Rivers State Government is to work with the newly crowned Amayanabo of Ogoloma, King E. T. I. Obudibo, Ikwo V, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has said.
Speaking at the final coronation ceremony of the traditional ruler at Ogoloma Town Square, last Saturday in Okrika Local Government Area, the Rivers State governor said government was ready to deliver the dividends of democracy to the ancient kingdom, just as he underscored the role the new monarch will play to ensure overall development of the area.
“I will like to work with you,” Amaechi declared as he handed over the staff of office to the Ogoloma king, stressing that, “I will also like to work with all Okrika people, so that Okrika will benefit from democracy.”
Amaechi promised that his administration will liaise with the council to ensure development and promised a separate town hall for him and Okrika to house activities of the traditional ruler.
The governor further noted that he was impressed by the king’s unassuming character,” saying I want to learn from you. You are very humble. I tell my friends from Okrika that you are a peace-loving man. With you, Okrika will know peace, and I will like to work with you”.
Hinting of plans to elevate the Ogoloma Amayanabo to a First Class traditioner ruler, the governor said he has to get the consent of all Okrika people first and also consult.” I will like to recommend him for a first class position, but I don’t know if Okrika will agree, but they have to agree first. I don’t know the culture, but Okrika must ‘say yes, we agree.’
Amaechi, therefore, congratulated him while thanking the people for the honour done him to witness the occasion.
Later, representative of wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, Dr Prescious Gbeneol urged the new monarch to be an instrument of peace and development, as traditional rulers must rise up to the transformation challenge.
She also harped on the need to ensure peace in his domain, urging him to support government in propagating government programmes.
Dr Gbeneol congratulated the king for ascending the throne of his father, and prayed God to protect him and honour him with a peaceful reign.
In his sermon earlier, Bishop I. T. Iwo of Grace Covenant Church said King Obudibo’s coronation marks the beginning of good things in Ogoloma, pointing out that the traditional ruler’s humility and patience have paved way for his elevation.
Rev. Iwo further said, “Ogoloma has gone through turbulent times but God’s hand is on the land.”
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The House of Representatives has said that three out of every 10 Nigerians have one form of mental illness or another.
Quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, the House added that over 20,000,000 Nigerians were currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without psychiatric health care.
To this end, the House mandated its Committees on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health towards improving mental health facilities around the country and further carry out serious sensitization of Nigerians on this issue.
It also asked the Committee on Health Institution to explore the modalities of liaising with stakeholders in the health sector to promote, educate and sensitise Nigerians on mental health.
The resolution, however, followed a motion titled “Need to Address the Rising Cases of Mental Health in Nigeria” presented by Hon. Uchechuku Nnam-Obi from Rivers State and considered by the House at yesterday’s plenary.
Presenting his motion, Nnam-Obi noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) considers mental health as a state of well-being in which the individual can cope with the stress of life, work productively and contribute to the community.
According to him, mental illness manifests in mood disorder, anxiety disorder, trauma-related disorder, personality disorder, old age-related disorder, substance abuse disorder or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.
He said: “According to the World Health Organisation statistics, over twenty million Nigerians are currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without psychiatric health care.
“Three out of 10 Nigerians have one form of mental illness or the other, presently there is no mental health legislation in Nigeria. However, the Nigerian mental health policy is the only framework that has access to mental healthcare, dealing with mental and neurological disorders in Nigeria, discouraging stigmatisation against persons with mental disorders and has institutionalised standards for Psychiatric practice.
“The increase in cases of depression is traceable to multifactorial inter and intrapersonal issues which leads to suicidal death in the country and this requires urgent attention.
“Nigeria has only 130 Psychiatrists with over 20million citizens suffering from mental disorders.
“With the few functional Mental Health Facilities and inadequate mental health practitioners in the country, mental health cases are left for traditional practitioners, hence the upsurge in mental health in Nigeria.
“The statistics are troubling and the continued lack of a legal framework on mental health in the country will simply cause the situation to degenerate”
Adopting the motion, the House gave six weeks to the committees within which to carry out the assignment and report back to it for further legislative action.
Wike, PDP Govs Commiserate With Tambuwal Over Brother’s Death
Representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal over the death of his elder brother, Alhaji Muhammed Bello.
Bello, who is also the Waziri of Tambuwal, passed on in Sokoto, last Tuesday night at the age 87.
He was the head of the Tambuwal family.
On the PDP governors’ delegation were, Governors Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Oluseyi Makinde (Oyo); and Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.
The Vice Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who led the delegation, said they were in Sokoto to commiserate with Tambuwal and his entire family over the sudden death of his elder brother.
“We feel your pain, and we understand that a great vacuum has been created, not only within the caliphate, but across Nigeria and other places where Daddy had sphere of influence. We believe that God Almighty will grant you the fortitude to bear this great loss.
“We are, however, consoled by the fact that Daddy left legacies that will remain indelible; one of them is your very good self and your impact and contributions to our dear country.”
The governors urged the Tambuwal family, particularly the Sokoto State governor, to remain strong, steadfast and uphold those virtues which the late Waziri of Tambuwal, cherished so much.
In his response, Sokoto StateGovernor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who is the PDP Governors’ Forum chairman, said the entire Tambuwal family was gladdened by the condolence visit.
According to him, his late elder brother, who lived his life in the service of community, held the family title, Waziri of Tambuwal for 37 years after the demise of their father.
“We are, indeed, very highly consoled not only by your presence, but your words of consolation. For you to have left behind whatever you are doing in your respective states to come all the way to Sokoto this afternoon, shows clearly how you sympathise with us and how close you are to us. I assure you that we appreciate this.”
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