The Secretary of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in Bassa LGA of Plateau State, Hon. Achigak Zachariah, has called on the state government to fix the deplorable road linking the 3rd Armored Division (Maxwell Kobe Cantonment) to the Bassa LGC secretariat in the state.
Achigak, who made the call yesterday while leading party supporters to fill the potholes in the road, said they were motivated to work on the road for the love of the people, adding that the road is key to the movement of goods. and the people of the area.
He noted that the PDP-led government under the supervision of Da Jonah Jang had awarded the contract for the construction of the highway and that the work lasted eight months before the APC government took over in 2015.
Achigak further said that when the APC under the supervision of Governor Simon Lalong took over, the road was abandoned, lamenting that nothing had been done to give it a facelift.
“We, as lovers of the town, consider it convenient to fill the bad parts of the road with sand to alleviate the suffering of road users. This shows that the PDP will actually come back to power in 2023,” he said.
Similarly, Br. Alex Kudu, former Buhit District Councillor, said that the PDP was passionate about the progress and development of the Bassa LGA, particularly the Kiche axis.
According to him, they have discovered that as a party, their nearly eight years out of government virtually denied them the opportunity to participate in the process that would have produced better leaders for the state and Bassa LGA.Credit: https://leadership.ng/pdp-tasks-plateau-govt-on-road-linking-bassa-lga-secretariat/
OLAMIDE FAMUWAGUN writes on how residents of the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area suffer the loss of loved ones due to the lack of manpower in Ibiade General Hospital, a facility expected to serve the entire council
What could have been a day of joy for 46-year-old Sodiq Barihu ended in tears as he lost his wife and firstborn to the cold hands of death.
With a sigh on his lips, dejection in his tone, Barihu would have never guessed that he would incur two losses in a day.
On August 15, 2022, the businessman had excitedly taken his pregnant wife, Stella to the Ibiade General Hospital but there had been no doctor around to attend to her.
While narrating the incident to our correspondent, Sodiq said his wife bled to death for the absence of quick response time.
He said, “My wife usually goes for antenatal at a government-approved maternity centre, Agbure but on that day she couldn’t go there because the maternity centre had not opened. I immediately rushed her to the Ibiade General Hospital relieved that she would deliver successfully there, however, there was no doctor around.
“They didn’t even admit us. One of the nurses there just referred us to Ijebu Ode. At that time, the baby was already out but my wife was bleeding. On our way to Ijebu General Hospital, I lost my baby and my wife.”
Barihu noted that the loss had made him unable to think of anything else, adding that the deaths caused issues for him with his deceased wife’s family.
He said, “The two doctors we have are coming from Ijebu Ode, they’re not coming from Ogun Waterside which makes it very difficult to respond to emergencies. These doctors don’t come regularly as well. The case passed through the Ogbere Area Command. The loss did not make me think of any other thing, there have been many issues between me and my wife’s family because of this. She wasn’t sick, it’s because the doctor wasn’t around.’’
The 46-year-old urged the government to provide more hands in the hospital to prevent cases such as his.
He said, “I urge the government to please provide qualified doctors that can be at Waterside permanently and not one who is part-time. To do this, they need more hands so that when there are cases that are critical such as this, they will be able to give quick response time.”
A council’s agony
The Ogun Waterside Local Government Area is located in Abigi town, Ogun State which is the only area on the Bight of Benin. It is mostly occupied by the Ijebus, Ilajes, and Ikales.
With a population of 126,200, the council is bounded in the West by Ijebu East Local Government, in the North and the East by Ondo State, and in the South by Lagos State and the Atlantic Ocean.
This local government occupies Southwest Ogun State and shares a boundary with Ijebu East Local Government Area. There are several villages in this local council development area.
The towns and villages in the LGA include Abigi, Agbede, Agbure, Agerige, Agilla, Agodo, Aiyede, Aiyesan, Ajegunle, Apata, Araromi Odo, Araromi Oke, Arokola, Ayetunmara, Bolorun Duro, Efire, Gbagi, Ibiade, Ibu, Igbafo, Ijebu Manuwa, Ilusin, Isekun, Ita Ogun, Ita Out, Itabaiye Itatufolu, Italugade, Itebu, Kesumeta, Leren, Logbosere, Logede, Lokula, Lomiro, Lukugbe, Makun, Moba, Oka, Okakota, Ologbu,Oruiye, Ranger,Sunbare, Tagbu Nrin, Tayoku, Tibada, Tigara, Tilagbe, Toga, Togunren, Toso, Urhobo, Yemoje, Zion, Iteju Elero, Lofoluwa, Logbosere, Momiro, More, Okebi, Ajegunle, Araromi, Araromi Obu, Arijan, Ayede, Ayila, Batedo, Edunola Igodankuda, Gbaragada Ibu, Idobilayo, Igbo Ala, Ijako, Ipakemore, Ajelanwa, Alo, Demolu, Ebute Oni, Idata Akila, Igele, Imeki, Itomosafeso, Iwopin, Lumuganran, Molofe, Molopope, Ologbun Orita, Omo, Olojumeta, Oni Shalu, Oribu, Oriegbe, Oriyanrin, Sumoge, Aba,Aba Olori, Abusoro, Agbala Irokun, Ago Ariye, Ajimo, Akede II, Awodikora Iganla, Awodikora Osa, Awodikora Seafu, Eba Igboedu,Ebute Okun, Ibodu, Igbo Edun, Irokun, Ito Aro, Itomowa-I Tolabase, Liyewu, Makun Omi, Mofere, Moha, Mosefejo, Obimilehin, Ode Omi, Okun Akede, Okun Awodikora, Okun Elufon,, Okun Igbosere, Okun Ilete, Olokun Olosumeta.
