Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has ordered the immediate reabsorption of nurses and midwives trained and employed by the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) into the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
The Federal Government had ordered the winding down of SURE-P, which was a brain child of the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Tambuwal, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mallam Imam Imam on Sunday, directed that the 50 nurses and midwives trained by SURE-P should be included in the state civil service.
Giving reasons for his action, the governor noted that the nurses and midwives formed the backbone of SURE-P’s maternal health project executed in eight local government areas of the state in the last two years, and therefore, should be absorbed accordingly.
“We intend to continue with the maternal health project in the state even though the federal government has decided to halt the SURE-P programme”, Tambuwal assured.
He further directed the primary healthcare agency to, at the end of their training, employ all the midwives currently undergoing the compulsory one year internship training to boost manpower requirements in the state.
Disclosing that funds have been provided to settle their salaries and other benefits, Gov. Tambuwal noted that their employment terms are non-discriminatory.
“The affected professionals, who include both indigenes and non-indigenes of Sokoto State, will be placed under Grade Level 7 under the scheme of the agency”, he said.