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Sanitation Authority To Partner Media On Tree Planting

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Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority (RSESA), has pledged its unalloyed commitment to partner with journalists in sanitising, maintaining and promoting tree planting in the State.

Sole Administrator of the organisation, Ade Adeogun made the position of the sanitation authority known while speaking during the  flagging-off of the 2013 tree planting awareness campaign tagged “Sustainable Urban Development with a Clean Environment” organized by Journalists for Sustainable Development in Nigeria (JSDN) on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at the Rivers State School of Midwifery, D/line Port Harcourt.

Adeogun who was represented by the Director of Press to the Rivers State Sanitation Authority, Olalekan Ige commended the group for initiating the tree planting awareness campaign and noted that the State would benefit from their selfless strides years to come while pointing out that the trees when they grow, will do more good than harm to the environment and lives in the State.

Earlier, National Coordinator of Journalists for Sustainable, Development in Nigeria (JSDN) Pastor Parry Saroh Benson in his welcome address stated that the aim of the organization in carrying out tree planting campaign is to promote tree planting and good health of citizens of the state as well as projecting the clean and green project of the Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi led government.

Benson who is also the Publisher of The Port Harcourt Spectator newspaper disclosed that the 2013 flag-off of the tree planting awareness is the second edition of the campaign.

He pointed out that while human beings releases carbon dioxide, the trees around the environs releases oxygen. “if you go to our hospitals today you will understand that most patients are suffering from cardiovascular disease because of lack or shortage of oxygen attributable to depletion  trees within our environment he added.

While calling on the state government to collaborate with JSDN in the campaign of beautifying the city, he urged the general public to join hands in the campaign by planting trees within their environs adding that the organization would not only make the event an annual one but would go as far as planting trees where necessary.

In their separate speeches, Mrs. Opuwari Faith and Mrs. Elizabeth Okwangu, Matron and representative of the principal, Rivers State School of Midwifery respectively lauded the leadership of Journalists for Sustainable Development in Nigeria for choosing the school for the flag-off of the 2013 tree planting awareness campaign.

They noted that the trees that were planted by JSDN today which many may see as a waste of time, would definitely serve as a landmark achievement for the younger generation.

They enjoined the group not to rest on their oars but to continue with their dream of restoring the lost glory of the state through the Tree Planting Campaign.

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LG Council Moves To Rid Area Of Shanties

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As part of measures to ride off Eleme Local Government Area of slums and shanties, the council has embarked on the demolition of all illegal structures and shanties.
Executive chairman of the council Hon. Oboritomate Ollor told newsmen during the demolition exercise that the situation was to restore sanity to the area.
Ollor said the proliferation of Shanties in the areas was becoming assort of embarrassment to the council, adding that some of the illegal structures also serve as hide outs to criminals in the areas.
According to him, the council has no choice than to support the effort of this late government to restore sanity to Eleme and its environs.
He said the exercise was never intended to witchhunt or targeted at any ethnic group, but to keep the area safe for investment and businesses to thrive the council boss said the security of lives and prosperity’s sanitation, education and human empowerment will be given due attention by his Administration as urged residents to support the fight against insecurity as no society development in the face of security challenges.
While commending Governor Nyesom Wike for his fight against criminality in the state, Ollor warned criminals to leave Eleme or face the full wrath of the law.
The operation started at Akpajo Junction and ended at Trailer Park.

By: John Bibor

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NGO Mobilises Stakeholders To Plant Over 6m Trees In Kaduna

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The Aid Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it is mobilising relevant stakeholders to plant over six million trees in Kaduna State.
Mr Emmanuel Bonet, Executive Director of the Foundation said this on the sideline of a one-day engagement with relevant stakeholders in Kaduna on Friday.
Bonet said that the initiative was under a project tagged, “Green Peace.”
He told newsmen that the project was designed to promote peace, mitigate climate change, promote sanitation and hygiene and discourage open defecation.
Bonet said that the initiative was under a Public Private Partnership with relevant government agencies and private organisations.
He identified some of the government agencies as Kaduna State Facilities Management Agency, Kaduna State Ministry of Environment, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna State Peace Commission and Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.
According to him, a good number of youths from predominantly Muslim community would go and plant trees in a predominantly Christian community and vice versa.
He said that in the two months, about 100,000 trees would be planted in public facilities, like banks, hospitals, schools, hospitals, and other public places.
Bonet said that before 2022, one million trees would be planted in strategic locations within Kaduna metropolis alone to promote peace.
“After this, we have a target of planting five million trees within the forests of Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Area (LGA), Afaka in Kudan LGA and Chikun, in Chikun LGA.
“These forests are already depleting due to massive deforestation by loggers, and in dire need of afforestation by planting trees.
“We are also working with renewable energy organisations to provide alternative sources of clean energy for people using wood to cook and for other businesses,” he said.
The executive director said that the Aid Foundation was equally working with government agencies and private organisations to provide toilet facilities in public places.
He said: “We are also hoping that toilets are going to be built in all public facilities like banks, supermarkets, hospitals, particularly at the entrance gate so that people can access them easily.
“This will go a long way in preventing open defecation in the state, particularly around public infrastructure and offices.
“Therefore, the engagement was to get the private organisations and government agencies to commit to making provisions for toilet facilities that will be accessible by members of the public.
“This will significantly tackle the problem of open defecation.”

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DPO Donates Borehole To Rivers Community

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Ogoloma Community in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State has commended the Divisional Police Officer incharge of the area, CSP Okoro Ikechukwu for the construction of a water bore hole in the community.
This was contained in a letter jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the community, Chief Kunumgbe and Levi Alalibo, respectively.
The community said the gesture will go a long way to check the rate of water borne diseases in the area.
According to the letter, “Ogoloma community has accommodated other officers before, but we see CSP Okoro as a distinct officer with the zeal to make peace.
“Your recent role in installing drinking water for the community is a case study”, the statement said.
CSP Okoro Ikechukwu who responded to the letter in an interview with newsmen said the borehole will go a long way in checking water scarcity usually experienced in the community.
According to him, during his routine visit to the community he discovered that the people were facing serious challenge of water scarcity, adding with the help of God he decided to come to their rescue.
He said rendering assistance to the needy aside from security was borne out of passion.
The DPO call on the people to cooperate with the police in areas of information sharing, surveillance and intelligence.

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