Okowa, CAN, Others Felicitate With Baba Aladura As He Marks Induction  

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with the Baba Aladura and Prelate of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim (ESOCS) worldwide, His Most Eminence Baba Aladura, Dr. David D L Bob-Manuel (Moses Orimolade IX), praying God to grant him more grace, wisdom and understanding to shepherd God’s flock for a long time to come.

Represented by the Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, the Governor stated this at the Special Dinner in Honour of the Baba Aladura’s First Induction Anniversary as Prelate at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos, on Saturday.

He noted that ESOCS means much to the state as the past Baba Aladura took particular interest in the well being of the state and that the two former Governors of the state has lots of attachment to the church.

Also, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Supo Adeniyi Ayokunle, who was represented by Rev. Dr Benebo Fubara-Manuel of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) equally rejoiced with the Baba Aladura saying it was a great privilege to be called into such a high office.

Speaking earlier, the SAG/Secretary of ESOCS, Elder Dr. Nafo Emuchay, said that it was a great day for the organization and that it was indeed gladdening to see the large turnout of members from far and near happily united as one family in the Lord.

The celebration featured lots of performances from different musical bands from states across the country, particularly the Grace Band from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, bands from Imo state, individual performances, including comedy and jokes by Comedian Ese One from Warri, Delta State.

Among the dignitaries that graced the event were former Governor of Delta State, Chief Jame Onanefe Ibori, Snr. Apostle Sylvanus Okorete of Delta CAN, Ex Managing Director of Access Bank, Aig Imokhuede, and many other men of God.

Catholic Church Collapse: DTSG To Pay Hospital Bill For Victims

Delta Govt. to pay hospital bill for victims of collapsed church building

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said the State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims of the Sunday collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church building, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of the state.

An updated statement by his Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said Governor Okowa has directed that adequate medical attention must be given to the survivors of the unfortunate building collapse.

According to the prelimnary report by the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, one person died from the incident, eleven were rushed to the hospital out of which seven have been treated and discharged while the remaining four were still undergoing treatment and were in stable conditions.

Aniagwu quoted Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye as saying “the church is a 100 year old building and in an attempt to rebuild and expand the church, the old building collapsed as a result of the weight of worshippers who leaned against the heavily soaked walls while the early morning mass was on.

“While we pledge to pay the cost of treatment for the injured, people must ensure they seek necessary approvals before construction of buildings particularly public structures to avoid incidences such as this” the statement added.

Catholic Church Collapse: Okowa Commiserates With Victims

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed sadness over the death of a worshipper in the unfortunate collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church building, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of the state.

Governor Okowa who expressed his sympathy in a statement issued on Sunday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, described the unfortunate incident as a sad, unfortunate and regrettable experience.

The Governor has also despatched the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye to visit the site with a view to unravelling the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the building and how government can come to the aid of the injured worshippers and the church.

Okowa prayed for the repose of the departed faithful and condoled with the family of the deceased, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief J.J. Scot, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.

“This is indeed a very sad and unfortunate incident”.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief Julius Scott, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (retd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.

“It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and that the injured will experience quick recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the people of Ugolo in Okpe Kingdom over this tragedy,” he said

FLOOD ALERT

31st August, 2018.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned that fresh flooding is imminent in Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Niger and Kogi States which magnitude is comparable to that of August 29, 2012.

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and NEMA’s warnings of imminent flooding are predicted on the alert raised by the Niger Republic River Basin Authority (NBA) that the dam at that end is already full and this gives cause for serious concern.

Also, the rivers downstream and dams in Nigeria, especially in Benue, Lokoja and Kebbi States are also full and the Kanji and Jebba dams have started spilling water which will find its ways to the Atlantic Ocean through the River Niger and its tributaries.

Communities in Delta State will most certainly be affected by flood especially communities along the banks of River Niger.

Local Government Areas most prone to flooding are Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Ndokwa East and West, Isoko North and South, Ughelli South, Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Aniocha South, Sapele, Warri North and South and Udu Local Government Areas.

In view of the predictions and the warnings by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) and National Emergency Management Agency, the Delta State Ministry of Environment, has by this announcement advised people living in river banks and low land areas to move to higher lands or places of safety.

