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NORDICA BOSS REVEALS WHY HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FERTILITY TREATMENT FOR COUPLES

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Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, a consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, is the Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, a multi-million naira centre that deals on In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Compatibility Screening, Cosmetic Surgery among others. Nordica Fertility Center has branches in Lgaos, Abuja, and Asaba. He is eldest of the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Oludotun Ajayi from Abeokuta in Ogun State. He had his primary education at Salvation Army, after which he moved to CMS Grammar School. He obtained his first degree in medicine at the University of Lagos, Akoka and did a Post Graduate Programme at University College Hospital, Ibadan. He talks about his life, job and family in this interview with Sunday Adebayo

INFERTILITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA
Nordica Fertility center readily comes to mind whenever fertility challenges are mentioned within Lagos and Nigeria, and that is not just because they have their clinics in major areas within the country, but because they treat fertility cases and also use IVF as an option for fertility challenged inidviduals. Dr Ajayi is very passionate about infertility, especially after noticing the huge gap in fertility treatments in nigeria. before now, couples who could afford it travelled out of nigeria for IVF and other fertility options, but with the entrant of Nordica in the healthcare system several years ago, there is absolutely no need for such trips for couples.
This is because in Nordica, they do what is called compatibilyt analysis for intending couples to find out diseases that are recessive in them and the ones that can affect their unborn babies. they also study their DNA to detect chromosomal disorders like Albinism and Down Syndrome, all these diseases in children can be avoided especially when they couples listen top the expert advise of the Nordica staff, in cases where they are advised not to marry.
“The study of genes has affected the treatment of infertility tremendously and positively. A lot of diseases and disorders can now be detected and avoided” Dr Ajayi says.
Both genetic screening and analysis are done for couples and donors, just to ensure that diseases are bred or transferred from the parents to the unborn children. Nordica Fertility Center also does sperm screening to discover sperms that are healthy, which can give healthy embryonic development and reduce DNA damage in sperm. the DNA damage Sometimes causes short term pregancies for women e.g miscarriages and also leads to birth of abnormaal children in some cases. And also sperm that can actually fertilise egg. they also conduct tests on the embryo to determine if any disease in the it is recessive or dominant.

In all, Dr Ajayi insists that giving birth to children with special needs can be prevented if the couples go through thorough screening before marriage, so thay any abnormally can be spotted and corrected or prevented.

STARTING NORDICA
From inception, Nordica Fertility Center was started in a big way, indeed Dr Ajayi’s rise in the healthcare sector is not one of grass to grace. He started big and equipped the hospital with everything it needed from the get go. “I started big from day one because I worked in another hospital, which made me to understand that you probably can’t start a good business alone, rather you needed to partner with others to raise the funds. So, I didn’t start from one room or managing candle or something else. I started with everything required for a good practice”.

Taking a good look at the then health sector, the mindset Dr Ajayi had was to achieve the seemingly impossible in that sector and to give the same quality of service and solutions to fertility that poeple travelled outside the shores of Nigeria to get. “In the case of Nordica, the necessity propitiated the need for the center because fertility medicine has always appealed to me. Though a lot of people discouraged me that IVF would not get the needed attention or patronage in Nigeria, but when a UK based returnee started his IVF clinic in Nigeria, that was all the prompting Dr Ajayi and his team needed to start Nordica.

MARRIAGE & LIFESTYLE
Dr Abayomi Ajayi is married to Mrs Tola Olaranti Ajayi, a nurse who he met during his NYSC. They have been married for 29 years and have four children, three girls and one boy. “Where else does a doctor meet a nurse, its in the hospital hahah. I walked into the hospital on my first day and saw this fine dashing young girl, one thing led to another and here we are today. Though I wasn’t really ready when we did, I was still enjoying myself, but one day I said ‘why not pull the trigger’. The boss of Nordica reveals that he loves spending time with his family, especially when he’s not travelling, to him this is payback time for all the years when he was absent from home while developing himself. “I like being with my family. I just want to stay around them”

Dr Ajayi’s lifestyle is simple, he loves to dress well, he loves good perfumes, watches football and sometimes plays golf. “I’m ok with any good perfume, I collect perfumes and I dont particularly have what you will call a hobby. Sometimes, I get disconnected, when people say I have achieved many things. I wake up hungry, everyday, saying what can I do to improve our health care system?”. Dr Ajayi’s only claim to jewelry are his wrist watches and rings. “Come on! I’m a man. I don’t do jewelry”. he concludes our interview with a big smile.

