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  •  The Environmental Health Officer Registration Council of Nigeria EHORECON says it is committed to strengthening surveillance at various sensitive areas in the FCT to prevent the spread of coronavirus Dr Yakubu Baba the Registrar and Director Education and Training of EHORECON said this at a sensitisation and awareness creation on how to prevent CORVIC 19 on Wednesday in Abuja Baba said that the Minister of the Environment Mr Muhammad Mahmood gave the directive to the entire environmental health workforce to establish the environmental health surveillance in institutions risk He said that the EHORECON visited National Assembly Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF Head of Service and Federal Secretariat as the most sensitive areas in the FCT He said that EHORECON had established the surveillance and screening desk in all the departments in the ministry before the outbreak began So we need to scale up this surveillance to cover sensitive areas more especially now with the current situation that some of the senior officials are really affected with the disease It is pertinent to strengthen our surveillance it is also pertinent to really be on ground to see how we can contain the disease in the country We are going to scale up the screening we are extending to national assembly OSGF the presidential villa head of service and federal secretariat where it has most of the ministries The EHORECON is equally directed to also enforce the social distance protocol and make sure that the surveillance is establish in some areas in the FCT We have equally informed our members in Lagos State to start the same exercise because FCT and Lagos are the key states that are in the red zone We are going to extend this not only in the public places also in the household and in the entire communities to advocate and educate public how they can avoid Baba said that EHORECON supposed to be in the frontline adding that the ministry was providing all the logistic for the council to ensure effective service delivery He said that one of the responsibilities of the environmental health officer was to assess and monitor the isolation and the quarantine centres by ensuring that the environment was safe Edited By Grace Yussuf NAN
    Coronavirus: EHORECON strengthens surveillance in NASS, OSGF, Fed. Sec.
     The Environmental Health Officer Registration Council of Nigeria EHORECON says it is committed to strengthening surveillance at various sensitive areas in the FCT to prevent the spread of coronavirus Dr Yakubu Baba the Registrar and Director Education and Training of EHORECON said this at a sensitisation and awareness creation on how to prevent CORVIC 19 on Wednesday in Abuja Baba said that the Minister of the Environment Mr Muhammad Mahmood gave the directive to the entire environmental health workforce to establish the environmental health surveillance in institutions risk He said that the EHORECON visited National Assembly Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF Head of Service and Federal Secretariat as the most sensitive areas in the FCT He said that EHORECON had established the surveillance and screening desk in all the departments in the ministry before the outbreak began So we need to scale up this surveillance to cover sensitive areas more especially now with the current situation that some of the senior officials are really affected with the disease It is pertinent to strengthen our surveillance it is also pertinent to really be on ground to see how we can contain the disease in the country We are going to scale up the screening we are extending to national assembly OSGF the presidential villa head of service and federal secretariat where it has most of the ministries The EHORECON is equally directed to also enforce the social distance protocol and make sure that the surveillance is establish in some areas in the FCT We have equally informed our members in Lagos State to start the same exercise because FCT and Lagos are the key states that are in the red zone We are going to extend this not only in the public places also in the household and in the entire communities to advocate and educate public how they can avoid Baba said that EHORECON supposed to be in the frontline adding that the ministry was providing all the logistic for the council to ensure effective service delivery He said that one of the responsibilities of the environmental health officer was to assess and monitor the isolation and the quarantine centres by ensuring that the environment was safe Edited By Grace Yussuf NAN
    Coronavirus: EHORECON strengthens surveillance in NASS, OSGF, Fed. Sec.
    Environment3 years ago

    Coronavirus: EHORECON strengthens surveillance in NASS, OSGF, Fed. Sec.

    The Environmental Health Officer Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) says it is committed to strengthening surveillance at various sensitive areas in the FCT to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Dr Yakubu Baba, the Registrar and Director, Education and Training of EHORECON, said this at a sensitisation and awareness creation on how to prevent CORVIC-19 on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Baba said that the Minister of the Environment, Mr Muhammad Mahmood, gave the directive to the entire environmental health workforce to establish the environmental health surveillance in institutions risk.

    He said that the EHORECON visited National Assembly, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (OSGF) Head of Service and Federal Secretariat, as the most sensitive areas in the FCT.

