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21,780 teachers fail primary four test in Kaduna – Punch Newspapers

About 21,780 teachers in Kaduna State have failed a test for the primary four class set for them to examine their competence.

As a result, the Kaduna State Government said it is shopping for 25,000 new teachers to replace those who failed the test as part of its plans to restore dignity and quality to education.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai unveiled the planned recruitment when he received a World Bank’s delegation in Kaduna on Monday.

“We tested our 33,000 primary schoolteachers, we gave them primary four examination and required that they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.

“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicised and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary schoolteachers to restore the dignity of education in the state,” the governor said.

He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to address the challenge of low teacher-pupil ratio.

“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.

“In some local government areas, it’s a teacher-pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.

The governor said in a bid to improve the education sector, school directors decided to enroll their children in public schools starting from this academic session.

Speaking earlier, the World Bank representative, Dr. Kunle Adekola, expressed appreciation to the state for investing in education and for the priority given to the girl child.

“This state has demonstrated and supported us to achieve our goals,” he said.

Adekola said the World Bank, as part of its support to Kaduna State, would invest N30m in Rigasa Primary School, which has a population of about 22,000 pupils.

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2 Top Officers of Navy Ship John S. McCain Are Removed

The commander of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott H. Swift, said last month that he would retire after being notified that he was no longer in the running to take charge of the Pentagon’s overall Pacific Command, which would oversee any military operations against North Korea.

Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, the former head of the Seventh Fleet, which is based in Japan and is the Navy’s largest overseas fleet, was removed in August in connection with the accidents. And the Navy’s top officer for ships worldwide, Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, has said he would retire early.

In its initial response to the accidents, and after collecting lessons learned from a 24-hour suspension of ship operations to review safety and other standards, the Navy last month ordered a series of immediate changes in how its ships do business. They were seemingly obvious fixes that suggested why the Seventh Fleet believes the John S. McCain crash was avoidable.

Navy officials ordered more sleep for crews and no more 100-hour workweeks for sailors. Ships steaming in crowded waters, like those near Singapore and Tokyo, will now broadcast their positions, as do other vessels. And ships on which crews lack basic seamanship certification will probably stay in port until the problems are fixed.

Navy investigators have largely wrapped up their inquiries into what caused the fatal crashes, and Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, is expected to make public the findings and any recommendations in the next few weeks, Navy officials said. A comprehensive review of safety and operational standards will probably be completed next month.

Admiral Richardson offered a preview of what his focus may include in a statement last Friday to the entire Navy.

“When I hear about problems like persistent lack of sleep, consistently long work hours in port, problems in basic watchstanding, and more, it’s clear to me that much of the fix is with our junior leaders,” he said. “They can control so much if we give them clear guidance, responsibility, authority and accountability.”

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Man Married 12-Yr Old Daughter, Held Her Captive For 19Yrs

A man, Henri Piette has been arrested in the United State for allegedly marrying his12-year old stepdaughter and holding her captive for almost two decades.

The 62-year old man from Oklahoma was arrested in Mexico based on the report from the victim, Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis, who now 33 years old.

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It was reported by a local media that McGinnis was able to escape captivity with her children last year in Mexico and made her way to the U.S. Embassy – and was also confirmed by investigators in court affidavits.

McGinnis told the People Magazine in an interview that she was beaten with a baseball bat, raped, stabbed, shot and choked unconscious during nearly two decades with Piette.

“I want the world to know. I want him to be stopped and I want justice to be served,” she said. 

“I cried every night.”

“I knew that if I didn’t get out of there. I’d either go insane or I would end up dying and leaving my kids with that man.”

Investigative report said Henri Piette took McGinnis in January 1997 from a school in Poteau after her mother left him because of assaults – McGinnis had been living with her mother at a women’s shelter in Poteau.

The suspect already had children at the time he abducted the victim and married her in a van in Wagoner when she was around 11 and even gave her a ring. A son of Piette told the FBI that he performed the “marriage ceremony” in the van when he was 15.

According to the FBI, “after being introduced to Piette’s other children as their new mother, the family began travelling to numerous locations throughout the United States and abroad including, Texas, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico – where they lived in what was described as a ‘filthy tent’ in a remote village.

