News Bulletin: Ministry of Information, Asaba, Nigeria, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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NO.DTS 1004: BURSARY: DELTA GOVT HAS PAID OVER 8,600 STUDENTS FOR 2015/2016 SESSION -UKAH …SAYS SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAY IN PAYMENT

NO.DTS 1005: EMPOWERMENT: NWAOBOSHI SPLASHES N39.2M ON 784 BENEFICIARIES

NO.DTS 1005: AZINGE CHARGES NURSES ON REGULAR UPDATE OF SKILLS

NO.DTS 1007: ETHIOPE WEST MONARCHS ENJOINED TO SENSITIZE SUBJECTS ON IMMUNIZATION

EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 1004: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
BURSARY: DELTA GOVT HAS PAID OVER 8,600 STUDENTS FOR 2015/2016 SESSION -UKAH …SAYS SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAY IN PAYMENT

The Delta State Government has clarified that over eight thousand six hundred students of Delta State origin in seventy tertiary institutions across the country have received payments from the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board for the 2015/2016 academic session.

This is contrary to insinuations making the rounds that the scheme has been cancelled by the state government.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, disclosed that the Board commenced payment of the bursary for the 2015/2016 academic year since May 11, 2017, to various tertiary institutions across the country, adding that the payment of the bursary to students was currently on.

Mr. Ukah disclosed that through the self-verification exercise introduced by the Board, many irregularities such as multiple registrations by students, participation of non-indigenes in the exercise as well as persons who had since graduated were discovered.

The statement disclosed that during the verification exercise, it was discovered that out of the sixteen thousand, four hundred and ninety-nine (16, 499) students that applied for the state Government Bursary and Scholarship programme, only fourteen thousand, six hundred and fourteen (14, 614) students were qualified to receive the state bursary.

On the cause of the delay in the payment of bursary to students, the Commissioner for Information frowned at the attitude of the authorities and management of some higher institutions for late submission of the list of students of Delta State origin in their various institutions to the Board for verification.

He cited Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, which received their request letter from the Board in March and responded in August, University of Benin, Benin City, which received their own on the 15th of March but responded on the 10th of July and sent in a second list on the 18th of September, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, which received theirs on the 21st of March but responded on the 31st of August and Delta State University, Abraka, which received their letter on the 13th of March but responded on the 14th of August as some of the offending institutions.

Mr. Ukah stated that following the cyber attack on the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board website, the portal was closed but would soon be reopened to the public to commence online registrations.

The statement warned students who are not of Delta State origin not to register for the state Bursary scheme as they will be fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

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NO.DTS 1005: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
EMPOWERMENT: NWAOBOSHI SPLASHES N39.2M ON 784 BENEFICIARIES

The Senator representing Delta North District in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has empowered 784 persons aimed at boosting micro-credit business and cutting down the effect of the recession in Delta North Senatorial District.

The 784 beneficiaries, who received N50, 000 each totaling N39.2 million, were selected from the nine Local Government Areas that make up the District.

The Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Delta North, Hon Moses Iduh, made the disclosure in a chat with newsmen after presenting the empowerment package to 168 beneficiaries from Aniocha South and North Local Government Areas, to round up the 2017 tranche of the programme.

While Aniocha South received N4.4 million for 88 beneficiaries, Aniocha North got N4 million for 80 beneficiaries.

Hon. Iduh, who led the committee Chaired by Chief Lawrence Osiegbu, during the presentation, said that the programme was in fulfillment of Senator Nwaoboshi’s campaign promises.

He disclosed that eight beneficiaries were randomly selected per ward from the 98 wards to make up 784 beneficiaries, adding that the empowerment was spread across the nine local government areas of Delta North Senatorial District.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Water Resources, Chief Fidelis Tilije, while commending the Senator stated that Nwaoboshi had ensured, through various empowerment packages that he delivered on his mandate.

Chief Tilije advised beneficiaries against giving their money to party executive or for frivolous indulgences but rather put it to judicious use.

