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Gov Wike sacks Commissioner for Health

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has sacked the Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike for not seeking the state government’s approval to host the preliminary session of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, in Port Harcourt.

Governor Wike announced the sack when the chairman of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Professor Abba Hassan paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The Governor, who explained that the Rivers State government never requested to host the preliminary session of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, described the decision of the Commissioner as most embarrassing.

He said the Commissioner of Health erred by scheduling to host the event at the same time that the state government was inauguring projects.

Mr Wike said, in a bid to improve citizens access to quality healthcare, his administration has embarked on construction of some zonal hospitals in Bori, Degema, Etche, Ahoada and Omoku.

Earlier, Chairman, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Professor Abba Wasiri Hassan, explained that they were in Rivers State for the 9th preliminary session of the council.

He commended Governor Wike for the huge investment in Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences, award of scholarship to indigenes of the state studying medicine as well as the construction of Doctor Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Port Harcourt.

Reporting by Ibisaki Perri; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor