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Army Provides Free Healthcare Service For 500 People

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About 500 residents of Ehor Community in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State have benefitted from the Nigerian Army’s free health care service.
The 4 Brigade Commander, Benin, Brig-Gen. Dalanmi Ndahi, who flagged off the health outreach programme in Ehor, the administrative headquarters of Uhunmwode LGA, said the gesture was to further the existing civil-military relationships between both entities.
Ndahi stated that the army valued the existing cordial relationship it enjoyed with its host communities in Edo State.
He added that the free medical outreach was another way to express its appreciation by bringing free healthcare services to the doorstep of the people.
He said the army was not oblivious of the high cost of assessing health care service in the state, hence the Chief of Army Staff’s approval of the outreach to be part of the brigade’s exercise ‘Still Water 11 2022’ medical programme.
The commandant urged the people and those from the neighbouring communities to take advantage of the free health care service to seek medical examination and treatment.
Earlier, the Enogie of Umopke, His Royal Highness, Chief David Ehigiamusoe, commended the army authority for the gesture, describing the free service delivery as novel.
The royal father said the massive turnout of the people to seek treatment was a testimony to the fact that they had longed for this type of gesture being brought to their doorstep free of charge.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, said “today’s event is special to us and the state government because the army is partnering with us to better the health service delivery system in the state.
Represented by Dr Stanley Ehiarimwiam, the Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Akoria described the programme as novel and laudable, coming from the military which statutory duties were to protect the nation’s territorial borders.
“We appreciate this collaboration and encourage more stakeholders to key into such goodwill as government cannot do it alone, especially in the area of health care service delivery,” he said.
Some of the patients told The Tide source that they remained grateful to the army authority for availing them the opportunity of assessing free health care service.
They said the diagnosis, treatment and the dispensed drugs to them, were something they hadn’t contemplated in their widest imagination.
Pa. Osaro Ibude, 75, said “we see this free treatment and drugs from the army as a dream come true for us.
“ We never thought the army can also provide such services to people until today because we have seen it. These are my drugs and others are being diagnosed and treated,” he said while displaying his drugs.
The Brigade had on Wednesday, also gifted three primary and secondary schools in the locality with instructional materials worth several thousands of Naira.
Ndahi, who presented the items to the different schools, said it was part of the Chief of Army Staff’s efforts to promote and sustain the existing cordial civil-military relationships in the communities.
Ndahi said the gesture was the army’s way of saying “thank you” in appreciation to the community for the warm welcome accorded its personnel who had established a camp within the community.
”This is just a token of our appreciation to the community for the space you gave to us when we established a camp for our operation water project two months ago.
”Though our presence has also ensured safety of lives and property in the community and other neighbouring communities, we appreciate the existing cordial civil-military relationships between us.
”These instructional materials are to reciprocate that gesture and our way to give back to the community to promote the academic pursuit of the pupils and students.”
Responding, the Enogie of Ehor community, Osagie Igiehon, thanked the military command for the gesture, saying the people of Ugoneki community were grateful for the water project, now providing the people with source of portable water.
The royal father said it was gratifying to know that in spite of the military statutory role of defending the territorial borders, it still found time to provide social basic amenities to its host communities.
He expressed satisfaction over the military presence within the locality, which he noted had restored confidence and safe haven for the people and travellers plying the Benin-Auchi highway.
The schools that benefited from the gesture included Ugoneki Primary school, Ogbe primary school, Ehor and Ehor Grammar school, all in Uhunmwode LGA.

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Okpanam-Ibusa Isheagu-Ewulu Roads Ready For Inauguration-Aniagwu 

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As part of the preparations to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration in Delta State, the Commissioner for Works, Rural and Riverine Roads, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, embarked on inspection of the Okpanam/Ibusa and Isheagu/Ewulu Roads scheduled for inauguration.
The roads, which spanned 5.3 kilometers and 9.1 kilometers respectively, and approximately 90% completed, connects major towns and would boost the socio-economic lives of the people in the area.
Speaking to journalists after inspecting the roads on Tuesday, Aniagwu reiterated the governor’s commitment to delivering quality projects to Deltans in line with his MORE Agenda.
He said “Governor Oborevwori has outlined numerous projects and programmes to mark his one year in office.
“Apart from roads, there are other projects and programmes, including empowerment initiatives anchored by several ministries.
“The Governor has instructed us to ensure that all roads are top-notch before he proceeds to commission them. Even if contractors claim that roads have been completed, he wants us to verify if they have been built to specifications.
“We hope that in the next few days, they will complete the project and exit the site to enable us carry out the final inspection”.

