Delta Disburses N12m To Students
The Delta State
Government has disbursed N12 million to 40 beneficiaries of its local
P.hd scholarship scheme at the rate of N300,000 per beneficiary.
Presenting the cheque to the beneficiaries, chairman of the
Delta State Scholarship Board, Mr Buchi Aninye, said that the beneficiaries were
different from the batch that would soon receive the third tranche payment of
Aninye said that the beneficiaries were those, who wrote the
board’s competitive examination on September 1, and scaled through the bench
mark set by the board.
He noted that the state government, being conscious of a
sustainable development programme for the state, identified education as one of
its critical input needed to move the state to the next level.
The chairman explained that this was because the administration
was convinced that the future for a better Delta with a robust economy and well
informed Delta people was largely in education being given its rightful place.
Aninye further explained that all the scholarships being
rolled out by the government were practical demonstration of the state
government’s commitment to its human capital development programme.
The chairman also explained that the state government had
different types of scholarship programmes, which include first class
scholarship, as well as local scholarship scheme.
Others, he said, were the financial assistance to students
of Delta State origin in the five campuses of the Nigerian Law School,
students’ special assistance scheme and scholarship for children of deceased
Aninye stated that the challenge in ensuring continuity was
enormous, especially as the board areas of jurisdiction was to meet the needs
of students, whom he described were like “Oliver Twist’’.
He, however, said that the board would continue to give the
students utmost attention, no matter how uncomfortable it might be and would
not renege on its duty.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof.
Hope Eghagha, said that it was an indisputable fact that education was needed
to achieve the development of human resource base, required to drive the
economy of the state.
Eghagha represented by Mrs Stella Itoto, Director, Research
and Statistics in the ministry, also said that it was against this backdrop
that the state opened its door to provide the needed leverage for its citizens
to achieve academic height.
He further hinted that there was no better investment than
to invest in education, adding that the government was working towards having a
reservoir of research fellows that would constitute the human resource base.
He, however, said that the scholarship was not tied to the
beneficiaries working for the state after the completion of their programmes,
pointing out that the Delta project was one that required all hands to be on
deck in order to move the state to an enviable height.
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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