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KFSH&RC Unveils its Cutting-Edge Approach to Elevating the Patient Treatment Experience at the Global Health Exhibition

KFSH&RC Unveils its Cutting-Edge Approach to Elevating the Patient Treatment Experience

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the 2023 Global Health Exhibition in Riyadh, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is presenting its advanced approach to elevating the patient treatment journey. By harnessing state-of-the-art digital healthcare solutions, the hospital has showcased the role of such tools in enhancing healthcare outcomes and operational efficiency across diverse medical domains.

KFSH&RC has achieved substantial advancements in streamlining the patient admission process through the ‘Ehalat’ service. This automated platform simplifies medical referrals and fosters collaboration with both public and private healthcare entities. Additionally, it empowers users to submit medical reports, compile personal data, and access their medical history—all within a unified service, eliminating the necessity for in-person visits to the hospital. This not only simplifies the evaluation of a patient’s condition and treatment eligibility but also provides real-time tracking and updates on applications.

Patients can now track their treatment progress remotely through “Altakhassusi” mobile application, providing them with secure access to their medical records. The app allows patients to view radiology and medical lab test results, easily schedule appointments, attend virtual follow-up sessions with their physicians, and even assess the effectiveness of their treatment. Moreover, it enhances the process of prescription refills, medical supplies, and nutritional needs, making communication with the medical team and the hospital effortless.

KFSH&RC is dedicated to providing a high-quality treatment experience with automation at every stage. This approach saves time and effort for patients, and it improves medical decision-making through cutting-edge methods and care models that leverage the rapid advancements in digital health innovations. These capabilities enable seamless integration of various medical technologies, consolidating clinical results, documents, and medical data. This ranges from surgical notes to post-operative care, ensuring a smooth flow of information, boosting care efficiency, and customizing it to meet each patient’s unique needs.

KFSH&RC is globally recognized for its exceptional specialized healthcare services and groundbreaking innovations. It stands as an advanced hub for medical research and education, committed to advancing medical technologies and raising the standard of healthcare on a global scale. Through collaborations with prominent local, regional, and international institutions, it aspires to deliver world-class services in clinical care, research, and education.

The Global Health Exhibition, featuring the participation of 250 exhibitors from 15 countries, stands as the premier healthcare gathering in the Middle East. It serves as a platform for collaboration among Saudi and global healthcare communities, including regional and international manufacturers and suppliers. This year’s summit, operating under the theme ‘Investing in Health,’ promises to be a pivotal event shaping the future of healthcare.

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Nigeria commends Guinness’s impact on environmental sustainability, economic growth

The Federal Government on Thursday commended the efforts of Guinness Nigeria in promoting responsible drinking, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility for the citizens.

The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako, gave the commendation while hosting a team from Guinness Nigeria, led by Mr John Musunga, its Managing Director in Abuja.

The minister said Nigeria was appreciative of the organisation’s impact in many ways and also in contributing to national growth and development.

“I must commend you for your very high sense of corporate social responsibility.

“Some of the things you are doing are in the conviction that you cannot be an island, you must relate with the environment, community where you do business.

“So, thank you for believing in Nigeria and your persistence to ensure that you continue as a contributor to the economic growth of Nigeria.’’

He said although Nigeria was faced with a lot of economic challenges due to poor decisions, the courage of the present administration would take the country to a path of recovery.

Salako called on the private sector to assist the government in driving the economy.

While commending the interventions of Guinness in many areas, the minister said the deliberate decision to reduce carbon footprints was laudable as Nigeria was working towards following suit.

He said Guinness Nigeria’s decision to halt the production and sale of alcoholic drinks in sachets was impressive as it would help to reduce underage drinking and environmental pollution.

“One of the things that I advocated when we were doing the review of the public health law in Ogun is for the state to ban the circulation of alcohol in sachets because it makes it easier for people to access the underage and everyone else.

“Some other people with health conditions who should not be doing alcohol, but because it is so easy for them, they can put in the pocket, sell in the garages and all that; so it’s definitely something that must stop,’’ he said.

