AbdulMajeed Inspects, As Gov. AbdulRazaq Replaces Collapsed Machines At Harmony Diagnostic Centre
Mallam Abdullahi Abdulmajeed, the group managing director and chief executive officer of Harmony Holdings Limited, visited Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre (HADC), a subsidiary firm of Harmony Holdings that operates in the healthcare sector, on Wednesday.
After receiving fresh funding from Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for its revitalization, the center has just taken receipt of several newly acquired machines to improve its operating capability and service delivery.
In both the laboratory and radiological areas of the facility, the GMD/CEO viewed the recently acquired equipment alongside some older ones that had been fixed.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inspection tour, the GMD/CEO confirmed that the lab section of the centre is now at 100 per cent operational capacity. He however clarified that the radiological section of the centre has only attained 50 per cent operational capacity and is primed for full operational capacity in the next one week when repair work is finalised and another set of new machines is delivered.
Abdulmajeed explained to press men how the Governor AbdulRazaq-led administration inherited collapsed machines and backlogs of obligations at the diagnostic centre.
According to him, “The first set of interventions made by His Excellency Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq concerning Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre (HADC) was to clear the backlogs of service level agreement fees due to G.E that had accumulated between 2017 and 2019 to the tune of N10 million. He also approved the disbursement of funds for the preventive maintenance of all the machines that had broken down in the centre. That was before His Excellency even settled down in office. It was about the same time he was fixing the abandoned secretariat project, tackling the water question and doing so many other interventions across sectors.
“The intervention revived the operational capacity of the centre. When I also got appointed as GMD/CEO in December 2019, we made an appeal to His Excellency for funds to fix the UPS machines that also went down at the time. We got the approval to do so and it enhanced the service delivery and operations of the company to the extent that we funded our overhead and maintenance cost from what we made during the period. I should not also forget that His Excellency at the early days of his administration facilitated the procurement of a brand new haematology analyser for the centre.”
The Harmony Holdings chief explained that the new investments come as the centre witnessed breakdown of machines some months back which affected its service delivery and operational capacity.
He added that the machines are susceptible to breaking down because many of them were aged even as at the time they were delivered under the last administration.
“They were also closed-system machines which meant that they can only be repaired by their manufacturers. Getting them to fix it took a lot of negotiations, time and efforts,” he added.
The list of machines newly procured include, Auto Chemistry Analyser, FIA Meter Plus, 2-Channel Coagulation Analyser, Electrolyte Analyser, Haematology Analyser (5-part), and Electrophoretic Machine.
The CT Scan 16 Slice Machine and Mammography Machine are also now working perfectly after repair and maintenance work, while the Fluoroscopy Machine, X-ray Machine and Ultrasound Machine are still undergoing repair which would conclude soon.
The new investment into the centre also included the renovation and facelift of the physical environment which is about the biggest since its inception.
Outstanding salaries of staff during the operational downtime have also been cleared, and there is new investment in the human capital with restaffing, restructuring, redeployment and management structure transformation.
Abdulmajeed lamented that despite sinking billions of naira into the establishment of the centre, the previous administration did not declare profit at anytime in their years of stewardship.
They also engaged Mediquip Medical Services, a consultant touted to be of international standard, to manage the centre, with no profit made or dividends sent into the coffers of the government. This is even as the previous administration continued to fund the centre under private management with subventions.
He alluded to the case of Kwara Hotel whose management was transferred to a private company without results on deliverables, noting what his administration has been doing is turnaround management to fix the rots across board.
“There was no asset replacement plan. The previous administration left hundreds of million naira in contractual obligations with BOTAD in respect of the first and only set of machines they got for the centre.”
The GMD/CEO meanwhile announced 25 per cent discount on all lab procedures of the centre for one month, starting from Thursday, September 22nd.
He said it was a way of placating Kwarans for the disappointment they witnessed during the downtime.
The chief executive wooed the general public to patronise the centre which he said now has a full operational capacity for lab procedures.
JUST-IN: Makinde Sacks Auxilliary, Other Park Management Chiefs In Oyo
The Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has ordered the dissolution of the Disciplinary Committee, Park Management System (PMS) headed by Alhaji Mukaila Auxiliary.
The newly appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, May 29, 2023, said the dissolution was with immediate effect.