    He said that EHORECON had established the surveillance and screening desk in all the departments in the ministry before the outbreak began.

    “So, we need to scale up this surveillance to cover sensitive areas more, especially now with the current situation that some of the senior officials are really affected with the disease.

    “It is pertinent to strengthen our surveillance; it is also pertinent to really be on ground to see how we can contain the disease in the country.

    “We are going to scale up the screening; we are extending to national assembly, OSGF, the presidential villa, head of service and federal secretariat, where it has most of the ministries.

    “The EHORECON is equally directed to also enforce the social distance protocol and make sure that the surveillance is establish in some areas in the FCT.

    “We have equally informed our members in Lagos State to start the same exercise because FCT and Lagos are the key states that are in the red zone.

    “We are going to extend this not only in the public places also in the household and in the entire communities to advocate and educate public how they can avoid.’’

    Baba said that EHORECON supposed to be in the frontline, adding that the ministry was providing all the logistic for the council to ensure effective service delivery.

    He said that one of the responsibilities of the environmental health officer was to assess and monitor the isolation and the quarantine centres by ensuring that the environment was safe.


    Edited By: Grace Yussuf
    (NAN)

  •  The Acting Director General National Boundary Commission NBC Mr Adamu Adaji has called on the governments of Imo and Rivers to promote peaceful coexistence among border communities to facilitate proper boundary demarcation Adaji made the call in his address of welcome during the Joint Meeting of Officials of NBC representatives from Imo and Rivers and other stakeholders in Abuja on Friday The meeting is intended to review the status of previous actions on the boundary and plan on the best way towards fast tracking the boundary definition process It is not surprising that since the creation of Rivers and Imo states disagreements among communities regarding the boundary were reported in some sectors The NBC first intervened on the boundary issue when a similar meeting was convened in Owerri in 2003 and another in Port Harcourt in 2011 But unfortunately then the two states were not ready I believe that the time is right now I urge the two states to accord the boundary definition priority attention so as to sustain the peaceful boundary regime among the border communities in the two states I pray that we discuss all the issues dispassionately with the sole aim of defining the inter state boundary as quickly as possible There is no doubt that the border communities of the two states have co existed side by side over the years and share so much in common Adaji said Also the Deputy Governor of Imo Prof Placid Njoku said boundary demarcation would put to rest problems arising from claims and counter claims of boundary limits oil wells and youth unrest among border communities According to Njoku the 10th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria produced by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation OSGF did not capture correctly the boundaries of Imo with Rivers The map reduced the extent of the land mass of Imo when compared with its true position on ground The 11th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria which ought to correct the anomaly still has some defects and did not capture the Imo Rivers case accurately as it really is on ground Some oil wells that were verified to be in Imo are being classified as straddled oil well such that the proceeds are shared 50 50 with Rivers This is an anomaly that has persisted since 2001 It is our believe that early and proper field tracing and demarcation of the boundary between the two states will cure the disputes and unnecessary conflicts between the border communities Njoku said Similarly Dep Gov Ipalibo Banigo of Rivers said the people of her state were desirous of peace with their Imo neighbours Banigo expressed the hope that the meeting would address the boundary issues between the two states I call on NBC and OSGF to be fair in addressing the issues We shall submit our position in due course I also appeal to NBC to fast track the modalities in addressing the boundary issues between the two states I pledge our support and commitment to NBC in its right of addressing the conflict 0between Imo and Rivers Banigo said The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting brought together officials of NBC OSGF and representatives from the two states Edited By Sam NAN Oditah Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    NBC urges Imo, Rivers to promote peace among border communities
     The Acting Director General National Boundary Commission NBC Mr Adamu Adaji has called on the governments of Imo and Rivers to promote peaceful coexistence among border communities to facilitate proper boundary demarcation Adaji made the call in his address of welcome during the Joint Meeting of Officials of NBC representatives from Imo and Rivers and other stakeholders in Abuja on Friday The meeting is intended to review the status of previous actions on the boundary and plan on the best way towards fast tracking the boundary definition process It is not surprising that since the creation of Rivers and Imo states disagreements among communities regarding the boundary were reported in some sectors The NBC first intervened on the boundary issue when a similar meeting was convened in Owerri in 2003 and another in Port Harcourt in 2011 But unfortunately then the two states were not ready I believe that the time is right now I urge the two states to accord the boundary definition priority attention so as to sustain the peaceful boundary regime among the border communities in the two states I pray that we discuss all the issues dispassionately with the sole aim of defining the inter state boundary as quickly as possible There is no doubt that the border communities of the two states have co existed side by side over the years and share so much in common Adaji said Also the Deputy Governor of Imo Prof Placid Njoku said boundary demarcation would put to rest problems arising from claims and counter claims of boundary limits oil wells and youth unrest among border communities According to Njoku the 10th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria produced by the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation OSGF did not capture correctly the boundaries of Imo with Rivers The map reduced the extent of the land mass of Imo when compared with its true position on ground The 11th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria which ought to correct the anomaly still has some defects and did not capture the Imo Rivers case accurately as it really is on ground Some oil wells that were verified to be in Imo are being classified as straddled oil well such that the proceeds are shared 50 50 with Rivers This is an anomaly that has persisted since 2001 It is our believe that early and proper field tracing and demarcation of the boundary between the two states will cure the disputes and unnecessary conflicts between the border communities Njoku said Similarly Dep Gov Ipalibo Banigo of Rivers said the people of her state were desirous of peace with their Imo neighbours Banigo expressed the hope that the meeting would address the boundary issues between the two states I call on NBC and OSGF to be fair in addressing the issues We shall submit our position in due course I also appeal to NBC to fast track the modalities in addressing the boundary issues between the two states I pledge our support and commitment to NBC in its right of addressing the conflict 0between Imo and Rivers Banigo said The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting brought together officials of NBC OSGF and representatives from the two states Edited By Sam NAN Oditah Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    NBC urges Imo, Rivers to promote peace among border communities
    General news3 years ago

