Lawmakers enumerate benefits of health scheme

Ughelli map• State denies indebtedness to WAEC • Student wins Mathematics contest

THE Delta State House of Assembly has enumerated the benefits accruing from the state’s Contributory Health Commission Bill 2015 which aims to regulate, supervise and enthrone an effective health sector administration. Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, has denied the state’s indebtedness to the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

In a related development, Miss Ogbotor Aghogho of Ufuoma Mixed Secondary School Sapele has won the Michael Diden Mathematics Competition, carting home the N200,000 prize tag for her effort. At yesterday’s sitting in Asaba where the legislation passed a second reading and was presided over by Speaker Monday Igbuya (Sapele), the Majority Leader, Mr. Tim Owhefere (Isoko North) said the bill seeks to move the state into modernity in terms of healthcare delivery since every resident would be able to access affordable and quality healthcare.

The lawmaker maintained that the Commission would adequately cater for all strata of the state with everybody contributing to the scheme. He added that the commission would have a Director General who would be free from bureaucracy to enable the scheme work effectively. Owhefere noted that the bill was designed in such a way to eradicate quackery in system.

Also in support, the quartet of Dr. Alphonsus Ojo (Ukwani), Samuel Mariere (Ughelli North 1), Anthony Elekeokuri (Ika North East) and Timi Tonye (Patani) explained that the bill was geared towards providing sustainable healthcare programme for Deltans in line with the prosperity for all Deltans agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The lawmakers stated that the funding for the scheme would not be a burden to the state govt as funds allocated to other health programmes would be ploughed into the project in addition to donations from corporate bodies, international communities and other donor agencies.

They argued that the legislation would adequately take care of the weak, aged, physically challenged and people in the rural areas that had been denied affordable healthcare. Mr. Rueben Izeze (Ughelli South) explained that the bill when passed would bring positive healthcare revolution in the state.

The legislator noted that the development would also reposition healthcare system with modern facilities in the state. Ebie, who was reacting yesterday to insinuations in Asaba, told reporters that government met all its obligations to the examination body as regards the payment of WASSCE fees January this year and so was not in the list of states indebted in the conduct of the 2014/2015 examinations.

He said that the state paid a total of N269,440,650.00 for the 23,397 candidates it sponsored for the examination. Oghogho, a Senior Secondary Secondary (SSS) student, beat 19 others to the trophy. Master Agbabule Prince and Osakwe Peremobowei emerged second and third respectively.

The promoter, Diden, a former commissioner in the state, said the contest is in honour of late former Minister of Finance, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh for his contributions to nation-building.

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