The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, says the vision to revamp the health sector in the state remains on course.
The deputy governor stated this while declaring open the 3rd Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Female Medical Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria in Port Harcourt.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant, Barrister Inegogo Fubara, Banigo said the construction of the Mother and Child Hospital, renovation of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, construction of general hospitals, construction of model health centres and the equipping of the Radiology Laboratory of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital were all deliberate efforts by the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to provide the people of the state with a quality and affordable healthcare system.
The deputy governor, who said that she was passionate about protecting the girl child, noted that it was on that premise that she founded the Protect the Girl Child Initiative in the Office of Deputy Governor to mentor young girls on the various challenges they may be confronted with.
“It is no gainsaying that the girl child in our society today is a vulnerable gender and need as much support as she can get to thrive in the society”, Banigo stressed.
Banigo, who commended the association for the good work they were doing in promoting the health of young girls and women in the country, thanked them for choosing Rivers State to host the 3rd National Conference of the association.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said as legislators in the state, they have passed several bills that deal with universal health coverage.
Earlier, the National President of the Association of Female Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Dr. Lawrena Chinyere Okoro, had said one of the most striking imbalance of power between men and women was violence against women, which according to her, leaves a long term effect on the women’s physical and mental health.
Sowore, Bakare’s Sureties Not Subject To DSS Verification, Falana Insists
Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted the claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) that it could not release #RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare on bail until it sees and verifies their sureties.
Falana, who is a lawyer for the two detained activists, said in a statement, yesterday, that the judge, who admitted Sowore and Bakare to bail and ordered their release, did not assign the DSS with the responsibility of verifying their sureties.
The two men had perfected the bail conditions given them by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu since November 6, according to Falana, but more than two weeks after, the DSS had refused to let them out of its cells.
In a statement made available to newsmen, yesterday, Falana said, “Pursuant to the verification of the sureties of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare by the Federal High Court, the trial judge, Honourable Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu, made an order on November 6, 2019, for the release of the defendants from the custody of the DSS.
“The court order has not authorised the DSS to approve the sureties before releasing Sowore and Bakare from custody.
“Kindly find below the court order being treated with contempt by the DSS which has continued to parade itself as a law-abiding security organisation.”
Ize-Iyamu, Other Rebel PDP Members Join APC
A former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Bright Omokhodion, former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, former state chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Tony Omoaghe, yesterday, joined Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others were Mrs. Tawa Idubor, Chief Blessing Agbomhere, Etinosa Ogbeiwi, Emmanuel Momoh and several others.
They had announced their mass resignation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) through a voice vote after motion was moved and seconded by Hon Festus Ebea (Edo Central) Emmanuel Momoh (Edo North) and Tawa Idubor (Edo South).
Giving reasons for leaving the PDP, Hon Omokhodion said they had an intense and exhaustive deliberation on the political wrangling and demise of internal democracy in the Edo State chapter of PDP as well as consulted widely across the three senatorial districts of the state.
He noted that the present leadership of the Edo PDP lost its political directions and all attempts to suggest ways of redirecting the fortunes of the party was resisted by the leadership of the party.
Omokhodion said the action of suspending top leaders of the party on spurious allegations were undemocratic and has reduced the morale of members to its lowest.
“That as a result of leadership failure, Edo State PDP no longer command the electoral sentiment of the Edo people.
“We, therefore, in our numbers collectively resolve that Edo state PDP has failed in its objective mission to the people and we have this day resigned our membership of the PDP and have resolved to join the All Progressives Congress.”
Internet Celebrity, Mompha, Sues EFCC, Demands N5m
Internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, has filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging unlawful detention and a violation of his rights.
He was arrested by the EFCC in October on allegation of cybercrime and money laundering.
In the suit he filed before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, Mompha is urging the court to award N5million against the EFCC for detaining him beyond the constitutionally-allowed period without being charged to court.
He prayed the court to order the EFCC to either immediately charge him to court or release him if it was not ready to charge him to court.
His lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), said his client, as a Nigerian, was entitled to the protection of his fundamental rights under Sections 34, 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution.
Oyewole said his client was arrested on October 19 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by the EFCC which accused him of money laundering.
He said the remand order which the EFCC obtained to keep Mompha had since expired and he ought to be released.
In a 20-paragraph supporting affidavit, one Olumuyiwa Ajidagba claimed that, “The applicant (Mompha) has been subjected to physical, mental and psychological torture in the underground cell of the EFCC’s detention centre.”
The court has yet to fix any date to hear the case.
The EFCC had said in October that it arrested the internet celebrity in Abuja on his way to Dubai, based on “actionable cross-border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities.”
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