Wife of Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubarkar Sani Bello has lamented that the state was not fully exploring the windows of opportunities opened by donor agencies who have baskets of funds to be accessed for the state’s health care delivery sector.
The wife of the Governor, herself a medic, expressed worry that the state was yet to maximise the advantages of a good partnership with cash-spinning healthcare foundations, international care givers, healthcare donor bodies and even health and medical equipments donors who are willing to partner the state to improve the health sector of the state.
However, the absence of a properly constituted boards for parastatals under the state’s Ministry of Health may have been the reason why the state cannot at the moment draw down assistance from such multi lateral and global donor agencies.
Political considerations, nepotism and indecision by the present administration in the state may have played in significantly to the inability of the government to constitute new boards for the parastatals, agencies and governmental bodies under the state Ministry of Health and Health Services two years into the life span of the administration in the state.
But the wife of the Governor who had to speak out publicly for the upteem times on the price for not having such public boards, is getting agitated and this much she has expressed even as she assured that everything was being done to ensure maximum draw down of such assistance from donor agencies.
Dr. Amina spoke while receiving a delegation from the Global Promoters for Community Initiatives, (GPCI) team led by the Niger state Coordinator of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof, (PHCUOR), Kalejaiye Olasunkanmi who were on a courtesy visit to her.
Dr. Amina noted that despite the lean resources of the state government, coupled with it’s numerous and increasing areas demanding for further financial commitments, the state government was still ensuring that quality and affordable functional Primary Health Care, (PHC) delivery system exists in all the 274 Wards of the state.
The Governors’ wife pleaded with the visiting GPCI team saying that the state government would do all that was humanly possible to ensure the state benefitted maximally from donor agencies and developmental partners who are willing to support and improve on the state’s health sector.
She expressed worry over the delay in reconstituting another board for the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency by her husband’s led administration since the ouster of the former board at the expiration of the tenure of the last administration in the state.
“As a mother who wants the best for the state, i cannot understand why appointing and inaugurating the board for the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NSPHCDA) and related parastatals for the benefits of all citizens in the state is being depayed” she queried.
She however promised to find out why the appointment of a new board was delayed. She vowed to work towards having a constituted board for the NSPHCDA which she noted would fling open the windows of opportunities for the state to draw down assistance and donations from donor agencies.
Leader of the PHCUOR State Advocacy Team, Mr. Kalejaiye had ealiier solicited for the intervention and support of the wife of the Governor to pressure her husband to end the undue delay in setting up new board for the PHC.
He told her that Niger state was losing from accessing millions of Naira from donor agencies and developmental partners because of the absence of constituted management boards for its parastatals and agencies under the healthcare sector.
Appointment of a Chairman and inauguration of a board for Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NSPHCDA), Kalejaiye said would not only be for the benefits of Nigerlites but to enable PHCUOR fulfill one of its pillars in the state.
Without a substantive board, Kalejaiye argued further that it would be difficult for the PHCUOR State Advocacy Team to mobilise funds to support Primary Health Care system in the state for improved health care delivery across the state.
He therefore pressed it on the wife of the Governor to intervene promptly for the good of all in the state.