Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated a Seven-man Committee to revitalise some dormant Health Institutions in the State.
The Implementation Committee, chaired by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor and the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike serving as members.
Others are ,the Chairman of Rivers State University Teaching Hospital(RSUTH), Dr. J. N. Hart, Chief Medical Director of RSUTH, Dr. Friday Aaron, Chief Medical Director of Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Kenneth Okagwa and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Ndidi Uchay who is to serve as Secretary.
Governor Wike charged them to deploy every measure required to revamp the Prof. Kelsey Harrison Hospital that has been dormant for quite some time.
He urged them to engage competent personnel that would deliver the best results so that the hospital would begin to offer services to the people of the State.
“Prof. Kelsey Harrison Hospital has not been operational because of a litigation over the agreement between International Trauma and Critical Care Centre Limited(ITCC) and the Rivers state Government.
“The Committee set up by the State Executive Council made fundamental recommendations. We therefore decided to ensure they are implemented immediately without bureaucracy.
“You are saddled with the responsibility of how Kelsey Harrison Hospital should be revitalised and made more functional. It should serve people in the densely populated area of Diobu.
“There will also be the need to hand it over to the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board at the end of the day,” he said.
On the need to reposition the Dental and Maxilo-Facial Hospital to serve Rivers people efficiently, Governor Wike urged the committee to integrate it into RSUTH.
He wondered why such facility would exist and the State Teaching Hospital would be offering dental services from a makeshift accommodation.
“I also learnt that RSUTH has lost accreditation for internship for dental residency training. So we have decided that it should be handed over to the Teaching Hospital in order to retain accreditation,” he stated.
The Governor also described as unacceptable the poor financial remittance by the Ashes to Ashes Funeral Limited to RSUTH.
He urged the committee to look at the existing agreement and structure it to benefit the State Government.
“Why will the Hospital rely totally on government when they charge for the services they render. As s government, we pay salaries of workers and we have fixed modern infrastructure and equipment for the hospital.
“We have to look at the 25:75 percent revenue sharing ratio between government and the Ashes to Ashes Funeral Limited and review it.
“It is not right that Government that built and equipped the mortuary will be collecting 25 percent profit and the service provider collects 75 percent.
“The new arrangement will also create room for the Hospital to train Pathologists and Morticians at no extra cost.
“I believe that members of this Committee are quite experienced and you will be expected to submit your report within the next one month,” he added.
In her response, the Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo noted that Governor Wike has never politicised issues of health and education.
She said the State succeeded in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic because of the Governor’s commitment.
“We are quite privileged to be saddled with this responsibility that will further enhance the quality of life of our people in line with your vision.
“We promise that we will attend to this task with utmost sense of urgency to restore the affected health facilities to optimum use,” she stated.
Commissioner for Information and Communications
September 10, 2020.
You Don’t Even Know The Venue Of Your Party Congress, PDP youths taunt Akpabio over Akwa Ibom APC congress.
A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), youths, PDP Youths Congress (PDPYC) has described the treatment meted out to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, as the beginning of his reward for political harlotry and betrayer of the PDP, a party that gave him everything politically.
On Saturday, angry protesters drawn from the faction loyal to Senator Akpabio had protested at the All Progressives Congress (APC)secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, seeking the cancellation of the ward congress exercise. They accused the National Caretaker Secretary, Senator John Udoedehe, of “fraudulently manipulating the lists to include only his loyalists as candidates for the wards and chapter congresses.”
Reacting, the PDPYC said ‘it was shameful that Senator Akpabio, who, while in PDP, was a highly respected politician but today, is crying over APC ward congress like a rat being pursued by a hungry cat. Shameful!’
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the PDPYC Director of Communications and Mobilisation, Akpan Ibor, the youths said: ‘More humiliations still await Akpabio in APC, unless he retraced his steps to the PDP and apologise to the party members and supporters.
OBSEVERS TIMES earlier reported that APC finished its congresses while the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godwin Akpabio was still searching for the venue of the Congress
‘What happened to Senator Godswill Akpabio is the beginning of the humiliation he will suffer in the APC. More will still come because, by 2023, he won’t be able to field himself and any of his loyalists as candidates in APC.
