Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has assured on the resuscitation of the totally vandalised health care centre in Ebubu Community.
Executive Secretary of the Local Government, Barr. Joseph Moses Kattey, who gave the assurance, when the Association of Civil Society on Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition (ACOMIN) paid him an advocacy visit in his office, said the state government, through the Rivers State Healthcare Management Board (RSPHCMB) has commenced efforts in refurbishing the health centre in Ebubu.
“Two weeks ago, the Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board visited us. I represented the Chairman in that meeting, and the issue of the vandalised Ebubu Health care facility came up.
“In response, the Permanent Secretary of the Board, Dr. Agiriye Harry said they (Board) are willing to fix the facilities,” he said.
Kattey, who represented the Chairman of the Local Government, Hon. Obarilomate Ollor, however, said the Permanent Secretary expressed fear over the safety of equipment after the refurbishment of the health centre.
“Their fear was whether the facility will not be vandalised again. We (the LGA) assured him that it will not be vandalised because we have security in place now. It was vandalised in the past because people left the community for security reasons. We assured them that the facility will be protected now.
“So, we are working in synergy with the state government, through the Primary Healthcare Board. We’re willing to do the needful, because if the people don’t have functional health facility, it affects us, because the people are our people.
“If there’s any casualty, it’ll affect us, because we’re the primary authority for the security of our people, at the local level, so we know better.
“We already know about the State of the Primary Healthcare at Ebubu, and we’re working with the Board. The role we have to play is to make sure that nothing goes wrong,” Kattey said.
The Programme Officer of ACOMIN in Rivers State, Mrs. Maryjane Akwaka, had earlier called for the intervention of the LGA in the refurbishment of the Health center in Ebubu, which was bare of equipment.
In his response, Kattey had explained that the Ebubu Health Center, which was well equipped by the State Government, was vandalized years ago in the heat of internal crises warranted by between cult groups, which excalated and led to evacuation of the community, which gave room for the vandalization.
On his part, the State Chairman of ACOMIN, Pastor John Ihua-Maduenyi, called on the LGA leadership to enhance healthcare services at the current makeshift Town Hall used as heath center by providing such essential commodities as regular water and toilet facilities.
“Water is very essential in a health center, in the same way as convenience. Without these commodities, no health facility can function adequately”, he said.
Assuring the ACOMIN delegation that provision of water and convenience will be given priority attention, Barr. Kattey further assured that the LGA boss will do the needful.
ACOMIN had earlier visited the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman of Woji Community, Sir P. W. O. Owhor, at the Woji Town Hall, over gaps noticed at the Woji Model Primary Healthcare Center (MPHC).
The Community Based Organization (CBO) working in Woji MPHC, Arinze Maduenyi Foundation (AMF), had identified gaps in power supply, water supply, damaged and rusted tank stand, leaking roof, plumbing work, electrical work, no refrigerator, no functional power generator, spoilt/faulty scale, and poor painting as gaps that required urgent attention.
The CDC boss assured that necessary attention will be given to the filling of the identified gaps by relevant stakeholders in the community.
By: Soibi Max-Alalibo
RSG Warns Against Examination Malpractices In Schools
The Rivers State Government has warned teachers in the state against indulging in any forms of examination malpractices.
The government also charged them to improve the quality of their service delivery to the State.
The Rivers State Head of Service, Dr George Nwaeke said this during a courtesy call in his office by the Rivers indigenous Teachers Association.
Dr Nwaeke also charged them to be worthy Ambassadors of good governance in order to reflect the undiluted people oriented leadership of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara
This was contained in a press release signed by the media officer, Office of the Head of service, Dr Eric Godam.
According to the release, the Head of Service also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties which is basically to build a positive mindset for the younger generation through strategic educational attainments.
Dr. Nwaeke also advised the teachers to take the issue of examination malpractices in school seriously and decried the level of moral decadence in the society.
The Head of service also assured that more programmes would be unfolded in the days ahead by the Governor for the people especially civil servants.
On the proposed issue of the 65 years retirement age for teachers he stated that a memo to that effect has been sent to the Governor for consideration and approval.
Dr Nwaeke urged them to ensure that the association reflects the ethnic diversities of the State as the association is presently more or less an Ikwerre/Emohua/Etche alliance.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Lucky Ndimele had earlier thanked the Head of Service for the courtesy visit and explained that the association’s objective was to promote the programms and policies of the Governor especially in the area of human and infrastructural development.
Mr Ndimele also commended Governor Fubara for appointing seven teachers as Permanent Secretaries in the State, describing it as unprecedented in the history of the State.
He also disclosed plans by the association to carry out a solidarity march from the Isaac Boro Park to the Government House in support of the Governor’s administration.
In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, Dr (Mrs) Inyingi Brown appreciated the teachers for embarking on the visit and urged them to continue to pray for the Governor to succeed.
Rivers Elders Commiserate With Wigwe’s Family
The leadership and members of Rivers Elders and Leaders Forum have expressed their condolence to the Wigwe’s family over the death of their son, Herbert Wigwe, who died alongside his wife and son in a ghastly helicopter crash the United Stats fort night ago.
In a condolence message signed by the Acting Chairman of the group, Sir Gabriel Toby and addressed to the father of the deceased, Shingle Wigwe, the elders said the death of Wigwe came as a rude shock to them.
In their words,” it’s our deep regret on the passing away of your son Herbert Wigwe and family in an helicopter crash in the United States. The tragic news of his death came to us as a huge shock”.
Urging him to be strong, they described the death Herbert “as a heavy cross to bear “, considering his role in the family, state and nation at large.
They added,” it is indeed painful to keep abreast with the reality of his demise in view of his numerous achievements within his short stay on earth.”
The body counselled the family to be consoled by the fact that the late banker and businessman lived a good and exemplary Christian life here on earth, and is resting in God’s bossom.
“It is our prayer that God Almighty will grant him eternal repose and give us alive the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss” they further declared.
Monarch Commends IG, CP Over Killing Of 2Baba
The Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeyeland in Rivers State, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, has commended the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, for their untiring efforts to annihilate Gift David Okpara a.k.a 2Baba, the wanted killer of the former Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim.
Eze Anugwo gave the commendation in his palace at Ula-Upata Community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, recently.
“I must sincerely commend the Police Force, especially the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police Rivers State Command, for their untiring efforts to kill 2Baba.
“2Baba was not only a cultist, but a kidnapper, rapist and terrorist in Ekpeyeland, before his desperation to kill the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer last year.
“I am impressed to say that Ekpeye people are happy, and therefore thank the police for the feat.
“I urge the Police to extend the fight to the nooks and crannies of Ekpeyeland to rid the area of all cultists,” he said.
He noted that Ekpeye Kingdom was known to be peaceful, safe and habitable, which attracts other tribes to come in for business and settlement.
The monarch re-emphasised his commitment to bring peace, development and safety to Ekpeye Kingdom and warned the youths in the area to desist from cultism or face untimely death.
Recall that 2Baba, a native of Odhiemudhie community in Akoh Clan in Ekpeye Kingdom, alongside his lieutenants, reportedly killed and dismembered the former Ahoada DPO, SP Bako Agbashim, on September 8, last year.
This heinous crime prompted the Rivers State Government to place N100million bounty on him to be smoked out. But even as frantic efforts to arrest 2Baba were intensified, the monster and his gang were killing more people in the area.
Luck, however, ran out of him last week, when the cult leader engaged the police trailing him in a fierce gun battle and he was fatally wounded and reportedly killed.
It would be recalled that the dead body of 2Baba was displayed last Friday by the police.
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