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NASRE Advises FG On Food Crisis, Forex Shortage Amid Calls To Suspend Import Ban

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As Nigeria finds itself at a critical crossroads, grappling with simultaneous challenges of a food crisis and a foreign exchange (forex) shortage.

 

This is even as the nation seeks solutions to mitigate these pressing issues, the debate over whether to open its borders for importation has intensified.

 

The food crisis gripping Nigeria has raised concerns about food security and access to essential nutrition for millions of citizens.

 

Adverse weather conditions, supply chain disruptions, and other factors have contributed to dwindling food supplies and soaring prices, placing a significant strain on households and exacerbating the vulnerability of already marginalized communities.

 

Meanwhile, the forex shortage has hampered Nigeria’s ability to import essential goods and raw materials, further exacerbating supply chain disruptions and exacerbating inflationary pressures.

 

Industries reliant on imported inputs, including agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare, have been particularly hard hit, impeding economic growth and development.

 

In response to these challenges, some stakeholders advocate for opening Nigeria’s borders to facilitate the importation of food and other essential commodities.

 

Proponents argue that increased importation could help alleviate immediate food shortages, stabilize prices, and provide relief to vulnerable populations facing hunger and malnutrition.

 

However, others caution against the potential risks of opening borders amid a forex shortage. Critics raise concerns about the impact on domestic production and self-sufficiency, as well as the long-term consequences of relying heavily on imported goods. They emphasize the need to prioritize investments in domestic agriculture and infrastructure to build resilience against future crises.

 

As Nigeria navigates these complex issues, the government faces the daunting task of balancing short-term relief efforts with long-term strategies for sustainable development and economic resilience.

 

Proffering suggestion on how the government can address the unending inflationary pressures, Forex shortages, food prices hike and revitalise the nation’s economy, the Nigerian Association of Social and Resourceful Editors (NASRE), has advised the Nigerian government to adopt collaborative efforts involving policymakers, industry stakeholders, civil society organizations, and international partners to identify holistic solutions that address both immediate needs and underlying structural challenges.

 

On the debate over whether Nigeria should open its borders for importation amid the food crisis and forex shortage, the President of the advocacy group, Mr Femi Oyewale, underscores the urgency of coordinated action and innovative thinking.

 

According to him, now more than ever, solidarity, cooperation, and forward-thinking policies are needed to ensure the well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians.

 

“The question of whether Nigerian borders should be opened for food importation in the face of a food crisis is complex and multifaceted. However, there are factors to consider, which basically, Domestic Agricultural Capacity. Because opening borders for food importation could undermine domestic agricultural production by flooding the market with cheaper imported goods.

 

“However, if domestic production is insufficient to meet demand, importing food may be necessary to avoid shortages,” he said.

 

On the economic implications of borders opening, the President of NASRE, Oyewale, said: “Importing food can have economic ramifications, both positive and negative. On one hand, it can provide access to a wider variety of foods and potentially lower prices for consumers. On the other hand, it may negatively impact local farmers and exacerbate trade imbalances.”

 

The resourceful editors, while commenting on Food Security, pointed out that relying heavily on imported food leaves a country vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and price fluctuations in the global market. Therefore, it urged the federal government to develop a robust domestic agricultural sector, which is crucial for long-term food security.

 

According to Oyewale, the Nigerian government must consider its broader economic and agricultural policies when making decisions about food importation. This includes evaluating subsidies, tariffs, and investment in agricultural infrastructure.

 

“Importing food often involves long-distance transportation, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation. Promoting local production can help reduce the carbon footprint associated with food consumption.

 

“Food is not just a commodity; it is essential for human well-being. Government policies should prioritize ensuring access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all citizens, particularly those most vulnerable to food insecurity,” he added.

 

The Nigerian Association of Social and Resourceful Editors, NASRE, therefore, noted that the decision to open Nigerian borders for food importation during a food crisis should be approached cautiously, taking into account the country’s domestic agricultural capacity, economic implications, food security goals, environmental concerns, and social welfare considerations.

 

“A balanced approach that supports both domestic production and responsible trade practices may be necessary to address immediate food shortages while also promoting long-term food security and sustainability,” the Association stated.

