The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has sent the names of current and past Ministers of Health to a Disciplinary Committee for trial following their alleged negative actions and stance on issues pertaining to welfare of members in particular and the health sector in general.


This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Association held in Calabar, Cross River State.

“The activities and actions of some past and current top officials of the Federal Ministry of Health who are our life members were viewed as inimical to the welfare and progress of the association,” the communiqué stated.

Reading the communiqué, the NARD President, Dr John Onyebueze said that all the programs the affected officers have been doing have brought negative impacts and influence in the health sector and the Association. He explained that Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu was a life member of the Association, and that Prof Adewole and Balami were past Presidents of the Association.

“They were all like me, they were Presidents seated like me and they piloted the affairs of the Association and that is why we find it difficult to believe, to imagine, to contemplate that, some of the things we hear about them and some of the things we see them do, that such persons who have led this Association, such persons of repute in the Health sector would be found wanting in those areas,” he stated.

In view of their negative actions and stance on aforementioned issues, the life membership of the following is suspended:

1. Prof Isaac F. Adewole
2. Dr. Wapada Balami
3. Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu.

They are hereby reffered to NARD disciplinary committee for adjudication and further action.

“Our members begin to wonder, are Doctors not capable enough to manage the health sector? We have a Minister of Health who is a Medical Doctor, all the Directors in the Federal Ministry of Health are Medical Doctors and yet we have persistent crisis in the health industry.”

“And the Banker, an Educationist, who is the Chairman of the National Assembly Health Institution Committee, is solving the problems in the health industry. The country should be able to rethink; what we want is the square peg in the square hole not a round peg in a square hole, we want people that will bring results to this country,” he said.

The association however, gives Federal Government 21 day ultimatum to address several issues raised by the association as it affects the health sector and welfare of its members.

“At the end of the 21 days, we will reconvene in Abuja to appraise progress and if there is an improvement in all the issues we have raised, if efforts have been made in solving the problems, we will appreciate the government for doing so.”

“But if sufficient efforts have not been made, especially as it pertains the enrolment of our members into the IPPIS platform, we cannot guarantee that our members will continue to work.”

The NARD President revealed that the association will bestow honorary awards on some Nigerians who have excelled in the administration of health services.

“Our Association will also show some respect and appreciation to some members in the profession and outside the profession who have uplifted health care services in Nigeria: Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association Remuneration Committee and Nigeria Medical Association Chairman, FCT Chapter.”

”The Association will also convey life membership award to Senator David Mark, former Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a Senate President, he was involved in the mediation of the crisis in the health sector throughout his tenure”.

“Through those mediation, there was reduction in crisis and disharmony in the health sector. We also convey Honorary membership awards to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the House Committee on Health Institutions, Hon Betty Apiafi who has done tremendously well especially in solving the problems in the health sector, even though they are not doctors,” he pointed out.

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control says there are no “killer” Anti-Malarial medicines in Nigeria.

Dr. Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director-General, NAFDAC, made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos on Tuesday.


The conference was prompted by the list of 42 banned anti-malaria medicines released by the Senate and said to be in circulation in hospitals and pharmacies and consumed by Nigerians.

According to report, the medications have been banned in Europe, but were still in the Nigerian market.

Oni said: “We want to douse the tension and correct the misinformation on the social and mainstream media about the 42 Anti-Malarial medicines purportedly banned by the European Union, but allegedly circulating in the country.

“It is pertinent to mention that the allegedly banned anti-malarial medicines are oral monotherapies containing single Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients such as Artesunate as contained in Arinate tablet. Others are: Amodiaquine as contained in Camoquine, Dihydroartemisinin contained in Alaxin tablet and Pyrimethamine contained in Daraprim tablet.”

Oni advised Nigerians to use Artemisin Combination Therapies as they were the recommended anti-malarial drugs by the World Health Organization.

She said: “I wish to state categorically that these anti-malarial monotherapies are not recommended for treatment of malaria in Nigeria.

“The recommended anti-malarial medicines for treatment of malaria in Nigeria are Artemisin Combination Therapies.

“The use of ACTs in the treatment of malaria is in line with the guidelines for the treatment of malaria, 3rs Edition, World Health Organisation 2015, Geneva Switzerland.

“The Nigeria National Anti-Malarial Treatment Policy, February 2005 supports the use of ACTs.

“Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine is also a combination of anti-malarial medicine recommended by both WHO and the Nigeria National Anti-Malarial Treatment Policy for the Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria.”

Oni advised Nigerians to look out for scratch and text techniques on anti-malarial drugs before purchase.

Oni explained: “Every anti-malarial drug should have an authentication scratch and text techniques, it is the first line of checking the quality of the medicine.

“When you scratch and text, information comes back to you immediately, giving the status of that particular anti-malarial medicine.”

According to the NAFDAC boss, the agency is working tirelessly to safe guard the health of Nigerians.

Credit: The Eagle

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A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say.

Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa.


Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%.

Experts say it frees women from relying on men to wear condoms and allows them to protect themselves confidentially.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the BBC: “If you can give women the opportunity to protect themselves in a way that is completely confidential – that’s a long and big step to helping them.

“In societies where women are, unfortunately but true, somewhat second-class citizens, that makes women extremely vulnerable to getting infected with HIV.”

The flexible ring, similar in size to the contraceptive diaphragm, releases an antiretroviral drug called dapivirine for a month.

But scientists were unsure it would work in teenagers, who can be notoriously difficult when it comes to health advice.

The six-month US trial gave the ring to 96 sexually active girls aged 15 to 17, who had not used it before.

Data presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science, showed:

87% of the girls had detectable levels of the drug in their vagina95% said the ring was easy to use74% said they did not notice the ring in day-to-day life

There were some concerns before the trial that the girls’ partners would not like the feel of the ring, but it reportedly enhanced pleasure.

Prof Sharon Hillier, one of the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said: “HIV doesn’t distinguish between a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old.

“Access to safe and effective HIV prevention shouldn’t either, young women of all ages deserve to be protected.”

There are now plans to test the ring with teenagers in Africa.

If the ring gets regulatory approval, it would be the first method of prevention exclusively for women.

Credit: BBC

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LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso has continued to ensure proper and enviable health care for the populace despite the mitigating factors. This has sadly been smothered by the perrenial and seemingly recalcitrant financial cum political incapacitation from the state government.


Previous press releases had stated these problems but alas the same old story is being told. Approved projects are not implemented in the hospital due to bureaucratic bottlenecks in the release of funds. Equipment yet to be delivered as well as not installed. Future of medical students who train is jeopardised  clinically as well as  a doubtful sustenance of accreditation for training looms as the day goes by coupled with the medical students having to spend longer  years than needed.

We have vehemently rejected the payment of percentage salary since the payment of January 2016 salary which was paid in August 2016. Evidence abound to this unlawful and inconsiderate slash in remuneration of the state government. We have repeatedly written letters, paid visits and made appeal to all that matter in Oyo state government. Attempts at meeting with the state Governor was met with brick wall. WE ARE OWED ELEVEN MONTH SALARIES AS WE WRITE. WE DEMAND IMMEDIATE REVERSAL ALONGSIDE PAYMENT OF THE ARREARS OF SALARIES BEING OWED WITH THE PARIS FUND RELEASE. We insist being paid what is obtainable in federal teaching hospital as is written in the edict of the hospital as anything contrary totally negates the contract of our employment.

This sad experience  typifies the sheer neglect of the populace that translates into poor health indices in the nation. This ranges from insufficient budgetary allocation for health to non implementation of allocated funds for actualisation of the zenith of enviable health care delivery within the hospital and the state.

We call on all stakeholders, religious leaders, political leaders to wade into this flagrant disregard for the health of the populace before it becomes too late.


Dr Sebastine Oiwoh     Dr Ayobami Alabi
President.                      General Secretary.

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The new Vice Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Prof. Angela Freeman Miri was honoured by members of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kogi State Chapter yesterday.

The august occasion had in attendance the principal officers of the university, executive officers of ANA-Kogi, as well as members from the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro.


Giving his opening remarks, the Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors who doubles as the President of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Rotn. (Dr.) Kennedy O. Obohwemu expressed delight at the overwhelming support the association has received from the university over the years. “The choice of Prof. Angela Miri as Patroness of the association was a simple one, considering her track record of excellence”, he noted. He drew everyone’s attention to the findings published by WAEC a few months ago regarding the increasing number of examination malpractice-prone areas (the so-called ‘miracle centers’) across the country, pointing out that Kogi State topped the list so released.


