The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bayelsa State Sector Command last Wednesday, promised to deploy at least,200 officers and 300 Special Marshals to various highways in the state to improve safety of life during the Yuletide season.
The Sector Commander for the state, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa.
‘’We are going to deploy 200 personnel and 300 Special Marshals who will be on patrol at strategic corridors,’’ he said.
Igwe said that the deployment of the personnel was also to ensure free flow of traffic, especially at the different identified flash points in the area.
He decried the rate of death arising from road crashes in the state and reiterated the corps’ commitment to safety on the road, during and after the yuletide season.
“Our main focus is going to be on the highway, which is the East-West Road that links Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and other states across the country.
“The FRSC is a partner in progress with other security agencies, including the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Bayelsa Security Management Agency among others.
“We are going to work with them in order to achieve the desired success.
“Our emergency and medical team are available.
“I urge motorists to drive according to traffic rules and regulations.
“They should avoid speeding, overloading, drink-driving and ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before driving them on the highways.
“This year’s campaign is targeting operation zero crash,” he said.
On safety awareness, Igwe said the corps had sustained its enlightenment campaign on tips to ensure safe driving culture and for the motorists to be safety conscious on the wheel.
“Our campaign has gone to the grassroots; we have had series of sensitisation programmes with the Tricycle Operators and NURTW within and outside the state capita’. I believe all the road users are going to cooperate with us during the season.”
UNICEF Lauds RSG On Newborn Action Plan
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the River State Government for the launch of Newborn Action plan.
Health specialist, UNICEF, Rivers Field Office, Dr Eghe Abe, who said this in a good-will message during the launch of the plan in Port Harcourt, said UNICEF is delighted to be part of the activity which is aimed at reducing neonatal deaths in the state.
“I want to specially commend the Ministry of Health for being able to develop this document aimed at bringing about plans and activities that would reduce the unacceptably high levels of neonatal deaths in particular and the nation in general”, he said.
Dr Abe expressed regret that while veder five mortality has continued to reduce; the rate of decrease of newborn deaths has somewhat plateaud.
“Therefore for the state and the country to achieve SDGs, it needs to do things differently, if the neonatal mortality rate is to reduce.
“It is in the light of this, that UNICEF whole heartedly supported the development of this plan”,
The UNICEF Health specialist stated that full implementation of the plan will enable every newborn would not only survive but thrive and develop to its full potentials.
Meanwhile, the Director, Child Health Federal Ministry of Health, Dr A.R Adeniran Says Rivers State is blazing the trail with the launch of the Newborn Action Plan.
Dr Adeniran, who said the plan was launched in 2019 at the federal level, noted that Rivers State is the only state that has domesticated the plan in the country.
I’ll Make Cross River Window To Africa – Ayade
As part of his vision to make the state a window to Africa, the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, is ramping up activities through the establishment of additional tourism facilities in the state.
Ayade said his vision for the state is not only to make it Nigeria’s tourism capital, but also a window to the entire African continent.
The Governor stated this recently at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s office, Calabar, during the presentation of the Calas Vegas Master Plan by a South African company, Afri-Gon.
Governor Ayade, who expressed regrets that although the state was known globally for tourism, with less activities and facilities for the sector to thrive, assured that his administration is building the Calas Vegas in Calabar as well as the Busafot Resort in Obanliku Local Government Area of the State to boost tourism.
According to him, “Today marks the full kickoff of the journey towards the actualization of the Calas Vegas city. Cross River State is the tourism capital of Nigeria but lacks the facilities to keep tourists busy.
“Today, we are rehabilitating and bringing Obudu Ranch Resort to life again. To also complement the Calas Vegas city we are building in Calabar, we are developing another resort in Obanliku. This project is also the reason why I’m building the Obudu Cargo Airport.”
Justifying the establishment of the airport, Ayade said: “When tourists visit Calas Vegas in Calabar, they will also know they can fly to Obudu to visit the Busofat resort and from there to the Ranch.
“With this, there will be activities to sustain tourism across the state and I have no doubt that when completed, the state will have enough traffic.”
While extolling Cross River as the most secure, most beautiful and one of the most civilized states in Nigeria, the governor added that “as a very civilized people who have dignity even in poverty, we must work to make the state a window to Africa.”
Earlier, while presenting the Calas Vegas master plan, the Chief Executive Officer of Afri-Gon, Eran Goven promised that the resort, when completed would be the best in Africa and one of the best in the world.
“We have been in communication with the Governor to create a city with a world class resorts that will offer something that has never been seen before and will drive tourists back into Nigeria.
“We have designed the project to have `world class golf components where international golf championship can be hosted. The resort will have the biggest swimming pool in the world, standard hotels, bungalow and floating bungalows, billionaire boulevard among other attractive features,” he said.
He also assured that they would continue to learn from the Governor who has the vision to ensure that “every detail of the project was completed.”
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar
RIWAMA Arrests Three Health Workers Over Refuse Disposal
The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), says its monitoring team has arrested three health workers over indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes by the roadside at the Akpajo Roundabout, near Oil Mill Junction in Port Harcourt.
Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro Felix Obuah, who disclosed this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam, Monday, and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, said the health workers were caught dumping some clinical wastes, which include syringes, placenta on the roadside.
Obuah said the culprits, who work for a private clinic in the area, identified as Fruitful Maternity and Clinic, were caught in the act, promptly arrested, and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution.
He further said investigations by his team revealed that so many clinics, hospitals and health centers in Port Harcourt are guilty of this offence and warned that the Agency is on their trail with a view to bringing them to book. He condemned the attitude of some traditional delivery homes, who engaged in the unwholesome practice and warned that the Agency would not spare any defaulter.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also expressed regrets that aside the indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes, these health workers also dump refuse outside the Agency’s approved dumping hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.
Reaffirming his stance that those who flout sanitation rules are enemies of the State, Obuah stressed that “residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the State capital, and its environs have no excuse dumping refuse indiscriminately as receptacles have been strategically positioned close to business and residential places.
“We, therefore, appeal to Rivers people and all those living and doing business in the State to join hands with the State Government to keep Port Harcourt, the State capital, and its environs clean at all times,” the statement said.
By: Dennis Naku.
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