Fan Plc Invests N700m For Facilities’ Upgrade
The Fan Milk Plc said it had invested N700 million to improve its facilities in the area of freezing capacity with the purchase of a new 1500KVA generator.
The Managing Director, Mr. Jens Mollenbach, announced this in Benin last Thursday at the company’s award to its agents in the Eastern Zone.
He said that the company had expanded its production capacity and developed a new depot to serve its agents and customers better.
Mollenbach said that the new Fan Vanilla introduced this year was an “over whelming success”.
The managing director said that the company was at the verge of establishing a mega distribution centre in Benin to cater for its customers in the eastern operational area.
Mollonbach said that the depressed crude oil prices, the international and the country’s banking crises, which started June/July last year, resulted in less liquidity and a reduction in economic activities had impacted negatively on Fan.
He added that the liquidity squeeze coupled with the devaluation of the naira against the dollar and the devaluation of the dollar against the euro had similarly impacted negatively on the company’s results.
According to Mollenbach, the consequences have been increase in the company’s cost of production, made worse by the company’s reliance on generators for more than 60 per cent of its production lines.
He said that for the company to maintain its market margin and survive, it was forced to increase the prices of its products in February 2009.
“Regrettably, however, the weather was unfavourable for the sale of fan milk products during the period under review and as a result, the company recorded reduction in sales volume and stagnant turn over.
The National Sales Manager, Fan Milk Plc, Mrs Vicky Madu, said that the company was making proactive efforts to provide incentives to agents of the company to enhance sales.
She said the incentives included among others, cycles, pushcarts, tricycles, freezers, beech umbrellas and cool buses.
She said the year 2010 would witness more sales support strategies and mechanisms which would translate into huge sales volume.
A total of 33 agents who recorded N500,000 monthly sales turn over and above were rewarded by the company during the event with various gift items ranging from coolers to deep freezers.
A’Ibom Doles Out N132m For Hospital Maintenance
The Akwa Ibom State Government has released N132 million for the maintenance of General Hospitals across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state in the last one year.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, disclosed this during an Inter-Ministerial Briefing, tagged, “Tracking the Promise” in Uyo, recently.
Umoh said Governor Udom Emmanuel is committed to effective healthcare delivery service in the state.
He noted that the State Government is aware of shortage of Nurses and Midwives in the health sector, adding that the shortfall of medical personnel has been addressed through employment of over 300 Doctors and Nurses in hospitals .
The Commissioner, however, said the number of recruited medical personnel was not enough, and government planned to bring back retired Midwives, who are still strong to support existing ones in the healthcare service.
“We will soon bring back retired Midwives who are still strong into the state hospital service. Government will pay them stipends to encourage them in contributing through their acquired experiences in the health sector.
“However, more health personnel would be employed to ensure efficient healthcare delivery in the state”, Umoh said.
He reeled out achievements of the Governor in the health sector in the last eight years to include renovation of hospitals and construction of new ones.
He listed the remodeled hospitals in the state to include; General Hospitals in Ikot Abasi, Eket, Anua and the procurement of medical equipment.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, said it became necessary to sensitise the public on the true position of government’s projects, programmes and activities.
Ememobong said it was worrisome that after seven and half years of governance with numerous record of achievements in all sectors, some sordid and disparaging news items are still being spread around.
“We have, therefore, brought every section of the society together here to find out the reason the stories and reports sent out do not correspond with what we have on ground in the State.
“Governor Emmanuel has constructed numerous roads in the State, such as the Uyo-Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road and Ikot Oku Ikono flyover, among others but someone will write that there is no road in Akwa Ibom State,” he said.
UBTH Mourns Former CMD
The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has expressed grief over the death of Prof. Michael Ibadin, a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital.
In a statement made available to The Tide’s source in Benin yesterday, the CMD, Dr Darlington Obaseki, said the deceased succumbed during a brief illness.
Obaseki described the late Ibadin as a quintessential leader and a mentor to many.
He said his demise was a big loss not only to his family, but also to the hospital community and the medical world.
“With a deep sense of loss and pain in our hearts, we submit to the will of the Almighty God on the passing into the celestial realm of our former CMD, Prof. M.O. Ibadin after a brief illness.
“Until his death, he was a Professor of Paediatrics, a Consultant Pediatric Nephrologist and an astute health administrator.
“He was also a mentor who introduced several persons into hospital administration and management, including myself.
“We commiserate with his immediate family at this time and pray that God himself will console them and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” he said.
Reverse Illegal Sack Of Workers, Obaseki Tells AAU Mgt
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has directed the management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, to immediately reverse all recent disengagement letters issued to some staff of the institution.
The government directive is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media Projects to the Governor, Mr Crusoe Osagie, and made available to newsmen in Benin.
Obaseki, in the statement, said the sack notices issued earlier to some staff of the university were illegal, null and void.
“The management is to retrieve any such illegal letters if they were ever issued and reinstate the affected staff.
“I have ordered an in-depth investigation into what led to the sporadic issuance of illegal sack letters and ensure that anyone found culpable will be brought to book”, the Governor said.
Obaseki reiterated his commitment to the welfare of members of staff, adding that he was working to find solutions to all lingering issues affecting workers in the state-owned institution.
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