Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago has restated his commitment towards providing State of the Art Health facilities in the state.
Governor Bago stated this when he undertook a facility tour to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Medical Services, in Abuja.
The Governor who described what he saw as unprecedented in Nigeria, stressed that their services were in line with what he intends to achieve in the health sector in Niger State.
"We have come here in our quest to find better medical facilities and services for our people and we have just heard of the NNPC wonderful hospital.
"They have taken us round, to a very beautiful state-of-the-art facility, we are impressed, so in our quest to make Niger State a hub for medical activities, we will take off from here", he said.
He said the state government intends to replicate such a facility in Minna or Suleja, explaining that a private hospital proprietor has already indicated interest to invest in Minna.
Governor Umaru Bago said the state government will ensure achievable collaboration with the officials of the clinic especially in terms of expertise.
The Managing Director, NNPC Medical Services, Dr. Mohammed Musa Zango, explained that the facility was second to none in Nigeria with the latest and most advanced technology that will soon be put under use.
He described the governor's visit as a sign of dedication and commitment to serving the people of his state in particular and Nigeria in general and called on other governors to follow suit.
"We love the visit, we really appreciate it, it shows commitment, it shows dedication, it shows that he has the heart of his people as far as healthcare is concerned, and we really like to have governors like this who can come to visit and have this same facility in their states.
"It will curtail medical tourism, it will make the services available and affordable to the people, we are very proud of him, we are willing to support, partner and synergize with him", he stated.
Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, and Radio, Television and Theater Art Workers Union RATTAWU, in Niger State have resolved to approach regulatory agencies to sanction broadcast media houses airing provocative programmes, if they failed to abide by the ethics of the profession.
This was part of resolutions reached during an interactive session between the leadership of the two unions held at the IBB Pen House Minna yesterday.
The two Unions proposed a two-week ultimatum for such media houses to warn their staff to desist or face their action which may include picketing.
They expressed dismay that some unprofessional persons have taken over the airspace and operate without due recourse to the ethics of the profession.
The meeting commended Governor Mohammed Umar Bago, for appointing professionals as his media aides and urged other political office holders to emulate them.
The two Unions called on the governor to reintroduce hazard allowance for members and also resuscitate the abandoned Radio Niger AM Station, in view of its importance to the people, especially at the grassroots.
Earlier, the State Chairman of RATTAWU Comrade Isah Mahmud, had called on the leadership of the two unions to join hands together to check professional misconduct of some practitioners, adding that social media operations were quite different from conventional media with trained personnel.
He stressed the need for the unions to accord priority to the welfare and training of members, as well as encouraging members to acquire professional certificates.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of NUJ Comrade Abu Nmodu, appreciated the delegation for the visit and hoped that the relationship would be strengthened.
Comrade Abu Nmodu said the NUJ has set up disciplinary and ethics committee to deal with cases of quackery, indiscipline and non-adherence to the ethics of the profession and called for regular interface between the two unions for constant sharing of ideas.