The recent dissolution of Rivers State Executive Council by Governor Nyesom Wike has been described as a normal administrative exercise designed to revitalise and reposition the machinery of governance for enhanced service delivery.
This was the view of the former Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh while fielding questions from journalists during the Election Thanksgiving Service in honour of Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Bipi at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Ogu, last Sunday.
Emeh said that the governor was versed in democratic governance, having been in government for some time, and should appreciate when to re-organise the operators for more efficient and effective delivery of his commitment to the people, urging the citizens not to read any extraneous motives to the well-thought out decision.
The political strategist and lawyer advised opposition politicians who lack sufficient information and knowledge of the rudiments of administration, to stop intruding into the official rights of the governor of the state.
Emeh maintained that, in the past two years, Wike has instilled a consciousness, promoted fresh commitment to the values of efficient performance and installed very dynamic mechanism for close monitoring and control in government business.
The former Commissioner for Transport under former Governor Peter Odili, described Wike as an articulate and coordinated manager of men and resources, and also prescribed solutions to problems within the framework of a more ideological perspective, with the conscious and supremely patriotic commitment to harness scarce resources to accelerate the development of the state.
Emeh called on the people of the state to disregard the baseless negative imputations to the dissolution of the executive council, and continue to give Wike maximum support.
Meanwhile, a former Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, has advised youth from Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State to continue to give unalloyed support to the present administration in the state under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike.
Emeh, who was also a former Transport Commissioner in the government of Dr Peter Odili, was speaking when a youth group known as EMOLGA Vanguards for Good Governance paid him a courtesy visit at his Port Harcourt residence, last Saturday.
He told his visitors that Wike has done so well that he has redefined the criteria for entrusting leadership on any one, as ability to perform rather than those age-long primordial sentiments should be the determining factor.
The political strategist urged Rivers people to continue to show loyalty and support to the Golden Jubilee triple award-winning governor, describing Wike as “a leader we trust”.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr Kemka Amadi, had commended Chief Emeh Glory Emeh for returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that the decision was in the right direction.
Amadi also commended the governor for his development strides in the short period of two years in office, pledging the unwavering support of the youth, and the entire people of Emohua to the PDP and NEW Rivers Vision administration in the state.
In a related development, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party from Ward 4 in Emohua Local Government Area led by Kelechi Woha, last Monday, visited the Emohua-born political strategist in his Port Harcourt residence to brief him on current developments in the area, including the challenges facing them.
Responding, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh promised to liaise with other leaders in the ward to find solutions to the issues raised, assuring that the interest of all stakeholders would be protected and accommodated by the administration of Wike.
He urged them to continue to remain loyal to the PDP, and also support the policies and programmes of the state government.
Emeh also met with some politicians from the Ogoni ethnic nationality who visited him in Port Harcourt for some consultations.
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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