FG commends NARD, offers N47b as hazard allowance

The Federal Government has commended the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors for suspending its nationwide strike that had lasted for 63 days.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the commendation on Wednesday in Abuja.

He spoke when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association, who led NARD’s executive members on a visit to his office.

Ngige, who commended the new NARD leadership, led by Dr. Godiya Ishaya, for asking its members to return to work, disclosed that the federal Government had increased the aggregate money in the 2022 budget for hazard allowance from N40 billion to N47 billion annually. He said the latest strike would not have degenerated to the point it got to if the former NARD leadership had given their members the correct information.

The minister said the Federal Government was not indebted to any doctor up till August 2 when NARD embarked on the strike.

He, however, noted that there were contentions about allowances such as Medical Residency Training Fund and some doctors who were not paid the Special COVID-19 allowances.

The Minister assured that all the contentious issues were being addressed, including the payment of Medical Residency Training Fund and Special COVID-19 allowances for those omitted.

Ngige said: “The previous NARD leadership hoarded information from your members.

“Instead, things wouldn’t have degenerated.

“There is no need being pugilistic.

“We know that we have opposition to our government.

“It doesn’t mean that if we are doing something right, we should not be praised.

“If the former NARD leadership were not playing politics, they should have reported well to their members, especially after the intervention of the Elders Forum, of which the President and Secretary General of NARD were members.

“You are lucky to have me, a medical doctor and health system manager, here as the Minister of Labour and Employment.

“So, when the matter came, the issues are clear to me.

“But when you bring advice to both parties on how things should be done and it is thrown away completely, …

Veteran rapper Mr Raw hospitalized after surviving car accident

Nigerian veteran rapper Mr Raw has been hospitalized after surviving a ghastly car accident.

The music star took to his Instagram page on Saturday, August 14, 2021, where he shared photos of himself in the hospital as well as photos and videos of his damaged SUV.

“Thank God for my life o!. It’s a blessing being alive in the land of the living. I was involved in a ghastly motor accident early this morning at Abuja (before Bannex junction)…I was unconscious when I was pulled out of the red car after another driver rammed into our car,” he captioned the videos and photos.

“I passed out twice but I am stable now and responding to treatment. @mickeystainless get well soon my friend. The driver is receiving treatment as well. God be praised.”

We wish him a quick recovery.

Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje, better known by his stage name Mr Raw, is a rapper from Abia State in Southeastern Nigeria.

He is one of the pioneers of Afro highlife and Igbo rap.

Max Verstappen released from hospital after high-speed Lewis Hamilton collision

After hitting the Silverstone barriers in an impact that measured 51G on the opening lap of Sunday’s race, the Red Bull driver walked away from the incident and was checked over in the circuit medical center. He was then taken to Coventry hospital for further assessment and was released on Sunday night.

“We are pleased to confirm that Max was released from hospital at 22:00 this evening, following a thorough medical examination, without any major injuries,” said a Red Bull statement.

“Max and the Team would like to thank the trackside Marshalls and medical staff for their exceptional care both on-site at Silverstone and at Coventry Hospital.”

Posting a selfie in which he was smiling next to his father, Jos, Verstappen tweeted: “Cleared from the hospital after all the checks were ok. Thank you to everyone for all the nice messages and best wishes.”

In an earlier post on social media, Verstappen had criticized Hamilton for the collision, describing the world champion’s driving as “dangerous”. He also claimed Hamilton had displayed “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior” in his celebrations after winning the race.

Hamilton sends best wishes to Verstappen | ‘I will always race hard but always fairly’

Hamilton was not initially aware after the race that Verstappen had been sent to hospital and, once told of the latest situation, sent his own best wishes to the Dutchman and said he would message his rival privately.

Stewards ruled that the seven-time world champion had been “predominantly at fault” for causing accident, although Hamilton did not agree with the verdict. He also did not feel he had anything to apologize for.

“At the end of the day I’ve not really seen the footage. I saw a quick clip of it when I went back to the garage but I naturally will go back and have time to reflect on it,” said …

Nigerian singer YQ hospitalized in the US

The music star took to his Instagram page on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, where he shared photos of himself in the hospital.

“Thank God the ambulance 🚑 and cop 👮🏾‍♀️ showed up in less than 5 minutes. Can I get one 🌺 now that am still here? Thank you 🙏🏽 I’ll be back soon. #thankful #grateful #survivor #OnGod,” he captioned the photos.

The singer did not disclose the reason behind the emergency trip to the hospital.

The music star tied the knot back in December 2020.

His wedding came months after he was reportedly thrown out of his house by his girlfriend.

YQ started his music career in 2002 when he formed a group called Q-krest. He started his solo career in 2007.

He has several hit songs to his credit including Efimile ft DagrinI Like GirlsDresscode and Sandalili.