    NBC urges Imo, Rivers to promote peace among border communities

    The Acting Director-General, National Boundary Commission (NBC), Mr Adamu Adaji, has called on the governments of Imo and Rivers to promote peaceful coexistence among border communities to facilitate proper boundary demarcation.

    Adaji made the call in his address of welcome during the Joint Meeting of Officials of NBC representatives from Imo and Rivers and other stakeholders in Abuja, on Friday.

    “The meeting is intended to review the status of previous actions on the boundary and plan on the best way towards fast tracking the boundary definition process.

    “It is not surprising that since the creation of Rivers and Imo states, disagreements among communities regarding the boundary, were reported in some sectors.

    “The NBC first intervened on the boundary issue when a similar meeting was convened in Owerri in 2003 and another in Port Harcourt in 2011.

    “But unfortunately then, the two states were not ready. I believe that the time is right now.

    “I urge the two states to accord the boundary definition priority attention so as to sustain the peaceful boundary regime among the border communities in the two states.

    “I pray that we discuss all the issues dispassionately with the sole aim of defining the inter-state boundary as quickly as possible.

    “There is no doubt that the border communities of the two states have co-existed side by side over the years and share so much in common,” Adaji said.

    Also, the Deputy Governor of Imo, Prof. Placid Njoku, said boundary demarcation would put to rest, problems arising from claims and counter-claims of boundary limits, oil wells and youth unrest among border communities.

    According to Njoku, the 10th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria produced by the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation (OSGF), did not capture correctly the boundaries of Imo with Rivers.

    “The map reduced the extent of the land mass of Imo, when compared with its true position on ground.

    “The 11th Edition of the Administrative Map of Nigeria, which ought to correct the anomaly, still has some defects and did not capture the Imo/Rivers case accurately as it really is on ground.

    “Some oil wells that were verified to be in Imo are being classified as `straddled oil well’, such that the proceeds are shared 50-50 with Rivers. This is an anomaly that has persisted since 2001.

    “It is our believe that early and proper field tracing and demarcation of the boundary between the two states will cure the disputes and unnecessary conflicts between the border communities,” Njoku said.

    Similarly, Dep. Gov. Ipalibo Banigo of Rivers, said the people of her state were desirous of peace with their Imo neighbours.

