Delta NLC,TUC protest against electricity Increase

By Chuks Peter, DELTA

The Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade union Congress (TUC) have joined the nationwide demonstratetion, protest against the recent electricity tariff hike in Asaba, the state Capital.

Comrade Bolum Martin Nwachukwu JP, chairman of TUC Delta state, while speaking during the protest in Asaba the State capital said, If you want to increase tariff, you must engage stakeholders.

He said, “if you want to increase tariff, you must engage stakeholders, the people are suffering, Nigerians are dying, the light is not even there, we need releave, the poor must see light and we must be able to afford it.

The NLC, TUC Delta State Councils, led by the state chairman of TUC, comrade Bolum Martin Nwachukwu (JP), took the protest to the BEDC office in Asaba,

In their words “We are calling on BEDC and everybody concerned to reverse to what it used to be, then we can talk.

“This is what we are asking for, and that is what the people want.”

The occupation of the BEDC headquarters underscores the mounting tension between labor and regulatory authorities over the affordability of electricity, signaling a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate surrounding energy pricing and consumer rights.

However the State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) comrade Goodluck Ofobruku said Government is strangulating Nigerians.

Ofobruku said, “the Nigeria Labour Congress Delta State, has shutdown NERC BEDC offices in Delta against electricity tariff

“We are not protesting but we are only shutting down NERC and Disco offices because of the removal of the so called electricity tariff

“The government want to strangulate Nigerians, whenever, they are looking for money, they will increase prices of goods and services which we are not getting the value.” NLC added.

Delta to partner FG on healthcare delicery

By Chuks Peter, Delta

DELTA: The Delta State government has assured the Federal Government of it partnership and commitment to the growth and development of the health sector in the state.

Governor Oborevwori, who made the pledge at the formal opening of the College of Nursing Sciences, Onicha-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area, (Satellite Campus), of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, announced a donation of 32 seater coastal bus to the college.

While commending the former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, who attracted the project, Governor Oborevwori said the new College of Nursing would greatly enhance the tempo and quality of human capital development in the health sector.

He said: “As a Government, we are proud to be associated with this College of Nursing Sciences, Onicha-Uku (Satellite Campus), of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, which will greatly enhance human capital development in the health sector.

“Currently, there are five state-owned colleges of nursing, but their carrying capacity cannot absorb all the qualified applicants. Hence, the establishment of this College of Nursing Sciences, Onicha-Uku (Satellite Campus), of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, through our illustrious son, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, will provide adequate health care for this community and environs.

“I commend him for laying this solid foundation for the take-off of this College of Nursing Sciences.

“My appreciation goes to the Hon. Minister of Health, as well as the management and staff of Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, for this achievement.

“The presence of this school will, no doubt, boost the retail economy in Onicha-Uku and neigbhouring communities. I, therefore, urge them to reciprocate this kind gesture of the Federal Government by taking ownership of the school and to protect this critical asset that has been brought to the community. Security is paramount.”

Governor Oborevwori said his administration would continue to support Federal Government institutions in the state for the sustainable overall growth and development of the state.

“On our part, we shall lend adequate support and collaboration to the new College of Nursing Sciences. I have listened carefully to the requests of the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, on various areas of need. I assure you of our willingness to assist within the limits of available resources, in due course.

“It is my prayer that this College of Nursing Sciences will fulfill its mandates by contributing immensely to the growth of nursing education in Nigeria.”

The immediate Past Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon Ndudi Elumelu, at the event, said the College of Nursing was one of the many projects he attracted to Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, and pledged to continue to contribute to the development of the area.

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