The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that his administration will transform the secondary healthcare sector of the state as a means of improving the living standard of the people.
The governor said that the state government resolved to revive the secondary healthcare facilities because they were abandoned for over two decades.
He spoke last Monday in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area and Buguma in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, where he flagged-off the rehabilitation of the General Hospital, Abonnema and General Hospital, Buguma.
The governor said that his administration was bringing healthcare back to the people, pointing out that for decades, people from Buguma and Abonnema have been forced to travel all the way to Port Harcourt to access quality healthcare.
He said, “the condition of these hospitals will make anyone cry. What we are doing is to rehabilitate the hospitals, upgrade the facilities and ensure that people from Buguma and Abonnema get quality healthcare”.
The governor noted that his administration has already completed work at the Obonnema-Abonnema Link Road in Akuku-Toru, about to complete the rehabilitation of the Nyemoni Grammar School and the Abonnema Ring Road.
The governor stated that work will start on the reconstruction of Buguma Internal Roads in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, while the drainage of Buguma Town will be completed.
He added the administration has also awarded contract for the sand-filling of Abalama in Asari-Toru Local Government Area.
The governor said: “The people of Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas deserve the best. That is why we have come here to flag off the rehabilitation of these two important hospitals”.
The governor added that after the upland development in the two local government areas, more projects will be completed in the Oceania area.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme, said that the state government for the first time in over three decades will improve facilities at the hospitals.
Also, Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has flagged off the reconstruction of the Airport-Ipo-Omademe-Ozuoha road to the agricultural heartland of Ikwerre Local Government Area .
The governor , also Tuesday , flagged off the rehabilitation of General Hospital , Isiokpo aimed at providing quality healthcare services to the people of the area.
Performing the flag off of the road, Governor Wike said it was unfortunate that the immediate past governor who hails from the area could not construct the road.
He said: “Those who produce what we eat in the cities must be given a sense of belonging . That is why we are here today to commence the construction of this all important roads.
“We are here to wipe away the tears of the people. The former governor had the opportunity for eight years to construct this road which is in his home LGA, but neglected it.
“In the next five months, I will be back to commission the road. Government must be relevant to the populace “.
At the General Hospital , Isiokpo, Governor Wike said that the rehabilitation will be completed in record time , with modern health facilities installed.
Governor Wike directed the contractor to rehabilitate the General Hospital in line with approved specifications and timelines .
The governor also announced the construction of Isiokpo Internal Roads and the Rumuji-Iba-Isiokpo road .
He urged the people of Ikwerre Local Government Area to vote all PDP candidates in the forthcoming Legislative re-run elections as a means of consolidating.
In his remarks , Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area , Mr Samuel Nwanosike assured the governor that the people of the area would vote massively for PDP candidates during the rerun elections .
He said that no level of intimidation would sway the people from the PDP.
State Commissioner of Works , Mr Bathuel Iheanyichukwu said the road is a critical economic road. He noted that its reconstruction would empower the people .
Also speaking , State Health Commissioner , Dr Theophilus Odagme said the rehabilitation of the General Hospital in , Isiokpo is part of Governor Wike’s comprehensive upgrade of 13 General Hospitals left to rot by Amaechi administration.
Trans-Kalabari Road: Banigo, Stakeholders Condemn Abduction Of Expatriate
Kalabari traditional rulers and stakeholders have condemned the recent abduction of an expatriate staff of Lubric Construction Company working on the Trans-Kalabari Road.
Speaking at a meeting at the Government House in Port Harcourt, last Friday, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo said she was deeply pained by the unfortunate incident carried out by unknown miscreants.
According to the deputy governor, who said that the State Chief Executive Officer, Nyesom Wike, was desirous to bring more development projects to Kalabari Kingdom, regretted that this act was capable of discouraging him.
“I want to reiterate that our governor is very desirous to do more developmental projects in our communities, there are many more things he has in the card to do for us, and if we allow this ugly thing to surface, that attitude will discourage him”, the deputy governor noted.
Banigo, who said that perpetrators of the heinous crime did not drop from the sky, insisted that they were community people, and must be fished out and dealt with decisively, while calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the abductee.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, expressed regrets that a project as important as the Trans-Kalabari Road would be tampered with by persons who do not mean well for the Kalabari people.
“If their intention is to run down the good works of our dear governor, over a project which the Kalabari people have been yearning for over the years, then, I am sure God Almighty will not allow them to get away with this dastardly act of kidnapping one expatriate”, Alabraba stressed.
Alabraba further said, “It is important that we talk to ourselves and ensure that everything possible is done to ensure immediate release of the victim, and ensure that measures are put in place to forestall this type of thing in the future”.
Presenting a seven-point communique, Amanyanabo of Minama, King Iboroma Talbot Pokubo, who represented the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disreal Gbobo Bobmanuel, demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of the expatriate, and reassured Governor Wike of their unwavering support for the governor.
Buhari Approves Incorporation Of NNPC, Appoints Board Members
President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited be incorporated.
He also approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited with Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, was appointed chief executive officer.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, saying that the president acted in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum Resources, has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the company.
“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.
“Also, by the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the PIA 2021, President Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.
“Chairman of the board is Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya are chief executive officer, and chief financial officer, respectively.
“Other board members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North-East); Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North-Central); Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North-West); Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South-East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South-South); and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South-West).”
Reject Buhari’s Fresh Loan Request, SERAP Tells NASS
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; and Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila; to reject the fresh request by President Muhammadu Buhari, to borrow $4billion and €710million.
SERAP said if such request must be granted, the Federal Government should publish details of spending of all loans obtained since May 29, 2015.
The group also expressed fear that if the fresh request is granted, it may take Nigeria’s to over N35trillion.
Buhari recently sought the approval of the National Assembly to borrow $4,054,476,863 and €710million, on the grounds of “emerging needs.”
The request was contained in a letter dated August 24, 2021.
In an open letter dated September 18, 2021, and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation expressed “concerns about the growing debt crisis, the lack of transparency and accountability in the spending of loans that have been obtained, and the perceived unwillingness or inability of the National Assembly to vigorously exercise its constitutional duties to check the apparently indiscriminate borrowing by the government.”
SERAP said, “The National Assembly should not allow the government to accumulate unsustainable levels of debt, and use the country’s scarce resources for staggering and crippling debt service payments rather than for improved access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic public services and human rights.
“The country’s public debt has mushroomed with no end in sight. The growing national debt is clearly not sustainable. There has been no serious attempt by the government to cut the cost of governance. The leadership of the National Assembly ought to stand up for Nigerians by asserting the body’s constitutional powers to ensure limits on national debt and deficits.
“Should the National Assembly and its leadership fail to rein in government borrowing, and to ensure transparency and accountability in the spending of public loans, SERAP would consider appropriate legal action to compel the National Assembly to discharge its constitutional duties.
“SERAP notes that if approved, the country’s debts will exceed N35trillion. The government is also reportedly pushing the maturity of currently-secured loans to between 10 and 30 years. N11.679trillion is reportedly committed into debt servicing, while only N8.31trillion was expended on capital/development expenditure between 2015 and 2020.
“Ensuring transparency and accountability in the spending of loans by the government and cutting the cost of governance would address the onerous debt servicing, and improve the ability of the government to meet the country’s international obligations to use maximum available resources to ensure the enjoyment of basic economic and social rights, such as quality healthcare and education”, SERAP added.
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