The Ibiade General Hospital is a public hospital located at Tosho Street, Ibiade, Ogun Waterside, Ogun Waterside Local Government, Ogun State. It was established on May 18, 1960.
The general hospital is a licensed hospital by the Nigeria Ministry of Health.
On our correspondent’s visit to the hospital, she observed that the hospital which was formally dilapidated had been refurbished in some parts while some areas remained bushy.
Only one doctor and three nurses were observed to be on duty while many patients were seen scattered around the hospital awaiting their turn to be treated.
A particular health worker was observed to be a helter-skelter because the shortage of workers had required him to take up many roles at once.
Many patients were also sighted lingering around the hospital premises with despondent looks on their faces, waiting to be attended to.
Our correspondent gathered that the general hospital was the only hospital in the council and is supposed to serve the entire LGA and its environs.
It was learnt that the doctors did not reside in the community but in Ijebu Ode which makes it even more difficult to meet up with medical emergencies as the journey from Ibiade where the hospital is located to Ijebu Ode is 1hr 19 minutes (80.5km).
So, the question lingers, can two doctors and three nurses suffice to cater to the medical emergencies of an entire LGA?
More woes, lamentations
With a vacant expression and a solemn look, a man recounts how his brother, Rasaq Shittu died.
Rasaq had suddenly developed hypertension in October 2022 and was rushed to the Ibiade General Hospital but there were no doctors to attend to him.
His brother said, “My brother is a welder, he works in the evening, around 7 pm. That day, we suddenly had to rush him to the hospital because he was suddenly unresponsive. We quickly rushed him to the Ibiade General Hospital but there were no doctors available. He was on oxygen when the nurse referred us to the Ijebu Ode General Hospital and we had to quickly take him there. On our way, my brother gave up.
“Although the matron of the hospital had attended to us well, if the doctors were around and he had gotten a quick medical response, my brother would have likely survived. The truth is that we need more doctors to prevent things like this.”
Other than the lack of manpower, our correspondent learnt that some residents of the LGA had lost their lives as a result of travelling for a long distance, sometimes by waterways to get to the Ibiade General Hospital.
In July 2019, Tayo Adeoti was about to give birth and was in pain, however, the traditional doctors in the area could not help her out of her situation at the time. Tayo had to be rushed to the Ibiade General hospital, which was a three-hour journey from Ode-Omi, where she resided and unfortunately, Tayo died on the way.
Her husband, Bashir lamented the lack of well-equipped health centres to attend to medical emergencies.
He said,” My wife and child would still be alive if we had good health facilities and enough medical practitioners. We need to travel over water to bigger towns to get better healthcare.”
While at the Ibiade General hospital, an elderly man, Gbenga Osikale, who had come for his checkup, approached our correspondent and lamented the lack of manpower in the hospital.
He said, “This hospital has been existing for a long time but the workers are not enough. We need more doctors and nurses because if there are no doctors and nurses, there will be no one to treat the patients when they are brought here.
“We plead with the government to please give us enough doctors and nurses. When you go to the Abigi Medical Centre, there are more workers than here and it’s not supposed to be so because this is a general hospital. We have tendered a lot of complaints but we are yet to see anything done.”
Osikale pointed at the many patients waiting outside to see the doctor, saying “Look at this now, many people are waiting.”
Our correspondent had approached the doctor present at the hospital and pressed for a comment on the matter but the doctor refused to comment.
A businessman in the Ibiade community, Salami Misibau, stated that the lack of manpower and quick response time had made many of the community residents especially pregnant women consult traditional/herbal doctors which were killing many of them.
He said, “We have complained severally to the government but there’s still nothing, because of this issue, many of our people visit Ile Alagbo (place of herbal medicine) but this has led to the death of some of our pregnant women.
“This is a town that has everything, we have a police post and over 10 private schools but it’s appalling that our only General Hospital lacks doctors. We need a doctor to live here so that the response time is faster and more effective.
“When there are critical issues, these patients are being referred to Ijebu Ode general hospital, and it’s laughable because our hospital here is even bigger than that of Ijebu Ode. We have a shortage of doctors. Normally when a patient is taken to the hospital, regardless of the hour, there is supposed to be a doctor on the ground but this is not so here. Even nurses cannot carry out any operation without a doctor.
“If anything happens at midnight today before the doctor says he’s coming from Ijebu Ode to see the patient, something must have happened to the patient. In the same way, if a patient is directly transferred to Ijebu Ode for treatment, no matter how fast the car is, more than an hour will still be spent on the road. The person could die within this period.