Accordingly, authorities of Local Government Councils in the State, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders are advised to step up preparations against the flood prediction to reduce the level of destruction of properties and avoid loss of lives.

Members of the general public should be guided, please.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

“Synergy Among Security Agencies, Catalyst For Peace, Investment”- Gov. Okowa

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said that his administration’s partnership with security agencies has ensured an investor friendly and peaceful environment in the state.

Speaking when he received on a courtesy visit the new General Officer Commanding 6th Division, Nigeria Army, Port-Harcourt, Major-General Jamiu Sarham in Asaba, Senator Okowa said the partnership between the state government and security agencies has ensured the state is ranked among the most peaceful in the country.

According to him “the Niger Delta region has become more peaceful because of the cooperation of the security agencies and the various outfits put in place to build peace in the region. Team work is responsible for this peace and we appreciate the partnership with the security agencies. We will continue to secure our national asset so that production of oil will be at a level it is economically viable for our nation and state”.

Governor Okowa commended Maj. General Sarham on his new appointment and enjoined him to use his wealth of experience to achieve success and ensure an upscale of peace in his area of command. “ We as a state are mindful of the importance of peace because it is only under a peaceful environment that we can truly develop our state and if there is no peace it will be difficult for investors to come into our state and if investors do not come it will become difficult for us to engage our youths and create meaningful opportunities for our people. I pray that Nigeria will become more peaceful as it is in the interest of the nation and the youths”. He said.

Earlier, Maj General Sarham said he was in the state to familiarise himself with the working of the division and the people of the state assuring Governor Okowa that in line with the charge of the Chief of Army Staff, troops under him would remain apolitical and carry out their duty in line with the constitution of the country.

He commended the developmental strides and peaceful environment of the state stressing that he would synergise with other security agencies to maintain peace and security in the state.

Okowa Challenges LG Chairmen On Sanitation, Security

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged chairmen of local government councils to take the issue of environmental sanitation and security of lives serious in their domains.

The Governor gave the charge at Asaba while declaring open a 2-day orientation workshop for chairmen and vice chairmen of the twenty-five local government councils in Delta State.
“I wish to use this medium to advise that you (chairmen and vice chairmen of local government councils) take sanitation seriously; you should endeavour to be timely in the evacuation of refuse,” the governor said, adding, “as we move towards the election season, you should take issues of security seriously; so liaise and collaborate with security agencies for effective coverage.”

He continued, “as you are no doubt aware, the local government council is the third tier of government in Nigeria, it is very strategic in our political structure, because it is the closest administrative unit to our people at the grassroots.”

“Since you are closest to the people, it is expected that you should know the most basic needs of the people and be in a position to promote their development and welfare, because, the expectations of the people are high in view of the development needs of our various communities; you should therefore be committed at all times to see that the dividend of democracy is delivered to them within the limit of available resources,” Governor Okowa said.

While noting that the workshop which had as its theme: Strengthening Grassroots Administration to Achieve the SMART Agenda would strengthen the chairmen and their vices to focus on effective management of contemporary local government administration, Governor Okowa emphasised, “the watchword is prudent allocation of limited resources among competing alternatives and I must remind you that a call to public office of this magnitude is a call to service; it is a golden opportunity that you cannot afford to misuse; you should endeavour to prove to your people that they have not made a wrong choice for electing you.”

“The lessons, values and knowledge gained in this workshop should be deployed into practice, because,

training and re-training of officers is a capacity building mechanism to equip you for efficient service delivery. Such training will lead to excellent performance in the discharge of your duties in the respective local government councils in the State,” he stated.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Okey Ofili had said local government councils working in synergy with the state government were expected to bring governance closer to the people.

He disclosed that the workshop was important as it will enlighten the chairmen and the vice chairmen about what is expected of them and how to achieve desired results.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Hon. Joyce Overah thanked Governor Okowa for approving the workshop and called for partnership between the local government councils and the state government for a virile state that will be the pride of all to be achieved.

2019: Okowa, Dankwambo Urge Aspirants To Strengthen Party

AS the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for primary elections for candidates, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and his Gombe State counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo have urged all aspirants to use the primaries as a means of strengthening the unity of the party.

