Gov. Ganduje presents employment letters to 920 newly recruited health workers
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has presented appointment letters to the 920 newly employed health workers in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Abba Anwar,his Chief Press Secretary and issued to newsmen in Kano.
He said out of the number, 626 were employed under the State Health Services Management Board while the remaining 294 would serve under the Primary Health Care Management Board.
Anwar quoted Ganduje as advising the newly recruited workers to be hard working and dedicated to their duties, assuring that his administration would continue to support and strengthen health care institutions.
“We will make sure that all primary health care services are brought under one roof to ensure quality control and effective management of the system,” he said.
Ganduje directed the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa to kick start a process of rewarding outstanding health workers of all categories in the sector.
“Let’s get best performing doctor, best performing pharmacist, best performing nurse, best performing Laboratory Technician and all other areas in the health sector. We need to evolve a process of rewarding commitment and hard work,” he said.
In his remarks, Tsanyawa commended government for its continuous support to the health sector and urged the newly employed workers to justify the confidence reposed in them by being dedicated to their duties.
He also commended the development partners for their unrelenting support towards the development of the health sector in the state.
Edited & Vetted By: Saidu Adamu/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Nollywood actor urges youths in Rivers to shun cultism
Nollywood Actor, Mr Abel Okekwu,
has urged youths in Rivers to shun cultism and life in the creeks to become better persons in the society.
Okekwu, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABI Communications International Limited, an entertainment company, made the call on Sunday, during the opening ceremony of the company in Port Harcourt.
He said that ABI company would contribute tremendously to the growth of the state as a hub of entertainment industry in Nigeria.
Okekwu said that his aim of establishing the company in Port Harcourt was to contribute his quota to training Rivers youths to shun cultism, life in the creeks and other social vices in the state.
“The entertainment industry is a gold mine that is capable of empowering millions of Rivers youths and Nigerians at large if properly tapped into.
“Over 70 per cent of our youths involved in cultism today have one talent or another that is not harnessed, I opened this company to help as many as I can to move out from the creeks to become better persons in the society.
“Rivers has always and will continue to produce great actors, music artists and movies that we have in the entertainment industry today, we have the likes of Sam Dede, Monalisa Chinda, Walter Anga, Bobby Ogoloma, Gentle Jack among others,” he said.
Okekwu called on well meaning Rivers people, government and Nigerians to support the entertainment industry by investing in it to take the youths out of the streets.
The CEO, however, signed a contract with one of Nollywood Actresses, Amb. Florence Onwanta as one of the brands that would train and empower youths in the state.
Onwanta, in her remarks, said that the coming of ABI entertainment company would be a dream come true for the state in the movie and music arts industry.
She advised the youths to be determined, diligent to learn and practice to become the best in the entertainment industry.
Similarly, Millicent Jack, a Nollywood costume designer also urged the youths to use the opportunity created by ABI entertainment company to become better persons in the society.
Jack said she was ready to give back to the society while training the youths in the state and the country at large.
She also urged the government to invest in the entertainment industry to take Nigerian youths out of the streets.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)https://nnn.ng/nollywood-actor-urges-youths-in-rivers-to-shun-cultism/
News analysis: Experts say Egypt’s COVID-19 coexistence plan to benefit economy, while urging caution
Egypt will lift a curfew and allow cafes and restaurants to operate with limited capacity from June 27, as it gradually reopens the economy after three months of suspension over COVID-19 concerns.
“These measures would completely stimulate the economy, ease the sufferings of the daily workers, and increase the levels of factories operation,” said Waleed Gaballah, professor of financial and economic jurisdictions at Cairo University.
Lifting the night curfew is very important to facilitate the movement of workers, many of whom are working in places far away from home, Gaballah, also a member of the Egyptian Association for Political Economy, told Xinhua.
Restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and sporting clubs will be allowed to reopen on July 27, with a capacity initially capped at 25 percent, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said in a televised press briefing on Tuesday.