    Banigo expressed the hope that the meeting would address the boundary issues between the two states.

    “I call on NBC and OSGF to be fair in addressing the issues. We shall submit our position in due course.

    “I also appeal to NBC to fast track the modalities in addressing the boundary issues between the two states.

    “I pledge our support and commitment to NBC in its right of addressing the conflict 0between Imo and Rivers,” Banigo said.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the meeting brought together officials of NBC, OSGF and representatives from the two states.


    Edited By: Sam
    (NAN)  Oditah/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

  •  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC counsel in the ongoing trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Babachir Lawal in an FCT High Court on Tuesday expressed frustration over attitude of witnesses from the Office of the SGFLawal is facing trial alongside six others in an alleged N544 1 million grass cutting scandal He was arriagned alongside his brother Hamidu Lawal who is a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited Also an employee of the company Sulaiman Abubakar and the Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited Apeh John Monday are being prosecuted by EFCC They are charged on a 10 count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud The six defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them The EFCC counsel Ofem Uket made this known after leading Aminu Muhammed a Principal Procurement Officer in the OSGF in evidence The witness testified as the fourth prosecution witness PW4 in the case According to him 80 per cent of the witnesses called by the anti corruption commission so far were from the OSGF adding that he knew what he was facing from them Over 80 per cent of the witnesses I bring to court are all coming from OSGF Uket stated He told the court that the case was adjourned until Feb 19 at the instance of the witness I called him last week he said he was in his village I called him yesterday in the presence of the IPO and he said he was in Bauchi The IPO told him that he IPO had a tracker which showed that he witness was in Abuja It was then he admitted that he was in Abuja I only saw him today Uket told the court Justice Jude Okeke however stated that the court had nothing to say to the complaints raised by the prosecutor because he prosecutor knows what to do in that instance Justice Okeke adjourned the matter until April 8 Earlier the witness told the court that he was a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Presidential Initiative on North East PINE According to him after evaluating the bids submitted by companies bidding for projects by PINE including Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited his committee sent reports to the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP and the Ministerial Tender Board in the OSGF He stated that the technical reports sent by his committee was for approval by the Ministerial Tender Board MTB adding that where any irregularities occurred the reports would be sent back to PINE for correction They checked the report and approve or send it back to PINE when the report is approved the company gets the contracts he stated The contracts the witness said were awarded by PINE Members of the MTB according to the PW4 were permanent secretaries or their representatives Directors of Legal Finance Procurement Internal Audit and Press in the OSGF Muhammed stated that he was the person who signed the letters of award of contracts to both Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited He added that it was not the MTB in the OSGF that allowed him or the PINE secretary to issue letters of award of contract The PW4 further stated that about 108 companies including the fifth and sixth defendants bidded for different projects from PINE However while being cross examined by counsels for the defendants including Chief Akin Olujimi SAN and Solomon Ameh SAN counsel for Babachir and Hamidu respectively the witness stated that nine of the defendants played any roles in the procurement processes conducted by PINE Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    EFCC says witnesses from OSGF frustrating case against ex-SGF’s
     Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC counsel in the ongoing trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Babachir Lawal in an FCT High Court on Tuesday expressed frustration over attitude of witnesses from the Office of the SGFLawal is facing trial alongside six others in an alleged N544 1 million grass cutting scandal He was arriagned alongside his brother Hamidu Lawal who is a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited Also an employee of the company Sulaiman Abubakar and the Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited Apeh John Monday are being prosecuted by EFCC They are charged on a 10 count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud The six defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them The EFCC counsel Ofem Uket made this known after leading Aminu Muhammed a Principal Procurement Officer in the OSGF in evidence The witness testified as the fourth prosecution witness PW4 in the case According to him 80 per cent of the witnesses called by the anti corruption commission so far were from the OSGF adding that he knew what he was facing from them Over 80 per cent of the witnesses I bring to court are all coming from OSGF Uket stated He told the court that the case was adjourned until Feb 19 at the instance of the witness I called him last week he said he was in his village I called him yesterday in the presence of the IPO and he said he was in Bauchi The IPO told him that he IPO had a tracker which showed that he witness was in Abuja It was then he admitted that he was in Abuja I only saw him today Uket told the court Justice Jude Okeke however stated that the court had nothing to say to the complaints raised by the prosecutor because he prosecutor knows what to do in that instance Justice Okeke adjourned the matter until April 8 Earlier the witness told the court that he was a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Presidential Initiative on North East PINE According to him after evaluating the bids submitted by companies bidding for projects by PINE including Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited his committee sent reports to the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP and the Ministerial Tender Board in the OSGF He stated that the technical reports sent by his committee was for approval by the Ministerial Tender Board MTB adding that where any irregularities occurred the reports would be sent back to PINE for correction They checked the report and approve or send it back to PINE when the report is approved the company gets the contracts he stated The contracts the witness said were awarded by PINE Members of the MTB according to the PW4 were permanent secretaries or their representatives Directors of Legal Finance Procurement Internal Audit and Press in the OSGF Muhammed stated that he was the person who signed the letters of award of contracts to both Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited He added that it was not the MTB in the OSGF that allowed him or the PINE secretary to issue letters of award of contract The PW4 further stated that about 108 companies including the fifth and sixth defendants bidded for different projects from PINE However while being cross examined by counsels for the defendants including Chief Akin Olujimi SAN and Solomon Ameh SAN counsel for Babachir and Hamidu respectively the witness stated that nine of the defendants played any roles in the procurement processes conducted by PINE Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    EFCC says witnesses from OSGF frustrating case against ex-SGF’s
    Judiciary3 years ago

