RSG To Train 100 Midwives, Annually …Streamlines Tax Payment
The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, says his ministry will train at least 100 midwives yearly to meet the manpower need of the state.
The commissioner disclosed this yesterday during the formal handover of a new hostel block built by the Rivers State office of the Millennium Development Goals at the Rivers State School of Nursing, Rumueme, Port Harcourt.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director of Nursing Services in the ministry, Mrs Elizabeth Sika, commended the MDGs office for the project and said the quality of the project would enhance the granting of full accreditation by the Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on MDGs, Desire Bob-Manuel said the hostel building was part of the 2009 interventionist programme of the MDGs.
Bob-Manuel further explained that the project which was initially estimated to cost N219million was reviewed upward to N270million through the Bureau of Public Procurement because of the difficult terrain and topography of the area.
He said the effort was to partner with the Ministry of Health to enhance the accreditation profile of the School of Basic Midwifery to carry out its mandate of producing qualified health personnel in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government says it is working on a bill that would ensure the harmonisation of taxes payable by business outfits in the state.
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Chuma Chinye who dropped this hint during a visit to the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, said the new law would check the problem of touting in tax payment and collection system in the state.
Chinye also restated government’s resolve to enforce the laws on the registration of business places in the state.
According to him, the registration process which would be done online would provide government with the database of companies doing business in the state.
The commissioner further explained that as part of the efforts to ensure the success of the process, his ministry had designed a demand notice in form of a scratch card in which numbers are generated online.
He listed some of the benefits that would be derived from the exercise to include providing platform for companies to advertise their services, while creating online database for the state to advertise its services globally.
Mr Chinye who was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary and some directors of the ministry described the media as very critical to the overall success of the programme.
He noted that it was against this background that he decided to visit the corporation to seek for partnership to enable the ministry succeed.
The General Manager of the corporation, Mr Celestine Ogolo said that the visit was an indication that the ministry would succeed in its assignments, adding that The Tide newspaper which remains the voice of the Niger Delta was prepared to collaborate with the ministry and give it the publicity it desired.