Kennedy highlighted some of the association’s programs aimed at curbing this unfortunate trend. He emphasized the relevance of the ongoing 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES, a comprehensive competition for all public and private secondary schools in Kogi State, cutting across all 21 local government areas. He expressed optimism that the programs would serve as a veritable tool for community development and foster healthy academic rivalry among these youngsters.


The highlight of the event was the official investiture of Prof. Angela Miri as Patron of the association. A Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Medal of Honour was presented to her amid cheers from the many witnesses.

Responding to the issues raised by the association’s Chairman Dr. Kennedy, the erudite professor stressed the need for writers to leave a legacy behind for the younger generation to emulate. “Writers live forever,” she said. “Long after they are gone, their works are remembered and they serve as a springboard for discerning minds to catapult themselves to success.”

The university don thanked Dr. Kennedy and members of the association for counting her worthy of this great honour. She pledged her unalloyed support and commitment to promoting the activities of the association. She also accepted to serve as Guest Speaker for the Grand Finale of the 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES scheduled to hold in September.

Angela Miri succeeded Prof. Abdulmumuni Hassan Rafindadi as Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Lokoja. She resumed office on February 25th, 2017.

Before her appointment, Angela Miri was Head of the English Department at the University of Jos, where she taught mainly African oral literature and African poetry. She was two-time commissioner in Plateau State.

Aside her administrative competence, Angela Miri is a prolific writer. She is the best-selling author of the relationship manual ‘God’s Gift: How to be a Good Black Woman & a Strong Black Man’ and the Afrikan history guide for children and parents, ‘Sankofa SuperHerus’.

A beacon for the traditional black family, through her books Angela Freeman strives on all fronts to offer common sense relationship advice and educational self-help in her community. Her foremost commitment is to support the black experience while imparting solutions to social issues and shaping a richer Afrikan identity in a modern society. 

Formerly affiliated with War on the Horizon, Angela Freeman Miri has been a radio host and an advocate for victims of sexual assault. A wife and homemaker of over 10 years, Angela Freeman is also a practitioner of natural health and wellness. 

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Whereas the Kogi State Government:

1. respects the rights of all citizens to responsible association and agitations within the norms of a democratic society.

2. is working to resolve all issues relating to adequacy and frequency of remuneration for all categories of Civil Servants in the State.

3. Understands the rights of labour unions in relation to the responsibilities of  the owners/proprietors of tertiary academic institutions.

The Kogi State Government notes with dismay that:

1. the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kogi State University, Anyigba (ASUU, KSU) is now going into its 7th month.

2. Government, by a combination of appeasement and resistance has endeavored without success to bring ASUU, KSU to a middle ground.

3. Government, by her own conservative estimates and in the interest of all stakeholders, most importantly the students, has met at least 90% of ASUU, KSU’s many demands, especially the students.

4. that ASUU, KSU has refused to recognize industrial relations as ‘work in progress’ and insists on continuing her strike indefinitely.
5. In defiance of empathy and amicable settlement, and in further confirmation of their resolve not to return to work any time soon, the Chairman (Acting) of ASUU, KSU publicly declared that no matter the extent to which Government makes efforts to meet their demands, strikes can and will be called at any time, even at the behest of external actors.
6. the effect of the strike on all students of KSU is increasingly dire in the extreme.

The Kogi State Government is now forced to conclude that:

1. ASUU, KSU’s insistence on continuing her strike action even though Government has paid her members’ salaries, earned allowances and other benefits up-to-date (June, 2017) is both unreasonable and unacceptable.

2. ASUU, KSU and her members, for no justifiable cause, have deliberately persisted in the breach of their responsibilities as employees of the Kogi State Government working in an institution founded to provide essential services, to wit, education. 

3. ASUU, KSU’s activities related to their strike of about 7 months have obstructed and disrupted the provision of essential services, to wit, education thereby occasioning psychological trauma and irrecoverable loss to those intended lawful recipients of same.


Consequently, the Governing Council of the Kogi State University, Anyigba, the Management of the Institution and the Kogi State Ministry of Education are hereby directed to:

1. Deem all academic staff of the Institution who do not resume their normal academic activities immediately as having resigned from the employment of the Kogi State Government and the University, and to treat them accordingly.

