Delta State Executive Council has approved the phase two procurement of medical equipment for twenty general hospitals in the state.

The approval was part of the decisions reached at Wednesday’s State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Sheriff Oborevwori.

Briefing Journalists at the end of the meeting, State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Michael Osuoza listed the hospitals to include General Hospitals at Obiaruku, Abraka, Ekpan, Owa-Alero, Okwe, Koko, Orerokpe, Otu-Jeremi, Burutu, Abavo, Owa-Oyibu, Issele-Uku, Ibusa, Aviara, Onicha-Olona, Ofagbe, Aboh, Ashaka, Kiagbodo and Eku Baptist Government Hospital.

Osuoza, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Works (Rural and Riverine Roads), Mr. Charles Aniagwu, his Higher Education counterpart, Professor Nyerovwo Tonukari, Health, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sir Festus Ahon, said Exco also ratified bursary payment to 30,100 students for the 2022/2023 academic session.

“We just finished exco meeting and some approvals have been given to some vital projects.

“Exco approved the release of funds for 2022/2023 Students’ Assistance Scheme, otherwise known as bursary.

“There is approval for the upward review of the contract for the procurement of medical equipment for 20 General Hospitals in the state.

“There is an upward variation of the contract for the remodeling of the uncompleted library building of the Basic Clinical Building of the College of Health Sciences, Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.

“There is also approval for the payment of compensation for buildings that will be affected by the construction of the flyover bridge from Enerhen Junction, Effurun to Marine Gate, Warri in Uwvie and Warri South local government areas”.

For his part, Health Commissioner, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme said there was a standing approval for immediate replacement of essential workers lost to brain drain, adding that the state government was committed to ensuring the health of Deltans.

On gully erosion ravaging parts of the state capital, Commissioner for Works (Rural and Riverine Roads), Charles Aniagwu, said the state government was working on addressing the challenges posed by the 1.8km meters gully erosion site on Marble Hill road to the Vanguard and NNPC axis of Okpanam and other sites across the state.

He said over two billion naira was approved by Exco for the payment of compensation on the flyover project from Enerhen to Marine Gate Warri and gave assurance that the present administration would continue to take proactive steps to mitigate the plight of Deltans.

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