Experts chat way forward on national ehealth standards

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Experts converged on Abuja for 12th edition of the Nigerian conference on Telemedicine and eHealth/Inauguration of technical committee ISOTC215-Health Informatics to chat a way forward for Nigeria on national eHealth standards.

Speaking during the two-day event which ended on Tuesday in Abuja, President of the Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria (SfteHiN) Joseph Adebola Olajide reiterated that Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) National Information Development Agency (NITDA) and Health Records Officers Registration Board, are strategizing to put Nigeria in the forefront among the leading nations in the world to maintain standards on ehealth.

He noted that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health launched a National Health ICT Strategic Framework to guide eHealth implementation in Nigeria.

He added that delivering the National Health ICT Strategic Framework 2015-2020 a Sixty-two Page Document Published in 2016 with the vision “By 2020, Health ICT will help enable and deliver universal health coverage in Nigeria” requires a skilled and knowledgeable technical workforce to support the implementation.

“The participants present here today at the inauguration of the national technical and mirror committees on ISOTC215-Health Informatics will constitute the Foundation members of the committee. Also, become knowledgeable to recognize common standards and able to digital health, understand standard development process, management, and apply it to adopt and develop eHealth standards for Nigeria,” he said.

He noted that the two-day workshop has enabled the experts to expand their vision on the way forward on national eHealth Standards development with regard to training on standards, curriculum development and continuous professional development.

Adobola Olajide was also elected to head the National Mirror and Technical Committees, and he will be assisted by Ini Ekong, Assistant Director ehealth FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat and John Oladosu, a … Read More...

France 2019: Dons advise Super Falcons on hard work, focus and patriotism

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A trio of university dons on Tuesday challenged players of the Super Falcons and the Golden Eaglets to make hard work, patriotism, focus, dedication and fearlessness their watchwords, while discountenancing all events and situations that could discourage them in their various national assignments.

At a seminar organized by the Nigeria Football Federation, at Serob Legacy Hotel, Abuja, with the theme ‘Nationalism and Patriotism’, Professor Florence Adeyanju of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria urged the Falcons and the Eaglets to always take pride in being selected to represent a country of about 190 million people, and have no fear of any team whenever they get to the field of play.

“Success favours only the bold. You don’t have to fear any player or team when you get to the field of play. Remember the country you are representing and be psychologically motivated that you cannot lose, that you are a champion already. Be full of positive thinking all the time,” she added.

On her part, Dr. Odunola Bello of the University of Maiduguri spoke on nationalism and patriotism, underscoring the need for players and officials to note allegiance to the nation at all times and display sense of communal spirit, tolerance, dedication and discipline in all that they do.

Professor Mariam Suleiman, who is Head of Department of Health Education and Human Kinetics, Ahmadu Bello University spoke on career guidance, charging the players to think of life after football and plan well for same. “You are active and agile now, but after you must have reached your peak, you would no longer be that agile. What will you do after football? You should endeavour to seek relevant qualifications in such areas that you have flair. You should develop … Read More...

Our focus now is to win FIFA U17 World Cup – Tijani

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After finishing fourth at the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania, Samson Tijani, the captain of the Golden Eaglets has said the players have shifted their focus to winning the FIFA U17 World Cup at the finals in Brazil later this year.

Tijani told that the team was just unfortunate not to have qualified for the final, but said himself and the rest of the squad are satisfied with the qualification of the team for the FIFA U17 tournament in the land of samba.

“Personally, I did not feel too bad because our main aim was to qualify for the World Cup and we succeeded in that aspect. We approached every game as they came, unfortunately, Guinea defeated us on penalty shoot-out in the semi final.

“It was a very tough game. We were not scared of penalty kicks but it happened that we were destined to lose to Guinea.”

Tijani went further: “Against Angola, we defeated them earlier in the group stage but in the third place game, they were very fast-paced and we tried to match them. We were surprised that we lost the game.

“Now, our thoughts are on how we can prepare very well and go to the World Cup and win the tournament. The last set of Golden Eaglets that won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, in 2015 did not win African tournament. But at the World Cup, the team flew high and won the tournament. I believe that with strong support from NFF, the training sessions that our coaches will put us through and with players working hard and playing as a team, we will win the World Cup in Brazil,” he said.


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AFCON 2019: NFF appoints Okocha, Kanu, Babangida as Super Eagles scouts

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ captains Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, as well as former star winger Tijani Babangida as scouts and movitational figures for Nigeria’s campaign at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt this summer.

According to NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the three legends will monitor the activities of the Super Eagles’ opponents leading to the finals in Egypt and report to Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, and will continue their assignment in Egypt during the championship.

“Okocha, Kanu and Babangida served Nigeria meritoriously as players and we believe they have the capacity to excel in this particular assignment. They will also serve as role models for our young team in Egypt,” Dr Sanusi told on Tuesday.

Okocha was a key member of the much –fancied Golden Generation, which qualified Nigeria for her first FIFA World Cup finals, won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time on away soil and impressed in reaching the Round of 16 at Nigeria’s debut in the World Cup in 1994. The team was named the second most entertaining team of the finals behind champions Brazil.

The flamboyant midfielder also captained the Super Eagles to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was named Player of the Tournament. He played in three FIFA World Cup finals for Nigeria.

Kanu narrowly missed the cut for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but captained the Nigeria U23 team to win Africa’s first Olympic football gold in Atlanta, USA in 1996 and was a member of the squad that finished as runners-up in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. He also played in three FIFA World Cup finals for Nigeria.

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Reps to issue warrant of arrest on RMAFC Chair

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The House of Representatives Tuesday announced its resolution to issue warrant of arrest of the Acting Chairman, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam for outright insubordination and hindrance to a legislative investigation.

Mark Gbillah, Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee investigating data collection process, maintenance and usage by RMAFC made the announcement at the investigative public hearing on data collection process and usage by the agency at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

According to Gbillah, the ad-hoc Committee was constituted to investigate into data collection process, verification, maintenance and usage by RMAFC but it has suffered setback from the action of leadership and management of the organization who refused to honour its invitation and withhold information.

“This Committee in its efforts to carry out its oversight and investigative mandate from the House of Representatives as enshrined in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(as amended) and Section 4 of the Legislative Houses(Powers & Privileges) Act has encountered recalcitrance from RMAF who delayed the progress of this Committee in their refusal to honour the Committee’s invitations and requests for information including their condemnable and unlawful official instruction via correspondence to another tier of Government not to honour the constitutional requests of legitimate Committee of the National Assembly.

“In line with the provisions of Section 89(1),d of the 1999 constitution (as amended), Section 6(1), (2) (3) of the Legislative Houses (Powers&Privileges) Act, the Rt. Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has approved the initiation of the statutory sanctions(issuance of an arrest warrant and criminal prosecution against the Acting Chairman and Management of RMAFC and will not hesitate to approve same against any party who refuse(s) to honour the constitutional requests of the Committee”, Gbillah noted.

He observed that, …