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FG Laments Widespread Deaths Among Civil Servants

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, has lamented the rampant cases of sudden deaths among civil servants in the country.

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Yemi-Esan, who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the inauguration of the newly established Employee Wellness Centre for civil servants, said many civil servants suddenly die as a result of work-related diseases that are even preventable.

She said, “We are witnessing a lot of work-related diseases, a lot of sudden deaths.

“You are sitting down in the office and then, the Director of Human Resources comes and says, mama, somebody has just collapsed in the office.

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“It is not only restricted here in our country. The International Labor Organisation estimates that about 2.3 million women and men around the world succumb to work-related accidents or diseases every year.

“According to the Organisation, this corresponds to 6,000 deaths every single day. The available data also reveals that around 160 million victims of work-related illnesses are recorded annually.

It is instructive to know that in the last six months, I have received messages from civil servants and Permanent Secretaries, not less than 10 Permanent Secretaries, who complained to me about one preventable disease or the other.

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“They would say they are having excruciating pain in their neck, which they cannot sit down or stand up.

“This is one of the commonest illnesses that Permanent Secretaries have, after sitting down for so many years working in the office.

“This disease is preventable. I have also seen cases where civil servants do not know if their blood sugar is high or low.

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“Most of us do not live long after retirement. This is a very sad phenomenon.”

Yemi-Esan disclosed that this pathetic situation of workers necessitated the building and commissioning of the Wellness Centre for them.

According to her, “This trend, necessitates greater attention to be paid to the health and safety of workers, especially civil servants in the country who are the empirical engine of development and most critical resource of the nation.

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“The establishment of the Employee Wellness Centre within the Federal Secretariat Complex is one of the proactive responses by the government to the critical need of mitigating many preventable medical conditions which have become prevalent in our society in general, and among civil servants in particular.

“For this reason, it is important to emphasize the need for every one of us to seek useful, adequate and accurate information on common health conditions and how to prevent or successfully manage them.

“The need to comprehensively pay attention to our health status is more crucial, especially due to the sedentary nature of our jobs as civil servants coupled with the tendency to be solely committed to the demands of office and neglecting one’s physical well-being,” she explained.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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