The terse statement reads, “I have the directive of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde to inform you of the dissolution of the Disciplinary Committee, Park Management System with immediate effect from today, Monday, 29th May, 2023
Henry Dele Alake: The Scintillating Profile of President Tinubu’s Chief Press Secretary
Henry Dele Alake, a prominent figure in Nigerian journalism and politics, has been appointed as the Chief Press Secretary to President Tinubu. Born on October 6, 1956, in Ekiti State, Alake is currently 66 years old. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to democratic values, activism, and public service.
Alake’s journey in activism began under the mentorship of the late Chief MKO Abiola. He played a pivotal role in the controversial 1993 election, which was unfortunately annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida, the then military president. Despite facing oppression and terrorization, Alake fearlessly advocated for justice and the preservation of democratic principles.
Between 1999 and 2007, Alake served as the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of Lagos State. During this period, he contributed significantly to the development and growth of the state, effectively communicating the government’s policies and initiatives to the public.
Currently, Alake holds the position of Director of Media and Communication of The Tinubu Campaign Council, supporting the presidential aspirations of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the upcoming 2023 election.
Education played a crucial role in Alake’s path to success. He attended Surulere Baptist Primary School in Lagos for his elementary education, followed by Christ’s School Ado Ekiti for his West African School Certificate. He furthered his studies at Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1975. In the same year, he enrolled at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and later pursued a master’s degree in Mass Communications.
Alake embarked on his professional career as a journalist after completing his education. He began as a Senior Sub-Editor at the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) after a year of national service with the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC). Over the years, he held various positions in journalism, including Current Affairs Officer, Senior Current Affairs Officer, and Principal Current Affairs Officer. Alake played a vital role in the establishment of Lagos Television (LTV 8).
In 1985, Alake transitioned to print journalism, joining the Concord Press as an editor and writer for the National Concord and Sunday Concord newspapers. He became the editor of Sunday Concord in 1989 and continued in that position until 1995. During this period, he also served as a columnist for the National Concord.
Alake’s career took a significant turn when he became Chief MKO Abiola’s Adviser on Information, contributing to his election campaign for the 1993 general election. His dedication to Abiola’s cause led to confrontations and oppression from the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha. Faced with immense pressure, Alake went into exile, actively engaging with other prominent figures in the National Democratic Coalition of Nigeria (NADECO), such as Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Senator Bola Tinubu, Chief John Oyegun, and Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (Rtd.).
Returning to Nigeria’s political landscape, Alake’s talents and expertise were recognized by Governor Bola Tinubu, who appointed him as his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy. He later served as the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy during Tinubu’s tenure as governor.
In 2010, Alake declared his intention to contest for the senatorial seat of Ekiti Central in Ekiti State. However, due to intra-party crises within his political party at that time, he decided to withdraw from the aspiration.
In preparation for the 2015 general election, Alake was appointed as the Director of Media and Communication for the Buhari Campaign Organization, supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambition.
Continuing his involvement in political campaigns, Alake currently holds the position of Director of Media and Communication for The Tinubu Campaign Council, supporting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential aspirations in the upcoming 2023 general election.
While information about his marital life remains private, it is worth noting that one of his children, Olatunbosun Alake, serves as the Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu.
Alake’s contributions to journalism and politics have earned him several notable achievements. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, where he once served as Vice President. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the West African Union of Journalists. In 2000, he received the prestigious Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) International Gold Award, recognizing his exceptional contributions to society.
Henry Dele Alake’s multifaceted career and unwavering commitment to democracy and public service have left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s media landscape and political sphere. His dedication to his craft and his tireless advocacy for justice and transparency serve as an inspiration to aspiring journalists and politicians across the nation.
President Tinubu Makes First Appointments with Alake, Adeleke and Dada
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Mr Dele Alake as his spokesperson hours after he took oath of office on Monday.
Mr Alake is a long-time associate of Mr Tinubu. He served as his Commissioner of Information and Strategy from 1999 to 2007 while he was Lagos State governor.
The president also appointed Ambassador Kunle Adeleke as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to the President.
The APC National Youth Leader Olusegun Dada was named as Special Assistant to the President on Digital Media.
The appointments add with immediate effect, it was learned
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