FG To Implement 9 Laws On Smoking In Nigeria
As the world marks this year’s World No Tobacco Day, Nigeria’s Health
Minister, Isaac Adewole, has announced nine regulations in the Nigeria
Tobacco Control Act that would be implemented by the federal government.
The National Tobacco Control Act was signed into law in 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
theme for this year’s event, ‘Tobacco: A Threat to Development,’ aims
at highlighting the link between tobacco use and development as well as
show that tobacco control can break the cycle of poverty, contribute to
ending hunger, promote sustainable agriculture and economic growth, and
combat climate change.
Ahead of this year’s celebration, the
World Health Organization revealed that tobacco kills over seven million
people annually, and is an increasing risk factor in non-communicable
(NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancers and chronic obstructed
Earlier Mr. Adewole, a Professor of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the
implementation of the tobacco control Act had been slow because the
draft Regulations need the National Assembly approval.
Below are the regulations listed by the minister to be implemented:
1. Prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to and by anyone below age 18.
2. Ban of sale of cigarettes in single sticks; cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20 sticks only.
3. Smokeless tobacco shall be sold in a minimum of a pack of 30 grammes.
4. Ban of sale or offer for sale or distribution of tobacco or tobacco products through mail, internet, or other online devices.
5. Prohibition of interference of tobacco industry in public health and related issues.
Prohibition of smoking in anywhere on the premises of a child care
facility, educational facility, and healthcare facility. Other
prohibited for smoking include playgrounds, amusement parks, plazas,
public parks, stadia, public transport, restaurants’ bar, and other
public gathering spaces.
7. Prosecution of owner or manager of
any of the places listed above who permits, encourages or fails to stop
smoking in the above listed places.
8. Prohibition of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship of any kind.
9. Compliance with specified standards for content.
Nigeria Moves Up In June FIFA Ranking Both In Africa And World
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has climbed up to fourth position in the
latest FIFA Coca-Cola football ranking released on Thursday, also moved
from 40th position from the World ranking to 38th position.
Super Eagles who have never lose any match since German coach Gernot
Rohr took over the coaching job has continued to restore their glory as
the football giants of Africa.
The Super Eagles who will be
playing Togo before playing their African Nations Cup Qualifiers against
the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godwill Akpabio’s Stadium in
Uyo June 10.
The Super Eagles are among some countries who moved
up big in the June FIFA world ranking as Burkina Faso were one of the
most biggest drops by point losing 60 points.
The Super Eagles last game was against Corsica which ended in a 1-1 draw with both teams scoring from the penalty spot.
are top of the chart for Africa while Burkina Faso slide down to 7th
position. Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia occupies the last position in
Egypt and Senegal rose in the ranking, to 20th and 27th respectively.
Cameroon moved a spot up from 33rd to 32nd in the world and third on the continent.
Togo, Nigeria’s international friendly opponents, are 106th in the world with 320 points gained.
South Africa moved a step down from 64 to 65.
were no changes in the top 10 positions in the world rankings as Brazil
remained first, Argentina (2nd) Germany(3rd) Chile (4th) Colombia (5th)
France(6th) Belgium(7th) Portugal(8th) Switzerland (9th) and
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UK Bans Nigerian Doctor Pestering His Patients With Love Advances
A family doctor who tried to woo a patient with flowers and cheesy
chat-up lines after bragging about being a ‘good-looking guy’ has been
banned from practising in the UK for one year.
Dr Chris Uzoh, 40, spent six weeks pestering the woman to try and get a date and told her that he had ‘huge earning potential’.
He also claimed to be ‘the best in his medical school’ as well as having written ‘several well cited scientific publications’.
Uzoh, who is a GP from Great Sankey, near Warrington, Cheshire, also
sent her 20 text messages after getting her address and phone number
from medical records.
Within 30 minutes of the appointment
finishing, he texted her saying: ‘Sorry for this text message but I saw
you and liked you and thought we could go on a date on the future.
‘I am single and looking for a serious relationship and not intending to mess about.’
He also left the patient a voice mail saying he wanted to ‘hear her voice before he went to work’.
Uzoh later sent her another text saying: ‘I’ve been feeling like a
schoolboy meeting a girl he fancied for the first time. I haven’t felt
this way in a while.’
Later the woman received a card and flowers
at her home along with a further message from Uzoh adding: ‘I wonder
how else I would have met you if not this way.
‘My heart is pure, I care, I hope it would be possible to make you mine some day.’
unnamed patient, who lived alone urged, Uzoh to stop pestering her but
he pressed on with his chat-up lines saying: ‘I was trying to be
romantic – I did not mean to be creepy. I was excited about you.’
text said: ‘How is it possible that a good looking guy who is a doctor,
who has a job with huge earning potential, who was the best graduating
doctor in his medical school, who started out as a urological surgeon
with several well-cited scientific publications, who thinks you
beautiful and special, who wants you – and you wouldn’t give him a
chance? I’ve been in a Toronto and I couldn’t stop thinking about you.’
patient eventually complained to Uzoh’s colleagues at the Murdishaw
Health Centre in Runcorn and he was reported to the General Medical
The father of two has since quit the UK and is now working in Toronto, Canada.
the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Uzoh was
suspended from practise in Britain for 12 months after he was found
guilty of misconduct.
