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How Lagos Will Achieve Universal Health Coverage, By Sanwo-Olu

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…Says SDGs Actions Must Be Beneficial To Future Generations

Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to strengthening public health research and boosting the capacity of healthcare workers towards achieving the Item 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, spoke at the yearly symposium of the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) where he assured the audience of his administration’s willingness to pursue actions and policy frameworks that’ll help the state improve on universal health coverage indices.

The week-long event with the theme: “Strengthening Health Research Education and Service Delivery for Achieving SDGs in Africa”, was held at the Lagos Continental Hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The participants comprised health researchers, policymakers and stakeholders drawn from various African countries and America.

In demonstration of his commitment to improve the quality of healthcare in Lagos, the Governor disclosed that he would be appointing a cabinet-rank official that would constantly monitor the state’s performance in realising SDGs, particularly the Goal 3, which is to ensure universal health coverage and elimination of inequality.

He said: “The theme of this symposium is not only critical and important to my administration’s development agenda, it is also an important topic to us as human beings. I am delighted to listen to the content of lead papers presented, which brought out new ideas on how we can strengthen health coverage. I believe inter-professionalism is also critical in driving the conversation.

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“This discussion can be profound at this point in time when all government leaders are putting SDGs as critical anchor to drive policies in Africa. Lagos takes healthcare as a priority and if Lagos gets it right, Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa will definitely have good indices to showcase to the world.

“To demonstrate our readiness, I have promised that my cabinet will have a government representative who will be involved in the decision making at the cabinet level and whose responsibility would ensure that Lagos has up-to-date tracking of our progress in SDGs, especially health, education, safe water and environment. We have signed on to deliver all these goals.”

Sanwo-Olu said his administration would not relent in complementing the effort of government health workers to achieve universal health coverage in line with the dictates of the United Nations, but he called on international research organisations and development agencies to extend their funding supports to health researchers in public sector for maximum impact adding that Lagos introduced the first ever state-led health insurance scheme not only to increase access to quality healthcare for the vulnerable, but also to make health affordable to all residents irrespective of status.

Sanwo-Olu charged today’s leaders and policymakers to invest resources for the healthcare benefit of the future generation, stressing that efforts must be made to ensure that nobody was left behind in the actions being taken in the present.

“All the goals in the SDGs are really about ensuring that we did not limit the capacity of the future generation in human performance. We must deploy all the resources that we have today to cater for the future generations,” the Governor said.

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The Director of Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), University of Ibadan, Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan, in his paper, observed that health was the constant component of all items on the SDGs.

In 2018, the don said more than two-third of countries in sub-Saharan Africa performed below the benchmark set by the UN for the realisation of the development goal which according to him necessitated the need for increased investment in health research.

To make health research work for realisation of SDGs and achieve universal health coverage in sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Olaniyan suggested four key areas the government and policymakers must focus on.

He said: “African governments need to engage and create an environment that will ensure seamless implementation of plans, financial strategies that will cut waste, partnership that will strengthen the outcome, and clear line of communication and outreach.

“Capacity building and skills development must also be improved on, including greater participation of women in health research.”

The event which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was also graced by the immediate past Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, among other dignitaries.

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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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