*Wike says Federal projects are executed for the economic wellbeing of Rivers people.
The chairman, Senate Committee on Local Loans and Foreign Debts, Senator Clifford Ordia, says that federal projects executed by the Rivers State Government met global standards.
Senator Ordia stated this today when the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led members of the Senate Committee on Local Loans and Foreign Debts and House Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management on a verification tour of federal roads executed by the State Government.
The projects verified include, the reconstruction of Ikwerre Road from Education to Agip Flyover Junction, construction of flyover at Agip-Rumueme-Abacha roundabout and the construction of the flyover on East-West Road at Obiri-Ikwerre with rotary turning and service lanes.
Others are, the 41.26 kilometers dualization of Airport/Isiokpo/Elele/Omerelu section of Port Harcourt to Owerri Road, construction of Eleme Junction Flyover and Interchange and the construction of Phases One and Two of Ada-George Road.
Governor Wike also led the team on an inspection of the Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro-Nu-Odu, Rumuola and GRA flyover bridges under construction by the State Government
The Senate Committee Chairman on Local Loans and Foreign Debts commended the State for the quality of roads that were constructed.
He advised other State Governments to emulate the Rivers example by applying for the execution of federal projects in order to complement the efforts at the centre.
“In line with Section 88 of the 1999 Constitution, the Federal Government has requested for the resolution of the National Assembly for the approval of the reimbursement of N78.9 Billion through the issuance of promissory note to Rivers State.
“We have gone round the eight projects and I can sincerely tell you that the projects were executed in line with international best practices.
“It is not easy to see quality projects executed this way. We have seen that most of the projects were executed by renowned contractors in Nigeria who are also working for the Federal Government.
”I want to thank the Rivers State Government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike for what they have done in terms of infrastructural development,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Chairman House Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management, Hon. Ahmed Safana said members of the committee are satisfied with the federal projects executed by the State.
He noted that members of his committee are impressed and proud of the developmental strides of Governor Wike.
Responding, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike thanked members of the committees for the physical verification of the projects.
He stated that the decision of the State Government to execute federal roads was to promote the socio-economic development of the State.
“I am happy that members of the committees saw all the projects executed by the State Government.
“It is the duty of the committees to go back and present their reports and take a final decision.
“Our responsibility is to enhance economic activities by making sure that our people live comfortable lives.
“If these roads are not constructed it will affect businesses and impact negatively on economic activities in the State,” he said.
It may be recalled that the FG approved N79.8Bn as refund to Rivers State for executing federal projects in the past
As NMA hails Mother & Child Hospital in PH
The National President of Nigeria Medical Association(NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah says the Mother and Child Hospital in Rivers State will solve a major healthcare challenge in the country.
Prof. Ujah made the assertion when he joined a team of Rivers Professionals to inspect facilities at the Mother and Child Hospital.
The NMA President who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, said there has been a lack for the care of mother and child in the country for years.
He stated that this gesture of the Rivers State Government clearly serves as a response to addressing that need.
“I am a gynaecologist with over 35 years of experience. I can tell you that we have lacked the care for the mother and child health needs. This is clearly a response to that need.
“As you know, our health indices are very poor in this country. One of the indicators of development is the quality of the care of the mother and child.
“There is need for us to have health facilities that will help us to reduce the high maternal deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. Infant mortality needs to be reduced too.
“This Mother and Child Hospital will serve as the fulcrum by which we can turn around the system in the South-South. This will ensure that we have quality health for our mothers and children.
“I commend the Government of Rivers State led by Governor Nyesom Wike for the concept of Mother and Child Hospital that is totally complete,” he said.
The Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association ( NMA), Rivers State Branch, Prof. Chizindu Alikor described the concept of Mother and Child Hospital as novel.
He stated that they expect the deployment of appropriate manpower and specialists to sustain quality health service in the hospital.
According to him, they are delighted to know that the hospital will serve as a training and research centre to develop more manpower for the sector.
Also speaking, the Rivers State Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Chima Ogbu said the health facility shows the readiness of the Rivers State Government to key into the Millennium Development Goals of child and maternal health.
He noted that as a deliberate effort of government, it would increase access to quality health for mothers and children.
Mr. Ogbu stated that his association is delighted that medication challenge that often bedevil hospital services has been given appropriate consideration.
According to him, Mother and Child Hospital will also open up an avenue for medical and health tourism for the State.