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‘Don’t Politicise Health Programmes’

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has appealed to Deltans not to politicise the state’s free maternal care programme as it could give women unprecedented access to qualitative maternal care.

  Dr. Uduaghan who was speaking while commissioning the 2008 MDGS/CGS projects said the free maternal care programme will guarantee the delivery of healthy children in the state.

   He explained that the MDGS/CGS projects would support the free maternal care health programme and ensure that the future of children were not marred by the misery of avoidable congenital conditions.

    The governor said his administration initiated the free maternal care because of the less privileged women who sometimes suffer and loose their babies because of their inability to foot medical bills.

   Dr. Uduaghan who explained that the programme would give pregnant women and nursing mothers healthy future called on Deltans not to toy with it.

   Speaking further he said “the MDG programme has stepped up in the state and it will greatly assist our free maternal health care and pregnant women will not suffer unjustly”.

  The governor appealed to the communities where the MDGS projects are located to ensure a culture of peace and general security so that the programme would succeed.

 Dr. Uduaghan also directed ministries that have institutional responsibilities for the sub sectors to maintain the projects and keep them functioning always.

  He promised to continue to meet up the state government counterpart funding even as he gave the assurance that he would take all the programmes seriously.

   The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGS Hajiya Amina AS Zuberu said the programme can only thrive when the Federal, State and Local governments pool resources together.

  Hajiya Zuberu who said challenges in the programme are enormous urged local governments to demonstrate utmost sincerity in the programme.

 Praying for sincere partnership she said no level of government could do it alone.

  The Senior Special Assistant commended Delta State government for the success recorded so far in the programme.

  Hajiya Zuberu said there were concrete projects on ground to demonstrate the state government’s seriousness on the programme.

   The Special Adviser to the Governor on MDG Dr . Austin Obidi said the state government has made its mark on the MDG programme.

 Dr. Obidi who said the taste of the pudding was in eating described the state government’s achievement in the programme as enormous.

  He disclosed that the state government has met the counterpart funding and promised to ensure adequate utilization of the projects.

   Highlight of the ceremony was the inspection of the products of the programme by the governor and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDG.

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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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Delta Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmaker

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The Delta State House of Assembly last Thursday in Asaba recalled its member, Mr Matthew Omonade (APC-Ughelli North I), after 29 days of suspension.
The recall was announced during plenary by the Speaker, Mr Dennis Guwor, following an adoption of the report by the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Omonade.
The Tide’s source recalls that the assembly had on May 14 suspended the lawmaker over alleged gross misconduct.
“The house has, therefore, lifted the suspension following the adoption of the recommendations of the committee.
“He is expected to resume plenary and other legislative duties on the next sitting day”, Guwor said.
Earlier, the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi (PDP-Aniocha North), who chaired the committee, said after a thorough investigation, it recommended that Omonade be sounded a note of warning against future occurrence.
He said the committee also recommended that the recalled lawmaker be made to study the rules of the house.
According to the committee’s recommendations, Omonade should know that laws are universal and can be domesticated in any state or country without anyone being accused of plagiarism.
Nwaobi said since he had remorsefully apologised to the Governor, Speaker and the entire House, the committee recommended that the suspension be lifted.
In their various submissions, Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi) and Mr Austine Uroye (PDP-Warri South I) supported the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations, unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, were seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr. Edafe Emakpor.
The House also approved Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s request to review and implement a new tariff regime for the 8.5 Megawatts Asaba Independent Power Plant (IPP), operated by Messrs Bastanchury Power Solutions.
The governor’s request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker.
In the letter, Oborevwori explained that the upward review of the electricity tariff from N31.74 per Kilowatt to N75 per Kilowatt became necessary due to the current economic realities.
He said this would enable the company to sustain its services to the state.
Oborevwori, however, noted that the State Government, through the Ministry of Energy, recommended a reviewed amount of N63 per Kilowatt, inclusive of VAT, hence the need for the House’s approval.
The Majority Leader moved a motion for the Assembly to receive the governor’s letter for consideration.
Leading the debate, Nwaobi said it was no longer news that the economic situation informed the governor’s request and, therefore, urged the House to give it speedy approval.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly, when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi).

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Sallah: FRSC Deploys 654 Personnel In Delta

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta State Command, has deployed 654 personnel, including regular and special marshals, to various locations in the state to ensure safety during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Muftau Irekeola, said this on Friday in Asaba while addressing personnel of the Command in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol.
Irekeola said a total of 654 personnel, 19 operational vehicles, one ambulance, one power bike, and others would be deployed in the state.
The Sector Commander, however, said the command was partnering with private tow truck owners, saying that the command’s tow truck was not in good condition.
“If it is more than 30 tons truck, we will call FRSC, Onitsha Command, for towing because Onitsha is less than four kilometers away from Asaba”, he said.
He urged motorists to drive with caution, and pay attention to other road users.
“During rainy season, the grip of their tyres on the road is reduced because of the rain, they need to speed less. In fact, they are supposed to go on a reasonable speed.
“Even the passengers should not board overloaded vehicles, they should talk to the driver and if he is not listening they should drop at the next available bus stop.
“They can alert any FRSC officials or security agency on the road”, he said.

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