Best Journalist In C’River To Get Car Prize
Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa, a former National Assembly Liaison Officer to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has promised to reward the best journalist in Cross River with a car prize.
Ita- Giwa made the pledge in Calabar on Friday at the inauguration of a committee of NUJ in the state to organise an award in memory ofIta-Giwa’s mother.
The prize is being awarded annually in memory of late Mrs Beatrice Ita, journalist and mother of Ita-Giwa.
“Beatrice Ita Best Journalist Award”, was instituted in 1992 by Ita-Giwa and it ran annually till 2005.
It was, however, rested between 2006 and 2009 because of alleged poor management by the state council of NUJ.
However, Ita-Giwa decided to “resurrect” the award to encourage excellence among journalists.
She urged journalists in the state to brace up to the challenge of robust media practice and management skills.
Inaugurating the eight-member committee at the NUJ secretariat, the NUJ chairman, Mr Oden, charged media workers in the state to participate in the competition.
He told the committee that the award was open to only registered journalists in both electronic and print media, who had paid their professional fees up to date.
He announced that the committee had between two and three months to organise the award and appealed to the members to attach premium to “quality copies” in selecting the best journalist for the state during the period.
Responding, Dr Theresa Essien, the chairman of the committee and General Manager of Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, expressed gratitude to NUJ for collaborating with Ita-Giwa to revive the award.
She also commended Ita-Giwa for honouring her mother with the institution of the award and described the late Ita as “remarkable and a legend in journalism, especially being one of the early female practitioners in the country”.
She said that the committee would discharge its assignment well to justify the confidence reposed in the members.
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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