‘Imagine Akpabio, having to organise protest and set bonfire at APC secretariat in Uyo over ward congress. Isn’t it shameful?
‘That is what you get when you engage yourself in political harlotry, moving from your own political mansion to become a tenant in other people’s political boys quarter.
‘If he had not decamped to APC out of political greed, Akpabio would still have remained in the Senate as the Minority Leader, a position that is more honourable than that of Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that he is holding now.
‘As for us in the PDPYC, we don’t pity Akpabio and his likes. We only hope that others will learn from the political misfortune that is befalling him in APC.’
We resign because of incompetence of the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus-Ex-PDP NEC officials.
Seven former deputy national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have explained why they resigned their positions as members of the National Executive Council.
The seven national officers are Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ahmed Bello; Deputy National Women Leader, Umoru Hadizat
Others are the Deputy National Auditor Divine Amina Arong; Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and Deputy National Financial Secretary, Irona Alphonsus.
The officers attributed their resignation to the incompetence of the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
One of the officers cited bad treatment by the Secondus led National Working Committee (NWC) leadership of the deputies, since they were elected in 2017.
“Since our election in 2017, we (deputy national officers) have only met with Secondus thrice. It is not as if he called us; on those three occasions, we sought audience with him.
“To him, we are just a necessary evil to be tolerated but never to be catered for. We all have our constituencies and our followers.
It appears they see us as nothing but appendages forced on them by the party’s constitution,” he said.
Odeyemi, who was in London, United Kingdom, while declining comment on the development, aligned himself with the decision of his colleagues to resign.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, confirming the development, said that the NWC had received the resignation letters.
Ologbondiyan said that the party leadership would look into the matter and adopt the internal mechanism to resolve it.
The NWC of our great party at its meeting today received the notice of the resignation from deputies who are elected members of the National Executive Committee.
“The meeting of the NWC and the deputies immediately took place to dialogue on the issues that were raised.
“The party will look into the grievances raised by members of NEC as well as members of the National Working Committee.
“The internal conflict resolution mechanism of our party has also been immediately activated to put these issues behind us.
We call on all the leaders, stakeholders and members of our great party to remain calm as we collectively resolve these issues,” Ologbondiyan said.
The National Youth leader, SKE Ude-Okoye, also briefing newsmen in his office at Wadata House, the party National Secretariat, Abuja.
He slammed Secondus for incompetence in managing the affairs of the party, saying he lacked managerial capacity to manage PDP.
He said that Secondus had made sure that many departments of the party did not function as effectively as it ought to function.
The Chairman has nothing to offer to the party only to come here and deceive us.
“There is a sharp division in our NWC right now, not only me, many more NWC members are more aggrieved than myself.
“Today I have asked him in our NWC meeting to resign his position as the chairman of this party because he cannot lead this party to victory,” Ude-Okoye said.
He called on PDP leaders, the governors, the founding fathers, youths and women to rise up to rescue the party from Secondus incompetent leadership.
“Secondus is not willing to take us to anywhere. He is just there to make sure that he enriches himself.
“I am here to make it very clear to all Nigerians that if Secondus does not resign from the party, I am going to leave the party for him to eat the party and own the party.
“The governors, if they don’t wade into this matter right now, I assure Nigerians that within the next three, four days, my letter will be public,” Ude-Okoye said.
He added that more officers of the NWC would still resign because of Secondus.
Massive Resignation: PDP Governors Call For Calm, Summon Emergency Meeting.
The PDP Governors’ Forum has received with regrets and sadness the recent rumblings in the PDP.
The Governors hereby call on all members of the party and indeed all stakeholders to remain calm in the face of the developments.
We plead with all aggrieved persons and those with the interest of the PDP at heart to keep their gun powder dry, as efforts are being made in consultation with members of the PDP Board of Trustees and other stakeholders to resolve all contending issues.
To this end, the PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the affairs of the Party and the way forward.
The PDP as the only remaining hope of the nation for good governance must show an example to Nigerians and also take advantage of the current disarray in the APC and its rudderless government.
Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , CFR
Chairman, PDP GOVERNORS FORUM
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