The minister however said he would be at the forefront of stopping the production and sale of sachet alcohol products, adding that it would be legislated upon.

In his remarks, Musunga said the visit was to strengthen relationships with its government partners and to further update the minister of the organisation’s interventions in the country.

According to him, Guinness Nigeria has impacted no fewer than 180,000 persons in its employee value chain with an annual tax payment of N14 billion.

Musunga said the organisation was working to reduce importation of goods for its products and relying on local companies to promote backward integration, economic development and livelihood for local businesses.

While citing the challenges of access to foreign exchange, Musunga said the organisation was supporting local farmers in raw material production for ethanol, saying 80 per cent of products were sourced locally.

“It is cheaper to import; but you look at the economic benefits of sourcing locally and it makes more sense for us to support the communities around us by sourcing locally.

“ So, for example ethanol, we now produce 100 per cent of ethanol from Nigeria.

“The quality specification was not optimal; so, we spent a lot of investment to help the local suppliers upgrade the quality of ethanol from the facilities, albeit more expensive, but for the benefit of the sugar farmers,’’ he said.

On his part, Mr Rotimi Odusola, Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria, said the organisation was working to promote positive drinking, champion inclusion and diversity, for greater impact and sustainability.

According to him, this includes the `Wrong Side of the Road’ project to curtail alcohol abuse, the `Smashed Project’ for alcohol education for young people, `Water of Life Project’, `Recycling Alliance’ among others.

Odusola said the Water of Life Project targeted the provision of solar-powered water facilities for water-stressed communities.

He said that many states had benefited with women taking ownership of operation and maintenance for sustainability.

Odusola said plans were underway to commission a 50,000 metric cube water facility in Lanlate community in Oyo to provide potable water for 11,000 people, adding that such projects had been going on in many cities for 30 years.

The corporate relations director highlighted efforts to reduce carbon footprints to include the Water Recovery plants which took water from its factories, process them and use for cleaning purposes.

“The water recovery plant is a system which takes treated water from our current effluent treatment plant and further purifies it using state of the art technology to the point where it becomes safe for human consumption.

“The recovered water is then re- introduced into our breweries for pasteurisers, hydrants, this process results in the reduction of water taken from the environment,’’ he said.

He added that the organisation partnered with the Food Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) to develop the recycling industry and innovate into more sustainable formats for food and beverage manufacturing firms.

Odusola said partnership with waste management organisations like WeCyclers and Sustyvibes had addressed Post-Consumer Waste by collecting cans and pet bottles in different parts of the country. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Blame perpetrators of abuse not victims – Mirabel Centre

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mirabel Centre, has urged the public not to blame victims of sexual abuse but the perpetrators.

The NGO made the appeal on Thursday on its official X handle @MirabelCenterNG monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

It stated that a child, who was sexually abused, should never be blamed nor the parent be blamed for any act of abuse suffered.

According to the centre, sexual abuse can occur irrespective of a child’s age, religion, culture or socio-economic level, saying there is no foolproof way to protect children from sexual abuse.

To reduce the risk and protect children from abuse, the NGO urged parents to be well informed about sexual abuse and build an open relationship with their children.

“Accurate information makes us stronger and equips us to build protective environments and respond better when children face problems.

“Speak to your children and listen to them too.

“Build an open relationship with your children. Let them know they can trust you and share any information with you.

“Show more interest in their day-to-day lives and give them a chance to raise topics to discuss,” it stated.

It also appealed to parents to pay attention to what is happening around them and observe their children’s behaviour.

“Be aware of what is happening around you, your community and pay attention to your children’s behaviour and take note of changes.

‘Also, observe the behaviour of adults, who spend time with your children,’’ the organisation stated.

Mirabel Centre, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), provides free support services for survivors of sexual assault, appealed to the public to seek help when abused.

“Seek help immediately from Mirabel Centre if you suspect that a child is at risk or may have suffered abuse.

