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Eno approves the recruitment of additional health workers

Governor Umo Eno has approved the recruitment of 200 health workers to complement the ongoing government intervention in the primary healthcare sector in Akwa Ibom State.
Eno endorsed Ikot Nkwo where he commissioned the newly built model Primary Health Center initiated by his government in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.

According to the governor, the approval for the recruitment of 200 new health workers is in addition to the health worker recruitment announcement he made during the 2024 Labor Day celebration in the state.

Eno further disclosed that the construction of other Model Primary Health Centers was simultaneously underway in 12 LGAs of the state.

The Governor assured all qualified prospective candidates of a transparent, fair and merit-based recruitment process that would help meet the healthcare needs of the newly constructed primary health centers.

According to him: “The Commissioner for Health has whispered to me that beyond the 200 I approved for the general hospital, primary health care needs some more. So now that they’re opening, they need to have enough staff. I therefore approve the recruitment of 200 additional health workers for the primary health centre.

“The interview process will be extremely transparent. We will be using a computer-based exam. I am going to find an advisor who will administer the exams; people will come, take the exams and get their results there. And if you succeed, we’ll take you with us. Employment will not depend on any form of quota. We want to do the best for our healthcare system and even for our education system,” he said.

Recalling the situation that necessitated the project, the governor commended the gesture of Ikot Nkwo community for giving up their community center as temporary accommodation for the health center and for making available land for the new health center project without any conditions or demands.

He, therefore, directed the Commissioner for Lands to make available to the community the sum of N50 million as compensation for the land and to exercise due diligence to ensure that all former owners of the land used for the project gets a fair share of the resources.

The governor also revealed that the state government is ready to pay additional allowances as incentives for doctors and nurses working in primary health care in rural areas, and directed the Internal Security Commissioner to contact the village leadership and the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ibesikpo-Asutan Division to provide adequate security for personnel and equipment in the facility.

“What we see here today is a great step to bring primary healthcare closer to the people, in line with our ARISE Agenda, with an emphasis on rural development.

“A few weeks into my administration, I visited what for decades had been a health center serving the needs of this community. I was shocked and moved by what the place was like.

“But I was also impressed that the community was kind enough to make their community center available as a health post. I was impressed with how well patient and procedure records were kept by the Matron. We have applied for land from the community and I would like to thank the village chief and all members of his community.

“They donated land to the government that same day. They never asked for any compensation, they just gave that land. That showed me that this is a community that needs development.

“We are willing to work with communities that value investments and what government does for them. Since they gave this land and asked for nothing, we feel that we should not only take your land but also give you water to drink. So we are giving you money, and we trust that your village council and your leaders will sit down and make sure that everyone who had land here gets something,” he added.

The governor expressed delight over the contractor’s gesture to voluntarily build stalls for traders at the Ikot Nkwo community market, in demonstration of his social responsibility, and urged other companies doing business in the state to follow suit .

He said modalities would be put in place to ensure adequate maintenance of the facility and other government facilities, and then announced the appointment of Elder Udo Sam Umoatan as the pioneer chairman of the State Assets Management and Maintenance Agency.

He revealed that his government’s vision is to take a bottom-up approach to development, with rural areas being a priority.

In an overview of the facility, Commissioner for Health Augustine Umoh said the facility is unique especially because of its solar energy supply, which he said will improve stable power supply at the health centre.

According to him, the Model Health Center has consulting rooms, a theater, wards, doctors, matrons and nurses’ quarters, a laboratory, an IT and administration unit, a modern kitchen, a dining room, solar energy and also a standby generator . such as 214 Medical equipment and consumables.

In her remark, the Chairman of Ibesikpo Asutan Transition Committee, Akon Michael, expressed joy at the facility, saying it was like a dream to the people of the area.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Nsikan Linus Nkan, who led other stakeholders in the area, appreciated the governor and assured that they will continue to support him even after 2027.

Also speaking, the village head of Ikot Nkwo, Ette Idung Nsidibe Etuk and the paramount ruler of Ibesikpo Asutan, Ededem Clement Ekpenyong, appreciated the governor and prayed that God will continue to guide and guard him and grant him more wisdom to fully realize the law. STEP Agenda.

On his part, the State Chairman of Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Martin Akpan, the governor for his proactive and pragmatic leadership style, which he said made the facility possible. He assured me that his agency would protect it and make it functional.

The highlight of the occasion was the handing over of the facility to the Commissioner for Health, Chairman and Secretary of the Primary Health Care Development Agency by Governor Umo Eno, with a call for maximum use of it.