The two Governors spoke in Asaba when Dr Dankwambo paid a consultative visit on members of the PDP and unveiled his presidential ambition on the platform of the party.

According to Governor Okowa, “I believe that the spirit we need in our party is for all aspirants to have strong interest in making our party stronger, there must be spirit of give and take.”

“In Delta State, we are very strong as a people and as a party, we are united and we will continue to stay united, God is our strength and the unity of our people is unshakable, we are right on course and we will continue to do the things that will unite us,” he stated, emphasising, “we will continue to stay strong, there is no shaking at all.”

Governor Okowa who lauded the qualities of aspirants for different positions on the platform of the PDP, asserted, “we have listened to Dr Dankwambo, he has spoken as a gentleman, a man of peace who has ensured massive development in Gombe State.”

“He is a man of character; Deltans believe in democracy, we will not force the hands of the people on where to go but, I am confident that they will take the right decision,” the governor added.

Earlier, Governor Dankwambo had congratulated Governor Okowa’s administration for the massive development projects being executed in the state, disclosing that he was in Asaba to tell the people about his aspiration to be the President of the country on the platform of the PDP.

“I am a retired Accountant-General, and in the next few months, I will leave office as Governor after two terms, I am only 52 years; so, I have a lot to offer the country; I know Nigeria, I know the finances of Nigeria; I know how they formulate policies, and I know how these policies are implemented and most importantly, I am still very strong and I am telling the people my desire and aspiration to be the President of Nigeria under the PDP,” he said, stating, “we should draw a criteria and assess all of us who are aspiring for the office, if you find me worthy, I am ready to serve, but, if you find somebody who is better than me, I will join the person to serve.”

DTSG Acquires Landed Property For Establishment Of Army Brigade In Asaba.

The capital city of Delta State, Asaba, is soon to get an Army Brigade as the State Executive Council has approved the purchase of a landed property to fast track its establishment.

Speaking after a meeting of the Council held inside the EXCO chamber in Asaba on Tuesday, the State Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, said that the decision to purchase an existing property as opposed to erecting a new structure is to make the establishment of the Brigade quicker. 

Ogbueshi Ukah stated that with the coming of the Brigade, to be located at Kilometre 2, Anwai/Illah Road, opposite the Government House, security in Asaba and environs will be beefed up to ensure safety of lives and property. 

The Commissioner for Information further revealed that the Council approved the Delta State Economic and Fiscal Update, Fiscal Strategy Paper and Budget Policy Statement 2019-2021.With the approval, Ogbueshi Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, can now present the 2019 budget to the State House of Assembly in September with a view to getting the budget passed by January 2019.

He also said that the construction of access road from NPA Expressway by former Protea Hotel in Warri to the refinery got a nod of the EXCO.

ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018

NO.DTS 1030: DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET

NO.DTS 1031: 2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA

NO.DTS 1032: SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

NO.DTS 1033: INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE

NO.DTS 1033: 2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23

NO.DTS 1034: TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE

NO.DTS 1035: MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO

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NO.DTS 1030: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET

The capital city of Delta State, Asaba, is soon to get an Army Brigade as the State Executive Council has approved the purchase of a landed property to fast track its establishment.

Speaking after a meeting of the Council held inside the EXCO chamber in Asaba yesterday, Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the decision to purchase an existing property as opposed to erecting a new structure was to make the establishment of the brigade quicker.

Mr Ukah stated that with the coming of the Brigade, to be located at Kilometre 2, Anwai/Illah Road, opposite the Government House, security in Asaba and environs would be beefed up to ensure safety of lives and property.

The Information Commissioner further revealed that the council approved the Delta State Economic and Fiscal Update, Fiscal Strategy Paper and Budget Policy Statement 2019-2021.

With the approval, Mr Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, could now present the 2019 budget to the State House of Assembly in September with a view to getting the budget passed by January 2019.

He also said that the construction of access road from NPA Expressway by former Protea Hotel in Warri to the refinery got a nod of the EXCO.


NO.DTS 1031: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY
… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA

AS the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for primary elections for candidates, the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his Gombe State counterpart, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo, have urged all aspirants to use the primaries as a means of strengthening the unity of the party.