2. Take steps to immediately find and engage suitable replacements for all crucial staff vacancies, including those who have left, may wish to leave or who are deemed to have left the service of the Kogi State Government and the University pursuant upon this Proclamation.

3. Start the process of employing all categories of academic staff required by the Institution based on need assessment.

All law enforcement and security agencies in Kogi State are hereby directed to remain vigilant as usual and be proactive in preventing any breakdown of law and order in any part of Kogi State, whether consequent on this proclamation, or for any reason whatsoever.

Government tenders an apology to all students of Kogi State University and their parents for every inconvenience occasioned by the protracted strike action by ASUU, KSU while commending their resilience and patience through it all.

Government commits to students of Kogi State University, Anyigba and their parents/guardians to ensure uninterrupted academic calendar henceforth, as enjoyed by other tertiary institutions which have earlier proscribed ASUU or otherwise disallowed its operation on their campus.

Government states her intention to meet her duties and obligations to all her tertiary institutions and every law abiding staff promptly.

Made this 19th day of July, 2017.



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A Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death has passed away at the age of 105.

Shigeaki Hinohara was for decades the director and public face of St. Luke’s International Hospital in the capital Tokyo.


It was so well known as an ‘international’ hospital that it treated luminaries such as Paul McCartney when he fell ill during a 2014 Japanese tour.

Hinohara is credited with helping to set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world’s longest-lived nations.

He was born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, and was working at St Luke’s as early as 1945, when he treated victims of the World War Two Tokyo firebombing that left vast swathes of the city in ruins.

‘From the start of this year his health wasn’t so good, but until then he’d drop into the hospital every so often to conduct exams and talk with patients,’ a hospital spokeswoman said.

An early advocate of healthier living to stave off the ills of ageing, Hinohara in 1954 introduced Japan’s so-called ‘human dry-dock’ system of comprehensive annual physical exams, part of the preventive medical system said to contribute to Japan’s longevity.

The author of 75 books, including a bestseller on living well penned at 101, Hinohara was also a frequent guest on Japanese television.

He once described a lifestyle that included orange juice with olive oil for breakfast and said that energy comes from feeling good, not fixed rules about living.

‘We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep,’ he was quoted as saying.

‘I believe we can keep that attitude as adults – it’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.’

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has released the May/June WASSCE results for this year.

13.79% of the candidates that wrote the exams had their results withheld, while a 59.22% pass in English Language and Mathematics was recorded.


Speaking at a press briefing held at its corporate office in Yaba, Lagos on Monday, Head of National Office, Nigeria, Mr Olu Adenipekun said the performance results recorded this year, was an improvement from the last two years.

“A total of 923,486 (nine hundred and twenty three thousand four hundred and eighty six) candidates, representing 59.22%, obtained minimum of credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics,” he said.

Adenipekun explained that the results of 214,952 candidates are being withheld, in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice, which under investigation.

A total of 1,559,162 candidates sat the examination.

He added: “Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 1,471,151 (One Million Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty One) candidates, representing 94.36% have their results fully processed and released, while 95,734 (ninety five thousand seven hundred and thirty four) candidates, representing 5.64% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.

“Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.

In the analysis of the results, he said: “Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 1,490,356 (one million four hundred and ninety thousand three hundred and fifty six) candidates, representing 95.59% obtained credits and above in two (2) subjects.

“1,436,024 (one million four hundred and thirty six thousand twenty four) candidates, representing 92.44% obtained credits and above in three (3) subjects.

“1,357,193 (one million three hundred and fifty seven thousand one hundred and ninety three) candidates, representing 87.05% obtained credits and above in four (4) subjects.

“1,243,772 (one million two hundred and forty three thousand seven hundred and seventy two) candidates, representing 79.77% obtained credits and above in five (5) subjects.

“1,084,214 (one million eighty four thousand two hundred and fourteen) candidates, representing 69.54% obtained credits and above in six (6) subjects.”

Candidates can check their results on the Council’s results website: within the next few hours. The result checker PIN and Serial Number are contained on the flip side of the candidates’ CIVAMPENS Card issued to all candidates by WAEC.

Credit: Daily Post

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GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre.


Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards.

It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000).

It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.

Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country.

“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” he told the BBC.

He said it would “also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region.

“For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”

Credit: BBC

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All roads lead to Kabba this week as schools in Kogi West Senatorial District lock horns in a bid to secure N250, 000 worth of scholarships and the bragging rights for at least a year.