All the while, the suspect has been changing their names repeatedly in an attempt to stay hidden and would come back occasionally to Oklahoma and force McGinnis to mail letters just so people would believe she was still in the United State.

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Henri Piette has been charged in Wagoner County District Court, with first raping McGinnis when she was 11 or 12 on a bunk bed in a back room of her home in Wagoner.

McGinnis is currently working at the JAYC Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization began by Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted at age 11 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., before she was rescued after 18 years.

The victim is also receiving help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Robert Lowery, vice president of missing children for the organization had this to say,

“It took a lot of courage. It took a lot of bravery. She wasn’t only concerned for herself,” he said, “but for her children.”

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Students Get Better Help About College from Social Networks

In the Midwest state of Michigan, one counselor may advise up to 750 students at a time about going to college.

The American School Counselor Association says it should be 250 to one.

“Some school counselors are probably in a spot where maybe they cannot provide the individual services … getting the students exactly what they need,” says Terri Tchorzynski, who earned the American School Counselor of the Year award in 2017.

A study last year asked 22,000 Americans about their college experience and where people received advice about what to study and whether the advice was helpful.

Only 64 percent said “formal” sources of advice – such as school counselors, websites and print media – were helpful. More helpful were social networks, like friends and family, 83 percent said. Informal work-based sources, like bosses and co-workers, were the least used, said 20 percent.

Brandon Busteed said he was surprised by the results. Busteed is the executive director of education and workforce development at the Gallup research company, which conducted the poll.

“It’s a call to action on a number of fronts, certainly to think about how we improve the formal advising that happens in and outside of schools,” he told VOA. “But also to think about how we can ramp up the number of touch points between employers … and students.”

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. is the president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports historically black colleges and universities, across the United States. Taylor helped connect Gallup and the Strada Education network, a nonprofit organization that supports the growth of higher education within minority communities.

In addition to being overworked, Taylor says, school counselors focus on education and might be less informed about how to become a chemical engineer or graphic designer, for example.

Schools need to strengthen relationships with local employers and national professional organizations, Taylor says. These connections can help counselors help students know more about what and where to study to prepare them for careers. It also gives students chances to meet professionals and ask questions a counselor might not think about.

Taylor says this is especially important for poor and minority students. Both socially and professionally, they are typically less exposure to people with high skilled jobs.

“Many of them are first generation. And as first generation students, they simply don’t have engineers, doctors, lawyers in their families to give them this advice,” Taylor says.

“The result is that they make really, often times, poor … college-going decisions and ultimately have a certain level of regret about what schools they chose, what majors they chose when they did go to school, and, ultimately, what careers they found themselves in.”

Also, Taylor notes, school counselors should realistically speak with their advisees, noting difficulties in finding a job in some fields or the consequences of heavy student debt, he says.

Tchorzynski says she uses many tools to help her students. She makes regular presentations on financial aid, gives special tests to help students connect their characteristics with fields of study or career paths and directs students to websites that provide information on colleges and universities.

Tchorzynski, Busteed and Taylor all agree that students need to put time and effort into their search to result in the best outcomes. But students need help to head in the right direction.

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NFL owners to mull anthem rules as Trump ups protest criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NFL team owners will consider requiring football players to stand for the U.S. national anthem after President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested using tax laws to penalize the league for players who kneel in protest of racial injustice.

Trump, a Republican, escalated his feud with the National Football League in a Twitter post asking if the league should get tax breaks while some athletes kneel in protest when the “Star-Spangled Banner” is played at the start of each game.

“Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The world’s top-grossing sports league gave up its tax-free status two years ago. Its owners are preparing to address the anthem issue at their fall meeting in New York Oct. 17-18, NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.

“Everyone at this point is frustrated by the situation,” Lockhart said. “The commissioner and the owners do want the players to stand. We think it is an important part of the game.”

The protests, in a league where African-Americans make up the majority of players, have continued through the season, with some players taking a knee when the anthem is played and others standing arm-in-arm in solidarity.

Current policy calls for players to stand for the anthem and face the flag, but no player has been disciplined for a protest, Lockhart said.

“We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to team owners.

