Tony Ita-Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has disclosed the recovery of about N2billion from the civil servant’s wage bill following a biometric exercise.
Wike also said that a forensic audit of the state salaries accounts will be conducted soon.
This is as he also disclosed that the administration will commence work for the rehabilitation of General Hospitals in the three Senatorial Districts of the state in two weeks.
Speaking when he granted audience to the leadership of the Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Governor Wike said that the first phase of the rehabilitation of General Hospitals will involve six hospitals.
He said that the administration is committed to improving secondary health care for the people. He noted that in the next three years, 18 hospitals would have been rehabilitated.
Speaking further, Governor Wike said the state government will upgrade facilities at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital to serve as a teaching hospital for the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
He added that the State Government will also reconstruct the Doctors Quarters at the Tertiary Health Facility as well as complete the orthopedic section of the hospital.
“In the next two weeks, we will start awarding contracts for the rehabilitation of General Hospitals. The rehabilitation will be done in phases. We will start with two per senatorial district “, Governor Wike said.
Commenting on the ongoing biometric exercise, Governor Wike said that all those involved in defrauding the state of funds will be prosecuted accordingly.
He noted that the state government will fund the training and retraining of resident doctors to improve their capacity to deliver quality services. He added that issues pertaining the welfare of doctors will also be given the required attention.
Earlier, the Rivers State NMA, Dr. Furo Green commended the governor for his developmental strides. He urged him to address key welfare issues affecting doctors in the state.