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Delta explains stoppage of subvention to DELSUTH


Patrick Ukah

Patrick Ukah

• Says Diaspora doctors’ contract ends next month
• Plans to create 15,000 jobs for youths
• Approves outstanding promotion for PPEB workers

The Delta State government has given reasons for the recent stoppage of monthly subvention to Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Council.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who stated this at the weekend in Asaba, said that the monthly internally-generated revenue (IGR) of DELSUTH has increased tremendously to a level that government believes it can be self-sufficient, necessitating the stoppage of the monthly subvention to it.

Besides, Ukah said that the contract of Diaspora doctors, which drew the ire of the hospital’s union, would expire next month and that the government plans to reduce the sum downwards.

He said that the contract renewal would be based strictly on performance, skill and capacity in areas where the hospital would need them, especially aspects that home-based doctors could not perform, and those who agree on the new terms.

According to him, a full-scale stakeholders’ meeting is to be convened by the government to sort out the problem of incessant strikes in the hospital in order to fashion out a way to resolve outstanding issues.

Meanwhile, the government has commenced another cycle of 15,000 jobs for unemployed youths.

Addressing trainers in Asaba yesterday during a workshop, the state’s Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh, said employment and wealth creation for Deltans undoubtedly take the front-burner in Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

His words: “The programme will run continually throughout the reign of Governor Okowa as he would want to be remembered as the governor who empowered youths with skills, turned them to entrepreneurs and employers who did not depend on government.

“A new menu-Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP) will be introduced in the current cycle, just as the physically- challenged persons have been taken care of.”

Eboh, who said the four-point criteria for selection of trainers include functionality, accessibility, capacity and availability, called on the trainers to avoid disgrace from colluding with their trainees to perpetuate mischief.

Also, the government said it has approved the outstanding promotion of members of staff of the Post-Primary Education Board (PPEB) and restored to the payroll those whose names were earlier removed for sundry reasons.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, PPEB, Coleman Agbegha, said that the board took the decision as part of the implementation of the resolutions earlier reached by the state government with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, who commended the board for a job well done during a working visit to PPEB as part of his monitoring of school resumption for the 2016/2017 academic session, stated that the Okowa administration would do all it could to maintain a cordial relationship between it and labour unions.

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