According to him, “That’s the same approach the Governor wants us to take with every project. He doesn’t just want to commission projects; he wants to ensure that any road being commissioned has been done according to specifications and provides value to the people of Delta by ensuring that the money paid equals the work done”.

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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Police Arrest Foreigner, Two Others Over Alleged Kidnapping In Delta

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The Police Command in Delta State has arrested three kidnap suspects including a foreigner over kidnapping incidents in the State.
The command‘s spokesman, SP Bright Edafe told newsmen yesterday in Warri that the suspects were arrested on Saturday and Sunday at their hideouts in Warri.
Edafe said that the suspects were arrested by the combined team of police operatives attached to the Orerokpe division, and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja.
He said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Orerokpe division, CSP Paul Oboware, upon receipt of the information, immediately mobilised and led his patrol team to the criminals’ hideouts in Warri.
“Intelligence gathered on some kidnapping incidents in the Warri axis revealed that it is being carried out by Yakubu Ya’u at Oha and Ughwagba Communities in Okpe Local Government Area.
“The suspect and his gang kidnap unsuspecting residents for ransom.
“On May 11, following combined effort from police operatives of the command and operatives from the Force Intelligence Unit, Abuja on the hideout of the suspect.
“The DPO, Orerokpe division immediately mobilised and led his patrol teams to the suspect’s hideout in Warri, and after a painstaking search, he was arrested,” he said.
Edafe said that preliminary investigation and interrogation of the suspect led to the arrest of two other key members of the gang which included a Cameroon national on Sunday.
He alleged that the suspects were responsible for the several kidnap incidents in Orerokpe, Sapele, Warri, and environs, adding that the victims had equally identified them.
Edafe said that the suspects led the police detectives to Ughwagba Community in Okpe Local Government Area, where two Automatic pump action guns, a live Cartridge,  one knife were recovered.
He said that preliminary investigations were ongoing, adding that the command has intensified efforts to arrest the other fleeing members of the gang.

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Forum Unveils Vision, Commends Diri On Project Execution 

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A group, the Bayelsa State Founding Fathers Forum (BSFFF) has vowed to continually pursue the vision behind the struggle for the creation of the State.
Chairman of the forum, Sir Itelemo Frank Omiebi, stated this yesterday during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa, the State Capital.
He said though the BSFFF has reservations about recent calls on its leadership to speak up against perceived marginalisation of the State by the Federal Government and associated MDAs, he noted that there is the general notion that the forum was made up of responsible, patriotic and capable statesmen in their own right.
The Tide learnt that the BSFFF is a group of statesmen of the Ijaw extraction, mostly of Bayelsa origin, who played prominent roles in the struggle for the creation of the State out of the Old Rivers State in 1996 under the late Genenera Sani Abacha military junta.
Omiebi disclosed that though as statesmen, the forum for sometime decided to keep mum on certain issues to avoid unnecessary heating of the polity, the rationale behind the convocation of the forum, he said, stemmed from the need to create a homogeneous Ijaw state out of the Old Rivers State which the forum has achieved far back in 1996.
He, however, stated that while issues bordering on marginalisation of the State were worrisome, the forum had continued to play an advisory role to successive administrations of the State.
“The vision of the BSFFF is tripartite: we’re to work towards the creation of an egalitarian State capable of raising committed, responsible and patriotic leaders.
“The forum is also to effect overall infrastructural and sectoral development of the State, and to promote human capital development with particular reference to education, so as to reverse our disadvantaged State in the comity of States in Nigeria”, the forum said.
The chairman also noted that there were consummate professionals from all walks of life willing to render needed support and services to the State in the group whenever they are consulted on matters affecting the development and well being of the State.
The forum’s leadership, which also bared its mind on the present administration of the State, described the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, as a bonafide member of the forum, saying the workings of his administration were in tandem with the vision of the forum.
“But we like to commend Governor Diri who himself is a member of the forum. The Governor has been  working according to the vision of the BSFFF in the provision of infrastructure and, in other areas of governance.
“We want to especially thank him for the peace we’ve in the State. And we also want to commend him for the security of lives and properties of citizens across the State”.

“On infrastructure, we want to thank Governor Diri for continuing the Senatorial roads projects in the state. These and many more were part of the vision of the forum”, the BSFFF leadership added.

Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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