONMESS.

“Immediate implementation of already approved funding for residency training of Kaduna state doctors in their chosen fields, as well as promotion of our doctors that are due.”

He urged the general public to “join us in this struggle and push the government to do the needful.”

“This is the struggle we intend to see through to the end, not because we are unaware of the implication of this action but because we are left with no other option,” he added.(NAN)

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39 Ethiopians Booked for Illegal Transit Stay

By Faustine Kapama

THIRTY-NINE Ethiopian immigrants, some once found in a truck owned by Dangote Cement Limited, appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday, charged with illegal stay and entering Tanzania illegally. They were charged along with five Tanzanians, who now face separate counts of smuggling the immigrants in two batches.

The first batch involves 31 Ethiopians and the second eight of them. All the foreigners pleaded guilty to the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa.

However, all Tanzanians, including the truck driver, Khalid Sadik, denied the charges read before them by a prosecutor from the Immigration Department, Novatus Mlay. Other Tanzanians are Hussein Hassan, Jumanne Mtambo, Ibrahim Dikani and Christopher Kikwa.

The magistrate adjourned the two cases to October 10 and 11. The cases involving the foreigners would resume on those days for presentation of memorandum of facts, after they had admitted to the charges against them. While the cases for Tanzanians would come for mention, as investigations are incomplete.

All Tanzanians were granted bail on conditions of each securing two reliable sureties. Every surety, according to the magistrate, was ordered to sign a bond of 50m/-.

The magistrate, however, ordered the foreigners to remain in custody pending presentation of memorandum of facts of their cases.

Prosecuting, the prosecutor with the immigration department told the court that the first batch of 31 foreigners and two Tanzanians is alleged to have committed the offence on September 25, this year, at Tuangoma area in Temeke District.

In respect of the second batch of eight Ethiopians and three Tanzanians, the prosecution alleged that the accused persons committed the offences on September 20, this year, at Mbagala Kongowe and Mtongani areas in Temeke District in the city.

For foreigners, the prosecution alleged that they were found to have entered unlawfully and present in the United Republic of Tanzania without a valid permit and visa.

For Tanzanians, the prosecution alleged that they were found to have smuggled the illegal immigrants into the country while it was illegal.

It is alleged that the Tanzanians also transported the foreigners to transit in the country heading to South Africa and allegedly facilitated the illegal immigrants to enter into Tanzania, while they knew it was against the law.

The vehicles involved in the illegal business, according to the prosecution, are Mini-bus Nissan Civilian No. T 669 DJH, whose owner was not mentioned, which was used in the first batch and Howo Semi-Trailer No T 181 DKB with trailer No T 961 DKA owned by Dangote Company used in the second batch.

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Twin Businessmen Set Free Over Death Threats Claim

The Resident Magistrate’s Court in Singida Region has dropped a case against twin businessmen after the prosecution failed to prove a charge that was facing them of threatening to kill members of the region’s Press Club (Sinpress).

The businessmen that were set free by the court are Hassan Salehe (47) and Hussein Salehe (47), residents of Old Town in Mughanga Ward, Singida Municipality.

It was alleged in court that both of the accused committed the offence on November 7, 2016, at around 9am at the office of the Press Club in Singida Town.

Reading the ruling recently, magistrate Terrisophia Tesha said evidence given by each of the witnesses in the case, Ms Mariam Hamisi and Ms Cares Katemana was contradictory and nowhere they stated over the death threat to the journalists. (Gasper Andew)

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Govt Warned After Failing to Comply With Court Order

By Tausi Ally

Dar es Salaam — Mr Habinder Sethi, a tycoon who is charged with economic sabotage at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court, yesterday complained that he has not received medical treatment in accordance with the court order.

The court had issued an order that Mr Seth should be treated at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), which is the biggest national facility.

His complaints came as a surprise for the Resident Magistrate, Mr Huruma Shaidi, who stressed that the orders issued by the court must be respected.

“We cannot speak about the same thing every day. I told the court that he should be taken to the Muhimbili National Hospital for treatment,” said the magistrate.

