The three major labour unions in the Rivers State College of Health have called for the quick passage of Rivers State College of Health and Management Technology (RSCHMT) Bill 2017.
In a joint press statement last week, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics in the institution, Comrade Promise Igoma said delay in the passage of the bill may hamper the upgrading and accreditation of courses in the school.
He recalled that since November 2017 when the executive bill got to second reading, nothing has been heard again, since a public hearing would have been conducted and concluded.
“The last time the bill was mentioned in the House, Igoma observed was in November 23rd, and since then we had expected that a public hearing would have been concluded by now”.
The ASUP chairman argued that the bill is key to the upgrading of the institution, which until the administration of Chief Nyesom Wike, had suffered neglect, after it was revamped in 2001 by Dr Peter Odili.
Comrade Igoma, while commenting on the statement by Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Doctor Farah Dagogo last week that the bill is still under consideration said”. “We are not indicting Hon, Farah, so far he has helped us in making sure something is done our fear is that similar bills had gotten accelerated hearing but ours is not”.
Commending Governor Wike for approving the adjustment of retirement age and salary for staffers of the college, Igoma explained that since last year, the approval has not been implemented.
The ASUP chairman believed that if the bill is passed into law, the institution will complete favourably with others across the country.
Currently, he lamented that the college is being bedraggled by poor facilities, accommodation and staffing even though it’s still one of the best in the country.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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