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HIV/AIDS: Journalists Plan Awarenes Campaign

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Some journalists at the end of a workshop on Prevention of
Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDs on Tuesday promised to create
more awareness on mother to child transmission at the rural areas.

Publisher of Flashpoint newspapers in Delta State Mr David
Diai, told our correspondent   in Calabar
that there had been lack of information on the transmission, especially at the
rural areas.

“The country have not created more awareness on PMTCT
because the media has not lived up to its responsibility in that direction.

“Again, especially the media at the community level has to
be involved in creating awareness on the issue because women at the rural areas
needs correct information on mother to child prevention of HIV and AIDS,” he
said.

Diai promised to give maximum attention and also promote the
issue of HIV in his publication with more emphasis on mother to child
transmission.

According to him, he will ensure that community based
newspaper publishers form themselves into nucleus to promote PMTCT in order to
make the country have free HIV babies.

“I network with numerous community newspapers in my area,
the first thing to do is to give maximum attention and promotion to PMTCT in my
publication.

“I will also drive the process of making sure that the issue
that conscience PMTCT are reflected in all the newspapers that operate in my
network.”

Diai said the attention given to community based newspapers
and radio in the south was high and
called on the state government and media owners to propagate the issue
of mother and child transmission.

Mrs Ify Onyegbule, Presenter, Health and Wellness on Radio
Continental, Lagos said stigma was another issue hindering the fight against
HIV and AIDS in the country.

Onyegbule, who is also a producer of ‘ Woman of Substance’
said she would ensure that the issue of stigma was addressed in all her
programmes

“Although the issue of stigma is reducing but we need to do
more to help expectant mothers access the HIV treatment to have babies free of
the virus,” pointing out that  when the
stigma bill was passed,  it would enhance
the fight against the virus.

Mrs Tongnaan Bawa, Nigerian Newsday, Jos, said she had
learnt a lot about PMTCT during the workshop and was more determined to create
awareness on the issue.

Bawa said she would write more human interest stories on
babies that are born HIV free for others to learn, and called on the media to
ensure proper awareness  on the issue of
PMTCT as that would go a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the
country.

The workshop was for the Journalists Alliance for Prevention
of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (JAP), an NGO in collaboration with
Child Right Information Bureau (CRIB) and UNICEF.

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Ex-APGA Scribe, Obasi, Petitions IGP Over Alleged Assassination Attempt

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Former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over alleged attempt on his life by suspected hired assassins in Ebonyi State.
Obasi in a statement, yesterday, said he was trailed from Nkalagu in Ishielu Council Area of the state by an unmarked, white commuter Hiace bus with tinted glasses last Sunday night while returning from a meeting alleging that  the aim was to assassinate him.
He said when he noticed that his life was in danger, he sped up and meandered through different roads immediately he got to Abakaliki, to keep away from the view of those who stalked him.
The ex-APGA scribe said he rode in his Mercedes S-Class and that the suspected assassins immediately followed suit, turning the exercise into a car race of sort to the amazement of onlookers.
Obasi  alleged that Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, has a hand in his ordeal for holding strong opinions against  his administration.
“Earlier before this ugly and ill-fated incident of 26 July, 2020, I had received information about an imminent attack on me by Ebonyi State governor’s boys. I called one of the leaders of the boys and he promised to call me for us to meet the following day which didn’t happen. The next thing I saw was this attempt on my life,” Obasi said.
Governor Umahi who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, dismissed the allegations as baseless. He said the governor  has never sent any of his appointees or supporters to attack anyone, let alone with the intention to kill.

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Community Policing: Shun Compromise, Monarch Charges PCAC Members

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The Paramount Ruler/ Nye Nwe Eli, Rumuogba, Eze Temple Ejekwu, has charged members of the Police Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) not to compromise, if they are prepared for the task.
Ejekwu gave the charge during the inauguration of the committee at Mini Okoro Police Station, recently in Rumuogba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Eze Ogba Iji- Nu -Ede, said that the charge became imperative in order to keep the aim of the committee alive.
Dedication and commitment he said are other values the PCAC members must possess, in an attempt to achieve the mission and vision behind the creation of the outfit.
According to him, the creation of the committee would help in no small measure in curbing crime in the rural areas, as its members are grassroot based.
Dr Ejekwu also called on members of the public to feel free and provide useful information to the police and PCAC members and added that crime fighting should be viewed as everyone’s responsibility.
“Security is not one person’s job, so members of the public must provide useful and timely information for the police and PCAC, if they want the group to succeed”, he said.
On the security level of the state, he rated the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike high going by the relative peace enjoyed in the state.
He further charged the committee members to work in line with Governor Wike’s vision to enthrone business friendly environment that would attract permanent investors in the area.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Mini Okoro Police Station, CSP Opayemi Olufunke Isi has reassured members of the public of the police determination to rid the public of crime and thanked the monarch to support for the police.

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Bayelsa Promises To Curb Gender-Based Violence, Child Abuse

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The Bayelsa State Government has promised to curb all forms of social violence against women and the maltreatment of children in the state.
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Women,Children and Social Development, Mrs Ayi Ujile stated this during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa.
She maintained that recently, women through the support of NGOs,women professional bodies and faith based organisations had had to stage protests across various states in the nation to register their grievances against the wanton social Violence’s meted out to them by men in their respective domains.
According to the permanent secretary, following government’s resolve to ending these ill treatments facing women of all age brackets in the state, successive administrations had made concerted efforts in bringing those infringing on women’s rights to book.
Speaking against the backdrop of violation of children’s rights, she mentioned that with the domestication of the Child rights act by the State Assembly last year maltreatment of children and wards will soon be history.
She stressed that the State owned Orphanage home is functioning ultimately, just as she stated that the administrators of the orphanage in consultation with appropriate government ministries had also rescued new born babies from their insane mothers in the streets of the state.
“We’re more than ever willing to stop the menace of social violence against women in this state”, she said.
“We’re aware that very presently women of the state joined their peers from other States to replicate same protest against rape, sexual harassment and other ills meted out to women”, she added.

 

 

Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,Yenagoa.

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