The White House supported the idea of asking players to stand, said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

“We are glad to see the NFL taking positive steps in that direction,” she said at a news briefing.

FILE PHOTO: Seattle Seahawks players sit on the bench during the National Anthem before the start of a game against the Indianapolis Colts in Seattle, Washington, U.S., October 1, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Asked to explain Trump’s comment on the NFL and taxes, Sanders said, “The federal tax law doesn’t apply here, but certainly we know that they receive tax subsidies on a variety of different levels.”

The NFL Players Association, when asked for a reaction to possible changes to anthem rules, said in an email “we do not have a response at this time.”

Trump last month called on NFL team owners to fire players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violence against black Americans.

Critics contend Trump is fanning the controversy to distract from issues including devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, tensions with North Korea and difficulties in pushing healthcare and tax overhauls through the U.S. Congress.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, speaking on KRLD-FM in Dallas on Tuesday, reiterated his stance that if any of his players chose to demonstrate during the anthem, they would not play.

“If you do not honor and stand for the flag in the way that a lot of our fans feel that you should … if that’s not the case, then you won’t play,” said Jones.

“That’s nothing new as far as that being my wish or the way I want the Cowboys. As far as whether or not I will basically institute or do what I said I would just say. … I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I’m going to do.”

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a NFL game on Sunday after some players knelt, an action some critics called a publicity stunt.

Trump won the presidency with less support from black voters than any other president in at least four decades.

Trump has squared off against the NFL before, having owned a team in the upstart United States Football League in the 1980s. That league folded in 1985 after an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL failed.

Trump has refused to disclose his own tax history, departing from a practice of U.S. presidents going back more than 40 years. Trump has said nobody cares about his tax returns, but critics say they could show conflicts of interest.

Additional reporting by Jeff Mason in Washington, DC, Daniel Bases in New York, Steve Keating and Frank Pingue in Toronto and Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Writing by Susan Heavey and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Scott Malone, Meredith Mazzilli and Steve Orlofsky

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Did Argentina win in Ecuador and secure a finals spot at the 2018 World Cup?

Argentina WILL take part at the 2018 World Cup, after winning their final qualifier 3-1 in Ecuador.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side have struggled for goals this year and after a goalless draw with Peru last week sat sixth in the 10-man South American qualifying group.

Within 45 seconds their hopes looked all but over, as Romario Ibarra gave Ecuador – who had no qualification hopes – the lead.

Yet two goals in eight minutes from Lionel Messi put Argentina in front and turned the game on it’s head.

Messi’s first came after excellent interplay with Angel Di Maria, before he pounced on some lackadaisical play in the home defence and ruthlessly fired into the roof of the net.

Messi smashed home his second goal

The Barcelona star put in an outstanding performance

When he was most needed, Messi delivered

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner added a third in sublime fashion in the 62nd minute, to ensure victory for the Albiceleste.

That, coupled with results elsewhere, ensured Argentina finish third in CONEMBOL and qualify automatically for next summer’s competition.

Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia join them, while Peru go into an intercontinental play-off.

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Thomas the Tank Engine toy has seriously questionable ‘rude’ design

We were so busy focusing on questionable children’s books that we missed the toys.

One Thomas the Tank Engine design has caught the attention of many on the internet, due to the fact it looks quite a lot like a dildo.

Thomas the Tank Engine is no stranger to pervisions. On the kids’ TV show, a misbehaving train was entombed alive, never to travel the railway tracks again.

But how this slipped through the net we’ll never know…

Yes, this is a real toy. The white thing is a handle, it just resembles something more adult. It doesn’t help that Thomas has a shocked-looking face painted on his face, too.

Sex toy Thomas isn’t the only suspect toy design. Others have been flagged, too. Winnie the Pooh looks a little excited, while Batman’s groins have been played with.

We don’t know whether the designs are genuine, honest mistakes, or whether whomever crafted them had a bit of a dirty mind. Either way… Thomas is ready for action.

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FG Voids NPA, Intels Pilotage Agreement

• Says contract was illegal ab initio

Eromosele Abiodun

The federal government has directed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to terminate the boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement that the agency has with Intels Nigeria Limited, a leading integrated logistics and facilities services provider in the maritime and oil and gas logistics sectors of the country, saying that the contract was void ab initio.