    EFCC says witnesses from OSGF frustrating case against ex-SGF’s

    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel in the ongoing trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),  Babachir Lawal, in an FCT High Court on Tuesday, expressed frustration over attitude of witnesses from the Office of the SGF

    Lawal is facing trial alongside six others in an alleged N544.1 million grass-cutting scandal.

    He was arriagned alongside , his brother, Hamidu Lawal, who is a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited.

    Also,  an employee of the company, Sulaiman Abubakar and the Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited, Apeh John Monday, are being prosecuted by EFCC.

    They are charged on a 10-count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud.

    The six defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

    The EFCC counsel, Ofem Uket, made this known after leading Aminu Muhammed, a Principal Procurement Officer in the OSGF, in evidence.

    The witness  testified as the fourth prosecution witness (PW4) in the case.

    According to him, 80 per cent of the witnesses called by the anti corruption commission so far were from the OSGF, adding that he knew what he was facing from them.

    “Over 80 per cent of the witnesses I bring to court, are all coming from OSGF,” Uket stated.

    He told the court that the case was adjourned until Feb. 19 at the instance of the witness.

    “I called him last week, he said he was in his village. I called him yesterday in the presence of the IPO  and he said he was in Bauchi.

    “The IPO told him that he (IPO) had a tracker which showed that he (witness) was in Abuja.

    ” It was then he admitted that he was in Abuja. I only saw him today,” Uket told the court.

    Justice Jude Okeke, however, stated that the court had nothing to say to the complaints raised by the prosecutor because he (prosecutor) knows what to do in that instance.

    Justice Okeke adjourned the matter until April 8.

    Earlier, the witness told the court that he was a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE).

    According to him, after evaluating the bids submitted by companies bidding for projects by PINE, including Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited, his committee sent reports to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the Ministerial Tender Board in the OSGF.

    He stated that the technical reports sent by his committee was for approval by the Ministerial Tender Board (MTB), adding that where any irregularities occurred the reports would be sent back to PINE for correction.

    “They checked the report and approve or send it back to PINE, when the report is approved, the company gets the contracts,” he stated.

    The contracts, the witness said , were awarded by PINE.

    Members of the MTB, according to the PW4, were permanent secretaries or their representatives, Directors of Legal, Finance, Procurement, Internal Audit and Press in the OSGF.

    Muhammed stated that he was the person who signed the letters of award of contracts to both Rholavision Engineering Limuted and Josmon Technoligies Limited.

    He added that it was not the MTB in the OSGF that allowed him or the PINE secretary to issue letters of award of contract.

    The PW4 further stated that about 108 companies including the fifth and sixth defendants, bidded for different projects from PINE.