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Lagos State Government to prosecute 11 suspects for extortion

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The Lagos State Government said 11 suspects arrested at the Ibeju-Lekki junction and Akodo area of the state will be prosecuted to serve as deterrents to others extorting residents and motorists in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Olawale Musa, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday.

He added that the suspects parade themselves as enforcement officers to extort unsuspecting motorists and residents in the state.

Musa said, “Lagos State Government has declared zero tolerance for extortion of unsuspecting residents, especially motorists, by miscreants parading themselves as enforcement officers at the Ibeju-Lekki junction and Akodo area of the state.

“We have announced severally that nobody is allowed to collect money for the local government on the street of Lagos, and the government has set up a team to ensure that anybody that does that is picked up and from that Lekki axis.

“They will be charged to court to explain themselves, and I want to sound a note of warning to others that do the same thing that we will not relent; the government is all out for them.”

He noted that it is unlawful for any local government area within the state to place personnel to conduct such operations on the highways.

“If you have any issues, you call us, and we will come and address them, but when you have people coming on the road on the guise that you want to have revenue at this hard time, collecting money from motorists on the road is not fair, and it is illegal in Lagos State to resist it.

“It is illegal for any local government area in the state to deploy people on the roads as it negates the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, Section 18, 2018, which empowers only the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to carry out such operations on the roads,” he added.

In March 2023, The PUNCH reported that the Lagos State Government arrested four suspected hoodlums in some parts of the state over extortion.

The suspects were arrested in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state while attempting to extort motorists.

 

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N10bn fraud: EFCC to arraign Abdulfattah Ahmed, ex-Kwara Governor Friday

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will arraign the immediate-past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed, for alleged N10bn fraud on Friday, The PUNCH has learnt.

Credible sources in the anti-graft agency said the ex-governor would be dragged before the Federal High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

“He is going to be arraigned on Friday at the Federal High Court in Ilorin for diversion of funds, amounting to N10bn,” the source told our correspondent.

The ex-governor has been detained by the EFCC since Monday when he honoured an invitation for interrogation.

His Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji AbdulWahab Oba, confirmed his principal’s visit to the EFCC office on Monday, stating that it was only “procedural and routine”.

“Dr Ahmed’s visit to the EFCC is procedural and routine. He was invited and he honoured them as he’s always done. He’s always ready to respond to any query or question regarding his tenure as a governor of the state.”

On Tuesday night, Oba lamented that the EFCC was still holding on to Ahmed, saying he was given stringent bail conditions.

“Yes, he is still with the EFCC and we are now in a dilemma over the issue because they keep changing the goalpost during the match. The case is taking a new dimension, which we don’t really understand for now.

“Initially they said they wanted him to produce two sureties who are federal directors. The sureties came and were asked to provide landed properties in Abuja. We see this as a contradiction. The case was initially handled by the EFCC office in Abuja before it was transferred to Ilorin over the issue of jurisdiction. Additionally, he has been denied access to his doctors, medication and direct access to his cook,” Oba said.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest to the EFCC zonal office in Ilorin, where Ahmed was being detained.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, expressed displeasure over Ahmed’s detention.

Led by the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olusegun Adewara, the party members alleged that the All Progressives Congress in the state was behind Ahmed’s troubles.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: “EFCC should stop being a tool in the hands of Abdulrazaq led-APC”, “Governor Ahmed was very transparent”, “EFCC is not a department in the APC, EFCC, stop the harassment”, “The opposition cannot be silenced”, “Maigida will not join the APC no matter the persecution”, “EFCC, don’t instigate political crisis in Kwara State”, “No to illegal detention. Respect the rule of law”, among others.

But addressing the protesters, the zonal commander of the EFCC, Michael Nzekwe, said Ahmed had been given an administration bail but he could not meet the conditions.

“We’re wrapping up. Once we wrap up, the law will take its course. The anti-graft agency, being a creation of law, would not go contrary to law.

“Everything we’ve done is within the ambit of the law. The former governor is cooperating with us and we’re making good progress following rules of law. As I speak, he’s with his lawyer, a SAN; he attends to everyone who comes to see him, and he has a doctor who has attended to him. He eats what he wants to eat. I urge us to allow the law take its course. We’re not partisan nor prompted by anybody. This body is solely sponsored by the Federal Government,” Nzekwe said.

 

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