Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre, Health Insurance Scheme Rank Among World’s Best – Obasanjo

Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre, Health Insurance Scheme Rank Among World’s Best – Obasanjo


Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday described services provided by the Bayelsa State Diagnostic Centre and the Health Insurance Scheme as affordable and world class.


Chief Obasanjo, who spoke with newsmen in Yenagoa shortly after undergoing routine medical checks at the Bayelsa State Diagnostic Centre and the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, lauded Governor Seriake Dickson for making appropriate investments in the health sector.


A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to  the Governor, Mr Francis Ottah-Agbo, quoted the former President as saying that the medical personnel, cutting edge machines and services available in the facilities could compete favourably with the best of systems anywhere else in the world.


To this end, Chief Obasanjo called on people within and outside the country to avail themselves of the services, which he described as extremely effective yet cheap.


Some of the tests carried out on the former President include blood test, Echo Cardiography, Abdominal Ultrasound Check and Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).


Emphasising the importance of health, the former President also urged the people to enrol in the state’s Health Insurance Scheme to enable them access efficient and affordable healthcare whenever the need arises.


His words: “We started this (Tuesday) morning with blood and urine tests. Then I went through the full process of eye and dental check. They also looked at all my internal organs: my heart, kidneys, liver and the spleen. Thereafter, I had a semi-sleep in the MRI machine where they looked at my brain.


“I have gone through the machines here the way I had gone through them in Atlanta, Georgia where I normally go for my medical checkup. And it may be of interest to you to know that the doctor says my health is correct. What they are doing here is extremely commendable.


“I used to go to America twice a year – March and September – for medical check up. But with what I have seen here, I’m convinced that they have the right medical personnel and machines. The only difference is that it is cheaper here than there.


“I only paid N350,000 for all that I have gone through here today, which would not have been less than 20,000 to 25,000 dollars in America. But I got it here for less than half a million. So, it’s cheap and effective and you get the result immediately.


“Why will you have to go to Sokoto from Lagos to look for what you already have in your pocket? I’ve got my result and I have paid my bills and I am going because the doctor said I am as fit as fiddle.


Commenting on the Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme, he said: “You know, I enrolled in it the last time I visited. I pay monthly. It is good for people to know that health insurance is very important because when you are in need of attention, you may not have the money. But your health insurance will take care of it for you.


“I’ve just paid for one year in advance. So I have two receipts with me here. One, is for my health insurance for one year, which is N14,400. While the other receipt is for all the process I’ve gone through here amounting to N350,000. I thank Governor Dickson for investing in the health sector as well as safeguarding the health of Bayelsans.”

Press Statement By The President Of The Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki




I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.


Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.


While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.


They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.


The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.


I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.


However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.


Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.


The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.


The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.


However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.


For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.


In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.


I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.


What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.


What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.


Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.


This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part.  It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.




Thank you.



Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON

President of the Senate

Delta PDP Releases Date For Primary Elections, Urges Contestants With Appointments To Resign Before On The 15 Of August

The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has affirmed the dates for primary elections into all elective positions under the party’s platform, as approved by the National Executive Council of the party, and directed all appointees seeking to contest for any elective position to resign from such appointments on or before Wednesday, August 15, 2018.


These were some of the resolutions arrived at during the enlarged Delta PDP stakeholders meeting held at Government House, Asaba on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.


The dates for the party primaries to elect candidates to fly the PDP Flag for the 2019 general elections are as follows:


PDP House of Assembly primaries  – September 15


Delta PDP House of Representatives primaries –  September 19, 2018


PDP Governorship Primaries – September 28, 2018


These dates are in consonance with the time table already released by the National Executive Council of the Party. It was also resolved that all adhoc delegates must emerge from the Wards without interference from any quarter.


The meeting had Delta state Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as all the key officers of the party, elected representatives under the PDP at all levels, aspirants intending to contest the forth-coming general elections under the Party umbrella and top politicians and stakeholders in the state, in attendance.


However, it was also marked by the notable absence of two former Delta State Governors and major Chieftains of Delta PDP, Chief James Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan respectively.


More Details shortly!

