The Rivers State Government has reiterated its determination to bequeath purposeful governance that would ensure even development in all parts of the state.
The state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, stated this while addressing mammoth supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area, during a Thanksgiving Service and victory celebration organized by Kengema Unity Forum (KUF) to mark the Supreme Court victory of the party.
Wike, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, assured that with the court distractions over, his administration is poised to concentrate on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
He promised that the state government under his administration would provide unparallel leadership that would impact on the lives of Rivers citizens and solicited for support, cooperation as well as understanding of the people.
Wike explained that the abandoned Trans-Kalabari Road by the previous government would be completed by his administration, noting that the road project has been provided for in the 2016 state budget.
The state chief executive used the occasion to appeal to the Kalabari people to be peaceful during the March 19, 2016, re-run elections into the State and National Assemblies, adding that no innocent blood should be shed as a result of the elections.
He noted that majority of the people of Asari-Toru Local Government Council are PDP members, and enjoined them to vote all the party candidates in the re-run elections to guarantee smooth governance.
Wike thanked the Caretaker Committee (CTC) Chairman of Asari Toru LGA, Soboma Jackrich, for ensuring peaceful co-existence in Buguma and its environs, and the Kengema Unity Forum for their continued support to his administration.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ominin Jack, expressed happiness with the performance of the governor in just a few months in office, and urged the opposition parties to join hands with PDP in the development of the state.
In their separate remarks, Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Beautification and Parks, Hon. Daisy West, and the PDP candidate for the forthcoming re-run election for the House of Representatives, Hon. Tekena Granville, thanked the Supreme Court for affirming the mandate given Wike by the people of the state at the April 11, 2015 elections.
The CTC Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Soboma Jackrich, thanked the people for supporting Wike and the PDP in the state to victory.
Highpoint of the victory celebration was the defection of an All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwart, Chief Prince LongJohn to the PDP.
Mean while the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, says the state government has concluded plans to kick-start a state-wide Prayer and Praise Crusade that will reposition the state for greater prospects.
Banigo disclosed this during the 49th Birthday and Thanksgiving Service of the General Overseer of Kingdom Life Gospel Church, Bishop Victor Uzosike in Port Harcourt.
She noted that the crusade, which will cut across the entire state, would be coordinated by anointed ministers of God in partnership with the state government.
“Rivers State Prayer and Praise Crusade is what we are going to use in lifting Rivers people. We dedicated the state to God in September last year and our great state is now Born Again,” she declared.
The deputy governor said the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike’s administration was desirous to leave behind worthy legacy in the New Rivers State Project, and solicited for the support of all and sundry.
Banigo, while extolling the virtues of Bishop Uzosike, described him as reliable, trustworthy and God-fearing religious leader that has impacted lives of thousands of people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Earlier in her sermon, titled ‘Kingdom Dominion’, the wife of the Bishop, Pastor Esther Uzosike, identified faith and thanksgiving as key principles of working in dominion, while urging Christians to imbibe thanksgiving in their daily lifestyle.
The event featured cutting of the birthday cake as well as prayer for the state government.
Rivers Monarchs Begin Another Round Of COVID-19 Vaccination, Today
Members of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers will, today, begin another round of COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the state as part of the state government’s policy of ensuring that all Rivers people and residents of the state get fully vaccinated from the pandemic.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the council, Dr. Ogwuokwa Jonah, and made available to The Tide, last Monday, invited all government recognised traditional rulers to turn up at the council’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, for the crucial exercise.
The statement reads in part, “I am directed to invite you to take part in the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination exercise scheduled for Wednesday,January 19 through Friday, January 21, 2022, at the council’s secretariat.
“Vaccination begins at 10.00am each day. Please, note that there are other free medical examinations that have been arranged for you during the period.
“You are entitled to 15 persons either from your family or area/district council. Kindly attend during the turn of your LGA”, the statement added.
According to the statement, Abua/Odual, Akuku-Toru, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Andoni, Asari-Toru, Bonny and Degemawould receive their vaccinations today.
To be vaccinated tomorrow are traditional rulers and members of their families from Eleme, Emohua, Etche, Gokana, Khana, Ikwerre, Obio/Akpor and Oyigbo local government areas.
However, monarchs and their families from Opobo/Nkoro, Ogu/Bolo, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Okrika, Omuma, Port Harcourt and Tailocal government areas are due to get their shots on Friday.
The statement appealed to all affected traditional rulers to take the exercise seriously, and come along with the required number of persons to enable government reach as many Rivers people as possible.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
PDP’ll Surely Produce Next President -Ayu
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has urged Nigerians to keep faith with the party as it was poised to produce the next president of the country.