“We need doctors. Right now, we have just two doctors. They come and go. The junior doctor comes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while the senior doctor comes only on Tuesday. What we need at the least, is for a doctor to sleep or rest, as they come on those days.
“The senior doctor who did an operation last Thursday only came by luck. That day there were two operations pending and at that time the senior doctor was just coming back from Ondo state when he decided to stop by the hospital, it was by stopping by that he was able to perform the two surgeries.
“If he didn’t stop by, they would have had to call the junior doctor from Ijebu Ode to come for the surgery and who knows what would have happened within that time. The junior doctor lives in Ijebu Ode.”
A resident of Iwopin, Ahmed Owoseni noted that the hospital was not functioning well despite the renovations of government, adding that many had lost their lives because of this.
Efforts by our correspondent to speak to the Hospitals Chief Medical Director, Dr. Oluwatosin Durojaye proved abortive as he was not around the day our correspondent visited the hospital and the staff of the hospital had refused to give his contact to our correspondent.
Worrying healthcare statistics
A paper by Babatunde Jimoh and Oluwafemi Tinuola titled ‘An Assessment of Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction of Healthcare Professionals in Ogun State Hospitals, Nigeria’ revealed that the migration of healthcare professionals from the Ogun State Hospital Management Board to Tertiary Hospitals owned by the Federal Government within the State has become worrisome.
The paper partly read, “The migration of healthcare professionals from the Ogun State Hospital Management Board to Tertiary Hospitals owned by the Federal Government within the State has become worrisome. Surveys have shown that the number of healthcare professionals employed by the State’s HMB would decline by half within a year of their employment due to seeking greener pastures elsewhere.
“This has led to progressive staff attrition with resulting work overload and stress for the healthcare professionals left in the service that cannot efficiently and effectively deliver quality healthcare service to the populace. In addition, patients visiting the hospital on delay in accessing services have made several complaints, as they have to wait for long hours, cope with the attitude of overstretched healthcare professionals, lack of doctors on site, and many more, which could be attributed to acute shortage of human resources.”
According to the research, the Ogun State Hospital Management Board has under it five State Hospitals, five Dental Centres, four Community Mental Health Centres, and twenty-five General Hospitals with a total of 39 health facilities.
The Ogun state Medical and Health Statistics (2017) revealed only one general duty doctor with no other doctors for other specialisation at the Ibiade General Hospital.
Community leaders, experts speak
Commenting on the issue, the Alarige of Ibiade, Oba Bola Raimi, stated that the matter had been reported to the health board at Abeokuta but nothing had been done to placate the sufferings of the community residents.
He said, “This is a general hospital serving the entire Waterside, although, we have some health centres, there’s one at Abigi, another at Iwopin, and others, we have about three or four clinics and health centres however this is our current issue is the shortage of manpower at the General hospital.
“We have been reporting this matter to the health board at Abeokuta but nothing has been done. I reiterate that we need new hands, there’s a shortage of nurses also. The hospital has been repaired but there are so many things that need to be put in. We currently have two doctors there. One is currently on leave while the other is on the ground. We need more manpower, staff and more equipment.
Oba Raimi disclosed to our correspondent that one of the doctors was currently on leave while the other was attending a conference in Lagos state.
He said, “The doctors rotate every day in the week, presently one is on his annual leave. At times, the doctors are present and at times they’re absent. Since one is currently on leave, the second one is attending a conference in Lagos, so they’ve not been around since Wednesday. We need more manpower. There is a lot of medical equipment that is still needed in the hospital. The building is well constructed but these are the things we lack.”
The Chairman of the council, Mr. Adekunle Mudashiru, when contacted by our correspondent said he was not aware of the deaths that had occurred due to the hospital’s lack of manpower but the state government had done its best to renovate the hospital.
He said, “I am not aware of these deaths. This is the first time I am hearing about them however, I commiserate with those who have lost loved ones. That General Hospital had been abandoned for so many years but it was the regime of Governor Dapo Abiodun that came to the rescue of the hospital in terms of renovation and other things including the quarters of the doctors and the nurses.
“They have these quarters which they’re supposed to be living in so they don’t have to come from anywhere far.”
In his view, a medical practitioner, Dr. Adetayo Johnson of Caring Trust Medical Centre, stated that having enough doctors was crucial in saving the lives of patients.
He said, “What it takes to run a hospital has to be well specified and thorough because a hospital takes care of the lives of people. We have mobile emergency doctors who attend to patients in emergency, they are called mobile rescue units and they require a well-trained doctor on ground, especially cardiologists. Those are the ones who can sustain the breathing of the patients for a while. There is also a need for an emergency surgeon or a neurosurgeon.
“Doctors are never enough. No matter how you try, even if you employ 5,000 doctors in a hospital, they are never enough. This is because the problems of the patients surpass the doctors on the ground so the doctors need to be many. We have emergency doctors, casualty doctors, professional doctors, registrars, consultants, medical officers, and HO (House officers).”
Johnson noted that the country lacked the financial resources to cater to doctors and keep them efficient.
