Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

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AS part of its commitment to the people’s welfare and adherence to campaigns for their acceptability in the society, Edo State government at the weekend said it would employ persons living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) because government was concerned about their welfare and that of their families.

This hint was dropped when a group, Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Edo State, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere.

Besides, the group, led by Francis Osayande, said visit was to appreciate Governor Adams Oshiomhole for the food items he donated to them during the last Christmas and New Year celebration.

Ihonvbere said, “as for capacity building of your members, we will reach the Rapid Response Agency to get employment for some of your members concerned and they have to be graduates, OND or NCE holders, or persons, who are computer literate. We will also see how we can put your vehicles in good shape for you to carry out your campaigns.”

Ihonvbere, who stood in for the governor lamented the decay and dislocation in the society even as he urged enlightenment and sensitisation on this pandemic so as to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

He expressed reservations on the possibility of meeting the 2015 MDG goals on HIV/AIDS saying, “with the way we are going in Nigeria, there is no way we can meet up in 2015. We may not be able to achieve MDGs in 2015 because it’s a top-bottom approach. The Federal Government was wrong in it’s approach from inception.

“Governor Oshiomhole’s concern for people living with HIV/AIDS is enormous. The level of his support and attention for you is very special with the scarce resources. The governor is just a miracle worker and a magician because, I really do not know how a man manages with an allocation of N2.5 billion on a monthly basis with a wage bill of N2 billion and yet provide all the on-going infrastructural developments you are seeing in the state,” Ihonvbere explained.

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