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NEPZA, medical coys move to tackle medical tourism

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The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA)says scores of companies have shown interest in the new special medical free zone scheme in Lekki area of Lagos.Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, NEPZA Managing Director, said this while playing host to officials of two foreign hospital management companies, Citizens Health Limited and Brown Brommel Medicals in Abuja.Adesugba said both companies’ move to establish world class hospitals and pharmaceutical industries in the new Special Medical Free Zone signaled a gradual end to unnecessary medical tourism abroad.

He revealed that both health management companies were to invest in world class hospitals for cancer and kidney respectively.The NEPZA boss described the development as a realisation of a joint dream, in line with the authority’s drive to use the special medical zones to end decades of medical tourism by Nigerians abroad.According to him, the frequent and sustained medical trips abroad by citizens continued to hurt the economy badly.Adesugba noted that the newly approved special medical zone located in Lekki was attracting expected attention.He furthered that the huge area overlooking large body of water and isolated swamps clustered by the Lekki quadrant of Lagos free zone, Lekki free zone, Dangote free zone enterprises as well as Alaro city free zone made it a hot-spot for investment chains.Adesugba promised that NEPZA was prepared to relax perceived stringent rules to ensure the comfort of anchor tenants.He said that the future gains that could accrue to investors who dared to first explore the zone usually would out-weigh the initial challenges.“

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The Special Medical Zone in Lekki will be competitive as we are working toward the concentration of world class hospitals there.

“We are searching for anchor tenants to drive this revolution and already, scores of prospective investors have come knocking on our door, so you are welcome to collaborate with us.

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“I hope you are aware that the location is one of the best sites in the country with great opportunity for other business chains ranging from transport/logistics, electricity, estate development, tourism/hospitality among others.“We are also open to bringing into the zone world class pharmaceutical companies to serve Africa and the rest of the world from Lekki so the prospect of the zone is unimaginable,’’ Adesugba said.

He also charged that investors prospect similar zones in Katsina and Ilorin, saying that the Federal Government was committed to using the special medical/pharmaceutical free zones to drastically reduce medical tourism abroad.Mr Brain Barnes, Vice President, Brown Brommel Medicals, said the company had come to explore the possibility of setting up of an advanced modern integrated diagnostic and dialysis center in the zone.

Barnes, represented by Mr Chris Obuekwe, Group Managing Director, Brown Brommel Medicals, said that the centre, proposed to sit on 10 hectares of land, would also provide sundry medical services.

He stated that the company was delighted to take advantage of the country’s free trade zone scheme, noting that citizens deserved to enjoy the best of medical services the world could provide.

On her part, Ms Cynthia Okirie, a Director with the Citizen Health Limited, said the company aimed at tapping into the free zone incentives to transfer the required health technology and services into the country.“Citizen Heath Limited UK is known for its proficiency in the treatment and management of cancer.

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“The Lekki special medical free zone would serve as the ideal lunch pad for the improvement of the health sector in Nigeria,” she said.(NAN)

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Portable declares self police ambassador days after his arrest

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Controversial musician, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has declared himself police ambassador a few days after causing a stir while evading arrest by police officers.

Portable made this known in a post on his Instagram page, where he shared photos of himself with his father and other high-ranking officers in the Lagos police headquarters on Tuesday evening.
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers at police headquarters in Lagos State.

The Zazoo crooner regained his freedom the following day after being arrested for incurring a debt on the Mercedes Benz GLE he bought from a car dealer in Lagos.

The singer further went to his social media page to explain what transpired between him and the car dealer, alleging that he had spent more than required on the vehicle because it was faulty.

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Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

Meanwhile, reaffirming his relationship with the police, he announced that he is now a police ambassador while adopting the oft-used phrase – ‘Police is your friend’.

He wrote, “ZAzuu Federal Government liability. Ọmọ ijoba Police Ambassador. I do music for a living ….Star don’t beg to shine. Akoi Grace Wey No Dey disgrace.
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

“I no fit run from God that’s all my believing God is over everything after God na government Police is our friends I believe in God my phone and sub any disappointment is a blessing. ZEHNATION many many inspiration.”

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However, netizens have begun to praise the singer for always taking advantage of every opportunity, whether good or bad. Some even call him an influencer who knows his onions in the field.

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A user who identifies as Alao Funmi on Instagram wrote, “This portable GRACE will only be Disgracing his haters. Son of GRACE.”

Another user, Jepptha Ogudu said, “One minute Zazuu de inside Wahala, the next minute, he is dining with kings and queens. Honestly, we have come to accept who he is.”

Toyin Black said, “Clear road for my one and only mentor. Konibaje fun e babami the sky is your limit seh, Akoi Grace.”

“REAL niggas understand. Anytime I fall I come back stronger. I too love GOD. Mercy too much KABIESI ELEDUMARE OBA ARA. SHINE ON OKIKIOLA,” Gbegesi wrote.

DJ Magic Beats said, “Smart musician.”
Portable, his father, and other high-ranking police officers are at police headquarters in Lagos State.

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One Babawale said, “The only person left for Portable to meet now is Tinubu. It is interesting how he throws every problem to opportunity. Give it to him. No one does it better.”

Recall that after spending 24 hours in custody, the “Zazuu” crooner shared a snippet of his new song – “Spiderman” in response to his arrest for defaulting on the payment plan for his car.

Produced by 2tuponthebeat, the song alludes to the singer’s flying power, referencing how he jumped over a gate to evade arrest.

The incident was captured in a video that circulated on Tuesday. The singer, dressed in a white and black stripe shirt, stood alongside eight other people and was seen climbing over a nearby gate before taking to his heels.

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I’m a proud Nigerian, not from Gabon – Zack Orji

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Nollywood actor Zack Orji has denied claims that he stated he is from Gabon, following a podcast video that went viral on Monday.

The video appeared to show the actor revealing that he was born in Gabon, which would make him a citizen of the Central African nation

According to Orji, his father’s job required him to travel extensively to various countries, resulting in Zack’s birth occurring in Gabon.

However, Orji has issued a strong disclaimer, affirming his Nigerian heritage and rejecting the fact that he is from Gabon.

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In a statement sent to Theheute on Tuesday, Orji said, “Not long ago, they said I was dead, and, by God’s grace and mercy, it eventually turned out to be a lie from the pit of hell.

“Now, another lie from the pit of hell has emerged, claiming that I said, “I’m from Gabon, I’m not a Nigerian”.

“I hereby issue a disclaimer dissociating myself from that lie. I am a full-blooded Nigerian, both of my parents are Nigerians.

“I am from Enugu State, the Coal City State. I am proudly Nigerian, and I am equally proud of my Nigerian heritage.

“God almighty will deal with whoever originated that lie as he dims fit.”

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Juju music sensation Dele Taiwo’s star-studded birthday bash in Lagos to hold on Sunday

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The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave, Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”

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The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

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Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.

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