He said, “In Nigeria here, what we lack isn’t manpower but financial resources, the resources for us to get doctors. Doctors are not employed in Nigeria, when a doctor is looking for a job here, he has to sacrifice his life to look for that job. With the modus operandi here, in most cases the jobs aren’t being specified to the doctor, they want the doctor to cover the morning shift, afternoon shift, and night shifts.
“These doctors are human beings and not machines. It is unprofessional to assign such tedious jobs to a doctor, especially for just a meager salary. Also, appropriate accommodation is not provided and majority of the hospitals don’t have residential apartments inside the hospitals for the doctors. They have these quarters away from the hospital and this will keep affecting the efficiency of the doctors.”
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile, stated that the state had upgraded its health facilities and plans to have 236 wards in the state as part of its plans to prioritise health in the state.
He said, “It is quite unfortunate what you have just told me but I am not aware of it. I’ll tell my colleagues in the ministry of health to look into the matter. However, I can tell you that we have more nurses and doctors all over the state, including our primary health centres. We are trying to provide health services to our people in all our health facilities around the state.
“We are upgrading most of our hospitals, the primary and secondary health givers. There’s no way you can have 99 per cent personnel but we have recruited more health personnel in this administration than in the previous government. We are improving our hospitals by providing staff, drugs, and facilities. We plan to have about 236 wards in the state, we have over 100 now and we’re moving towards the target. These will not just be buildings but they will also be equipped with personnel, drugs, and other facilities. It’s a work in progress, we can’t achieve it overnight. These are the things left undone by the previous administration but this present administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun has given more health facilities to our people.
When contacted, the state Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Nafiu Aigoro, assured our correspondent that all hands would be on deck to solve the ongoing issue, adding that the current brain drain had caused a shortage of medical staff all over the world.
He said, “Hands are on deck to find those supposed to be on duty to carry out the necessary sanctions. Recently, the state government refurbished the hospital and there are available staff quarters for the doctors and nurses to stay.
“It’s no news that there is brain drain not only in Nigeria but the world generally. Every day, we have our health workers resign and we can’t hold them back. We have to make use of what we have.
“However, the government would be unhappy about the referral of patients to the Ijebu Ode General Hospitals because of the absence of doctors, because one of the visions of the state is to reduce the mortality rate in the state. I assure you that now that the report has gone to the headquarters, we’ll work on it.”
All efforts to speak to the state Commissioner of Health, Tomi Coker, proved abortive as she did not respond to calls and messages sent by our correspondent.Credit: https://punchng.com/manpower-shortage-in-ogun-hospital-sends-patients-to-early-grave/
Commercial banks in major cities in Nigeria have started paying out the newly redesigned naira notes to teller customers.
However, LEADERSHIP checks showed that the circulation of the new banknotes has been slow on the first day of many commercial bank branches in Lagos state, Abuja among others had not yet received the new banknotes, as yesterday.
This is despite assurances given to Nigerians by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele that the newly redesigned naira notes will be available for disbursement yesterday. However, few bank branches that had the new Naira notes only handed out a few. notes to clients Similarly, virtually all ATMs visited by our correspondents throughout Lagos State were still dispensing old banknotes, with the exception of those on Lagos Island and Victoria Island.
Staff from some banks who spoke to LEADERSHIP on the mainland in Lagos said their branches are expected to have the new notes by Monday as they have not yet received them.
In the Ikeja area of Lagos, the new banknotes had not yet been delivered at the window and were not in the ATMs either.
LEADERSHIP visited some branches of Sterling Bank, Zenith, Guaranty Trust Bank, First Bank, Wema Bank, Fidelity Bank, Access Bank and United Bank in the Ikeja hub and none of them had started distributing the new banknotes, either over the counter or through ATMs.
The same happened with the banks around the Ojota-Ogudu axis of the state. When LEADERSHIP visited Zenith Bank on Ogudu road, some of the customers were seen complaining about the old naira notes they had been given, considering the fact that the deadline for circulation of the old naira notes was drawing near.
One of the cashiers at Zenith Bank Plc, Ogudu branch, while addressing the aggrieved customers, said that the branch has not received the new naira note yet, adding that hopefully by next week they would have received theirs. . However, the cashier directed some of her customers to visit other branches, which probably have the new naira notes.
One of the customers, named Ms. Bisi, said that she came to the bank to deposit her old naira notes and get the new notes, but was disappointed when the teller said that the branch has not yet received the new naira notes.
“I was disappointed. This is the right time to switch to the new naira because for next year the crowd will be overwhelming due to the deadline. I am coming next week too, I wish they would have started playing the new note.” said.
A POS operator, Kayode Ogunwale, said: “I was in three different banks around Ifako Ijaye LGA in Lagos state today (yesterday), I didn't see the new banknotes. It is as if the new banknotes were few in circulation. But maybe starting next week, it will be available."
Similarly, ATMs and banks in and around the Tejuosho, Yaba and Ojuelegba area still dispense the old notes. In response to why, one of the security men manning the ATMs in the Tejuosho market said that the few new bills available have already been issued, noting that "for Friday or Saturday, I'm sure you can get the new banknotes by then".
However, at the head office of a bank on the island of Lagos, the ATM delivered the new banknotes. A customer who wishes to remain anonymous said: 'I received the new notes through the ATM.'