Conveying the decision of the federal government to NPA, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), in a letter dated September 27, 2017 to the Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, said that the agreement, which has allowed Intels to receive revenue on behalf of NPA for 17 years, violates the Nigerian Constitution, especially in view of the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of government.

Based on the directive to terminate the agreement, Intels which was founded over three decades ago by Mr. Gabriele Volpi, an Italian national who also has Nigerian citizenship, stands to lose several millions of dollars in commissions for the monitoring and supervision pilotage services it handles on behalf of NPA on Nigerian coastal waters.
To ensure the safety of ships’ passage within Nigeria’s seaports, the NPA, through Intels as its agent, provides pilotage services to guide ships into and out of the ports.

The rule of thumb in the maritime industry is that pilotage must be compulsory for all ships of 35 metres overall length or greater unless a valid Pilotage Exemption Certificate is held by the ship’s master.
In return for the service, ship owners/companies are required to pay a pilotage fee, which Intels collects on NPA’s behalf and retains 28 per cent of the revenue as commission for the services rendered.
However, with the memo written by the AGF, a copy of which was obtained exclusively by THISDAY from the justice ministry, Intels would no longer be allowed to provide the service.

Drawing the attention of Bala-Usman to the illegality of the agreement, Malami made it expressly clear that the agreement violates Sections 80(1) and 162(1) and (10) of the constitution, and wondered that the parties – NPA and Intels – did not avert their minds to the relevant provisions when they were negotiating the agreement in 2010.
Section 80(1) of the constitution states: “All revenues or other moneys raised or received by the Federation (not being revenues or other moneys payable under this Constitution or any Act of the National Assembly into any other public fund of the Federation established for a specific purpose) shall be paid into and form one Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.”

Section 162(1) states: “The Federation shall maintain a special account to be called ‘the Federation Account’ into which shall be paid all revenues collected by the Government of the Federation, except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the armed forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or department of government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.”

While sub-section 10 of the same section states: “For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, ‘revenue’ means any income or return accruing to or derived by the Government of the Federation from any source and includes: (a) any receipt, however described, arising from the operation of any law; (b) any return, however described, arising from or in respect of any property held by the Government of the Federation; (c) any return by way of interest on loans and dividends in respect of shares or interest held by the Government of the Federation in any company or statutory body.”

In the letter titled: “Request for Clarification of Conflict Between Executed Agreement and Federal Government Treasury Single Account Policy,” the attorney general said: “I refer to your letter dated 31st May 2017, ref: MD/17/MF/Vol.XX/583 in respect of the above subject matter wherein you sought clarification on the legal issues implicated by the continuous implementation of the Managing Agent Contract Agreement dated 11th February 2010 executed between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited for the provision of boats pilotage operations, in the light of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Treasury Singe Account (TSA) policy.

“Upon my review of your letter under reference and the relevant agreements, I have been able to conclude inevitably that the terms of the agreement as agreed by parties and the dynamics of its implementation which permits Intels to receive revenue generated on behalf of NPA ab initio, clearly violates express provisions of Sections 80(1) and 162(1) and (10) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). It is thus curious that parties did not avert their minds to the above provisions of the constitution whilst negotiating the agreement.

“The inherent illegality of the agreement as formed has since been expounded by the TSA policy issued by the Head of Service of the Federation on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria directing all ministries, departments and agencies to collect payment of all revenues due to the federal government or any of her agencies through the TSA.

“The objective of the presidential directive (TSA policy) in exercise of the executive powers of the president under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) was in furtherance of the spirit and intent of Sections 80 and 162 of the constitution and to aid transparency in government revenue collection and management.

“NPA being an agency of the federal government is bound by the TSA policy and has not howsoever been exempt therefrom. Due to the constitutional nature of the TSA, where there is a conflict between the TSA and the terms of the agreement, the TSA shall prevail.

