… Orders Provision Of Food Storage Centres
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has directed
the State Ministry of Agriculture to establish and control three food storage
sites in Yenagoa as part of proactive measure taken by the state to save flood
victims from starvation.
Hon. Dickson who gave the order in a radio and television
broadcast, last Wednesday also said that the State Emergency Response
Management Committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Governor Gboribiogha John
Jonah is working round the clock to provide some level of relief and succour to
The Governor who urged Bayelsans not to despair but brace up
in the face of the current crisis caused by unprecedented flood across
communities in the State enjoined them
to reach out to the committee through the emergence hot line, 07023001002, 07023001003, and 07023001004.
The Governor explained that having made an assessment of the
level of damage to communities, government was prompted to notify the State
House of Assembly on the need for a supplementary budget to tackle the
He, therefore, expressed conviction that in the light of the
emergency situation, the Assembly would act expeditiously, and assured that government on its part would do
everything within its power to mitigate the effects arising from the flood.
He also urged Bayelsans to take extra caution over their
lives and those of their families especially children, the aged and the
The governor sympathized with the security agencies who are
also displaced and noted that a meeting with the state security council will be
convened to assess the effect of the disaster and fashion out a comprehensive
highlighted plans by government to fight communicable diseases during
and after the flood.
Accordingly he directed the Ministry of Health to devise appropriate measures to address
medical issues, saying that government,
was adopting various precautionary measures to forestall imminent shortage of food with a robust plan
to boost food production as parts of the east-west road have been over taken by
To this end, he said plans are on to procure early maturing
and high yielding cassava stem and other
inputs from local and international research institutes to ensure food
Direct government involvement, according to the governor,
will be required in the production of essential food items like cassava, maize,
cocoa yam, rice, plantain and livestock as well as provide support for
The State chief executive enjoined Bayelsans to lend a helping
hand to their fellow brothers and sisters in need at this trying period.
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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