The magistrate said the last time the prosecution side told the court that a specialist went to Amana Hospital to treat Mr Sethi, but it came to light that the specialist went to the prison, something which is in contravention of the court order.

“I am not pleased with what is going on. I cannot issue a similar order every day. Mr Sethi should be taken to the Muhimbili National Hospital to receive the required treatment,” he insisted.

Earlier, a prosecutor from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr Leonard Swai, requested the court to set another date for the mention of the case as investigation was still incomplete.

He also told the court that a specialist from the MNH has been treating Mr Sethi at Ukonga prison.

Mr Swai told the court that Mr Sethi has not submitted medical certificates, which specifically outlines his health complications.

The defence and prosecution sides were involved in a legal tussle over Mr Sethi’s treatment.

They started when the defence attorney, Mr Joseph Makandege accused the Prisons Department of contempt of court for failing to allow his client to seek medical attention at the MNH as the court ordered.

Mr Makandege told the court that Sethi had undergone a procedure to insert a gastric balloon in his stomach, which necessitated specialised care.

This prompted his request to access medical services at the national facility.

However, despite the court giving the nod to the request, the Prisons Department took him to Amana Regional Hospital, which, according to Mr Makandege, cannot handle his client’s medical situation.

The Principal State Attorney, Mr Vitalis Peter denied the defence’s assertion that the Prisons Department had denied requisite medical access to Mr Sethi.

He told the court that the Prisons Department’s medical staff made an assessment of Sethi’s health and decided to take him to Amana Hospital.

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Ex-ATCL Boss Ordered to Pay Sh35m Fine or Face Jail

By Tausi Ally

Dar es Salaam — Former managing director of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) David Mattaka and co-accused have been ordered to pay a Sh35 million fine each or serve six years in jail after they were convicted of occasioning the government Sh1 billion in loss.

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court also convicted former ATCL’s acting chief accountant Elisafi Mathew alongside Mattaka.

The court set free the national carrier’s former head of internal audit department, Mr William Haji, saying prosecution had failed to prove charges against him.

Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa also ordered the convicts to pay $143,442.75 (about 315.5 million) as compensation to ATCL in one month for purchasing the 26 used vehicles.

The trio were arraigned in November 2011 and charged with abuse of office after they were accused of failing to properly keep financial records for the company and for purchasing used vehicles for Sh 1 billion.

A prosecutor from the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Mr Ben Lincoln, told the court that the accused persons committed the offences between June and July in 2007 after they failed to keep tender records for the purchase of 26 vehicles.

The PCCB prosecutor further charged that the three ATCL officials jointly failed to observe regulations guiding public procurement between July 2 and August 23 in 2007.

He told the court their failure to observe public procurement regulations led to the purchase of the 26 vehicles worth $809.3 million from a Dubai-based company.

In another count, the PCCB prosecutor alleged that between July 2 and August 2007, Mattaka acting as ATCL managing director abused his office by authorising the purchase of the vehicles without floating a tender.

Mr Lincoln further charged that the former ATCL boss authorised the purchase of the vehicles without the knowledge of the firm’s tender board which was contrary to the law that guides procurement procedures.

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Investigations in Mdee’s Case Complete, Prosecution Tells Court

By Faustine Kapama

INVESTIGATIONS into a trial of Kawe Member of Parliament (MP) Halima Mdee are complete, the court was told yesterday. The 39-year old politician stands accused of abusing President John Magufuli.

Senior State Attorney Mutalemwa Kishenyi, before Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, asked for a date to conduct preliminary hearing.

The magistrate granted the request and adjourned the case to October 11, 2017. During the preliminary hearing session, the prosecution is expected to give more particulars, showing how the lawmaker under Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) ticket committed the offence.

In the case, the prosecution alleges that Mdee committed the offence on July 3, this year, at Chadema headquarters along Ufipa Street in Kinondoni District in the city. She is alleged to have in sulted the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, the act which, according to the prosecution, was likely to cause breach of peace.

Before her arraignment, the opposition lawmaker was locked up following an order by Kinondoni District Commissioner (DC) Ally Hapi, for inflammatory statements against the President.

