The National Primary
Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 12 local government areas in Edo have benefitted from its programmes.
The South-South Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Dr Joseph Oteri, disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen in Benin yesterday.
Oteri said that Ovia South-West, Orhiomwon, Esan South-East, Igueben, Etsako Central and Akoko–Edo local government areas had benefitted under its Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS).
He also said Ikpoba Okha, Owan East and Esan North-East benefitted from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) maternal and child health programme of the agency.
The coordinator added that Ovia North-East, Etsako West and Esan Central areas benefitted from the maternal and child health programme.
He said: “Primary health care is the cornerstone of national health policy.
“About 70 per cent of illnesses that are treated in this country can be handled at the primary health care level.
“The SURE-P-maternal and child health programmes are geared toward reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the state.’’
Oteri said that under the scheme, primary health care facilities were renovated, equipped, stocked with drugs and health workers deployed to work in them.
“Midwives, nurses and community health extension workers were sent to the selected health facilities to render health services.
“We also embark on training of health workers in the health centres on the use of new innovations on basic life support,’’ he said.
The coordinator said that the schemes had helped to increase patients’ patronage of the health care facilities.
He said: “The number of people who visit the health centres has increased and expectant mothers now have access to skilled birth attendants.
“Maternal and child mortality rates have reduced in the areas due to the presence of midwives at the health facilities.
“These midwives also go to the communities to help in taking deliveries. Immunisation coverage in these areas has also improved.’’
Nigeria Sliding Because Judges Are Afraid To Be Firm -Wike
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has explained that the country is sliding because judges are afraid to function in line with their oath of office.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Women Judges, South-South chapter to him at Government House, Port Harcourt, last Tuesday, Wike stressed that judges must always uphold the law.
The governor said: “The problem with Nigeria today is because people are afraid to say the truth. Judges are afraid. They don’t want to be identified. That is why the country is sliding down.”
He regretted that Nigerians have allowed the country to degenerate so low and charged judges not to allow themselves to be intimidated by any other arm of government.
“Whether you like it or not, people will accuse you. So, you must go ahead to do what is right.
“Whatever you do, people will accuse you. You must understand the oath of office that you took,” he said.
He said that the judiciary must defend itself from irrelevant accusations from other arms of government.
The governor noted that judiciary should not allow the executive and legislative arms of the government to muzzle them.
Earlier, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara, had said that the judges were in the state for a workshop organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
He said that the workshop will help the judges to administer justice.
She said women judges from the six South-South states were in Port Harcourt for the conference.
LG Boss Presents N3.66bn Budget To Legislative Assembly
The Chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Dr Tony Philmoore, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the Legislative Assembly.
He made the presentation of the budget to the assembly, in Degema, last Tuesday.
Tagged, “Budget of Consolidation”, the bill which has a revenue projection of N3,660,937,762.53 only is projected to give oxygen to ongoing projects and nurture them to completion while capturing the funding needs of the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustment.
A breakdown of the budget shows that recurrent expenditure will gulp N1,996,025,250.04 only, equalling about 65 per cent of the total budget while capital expenditure will draw N1,664,912,512.50 or 35 per cent of the total budget.
A cursory glance at the 2020 budget reveals that it is higher and above the 2019 budget with about N918million or 33.4 per cent increase with an estimated N90,215, 215.00 in recurrent and capital expenditures.
The 2019 budget was N2,742,625,203.86 only
Presenting the budget to the DELGA Legislative Assembly, Philmoore said the budget, when implemented, would fulfil the yearnings of the greater majority of DELGANS, assuring that every ward would benefit from it.
He said the free tertiary education programme formed the bedrock of his administration and that council had paid 65 per cent of the total fees payable by students from Degema Local Government Area to the Rivers State University, adding that funding for the programme was adequately provided in the current budget commenting that other schools would have their turn soon.
On the delay of the electricity project in Bakana, the council boss blamed it on policy flip flops by the federal government which affected the importation of industrial equipment into the country.
He, however, assured that all materials and equipment had arrived the shores of the country and safely tucked in the warehouse.
Philmoore thanked the Legislative Assembly for its invaluable support, and urged it to make laws that would empower the executive to improve internally generated revenue of the local government area.
Prison Inmates Write Bayelsa Gov, Seek Review Of Cases
Some prison inmates in the custody of the Okaka Medium Prison Facility and the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison in Bayelsa and Rivers States respectively have sent a Save-Our-Soul message to the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, seeking a review of over eighty-six cases of alleged armed robbery, murder and kidnapping.
The prison inmates, made up of indigenes of the State, said the decision to contact the newly sworn-in Governor, Senator Douye Diri was based on his State-wide broadcast which gave Bayelsa Indigenes new hope for a fresh start under his administration.
The concerned inmates, in the letter to Governor Douye Diri and signed by Eldred Jonah, Jackson Feutebobai, Diepreye Olayo, and Victoria Ambakaderemo, called on the new Governor to tamper justice with mercy, and have their cases reviewed.
“We are glad that a man of compassion and fellow-feeling has come into office as Governor of Bayelsa State,”
“We have no doubt that Senator Douye Diri will run a people-oriented government that will call into play the personal qualities for which he is famous”
“We can tell the direction of his government already by his resounding call for reconciliation amongst the good people of Bayelsa, in spite of political affiliations. We pray God to give the new government the spirit of empathy to enable it identify with the ideals of the prison as a correctional facility that would serve to make better citizens of those behind bars when they regain their freedom”.
“We also enjoin the new Governor to put his powers of clemency to good use in a bid to evolve a better Bayelsa in which everyone is truly reconciled to the singular ideal of developing the state in the greater interest of future generations”.
“We, the inmates,are reacting to Governor Diri’s maiden broadcast calling for fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive-minded individuals, at home and in diaspora, to join hands with the new government and consolidate the building of a new Bayelsa”
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