Last week, while visiting President Muhammadu Buhari, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele had assured that the new notes have been disbursed to the banks and they are expected to start delivering them to their customers. On Thursday of last week, Emefiele had said: “just yesterday, the new coin has already reached the banks and we hope that the banks will now start distributing those coins to their customers.”
Noting that the main bank is more than ready to transition from the old notes to the new ones within the stipulated period, he stated that “I said December 15 when we announced it. We said it will be when we issue the cash, but we have to move forward as the president released it on November 26 and yesterday the banks received the new cash and will start dispensing it.
“I can assure everyone that it will turn around, but let's remain calm and patient. Luckily the old coin is still legal tender until January 31, 2023. Both the painted and the unpainted ones will be legal tender and by January 31 the unpainted ones will not work for you.”
Bank customers had been told to deposit the old notes into their bank accounts. However, unlike previous methods of exchanging old notes for new ones, banks are not expected to make exchanges, but rather only pay over the counter for new notes when customers make withdrawals from their account.
Remember that CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said on October 26, 2022 that the main bank will issue redesigned N200, N500 and N1,000 notes, starting December 15, 2022, while new and existing currencies will remain legal tender and will circulate together until January 31, 2023.
Subsequently, President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the newly designed banknotes on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.Credit: https://leadership.ng/amid-slow-circulation-banks-begin-pay-out-of-new-naira-notes/
In his 2019 manifesto labeled "Phase 2: Master Plan 2019-2023," also known as the "Completion Agenda," Governor Udom Emmanuel outlined eight areas on which to focus his administration's efforts. They are based on industrialization, aviation development, rural and riverside development, agriculture, human capacity development, security, infrastructure, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
While delivering his inaugural address for the start of his second term, Emmanuel said: “One of the key drivers of the economy around the world is the provision of modern infrastructure facilities. We will pursue this policy with messianic zeal. In my first term, we were able to build more than 1,000 kilometers of highways across the state and open up the interior to the free flow of goods and services. We will surpass this achievement with an emphasis on commercially viable highways. We will continue to invest heavily in the electricity sector, aware of the importance of having a constant electricity supply in our industrialization agenda. We look forward to working towards having power for all in our Completion Agenda.” This article looks at how Udom has fulfilled his promises in terms of infrastructure development in the state.
According to the World Bank's February 2021 press release, “85 million Nigerians do not have access to the electricity grid. This represents 43% percent of the country's population and makes Nigeria the country with the largest energy access deficit in the world. The lack of reliable power is a major constraint for citizens and businesses, leading to annual economic losses estimated at $26.2 billion (₦10.1 trillion), which is equivalent to about 2 percent of GDP. According to the World Bank's Doing Business report 2020, Nigeria ranks 171 out of 190 countries in obtaining electricity and access to electricity is considered one of the main constraints for the private sector." This report underlines the importance of the role of the supply and the constant supply of electricity in the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
Rapid industrialization, improved living standards, sustainable economic growth, steadily declining unemployment rates, and poverty are the results that stem from consistent access to quality, reliable electricity. The administration headed by Udom Emmanuel is committed to improving the power supply in Akwa Ibom, hence the massive electrification projects he has undertaken.
Some of the outstanding projects are the construction of the 2 X 5 MVA, 3/11 KV Injection substation, on Avenida Edet Akpan, Uyo; the construction of a 2 X 15 MVA injection substation at Victor Attah International Airport, the construction of a 2 X 60 MVA 132/33 KV power substation at Ekim, Mkpat Enin. Likewise, the administration has carried out the rehabilitation of the facilities of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company in Etim Ekpo, Mkpat Enin, Ikot Ekene, Ikot Abasi Ekpu, the installation of a transmission substation of 1 X 60 MVA, 132/33 KV in Afaha Ube, Itam. In addition, it carried out the extension of the public power supply through a 33 KV dedicated line that extends from the Tropicana shopping center to the Victor Attah International Airport, the extension of the public power supply through a dedicated line of 33 KV to the Center for Control/Isolation of Infectious Diseases, Methodist Hospital, Ituk Mbang as well as the installation of public lighting in the state capital, Uyo.
Road infrastructure plays a crucial role in the economic development and growth of any society. Highways are like arteries through which the economy beats. By linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals, roads are vital to any development program. In addition, providing access to employment, social, health and education services makes a road network crucial in the fight against poverty. Highways open up more areas and stimulate economic and social development. For these reasons and many more, road infrastructure is one of the most important public goods of a government. This is a fact that Emmanuel understands, hence the importance he attaches to road infrastructure.
Road construction has been done on a massive scale in the administration. Some of the road projects include the completion of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dualized highway, the construction of the 6.4 km Nto Edino-Ekwere Azu highway with 2 bridges of 45 m span at Obot Akara LGA. In the same local government is the construction of the Nto Ide-Ikot Aruba bridge with an 80 m access road. One of the local residents had this to say about the project: “People lost their lives because of the bad bridge and road. People used to fall off the bridge. Access to the nearest hospital from Ubon Akwa and Abak Ukpom was not possible due to this bad bridge. The bridge was a threat to the people of Obot Akara, but now we are very hopeful that the construction of a new bridge for us will be successful. God will bless Governor Udom for this one act that he has performed today in Obot Akara.”