The DC was quoted as saying that as the Chairman of the Peace and Security Committee in the district, he had ordered the law enforcers to arrest Mdee and hold her for interrogation for not less than 48 hours before further legal measures.

DC Hapi derived his powers from some provisions in the Regional Administration Act that empowers Regional Commissioners (RCs) and District Commissioners (DCs) to order confinement of citizens for 48 hours.

Ordering Mdee’s detention, Mr Hapi told reporters that his district is not a place for politicians to utter inflammatory statements against government leaders and abuse the president.

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Nigeria: The Doctors’ Strike

opinion

As the nation grapples with the strike action by medical doctors, this time, under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) after failed attempts by the Federal Government to avert it, the pain is that the strikers’ demands are very familiar.

The issues in contention are salary shortfall of 2016 and January to May 2017, failure to rectify the salary shortage, failure to circularise house officers entry point, failure to correct the stagnation of promotion of members and properly place them on their appropriate grade level. Other issues are failure to enroll and capture members on the Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS) as well as failure to budget, deduct and remit both the employer and employees’ contributions and NARD members’ pension to retirement savings account. Weighty grievances but, once again, not new.

On its part, the Federal Government’s delegation had promised the doctors that it would implement their joint decisions, asking the doctors to go back to work. But the doctors have been adamant. Their position is that the Federal Government has not been known to fulfill its promises to unions. As a result, the strike has continued and it has been very effective across the country. Nigeria’s already parlous health care system is, therefore, receiving yet another bashing and the poor citizens who cannot afford the expensive services of private hospitals are dying in their hundreds. Once again, the ineptitude of government in rudimentary matters is in full display. Why on earth, should such mundane matters be allowed to fester until a strike is called? What does it take for a government which rode to power on the crest of popular opinion, promising to bring change to the polity, fail in such simple matters?

The current Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole was once an active member of the doctors’ association. Indeed in 1984 he was elected National President of National Association of Resident Doctors, the association which is now up in arms against the government. He led a strike against the junta of General Muhammadu Leko Buhari and was fired for his role in the strike. How come that as head of the Health Ministry, he is unable to guarantee or meet the needs of his primary constituency? Why has he not been able to meet the demands of NARD? Is there something, a mystique in government, that turns erstwhile active professionals into docile office holders? Or, are the demands of NARD unreasonable?

Medical doctors play a crucial role in the health sector. Whereas they have been known to perform creditably in the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed countries, here at home, Nigerians invariably pass a vote of no-confidence in them. These same doctors who had been trained in Nigeria’s teaching hospitals discharge themselves creditably in foreign lands. The problem therefore must be with the environment and at the core of this is the government. Governments at the Federal and State levels have not met their obligations to the health sector. The nation’s hospitals have long been identified as lacking in equipment. Remuneration or incentives which are expected to make the profession attractive are not provided. It is against this background that all must appreciate the strike by the doctors.

Governments which are insensitive to the aspirations of the people are often negligent of their social obligations. As earlier observed, the demands of the doctors are nothing new. Some of them have been on the table since 2013, raising the question: what kind of government keeps issues in abeyance for upwards of three years without any action? If anything, the doctors have been too patient with the government. They are justified now to believe that government cannot keep its word. For example, the issue of entry point for resident doctors had been on the front burner for three years. Indeed, the Minister of Health and the Federal government need to explain to the Nigerian people why the doctors were forced into the latest strike.

Too many people have died because of poor facilities in our hospitals and no less a person than President Muhammadu Buhari has shown he has no confidence in Nigeria’s health-care facilities by spending some three odd months in a medical facility in the United Kingdom recently. This is a tragedy.

The government should use this opportunity to put things right. It is possible to assert that there should be no strike in the health sector for the next two years. This can be done by taking the right steps and ensuring that all the facilities and personnel in the sector are properly taken care of. Millions of dollars are spent annually by government and individuals in foreign hospitals when indeed with the right policy in place all such ailments can be dealt with here.

It is instructive that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the NARD have both accused the government of failing to honour agreements freely entered unto with both parties. This is irresponsible of government, an indication of gross ineptitude and insensitivity. A government that cannot honour its agreements with organised labour cannot be trusted by the people.

