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RSG Recommits To Care For HIV/AIDS Patients

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The Rivers State Government has restated its commitment to facilitate treatment, and provide care and support for victims of the dreaded Human Immune Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as well as fast-track programmes to stave-off stigmatization and encourage reintegration through sensitization and capacity building.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, who gave the reassurance on the sideline of “Health In Danger” stakeholders’ roundtable organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Port Harcourt, last week, explained that pragmatic measures, strategic structures and functional centres have already been put in place with experts to provide counseling services, conduct testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients.
Odagme emphasized that the state government, through the Ministry of Health and the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), has for decades been collaborating with the Society for Family Health (SFH), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other international donor agencies and funding partners to scale up testing and access to vaccines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS across the state.
The commissioner expressed excitement at the interest shown by the ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross in efforts to bridge not just the manpower and infrastructure but also technical deficit through well-articulated intervention measures to reduce the negative impact of an almost broken-down healthcare system.
He noted the readiness of the government to strengthen the capacity of SACA to deliver on its mandate by effectively and efficiently driving aggressive implementation of policies and programmes to combat the spread and prevalence of HIV/AIDS while reducing the burden of the disease on the state and its economy.
Odagme encouraged the people of state, especially those who may be vulnerable to the virus, to voluntarily visit any of the designated centres for counseling, testing, treatment and care from healthcare givers and professionals dedicated to providing such services to promote quality healthcare delivery in the state.
The commissioner praised the sterling records of impeccable voluntary humanitarian services, particularly in responding to emergency healthcare needs of victims of armed conflicts and violence across the globe, and hoped that the ICRC would deploy its huge resources, both human and material, to ensure that the challenges endangering sustainable healthcare delivery in the state are brought to the barest minimum.
In her remarks, the Head of Delegation, ICRC Office in Port Harcourt, Dorsa Nazemi-Salman, said that the international humanitarian organization decided to establish presence in the state because of its importance in the overall development of the country.
She said that recent cult-related violence in the state required concerted efforts of government and neutral institutions with reputation for providing unblemished emergency humanitarian services in the healthcare sector to reduce to burden of insecurity on the socio-economic growth and stability of the state.
The ICRC operations arrow-head in the South-South praised the foresight and doggedness of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration to invest heavily in efforts to mitigate the consequences of the risk factors in the present socio-economic realities by partnering with all stakeholders to  restore peace and confidence in the state.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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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.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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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.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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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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