“Our helplines are 08187243468, 0815 5770000,’’ it stated. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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APC diaspora chairmen hail Tinubu’s Supreme Court victory

The APC Committee of Diaspora Chairmen (CDC) has congratulated President Bola Tinubu on his victory at the Supreme Court, urging opposition candidates to team up with the President.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeals made by the presidential candidates of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), challenging Tinubu’s victory in the Feb. 25 election.

Reacting, Prince Stephen Tella, Chairman, APC Spain Chapter and General Secretary of CDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Tinubu’s victory was for all Nigerians, hence all stakeholders must join hands to build the nation everyone will be proud of.

Tella said : “Congratulations to our President, Father, Leader, and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“This Supreme Court validity is a victory for all Nigerians and democrats.

“We are experiencing a deepening of our democracy, and Nigeria will light up Africa as the largest democracy in the Sub-Sahara West Africa and Africa.

“There is no winner and no loser, the race for the 2027 general elections has just begun again following the apex court’s verdict.

“Let us be guided that the match to 2027 has just started effectively today when all Nigerians will have another opportunity to exercise their democratic rights again.

“Now is the time for the Ndigbos, Arewas, Oduduwas to come together and build a Nigeria of our dreams and envy to the world,” Tella said.

The Supreme Court, in the lead verdict delivered by Justice John Okoro, affirmed the election of Tinubu as Nigeria’s president in the 2023 general election. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NMA conducts free general medical checks on 200 elderly in FCT

The Nigeria Medical Association, Federal Capital Territory (NMA-FCT) said its medical outreach at Primary Health Care, Karonmajigi in the FCT would address 200 elderly with eye problems and dental cases.

Dr Michael Olarewaju, Secretary of the association told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the physicians’ week was an event to introspect and reflect on the meaning of being a physician.

Olarewaju said that the period was also a time for the association to look out for each other, identify issues of common interest and also use the opportunity to conduct a medical outreach.

According to him, the association will use the time to render selfless service to the less privileged especially the elderly.

Olarewaju said that the exercise was part of activities to commemorate the 2023 Physicians’ Week with the theme, “This is Our Chance to Get it Right in the Health Sector”.

According to him, the physician week began on Monday and would end on Saturday.

“Today is for medical outreach, we will identify the elderly groups then have general medicine carry out on them.

“The elderly are always neglected by the society after the must have served the society.

“We will take care of them on general medicine like, dental cases eye care because they are old and most may be suffering from eye problems,” he said.

Olarewaju said that about 20 of their members were at the health care to provide services to the elderly.

“We will give them eye glasses, do tooth extraction when necessary and also dental cases will be addressed,” he said.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NAN MD seeks more media visibility for SMEs

The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Malam Ali Muhammed Ali, has urged the media to give more visibility to the nation’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to bolster development.

Speaking on the sidelines of the West Africa SMEs Exhibition 2023 in Abuja on Thursday, Ali said that promoting SMEs would also help in driving the nation’s economic visibility.

According to him, most people overlook small enterprises and focus on the big corporations because they have the budgets for promotion through advertisement.

”But the real game is in SMEs. In other developed climes, for example, the Asian economy was transformed through the focus of the media on SMEs.

”In the UK, small businesses are the engine rooms of the growth of the economy.

”I urge the media to look at the small businesses; for the small things actually count otherwise they will be swallowed up.

“They are the ones that engage people the most in job creation,” Ali said.

On energy, the NAN boss said even when available, it came at a very horrendous cost, thus the need to innovate and look for alternative sources of energy.

He said, ”Renewable and green energy is the way to go, a lot of people have migrated completely to that because it’s a lot cheaper after you have made the initial investment.

”It is important for SMEs to think outside the box, come together collectively to generate their own energy, so that they share the cost of energy supply.”

According to Ali, the issue of multiple taxation is hindering growth of many businesses.

He called on the relevant bodies to ensure tax reliefs, while commending efforts of President Bola Tinubu’s administration for the various initiatives targeted at curbing multiple taxation and ensuring tax reliefs.

Also speaking, the President and Chairman, Governing Council of NASME, Dr Abdulrashid Yerima, said SMEs were the backbone of the economies of countries.

