… Approves N100 million Bond For Basic Healthcare Provision Fund
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has cautioned some leaders in the country to desist from inciting the masses against President Muhammadu Buhari’ administration, saying the president is doing his best and will continue to transform the nation.
The Governor who stated this during Eid-Kabir prayer in his country home Okene , Kogi state , advised Nigerian leaders who have lived their lives and have benefitted immensely to give peace a chance in the interest of the country.
“Leaders should stop inciting people against the security agents of the country and the president as whoever found wanting will certainly face the full wrath of the law.
“The president is doing his best and there is need for Nigerians to give him total support , we are not unaware that there are challenges but gradually he will surmount them” the governor assured .
Governor Bello who said Kogi state was ranked among the most peaceful state in the country, appealed to politicians , aspirants and their supporters to go about their campaign in a peaceful manner that will not impede the peaceful coexistent of the people .
He warned that whoever indulged in electoral violence before, during and after election would be treated like a common criminal.
“I am appealing to my teeming supporters that this is democracy and it has become expedient for politicians to challenge me in an election and that should not be seen as an offense.
“Those challenging me in the forthcoming APC primaries should be given an equal to contest . As a responsible government the security o life and property is our priority and we will extend it to all aspirants” he said.
He assured that his administration will continue to provide adequate security of life and property, stressing that whoever indulge in political violence will face the full wrath of the law.
In his sermon , the Acting Chief Imam of Ebiraland, Alhaji Salihu Abere cautioned Muslims against inflammatory statement capable of causing disharmony in the central senatorial district.
He charged people to be prayerful at all time, saying it is only through prayer that they can enjoy God mercy.
Meanwhile, Bello has given approval for the release of N100 million bond required for the state to access Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
The governor disclosed this in Lokoja, at the inauguration ceremony of the ”Introduction of Meningitis A (MEN-A) vaccine into the Routine Immunisation Schedule in the state.
Our Correspondent reports that BHCPF was one per cent of the federal government Consolidated Revenue and contributions from donor grants set aside to fund the basic healthcare needs of Nigerians.
To access the fund, a state government needs amongst other conditions to contribute N100 million as counterpart fund.
Bello said he had approved and released the sum of N100 million counterpart fund required for the state to access the BHCPF from CBN to ensure quality basic healthcare delivery for Kogi people.
Represented by Dr Saka Audu, Kogi Commissioner for Health, Bello said the introduction of MEN-A vaccines into the state’s RI, was part of his administration’s efforts to protecting Kogi children against preventable childhood killer diseases.
He commended the NPHCDA, KSPHCDA, WHO and other development partners for their support and the wonderful initiative, stressing that it was inline with the new direction blueprint of his administration.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA) said the agency was committed to ending preventable child deaths and enhance quality healthcare delivery to the people at the grassroots.
He noted that meningitis vaccine was given to children at 9 months to prevent the disease, saying any suspected cases should be reported to the nearest health facilities as soon as possible.
”The vaccine has been researched very well, tested to be safe, reliable and free for all.
”I therefore, encourage our parents to bring out their children to participate in the routine immunisation,” Yakubu said.