    However, while being cross-examined by counsels for the defendants, including Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, and Solomon Ameh SAN, counsel for Babachir and Hamidu respectively, the witness stated that nine of the defendants played any roles in the procurement processes conducted by PINE.  


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  Dr Ogbonnaya Onu Minister of Science Technology and Innovation on Friday inaugurated the Flood and Erosion Control Project at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital AE FETHA in Ebonyi Inaugurating the project the minister said the project was part of the Federal Government s interventions in the health sector aimed at improving infrastructure at the nation s hospitals for enhanced service delivery Onu said that the project was designed to check the menace of flooding and erosion threatening the hospital and its environ The project was executed by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office EFO Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF He noted that the project had reclaimed over 100 hectares of hospital land lost to flooding adding that the reclaimed portions had been converted to useful purposes He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the intervention project saying that the gesture was a further demonstration of the president s love not only for Ebonyi state but the entire South East zone The Federal Government is committed to addressing problems militating efficient service delivery in the nation s health sector This project is one of the 11Federal Government s ecological intervention projects for third quarter of 2018 approved by Mr President and awarded by the Ecological Fund Tenders Board in Feb 2019 The project intervention is expected to check flooding and gully erosion menace in the teaching hospital and its environ The age long problem of gully erosion in this part of the country cannot be overemphasised and I have no doubts in my mind that this intervention will bring a huge relief to this hospital that has been stressed by ecological challenges This is a giant stride which we believe will help improve environmental aesthetics of the hospital reduce the danger to lives caused by gully erosion and persistent flooding in the hospital Onu said He said that infrastructures in the hospital including medical equipment were being upgraded to meet international standard The minister urged the hospital community to maintain the project by avoiding dumping of refuse in the drainages to check blocking of the water channels Earlier Mrs Habiba Lawal Permenant Secretary Ecological Fund Office said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to her office by the hospital management Lawal represented by Mr Ben Ani a director in the office noted that the intervention was aimed at arresting continuous flooding and erosion menace She said it would stem further environmental degradation and loss of lives and property within the hospital community Lawal commended the contractor and project consultant for adhering to contract specifications and timely delivery of the project The timely completion of this project was made possible through the efforts of the project contractor and consultant who worked hard to ensure minimum loss of time in the project implementation schedule The efforts were also complimented by very close monitoring and prompt honouring of all contractual obligations by the EFO she said Dr Emeka Ogah Chief Medical Director CMD of the hospital said that the intervention had brought respite to the hospital threatened by gully erosion and flooding He said that the hospital had qualified doctors and specialists in bone transplant and eye treatment The hospital parades the best in the medical profession and receives patients from other African countries including Cameroon Ghana and from different parts of Nigeria who come for treatment of various ailments Ogah said Edited by Isaac Ukpoju Maureen Atuonwu
    Onu inaugurates Erosion Control Project in Ebonyi
     Dr Ogbonnaya Onu Minister of Science Technology and Innovation on Friday inaugurated the Flood and Erosion Control Project at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital AE FETHA in Ebonyi Inaugurating the project the minister said the project was part of the Federal Government s interventions in the health sector aimed at improving infrastructure at the nation s hospitals for enhanced service delivery Onu said that the project was designed to check the menace of flooding and erosion threatening the hospital and its environ The project was executed by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office EFO Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF He noted that the project had reclaimed over 100 hectares of hospital land lost to flooding adding that the reclaimed portions had been converted to useful purposes He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the intervention project saying that the gesture was a further demonstration of the president s love not only for Ebonyi state but the entire South East zone The Federal Government is committed to addressing problems militating efficient service delivery in the nation s health sector This project is one of the 11Federal Government s ecological intervention projects for third quarter of 2018 approved by Mr President and awarded by the Ecological Fund Tenders Board in Feb 2019 The project intervention is expected to check flooding and gully erosion menace in the teaching hospital and its environ The age long problem of gully erosion in this part of the country cannot be overemphasised and I have no doubts in my mind that this intervention will bring a huge relief to this hospital that has been stressed by ecological challenges This is a giant stride which we believe will help improve environmental aesthetics of the hospital reduce the danger to lives caused by gully erosion and persistent flooding in the hospital Onu said He said that infrastructures in the hospital including medical equipment were being upgraded to meet international standard The minister urged the hospital community to maintain the project by avoiding dumping of refuse in the drainages to check blocking of the water channels Earlier Mrs Habiba Lawal Permenant Secretary Ecological Fund Office said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to her office by the hospital management Lawal represented by Mr Ben Ani a director in the office noted that the intervention was aimed at arresting continuous flooding and erosion menace She said it would stem further environmental degradation and loss of lives and property within the hospital community Lawal commended the contractor and project consultant for adhering to contract specifications and timely delivery of the project The timely completion of this project was made possible through the efforts of the project contractor and consultant who worked hard to ensure minimum loss of time in the project implementation schedule The efforts were also complimented by very close monitoring and prompt honouring of all contractual obligations by the EFO she said Dr Emeka Ogah Chief Medical Director CMD of the hospital said that the intervention had brought respite to the hospital threatened by gully erosion and flooding He said that the hospital had qualified doctors and specialists in bone transplant and eye treatment The hospital parades the best in the medical profession and receives patients from other African countries including Cameroon Ghana and from different parts of Nigeria who come for treatment of various ailments Ogah said Edited by Isaac Ukpoju Maureen Atuonwu
    Onu inaugurates Erosion Control Project in Ebonyi
    Health3 years ago