“Therefore all monies due to the NPA currently being collected by Intels and any other agents/third parties on behalf of NPA must henceforth be paid into the TSA or any of the sub-accounts linked thereto in the Central Bank of Nigeria (information of the account will be communicated in due course) in accordance with the TSA policy.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the agreement for the monitoring and supervision of pilotage districts in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria on terms inter alia that permits Intels to receive revenue generated in each pilotage district from service boat operations in consideration for 28% of total revenue as commission to Intels is void, being a contract ex facie illegal as formed for permitting Intels to receive federal government revenue contrary to the express provisions of Sections 80(1) and 162(1) and (10) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which mandates that such revenue must be paid into the Federation Account/Consolidated Revenue Fund.

“In the premise of the above, the conflict between the agreement and the TSA policy presents a force majeure event under the agreement, and NPA should forthwith commence the process of issuing the relevant notices to Intels exiting the agreement which indeed was void ab initio.”

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Double tragedy

Abuja couple set out in search of child but got intestines twisted by doctor

By Godwin Tsa, Abuja

After five barren years of marriage, they began a search for the fruit of the womb but got their pitiable situation compounded by a surgeon.

Today, 29-years old Mrs. Veronica Isaac, who walked into NIQUAD Clinics, located on a hilly top at Orozo, in the Abuja Municipality with both her ovarian and fallopian tubes intact, has lost all after passing through the knife of a doctor.

That is not all. Long after the surgery, she has not been able to defecate as her small intestine has been negligently cut and tied up in several places, subjecting her to excruciating pains and discomfort. Before the said operation was carried out on her, the scan result from Everyday Scan Services Limited, Karu, dated July 31, 2017, showed that both her left and right ovaries were intact including the fallopian tube.

For the avoidance of doubts, the full result of the scan reads:

“The left ovary showed a thick-walled cystic structure containing some web-like strand. It measured 5.3cm x4.9cm. The right ovary is normal.

“The uterus is normal in size and anteverted. The cavity is empty, normal endometrial thickness. No fibroid.

“Both adnexae are free, no mass seen. No fluid collection in the pouch of Douglas.

“The bladder is uniformly filled and showed normal outline. No stones or mass seen.

“Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst. Suggest: HSG for further evaluation.”

A petition to the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria by the husband of the woman claimed that after the surgery at the private clinic,  those vital conceptual organs have all disappeared. Their claim is supported by a medical report released on September 15, 2017, by the Maitama District Hospital, Abuja, where she has been taken for further medical attention.

The report with reference no FCTA/HHSS/HMB/MDH/GEN and signed by DR. K. Osinsanya, a Senior Consultant Surgeon said “her abdomen was distended with a midline scar (infraumbilica) extending to the level of the umbilicus.”

The full report reads: 

“The above named patient was seen by our unit on August 13, 2017 on account of colicky abdominal pain and distension and inability to pass flatus/feaces following surgery in a private hospital. She was said to have had an Ovarian cystectomy and was subsequently been managed as a case of subacute intestinal obstruction from adhesions.

“On examination, she was ill looking, in pains, aferbile, anicteric, dehydrated abdomen was distended with a midline scar (infraumbilical) extending to the level of the umbilicus with sutures intact. 

“There was generalised tenderness with rebound bowel sounds were absent. Rectal examination showed scanty stool in the rectum. No mass was felt.

“A diagnosis of Acute intestinal obstruction post exploratory laparotomy was made. Plain abdominal X-ray showed multiple air fluid levels with dilation of bowels loops.

Patient was resuscitated and worked up for exploratomy. “Findings at surgery were;


* 4 L of facal peritoneal fluid

* Rent in the terminal ileum approximately 10cm from the ileo-caecal junction with involvement of the mesentery.

* multiple fibrinous adhesions involving loops of small bowel.

* Uterus was visualised both Ovarian and Fallopian tubes not seen.

“Patient had an ileal resection and anastomosis done. A post laparotomy was made.

“Patient was re-explored two weeks later on account of an enterocutaneous fistula findings at surgery were a frozen pelvis and leakage of intestinal content from small bowel. Patient had ileostomy done.

“Patient is presently 16th day post re-exploration. She has commenced normal diet and ileostomy is functioning adequately.”

Now, the question on the lips of her distraught husband, Aondovihi Isaac and other family members to NIQUAD Clinics is the whereabouts of her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

This is a heart rending story of Mr. Isaac and his wife, Victoria, all residents of Karshi Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

“We have been married since 2012 till this moment, but have been without an issue (child),” the distraught husband told Daily Sun.

