BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has taken a swipe at the state government over what it described as the “reckless abandonment of the health sector in the state.”
State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, spoke in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state, in continuation of his visitation tour of the party’s state Working Committee to all the 18 councils in the state.
Orbih, who formally received some defectors from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to PDP in the town, noted that it was depressing that while pregnant women in neighbouring Delta State get free medical care, those in Edo State pay and don’t get services for the their money.
He noted that training of nurses and midwives in state- hospitals stopped in January, 2013, after the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, NMCN, withdrew their operating licence owing to what he described as poor training regime and inclement training conditions.
He said while the NMCN recommends a ratio of 10 nursing students to one instructor, the practice in Edo State dropped to as low as 78 nursing students to one instructor, promising that a PDP government will ensure that the licence was returned when voted into office.
Welcoming decampees from the APC, including Mr. Isaiah Osifo and Pastor Joseph Osagiede, Orbih said PDP will be willing to receive the state deputy governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, who is from Orhionmwon Local Government Area, back into the party by the time he serves out his tenure.
Pointing out that over N300 billion had been received by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration and N2 billion was being received every month as Internally Generated Revenue, he lamented that there was nothing to justify the money received so far.
“We will not allow Edo people to be deceived again. We will not give Oshiomhole the privilege of picking a successor. Our people must know that we need a governor who will relate with the Presidency to fast-track development in Edo State,” Orbih said.