Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has directed that all healthcare facilities in the 27 local council areas of the state be fixed before December 15.
This was contained in a release, signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to reporters in Owerri on Tuesday.
The governor gave the mandate when he met with the interim caretaker committee chairmen of local government areas at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
Mr Uzodinma, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Barth Okorochukwu, charged the chairmen to take the directive seriously and act immediately.
He expressed concern over the health of Imo residents, especially those in the rural areas, noting that primary healthcare centres must be made to function for accessible healthcare services.
“The IMC chairmen and the health officers will be involved in the supervision and monitoring of the projects, ensuring that they facilitate the work to beat the timeline.
“This is targeted at actualising our vision of Imo having access to healthcare delivery services which is in compliance with the World Health Organisation mandate,” he said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Finance, Doris Anite-Uzoka, said the essence of the meeting was to usher in the first phase of the implementation of the rehabilitation of primary health centres.
She said after this phase, another phase involving the general hospitals would start as both arms of healthcare facilities would be expected to function simultaneously.
Also, the Executive Secretary, Imo State Primary Healthcare Agency, Maryjonnes Uzoma, thanked the governor for embarking on the rehabilitation of primary healthcare centres in the state.
According to her, it will be a landmark achievement for the government and people of Imo.
Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Chidi Okechukwu, from Ehime Mbano, commended the efforts of the governor.
He said the decision would enable rural dwellers to have access to quality healthcare delivery in the state.
JUST IN: Former Supreme Court Judge Babalakin dies at 94
Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin, an influential judge, who retired as a Supreme Court justice, has died at the age of 94.
Mr Babalakin, the father of billionaire businessman and lawyer, Wale Babalakin, who was called to the London Bar in the late 1950s, died on Saturday morning.
Prayers will be held for him today at his hometown of Gbongan in Osun State.
Woman arrested for burning husband’s mistress to death in Ogun
The Ogun State Police Command has detained one Kehinde Wasiu, 32, for allegedly setting fire to her husband’s 23-year-old mistress Tosin Olugbade.
According to a statement signed by DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the spokesperson for the Ogun Police Command said that: “The suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Onipanu Divisional Headquarters, Ota, by the husband of the deceased Fatai Olugbade who reported on the 22nd of November that sometime in August 2021, he accused his wife of having extramarital affairs with one Ismail Wasiu.”
“He said that his wife packed out of his house and moved to the house of Ismail Wasiu her concubine.
“He stated further that on the 14th of November 2021, he learnt that Ismail Wasiu’s wife had an argument with his wife, and the said Wasiu’s wife poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.”
According to the police public relations officer, the deceased’s family members rushed her to the hospital, but she later died while receiving treatment.
“Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Onipanu Division, CSP Bamidele job, quickly mobilized his men and moved to the scene where the husband of Kehinde who had asked his wife to run away was arrested,” the spokesperson said.
The case was then handed over to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department’s homicide section for further investigation.
“The Chief Superintendent of Police, Femi Olabode, led homicide team embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led to the apprehension of the suspect Kehinde Abdul Wasiu at Saki area of Oyo State,” the statement explained.
He claimed that the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation but claimed that she had no idea what had happened to her on that fateful day.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and her husband initially lied to the family of the deceased that it was cooking gas that exploded and burnt the deceased,” Oyeyemi said.
“But when the lie was exposed, the husband quickly asked the wife to take to flight.”
CP Lanre Bankole, the commissioner of police, has ordered that the investigation into the case be completed as soon as possible to be charged in court.
Don’t Be Political Spectators, Let Your Numbers Count, Yahaya Bello Tells Nigerian Youths
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has called on Nigerian youths to make their numbers count and not be political spectators in the country’s 2023 general elections and democratic processes.
Mr Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to Bello in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja said the governor made this known while speaking at the National Youth Summit/Book Launch in Abuja.
Muhammed said Bello was represented by his Chief of Staff, Jamiu Asuku, at the event titled, “It’s Youth O’clock In Nigeria”.
Bello in his address told the youths that in spite of them representing the largest demography of the nation’s population, their numbers would not count if they refused to participate actively in politics and the 2023 general elections.
“Nigerian youths no longer have any excuse not to take over the nation’s leadership considering the exploits of some young Nigerians in every sector of the nation’s economy.
“Nigeria is waiting for young people to steer the country towards the dreams of its founding fathers because those who gave their lives for the formation of this nation did so at their youthful age.
“Youth no longer have any excuse not to take the lead. We are not just youthful, we are useful and purposeful. This is the time for you to mobilize yourselves and begin an advocacy for youths involvement in governance.
“Most of you sitting down here are above 30 years of age. At 32, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) was already Head of State. He fought the civil war just for Nigeria survival as an indivisible and united entity.
“General Murtala was also pretty young when he became the Head of State and he also made meaningful contributions to the development of our dear state.
“The youth must begin to see themselves as critical stakeholders whose time has come to take over the leadership of this country.
“Achieving this will remain a tall order if the new song of ‘Youth O’clock’ ends on your lips without concerted effort and commitment to participate in politics and electioneering processes in this country”, Bello said.
Bello said that his political life had been a chronicle of doing what people said could not be done, when he threw his hat into the ring as a young Nigerian to run for governorship of Kogi in 2015.
“A lot of people saw me as a joker and a lot of people thought it was impossible; some called me an outsider because I had no godfather,” he added.
He said his legacies and achievements in office should not be difficult for anyone to search.
According to him, the clamour for youth takeover of leadership will be encouraged and boosted by the sterling performance of those already in the corridors of power.
He urged young Nigerians already leading to promote themselves, advertise their work, record of performance and achievements.
“In like manner, as we think of 2023 – the question of the next leadership of Nigeria, may I challenge you to deploy your considerable resources of office and influence toward crafting the Nigeria of our dreams.
“The youth O’clock song must be heard in every nook and cranny of this country, it is an advocacy that the youth must take to every corner of this great nation,” he said.
He said political leadership was by the virtue of organisation and alliance and commended the Youth Council of Nigeria for realising that the ‘Youth O’clock’ was actually time for the youths in this country to prepare for leadership.
Bello said it is however not enough to be a member of a political party, urging the youth to make themselves visible by having structures all over the country.
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