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Water Supply: C’River To Exceed MDGs Target

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Cross River State Government says it will exceed the United Nation’s Millennium Development Gaol’s (MDGS) No 7, target 3 which seeks to reduce, by halve, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. This is sequel to the robust water scheme rolled out since 2005 when the $116m Africa Development Bank assist water project was commissioned.

Managing Director, Cross Rivers State Water Board Limited, Elemi Etowa, who disclosed this to newsmen during the weekly ministerial interaction in Calabar, stated that in order to achieve the full implementation of the project, the state has concluded modalities to draw from the Honkun Shangai Banking Corporation, the sum of $42 million to enable it expand the project. This is in addition to the World Bank assistance of the sum of $50 million, which will provide 70 per cent of the populace with access to portable water.

He continued that that the scheme, which, since its inception was a public private partnership management with a French firm, Ortech (Nig) Limited, at the helm, shall be successfully implemented. Etowa stated that it is the success recorded by the board while implementing the ADB’s scheme that attracted the World Bank’s assistance without an iota of counterpart fund and the Asian Bank which bid would soon be published for take off of the programme.

Eng. Etowa, who stated that after the take-off of the ADB assisted scheme in 2005, the World Bank came in and identified densification gap in Calabar, which stood at 5000 house connection and decided to expand Obubra. According to him, with the Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSA) provision for motorised boreholes across all the communities in the state, the state will no doubt reach its set target.

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Banigo Applauds Medical Women’s Association

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has applauded the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) for being at the cutting-edge in the care of mothers, girls and the family.
Dr. Banigo stated this during the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Week 2019, Investiture and Award Luncheon at the NMA House in Port Harcourt last Saturday.
According to Dr. Banigo “Right from the time our initiator Dr. Bernadette Korubo started we have not stopped. One of the things we do at the every woman centre at Marine Base which the State Government approved during my tenure as Director of Public Health Services for the use of MWAN is to reach out to the communities and I am happy that MWAN is doing well in that centre it is growing in leaps and bounds.”
Dr. Banigo who said it is different when you care with the love of a mother disclosed that the women centre is attracting more and more people and all the contagious communities are happy for the services they get there.
The Deputy Governor assured MWAN that the state government under the watch of Governor Wike would continue to partner with it in the years ahead, noting that the Rivers State observatory on the violence against women and girls 2015 to 2017 where you could get information on violence against our women and girls was actually managed and coordinated by MWAN.
Dr. Banigo who congratulated Dr. Vetty Agala and members of her team wished them successful tenure in office.
In her remarks the newly sworn in President of MWAN, Rivers State, Dr. Vetty Agala said MWAN under her leadership would go a step further to support investigation and treatment for indigent women who are found with abnormal results from breast and cervical cancer screening programmes.
She said the Wife of the State Chief Executive Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzette Nyesom Wike would be decorated as a Matron of the Association for her support to the Medical Women’s Association in the State.
The Medical Women’s Association is a non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organization made up of Female Medical and Dental Practitioners in Nigeria, which is affiliated to the Medical Women’s International Association and the Nigeria Medical Association.

 

Owupele Benebo

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Perm Sec Woos Media On Advocacy Campaign

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The Permanent Secretary of Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has called for the support of media practitioners in the South-South zone towards repositioning the zone for investment.
Pastor Nsirim said this during “Our State Our Responsibility” advocacy visit to The Vortex Newspaper and its counterpart, The People’s Herald, all in Port Harcourt.
He said media practitioners in Rivers State and the entire South-South zone must no longer sit back and allow few individuals with negative perception continue to portray the state and the entire zone in bad light.
The Permanent Secretary said every patriotic media practitioner in the zone must see himself as a brand Ambassador of the state and the zone.
Nsirim said the consistent flight of Turkish Airline into Port Harcourt and the commencement of flight by Ethiopian Airline into the city show that Rivers State is safe for investment.
He also condemned attempt by some persons to whittle down the economic importance of Rivers State, and stressed the need for Rivers people to join hands with the government towards changing the narrative about the state as the prosperity of Rivers State is the prosperity of all.
He commended both publishers of The Vortex Newspaper, Dr. Alpheus Paul Worika, and that of The People’s Herald Newspaper, Abraham Dukuma, for their level of professionalism as well as their consistent appearance on the news stand, and urged them to key into the campaign to change the negative perception about the state.
Earlier in separate responses, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of The Vortex Newspaper, Alpheus Paul Worika and the Publisher/Editor In Chief of The People’s Herald Newspaper, Abraham Dukuma, said they will continue to support every noble cause of the government.
They commended the state government for the level of infrastructural development of the state.

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Army Destroys 11 Illegal Refineries, 13 Storage Tanks In Rivers

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The Nigerian Army has destroyed 11 illegal refineries and 13 storage tanks belonging to suspected crude oil thieves in Elele Alimini , Emohua Local Government Area of Rives State.
This was contained in a statement by the Nigeria Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Illiyasu Aminu and made available to newsmen at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
The statement revealed that the feat was the effort of the troops of 343 Artillery Regiment after it arrested a truck with Registration Number EPE 24 XG loaded with substance suspected to be stolen crude oil at Elele Alimini Road with three occupants.
Other items recovered from the suspected oil thrives include, two boats loaded with alleged stolen crude oil, 3,200 litres of illegally refined substance believed to be petroleum products and three metal tanks containing illegally refined petroleum products.
Iliyasu in the statement added that one speed boat mounted with 75 Horse Power engine, Four Cotonou boats, three welding machines, 3 generating sets, one gas cylinder, two iron plates, eight iron pipes, five pumping machines and seven boilers under construction were also confiscated.
According to the Army, the troop will not relent on the efforts to thwart the activities of miscreants and their collaborators until the nation was rid of criminal elements.
In another development, the Army in Edo state also smashed a notorious armed robbery gang which specialized in robbing commuters at Uhumwaede Local Government of the state
The statement further revealed that the operation led to the arrest of a member of the gang said to be known as Mr. Evans Obidili Ubaka.
Another achievement of the troops in team with the Nigerian Police, Oredo Command, it added, was the successful arrest of a notorious kidnappers’ informant named ‘Jaguar’.
It hinted that the suspect was the brain behind the kidnap of a certain man, his son and pregnant wife recently in the area.

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