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Fubara Acknowledges Role Of Church In Building Decent Society

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The Rivers State Government says it recognizes the crucial role faith-based organisations play in the social and moral fabric of the society.

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, stated this while speaking at the 36th Anniversary Celebration of Foundation Faith Church, Salem City of Faith, Rumuomasi in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, Governor Fubara said the work of the church complements government’s effort to build a stronger and more compassionate Rivers State, noting that this year’s theme “Rescue,” resonates deeply with both our spiritual and civic duties.This was contained in a statement by the Head of Press, Deputy Governor’s Office, Owupele Benebo, yesterday.

Fubara said in times of challenge, uncertainty and change, we are all called to be agents of rescue in our families, neighbourhoods and State, adding that Foundation Faith Church has continued to be a beacon of hope and a source of rescue for 36 years through outreach programmes, counselling services and spiritual guidance.

The State Chief Executive who commended the Church for lifting countless individuals from despair to hope and from darkness to light supported the Church with the sum of N20 million.

 

In his Sermon, the founder of Foundation Faith Church, Archbishop Sam Amaga, who spoke on the theme “Rescue,” drawn from Jude 1:23, said the Church was sent on a Rescue Mission to the Earth by Jesus Christ to save unbelievers from hell, noting that “we were first reconciled to God by Christ in order to rescue other people.”

According to him, Evangelism should be the burden of every believer and not a Church department reserved only for the Pastors.

He stressed that as followers of Christ, Christians must embrace the habit of soul-winning.

Also speaking, the National Coordinating Bishop of Nigeria, Foundation Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop Ogoliegbune Hillary, said although the journey has been tough, God has helped His handmaiden and Founder, Archbishop Sam Amaga, throughout these 36 years by equipping him with His grace and mercy.

He commended the Rivers State Government for supporting and identifying with the Church.

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We’ll Support IMAM Services To Improve Malnourished Children’s Health -Fubara 

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritize healthcare services in the state, especially primary healthcare.

This, he noted, is geared towards ensuring that Rivers people get the best of healthcare services they deserve to improve their quality of life, particularly in addressing the impact of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) programme on moderately and severely malnourished children in the State.

Fubara, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary,  Nelson Chukwudi, disclosed this when he paid an unscheduled inspection visit to the Degema Zonal Hospital in Degema Local Government Area of the State.

The governor accompanied by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh; the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Anthony Soberekon; and the Chief Medical Director, Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Bright Ogbonda; also visited the Model Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC), Degema.

He interfaced with the Matron in-charge of the Primary Healthcare Centre, Matron Florence Kalio, staff who were on duty, members of the Ward Development Committee (WDC), and patients.

Fubara sought to know the challenges faced by the staff of the centre while noting the impact of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) programme on moderately and severely malnourished children in the area.

The centre is one of the six IMAM sites established by the Rivers State Government across the state in January, 2024, to address the healthcare needs of the people in the rural communities.

The governor said, “I have listened to you with rapt attention and have ascertained the challenges you face in the discharge of your duties.

“I want to assure you of the commitment of our administration to give Rivers people the best of healthcare services they need.

“In fact, I want to inform you that health is of utmost priority in our administration. We are prioritizing healthcare, especially primary healthcare, and we will do everything within our powers to ensure that you have what you need to provide the services needed by the people.”

In her remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, lauded Fubara for his commitment towards ensuring the provision of universal healthcare services to Rivers people, emphasising that the administration’s huge investment in the sector was a testament to its desire to put the wellbeing of the people first, and also catalyse the overall development of the State.

Dr Oreh explained that the IMAM programme was established by the Rivers State Government, in collaboration with key national and  international partners, to address core healthcare needs of malnourished children across the state, among others.

She noted that the governor’s efforts in supporting the centre will no doubt strengthen the health sector, and the State’s economy with the aim of achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on healthcare.

Earlier, Matron in-charge of the Primary Healthcare Centre, Matron Florence Kalio, had explained that the services provided have helped address the challenges faced by the most vulnerable people in the target areas of the healthcare centre.

She specifically noted the intervention the centre has made in antenatal, delivery, newborn care, immunisation, deworming, infant and child growth monitoring, nutrition supplementation, family planning, and reproductive health services.

Kalio emphasised that the centre has also provided excellent services in the areas of cervical cancer screening, HIV testing, birth registration, health promotion, and diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and commended the Governor for the support given to the centre to enable it deliver on its mandate to the people of the area.

The MPHC, Degema, caters for the healthcare needs of the diverse riverine population in the Kalabari axis of Rivers State, providing wide range of healthcare services, including  antenatal, delivery, newborn care, immunisation, deworming, infant and child growth monitoring, nutrition supplementation, family planning and reproductive health services.

It further provides services covering cervical cancer screening, HIV testing, birth registration, health promotion, and diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

These services are intended to address the majority of healthcare needs required at the rural level in order to significantly improve population health outcomes such as maternal, newborn, infant, and child mortality rates in the State.

