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Today’s Headlines: Gov Sani approves implementation of CONMESS for Kaduna doctors; Hoodlums stab ‘mentally challenged’ man to death in Anambra

Gov Sani approves implementation of CONMESS for Kaduna doctors

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Kaduna Governor, Uba Sani has approved the full implementation of the 2014 Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) for the Association of Resident Doctors working under the Kaduna State Ministry of Health.

The Governor made this announcement during a media chat on Sunday, 3rd September 2023 as part of activities marking his first 100 days in office.

He used the opportunity to address a wide range of issues across different sectors, notably health, security and infrastructural development issues among other concerns.

He said following the recommendations of a committee led by the Kaduna State Head of Service, negotiations were held with striking doctors in August 2023 where it was revealed that resident doctors in Kaduna State Ministry of Health received 75% of the 2014 CONMESS, while their counterparts working at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital receive 100% of CONMESS.

Hoodlums stab ‘mentally challenged’ man to death in Anambra

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Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums, suspected to be cultists, have stabbed and butchered a ‘mentally challenged’ man to death in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Sunday while the victim was sitting at his usual base at Dike Park, near Zik Avenue, when the suspected cultists invaded the place.

An eyewitness in the area said the suspected cultists shot severally at the man before using various sharp objects to stab and dismember parts of his body.

The reason for their action has yet to be ascertained, but it was gathered that the suspected cultists might have gone after him because of his alleged involvement in cult-related activities before his mental illness began.

Although, some residents living around the area were of the opinion that the man was not “mentally challenged”, while others believed he was “mentally challenged” as, according to them, “he always ate his excreta whenever he stayed at his usual base”.

Tribunal to rule on Atiku, Obi’s petitions against Tinubu Wednesday

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The duo of Atiku and Obi are challenging the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 election.

Confirming the date to our correspondent in a telephone interview, Registrar, Court of Appeal Umar Bangari said that September 6 has been fixed for the judgment.

He said, ” Yes September 6 has been fixed for the tribunal judgement. We are working on a statement to that effect.”

Oando acquires 100% Italian-owned NAOC

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Energy , Oando Plc, has reached an agreement with Italian firm, Eni, for the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares of its oil and gas unit, Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited.

According to a statement signed by the Company Secretary, Ayotola Jagun, on Monday, the completion of the transaction is subject to ministerial consent and other required regulatory approvals.

With this transaction Oando increases its current participating interests in OMLs 60, 61, 62, and 63 from 20 per cent to 40 per cent.

Oando’s ownership stake in all NEPL/NAOC/OOL Joint Venture assets and infrastructure which include forty discovered oil and gas fields, of which 24 are currently producing, approximately forty identified prospects and leads, twelve production stations, approximately 1,490 km of pipelines, three gas processing plants, the Brass River Oil Terminal, the Kwale-Okpai phases 1 & 2 power plants (with a total nameplate capacity of 960MW), and associated infrastructure, has also increased.

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