Led by his lawyer, Hameed Jimoh, Mr. Isaac, narrated the ordeals of his wife in a 73-paragraphs affidavit he deposed to before the Commissioner of oaths, FCT High Court, Abuja, pursuant to the requirements by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

He narrated how a Chief Medical Director (CMD) of a private hospital, Dr. Empson Nwarigon, whom they approached to find  solution on the issue of non- conception, has put the life of his wife in some unbearable health conditions.

He wrote “The Doctor carried out surgery on my wife and in the process negligently cut my wife’s small intestine organ and tied it with ropes or threads in several places and since then, she can no longer defecate.”

The petition added: “That around the end of July, 2017, in the quest for procuring solution to my wife non-conception, we visited a medical clinic known as ‘NIQUAD Clinic, located at Kajaah Road, Orozo, FCT, Abuja.

“We met the Chief Medical Doctor/Director of the hospital, Dr.. Nwarigon. The CMD asked me to take my wife for scanning for diagnosis at Everyday Scan Services Limited, which I did on July 31, 2017.

“That the scan result discovered that my wife has “Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst” and it suggested ‘HSG for further evaluation’, but that the CMD asked my wife to undergo surgery in order to remove the ‘Left Mucinous Ovarian Cyst.

“That my wife and I were never informed by the CMD or signed any document about the implications of the surgery he was to carry out on her.”

He further narrated how the surgery was carried out on his wife on August 7, 2017, after paying the sun of N45, 000.

However, the now embattled husband lamented that after the surgery was carried out, “my wife could not defecate, even while on admission at the clinic and after she was discharged two days after the surgery.”

He stated how Dr. Nwarigon asked him to bring his wife to the clinic after complaining about the deteriorating health condition.

“After taking my wife back to the clinic, the CMD gave me some drugs for my wife and asked me to continue to give her orange and banana.

“Some of the drugs I was given were Mako (R) Liquid Paraffin 200ml BP, BN32K7, Manufactured 4-16. Expd3-20. NAFDAC Rg No. 04-3288; Searchets of Nemel Cipro (R) Cipro Floxacin 500mg. NAFDAC no. B4-1405. Batch no. 01E.Mfg.05-2017.Exp.Date: 04-2022; tablet Dana-G; tablet Metroma x ; tablet Archy-P/500.

“However, on the evening of that Friday, August 11, 2017, immediately I gave my wife one of the prescribed drugs “Moko (R) Liquid Paraffin 200ml BP,  BN32K7, Manufactured 4-16. Expd3-20. NAFDAC Rg No. 04-3288, at home, she started breathing heavily and her body became weaker as she started gasping for breadth

“Then, I quickly called the CMD on his mobile phone and he told me to bring her to the clinic. I immediately took my wife to the clinic where she was given some injections and drips by the medical/ health staff of the CMD till the next day.

“Even after that, she still could not defecate, but I paid extra N3, 000.00 as charges for the treatment.

“When Dr. Warigon resumed work the next day, he asked me to take my wife for another scan and that she should continue taking her drugs.

“On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the CMD, however, had a change of mind and informed me that there was no need taking my wife for the scan, but that she should continue with her drugs and if the situation did not improve, he will refer us to another hospital.

“On Sunday, August 13, 2107, I took my wife to the clinic to collect a referral letter from the CMD, since her condition did not improve. We waited in vain for the CMD, as he did not show up at the clinic, but later got the referral letter from a medical staff of the clinic.

“All efforts to communicate with the CMD failed as he refused to pick my calls.

The referral letter with reference no: NCO/12/18, dated August 12, 2017 and addressed to the Consultant Surgeon, Asokoro General Hospital, Wuse General Hospital and Maitama General Hospitals, meaning that the patient can go to any of the mentioned Hospitals.

“I took my wife immediately to Asokoro General Hospital, but I was further referred to Maitama General Hospital because there was no bed space in Asokoro General Hospital.

“At the Maitama hospital, she was admitted on emergency. After an x-ray scan was carried out on her, I was informed by the hospital that a surgery will be conducted on my wife in order to urgently safe her life.