The 2017 ANA/ROTARY LITERARY CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS & COLLEGES which kicked off in May with the Essay Writing category has entered the knockout rounds.

The Regional Finals for Kogi Central Senatorial District was concluded on June 28, 2017 with Demonstration Standard College, Onyukoko emerging winners. For Kogi East, St. Kizito’s Minor Seminary, Idah emerged winners after a fierce literary encounter on July 5, 2017. These two power houses will meet the winner from Kogi West Senatorial District in the Grand Finale billed for September this year.

The history-making multi-staged literary competition is geared towards encouraging healthy academic rivalry among youngsters. It is open to all public and private Secondary Schools spread across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State.

In the First Stage of the competition, students were made to write an Expository Essay on the topic: ‘The Power of your Vote: A catalyst for a stable and united Nigeria’.

The Kogi State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who doubles as the new President of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, Dr. Kennedy Obohwemu had revealed exclusively to Footprints that no less than 1,000 essay entries were received from students spread across the length and breadth of the State.

Kennedy disclosed in a briefing with newsmen in Lokoja that the Sub-Regional Finals, which will produce champions in each of the seven local government areas in Kogi West Senatorial District, has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Venue: St. Monica’s College, Kabba 

Time: 9 am prompt

The seven champions that emerge from the Sub-Regional Finals will qualify for the Regional Finals which will produce the best in Kogi West Senatorial District.

Schools set to battle it out for a place in the Grand Finale are listed below:

1. Ijumu LGA
a. Ijumu Anglican Science Secondary School, Iyara Ijumu. 

2. Kabba LGA
a. St. Monica’s College, Kabba
b. St. Barnabas College, Kabba
c. Federal Government Girls College, Kabba
d. St. Augustine’s College, Kabba
e. Bishop McCalla Comprehensive High School, Kabba

3. Koton-Karfe LGA
a. Amazing Grace Secondary School, Koton-Karfe
b. Community Girls Secondary School, Koton-Karfe

4. Lokoja LGA
a. Faith Academy, Zango-Daji

5. Mopamuro LGA
a. ECWA Secondary School, Mopa
b. Baptist Secondary School, Mopa
c. Cruise Memorial College, Mopa

6. Yagba East LGA
a. African Church Secondary School, Isanlu
b. St. Kizito’s College, Isanlu

7. Yagba West LGA
a. ECWA George Campion Academy, Egbe
b. Heritage College, Egbe
c. Titicombe College, Egbe

For the Sub-Regional and Regional Finals, participants shall go through the following stages:

*Quiz Competition
*Spelling Bee

For the Quiz, participants shall be served with standard WASSCE/WAEC Question Papers on English Language (Comprehension, Lexis & Structure, Test of Orals). They shall be further tested on Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and General Knowledge.

The Spelling Bee shall assess the candidate’s ability to spell words in the English Language correctly. Students shall pick numbers from a pool of questions, and shall be required to provide the correct spellings (as response to the questions) within a stipulated period of time. The current edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary is recommended for use. Participants should pay attention to stress patterns and syllables in the English Language. Correct application of Syntax and Morphology shall be looked out for. Words could be long or short, but attention must be drawn to details.

Each school should produce five students for the event: 2 SENIOR students (1 in Science class, 1 in Art/Commercial class) for quiz, 1 JUNIOR student for Spelling Bee and two SENIOR students for Debate. Even though the debate will only take place in the Grand Finale, shools are to come along with their two student representatives to enable easy data entry.

The current SSS3 students who are busy with their WASSCE/NECO exams are not eligible to participate. Such students should focus strictly on their final exams.

A number of mouth-watering prizes are available for winners of the historic competition, including scholarships worth N250, 000, fully equipped library, laptops, educational materials, branded souvenirs from sponsors like PENKUP Foundation, Grace FM 95.5, Confluence TV, Angies’ Place, Eegoja Gas, DHL, 7-Up, Glo, Bansquare Books, Thoughtful Thoughts Foundation, Golden Penny Foods, Scanfrost, Treasures Bakery, Misi T Restaurant, etc. Teachers of winning schools also go home with as much as N100, 000!

Note: Prizes will ONLY be given out in the Grand Finale which will take place in September!

It promises to be a spectacular never-before-seen event!


… for the love of education!


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