He said that SMEs served as catalysts for job creation, economic growth and innovation, but often faced myriad of challenges.

Yerima said, ”These range from limited access to finance, regulatory constraints and inadequate infrastructural support.

”It is therefore imperative that we establish a collaborative platform that can effectively address these challenges and propel the growth and sustainability of SMEs in our region.”

Mr Ahmad Hamza, Dawanau International Grains Market Traders Association, said the challenge of exchange rates was affecting their profits.

Other exhibitors at the event were: BOI, NPF Microfinance Bank for BETA Woman Savings and Loans, Elond Engineering Services, UTO spices and Marinades, among others.

Other highlights at the event included an exhibition by various manufacturers and vendors from other West African countries. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Policy makers, business advocates converge to promote Nigerian-British bilateral, trade relations

Policy makers and business advocates will converge to promote Nigerian-British bilateral, business and trade relations to spur massive investments between both countries, the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) says.

The Chamber’s leadership made this known during a news conference on Thursday in Lagos.

Mr Segun Akintemi, Chairman, Trade and Investment, NBCC, said notable Nigerians and British nationals would meet up to discuss policies at the inaugural dinner of the 18th NBCC President, Mr Ray Atelly.

Akintemi said that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite, would launch an initiative of the chamber; a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ideathon at the dinner.

He said that the dinner was scheduled for Nov. 24, at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos.

“At the inauguration dinner, we will launch an Ideathon for small businesses and see how they can materialise to be a business.

“One of the things Nigeria needs now is both local and foreign investments, and there must be policies to spur such.

“The president will also unveil his mandate for the next two years; this will afford members the opportunity to understand the future of the NBCC during his tenure,” Akintemi said.

Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, Chairman, Programmes Committee, NBCC, said that the Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu, and Malam Muhammad Ahmad, Chairman, Polaris Bank, would be at the event.

Ahmed added that the new Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Olasupo Olusi, and the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Jonny Baxter, would be on hand to enhance bilateral trade relations.

“These people are well known for entrepreneurship and would be on hand to provide value both for MSMEs and large multinationals,” he said.

Also, Dr Ebere Njoku, Director-General, NBCC, said the chamber would continue to unveil programmes and provide advocacies as the foremost channel of trade and commerce between Nigeria and Britain.

She noted that the NBCC’s affiliation with the British Chambers of Commerce gave members beneficial access to a network of 53 Chambers across the UK.

Njoke added that it also gave members access to 71 other international affiliates from all sectors of the economy.

“To show the chamber’s commitment to building and expanding business opportunities for members and prospects, this inaugural dinner is bringing together business leaders, investors, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in trade and investment.

“The Chamber carries out various activities targeted at the promotion of trade, investment, advocacy, business incubation, training, and business networking and functions via committees and sectoral groups.

“This year’s presidential inaugural dinner will be the 18th of the Chamber and will also serve as a social and networking platform, therefore, building business interaction among participants.

“The event is a true reflection of our commitment to progress and a symbol of our collective aspirations.

“We are expecting an impressive and diverse crowd of people, including elected officials, local leaders, supporters, and well-known professionals from numerous disciplines to attend the inauguration dinner,” she said. (NAN)

Edited by Christiana Fadare

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Palliative: FG provides 800 bags of rice, maize to FCT Muslims

The Federal Government has provided 600 bags of 50kg rice and 200 bags of maize to Muslim community in the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory.

Alhaji Rabiu Mohammed, the Chairman of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), FCT Chapter, confirmed this while handing over the food items to the leadership of the Committee of FCT Imams Initiative on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that the palliative was meant to cushion the impact of the removal of petroleum subsidy by the President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

“ We are here today to distribute the palliatives that the Federal Government actually gave us, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Federal Capital Territory Chapter.

“ The Federal Government gave us 600 bags of rice and 200 bags of maize which we are handing over to the Chairman of the Committee of the FCT Imams Initiative, Sheikh Tajudeen Adigun.

“ On behalf of the Federal Government, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has decided to handover the items for distribution to the people here in the FCT,” said Mohammed.

