The Rivers State government has said it will strengthen and implement existing legislation on waste management, to maximize its economic potentials to the benefit of Rivers people.
To that end, the government has also planned to encourage and promote efficient use of resources through the ongoing initiative, to ensure high quality recycling of ‘waste to wealth’ project.
The State Governor, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike made the declaration yesterday while declaring open the 2015 Annual General Meeting, AGM, and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Rivers State Branch, in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, expressed appreciation to members of NMA for the sacrifice they made towards building a healthy, safe and prosperous Rivers State.
The Governor said the theme, “The Impact of Waste Management and Sanitation Practice on the Health of the Citizens,” was in tandem with his administration’s desire to return Port Harcourt to its ‘Garden City status’, adding that the immediate intervention of his government saved the state from the embarrassing heap of refuse legacy left in the streets of Port Harcourt by the past administration.
The State Chief Executive further said his administration would support the capacity development of medical practitioners to deliver healthcare services to the people of the state.
Chairman of the occasion, and the State Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwin, represented by the former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Weli Ogbonda, said the 2015 Annual General Meeting was an event to fine-tune and appraise the activities of medical doctors for the year.
In his address, Chairman Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Furo Green, used the occasion to appreciate the Governor Wike-led administration for the quick resolution of the inherited labour conflict in the Primary Healthcare Sector, the resolve to renovate and equip some dilapidated general hospitals and abandoned roads projects.
According to Dr. Green, “Nigerian Medical Association has carried out several free medical outreaches at the rural communities and prisons.

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