The government should act immediately and the strike should not be allowed to go on. Representatives of government should urgently meet with the unions and resolve the dispute. If government had at any time signed an agreement with unions, it is simply honourable to fulfill its own side of the agreement. In a country where public officials are accused of routinely stealing millions and where national legislators earn millions of naira monthly, no excuse can be given for not meeting the demands of health care professionals whose services are fundamental to the survival of citizens.

Nigeria: Resident Doctors’ Strike – How Major Nigerian Hospitals Fared

By Ayodamola Owoseye, Nike Adebowale and Nasir Ibrahim

Despite the directive from the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to its members to embark on a total strike, skeletal operations by some doctors were still observed at various health institutions across the country.

PREMIUM TIMES reporters visited some health institutions across the country and noticed minimal activities going on in some of them as patients were seen in the wards with some resident doctors attending to them.

The resident doctors across the country began an indefinite strike to compel the government to honour past agreements hinging on staff welfare, payment of arrears since 2013 and deteriorating health facilities across government hospitals.

Resident doctors are post-graduate doctors on training at secondary and tertiary health institutions in Nigeria especially teaching hospitals and are also under the employment of the federal government during their residency.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited UCH, Ibadan, it was observed that skeletal work was being done by some of the resident doctors as patients were still being admitted with some medical staff going about their clinical duties.

The hospital environment was however calm and quiet, a contrast to how it usually is on a daily basis.

A nurse at the imaging unit who pleaded anonymity said some of the resident doctors have been attending to patients as they “have no choice because their consultants have mandated them to come to the hospital.”

“They cannot join their colleagues in the strike, most of them are been called back by their consultants and they cannot refuse them,” she said.

At the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, on Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES observed that activities at the hospital have been crippled by the strike.

The reporter noticed that the ever busy General Out-Patient Department, GOPD was empty due to the industrial action. However, the medical ward and accident and emergency units were offering minimal services.

A 70-year-old patient, Munkaila Shuaibu, said he was discharged on Tuesday after being admitted a few days ago.

“I was admitted on Sallah day. After spending a night at the emergency department, I was transferred to the male medical ward where I spent four days. The doctor said my health condition is stable. That is why he is discharging me,” he said.

Another patient on admission at the male medical ward, Muhammad Ahmad said he is still receiving treatment despite the strike.

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano

“Doctors have come this morning for routine ward round. They have checked those on admission. Nobody told me I will be discharged,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES also visited the National Hospital and Wuse General Hospital, both in Abuja, where it found some of the resident doctors still working.

Though their activities were skeletal, some of the residents available were seen attending to patients.

Some of the resident doctors on duty who pleaded anonymity said though the strike is on, they are only treating people out of sympathy.

“As you can see, this a large hospital and there are so many patients to attend to. We can’t just leave them stranded. All we are asking is for the federal government to meet our demands. Once this done, all activities go back to normal.

National Hospital, Abuja

“We are however working undercover now because NARD must not know that some of us are still working. We are not working under the management’s order, it is a self-decision. We are just doing some skeletal work in here,” a resident doctor said.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole had earlier directed the heads of federal government hospitals to ensure that all other doctors in various strata are deployed to fill the vacuum.

This was to ensure that the patients get medical attention and are not turned back as resident doctors are known to attend to the bulk of the patients in government hospitals.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Aminu Inuwa said the management of the hospital has directed all heads of departments to deploy consultants to fill the vacuum left by resident doctors.

“The few doctors available will attend to those with complicated cases. Those with stable health conditions will be discharged or referred to another hospital.,” he added.

Mr Inuwa said that the consultants will “continue managing the situation, but if the strike goes beyond a week, the patients will be referred to other private hospitals.”

Speaking on the strike in Ibadan on Tuesday, NARD chairman, UCH, Ibadan chapter, Segun Olaopa, said the resident doctors will not be going back to work until the government honours its part of the MoU it had with the association in 2013.