He said that JNI believe that the Committee of Imams are part of it being the Umbrella of all Muslim organisations in the country.

“The committee of Imams have the structures to reach out to the target beneficiaries across the nooks and crannies of the the territory.

“On behalf of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), I wish to handover the items to the chairman of the FCT Committee of Imams so that they can start distribution of the palliatives to the nooks and crannies of the territory.”

Receiving the foodstuff, Adigun said the committee of Imams have agreed to share 80 bags of rice and 30 bags of maize to each area council of the territory.

He said: “There are other organisations that are also going to have their shares of the food items like the Jama’atu Nasral Da’awah and Muslim Community Centre.

“Some food items will actually go to the Imams who are poor. This distribution, as you are seeing, vehicles standing are loading.

“You can see the trucks have started loading and the Imams of each of the area councils are here and their representatives who are going to follow these trucks to their Juma’at mosques.

“And by Zuhur, people are there waiting for them, it is going to be from this point to the point of distribution and it will be distributed in ther presence of Emirs of those area councils.”

The cleric commended the federal government for the palliative, noting that Islam encouraged Muslims to always appreciate no matter a little gesture done to them.

“We thank the Federal Government for the effort they have done. Nigeria is a big country. We are 200 million and over.

“I think what will cushion the impact of hardship in Nigeria will be a long way distance, but we always appreciate the little the government is doing.

“And we are encouraging them to do more,” Adigun said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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SPRF to raise N10bn as reward for sporting youth

The Sports Performance Reward Fund (SPRF) says it intends to raise N10 billion as reward for generations of Nigeria’s sporting youth.

President of SPRF, Musa Kida, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a world news conference to unveil plans of the Fund.

Kida explained that the funds would be raised from the private and public sectors, from individuals and organisations at home and abroad.

He said that the funds would be available as reward for generations of Nigeria’s sporting youth who attain podium success at the Olympics, Commonwealth, Africa Games and major World Championships.

“At the moment the proposed rewards are as follows: Olympics: Gold – N10 million, Silver- N7.5 million and Bronze- N5 million.

“CommonWealth: Gold – N5 million, Silver – N3 Million and Bronze – N2 million.

“Africa Games: Gold- N3 million, Silver – N2 million and Bronze -N1 million.

“The rewards for medals at major world championships will be same as the Africa Games,” he said.

He said the main objective of the SPRF was to drive, motivate Nigerian youth with sporting talent to put in the hard work and sacrifice required to be the best in the world.

“Our goal is to establish a guaranteed and sure reward for generations of Nigeria’s sporting youth.

“We want to make sports an oasis of excellence in Nigeria.

“For instance, if you can run 9.5 secs in 100 metres, on top of what government can or will do for you, we will motivate and help you.

“You will become a world champion and a millionaire,” he said.

He also said that the SPRF planned to attract massive private sector interest in sports and institute a private sector led sports culture in the county.

He said this was to ensure that Nigeria becomes a major sports power in the next three Olympic circles.

The president thanked the Minister for Sports Development, Sen. John Owan Enoh, for assuring the SPRF of his support, adding that the initiative was in line with the aspirations of sports business in Nigeria.

“We also thank all that have commenced contributions to this noble course and corporate bodies that have shown keen committed interest.

“We want to assure all that this is a time for all of us to get this right.

“We do hope therefore that the SPRF will get maximum support from the local and international media as well,” he said.

Earlier, Chioma Ajunwa, an ex-olympian who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the SPRF said transparency was key to the realisation of the objectives of the SPRF.

Ajunwa, who won Nigeria’s first gold medal at the Olympics (Long Jump), said “the SPRF intends to achieve this by keeping an open book that is there for all interested persons and parties to see.

“All donations, contributions and any manner of support is done on the website and those not done directly are reflected on the site.

“Also, all disbursements to recipients are posted on the website which is accessible to the public.”

She said that hard work, dedication and discipline was key to achieving her feat at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, while calling on Nigerian youths to stay focused.