The two Governors spoke today in Asaba when Dr Dankwambo paid a consultative visit on members of the PDP and unveiled his presidential ambition on the platform of the party.

According to Governor Okowa, “I believe that the spirit we need in our party is for all aspirants to have strong interest in making our party stronger, there must be spirit of give and take.”

“In Delta State, we are very strong as a people and as a party, we are united and we will continue to stay united, God is our strength and the unity of our people is unshakable, we are right on course and we will continue to do the things that will unite us,” he stated, emphasising, “We will continue to stay strong, there is no shaking at all.”

Governor Okowa who lauded the qualities of aspirants for different positions on the platform of the PDP, asserted, “We have listened to Dr Dankwambo, he has spoken as a gentleman, a man of peace who has ensured massive development in Gombe State.”

“He is a man of character; Deltans believe in democracy, we will not force the hands of the people on where to go but, I am confident that they will take the right decision,” the governor added.

Earlier, Governor Dankwambo had congratulated Governor Okowa’s administration for the massive development projects being executed in the state, disclosing that he was in Asaba to tell the people about his aspiration to be the President of the country on the platform of the PDP.

“I am a retired Accountant-General, and in the next few months, I will leave office as Governor after two terms, I am only 52 years; so, I have a lot to offer the country; I know Nigeria, I know the finances of Nigeria; I know how they formulate policies and I know how these policies are implemented and most importantly, I am still very strong and I am telling the people my desire and aspiration to be the President of Nigeria under the PDP,” he said, stating, “We should draw a criteria and assess all of us who are aspiring for the office, if you find me worthy, I am ready to serve, but, if you find somebody who is better than me, I will join the person to serve.”


NO.DTS 1032: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

Delta SEEFOR Project said it will continue to follow the World Bank procedures and ensure transparency in the selection of successful bidders.

The Project Coordinator, Mr Frank Apokwu, made the remark in Asaba at the opening ceremony for prospective bidders for the Development, Supply and Installation of Taxpayer Electronic Data Base Management System (EDMS) for Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.

Mr Apokwu, said that the bid opening was one of the important processes in the award of contract to successful bidders.

He added that upon completion of the bid opening, there would be bid evaluation in the next few days, noting that Delta SEEFOR project was highly committed to ensuring that the right thing was done by being thorough in handling everything concerning the bid.

In related development, a team of Private Sector Participants (PSPs) from Uwvie and Sapele Local Government Areas, paid a familiarization visit to the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu in his office in Asaba.

The leader of the delegation, Comrade Lucky Ajekwu informed the Project Coordinator that PSPs had worked with the SEEFOR in 2015 in the area of waste collection and disposal, adding the SEEFOR had been rendering great support to the PSPs in the state.

While appealing to the state government to assist the PSPs with the provision of three Incinerators to be domiciled in the three Senatorial Districts of the state for the processing of wastes, Comrade Ajekwu pledged the body’s unalloyed support for the SEEFOR project.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu, who thanked the body for identifying with him, described PSPs as very cardinal in the SEEFOR development objective, stressing that as a result of the achievements of the state in area of waste collection and disposal, the World Bank had recommended Delta template to other states.

Mr. Apokwu harped on the need for sustainability, noting that World Bank funded SEEFOR project had come to show all and sundry the way in the area of development.


NO.DTS 1033: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE

The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the suit instituted by a Retired Chief Magistrate in the Delta State Judiciary who retired in November, 2016.

Steve C. Okebu (rtd.), Chief Magistrate Grade 11 had in February 2017 approached the Court seeking several reliefs among which that he ought to have retired on grade level 17 instead of grade level 15 to which he was demoted in May, 2015, and a declaration that his demotion based on the recommendation of the Board of Inquiry was ultra vires the 1st defendant’s (Delta State Judicial Commission) statutory powers having failed to comply with the provisions of Rule 04303 of the Delta State Public Service Rules and a further denial of fair hearing.

Citing copious Statutory and judicial authorities, the learned trial Judge, Honourable Justice B.B. Kanyip dismissed the suit of the claimant on the ground that the cause of action was statute-barred, having been filed outside limitation period allowed by law.

The Court stressed that promotion was not a right, but a privilege, adding that the claimant must show an entitlement to it before he can claim it.


