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Rivers NAWOJ Ends Confab …Pledges Blissful Association

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The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State Council has ended her 6th triennial delegates conference in Port Harcourt with the election of new executive .
Those re-elected include Mrs Lilian Okonkwo-Ogabu as State Chairman, Joy Grant-Amadi, Vice Chairman while the positions of Treasurer and Auditor went to Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and Carol Ibinabo Matthew respectively. The posts of Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Financial Secretary among others were deferred for bye-election within the next two weeks for obvious reasons, as directed by the National Secretariat of the association.
In an acceptance remark, the State Chairman of NAWOJ, Lilian Okonkwo-Ogabu, pledged to build better development for the association, assuring that her re-elected leadership team will carry all members along in the programmes of the body in the state. She however, urged them to be committed to the activities of the group, so as to reposition it for growth.
Ogabu enjoined members to ensure prompt meeting attendance, regular payment of dues as at when necessary.
According to her, “I will certainly improve my administration from where I could not do well in my first tenure. I plead with all members to contribute towards building a lasting NAWOJ in the state for greater productivity”.
Meanwhile, The National President of NAWOJ, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, has enjoined women journalists to be more involved in the happenings in Nigeria and help promote lasting peace, unity of purpose and enduring development through well-refined reportage of events.
Omowole who spoke at the 6th triennial delegates conference of NAWOJ in Port Harcourt last Friday, charged women journalists to be committed to the course of ensuring relative peace in the world, pointing out that, as media practitioners they should report things that are capable of promoting peace instead of violence in Nigeria.
According to her, “we should work towards restoring stability in Nigeria via  our reportage of events for blissful Nigeria”.
Omowole, however, cautioned journalists, especially the women folk to always contribute their quotas as nation-builder whenever they are opportuned to cover events of national interest, she appealed to the government to encourage journalists in every facet to enable them discharge their duties efficiently.
Mrs Omowole advised state NAWOJ executive and members, to be proactive in the discharge of their duties without fear or favour and ensure that only the truth thrives for fruitful results.
Also speaking at the occasion, the General Manager of Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of The Tide newspaper, Mr Vincent Ake, called on journalists to help foster unity, peace and development in Nigeria instead of destroying it with fake news, especially on the social media, which he described as unhealthy and unacceptable as far as media practice is concerned.

Bethel Sam Toby

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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