The MPHC services also strive to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Highlight of the visit was the signing of the Register of the centre by the Governor.

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We’ll Do More With Your Support, Fubara Assures Rivers People 

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…Vows To Deliver Standard Healthcare Facility In Degema

RIvers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has assured that his administration would not be distracted in its bid to give Rivers people the best that will improve the quality of lives in the State.

Fubara gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen shortly after being conducted round the entire premises and structures of the Zonal Hospital, Degema Town in Degema Local Government Area on Saturday.

According to him, nothing will ever distract the attention of his administration to take its eyes off the ball in ensuring that Rivers people get the best that will improve the quality of life that they lead.

The governor noted the concern over the absence of a befitting healthcare facility in the area, but stated that the right things and steps are being taken to address the situation.

He emphasised that his administration was giving greater attention to issues of healthcare, education and agriculture so that Rivers people can access quality services from those key sectors.

The governor said: “We are here this afternoon, just like what happened yesterday (Friday), and if you could remember, I said part of our areas of concern, going forward, will be healthcare services.

“And yesterday, I did mention that we were on inspection to check the Bori Zonal Hospital covering that particular senatorial district, and will also go and see those in Degema, Ahoada and Omoku.

“But, we are here in Degema today to assess the level of work ongoing. As you can see, we don’t have a befitting and standard healthcare facility here. And that is why we need to put this place in order to make it standard.”

Fubara explained further that, “Part of the areas that have just been explained to me on my visit this afternoon is the area earmarked for staff quarters: doctors and nurses; areas that will be used to develop a modern mortuary and a laundry, because a medical facility must have a standard laundry.

“So, they have also shown me what they are doing, and the foundation for the laundry that is also almost completed.”

He assured Rivers people that they would not only get critical road infrastructure delivered to them, but that they would also be given  other social amenities and services that will ensure wholesome protection for them including quality healthcare services.

He said, “Like I said, my target for 2025 is going to be healthcare, education and agriculture. This is just the start. We are here to assure our people that no matter what it is, we still have our eyes on the ball.

“I will urge the good people of Degema to continue to support us; that this government is purposeful and understands the needs of the people.”

The governor assured the people of Degema, Kalabari Kingdom, and indeed, the entire people of Rivers State that his administration would not compromise quality service delivery and good governance, just as it will not disappoint the people who painstakingly voted for him to govern the State.

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ALGON WARNS AGAINST PLANNED PROTEST IN RIVERS

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The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Rivers State Chapter, has alerted security agencies, especially the police, the Rivers State Government and the public on the consequences of the planned protest by the former local government chairmen and former members of the state House of Assembly and National Assembly members in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Port Harcourt on Sunday, ALGON Chairman, Prince Ichemati Ezebunwo, warned that the protest was a sinister plot to cause anarchy and chaos with a view to destabilizing governance, and creating excuse to actualize their design for a state of emergency in the state.

Ezebunwo said, “We are drawing the attention of the general public to the planned protest by the immediate past local government chairmen, former House of Assembly members, and National Assembly members loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike, against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) manning the 23 local government councils across the state.

“The planned protest is not in the interest of the local governments and the state in its entirety. Rather, it is a calculated attempt by enemies of our dear state to paint the people of the state in bad light, unleash mayhem while at it, and use it to further buttress their inordinate call for the declaration of a state of emergency in our dear state”.

He explained, “We emphatically state that we, members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter, and our people are in support of the police decision to take control and protect all local government council secretariats until further directive on the matter.”

Ezebunwo stated that since assumption of duty of the caretaker committee chairmen, no one has attempted to forcefully take over or gain access to any of the local government secretariats in line with the Governor’s directive, until the police withdraw or remove whatever barriers put in place to protect government assets.

He added, “We want to categorically state that we are not in any way linked to the planned protest, as it is inimical to the progress and well-being of the people of the state, considering the sinister plots by some desperate politicians to take advantage under the guise of protest, to cause chaos and destabilise governance in the state.

Ezebunwo, who is also Port Harcourt City Council caretaker committee chairman, called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and the state Commissioner of Police, Olatunji

Disu, to swiftly swing into action, and ensure the maintenance of law and order by checking any illegal protest in the state.

He said, “Therefore, we call on all law-abiding citizens of our dear state to discountenance the planned protest and go about their lawful and legitimate businesses.

“We wish to place on record, that should there be a breakdown of law and order as a result of the planned protest, the organisers and their sponsors as enlisted above should be held responsible”.

He used the opportunity to thank Rivers people for their massive support to Governor Siminalayi Fubara, and his people first Government, which according to him, is delivering the dividends of democracy to Rivers people.

He noted, “We want to thank Rivers people for their continued support for the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, GSSRS, and his administration, which is delivering the enviable dividends of democracy to Rivers people”.

All the 23 local government council caretaker committee chairmen signed the press statement.

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