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of the Medical Centre.. Owo. Dndo State, under the auspices of the Ileahh Workers Alliance on Wednesday accust'd some striking doctors of lhe hospital of pilfering. The doctors, the HWA same alleged. pilfered onhopaedic instruments. including intedoclcing nail

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The H\\'A. in astalemenl by its chairman, Mr. Stt!\'Cn Ologunagba and Secretary. Mr. Adekola Adetifa. alleged that the pilfered «Iuipment were taken t03 private clinic in AJ.."U~. The group also alleged iliat three top members of Ihe Association of Resident Doctors were involved in the theft. The stalement added

that the nurse, who allegedly connived with the doctors to retnO\"e the equipment,. had been queried by management of the institution. The ffi-\'A said the development had confirmed the suspicion of saml.' of the unions in the hospital thaI Ihe ARD's aim of embarking on the strike was for personal reasons. The association, therefore, urged the hospiml management to ensure that the culprits "'-ere arrested and prosecUled. The group said. -As a responsible stakeholder

in the FMC, ()v.Io project., we shall waste no time in petitioning the supervising Ministry of Health, if the concerned doctors are not brought to book within 30 days. ~

liowe\'Ct, the striking doctors through Iheir Presidenl. Dr. Ajuonu Jolly. told our correspondent that none of them .....as in\'ol"ed in any fonn of pilfering. Hesaid.lhemanagement of the FMC is behind the allegation because both the group that allegedly issued the statement and the signatories are faceless and are not mown 10 the

institution. Ihe three accused persons are the immediate president of the ARD, the immediatesecretalyand the immediate past chairman of the state chapter of Ille Nigerian Medical Association. "'This clearly shows the extent to wbich the management could go to deviate from issues to altacking persol15 .....ho are committed to el15uring thaI the FMC Owo remained one ohlle best in the coun~·. ~ Meanwhile, a top employee of the hospital told our correspondent on

condition of anonymity that the affected nurse bad been queried. He said. "'The management had already commenced im'estigation on the issue. ·Since the medical doctors are on strike. there is nothing the authorities of the hospilnl could do 10 the doctors accused in connection with the alleged stealing of the equipment..· With the heavy security presence on the premises, .Iolly said it would be difficult for anybody 10 remO\-"e anyequipmenl from ille hospital.

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The items ~ stored in the National Strategic Grain ~-e Silos in lbarlan and AInue-. TheMinisterofAgrirulture and Rural Del>dapment. Dr. _.tJcinwunri Adesina, ,,"no . . .as represented on the oo::asion b)' theDirectotofIheWestem zone of the ministly, said it waspartofthe40.ooomet:ric tomteS of food itmlS rdeased

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treaUncnl in Mali over Ill!! next threeyears. Mali's t.Hnist:er for Foreign Affairs. Tieman CouIib.11)', said. "The signing of this agreement in\'ohing the Global Fund, the UN De-.-eIopment Progranune and Mali brings hope for many or our citizens .....ho can now say ~. ha~ not been forgotten,· UN Residenl Coordinator and UNDr Resident Representath'e for Mali, Auriilen Agbenonci. welcomed the pannership and said it was consistent with the country's national deo.'elopment strategy.

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PEAKER or the Ekiti Stute 1 louse of Assembly, I>r. Adl'\\-"lllt! Ommo. has said Ihe sacking of the Local Go\"I!1'lUlJeI1t Sen"lce Commission aod Ille House of .o\ssembl) Senice Commi."5ion menber.: f~l!d constitutional

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The Speaker said this in Ado-Ekiti on \ \'ednesd.w while speaking with jounlali,<;ts on IlK> reasons rorsackill!1, the officinls. The l3\<omakess. at a plena!)' on Tuesday, BpprtJ\"ed the sacking of the members of tbe two COIllIIlissions. Omirio said their saoon}:: was in accordance ....ith the pwoisions of the Section 201 of the Constitution. Attording to him. Illt' section empowers tbe gO\"erllonorenJO\"emembers of the oommission ....itb the backing of the two-thirds or the majoritv of the members of the Houseof Assembly. The officials. he added, ....1!re accused of incompetence. S3}ing the goo.--emor .....anted those ..... ho would be able to hurl: at his paoe: in m0\1ng the statE' forwnnl. said, Omirin 'Tho eommissions ....'t"I'e nol dissolved bul thar members were J'CmO\ul. 11Jere are lot 0( auociries going on in the loaU gO\'eI'llilleIIts and the gO'o'emOr ....1lI1ts those ..... ho would dm-e his transformntion agenda. 1be gO\~r "'CInts those ..... ho can work at h is pace. The Speaker debunked the rumou r 1l1at membes of illl' commissions ....'ere S3CkM bec3~ of intanal

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of addreWng housing and health chaIIenges thrown up by the disaster had been appnl\oW b)' the President.. He said. !he initiam'eS are aimed at addressing theimmediate cha1lenges of &<;pbced families and further pllt in p1a<r measures that will reduce the impact on di,<;pIaced f....mlCr.i. • 1be minister, ~1!\'et, ....-amed the beneficiaries not 10 geI1 the items under- any

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The Sl3!e Commissiones" for Agricu1ture. Mr. AdemoIa DIonmfcmi. saKI the adminisuntion had already pn:p;uul a soo-hect.11re land for ioIYbnd rice cultivation in Ille stale. He said the initiatil.oe woukI complement the fOurth oomponentoflllCfiooddisaster """""""" prognunone

Omirin said the Assernbl}' had also passed a bill into law to enab\e fonner governors and dqJurics to be dta"'ing pensions from the state. The ' Speaker, hov."f"\'I!r, explained IlUit onl}" those \'.ho suecess€ully oompieted U.eir tenure would benefil from the p.1ckage. He explained that formet gU\'f!mOr A~-o Fa....ose would not benefit from the: gestUre bec:tuse hE' .....as impeached from office.

Fonner- GovemCR" Segun Om, he added. ,,-ould be excludPCI because hiseh:tion ""ah nullifM!d I)) thecourt. He explained that Chid Ni~1Adebn)'oandhisdeputy.

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THE PUNCH, 22 NOVEMBER, 2012