Abia Govt Revamps Cottage Hospital, Shuts Down 197 Substandard Private Schools
In line with her extant ‘Reclaim Our Schools Initiative’ the Labour Party (LP) led administration of Dr. Alex Otti, of Abia State, says it has shut down a total of 197 Private schools in Abia having failed to attain government’s stipulated minimum standard.
Briefing Journalists at government House, Umuahia on the outcome of week’s Executive Council Meeting, as presided over by Governor Alex Otti, the
Commissioner for Information and culture, Prince Okey Kanu, informed that government had, in her quest to
reform the education sector and enhance education standards of private schools operating in the state, embarked on the inspection of schools in the state.
The Information Commissioner reiterated the adminstration’s unwavering commitment to reforming the education sector, insisting various affected schools failed to meet up with the laid down minimum standard of the government.
Speaking, he said : “The inspection of schools is ongoing, at the last count, about 900 schools have been inspected. A few of the schools have not been so unlucky, they fell short of the required standards and they were shut down.
“That exercise is ongoing and it speaks to the determination of the state government to reform the education sector”.
On the recent list of Transition Chairmen as publicised by the government, Hon. Kanu described the individuals who emerged as T.C Chairmen of various 17 Local Government Areas of the State as “Seasoned Administrators”.
“As part of the vision of Governor Alex Otti to put in place a strong governance architecture in the State, during the week, a list of T.C Chairmen was released. The list contained names of very seasoned administrators.
Furthermore, he disclosed that “the list of Councillors that would complement the Chairmen will be made public very soon.
Meanwhile, he used the medium to remind Abians of the ongoing free medical services of the Otti’s administration, as he expressed immense joy over the perceived positive responses of Abians to the said project.
“About 8000 patients and more have taken advantage of that programme.”
In her remarks which predicated on the Health Sector, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo
disclosed that over Eight Thousand Abians have so far accessed the free medicare under the ongoing free Medical Services offered by the state government.
Moreso, she said the state Government Cottage Hospital Aba, had begun a process of retrofitting the hospital in an effort to enhance the capacity of the facility, noting that same would in no distance time be reopened for public’s use.
“What we are retrofitting is the cottage hospital and the general hospital, we’re just going to make a few structural adjustments, open up the windows, get the electrician to make sure the fittings are properly structured and making the facility fit for services.
Corroborating, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uzo Nwachukwu, who spoke on the Governor’s choice of individuals to head the various Local Government Areas, explained that the list affirmed the credibility of the listed individuals.
He used the medium to inform also that list of Councillors would be released soon.
On the tenure of the Transition Committee members, Nwachukwu clarified that the Transition Committee members have a statutory six-month tenure, renewable by law.