Godwin Kienka, Executive Secretary, SPRF said that the Fund was committed to working with the Federal Government and other stakeholders to attract the private sector and change the narrative about sports in Nigeria.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Supreme Court affirms Tinubu’s Presidential victory

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal by former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, seeking to nullify the February 25, presidential election of President Bola Tinubu.

In the notice of appeal, Atiku had urged the apex court to dismiss and set aside the September 6, judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court, which affirmed the victory President Tinubu.

A seven-man panel of Justices led by John Okoro, in determining the first issue for determination, held that failure to transmit election results electronically did not affect the outcome of the election and could not warrant the nullification of presidential election.

The apex court also stated that Atiku did not produce alternative results of the presidential election that showed he won majority number of votes cast to rebuff the one declared by INEC.

The court resolved all the 7 issues distilled for determination in favour of Tinubu, stating that the appeal lacked merit.

The apex court thrashed all the grounds of appeal of Atiku and PDP on qualification, non-compliance with the Electoral Act, the 25% votes in FCT, and electoral malpractices.

“On the whole, having resolved all the issues against the appellant, it is my view that there is no merit in the appeal and it is hereby dismissed,” Justice Inyang Okoro said in dismissing Atiku’s appeal.

“The judgment of the court below delivered on September 6th, 2023 affirming the election of the second respondent as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is hereby affirmed.”

It listened to Obi’s appeal for about five minutes. In dealing with the LP’s presidential candidate on the issue of double nomination of Vice-President Kashim Shettima, the court held that the issue had been dealt with in its ruling on May 26.

“As for issue Number 4 which has to do with double nomination which was not in Atiku’s appeal, it is the view of this court that this issue having been dealt with by this court, this court cannot allow the matter to be re-litigated in this very court.

“There must be an end to litigation,” Okoro held. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Tinubu not president of APC, but a president of Nigeria – Wike

The Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike, says President Bola Tinubu is not a president of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but a president of Nigeria.

Wike stated this when APC leaders from Rivers, led by the National Vice Chairman of APC, South South, Mr Victor Giadom, visited him in Abuja on Thursday.

He, however, said that the president had the right to take the interest of his political party at heart while steering the affairs of the country.

He said political parties were vehicles that conveyed one to a desired destination, adding that the interest of Nigerians superseded all other interests in the mind of President Tinubu.

“Mr president, having emerged, is not a president of APC but a president of Nigeria.

“While he is governing Nigeria, he must also take the interest of his political party, and nobody can stop it; it is natural.

“In governance, every Nigerian must benefit from it.

“We need to understand that the party is a vehicle that takes you to a place, and once you get to where you want to be you come out from the vehicle,” he said.

The minister said that President Tinubu had the capacity and the political will to take action that others were afraid to take.

Reacting to the judgment of the Supreme Court that affirmed the election of Tinubu, Wike said: “We owe it a duty to continue to support Mr President, irrespective of the political party he belongs to.

“I stand for equity, fairness, and justice and I thank God today that the battle has ended to the glory of God.

“We are all members of the Nigerian state and, therefore, it is important for all of us to also understand that the Nigerian state does not belong to a particular person or a particular group,” he said.

The minister affirmed his commitment not to discriminate, saying “I am here for Nigerians; I am here for those who belong to a political party and those who do not belong to a political party”.

Earlier, Giadom said that the visit was to thank the minister for the monumental support he gave to the APC presidential candidate during the presidential election.

He urged him to continue, towards the success of the Tinubu-led administration and Nigeria which was predicated on his deep concern for justice, equity, and fairness for the Nigerian state.

He described Wike’s appointment as the first for a person from Rivers and expressed confidence in his capacity to deliver.

Giadom added that the visit was also to thank Tinubu for appointing a Rivers’ son to steer the affairs of the “exalted office”.

“I urge you to deploy your vast experience and track record to bear in the discharge of your duties.

“For us, we have assured Mr president of the loyalty and support of Rivers APC members for the achievement of his renewed hope agenda.

“Again, it is our hope that through this visit, more Rivers sons and daughters will be given more positions of responsibilities at the national level, particularly APC members who also work hard for realisation of the renewed hope agenda,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria