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NPC Gets Three Female Commissioners

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A female journalist and former manager of NTA, Ibadan, Mrs. Sheyi Olusanya, representing Ogun State and a former commissioner in Plateau State, Mrs. Cecelia Dakwot representing Plateau, including Mrs. Rolli George, the wife of PDP chieftain, Olabode George, were among the 22 commissioners recently appointed to oversee the affairs of the National Population Commission (NPC).

As they took the oath of office and Allegiance during the swearing-in-ceremony Tuesday in Abuja, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned them not to subject the sensitive issue of census figure and demographics to the expediency of cheap political advantage and discord.

While charging them to consolidate on the achievement of the immediate past leadership of the commission, President Jonathan called on all Nigerians to brace up for imminent legislation on birth control to check population explosion.

In his remarks, Jonathan said that though the issue of population regulation was sensitive, government could not fold its arms and watch the population become uncontrollable.

Declaring the government preparedness to carry out enough sensitisation before legislating on laws controlling birth and population, he directed the new NPC team to begin advocacy on birth control as he promised government’s support and funding.

“For us to plan properly we must manage our population; but it is extremely sensitive; we are extremely religious people; either you are a Christian or Muslim.

“Both Christians and Muslims and even traditionalists and all the other religions believe that children are God’s gifts to man, so it is difficult for you to tell any Nigerian to number his children because they are gifts of God and it is not expected to reject God’s gifts.

“It is a very sensitive thing but we must begin to think about it. We must begin to think about how we’ll manage it

“First and foremost is the personal consciousness that people should get the families they can manage.

“Sometimes you get to somebody’s house living in a well-furnished duplex. The husband and wife there may have two, three four children. The “mai guard’’ guiding them was nine children. That is the scenario you have.

“If you are use to military barracks you see that the officers, General this, Major-General this, Brigadier this, Colonel this have three, five children but those that have no rank have eight, twelve.

“This is the scenario. The people up, probably because of their level of education know that they must control their population, but the people down, because of the level of exposure and education are still not aware that you must control the population.

“So first and foremost, before government comes up with regulations, guidelines or laws, Nigerians must be made to know that we cannot continue to procreate and procreate even though we know children are God’s gifts.

The president also directed the Commission to begin the process for the 2016 National Census because of its importance to national growth.

He said: “There cannot be genuine sustained development if it is not anchored on accurate and reliable data.

“No meaningful planning is possible without dependable data and statistics. This informs why we have chosen these distinguished men and women to run the affairs of the NPC.’’

Jonathan charged the chairman and members to demonstrate the highest standard in the discharge of their duties and warned them against primordial divisive tendencies.

 

Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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Assemblies Of God Women Move To Check Hypertension Prevalence

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As the women of Assemblies of God, Ikwerre -South District, aka Canaan City, converged for a three-day religious summit in Alakahia, Port Harcourt, the need for a careful living to check the prevalence of high blood pressure, otherwise called hypertension, has been reechoed. This is part of the obligations of the management of the women department at the district level, at improving the wellbeing of its members.
Hypertension is a health condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Usually, it is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
Addressing participants at the conference, recently, Dr Okpako Ebruphiyo highlighted age, black race, family history, overweight and sedentary living as risk factors for hypertension and cautioned them against the intake of alcohol and table salt as such ingredients are not only capable of provoking high blood pressure, but could exacerbate its existence in the body.
The medical expert who emphasised the imperative for body relaxation as a measure against stress, called for regular exercise, regular medical checkup as well as intake of less carbohydrate with more vegetables. Referring to hypertension as a silent killer, she warned that a careless attitude towards it would lead to stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, weakened and narrowed blood vessels in kidneys, thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. Others include metabolic syndrome, trouble with memory or understanding and dementia.
Hypertension is the most common modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. The prevalence and severity of hypertension rise markedly with age, and blood pressure control becomes more difficult with aging in both genders, particularly in women. According to research, hypertension is less common in women, compared with men, in those younger than 65 years of age, but is more common in elderly (65 years and older) women than men. 
As a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease, keeping blood pressure under control is vital for preserving health and reducing the risk of these dangerous conditions.

By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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Want Your Marriage To Work?

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*Secret 1
Everyone you marry has a weakness. Only God does not have a weakness. So if you focus on your spouse’s weakness you can’t get the best out of his/her strength.
*Secret 2*
Everyone has a dark history. No one is an angel. When you get married or you want to get married, stop digging into someone’s past. What matters most is the present life of your partner. Old things have passed away. Forgive and forget. Focus on the present and the future.
Secret 3
Every marriage has its own challenges. Marriage is not a bed of roses. Every good marriage has gone through its own test of blazing fire. True love proves in times of challenges. Fight for your marriage. Make up your mind to stay with your spouse in times of need. Remember the vow: For better for worse. In sickness and in health be there.
Secret 4
Every marriage has different levels of success. Don’t compare your marriage with that of any one else. We can never be equal. Some will be far, some behind. To avoid marriage stresses, be patient, work hard and with time your marriage dreams shall come true.
Secret 5
To get married is declaring war. When you get married you must declare war against enemies of marriage. Some enemies of marriage are:
Ignorance, Prayerlessness, Unforgiveness, Third party influence, Stinginess, Stubbornness Lack of love, Rudeness, Laziness, Disrespect, Cheating etc. Be ready to fight to maintain your marriage zone.
Secret 6
There is no perfect marriage. There is no ready – made marriage. Marriage is hard work. Volunteer yourself to work daily on it. Marriage is like a car that needs proper maintenance and proper service. If this is not done it will break down somewhere exposing the owner to danger, or some unhealthy circumstances. Let us not be careless about our marriages.
Secret 7
God cannot give you a complete person you desire. He gives you the person in the form of raw materials in order for you to mold the person into what you desire. This can only be achieved through prayer, love and Patience
Secret 8
Getting married is taking a huge risk. You can not predict what will happen in the future. Situations may change so leave room for adjustments. Husband can lose his good job or you may fail to have babies. All these require you to be prayerful otherwise you might divorce.
Secret 9
Marriage is not a contract. It is permanent. It needs total commitment. Love is the glue that sticks the couple together. Divorce starts in the mind and the devil feeds the mind. Never ever entertain thoughts of getting a divorce. Never threaten your spouse with divorce. Choose to remain married. God hates divorce.
Secret 10
Every marriage has a price to pay. Marriage is like a bank account. It is the money that you deposit that you withdraw. If you don’t deposit love, peace and care into your marriage, you are not a candidate for a blissful home.
So today let us pray for our marriages.

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Oshoala Tasks Nigerian Girls On Education

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Reigning CAF Woman Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala, has urged Nigerian girls to focus on their education while  exhibiting talents in sports, especially football.
Oshoala, also the Captain of the senior national female football team, Super Falcons,  spoke at the 59th Inter-House Sports Competition of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, on Saturday.
According to her,  proper education can guarantee success of any individual and ensure production of exemplary future leaders.
She said that education could go side-by-side with sports, adding that in such a situation,  one should  not suffer because of the other.
“I feel very happy to be here today. I am amazed with what I have witnessed here today. It is very heartwarming.
“I am excited  seeing girls compete with much zeal in the various sports showcased at this occasion.
“It shows that these girls are discovering their passion for sports unlike what it used to be in the past, where it was an ‘all boys’ thing.
“Talking about football specifically, I will really love to have  lots of Asisat Oshoalas in Nigeria, but first thing first: education is very critical,” she said.
The footballer said that there was the need to ensure that  young people, especially girls, would  take their education serious.
“This, however, does not stop them from showcasing their talents in the area of sports, especially football,” she said.
The four-time CAF African Woman Footballer of the Year, who plies her trade with the  Barcelona Female Football Club in Spain, said that  she almost missed out when she decided to opt out of education to concentrate on football.
“I chose sports at some point, but at the end of the day, I realised the place of education and retraced my steps by embracing it, while still being active in sports.
“This, therefore, is the right period to let these girls understand that education and sports can go hand-in-hand,” the Brand Ambassador of Emzor said.

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