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RSPHCMB A New Horizons Under Dr. Monima

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Dr Agiriye Monima Harry, a Nigerian trained Medical practitioner with specialty in Orthopaedic Medicine has dedicated almost the last two decades of his life into the Rivers State Civil Service.

In a country where, many in the Civil service sector give in abysmal performance as “Anything goes”, Dr Harry has sacrificed his time, knowledge and resources into improving every department within the Rivers State Health Ministry he has been opportune to serve.

Between January 2004, to January 2006, he was head of department, Accident and emergency, BMSH. Coordinator of River State Emergency Medical Services from April 2003 through October 2007; and director of River State Emergency Medical Services from October 2007 through 2013. Director of medical service, River State Ministry of Health from May 2013 through July 2013; director of special programmes at River State Emergency Medical Services from July 2013 through August 2015; appointed permanent secretary Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB) in August 2015.

For Dr. Harry, his time in the civil service is an opportunity to serve humanity and make the world a better place which has attracted numerous awards and Professional Certifications such as Instructor basic trauma life support, Fellow of Arbeitsgemeinschaft für osteosynthesefragen(AO) International, Instructor Advanced Trauma Life Support amongst others.

His rise through the ranks within the service is a testament of his dedication and a morale booster to many around him.

Born on August 14, 1965, Agiriye Monima Harry is a renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon having over 18 years of experience with a particular interest in Knee and Hip Arthroplasty.

Between January 2004 to January 2006, he was head of department, Accident and emergency, BMSH. Coordinator of River State Emergency Medical Services from April 2003 through October 2007; and director of River State Emergency Medical Services from October 2007 through 2013. Director of medical service, River State Ministry of Health from May 2013 through July 2013; director of special programmes at River State Emergency Medical Services from July 2013 through August 2015; appointed permanent secretary Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB) in August 2015.

Dr. Agiriye, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB) since his assumption of office, has transformed the face of the agency upon his appointment in 2015 as permanent Secretary.

RSPHCMB saddled with the management of 150 Model Primary Health Centres built and over 200 standard Primary Health Centres across the state jointly funded by the Local Government Councils, Rivers State Government with technical support from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has fared considerably well under his watch the agency has embarked on; 

One week of free medical services for pregnant women and newborn babies in the Rivers State in collaboration with a federal government healthcare initiative, Save One Million Lives (SOML) to mark the 2021 maternal newborn baby and child health week, Sensitization against Polio and reduction in Polio rate in Rivers State, Sensitization, Mobilization and immunization against Yellow Fever, Mass sensitization on COVID-19, Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE), and Information, Education and campaign(IEC) materials to Primary Health Centres in the 23 LGAs of Rivers State, created isolation points for suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers and many more.

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Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day

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…reflects on the state of the nation

…calls for youth friendly policies

The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.

In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.

“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.

The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections

“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.

The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.

“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.

On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.

“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.

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