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Nigeria celebrated her 53rd year of Independence on Tuesday with President Goodluck Jonathan addressing the country.

Same day, the association of resident doctors in Nigeria declared a nationwide strike.

Other Nigerian university unions joined the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike on Wednesday.

Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on wednesday announced his plan to construct a 1,000 bed hospital in his native Kano.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria on Wednesday denied £3,000 British visa bond.

On Thursday, Nigerian security forces announced the capture of some Boko – Haram suspects.

And in what must be the biggest news of the week, on Thursday, the plane carrying the corpse of the late ex Governor of Ondo State alongside some family members and friends crashed in Lagos.

Read News in Full Below:
Nigeria Celebrates Independence
Nigeria on Tuesday marked her 53rd year of independence from the British and reflective of the prevailing situation in the country, celebrations were muffled amidst security fear and hard economic times. Some did not celebrate however because according to them, there was nothing to be celebrated.
The president of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan addressed the nation in a broadcast televised nationwide by the Nigerian Television Authority but his message of hope and re-assurance was met with apathy by the majority of the populace with a good number of people taking to social media to complain about not even having power supply to watch the broadcast.
Association Of Residents Doctors Embark On Nationwide Indefinite Strike
Immediately registering their grievances with the state of the nation, the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Tuesday declared an indefinite strike action following the failure of the Federal Government to empower residency training in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Kano, the association’s National President,  Dr. Jibril Abdullahi threatened that all state hospitals will be shut down if the Enugu State Teaching Hospital did not implement the consolidated medical salary structure within 21 days.
According to the association, the persistent unwillingness of the Federal Government to articulate a comprehensive guidelines for residency training in Nigeria has eventually led to inadequate funding of residency training, citing the failure of the recently re-introduced overseas clinical attachments for resident doctors and of course the incessant industrial disharmony in many training centres as some of the reasons for the resident doctors industrial action.
Consequently, the NARD National President Dr.Jibril Abdullahi resolved that until the federal government produces a blueprint on residency training with immediate effect and sort out all irregularities on the implementation of the integrated payroll and personnel information system, IPPIS, the strike will continue to be total and indefinite.
SSANU, Others Join ASUU In Indefinite Strike
In a continuance of the ever-increasing long chain of strike actions embarked upon by Nigerian workers, The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Union Of Universities (NASUU) on Wednesday,  declared an indefinite strike action over two months’ of unpaid salaries.
In an interview with Channels Television, the SSANU Public Relations officer in Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nura Garba says the federal government has not paid their August and September salaries, the situation which the union says has caused progressive hardship among its members.
The union through its Public Relations Officer SSNU, BUK chapter, Nura Garba demanded that its members’ two month salaries be paid and that the federal government should stop punishing them with ASUU
Dangote To Construct 1,000 Bed Hospital In Kano
Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said on Tuesday that he would construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano to improve health care delivery within the state.

Alhaji Dangote announced this while laying the foundation of Mariya Sanusi Dantata Ultra-Modern Theatre and diagnostic complex at Murtala Muhammed Hospital in Kano metropolis.

He said the project would make health care delivery easier and accessible to the people of the state.
Dangote said the gesture was meant to support government’s efforts in achieving a sound health programme for its people, adding that only healthy people can contribute meaningfully to the growth of the economy.
British High Commissioner To Nigeria Denies £3,000 British Visa Bond.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Carter on Wednesday cleared the air on the controversies trailing the decision to introduce a £3000 visa bond by the British government.

Carter assured that “there is no change to our visa service, there is no change to our visa policy at the moment” adding that “it (Visa Bond Policy) does not exist”.
He noted that it is a policy that the British ministers “are still considering” insisting that at the moment “there is no visa bond; there is no requirement on anybody to pay £3000 or any thousands of pounds to get a British visa”.

He said the British government is only trying to deter those who are tempted to over stay their visa “not just in Nigeria” stressing that it is a problem “we have with many countries”.

He said the Visa Bond Policy is one of a series of policies being considered by the British government, promising that “we will be informing the Nigerian government, if it concerns Nigerians, and make sure it is properly advertised”.

He then stressed the importance of Nigeria’s relations with the United Kingdom especially in trade and investments.
Nigerian Security Forces Announce Capture Of Boko – Haram Suspects.

Three days after the killing of innocent students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba in Yobe state, military authorities have confirmed that 15 suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been arrested in connection with the killings.

Spokesman of the 3rd division special Operation Battalion Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement to the press on Thursday in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, stated that several members of the terrorists group were also killed in ground and air strikes carried out by officers and men of the command.

“After the attack on the college of Agriculture in Gujba, our men carried out an operation around the Gujba axis and a camp of the insurgents was raided and several members of the terrorist group were killed, while 15 others were arrested” Eli Lazarus said.

Those arrested according to him are currently being investigated, where they will give the force useful information as to how to track down the perpetrators of the heinous act.

He said the military plans to come up with new measures of strategy that will curtail the activities of the insurgents and will continue to strengthen its collaboration with the civil populace so that timely and useful information can always be divulged to it in order for the military to continue to maintain peace in the state and the country as a whole.

Plane Carrying Late Olusegun Agagu’s Family & Corpse Crashes
On Thursday, the plane carrying the corpse of the late ex Governor of Ondo State alongside some family members and friends crashed in Lagos.

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