Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has cautioned the 2019 intending Christian pilgrims , from the state, against absconding and engaging in commercial activities during the pilgrimage in the holy land.
Obaseki, who gave the caution at a one-day Orientation/Retreat held for the intending Pilgrims on Thursday in Benin, also urged them to be good Ambassadors of the state and Nigeria at large.
The governor was represented by Ms Itohan Bazuaye, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youths and Special Duties.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the orientation/retreat, organised by the state Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, has as theme: ‘’Pilgrimage: A tool for Moral Transformation and Spiritual Rebirth.’’
The governor said that the essence of the orientation was to physically and spiritually prepare the intending pilgrims for the journey to the holy land.
He said that the theme of the retreat was apt and timely, adding that the nation needed transformation and rebirth.
“Our poor value system and attitude must change. If we must succeed, then, every Nigerian and particularly believers who have visited the Holy Land must take their rightful position as transformation builders, ‘’he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Edo Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Oyonnude Kure, said the retreat was aimed at correcting all wrong impressions concerning pilgrimage.
“It is not for tourism and not for business. It is to fulfill God’s injunction, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, whose heart is set on pilgrimage (Psalm 84:5), “he said.
He thanked the state governor for providing the needed finances, logistics and medical team to ensure a successful 2019 pilgrimage.
An intending pilgrim, Prof. Jacob Unuigbe, said the retreat was a welcome idea, adding that it had exposed participants to the benefits of pilgrimage and ways to conduct themselves in the holy land.
“I want to specifically thank the state government for organising this retreat, it has exposed us to the type of journey we will be embarking on.
He expressed optimism that none of the intending pilgrims would abscond during the pilgrimage, adding that intending pilgrims had been thoroughly screened for them to participate in the exercise.
Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Dada Ahmed
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/
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Gov. Ugwuanyi orders overhauling of Agbani General Hospital
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday ordered the total overhauling of facilities in the General Hospital, Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the order when he inspected the new structure at the hospital and the state of facilities existing in the hospital.
The governor said that his administration would deploy the essential materials and manpower to ensure the full operation of the facility.
He said the action was in line with his administration’s resolve to upgrade health facilities in the state for the well being of the people.
Ugwuanyi also inspected the reconstruction of the Colliery Hospital, Enugu, and construction of new structures at the hospital, now designated as an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre.
It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi administration last week, awarded multiple contracts for construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.
The contracts include new Primary Health Care Centres in seven LGAs, rehabilitation of 34 health facilities across the 17 LGAs, upgrade and rehabilitation of General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike and Nsukka District Hospital, among others.
Present during the inspection in Agbani were member representing Nkanu East, West federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Nnolim Nnaji, and the member representing Nkanu West in the State House of Assembly, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu.
Others included the Nkanu West LGA Chairman, Chief Nwabueze Nnamani, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, among others.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
‘I welcome constructive advice’ – Gov. Fintiri
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa says his doors are always open for constructive advice that will move the state forward.
Fintiri declared this at the inauguration of members of Adamawa State Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Adamawa State Local Government Service Board and Adamawa State Pension Board on Monday in Yola.
The governor reiterated that his administration was transparent and all inclusive for the development of the state.
“My doors are always open and you are free to approach me for meaningful advice that will move our dear state forward.
“For you, the newly inaugurated Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commissions, I challenge you to initiate reforms and policies that will promote accountability and discipline in the state service sector,” Fintiri said.
He urged the appointees to bring out their best to resharpen relevant reforms in their various offices for the benefit of the service and greater Adamawa.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, the Chairman, Local Government Service Board, Mr Piton Power, assured the governor of their unshaken support and loyalty.
“We assure you that we are going to discharge the duties reposed on us diligently and with distinction,” Power said.
He thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve the people of the state and pledged to bring enormous changes that would move the state forward. (NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)https://nnn.ng/i-welcome-constructive-advice-gov-fintiri/