Ekweremadu After 7Hrs Still EFCC’s Custody

Ekweremadu after 7 hrs, still in EFCC’s custody


The Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu who allegedly came to the office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday Morning (10:am), is currently answering questions on corruption and abuse of office.

Premium Times had confirmed through various sources the authenticity of the lawmakers’ appearance at EFCC’s office and had confirmed the hours spent by the lawmaker.

“He is currently at the interrogation room,” a source told THE CAMPAIGNER ONLINE . Another EFCC staff also said Mr Ekweremadu is with anti-graft detectives, but could not say when he would be released.

“We have some questions for him bordering on corruption,” a source said. “But we do not know yet when he would be released, we will know this by 5:00 p.m”, said Premium Times.

Recall that EFCC, DSS and Police had besieged the house of Ekweremadu last week. Ekweremadu who condemned the act via his facebook handle warned the presidency to desist from further intimidation of lawmakers.

Judge Refuses To Swear In Ekenze As New Imo Deputy Governor



Judge refuses to swear in Ekenze as new Imo dep. gov.


The drama surrounding the removal of Eze Madumere as deputy governor of Imo State continued, on Tuesday, as his supposed replacement, Callistus Ekenze, was refused to be sworn in.


Ekenze, who was until Monday, the Head of Service in the state had, on same Monday, been cleared by the state’s House of Assembly, to replace Madumere, who was earlier impeached by the Assembly.


But while awaiting to be sworn in, on Tuesday, as deputy governor, the judge cited a retraining court order asking that the action be put on hold.

Ortom Will Serve As Example To Other Decamping APC Governors And Lawmakers – Oshiomhole


Ortom Will Serve As Example To Other Decamping APC Governors & Lawmakers. – Oshiomhole.


The Buhari’s Government Must Prosecute Decamped Benue State Governor, Ortom Over His Mis-management and Aides involvement in the Herdsmen crises.


We will use him as an example for Others APC governors and legislators that are planning to dump and destabilise the ruling party for selfish reason. – Adams Oshiomhole.

Traders In Joy As The Central Bank Of Nigeria Sells Yuan

Yuan sale by CBN excites traders


The Central Bank of Nigeria sold yuan at a range of N49-51 at its first auction of the Chinese currency last week, traders said yesterday.


The auction, which is part of an attempt to encourage the use of an alternative trading currency, particularly given the high level of imports from China, sold the yuan for immediate value and for 15-day settlement, traders said.


Some lenders got as much as 60 per cent of the volume they applied for, while one bank got just five per cent. They said the volume sold was based on the price quoted for the yuan at the auction.


China is Nigeria’s biggest trading partner after the U.S., with trade volumes between the two totaling $9.2 billion in 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Nigeria runs a deficit, importing $7.6 billion of goods including textiles and machinery from China and exporting just $1.6 billion, mainly oil and gas.

PDP Prepares Ground For Saraki, Tambuwal, Ahmed.

Defection: PDP prepares ground for Saraki, Tambuwal, Ahmed


Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is, this week, set to receive and celebrate defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in a high profile celebration.

The APC on its part said, yesterday, that it was also perfecting plans to win back its leverage by poaching some high profile members of the PDP even as it said yesterday that it had worked out plans to secure its ascendancy.

Meanwhile, Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, has lamented mutterings by ministers who it claimed had been locked out from the president.

The reception for the defectors, Vanguard gathered, could coincide with the defections from the APC by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and some senior party officials being on the wings. The precise date of the defection of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was as at yesterday unclear.

Governor Tambuwal, The Campaigner Online gathered last night, could defect after the report of a committee set up to decide the fate of his political machine reports to party stakeholders tomorrow.

Following a meeting with stakeholders in Sokoto, last Thursday with no unanimity reached, The Campaigner Online gathered that it was decided to enlarge the consultations among some other stakeholders from outside the state.

APC’ll field only popular candidates

Meanwhile, the APC was, yesterday, perfecting strategies to sustain itself as a ruling party through the fielding of what a high profile party source said as popular candidates.

“APC will field popular candidates and not leaders’ candidates, but candidates of the people because that is the way the party can win elections, grassroots candidates, and that is why the chairman is not worried,” the source said yesterday.