The incidents began between March and May
last year when the woman was booked in for an appointment with Uzoh
after complaining of abdominal pain.
The woman – known as Patient
A – told the hearing: ‘I was really shocked to get that initial message
from him because I trusted him as a doctor.
‘If I got that
message now there is no way I would respond. I was in a difficult
position particularly at that point so seeing him taking an interest was
a nice thing.
‘The next morning I woke up and there was a further text message and voicemail message.
remember I was doing my make up and getting ready for work and I saw
that he was calling but I didn’t want to pick up. He left a message
saying: ‘Hi, I just wanted to hear your voice before I start my day’.
‘Everyday I looked at my phone there was something from him whether it be a text message, missed call or a voicemail message.
soon as I knew the flowers had been sent I knew that they would be from
Dr Uzoh – there weren’t many people who knew my address at the time.
felt sick because I live on my own and nobody knew my address apart
from my family and I was scared because he had got my records so what
was to say he wouldn’t turn up at my door.
‘That feeling lasted
several months. It wasn’t long after that I text him to tell him not to
contact me but then five months later he contacted me again.
Hamlet, the lawyer for the GMC, said: ‘She had not given him her number
or any indication that she wished to be contacted by him.
obtained her number by looking at her medical records and sent a series
of text messages, some consecutive in number and all sent in pursuit of a
personal relationship which was sexually motivated.
was at the time vulnerable. She claims at first she was flattered by
these messages, however, in due course he went on to bombard her with
messages, voicemails and even sent flowers to her home address.
said she felt sick about what happened and was concerned and scared
that he had accessed her records and sent flowers to her home.’
One message sent by Patient A to Uzoh said: ‘As flattered as I was at the time it all got too much too quickly.
feel you went too far with getting my address without my permission and
it scared me a little and the thought of someone getting it so easily
when I have put my trust in doctors is unnerving.
‘Thank you for the flowers but I would appreciate it if you didn’t do that again.’
Another to him said: ‘You’re being too full on – I’ve only met you once and I was your patient!’
Uzoh was not at the tribunal but he filed a written submission claiming his intentions towards the woman were ‘noble.’
added: ‘My intention was not to prey on the patient or the patient’s
vulnerability. I have always been professional toward my patients and
never had any issues with NHS England or the GMC.
‘I regret my actions and I apologise for all the stress this may have caused the patient.’
chairman Mrs Jayne Wheat said: ‘It is important that patients have
trust in their doctors and in the confidential nature of their medical
records, and it is seriously improper for a doctor to seek to pursue a
relationship of this kind with a patient, the more so when he persists
in it beyond the point when the patient has made clear that his
approaches are unwelcome.
‘While the tribunal has found that Dr
Uzoh’s behaviour was sexually motivated, there was no evidence that his
intentions were obscene or unlawful.’
Nigerian Govt To Establish Special Schools For Married Women- Minister
The Federal Government will establish special schools for women who
abandoned school to get married, Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha
Alhassan, has said.
“All women that married at early age will have the opportunity to
continue with their education from their husbands houses. “The schools
will be in two categories so as to avoid problems emanating from the
establishment of the schools.
“The first category is for those who started their schooling but due to one reason or the other dropped out.
“In the Adult literacy schools, the women will also be empowered with skills training during their lessons.
“The women will be trained how to make soap, local soft drink, candle,
pomade, cake, local hair dressing, tailoring and other small
businesses.” the minister told newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.
Mrs. Alhassan appealed to religious and traditional leaders to continue
supporting ongoing efforts to boost the enrolment of the girl-child into
She said that the education of female children was very important as
such the leaders should encourage parents to send them to school.
Senate Confirms 15 Electoral Commissioners
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of 15 persons, out 27 nominated
by President Muhammadu Buhari, as Resident Electoral Commissioners.
Mr. Buhari had on March 23 requested the Senate to screen and confirm 27
nominees to assume responsibilities as RECs, who head the operations of
the the Independent National Electoral Commission at state level.
But the Senate only confirmed 15 of the nominees today, following a
recommendation by its INEC committee, led by Suleiman Nazif. While
presenting the committee’s report, Mr. Nazif, APC-Bauchi, said the
remaining 12 nominees were still undergoing screening.
He assured that his committee would submit its report on the yet-to-be-confirmed nominees upon conclusion of their screening.
He, however, added that all the nominees, including those already
confirmed and those who are still being screened, had passed security
The Senate had initially suspended the confirmation to protest the
continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.