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New Face Of Rivers NAWOJ

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The event that witnessed and announced the baptism of Ms Inale Ndubere Kodu as the Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Port Harcourt did not go beyond three hours, but it left members of the association in Rivers State beaming with joy and smiles. To these ones, it was a dawn of a new era, for they expect to savour the experience in a long time to come.

From her acceptance address immediately after her inauguration as the new Chairman, Ms Inale Ndubere Kodu did not leave anybody in doubt as to her capability in steering the boat of the Rivers State chapter of the National Association of Women Journalists entrusted in her care.

In a chat with our correspondent, the new Chairman of NAWOJ,  Rivers State, extemporaneously x-rayed the body called NAWOJ Rivers, its challenges and expressed unequivocally how she intends to reactivate and make it get to its eventual and expected destination.

In her words, she said “one of my main hopes is that we resuscitate the association. We have to start by knowing first and foremost the numerical strength of the professional female journalists in the state. As I speak with you, the exco is already creating a data base of the female journalists in Rivers State. This we think will help us assess what comes out of the collaborative effort we intend to embark on.

When we came on board, we saw the need for a  secretariat for the association to operate from, that we have quickly secured and for now, the Rivers State NAWOJ has an office in the NUJ temporary building within The Tide premises.

In trying to reposition the association, we intend collaborating with the Rivers State government especially the governor’s wife, Dame Judith Amaechi on her laudable project the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI).

Through the collaboration, a lot of public enlightenment will be carried out by the female journalists in the state to ensure the sustainability of the programme and see to it that the women especially the rural women understand the need to key into programmes on ground.

There is also the issue of health in terms of reducing maternal mortality in the state. We are also aiming to divert women’s mind from superstitious beliefs especially on cases of infertility.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power, in Rivers State we know that a lot emphasis had been placed on education. The women in the state are the mothers of the youths and home makers, if they be properly informed on how they can gain access to most of the educational facilities put in place by my administration, they would be better positioned to advise their children and wards on how to go about their educational pursuit.

Women will also have to know the importance of getting themselves educated as well, no matter how old they think they might be.

Basically, the new face of the Rivers NAWOJ intends to give women in Rivers State a voice that will be heard in every sector of the society whether it be in the area of politics, business or professional capacity.

Women will play a major role in the developmental plans of the state government.

Women are passionate and are best  understood by their fellow women, that is why NAWOJ intends to be actively involved in every aspect of gender issue  that concerns women.

We are also interested in producing more 21st century female journalists, since the world had gone global, we can’t lag behind. There will be ample opportunities  for members to be sponsored on fellowship’ abroad. This we think will help them mingle with other foreign journalists and exchange  experiences with one another. This is a project of uthermost importance  to my exco and right now, we have had favourable responses”.

Ms Inale  who sees  female journalists as a people saddled with the responsibility of protecting the interest of the society calls on them to rise up to their responsibility by way of making enough impact as to correct some disadvantaged  stands of women in terms of politics, education, health and economic emancipation.

She also enjoins women generally to see themselves as God’s gifts to the world hence the need to view themselves as a veritable instruments in fighting the ills bedeviling the society they have given birth to.

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Rivers State, had on the 25th August, 2011 elected a new executive council to pilot its affairs for the next three years.

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World Bank Trains 54,000 Women, Youths On Economy

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The Kebbi State Government has disclosed that over 54,000 women and youths have been trained by the World Bank to be economically active.
The government also revealed its readiness to reciprocate its achievement recorded in rice production in other products such as onions, sheer-butter and soya beans for exportation purposes.
The Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, who stated this while launching women and youth export development facility, in partnership with Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), said, the state has comparative advantage in agriculture over other states.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, Bagudu said, “As you know, Kebbi State is blessed with a population of women who are engaging in rice production and it is now a top talk across the nation due to efforts and support of state governor.
“The state government is trying to reciprocate the achievement recorded in the rice production into sheer butter, onions and soya beans.”
He added that with the partnership with NEXIM, Kebbi State would start the export of soya beans, shea butter and onions.
The Special Adviser to State Governor on Women Development, Hajia Zarau Wali, disclosed that through partnership with the World Bank, over 54,000 women have been trained to be economically active.
According to her, “It is also worthy of note, that the state government in partnership with the World Bank empowered 54,000 women to be economically active through the formation of Women Initiative Group in Maiyama, Ngaski and Argungu local government areas.”
She explained that more women and youths, especially in the rural areas, are actively involved in the production of rice, sheer butter, onions and water melon stressed that they are capable of feeding the nation and exporting the products if they were properly guided.
Wali urged NEXIM to include in their programmes mode of processing and packages of perishable products during their training session for women and youths.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Mr Abba Bello, had commended the state government over it investment on rice production in the state which has increased the IGR of the state.
“Let me commend the investment drive in the state by your administration, particularly the Rice Revolution, which recently led to the unveiling of the rice pyramid as well as the cassava-based ethanol project with huge prospects for production of biofuel and renewable energy.
“Your efforts in this direction have not only contributed to the significant increase in the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) but have also positively impacted the socio-economic indices particularly in the areas of jobs creation and sustainable development”.