NO.DTS 1034: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23

The 2018 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses has commenced across different locations in Nigeria, with the theme, “Be Courageous”.

The Convention which started since Thursday, August 9 is billed to run till Sunday, December 23, 2018.

According to a statement signed by the Convention Spokesman, Brother Benjamin Ejime Okoh, the Convention will commence in Delta North from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The Convention series, according to the statement, will hold on weekends from Friday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Alibiauba, Agbor.

The statement adds that the convention, which will afford attendees insights on how to handle individual, family and society challenges with God –given courage, will feature 54 presentations, comprising talks, audio dramas, interviews and videos.

FROM THE LGAs:

NO.DTS 1035: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE

Elohor Foghola

The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Hon. Michael Tidi, visited victims of fire incident in Digbori Street, Essi layout Warri, Delta state today Wednesday 29th, August 2018.

The President of the community, Mr. Elvis Eboh, while explaining to the Chairman said the incident which occurred on 27th August, 2018, claimed the lives of two children and destroyed goods and properties.

Miss Elohor Moses, mother of one of the victims, said that the children were in care of her mother when the fire started, adding that there were six children in one wooden apartment.

According to Miss Moses, her mother who sustained injury in the process was able to rescue four, and it was unfortunate the other two children, Kesiena a four year old and Wealth a one year four months old child died in the fire.

The owner of the apartment, Mrs Rhode Ememo, in her statement said the fire might have been caused by the lighted candle in the apartment.

The Chairman, while commiserated with the family of the victims, advised them to desist from using candles but should use alternative rechargeable lamps.

He also encouraged the landlady to use blocks instead of wood in building houses to prevent reoccurrence.

Hon. Tidi pledged to assist the family of the victims to secure a befitting accommodation and also proper medical assistance.


NO.DTS 1036: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO

By Ambrose Ologide

A young man driving from the Effurun direction on the NPA/Express Road narrowing cheated death as his car on high speed skidded off the road and rammed into a palm tree in a valley adjacent to Naval Hospital on the Express Way.

The car splitting into two halves in the process at about 11.00 am on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018.

The driver and owner of the car, who was alone in the car, miraculously survived the ghastly accident with a minor injury on his head.

People were seen praising God for His miracle in saving the man’s life when our correspondent got to the scene of the accident but the man was said to have gone to buy a mobile telephone.

It would be recalled that barely a month ago a staff of DESOPADEC and two others lost their lives in a similar fatal auto crash on that same road.


Okowa Calls For Collaboration Between NHIS And Stakeholders

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the managers of National Health Insurance Scheme {NHIS) to collaborate with government of different states of the country and chairmen of local government councils to ensure universal health coverage in the country.

The governor made the call yesterday (28/08/18) in Asaba when the Executive Secretary cum Chief Executive Officer of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf paid him a courtesy call in Asaba.

According to the governor, “for the healthcare act to succeed, there should be a buy-in from the states and local government councils, there should be proper partnership and collaboration with the states and local governments so that they can start the health insurance scheme in their areas, only then will the health insurance scheme succeed.”

He also called for collaborative efforts between the NHIS and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to ensure affordable healthcare for all Nigerians.

“I pray for the release of the NHIS funds to you because, it will go a long way to take care of the aged, elderly and the vulnerable in our society, we must find a means to ensure that the funds get to everybody, there must be a collaborative effort with the state and primary healthcare centres in the country to ensure its success,” he said, “adding, “there must be a lot of advocacy to get the informal sector to buy-in into the NHIS because there can be no better way for our people than a healthcare service that is affordable and they will not need to pay at the point of service.”

He expressed hope that the 1 per cent budgetary provision for the primary healthcare would be released for the effective delivery of healthcare in the country, observing that the provision should also, be increased.

 Prof. Yusuf had lauded Governor Okowa for being the trail-blazer in the implementation of contributory health insurance scheme in the country, noting that it was important for other state governors to key into the programme because of its numerous benefits.

While disclosing that they were in the state to assess the coverage of NHIS and universal healthcare, Prof. Yusuf, assured Nigerians that the NHIS fund would be managed transparently and equitably; and ensure spread of healthcare coverage in the country.