The Enugu State government has shut down 10
privately owned hospitals in the state for declining standards, inadequacy of
health personnel and use of obsolete and non-functional equipments.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr.
Chuks Ugwoke who disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the end of the
State Executive Council Meeting also stated that the state Government had also
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a North American company, San
Carlos of Mexico for the establishment of Pineapple fruit juice processing
factory in the state.
He gave the names of the clinics closed by
the task force set up by the State Ministry of Health to monitor the standard
of practice by private health facilities in the state as Moonlight Clinic 81
Agbani Road, Enugu, Chief Dennis Okafor Memorial Hospital and Maternity Ogbete
Avenue off Kings Way Road, Zirank Hospital and Maternity 167 Nike Road Abakpa
Nike and Mount Olive Specialist Hospital, Abakpa Nike, Enugu.
Others are Royal Diagnostic Centre 200
Agbani Road Awkunanaw, Spring of Life Specialist Hospital 106 Agbani Road,
Merit Laboratory 151 Nike Road Abakpa Nike, Somadina Hospital 146 Nike Road
Abakpa Nike and Divine Dividend Medical Centre No 5 Udo Club Road Gariki
According to him, the exercise is ongoing
and will cover more than 450 registered private health facilities in local
government areas of the state to ensure that their owners comply with the
standard set up by government and enable those seeking health care services get
the best from the institutions.
He, therefore, warned that strict sanction
would be imposed on offenders who reopen their clinics without satisfying the
laid down requirements.
The fruit juice project, the Commissioner
further disclosed would be executed by the state government and the North
America Company at 40 and 60 percent ratio, adding that already the State
Executive Council has approved the sum of over N965,000 representing its 40
percent contribution for the purchase of agricultural and construction
equipment for the take off of the pineapple project.
Mr. Ugwoke made it clear that the North
American company would as well contribute 60 percent of the sum which would
take care of the purchase of bulldozer, loaders vibro compacter, tractors,
harrows and other farming equipment for the project.
The commissioner said that the factory when
established would create jobs and usher in well organised farming system in the
state, pointing out that the council also gave approval for the development of
raw surface water supply from Attavu River in Umueze Awkunanaw in Nkanu West
Local Government Area by the State Ministry of Environment and Korean firm.
Under the programme, he went on, the pilot
project which would be replicated in the 17 local government areas of the sate
will involve collecting water from an existing river and piping it to treatment
facility for advanced water treatment.
The project when completed, the
commissioner added, would help satisfy water demand of the people, improve
hygienic and environmental health through safe drinking water, and reduce water
borne diseases in the state.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
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