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UBE Board Flays Indiscriminate Dumping Of Refuse

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The FCTA
Universal Basic Education Board, has decried the use of public school grounds
in both rural and urban centres in the territory for the dumping of refuse.

The board’s Director, Mr Adamu Noma,
who expressed his displeasure over the act in an interview with newsmen in
Abuja recently said such practice had adverse consequences on the health of the
school children.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on
members of the pubic to desist from doing that kind of thing where school
premises are used as dumping grounds for refuse; it is very bad; if they knew
that it is not good for their own children, they wouldn’t be doing that.

“In most of our schools we have
designated incinerators where refuse are dumped on weekly basis and sometimes
on daily basis, fire is set on them and you burn them.

“In some areas and communities, people
capitalise on some of these areas and then send their refuse and even dump them
even beside the school and then the evacuation of some of those things will be
beyond the capacity of the school.

“We have so many places like that
especially if you look at the schools in urban centers here where some of the
school premises are used as dumping grounds by the neighborhood. That is very
bad; we must desist from doing that kind of thing.’’

The director, who also stressed the need
for rural infrastructure development to promote sound learning and enhance
grassroots development, noted that neglecting rural communities, placed the
school children there at a great disadvantage.

He, therefore, called for synergy
between relevant government agencies in the provision of these facilities.

“Let me call on all the agencies
charged with the responsibility of providing some of these basic social
amenities to our rural communities.

“For instance who is supposed to
provide rural roads to rural communities so that our teachers will find it
convenient to travel to their respective areas.

“Who is charged with water, the
provision of water to rural communities, so that our schools can equally
benefit.

“Mention any social amenities in rural
areas; there are agencies charged with the responsibility of providing some of
these facilities.

“If these facilities are provided, you
find out that we in government, we in the Universal Basic Education Board, will
not spend money again providing them.

“Now take for instance, in the urban
centres here we don’t spend much money again in providing water facilities
because already some of these schools have water connected to them.

“It is in the rural and semi-urban
areas where these facilities are not provided that we have to spend extra money
in providing the facilities ourselves to these schools.’’

He maintained that for equity in learning, development of personal
hygiene, sustainable environment and improved health, such amenities would
improve learning conditions and boost school development.

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WWD: RSG Restates Commitment To Quality Water Provision

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As Rivers State joined the rest of the world to mark the 2020 World Water Day, the atate government has restated its commitment to provide potable water to the people of the state.
Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Dr. Tumunosisi Gogo Jaja said this in a special broadcast to mark the 2020 World Water Day In Port Harcourt.
The World Water Day was celebrated on Sunday the 22nd of March 2020.
The United Nations had designated 22nd of March every year as World Water Day.
The event has been celebrated since 1992 the theme for this year’s celebration was “Water and Climate Change.”
Dr. Gogo Jaja said in line with the New Vision programme of the present administration, the government is determined to provide fresh and clean water to the people of Rivers State.
He listed some efforts by the government in the provision of water to the people to include, the completion and commissioning of the Okrika Island water project, the on-going Odioku Water Project in Ahoada East while efforts are being made to revive the abandoned Otamiri water scheme.
Gogo Jaja said the government in conjunction with the European Union (EU) under the Niger Delta support project has provided water to Opobo Town, Nkoro while solar powered water has been provided to Kalaibiama, Iloma, Ekereborokiri all in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area.
He said similar gesture was replicated in some communities in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
The Commissioner described the theme of the celebration which is “water and climate change” as apt as climate change is now affecting the entire society.
According to him, the celebration was to advocate for the sustainable management and security of water sources.

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LG Boss Tasks Communities, Churches On Personal Hygiene

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In a move aimed at checking the spread of coronavirus to Oyigbo Local Government Area, the council has urged churches, markets and communities to promote the highest level of personal hygiene in their areas.
The council chairman Prince Gerald Offorji, who said thus during an environmental sanitation exercise in the area said the directive was in line with the desire by the State Government to ensure that the disease does not spread to the state.
He also said the council will enforce the order to ensure compliance.
The council boss said the campaign will be taken round all communities and compounds in Oyigbo to ensure that no one is left behind.
According to him, time has come for the people to take the cleanliness of their environment seriously, warning that the council would no longer allow people to continue to deface Oyigbo with refuse.
“In our effort to maintain hygienic environment and avoid coronavirus and other diseases ravaging the world, all hands must be on deck to keep Oyigbo clean” he said.
While commending the people for their large turnout during the sanitation exercise, Prince Offorji also solicited the supports of both corporate and non government organisations to join in the campaign to keep Oyigbo clean.
“Our vision is geared towards ensuring clean environment, that is capable of attracting investors to generate revenue.”
The chairman said clean environment remains the key in the council drive to take Oyigbo to greater height adding that a number of youths have already been engaged in the environmental sanitation sector.

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Rumuokoro Abattoir Promises High Level Hygiene

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The management of Rumuokoro Abattoir in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area has assured the Rivers State Government of its preparedness to maintain the highest level of personal hygiene in its operations.
Director of the abattoir, Mr Clinton Ichegbo said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after the visit to the abattoir by the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture.
Ichegbo, who is also the landlord to the abattoir said the slaughter, which is the second largest in the state will continue to remain the cleanest in the state.
He said butchers in the market are constantly mobilised to embark on weekly sanitation of the slaughter slab which is regularly cleansed to avoid infection.
According to him, the slaughter authorities is working with veterinary doctors to ensure that meat sold in the area have no traces of injection by any viruses.
Ichegbo also said coronavirus will have no place in the slaughter as movements in and out of the area, are strictly monitored.
He listed some on-going projects in the abattoir to include, the construction of goat houses and slab, among others.
He commended the Rivers State House of Assembly Committe on Agriculture for the visit, stressing that some of their observations will be taken into consideration with a view to further improve the hygienic condition of the slaughter.

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