Uduaghan Vows Not to Succumb to Intimidation.
Delta State Governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has vowed not to succumb to any form of intimidation in his determination to reposition DESOPADEC to enable due process reign in the organization.
The Governor, who was speaking at a Thanksgiving Service by the State to mark the 19th Anniversary of the creation of the State at the weekend in Ekpan, said no amount of pressure would stop the State Government from laying a solid framework for DESOPADEC to operate properly.
Dr Uduaghan said a group of people have been threatening fire and brimstone and warned that DESOPADEC is owned by the State Government and no group or individual has power to control it other than the State Government.
He said an organization should have guidelines for operation and should have promotion and retirement procedures, explaining that the committee inaugurated recently would set up a new framework that would be beneficial to workers and the stakeholders.
His words "we are determined to set up a good frame work on which DESOPADEC could stand on and operate and nobody can stop us because we are determined".Calling on those who have issues to iron out with the State Government on DESOPADEC to come forward and dialogue adding that he was ready to discuss with any group.
He enjoined workers in the organization to cooperate with the committee set up to restructure the body because the committee is made up of Permanent Secretaries who are there to lay foundation for an enduring service career.
The Governor who used the occasion to express appreciation to the Federal Government over the Local Content Bill, said when operational the Bill would add value to the economic wellbeing of Deltans.
Dr Uduaghan promised to set up a committee that would study the technical aspect of the Bill and advise the State on how to make it beneficial to all Deltans. He commended the National Assembly and President Goodluck Jonathan for the bold step taken over the Local Content Bill, promising to ensure that the State would fully key into the new law.
The Governor who expressed concern over the continued strike by Medical Doctors in the State regretted that the strike has already taken its toll on patients. Dr Uduaghan therefore appealed to Traditional Rulers and the clergy to intervene and make doctors see the urgent need to call off the strike and return to the negotiating table.
He said there was no State in the Federation that has started paying the new medical salary structure and urged the doctors to call off the strike and continue with negotiations.
Continuing, the Governor said "the doctors' strike is affecting the health care delivery of the State Government and I want to appeal to our Royal Fathers and men of God to help us talk to the doctors to call off the strike". The Governor gave assurance that as a medical doctor he would not toy with the welfare of his colleagues.