    Onu inaugurates Erosion Control Project in Ebonyi

    Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation on Friday inaugurated the Flood and Erosion Control Project at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital (AE-FETHA) in Ebonyi.

    Inaugurating the project, the minister said the project was part of the Federal Government’s interventions in the health sector aimed at improving infrastructure at the nation’s hospitals for enhanced service delivery.

    Onu said that the project was designed to check the menace of flooding and erosion threatening the hospital and its environ.

    The project was executed by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

    He noted that the project had reclaimed over 100 hectares of hospital land lost to flooding, adding that the reclaimed portions had been converted to useful purposes.

    He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the intervention project, saying that the gesture was a further demonstration of the president’s love not only for Ebonyi state, but the entire South-East zone.

    “The Federal Government is committed to addressing problems militating efficient service delivery in the nation’s health sector.

    “This project is one of the 11Federal Government’s ecological intervention projects for third quarter of 2018 approved by Mr President and awarded by the Ecological Fund Tenders Board in Feb 2019.

    “The project intervention is expected to check flooding and gully erosion menace in the teaching hospital and its environ.

    “The age long problem of gully erosion in this part of the country cannot be overemphasised and I have no doubts in my mind that this intervention will bring a huge relief to this hospital that has been stressed by ecological challenges.

    “This is a giant stride, which we believe will help improve environmental aesthetics of the hospital, reduce the danger to lives caused by gully erosion and persistent flooding in the hospital,” Onu said.

    He said that infrastructures in the hospital, including medical equipment were being upgraded to meet international standard.

    The minister urged the hospital community to maintain the project by avoiding dumping of refuse in the drainages to check blocking of the water channels.

    Earlier, Mrs Habiba Lawal, Permenant Secretary, Ecological Fund Office said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to her office by the hospital management.

    Lawal represented by Mr Ben Ani, a director in the office noted that the intervention was aimed at arresting continuous flooding and erosion menace.

    She said it would stem further environmental degradation and loss of lives and property within the hospital community.

    Lawal commended the contractor and project consultant for adhering to contract specifications and timely delivery of the project.

    “The timely completion of this project was made possible through the efforts of the project contractor and consultant who worked hard to ensure minimum loss of time in the project implementation schedule.

    “The efforts were also complimented by very close monitoring and prompt honouring of all contractual obligations by the EFO,” she said.

    Dr Emeka Ogah, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital said that the intervention had brought respite to the hospital threatened by gully erosion and flooding.

    He said that the hospital had qualified doctors and specialists in bone transplant and eye treatment.

    “The hospital parades the best in the medical profession and receives patients from other African countries including Cameroon, Ghana and from different parts of Nigeria, who come for treatment of various ailments,” Ogah said.

    Edited by: Isaac Ukpoju/Maureen Atuonwu

     

     

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