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PHCMB’s Health Week For Infants Begins, Today

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Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), says it has concluded plans to carry out the November round of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in the state.
The Director, Community Health, Dr Isaac Opurum made this known in his address at a media parley in Port Harcourt.
Opurum charged the participants to be proactive and help spread information to promote the success of the exercise.
On her part, the State Health Education Officer, Dr Doris Nria noted that the MNCHW was slated to hold between November 19 and 23rd, 2018 in all 23 local government areas of the state.
She also said that the MNCHW would run simultaneously with the Maternal Neoticetal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) programme, adding however that MNTE would continue till November 25, 2018 in only 16 local government areas.
She noted that during the period a number of health interventions including immunisation, hand washing, nutrition, education, family planning services, counselling and testing, birth registration among others for the MCHW, for children between 0 and five years, while MNTE is for women of child bearing ages between 15 and 49 years.
She said tetanus elimination was key to human’s survival, whole expressing regret that Nigeria is among tetanus endemic nations.
The State Health Education officer stated that during that period health workers would go to schools, workshop places and health centre’s as well as special designated centres including private hospitals to administer the health commodities.
She advised parent’s caregivers, and religious leaders to allow eligible members of the society, access the interventions.
Also speaking the focal person, MNCHW in the state, Dr Emem JAja, stated that the MNCHW was necessary because the maternal infant mortality indices of the state was not encouraging and advised that members of the societies should avail themselves of the opportunity the exercise affords.
In his remarks the State Director, National Population Commission (NPopC), Mr Jumbobaraye Daka said children below 17 years would be registered and birth certificates issued while 18 years and above who do not have NPopC birth certificates would be given attestation certificates which he disclosed was a requirement for foreign travels.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa & Orji Favour.

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Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele

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A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.

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Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON

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A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria

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An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.

By: Kalu Emmanuel

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