Another noteworthy road project in Ikono local government is the construction of 21.5 km of Ikot Anyan Ediene Ikot Ntia-Urua Nara-Ikot Nseyen Nkwot Nung Ukim Road with a 45 m beam bridge. Regarding this project, a local resident said: “This road was very bad. It was not capable of motoring. We had to find alternative routes and garbage trucks to get to other places. The importance of this new road is that the merchants in our community who were unable to travel to Ikot Ekpene will now be able to use this road to travel for their business. More development will be introduced to our community due to this new highway. Our Governor is a promise keeper. Not long ago he promised us this way, and now, he has come to manifest himself. May God bless our Governor."
The Emmanuel administration also completed the doubling of the 29 km Etinan-Ndon Eyo highway with bridges and spurs from Mbioto Ekpene Ituen to the Ikot Abasi Ishiet junction, doubling of the 23.4 km Etinan-Eket road, doubling of 19.5 km Eket-Ibeno Road Road, with bridges, dualization of 9.5 km Ring Road 3 (from Aka Road-Oron Road-Nwaniba Road with roundabouts), duplication of Ring Road 2 of 9.5 km 3.32 km (from Abak Road-Akan Road via Udo Udoma roundabout) and as the construction of the 14.1 km Odoro Ikpe/Ikot Nkon Obotme Arochukwu road with a 110 m span bridge located at the local government from Ini. Speaking about the immense impact of the project, a local resident said: “The Udom government has done well to build this road for us. We used to suffer with the bad way we had. It was very difficult for us to transport our agricultural products to the market. We carried bags of cassava on our heads and we walked down to the market because the road was not passable and we couldn't find motorcycles, so we walked from one place to another every day. But now, Governor Udom has given us a new path, and we are happy for the path that he has made for us, and now we can find cars and motorcycles that we can enter from one side of the market to the other.”
In addition, the administration has undertaken construction of 19 km Etebi-Enwang highway in Esit Eket and Mbo local governments, construction of 12 742 km Awa Iman-Asong-Ikot Edim-Ikot Emem highway in local governments of Onna and Mkpat Enin, the construction of a 19,317 km Anua-Mbak-Ishiet road, as well as the construction of the 15 km Ikot Akpan Afaha-Ikot Oku Usng road in Ukanafun local government and the expansion of Oron Road from Ring 3 to Victor Attah International Airport Road. Akwa Ibom State University has also been a beneficiary of administration with the construction of internal roads in and around its Obio Akpa campus. Also included is the completion of the State Secretariat Annex in Uyo (also known as the Dakkada Secretariat). Speaking about the impact of the project, Ms. Glory Essien, Head of Department of Labour, Ministry of Labor and Manpower Planning, said: “As back then, it was a den of thieves…a lot of bad things used to happen. In fact, people used to isolate this area completely because it was a dangerous area. But now, it's a beautiful place, now it's used by public officials. It is the good work of our dear Governor, His Excellency, Governor Gabriel Emmanuel Udom”.
The last seven years of the present administration have been one in which the government has consistently delivered the dividends of democracy. Just as the path of the just is like the bright light, shining brighter and brighter until the perfect day, the indigenous people of Akwa Ibom State can look forward to a better and brighter future in the final year of Emmanuel's administration.
The three senators from Ondo State have rejected the appointment of Charles Ogunmola by President Muhammadu Buhari as executive director of Projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The senators are Ajayi Boroffice, (Ondo Norte); Ayo Akinuelure (Ondo Sur) and Nicholas Tofowomo (Ondo Sur).
Mr. Ogunmola is on the list of 15 candidates sent by President Buhari to the Senate for confirmation as NDDC President, Managing Director, Executive Directors and Board members.
But the list has drawn criticism and petitions from some quarters in the oil and gas-rich region.
The Senate on Wednesday referred the selection of nominees to its Niger Delta Affairs Committee, which was asked to submit its report Tuesday for further legislative action.
But Ondo's three senators, in a November 8 letter to Senate President Ahmed Lawan, urged the Senate to respect the provisions of the NDDC Act of 2000 when considering the nominations.
“We write as distinguished senators representing the three senatorial districts of Ondo State to reject the nomination of Mr. Charles Ogunmola, as Executive Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Projects,” part of the letter read. .
“Our petition is based on the fact that the nomination of Mr. Charles Ogunmola does not comply with the provisions of Section 12(1) of the NDDC (Establishment) Act 2000.
“The aforementioned Law clearly establishes that the candidate for the position of Executive Director of NDDC Projects 'must be an indigenous person from the oil production area.' Mr. Charles Ogunmola is not an indigenous person from the oil-producing area of Ondo State.”
Earlier, a coalition of lawyers from the city of Ilaje in the Ilaje local government area of Ondo state, the Ilaje Lawyers Forum, had sent a petition to the Senate, calling for the rejection of Mr. Ogunmola's nomination for the same reasons. reasons.
“We are the sole body of all Ilaje removal lawyers of the Illaje Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State and we hereby write this petition as a representative, of the long-suffering citizens, of all those who produce LGA labeling,” the petition says. .
“We petition your noble office in protest against the arbitrary and illegal nomination of one Mr. Charles B. Ogunmola (“Mr. Ogunmola”) for the position of Executive Director, Projects (EDP) of the Delta Development Commission of Niger (NDDC) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pursuant to his letter to yourself dated October 21, 2022.
"Please refer to page 2 of the said letter where Mr. Ogunmola was listed as the No. 15 Nominee. We hereby appeal to your noble office to reject the confirmation of the said Mr. Ogunmola for the EDP position."
Lawmaker representing the federal Ilaje/Ese-Odo constituency, Kolade Akinjo, also urged the Senate to reject Ogunmola, saying it went against the law that established the commission.
The lawmaker said the nomination goes against “the letters of Section 12(1) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) (Establishment etc.) Act 2000 (hereinafter referred to as the NDDC Act). ) which states that:
“There will be for the Commission, a Director General and two Executive Directors who will be indigenous to oil-producing areas beginning with the Commission member states with the largest amount of oil production and will rotate among the member states in the order of production.”ALSO READ: Buhari nominates Lauretta Onochie as NDDC Board Chair
However, a contrary position was promoted by another group, the Ilaje National Alliance Movement, which urged the Senate not to succumb to “blackmail” by rejecting the candidate.
The group claimed that the president followed due process and did not violate any laws in nominating capable individuals to various positions on the NDDC board.
The statement signed by the group's chairman, Alex Omotehinse, and secretary, Oluwatobi Fagbemi, noted that those who were against Buhari's candidates were hell-bent on derailing the projected development of the current regime.
According to them, the president did not violate any section of the NDDC Act because the agency was not established to serve the interests of a particular ethnic group or people.Support PREMIUM TIMES journalism of integrity and credibility Good journalism costs a lot of money. However, only good journalism can guarantee the possibility of a good society, a responsible democracy and a transparent government. For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country, we ask that you consider making a modest support for this noble effort. By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to keep journalism relevant and ensuring that it remains free and available to everyone.
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The Niger State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, has intercepted two trucks loaded with shredded train slippers from the local government councils of Bosso and Paikoro state.
The trucks were stopped by the corps' anti-vandal squad following credible intelligence.
Niger state NSCDC commander Ahmed Mohammed Dandare made the revelation while addressing journalists in Minna about the successes recorded by the body under his leadership.
Dandare stated, “Following a tip, commando men arrested an articulated truck with registration number FGE 682 ZS Kano, loaded with railway slippers in Paiko at Paikoro State Local Government Council on Tuesday.”
He explained that one of the truckers, Ahmed Lawan, 25, from Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, said in his statement that he was offered the sum of one million naira to transport the items to Ilorin, Kwara.
According to the suspect, the sum of N100,000 had already been deposited in his account, while the balance of N900,000 will be paid upon delivery.
However, the commander said the suspect also claimed that the money paid to him was used to liquidate the locals who blocked the road and refused to allow the truck to leave their community.
Similarly, another truck with registration DTM 587 XA Katsina, fully loaded with railway shoes in the village of Garatu in Bosso LGA was intercepted but the driver abandoned the truck and went on the run.
“We will continue to maintain 24-hour surveillance at all local government facilities in the state of Niger. NSCDC Commanding General Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi has ordered state commanders to deal mercilessly with any individual or group who destroys public property,” Dandare said.
The big idea about Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) is that health services should not be a luxury, and everyone, everywhere, should receive the quality healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship.
To achieve this objective, Gombe State Governor, Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, recently commissioned the first primary healthcare (PHC) centre, Doma PHC, at Jekadafari ward, located in Gombe Local Government Area (LGA).
During the unveiling of the centre, the Governor said the construction of the PHC in the ward is in line with the nation’s and World Health Organization’s (WHO) priorities to ensure access to health care for all, particularly the poor, thus contributing to overall national productivity.
Present at the unveiling was the WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo.
Mr Yahaya said the provision of a functional health facility in the ward will facilitate easy access to health services for vulnerable people, improve immunization coverage, provide basic curative services, and maternal and child health services, as well as preventive services.
“We are intentional about providing a PHC in each ward across the state and will continue to collaborate effectively with WHO to ensure everyone, everywhere have access to healthcare services closer to their doorsteps,” he said.
The governor commended WHO for being a reliable partner to the state in delivering health care services to people across the state.
Applauding the state government for its efforts, Dr Mulombo said providing a PHC facility in the ward underscores WHO’s priorities on UHC because that is the way to ensure everyone has access to basic health services.
He said the WHO will continue to support the state to provide quality health care services to the people, especially those who are vulnerable.
According to WHO scaling up PHC interventions in Nigeria could save the lives of millions and increase average life expectancy by 3.7 years by 2030.
In Gombe state, WHO has supported the capacity building of 600 health care workers on health service delivery and outbreak response, and donated cholera kits to the state.
During the peak of malaria seasons, WHO provided prophylaxis drugs to 813 169 children between the ages of 3 and 59 months.
Meanwhile, Dr Mulombo, in an earlier visit to Biu, a town and LGA located in the southern part of Borno state, paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha.
