The major headlines in the national newspaper are focused on Chris Ngige's comment on the numbers of doctors in Nigeria, the disagreement between AMCON and Bi-Courtney over their Supreme Court judgement, President Muhammadu Buhari's promise to improve lives, among others.
The Punch reports that the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and National Association of Resident Doctors (MIDCAN) on Wednesday, April 24, condemned Ngige for saying that the country has more than enough doctors.
Ngige made the comment when responding to an interview question on live TV, saying that the doctors who want to leave the country can because their absence will not be felt as the country has surplus doctors.
The Guardian reports that Ngige said doctors can leave the country when they want as Nigeria has more than 350,000 medical doctors, which is far more than the 260,000 which he said the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposed a country should have.
The minister of labour said there is nothing wrong in the doctors leaving the country as the money they send home would go a long way in helping the economy of the nation grow.
“I am not worried about doctors leaving the country. We have surplus. If you have surplus, you export. It happened some years ago. I was taught chemistry and biology by Indian teachers in my secondary school days, they are surplus in their country. We have surplus in the medical profession in our country. I can tell you this. It is my area, we have excess,” he said.
This Day reports that the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Bi-Courtney Nigeria Limited on Wednesday, April 24, did not agree over the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on April 5, 2019, giving the aviation service company the opportunity to appeal while dismissing the cross appeal by the asset management company.
Bi-Courtney in a statement said that the consequence of the judgement was that AMCON would lose what the aviation service was owing it from a judgement credit of N132 billion it got against the federal government in April 2012.
The Nation reports that Buhari on Wednesday, April 24, revealed his administration’s future plan, adding that his government he will continue to place high importance on good infrastructure to “vastly improve the people’s lives.”
The president said this in Lagos where he inaugurated five “Next Level” projects accomplished by the outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The projects he came to commission are the Ayinke House at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, which has been renamed Institute of Maternal & Child Health; the 500-seater Lagos Theatre, the Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, and the rehabilitated International Airport Road, Ikeja.
Vanguard reports that, according to experts, the security of the people and the nation could be under grave threats from the operators of Over The Top (OTT) service providers in the country's telecommunications sector if nothing serious is done to correct it.
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