By Terver Akase
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom today inaugurated the state's Health Management and Primary Health Care Boards as well as Council on Privatisation and Commercialisation Enterprises.
The ceremony took place at Old Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House.
Governor Ortom said the inauguration of the boards and the council had become necessary in his administration's determination to deliver quality health care to the people of the state and to fulfil his campaign promises to revamp moribund industries while establishing new ones.
He said both health and industrialisation are part of the five pillars of his administration as enshrined in its blueprint, 'Our Collective Vision for a New Benue'.
"We are convinced that if healthcare is taken to the grassroots and the doorsteps of our teeming populace, we would keep our people healthy and productive, thereby enhancing economic activities and creating wealth", he stated.
Governor Ortom urged members to consider their assignment as a task of positively affecting the lives of the people and charged the boards and council to focus on health and economic needs of the state, as well as develop integrated approaches for tackling the challenges.
He urged the Council to lay emphasis on boosting micro, small and medium scale enterprises, as well as commercial and investment activities in order to create massive jobs, wealth and opportunities.
The Health Management Board has Mr Jerome Tor Shimbe as Chairman, Messrs Mathias Mtserkyaa, Isaac Angbande, Mr. Daniel Onda, and Mr. Ukeyima Gbileve as members, with Dr. Jack Inalegwu as Executive Secretary.
The Council on Privatisation and Commercialisation Enterprises has Professor Abalike Ambrose Okwoli as Chairman.
Other members are the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Michael Gusa, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Tersoo Kpelai, the President, Benue Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, BECCIMA, Arc. Asema Achado, Mr. Jonathan Ichaver, Mr. Anya Godwin, NLC State Chairman, and Mrs. Tina Sorkaa while the State Head of Service is to provide a Secretary.
The Primary Health Care Board which membership is drawn from health institutions, various unions and civil society organisations has Reverend Pinot Ogbaji as Chairman with Dr Bem Ageda as Executive Secretary.