By Elijah Ugani: Health Correspondent
The consultant procuring personal computers for civil servants in Cross River State, First Rhema Solutions Limited has said it will distribute the next batch to health workers from July 25, 2018.
The Group Managing Director of the firm, Engineer Charles Obi made this disclosure in an interaction with this reporter in Calabar at the sensitization workshop organized by the Cross River State Health Insurance Agency for all staff and stakeholders in the health sector.
“I have come here to assure you that all workers who are part of this laptops scheme will get their laptops delivered to them by 25th of August, 2018,” Obi said and expressed commitment to the process.
“We are absolutely committed to the procurement and distribution of HP laptops to all workers under the Cross River State Government approved Laptop Acquisition Scheme,” Obi said adding that the firm “shall successfully bring it to a phenomenal conclusion.”
He commended the move by the state to ensure its workforce “cultivates the digital and paperless administrative culture in a bid to strengthen data collection, management and transmission.”
Furthermore, Obi said his attendance at the meeting was to give credence to the insurance scheme even as he hoped residents will key in as it is a means to achieving universal health coverage.
Now, the laptop acquisition scheme had begun under the administration of Governor Liyel Imoke with controversy surrounding the exercise due to the quality of the computers supplied and the amount involved.
The firm had supplied the first batch to beneficiaries in mid 2017.
And, CrossRiverWatch findings reveal that almost NGN7,000 is been deducted from civil servants for a period of 18 months totalling about NGN126,000 for a laptop tech experts say has a market value of maximally NGN85,000.
NB: The word ‘First’ has been added in paragraph one to correct the name of the firm.
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