Mr Olaopa said the main concern of the resident doctors was the payment of their salaries and arrears and stoppage of further deductions from their salaries.

“It is very legal for us to go on strike as they cannot be paying us half our salaries since 2014 and expect us not to demand it. The country is currently undergoing harsh economic crisis and it is affecting us too psychologically. How do you expect a psychological imbalanced doctor to treat patients especially in an unconducive environment?

“We have stipulated what we want the government to do for us. Everything is not monetary, so we see no reason why they can’t honour it. They should stop playing jokes and resorting to using the patients and public to blackmail us,” he said.

Mr. Olaopa said the association is willing to meet with the government to discuss a way forward out of the quagmire.

A meeting between the NARD executives and the health and labour ministries has been fixed for Wednesday.

Nigeria: Patients Stranded As Doctors Ground Govt Hospitals

Photo: The Guardian

(file photo).

By Martins Ifijeh and Senator Iroegbu

Many Nigerians who reported sick at federal government-owned medical facilities nationwide yesterday were stunned to find out that doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike, leaving them stranded and at the mercy of private hospitals.

Their woes were compounded by their inability to access funds to look elsewhere for medical care as banks were closed as a result of the Eid-Maulud holiday which began last Friday.

Medical doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDS) had commenced an indefinite nationwide strike in the early hours of yesterday following the rejection by its National Executive Council, of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) its leadership had signed with the federal government last week.

The development attracted a firm rebuke from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who condemned the strike describing it as an act of sabotage.

His Ministry of Health counterpart, Prof. Isaac Adewole, however, sued for peace, pleading with the doctors to return to work and give the federal government time to resolve their grievances.

The resident doctors had last week met with Ngige and Adewole, where the federal government made some offers to them.

But a terse statement signed by NARD President, Dr. Onyebueze John, in Abuja yesterday said: “Rising from our National Executive Council meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday (Sunday) and ended 3amtoday (Monday), we have resolved to reject the promissory offer from government and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in our demand list for strike action are resolved by government.”

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The association had last week warned that it might embark on an indefinite strike from September 4th if its demands were not met by the federal government.It had demanded that all heads of tertiary health institutions that have received funding from the federal government for the payment of all outstanding financial obligations to its members should pay them immediately, adding that its members were demanding the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.Other issues in dispute include the demand for the enrolment of resident doctors into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003 and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.The resident doctors are also asking for the resolution of the stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who had met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.In his reaction yesterday, Ngige in a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Nwachukwu Obidiwe, said the strike was unnecessary, expressing surprise that NARD downed tools despite assurances to the contrary.He said NARD had marathon negotiations with the federal government team led by Adewole and him as well as other relevant actors in the industry where some understanding was reached to shelve the strike.According to the minister, the strike was totally uncalled for, adding that there was no reason for the doctors to abandon their duty post other than to embarrass and sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.Ngige said he was totally taken aback by the strike because he had the commitment of NARD President John that the doctors were satisfied with the assurances given by the federal government that their concerns would be dealt with.He said: “The President of the Resident Doctors Association, Dr. Onyebueze, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting. Here are the extract and the video recording of his statement: ‘From the conclusions, we reached here, they are far reaching; that will go a long way in assuaging the members that are already aggrieved and feel that all issues have not been sorted out. Like we said, these issues have been lingering since 2013 but we have a new hope and we feel we have seen the green light at the end of the tunnel. I want to believe that if this document is presented to our members, we are very hopeful it will be given a favourable consideration. Thank you so much.’Ngige asked: “What then happened? One is therefore forced to ask whether it is a case of weak national leadership on the part of the executive of NARD or an outright sabotage of the efforts of the Buhari administration?”Adewole, on whose shoulder the health sector rests, however, appealed to the doctors to suspend the strike in the interest of Nigerians who were in need of medical care.The Health minister in a statement yesterday, gave assurances of the federal government’s commitment to addressing all the issues in contention, saying government needed a little more time to address all the issues.According to him: “Another round of meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and it is hoped that more progress would have been made in reaching a consensus on all the issues being discussed,” adding that the Buhari administration was determined to promote industrial harmony in the Health sector.

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