The outgone chairman of Aniocha North, Hon. Chucks Oseme, and his Aniocha South counterpart, Chief Isaac Awuzia, commended the initiative and urged the people to continue to vote for the PDP which they described as the only party with the true prosperity plans for all.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke commended the efforts of Senator Nwaoboshi and promised to continue to support the PDP.

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NO.DTS 1006: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
AZINGE CHARGES NURSES ON REGULAR UPDATE OF SKILLS

Nurses have been called upon to always cash in on any available opportunity to upgrade their skills.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge gave the advice in Asaba during the opening ceremony of the Zonal Workshop on the Implementation of the Revised General Nursing, Midwifery and Post Basic Nursing Curricula organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in collaboration with the Delta State Ministry of Health.

Dr. Azinge stated that such upgrade would make Nurses meet up with the current trends both nationally and internationally, saying they play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system in any society.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Minnie Oseji commended the Council for taking the bold step to revise all the curricula for nursing and midwifery education in line with global best practice.

Dr. Azinge said that Delta State was taking the lead in achieving universal health coverage through its contributory health insurance scheme established to promote health for all Deltans.

He explained that to achieve this, conscious efforts must be made to improve the interpersonal communication between health workers and patients as well as fashion out strategies to reduce waiting time in health institution which according to him required major inputs from the nursing profession.

The Health Commissioner said that the workshop which had as its theme ‘Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Education for Quality Health Care’ was timely, occasioned by the current ravaging threat of emerging and dreaded diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever and now Monkey Pox, stating that highly trained nurses would no doubt help improve our health care delivery system.

In her welcome address, the Director of Nursing Services in Ministry, Mrs. Veronica Osaneku said that the curriculum of the Council ensured that Nurses and Midwives were adequately trained to provide health care to people.

She stated that to meet up with the local and global trends in health care delivery, effective and efficient implementation of these curricula must be carried out.

She added that the workshop came at a time when the Council was planning to commence the National Diploma/Higher National Diploma programme in Nigeria for academic recognition of the Nursing and Midwifery Certificates, which she said justified hence the revision of the curriculum to meet up with the stipulated standards by relevant regulatory bodies.

In his address, the Secretary-General/Registrar, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar represented by Mrs. Margaret Eze, Head of Education Unit, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria revealed that to maintain standards, the Council carries out a review of the curricula every five years to ensure that all current issues are carefully incorporated into the curricula.

He appealed to the Lecturers, Nursing and Midwifery Educators to be diligent and committed to the implementation of the revised curriculum, urging them to discharge their teaching duties with a high sense of responsibility and integrity in order to produce well-equipped graduates with the right knowledge and skills to render quality and effective nursing.

In her Keynote address Prof (Mrs.) G. Robison-Bassey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Port-Harcourt said that due to the present technological advancement, patients were now aware of their health status and rights compared to the past and hence the need for nurses and midwives to upgrade themselves with relevant professional skills in order not to be ridiculed by their clients and also to enable them to meet up with the changing times.

Participants were drawn from the six states that make up the south-south zone and each state was represented by the educators from their various schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

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NO.DTS 1007: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
ETHIOPE WEST MONARCHS ENJOINED TO SENSITIZE SUBJECTS ON IMMUNIZATION

Traditional rulers and chiefs in Ethiope West Local Government Area have been urged to be at the forefront of sensitizing their people on the importance of participating in exercise immunization.

The Head of Personnel Management of Ethiope-West Local Government Area, Mr. Daddi Amudo gave the charge when he went around the three kingdoms of the Local Government Area of Oghara, Idjerhe and Mosogar on familiarization visit.

Mr. Amudo who doubles as the acting Head of the Council said the visits was necessitated by the need to address rumors of monkeypox and military men invading the area to inject school children to death.

While describing such rumors as false and unfounded, he said they had destabilized the area by putting fear in the heart of the people thereby leading to poor turn up of mothers taking their children for immunization.

He appealed to the traditional rulers and chiefs in the area to help inform the people of the importance of immunization and to turn up for immunization excise.

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