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Edo State ratifies New Health Law, GIS project, Enforces School relocation; as Obaseki seeks Global Database for Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The Edo State Executive Council on Wednesday approved the Edo State Health Law (Bill) 2017, from the Ministry of Health, seeking to domesticate the National Health Act of 2014.

The State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Paul Ohonbamu, while addressing journalists after the weekly meeting, said, “The immediate benefits of the bill includes the remodeling and standardization of the health system in the state particularly, the primary healthcare sub-sector which covers 70% of the state’s  health challenges.”

He explained that the proposed Edo State Health Law 2017, “will also reduce the burden on the tertiary and secondary health care systems and provide the legal authority for the state to establish the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Board and the proposed Edo State Contributory Health Commission, with shared responsibility for funding from the three tiers of Government, beneficiaries and partners to ensure Universal Health Coverage.”

The EXCO headed by the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, also approved the introduction of the Edo State Geographic Information Service (GIS) Agency that will automate land administration and development control in the state.

The agency will also undertake the aerial mapping of Edo State for the formation of a geographic information system and improve the ease of doing business in the state.

“EXCO reiterated its earlier position that all structures under the high tension electricity transmission lines be removed.”

Ohonbamu further said: “To show the seriousness of the matter, EXCO ordered the immediate relocation of a public school, Etete Primary School, which has been in that location for decades.”

According to him, “The Chairman in Council is particular about the health and safety of pupils of the primary school and has ordered that they should not resume next academic session in that location.”

He assured that the affected pupils, teachers and parents would be informed of their new location before resumption date for the next academic session.

In another development, Governor Obaseki has made a case for a global digital database that will have the information of victims of enforced disappearances across the world.

Obaseki made the recommendation on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, observed on August 30, each year.

He noted that “over the years, the number of victims of enforced disappearances has been on the increase while the face of the oppressive act keeps changing from people who oppose draconian military governments to civil rights agitators, and innocent women and children during internal strife such as the Chibok girls, as well as witnesses of the act, all in a bid to propagate terror.”

The governor explained that “with a global database shared by security agencies across the world, the search for the victims of this dastardly act would be easier.”

He condemned any act designed to instill fear and spread terror and stressed: “that civility and not barbarism should rule the world.”

He commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari at rescuing all the missing Chibok girls and urged Nigerians to keep faith with the APC-led administration.

The United Nations General Assembly in 2010 adopted August 30 for the observance of the International Day of the victims of enforce disappearances, with the maiden edition in 2011.

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