He maintained that the current inept rule of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, which has pulled the country backwards economically, has to be changed.
Ayu gave the assurance at the gala night hosted by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for PDP governors at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt, last Sunday night.
The PDP national chairman emphasised that the APC leadership has been unable to harness the rich diversity of Nigerians into better fortunes that should strengthen the bond of brotherhood and promote peaceful coexistence.
“Unfortunately, a very poor leadership has presented Nigeria at home and abroad as an extremely divided country.
“We must change this narrative, and the only way to change this narrative and harness not just the culture, but the environment and the richness therein, is to back the Peoples Democratic Party which is determined to produce a new leadership for this country.”
Ayu also enthused that Nigeria would bounce back again with the PDP at the saddle because the project of rescuing the country and making it great was realisable.
The PDP national chairman stated that the expected leadership they would offer at the national level would change the negative characteristics associated with the APC that have been used to deepen the divide among Nigerians in the country.
“The PDP will definitely produce the next president and take the country back to the days when we were in power, when we cleared all foreign debts, when we were developing this country at reasonable speed.
“At a time, we became the richest country on the African continent. But today, we are the poverty capital of the world. All that will change”, he said.
In his welcome address, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike said the gala night was a pride to the usual meeting of PDP governors, adding that it was rotational.
He stated that such meetings have always been used to discuss salient issues of economy, politics and others that bother on how to chart a virile Nigerian society.
“It has been ritual for PDP governors to gather and meet and discuss about the welfare of the party. And this has been rotating from one state to the other.”
On his part, the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal said the PDP governors and other party leaders were already working in synergy towards rebuilding the party.
He said the focus was to rescue Nigeria, which would also require all Nigerians of goodwill to join forces with the PDP to achieve that goal.
“All Nigerians of goodwill who believe in this country, who believe Nigeria is going the wrong direction, ought to join us.
“And like I always say, there are two divides in Nigeria today. Those who are happy with the confusion because they are benefiting from what is happening at the centre, and those of us who are truly patriotic enough to disagree with the way our country is being governed and being run.
“I appeal and beseech every Nigerian, even those in APC that are patriotic enough, to join hands with us as we continue to march towards rescuing Nigeria together.
“I believe it is our responsibility to do so, not for ourselves but for our younger ones and generations unborn.”
Governors present at the gala night were, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Mohammed Bala (Bauchi); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).
Also in attendance were the deputy governors of Rivers and Zamfara, Dr Ipalibo HarryBanigo; and Aliyu Gusau; PDP National Secretary, Senator Sam Anyanwu; and several other dignitaries.
UPTH Begins Transplant Procedures In 2023 …Launches Five-Year Strategic Dev Plan
The management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has said that the hospital would begin transplant procedures in 2023.
The UPTH said it was its desire and dreams to transform the hospital to a five-star hospital in the region.
The management said the infrastructure for the transplant procedures and Cardiac Unit would be completed soon.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), UPTH, Prof. Henry Arinze Ugboma stated this during the official Hospital Strategic Development Plan Implementation Workshop and Roll Out held in the hospital Auditorium, in Choba, near Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Ugboma said the Amenity Ward project was also mapped out in its five year strategic plan, which began from June, 2021 to 2026.
He noted that the hospital was ready to begin the transplant procedures as arrangements had been concluded for its take off next year.
Ugboma said as part of the commencement of the project, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited had donated $500,000 to support the hospital.
“Transplant procedures are an important area we need to invest, as a hospital, such will be beneficial to the hospital and the society”.
The CMD said, as part of its capital projects in 2022, the hospital would change its aesthetics and make the hospital more beautiful.
“We shall change the aesthetics of the hospital to attract investors and beautify the environment”.
On the problems faced by the hospital, Ugboma said workers’ poor attitude to duty was a great challenge to the management.
“Work ethics, relationship to patients and visitors are not encouraging and must improve for a better hospital.
“If workers change, UPTH will grow faster.People come to work whenever they like and leave whenever they also like”, Ugboma said.
“You look for files, you will not see, most of our consultants are not always on duty call, there is no handover note amongst them”, he lamented.
He also said that part of the plan was to build residential quarters for staff of the hospital to enhance efficiency and productivity.
Earlier, the Board Chairman, UPTH, Muktar Anka, had appealed to the staff of the hospital to be diligent to duty and shun truancy.
Anka noted that a change in the attitude to work would enhance productivity and efficiency in the hospital.
The chairman insisted that idleness and truancy on duty promote bad attitudinal behaviours and tarnish the corporate image of the organisation.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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