Commissioner, APC Chair Bicker Over Plan To Demolish Hospital
Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Adaze Emwanta and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Col. David Imuse (rtd.), have clashed over Governor Godwin Obaseki’s move to demolish Central Hospital, Benin, to build a motor park at the city centre.
Imuse fired the first salvo through Edo APC Assistant Publicity Secretary, Victor Osehobo by declaring that instead of allowing Central Hospital to give way to a not-so-befitting motor park, Obaseki should swallow his pride and embark on the second phase of Edo Specialist Hospital at the current site, as planned by his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former APC national chairman.
Enwanta, however, asked Edo APC leaders to stop their destructive criticisms of the Obaseki administration.
He said they should join the focused and performing governor to move the state forward.
Imuse said: “In October, our party, the APC, raised the alarm over the planned demolition of Central Hospital, Benin City by the PDP government, led by Governor Obaseki, with a plot to convert the over 100-year-old legacy asset of all Edo people into a motor park.
“APC then saw no wisdom in the reason advanced by the state government for the proposed demolition, which is to make way for a modern motor park to decongest the city centre and generate additional revenue for the state. We labelled such thinking as weird and evil, but also unacceptable.
“No right-thinking government will prefer to replace a viable health facility, which it should equip and staff to better cater for the well-being of the people, with a motor park.
“The state government lied in its response when it said it was merely transforming, rather than demolishing the hospital, as most of its facilities were obsolete and not supportive of modern-day medical service delivery.”
The commissioner for Communication and Orientation, however, insisted that Obaseki’s administration was committed to advancing quality health care of the citizens.
He said the health care sector had received boost in the last five years, which he noted was evident in the commitment shown by the government towards prioritising the health needs of residents.
Emwanta said structural reforms were to be carried out by the government on the premises of the hospital.
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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