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We’ll Deepen Partnership With W.H.O To Sustain Progress In Health Sector, Wike



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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the State has achieved enormous success in reducing the rate of malaria infection and HIV/AIDS among the people because of the robust partnership it has with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Governor Wike in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri announced the success rate of the partnership when he hosted a delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.

The governor noted that the issuance of polo free status certificate of clearance to Nigeria was made possible because of the partnership with WHO.

“If you did not work hard with us,  probably it would not have been possible. Our ideas and your partnership made it very easy for us to get to the level we are. 

“The relationship between the State Government and WHO is an interesting and rewarding one. That was why when you asked for accommodation, we did not hesitate in providing you a befitting and furnished office and also to other agencies.

“We believe that partnering with you will go a long away in improving our healthcare system. When medical workers go on strike I asked to know why the strike and solve the problem.

“I can also tell you of the cooperation and support we get from the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). Working together with them, we believe we will continue to correct the challenges.”

The governor described the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic as a storm across the globe that challenged every sane government to seek out enduring measures to safeguard its citizens

“No sane leader will fold his hands, and not to work hard. The COVID-19 has affected every government economically and so things have changed.

“However,  we will not relent to see that our people are free from it even though it is not easy. In most rural areas, some people don’t even believe that it exist except you carry our enlightenment. It is our responsibility to make sure that we do the right thing.”

Speaking further, governor Wike said he is satisfied with the rate of COVID-19 testing and vaccination, with the State ranked as the third as regards testing in the country.

Governor Wike said his Commissioner of Health had briefed him of the level of support gained to ease the vaccination process.

The governor expressed surprise that the Health Contributory Bill has not been brought to him to sign it into law. He assured the delegation that he will expedite action to ensure it signed into law.

He stated that the State g government now awards scholarship every year to at least 100 Rivers students studying medicine and other related courses at PAMO University.

“We are doing everything to improve on the number of health workers that are available at our hospitals.”

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Nigeria, Dr.  Walter M. Kazadi commended Governor Wike for the remarkable leadership he has continued to provide in the fight against COVID-19 in Rivers State.

“We are visiting at a time when we are seeing a sign of hope with COVID-19 vaccination that has started and I will like to congratulate you on the vaccination programme that has started in this State. It really helps us provide some hope.

“But, I will like to emphasize that we are still vulnerable until everyone is safe; until all the groups that need to get the vaccine get them, starting with the health worker, the front line workers, the elderly, the people with underlying conditions.

“So, we are still going through this pandemic and we are seeing some countries that thought they were through, only to be surprised by the third wave.  So, we really want to come to you to avoid the catastrophe that was predicted for Nigeria that we have avoided so far. And I know Rivers State being the second economy in Nigeria can play a major role in that.”

The WHO representative acknowledged it is leaders like Governor Wike who are committed to counterpart funding that has improved health indices in Nigeria including the victory it clinched over Polo virus.

April 26, 2021

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5 Dead In Delta Tanker Explosion – Police




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The Delta State Police Command says five persons died with properties including eight buses, two tankers, five trailers, two cars, and one motorcycle burnt completely in an early Sunday inferno, Channels TV reports.

Sunday’s incident happened after a tanker laden with PMS – driving towards Benin along Warri-Benin Road – fell with its content spilling into the nearby swamp.

In a statement, the command’s spokesman Bright Edafe disclosed that the spillage attracted youths who started scooping the fuel into jerry cans and other containers.

While they were at it, he said an explosion erupted and the fire engulfed the area.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has sent his condolences to the families of victims who got burnt in the explosion.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Festus Ahon, in Asaba, Governor Sheriff commiserated with the victims’ families on the sad incident.

He disclosed that the State has reached out to help the victims.

Governor Oborevwori blamed the unfortunate incident on the poor state of federal roads, once again calling on the Federal Government to expedite action in reconstructing failed portions of the road.

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Adamawa Assembly To Support Works, Land & Survey Ministries with Requisite Legislations




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The Adamawa State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works Energy, Land and Survey says it is committed towards ensuring that the two ministries are backed by law in discharging their duties for overall development of the state.

The Chairman of the committee who is also the deputy chief whip of the house, Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre constituency stated this when he led other members on a familiarization visit to the headquarters of the ministry of land and survey and that of works and energy development separately.

Japheth Hammanjabu said the purpose of their visit was to understand the progress and challenges being faced by the ministries.

The Chairman revealed that the committee is ready to intervene on any possible review of the current legislative framework under which the ministries operate and make amendments where necessary.

He commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and the commissioners of the ministries for the role they are playing towards the progress and development of the state.

In their separately, the Commissioner ministry for land and survey and the surveyor general of the state explained that the ministry and the surveyor general’s office took a holistic assessment of the major land problems in the state after which a work plan was made to that effect.

While appealing for mutual working relationship with house for them to succeed in discharging their responsibilities they also appreciated the committee for the timely visit describing the composition of the members as well deserved.

Members of the committee include the Chairman of the committee Hon. Japheth Hammanjabu of Verre, Haruna Jilantikiri of Madagali who is also the Vice Chairman of the committee and Majority Leader Kate Raymond Mamuno of Demsa, Yerima Moses of Michika, Babangida Muhammad Njidda of Nasarawo Binyeri and Yohanna Sahabo Jauro of Mubi South Constituencies as members.

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Former Speaker Mijinyawa Commends Judiciary As Tribunal Dismisses Petition Against His Victory




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The Member Representing Yola South at the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa, has hailed the judgment of the National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yola which affirmed his victory in the March 18th 2023 election.

The Lawmaker stated this in telephone interview with newsmen shortly after the judgment was delivered on Friday, described the verdict as a victory for democracy and people of Yola South Constituency.

Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa commended the judiciary for upholding the nation’s democra.

According to him “it is as an act of God demonstrated through the people of Yola South who voted him during the March 18th, 2023 general election and went ahead to defend the votes.

The verdict indicated that the resolve of the people did not go in vain.

The judgement is clearly a victory for democracy and the resilient and courageous people of Yola South Constituency.

He said his opponent from People’s Democratic Party PDP had through mere allegation sought a reversal of the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission which declared him as the valid winner of the election.

Kabiru Mijinyawa said with the recent development he will concerntrate on his legislative duties and work towards providing his people with democracy devidends.

He called on the looser to set aside their political differences and work with him in order to move the Constituency forward.

It could be recalled that National /House of Assemnly Petitions Tribunal on Friday, dismissed petition filed against the former Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa.

Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa, who is the present member representing Yola South constituency, was re-eected for the 3rd term under the platform of the APC during the 2023 general election.

Rt. Hon. Mijinyawa , who was speaker of the assembly from 2015 to 2019, was dragged before the tribunal by the Candidate of the PDP, Hon. Adamu Baba Mustapha.

In his petition, Hon. Baba Mustapha alleged that the election held on the 18th March, 2023 is invalid, null and void by reasons of non compliance with the electoral act.

On his part, the former Speaker was of the view that the exercise was in substantial compliance with the electoral act, and that the petitioner did not participate in the election.

He told the tribunal that the petition is premised on pre-election matter and that its lacks jurisdiction to entertain it, and described the petition as incompetent, frivolous and ought to be dismissed in its entirety.

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