Mosques and churches will be allowed to reopen, but weekly mass prayers on Friday and Sunday will remain suspended. Beaches and parks will continue to be closed.
Public transport will be allowed to run from 4 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) until midnight, while shops and malls will be closed by 9 p.m. and restaurants by 10 p.m.
The economic expert said the “Egyptian economy has lost 125 billion Egyptian pounds (7.74 billion United States dollars) of the GNP (Gross National Product) since the virus appeared in February,” adding that the growth rate, expected to reach 5.8 percent in the current fiscal year ending in June, has declined to less than 4 percent.
He also pointed to the sharp slump of foreign investments, and the decrease of tourism revenues and expatriates’ remittances driven by the country’s lockdown.
The state budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021, which is difficult to be changed based on the constitution, puts the government before challenges because it allocated high expenditures for education, health, and increase of salaries, according to the expert.
The government will be forced to raise the rate of borrowing or take strict austerity measures if the revenues from tourism and taxes could not cover the gape of expenditures, he added.
Whether the Egyptian economy could restore its level before the spread of coronavirus, it also depends on the international partners, he said, adding that the Egyptian decision to resume air traffic and international tourism wouldn’t be effective without other countries’ approval.
He further added that the return of international trade will positively impact the Suez Canal revenues, and the opening of activities in the Gulf countries would attract the Egyptian workers and increase Egyptians’ transactions abroad.
Magdy al-Dahshan, former deputy manager of Al-Azhar Medicine University, agreed that the recent government decisions are “good for gradually restoring the ordinary life.”
“Reopening of cafes, restaurants and entertainment centers at 25 percent could contain further increase of the infections,” al-Dahshan told Xinhua.
The number of infections is high now, but the virus seems to be going to stay for the time being and no country could afford to endure more economic losses, he said.
Gamal Esmat, consular to the World Health Organization, warns that the lifting of restrictions would possibly further increase the COVID-19 cases.
He said he would prefer the government to open activities in provinces with fewer cases, adding that though the death rate in Egypt is “moderate,” the spread of the virus has lasted for five months which is a long time.
Egypt reported 61,130 cases of COVID-19 and 2,533 deaths in the lastest update of the health ministry on Thursday.
Gov. Ortom inaugurates Benue Assembly Service Commission
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Tuesday inaugurated the State House of Assembly Service Commission.
Ortom, while inaugurating the commission in Makurdi said, it was to ensure smooth administration and running of the House including recruitment, promotion and discipline of staff.
He enjoined members to be guided by the extant laws governing the commission and also charged them to be committed, conscientious and patriotic in all their dealings with the staff and the public.
He thanked the lawmakers, particularly the Speaker, Mr Titus Uba for the expeditious approval of the commission members.
He listed members of the commission to include, Dr Sylvester Atachin as Chairman, Mr Benjamin Dowgo, while Mr Terseer Tsumba, Mr Avine Agbom and Mr Ezekiel Adaji will serve as members.
“As pioneers, you have the task of laying the foundation on which future the commission members would build.
“You have been appointed based on your previous experience, competence and adherence to the doctrine of fair representation.
“It is important to note too that your appointment is a four-year mandate, which may only be renewed once.
“Let me emphasise that the commission cannot afford to function as an island, but shall have a harmonious working relationship with the National Assembly Commission, the State Civil Service Commission and the leadership of the House among others for optimal results,”he said.
He expressed happiness that a milestone has been achieved during his tenure as governor of the state and under the leadership of Uba as speaker.
“It is my belief, therefore that the autonomy of the legislature is for administrative convenience and will not stop us from continuing to work together in harmony.
“As a matter of fact, it should accentuate the mutual respect and co-operation between the two arms of government for the overall good of Benue people and the nation,”he said.
Atachin thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the appointment and pledged members unflinching support for his administration.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)https://nnn.ng/gov-ortom-inaugurates-benue-assembly-service-commission/