“During the surgery, I was invited into the theatre room to witness the errors committed on my wife by the surgery carried out on her by Dr. Nwarigon of NIQUAD Clinic.

“I was shocked to see by myself, apart from the doctor’s confirmation, that my wife’s small intestine organ, which I was shown directly in my wife’s stomach, has been negligently severed by the NIQUAD Clinic’s Chief Medical Doctor and was tied in different places with threads, which the doctors had to loosen in order to carry out a successful surgery.”

The troubled husband expressed disappointment with the conduct of the CMD of NIQUAD Clinic “for the harm he has caused my wife and the pains, financial burden and sorrows he has caused to my wife and the entire family.

“The most surprising thing is that the CMD never told me or my wife that he mistakenly or negligently cut my wife’s small intestine organ and tied it up with threads during the surgery. He only gave me a referral letter to another hospital.”

Abuja Metro made several visits to NIQUAD Clinic to speak with the the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Nwarigon on the issue.

However, during the last visit, our reporter was able to speak to a medical staff of the clinic, who claimed to be a General Practice (GP) Doctor with the clinic.

The Medical personnel, however, said he did not want his name mentioned as he was not officially asked to speak on the matter by the CMD.

He said although he was not in the theatre when the surgery was carried out on Mrs. Veronica Isaac,  he was fully aware of the case.

He, however, vouched for the professional competence of the Chief Medical Director, saying it was difficult for a doctor who have practised for about 30 years and reached a position of a Chief Medical Director to have conducted himself in that manner.

He was said to be indisposed for the past two weeks. The heartrending story is still unfolding. How it will end depends on the outcome of the probe on the matter by the Dental and Medical Council of Nigeria.

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Kachikwu, Baru meet, agree on NNPC without political interference – Punch Newspapers

Everest Amaefule, Abuja

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, met on Tuesday for the first since their disagreement broke out and agreed on one thing – a petroleum industry regulator free from the vagaries of politics.

The two industry leaders met at a breakout session at the ongoing 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit and spoke on the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill.

Kachikwu said it was also important for the industry to have a minister who would not be very powerful as it was certain that no one would be a minister forever, adding that it was important that systems were built to drive the industry.

The minister moderated the panel discussion on energy at the breakout session of the summit alongside the NNPC GMD.

Baru, who had spoken on the need for a strong independent regulator without any political interference, had an ally in Kachikwu, who agreed that an industry regulator should be insulated from politics.

The minister stated that the government was working to ensure an improved bill that would eventually be passed and meet the aspirations of stakeholders.

He said, “We are still working to make it better. By the time the Senate and the entire National Assembly finishes what they are doing, we are going to see a much stronger and a much larger independent regulator.

“Whatever model of the PIB that we are pushing, the point that Dr. Baru made is very, very key to see an independent regulator with very enormous powers, with less of political interference so that individuals can do their work and also whittling down the powers of the minister so that these institutions can work and work well.

“The reality is that no one will work as a minister forever. You are going to hand over that portfolio. We should be looking for the system surviving and being able to work well. So it’s something that we are working with the National Assembly very hard on and I think if you look at the issues that come up, there is a lot of emphasis on that independence.”

He added, “The Federal Government will develop policies that ensure that the global decline in fossil energy does not take Nigeria unawares. The government is already thinking in that direction. The Federal Government is currently dealing with the fundamentals of ensuring that the refineries work, and ensuring availability of energy sources to meet our day to day energy needs.

“The NNPC will have to take over the commercial aspects, because they are going to be the one deploying it. As the refineries get kitted up, we will continue to look at new fossil development programmes, and will see a need to pump out policies that will enable Nigerians see the advantages in terms of costs.”

Responding to the issues raised on marginal fields, Kachikwu said that the government was determined to ensure transparency in the bidding process.

“These are some of the issues that the Niger Delta communities are always inquiring about; and indeed all Nigerians. The more transparent it is, the better for us. We are developing models to ensure better regulations geared towards transparency in the bidding process, and we will alert Mr. President as soon as we are done,” he added.

Baru had in his remarks on the marginal fields said that only nine out 14 of those who won the last bidding process were operating the fields, adding that the development was not good.

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