The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, his Finance counterpart, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, to appear before the House Committee on Health which is currently mediating on the strike by doctors or face arrest.
The order was issued by the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, during Thursday’s plenary, during which he urged the officials to respect not only the institution of the House of Representatives but to also show more concern for the issue at hand.
He expressed his disappointment at the Government officials for their attitude towards the resolution of the impasse, especially as it affects the lives of Nigerian citizens.
The House Committee had summoned Government officials to a mediation meeting with executives of the Nigerian Medical Association over the nationwide doctors’ strike.
However, the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, told the House that no representative of the Government has attended any of the mediation meetings.
Medical services in public hospitals across Nigeria have been shut down by medical doctors since July 1, leaving many patients who turn up for appointments hopeless.
The Nigerian Medical Association, among other things, demanded the immediate passage of the National Health Bill, appointment of a Surgeon-General of the Federation, the payment of 100,000 Naira hazard allowance for medical doctors and the skipping of level twelve by medical and dental practitioners.
There are 129 universities in Nigeria, 79 of them are public institutions while the rest are private.
What are the challenges of university education in Nigeria and how does Government identify and address them? University education is the focus of this edition of Dateline Abuja.
A lot has been said about the scale of damage the education sector has undergone but how deep is this and what is being done about this challenge.
According to the National Policy on Education, the provision of the much-needed manpower to accelerate the growth and development of the economy is the main relevance of university education in Nigeria.
Again how has Nigerian universities lived up to this objective? The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, is our guest on the programme.
We also bring you a report on the steps taken by the Federal Government to explain the selection process for the Presidential Scholarship Scheme.
Enjoy the video and keep your comments coming via the address and twitter handle on the screen.
The #BringBackOurGirls campaign has become a global phenomenon as the international community joins the solidarity march to demand the safe return of over 200 girls abducted from Government Girls College in Chibok, Borno state by members of the Boko Haram sect.
On this edition of the Dateline Abuja, the President of the Civil Rights Congress, Mr Shehu Sani, sheds more light on what he thinks the Nigerian Government should do to secure the release of the girls.
Mr Sani also spoke on the offer made by the insurgents for the release of the girls and the proposed extension of the State of Emergency in the affected northern states.
The #BringBackOurGirls has become a global phenomenon as the international community joins the solidarity march to demand the safe return of over 200 girls abducted from Government Girls College in Chibok, Borno state by members of the Boko Haram sect.
On this edition of the Dateline Abuja, the President of the Civil Rights Congress, Mr Shehu Sani, sheds more light on what he thinks government should do to secure the release of the girls.
Mr Sani also spoke on the offer made by the insurgents for the release of the girls and the proposed extension of the state of emergency in the affected northern states.
An unclean environment can pollute the atmosphere, impoverish the people and cause diseases.
What is being done to ensure a clean environment in Nigeria? This forms part of the discussion with the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, on efforts towards the enforcement of environmental laws and safe practices.
The Director-General of NESREA, Dr. Ngeri Benebo, is our guest on this edition of Dateline Abuja. She speaks on the level of compliance with the nation’s environmental laws.
Safeguarding the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the nation is the central pillar of Nigeria’s security policy.
However, a bomb blast has again rocked the nation’s capital, leaving 75 people dead and many more injured. The growing insurgency in the country raises concerns and that is what Dateline Abuja on this edition focuses on.
Our guest, Mr Mike Ejiofor, is a former State Director with the Department of State Service, DSS. He discusses the questions being raised by Nigerian citizens on how the Government is handling the growing insecurity in the country.
The fireworks have begun as delegates for the National Conference assembled in Abuja to discuss the future of the country.
The National Conference appears to be a fresh opportunity for Nigerians to take ownership of the governance structures and indeed, the nation.
Several groups have, however, raised contentious issues and on this edition of Dateline Abuja, we had a discussion with a member of the presidential advisory council on national dialogue, Mr Tony Uranta, who spoke about some of the initial issues that have emerged from the conference.
Many Nigerians have also continued to react to the composition of the National Conference, with some insisting that it’s unfairly weighed against the young people of Nigeria. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odien Ajumogbobia, shares his views in this regard.
There is also a report from our trip to Jankanwa community in Karu Local Government Area in Nasarawa State, where they had an election for the local government chairmen and councillors. We went to find out what expectations the people hold for those they were electing and would elect.
The needs of the people in this local government are numerous and they say that there is enough revenue generated to work the talk of anyone in charge that is besides the allocation that should come from government monthly.
They also say that good works just like success has many friends and their weight would be thrown behind anyone that gives the people what they need.