The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, says his ministry will train at least 100 midwives yearly to meet the manpower need of the state.
The commissioner disclosed this yesterday during the formal handover of a new hostel block built by the Rivers State office of the Millennium Development Goals at the Rivers State School of Nursing, Rumueme, Port Harcourt.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director of Nursing Services in the ministry, Mrs Elizabeth Sika, commended the MDGs office for the project and said the quality of the project would enhance the granting of full accreditation by the Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on MDGs, Desire Bob-Manuel said the hostel building was part of the 2009 interventionist programme of the MDGs.
Bob-Manuel further explained that the project which was initially estimated to cost N219million was reviewed upward to N270million through the Bureau of Public Procurement because of the difficult terrain and topography of the area.
He said the effort was to partner with the Ministry of Health to enhance the accreditation profile of the School of Basic Midwifery to carry out its mandate of producing qualified health personnel in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government says it is working on a bill that would ensure the harmonisation of taxes payable by business outfits in the state.
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Chuma Chinye who dropped this hint during a visit to the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, said the new law would check the problem of touting in tax payment and collection system in the state.
Chinye also restated government’s resolve to enforce the laws on the registration of business places in the state.
According to him, the registration process which would be done online would provide government with the database of companies doing business in the state.
The commissioner further explained that as part of the efforts to ensure the success of the process, his ministry had designed a demand notice in form of a scratch card in which numbers are generated online.
He listed some of the benefits that would be derived from the exercise to include providing platform for companies to advertise their services, while creating online database for the state to advertise its services globally.
Mr Chinye who was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary and some directors of the ministry described the media as very critical to the overall success of the programme.
He noted that it was against this background that he decided to visit the corporation to seek for partnership to enable the ministry succeed.
The General Manager of the corporation, Mr Celestine Ogolo said that the visit was an indication that the ministry would succeed in its assignments, adding that The Tide newspaper which remains the voice of the Niger Delta was prepared to collaborate with the ministry and give it the publicity it desired.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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