First, it was #VisitOfHope
held on Friday, 27th November, 2015; a special roadside visit to entrepreneurs with disabilities within Port Harcourt metropolis as part of Rugged Steps Foundation’s pre-activity project for public sensitization on issues surrounding disabilities as well as showcasing several unique abilities.
We also used the #VisitOfHope project to build contents as we unveiled the 1st indigenous TV show for persons with disabilities tagged “Uniquely-Able.”
The unveiling was done at the charity event held recently.
It was another wow Sunday on the 20th of December, 2015 at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, where Rugged Steps Foundation, a leading disability non governmental organisation with headquarters in Rivers State, at the forefront of trainings, advocacy, promoting the dignity, well-being and welfare of persons with disabilities, had in attendance over 1,500 guests with representatives of persons with disabilities drawn from the LGAs in Rivers State. It was a celebration event, charity concert with renowned music artistes and comedians to support people with special needs.
We gave welfare handouts to over 700 persons with special needs, mobility aids were given to over 40 persons with disabilities especially those with critical disability cases.
These aids were provided by Nigeria LNG Limited as part of their support toward this noble cause.
Other sponsors include: The Tide Newspaper, Independent Monitor Newspaper, Hotel Presidential, Sambass Films, Omas Studio, Motion Plus, Emmabest Studios, ED-Anderson, Sisters’ Fellowship International – Diamond Golden Winning chapter, Wave 91.7FM, Rhythm 93.7FM, CoolWazobiaInfo, RCCG Rivers Province 2 & 4, RSTV, FACE Magazine, Supreme Magazine, KEL Technology, Pabod Breweries, Adpack Nig. Limited, among others.
We look forward to the support of well-meaning Nigerians so as to sustain the recently unveiled “Uniquely-Able” TV show, and, Special Training & Empowerment of Persons with disabilities. We also look forward to the sponsorship of the 8th Port Harcourt Christmas Charity Concert/Awards-2016. We have commenced the planning already, and we hope to hear from you soonest.
Pay Attention To Vehicles Carrying Scraps
To create wealth out of waste seems to have become an economic trend aimed at depopulating the labour market. This is no less a noble idea. As a result of this innovation, it has become a common sight beholding big trucks conveying scraps from one point of the town to another.
However, it smacks of security lapses should these scrap-ladden trucks be granted easy passage on the highways unchecked. This is because Nigerians can take advantage of such freedom to pass incriminating elements. This alone constitutes serious threat to our security .
In this era of insecurity in the country, the right thing is that every vehicle should be checked and certify safe before being allowed to proceed to its destination.
By: Philip Ejiogu, Owerri.
Take Coronavirus Seriously
Human nature generally is wont to trivializing issues which impact is not directly felt. When catastrophes are announced from afar, they either constitute a spectacle to be viewed by others and probably be amused by it, or a trend that attracts public discussion.
This has been the case with outbreaks of deadly diseases across the globe at different point in time and the attendant attitude of the people towards it. Today, the world’s attention is drawn towards Corona Virus, currently ravaging China.
Zoonotic as it was known, meaning normally transmitted between animals and people. The novel Coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. For this novel coronavirus (nCoV), both zoonotic and person- to-person transmission has been confirmed.
At the moment, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), officially named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has spread to 26 more countries apart from China, alarming public health authorities across the world.
A total of 69,256 (including 68,566 in China, Hong Kong and Macau) confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection including 1,669 deaths (one each in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and France) have been reported across the world.
As at yesterday, out of the 68,566 confirmed cases in China, 11,272 are reported to be severe cases.This is indeed, a public health emergency of international concern which further international exportation of cases may not be ruled out in any country.
Thus, even though no strict travel or trade restriction is recommended based on the current information available, the possibility of interrupting spread is still high should countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and threat cases, trace contacts and promote social distancing measures commensurate with the risk. The Public Health Emergency Operation Centres (PHEOCs) already established in 22 states of the federation would be tantamount to an effort in futility if they are not worth their raison d’etre.
By: Helen Peterson, Bonny.
Release Students’ Results On Time
The issue of delaying the release of students results in our tertiary institutions has become a case to worry about. Some students hardly know their academic performance status until late. Some have had to carry over courses for semesters and sessions unknown to them.
This has caused victims staying longer years in school remedying courses that ordinarily they would have sorted out earlier, had they known about it in good time. Those with plans to change their course of study after one year of academic activities, miss this process because results are not released as expected.
Schools’ examination results that were hitherto published on departmental notice boards as prompt as possible to enable students know their status in good time and decide on what next plan to take to better their academic performance, is gradually becoming history.
The most alarming is that even upon graduation, instead of releasing final year students’ examinations results promptly, lecturers take more than enough time to submit their marks and care less about the implication of the delay on the students.
Truth is that this trend has robbed many victims the opportunity of proceeding for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) like their colleagues in other institutions. Many of our graduates lose opportunities for job elsewhere because their schools failed to release their results on time.
Some who missed the privilege of procceeding for the compulsory one year national service, due to delayed result, end up being cut off by age, and are eventually subjected to asking for NYSC exemption letter if they must proceed in their chosen careers.
In the light of the evil this emerging trend portends to the society, it is imperative that stake holders in education, nip it in the bud before more havoc is wreaked
By: Timothy Njoku, Umuahia.
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