Obasanjo Inaugurates Specialist Hospital In Bayelsa

Obasanjo Inaugurates Specialist Hospital In Bayelsa
Former President Obasanjo dons a traditional attire of the Niger Deltan people


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has inaugurated a government specialist hospital in Bayelsa State, South-south Nigeria.

The former president arrived in Yenagoa, the state capital on Friday and was received by the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in company with some top government officials in the state.

Shortly after his arrival, he unveiled the Bayelsa Heliport which was renamed after the first military administrator of the defunct Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff, and then proceeded to the venue of the inauguration ceremony.

The elder statesman arrived in the state in a white agbada, after which he was dressed in a blue traditional attire of the people in the Niger Delta region.

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45bn Naira Too Small For Northeast Reconstruction – Sani Zorro

45bn Naira Too Small For Northeast Reconstruction – Sani ZorroChairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, Mr Sani Zorro says the 45 billion naira earmarked for the reconstruction of the northeast Nigeria is too little.

Zorro said the infrastructure destroyed by years of Boko Haram insurgency far exceeds the amount the federal government is willing to part with.

“We take specific note of the cost of infrastructure destroyed which he (Governor Kashim Shettima) told officials of the National Assembly (and) which he put at 9.6 billion dollars saying that Borno state has suffered the destruction of infrastructure close to seven billion dollars.

“Now the federal government has earmarked only 45 billion naira in this year’s budget for the reconstruction of the northeast? I just hope that this 45 billion is just counterpart funding. I just hope it is a component; maybe there is a bigger funding coming from elsewhere,” he said.

Zorro and his colleague – the Chairman House Committee on Air Force, Muazu Lawan, were in Borno state to convey the feelings of the House of Representatives over recent attacks in the state.

“Our mission is on behalf of the House of Representatives and its leadership and apart from commiserating with the government we have also visited the state specialist hospital where we saw those who have suffered various degrees of injury and we are happy to report that all those who were admitted in danger list are now recovering very fast.

“We were able to talk to each one of them and offered our sympathy. We have also been to the office of UN OCHA where we met a lot of humanitarian partners and we have interfaced with them. ”

However, the Chairman of the House Committee on Air Force, Muazu Lawan, believes the specialist hospital Maiduguri needs to be expanded to meet the growing needs of citizens.

“We went to the specialist hospital and we saw the injured, they are responding to treatment and we saw government’s effort.

“The only thing the government has to put in place is expansion of the hospital. There are a lot of room for expanding the healthcare institution, not only because of this incident but for the future, anything can happen.

“We are not hoping for things of this nature to be reoccurring, we hope it will be the last.”

Unknown Gunmen Attack Adamawa Village, Kill 3

Al-ShabaabUnknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Wednesday attacked Thambo, a village in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State killing three persons and injuring three others.

The attackers, who invaded the village at about 2AM also carted away cattle and other domestic animals belonging to the community.

Some community leaders who brought in the corpses of those killed to the Adamawa State Police Headquarters, lamented the lack of Police presence in the area despite the security challenges witnessed in recent times.

Reacting, the Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Othman Abubakar, described the incident as unfortunate, saying the attack was the handiwork of cattle rustlers.

He assured residents that the Police was on top of the situation and would soon arrest the perpetrators.

The three corpses, which was brought to the Police headquarters in Yola by the villagers, were later moved to the Specialist Hospital.

The Officer-in-Charge of Accident and Emergency Unit of the Hospital, Mr Kemiel Gilama, said that the injured have been attended to.

The Christian community on the other hand described the attack as one too many.

Thambo is one of the five villages attacked by herdsmen in January 2016, where scores of people were killed and property worth millions destroyed.

Just last week, a clash in Koh, one of the villages in the area left two persons dead.