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Eve Afrique Red Ball Takes Centre Stage In PH, Sunday

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This year’s Eve Afrique Red Ball event with theme: “Together, Ensuring Peace and Development Across the Niger Delta”, is set to take place on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
In an interview, the Editor in Chief of Eve Afrique Magazine, Mrs Ivy Davis Etokakpan, said, this year’s Red Ball event is the 10th and will focus on the socio-economic wealth of the Niger Delta region.
She stated that, over the years, Eve Afrique had worked on eight health related issues, but this time, because of times and seasons, “we are focusing on peace and development across the Niger Delta.
According to her, “we hope to achieve this with the cooperation of leaders of corporate organisations in the Niger Delta. We believe that with the cause action on the Red Ball, we hope to do that with our Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Eve Afrique Empowerment Initiative”.
Etokakpan added that this year will focus basically on internship programme for young people by asking partners of the NGO to accept and train secondary school students during holidays in their companies.
She said, “in the past, we used to do vacation jobs in the oil companies, even in our parents’ companies. We hope that our partners would teach our children workable skills. If this is done, the Niger Delta child would know his or her skill and work on it.
“We want these young ones to learn management and accountancy skills through these internship programmes. Our dream is that, in five years’ time, we would have raised a group of’ equipped and empowered Niger Delta youths who in turn will mentor those coming after them. We need to prepare these ones for the future.
At the Red Ball event this weekend, we expect Elsphon Nigeria Alabo (Dr) Emi Membrane-Otaji, Managing Director, to present a keynote address on “Economic Development across the Niger Delta. Also, former MD of NDDC, Mr Timi Alaibe will present a paper on Peace Across the Niger Delta at the event”, she said.
It would be recalled that over the years, Eve Afrique Red Ball has achieved levels of successes over the previous Red Ball events in raising awareness on general health matters, empowerment programmes as a way of giving back to the state and society at large.
Eve Afrique had hosted programmes which include the sickle cell awareness programme, cervical cancer awareness and prevention programme, diabetic management awareness and prevention programme, prostate cancer awareness programme and colon cancer awareness programmes.
Eve Afrique had the mandate of changing the narrative concerning the Niger Delta.
They are on a mission to highlight and showcase the beauty of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole, she added.

By: Ibinabo Ogolo

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Women’s Health And Wellness

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Women and men share many similar health problems, but women have their own health issues, which deserve special consideration.
Women’s lives have changed over the centuries. Historically, life was particularly difficult for most women. Aside from the numerous dangers and diseases, women became wives and mothers often when they were just emerging from their own childhood. Many women had a large number of pregnancies  which may or may not have been wanted. In the past, childbirth itself was risky and frequently, led to the death of the mother. Most women in the past did not live long enough to be concerned about  menopause or old age.
In 1900, a woman’s life span was about 50 years. Now, in the new millennium, average life expectancy for women is 82 years of age, and it is continuing to rise. Not only are women living longer, but they also can anticipate the possibility of enjoying a better quality of life throughout their span of years. In order to accomplish this, it is essential that women take charge of their own bodies and that they comprehend how they can maximise their personal health and fitness. It is also helpful that men understand and are supportive of the health concerns of the women.
Gynaecology is the primary branch of medical science concerned with women’s health issues. The word “gynaecology” is a word consisting of “gynaeco,” meaning “woman,” and “logic,” meaning “knowledge.” Taken together, it is “woman knowledge.
It is important that every woman has access to knowledge related to the spectrum of women’s health issues, not only about her reproductive system, but about all aspects of her body.
There is credible information available to women, not only on such problems as eating disorders,  stress,  alcoholism, addictions, and  depression, but also on basic topics such as good  nutrition, heart health, and exercise. For example, it is beneficial that a woman maintains her optimum weight. If a woman’s waist size measures more than 35 inches (89 cm), she is more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Eating sensible meals, eliminating after-dinner snacks, and making physical activity a part of daily life are significant ways to help control weight and lower the risk of a long list of health problems.
Smoking is detrimental to anyone’s health, as well as the health of those around them. Unfortunately, women continue to smoke despite the known health risks. Even though the number of female smokers is declining, still  women continue to smoke.
Women are  smoking in spite of the well-publicised risks including cancer, heart disease, and innumerable other health issues.
Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol is also harmful to health. Although women typically begin drinking at a later age than men and tend to drink somewhat less, lower doses of alcohol are required for women to develop alcohol-related medical problems including alcohol toxicity, cirrhosis, and hepatitis.
Women should be aware that they metabolise a number of  drugs differently than men. In some cases and for some medications, the rate of metabolism may be slower, and in other cases, faster. It is, therefore, essential that women are well informed about the kinds and correct dosages of any drugs they are taking.
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