Archive for October, 2017

Queen Maxima of Netherlands visits Ambode, lauds Lagos health policy

Image may contain: 4 people, people sittingQueen Maxima of the Netherlands visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Queen of Netherlands, Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti on Tuesday said she is impressed by the initiatives of Lagos State government to improve service delivery especially towards expanding access to affordable healthcare in the state.

Queen Maxima said this during a courtesy visit she paid to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as part of efforts to advance the United Nation’s Financial Inclusion Advocacy as a vehicle to alleviate poverty and fostering equitable economic growth in Nigeria.

The queen, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time in the last five years, in her capacity as the Special Advocate to United Nations’ Secretary General on financial inclusion for development, while noting that it was important for governments to prioritize access to affordable healthcare, particularly lauded the health insurance scheme of the state government, which legal framework had already been put in place.

According to her, Governor Ambode deserved commendation for coming up with such laudable effort.

“Today I had opportunity to visit two clinics in the state where I saw the new pilot project in which you (Governor Ambode) has also started looking into which is to make health insurance possible even to the poorest of the people.

“I was very impressed by the leadership that the State of Lagos has taken as to coming up with a law which makes health insurance mandatory and also to be able to plan for the future and you are already doing some credit to some health facilities which off course will improve efficiency of a lot of these institutions. I commend you for your efforts and I will like to know from you Mr Governor what is your commitment on the future in this field,” she said.

Governor Ambode, in his response, said the Health Insurance Scheme of the state government aimed at expanding access and scaling up healthcare delivery in the State would commence in early 2018.

According to him, the legal framework to guide the implementation of the policy had already been put in place, saying every necessary efforts to ensure the success of the scheme were being put in place.

Governor Ambode, who received Queen Maxima alongside his wife, Mrs Bolanle Ambode and other top officials of the state, commended visitor for her efforts at advancing issues relating to healthcare and financial inclusion.

“We are on the path of positive improvement on the things that have to do with health. Like the queen rightly said, we have a law that allows us to do the Health Insurance Scheme which is targeted at the most-needy and the poor that cannot afford ordinary healthcare.

“We believe that if we pull the resources of every other person in the state together, those that cannot afford will be able to have a chance to access healthcare which is the main objective why the queen has been going round to promote good healthcare for people generally.

“We want to say that we are deeply committed to that vision and we are committed to that ideals and also say that we will do everything possible to make sure that the Health Insurance Scheme starts up early next year and we can now allow people to have some sense of inclusion which is one of the basic principles of good governance.

“The main essence of good governance is for us to be able to carry everybody along. In a cosmopolitan city like Lagos that we have population of almost 22million people and the majority can really not afford the things we want them to, and so we believe strongly that a partnership like this is one in the right direction,” Governor Ambode said.

On financial inclusion, the governor said the informal sector accounted for about 80 per cent of Lagos population, a development he pointed out prompted his administration to set up N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF) to serve as an instrument to grant members of the sector access to finance.

Besides, Governor Ambode said it was time to call on the Federal Government to scale up financial inclusion with the view to expanding access for more people to benefit, while also calling for escalation of mobile banking to ensure that more people from the rural areas have access to finance and all issues connected.

The governor, while drawing the similarities between Lagos and Netherlands, said the state, being a cosmopolitan city, was striving as much as possible to ensure that every resident was comforted with hope of great future.

Governor Ambode said the present administration under him was also working hard to bequeath functional and affordable healthcare system to the people of the state, just as he assured that the state government would do everything possible to support the United Nations initiative being championed by Queen Maxima.Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing


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Wedding of the week: Zahra Buhari-Indimi and her husband, Ahmed, with Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s daughter, Tosin and her husband

Photo of Zahra Buhari-Indimi and her husband, Ahmed, with Senate President, Bukola SarakiPresident Buhari’s daughter, Zahra and her husband, Ahmed Indimi, pictured with Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s daughter Tosin at her wedding engagement to her husband, Adeniyi Olukoya, in Lagos last weekend.


Photos: Fuji Star, Malaika entertains fans in U S A

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Fuji Music Star, Alhaji Sulaimon Alao Malaika entertained his fans in Chicago Illinois, U S  A on Sunday.

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Nollywood: Mercy Aigbe Still furious over Dad’s death

Image result for Mercy Aigbe's fatherThe Nollywood actress is still in shock over the news of her Father’s demise on Sunday.

As it was earlier reported that she had barely returned from a short Miami vacation when she received the news of her dad’s passing.

The late Pa Aigbe was said to be in his 80’s and had a protracted battle with an undisclosed illness.

The actress who had to rush over to her late dad’s Bariga residence on Monday, simply wrote on Instagram Only to come back and this happened, I am beyond shocked. Goodnight dad…Rest on Dad’, she wrote.



Victor Moses set to come back from injury

Victor Moses steps up recovery from hamstring injury, thanks fans for their support (Videos)Super Eagles winger and Chelsea star, Victor Moses shared videos of himself taking part in exercise routines as he steps up recovery from hamstring injury. The 26-year-old has been sidelined after he picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this month.

Captioning one of the videos he shared via Instagram, the Nigerian footballer wrote: ‘Another day of hard work getting there slowly ?? thanks for all of your messages of support #CFC


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