Wike sacks health commissioner for hosting Dental Council without approval
•Flays FG’s policy on economic stimulation
… as Fintiri inaugurates Ezimgbu Road in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has sacked the Commissioner of Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, for not seeking the state government’s approval to host the preliminary session of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) in Port Harcourt.
This was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
The governor described the decision of the commissioner to host the MDCN without the consent of the Rivers State Government as most embarrassing.
He announced the sack of Chike when the Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Prof. Abba Wasiri Hassan, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
He stressed that the Commissioner of Health erred by unilaterally scheduling to host the MDCN event at the same time when the state government was commissioning projects.
“Frankly speaking, I have never seen an embarrassment like this in my life. Everybody knows that it is not my nature to invite people and fail to attend to them. So, whoever has done this will suffer for it,” he said.
The governor, however, seized the opportunity to explain that in a bid to improve citizens’ access to quality healthcare service, his administration embarked on the construction of zonal hospitals in Bori, Degema, Etche, Ahoada, and Omoku.
He added: “You’ll agree that I have provided necessary funds for all you requested to give a standard medical college. Our partnership with PAMO is very interesting. In fact, every year Rivers State Government offers scholarships to indigenes. This year, we have approved 130.”
Chairman, MDCN, Prof. Abba Wasiri Hassan, explained they were in Rivers State for the ninth preliminary session of the council.
He commended the governor for his positive attitude towards healthcare and medical delivery services in the state, particularly investment in Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences, award of scholarship to indigenes of the state studying medicine, and the construction of world-class Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Port Harcourt.
EARLIER in the day, Wike had stated that the Federal Government has shown through its programmes on stimulation of the economy, that it is not interested in revitalising the nation’s economy.
The governor made the statement at the inauguration of Ezimgbu Road, performed by the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
He said, “Look at a road like Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which is an important road in this country, it cannot be completed by the Federal Government. They bring politics and ethnicity into everything we are doing.
“So, how do you stimulate the economy when a road like that cannot be completed. Look at the road leading to the (Port Harcourt) refinery, the seaport, up until now, the Federal Government cannot complete it. How do you stimulate the economy?”
Wike also noted that the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme of the Federal Government, which gives money to farmers, has not been implemented to yield the desired impact.
He said it was not enough to go on media to announce how much has been expended in prosecuting those initiatives if there cannot commensurate evidence.”
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the dualised Ezimgbu Road is 7.3 metres wide on both sides with a median of 0.5 metres separating both lanes and bordered by drains on both sides with sidewalks.
Tasie-Amadi pointed out that not only has the reconstruction of the Ezimgbu Road saved travel time for commuters, it has also afforded property owners enhanced value on their property and accessibility.