Federal Government committed to providing affordable Healthcare Services to Nigerians. V.P Sambo
Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has said that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration places high premium in providing affordable and world class healthcare services to Nigerians.
Arc Sambo who stated this at the commissioning of the National Staff Hospital, Abuja, donated by the Chinese Government, on Monday, January 28, observed that the health sector was a critical priority of the UN MDGs, added that its importance was also reflected in the country’s national development objectives, particularly in the Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda.
“This administration is committed to the provision of quality and affordable healthcare for all Nigerians, the improvement of the quality of life, and the achievement of defined goals and targets.”
He therefore stated that the administration through a deliberate policy of improving technology, human capital, and infrastructure and in collaboration with the private sector is improving all healthcare institutions across the country, adding that this is yielding positive results.
Vice President Sambo while acknowledging the longstanding relations between Nigeria and China, which spanned over four decades, said “the construction of this hospital which will serve very useful purposes in improving the health status of millions of Nigerians, marks yet another milestone in Nigeria — China relationship. This is why today's commissioning ceremony is very important to us as a country.
Let me begin by saying that in the contest that has just been concluded for the national leadership of our great Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, we are all winners. There are no losers.
There are no losers because even at a time of great national distress and travails such as we are passing through now, the PDP has through the series of Ward, Local Government, State, Zonal Congresses and this Convention demonstrated magnanimity, generosity of spirit, oneness and that it can overcome its problems. We have posted, a clear, loud and bold statement that the future of our country as a democracy is bright; that our differences can be dissolved into a block of solidarity under the banner of freedom and that all can be protected under the umbrella, our Party’s Emblem.
2013 budget: PDP carpets opposition lawmakers, Says Nass, Presidency on the same page
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed as empty boast, threat by a handful of opposition members from the House of Representatives to override President Goodluck Jonathan over the signing of the 2013 budget.
The ruling party said the lawmakers were merely playing to the gallery and do not have the muscle to set agenda for the PDP-controlled National Assembly.
A handful out of the 160 opposition members in the House of Representatives on Thursday rose from a close door meeting threatening to override the President over the budget. The National Assembly is made up of 469 members.
PDP National Publicity Secretary Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday waved off the threat but added that President Jonathan was taking his time in studying the budget to ensure that the provisions were in the general interest of all Nigerians.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports in the media that a handful of opposition members from the House of Representatives had threatened to override the President on the budget. That is an empty boast. The PDP has the majority in the two chambers of the National Assembly. So it is clear that the opposition members cannot set the agenda for the National Assembly.
The Jigawa state Executive Council has approved over 2.4bn for the upgrading of the state owned Media outfits and the supply of Television equipments for the proposed State Television, by Harris Pinnacle Communication and Messer Techno System West Africa respectively. According to the commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honorable Babandi Ibrahim, the equipments to be supplied are two 50kilowatts A.M Transmitters for Radio Jigawa by Messer Techno System West Africa at the cost of about N227m, and an additional Digital Ready Transmitter and on air Studio for FM Andaza by E-PLUS to supply Digital Ready and on air Digital Studio for FM Andaza at the cost of N96m.
Harris Pinnacle Communication would supply and install Television equipment which include Transmitters at Dutse, Hadejia, Gumel and Kazaure at the cost of over N2.1bn with a completion period of Eight weeks.
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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