During the meeting, Dr Mulombo highglihted the historic role that traditional leaders played in polio eradication and presently, efforts to improve immunization in the region.
Dr Mulombo briefed the Emir on how WHO supports the region to access quality health services by expanding the Biu General Hospital to offer healthcare services to the community.
“When diseases spread, they spread in the communities and individuals in such communities need the right to quality health services.
The expanded segment of the hospital will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to cater to thousands of people living in the community,” he said.
Given the level of influence of traditional and political leaders within the communities, WHO has been strategically engaging with them to achieve the 2023 Triple Billion Targets ‒ that is, 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.
The Emir applauded the WHO for its collaboration with Borno State Government to improve the quality of health services available to the people of his community.
“We will be more than happy to continue to strengthen our collaboration with WHO as the current partnership and ongoing project will not only improve the health of the people living in the locality but will also cater to individuals living in other neighboring LGAs and states as well,” he said.
WHO interventions in both states are conducted with funding from the government of Germany, the United States Agency for International Development, the Nigerian Humanitarian Funds, Bill and Melinda Gates, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, the European Union, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the government of Canada, and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, truck snatching, and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm.
The Command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov. 1 to 27.
Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits.
He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him.
According to him, on Nov. 16 at about 11:00 p.
m. police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area. “Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.
“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu,” he said.
The police spokesman said that acting on credible information, police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov. 24 at about 3.
m., arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka/Makurdi Highway, 9th Mile in Udi council area.
“Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti-Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported, were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended,” he said.
Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded.
The police spokesman said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Ammani, urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state.
“The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements,” he added.
Dr. Balarabe Shehu-Kakale, Member of the House of Representatives (PDP-Sokoto) said that he has attracted more than N1billion worth of federal projects to his constituency from 2020 to date.
Shehu-Kakale, who represents the federal Dange/Shuni-Bodinga-Tureta constituency, told the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja that he has also executed N300 million infrastructure and empowerment plans.
He said these included green fund projects worth more than N600 million which are currently running in the Tureta local government of the state.
According to him, the projects aim to combat perennial flooding and drowning in Lambar Tureta, Tureta Gari and Duma, as well as gully erosion in Loha and Tsamiya districts.
“The earthen dam at Lambar Tureta is also being dredged and widened to prevent it from overflowing and causing flooding,” he said.
Shehu-Kakale also said the government was building the 25 km Tureta-Danchadi Bodinga highway, saying it will benefit more than 12 mostly agrarian communities.
They include: Dankilo, Hausawa, Satiru, Alu-Dange, Kindiru, and Danchadi, among others.
The legislator further said that the project would improve security, boost access and production of food/livestock, and reinforce a large number of socioeconomic activities in the communities.
“It will also shorten distances to and from various communities in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, among others.
Shehu-Kakale said, “I must thank the Green Projects office and the Federal Ministry of Public Works for listening to our request and embarking on this project.
“The first 3 km phase has been paved and we are working hard to obtain additional funds to complete and pave the road.
Meanwhile, Shehu-Kakale also said that it had implemented personal empowerment projects worth more than N300 million within the period under review in 11 sets of empowerment programs.
In this direction, in one of those 11 programs carried out in the city of Dange on August 28, no less than 900 indigent voters benefited from a special empowerment plan called: “Sultan Muhammadu Bello Industrial Zone Development”.
According to him, 300 unemployed have benefited from the regime of each of the three local governments that make up the constituency.
Shehu-Kakale added that the items distributed included 42 motorcycles, 35 freezers, 40 sewing machines, fashion and beauty items, and women's sewing machines, among other things.
Others included plows for agriculture, 40 water pumping machines, 60 generator sets, improved seeds, inputs, and implements.
Similarly, other items distributed were welding machines, solar light poles for schools in Almajiri, the excavation of six wells, as well as the execution of various water and sanitation projects.
“These items were given as part of efforts to resurrect traditional cottage industries such as weaving, blacksmithing, sewing, carving, butchering, tie-dyeing, and more.
“'This was done in memory of the great Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Bello, who had an economic policy for the late Sokoto caliphate based on models of functional educational and craft industrial development,” Shehu-Kakale added.
Shehu-Kakale further listed projects to include a block of four classrooms each in Dange/Shuni and Bodinga local governments and a forthcoming one in Tureta LGA as part of efforts to complement government efforts in education financing.
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Traditional Ruler of Obudi Agwa in Oguta council area of Imo State, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor has been killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The assailants who raided the Eze’s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community’s vigilante group.
Imo Command spokesman, CSP Micheal Abattam, in a release confirming the incidence said, the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits.
The release reads, “sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta LGA of Imo State, on the 14/11/2022 at about 1230 hours, that, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor (fcin), the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams immediately, raced to the Eze’s Palace, where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums has fled the scene.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman, disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him.
The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace, sat down with them, in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides, and hurriedly fled the palace.
“On their way, they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group, shot one person and made away with three (3) motorcycles.
The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums.
Meanwhile, the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary, and the community fortified with enough police operatives.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+), who condemned the dastardly act, appealed for calm.
He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general, that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.