Members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Delta state chapter, on Monday converged on Asaba for a solidarity march to Government House to appreciate Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for addressing an injustice they have contended with for over six years 

The highly elated nurses chanted solidarity songs and carried placards with inscriptions expressing appreciation to the Governor for appointing the most senior nurse in the state, Mrs Mercy Atikpo, as the Director of Nursing Services in the State Ministry of Health.

At the Government House gate, where the nurses were received by the Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, the Acting State Secretary of NANNM, Comrade Juliet Eto, described the elevation of Mrs Atikpo as a victory, which had eluded them over the years.

Comrade Eto noted that the Governor’s intervention was akin to the Supreme Court judgement which validated his electoral victory, adding that by insisting that the right person  be appointed to head the Nursing Services Department, the Governor had stood himself out as an epitome of justice.

Addressing the nurses, Governor Oborevwori, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kingsley Emu, said his administration was committed to serving justice to all, pointing out that he felt the urgent need to address the issue of the Director of Nursing Services.

The Governor urged the nurses to de-emphasize unionism and rededicate themselves to their professional calling in order to significantly improve on the quality of healthcare delivery in hospitals across the state.

The Governor’s representative was flanked by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Prince Johnson Erijo, the Senior Policy Adviser to the Governor, Hon (Chief) Funkekeme Solomon and his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon.

The Chairman of NANNM, Delta chapter, Comrade Philomena Onokpuvie, had earlier in an interview with newsman at the Association’s Secretariat, said the appointment of junior officers to head the Nursing Services Department was against the Civil Service Rule, and thanked Governor Oborevwori for addressing the anomaly.

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