Niger govt repositions health sector, warns errant workers


Governor Abubakar  Sani Bello (file photo)

.Niger govt inaugurates Sports associations

By Mohammed Usman

Niger State government has said that it was repositioning the health sector by holding errant staff accountable to safeguard lives of patients, including pregnant mothers and their babies.

This is part of its measures aimed at repositioning the Health sector.

As a result, a number of health workers, cutting across different cadres, including a Consultant, had either been sacked, demoted, transfered and/or suspended without pay in all the 23 general hospitals across the state for breach of professional trust.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammad Maku-Sidi, disclosed this, while briefing journalists on the speculated crisis in the entire state health sector, leading to a number of workers either being sacked, demoted, working without pay or other forms of sanctions.

The commissioner pointed out that a mother and her unborn child died recently due to negligence and poor management of the case.

He said that the poor attitude work led to the sacking of all the workers on duty directly involved in managing her case after they were investigated and found culpable.

Meanwhile, Niger State government has inaugurated 26 sporting associations, charging the newly inaugurated members drawn from the private and public sector, military, para-military, civilians and business men/women to work out strategies to use sports as a bait to discourage youths from taking to crime and other forms of criminalities.

While inaugurating the associations which included members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello, represented by the state Commissioner, Youth and Sports, Alhaji Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji, enjoined leadership of the association to use sports in checking youths’ restiveness.

“As you stand inaugurated today, I urge you to work out modalities to use sports as bait to the depleting the number of youth that had taken to crime, including armed banditry by encouraging them to embrace different types of sports as a vocation”.

With the state grappling with diverse security challenge including attacks and killings by ISWAP/Boko-Haram/Armed Banditry, Governor Bello said that the state could not afford to have more of its future leaders enmeshed in criminal mindset hence the inauguration.

“Many of our youths are roaming the streets and I want to believe that you will engage them in the different sporting activities as a way of not only discouraging them from taking to crime but to check youth restiveness in our state”.


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