Bayelsa To Establish Sanitation Court
The Bayelsa State Govern
ment said it would establish a sanitation court to try environmental sanitation offenders in the state.
The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority, Chief Abel Ebifamowei, made the announcement while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, last Wednesday
He said that the court became necessary to check the attitude of some people towards environmental sanitation in the state, adding that the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kate Abiri, would inaugurate the court soon.
According to him, the court, when inaugurated, will entertain cases relating to environmental offences as stipulated by the laws of the state and commended Governor Seriake Dickson for his foresight in signing into law, the establishment of the sanitation court.
He expressed optimism that the arrest and prosecution of sanitation defaulters, would serve as deterrent to people and compel them to keep clean and healthy environments and warned that there would be no reprieve for any sanitation offender.
Ebifamowei deplored the attitude of many residents of Yenagoa toward environmental sanitation observed on the last Saturday of every month in the state.
The chairman said that those involved in indiscriminate parking of vehicles, moulding of blocks on pathways and dumping of sand and chipping on streets were liable to prosecution under the sanitation law.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command has begun a manhunt for a construction worker suspected to have murdered a 27-year-old woman in Kaiama community in Bayelsa.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Dsp. Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident in an interview.
“We are investigating the crime and also hunting for the boyfriend suspected to be responsible for her death. “For now, we are trying to track him down, because he has gone into hiding,” Akhigbe said.
The suspect, a labourer at a construction company, allegedly beat the woman to death and dumped the corpse into a nearby river.
A source in Kaiama community said that the incident happened last Tuesday night, saying that the deceased’s body was discovered by people who had gone to the river to bath the following morning.
The source who gave his name simply as Justice, said that the body of the woman was discovered at about 6.30 a.m. on Sept. 18.
“The corpse of the woman was discovered by some people who had gone to take their bath by the riverside. “We saw machete cuts on the body of the victim. “The cuts on the corpse showed that the suspect must have attacked the victim with machete before throwing her body into the river,” Justice said.
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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