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RSU Unveils Research On Soil Fertility Alternative

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The Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology in the Rivers State University has begun research on seeking for alternative soil fertility addition aside artificial fertilizer.
Though the research is still on its early stages, head of the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Prof. Emylia Jaja told The Tide that there were huge prospects.
According to her, the project is aimed at curbing the use of artificial fertilizer and replacing it with an organic substance that would have less effect on humans.
“We are currently doing the research and it has gone to an advanced stage in the use of conconut water to aid plant growth. And we are still looking out for more prospects as we test more of what we have to confirm its applicability”, Prof. Jaja said.
Prof. Jaja who is an expert in Plant Physiology is leading the research stating that, “what we have discovered is that coconut water extract has a lot of cytokines, a plant hormone that helps growth”.
She observed that most technology is going organic these days to reduce environmental hazards, hence when the research is concluded it would reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers.
The University don, however, raised alarm on the effect of black soot on plant, explaining that many plants including agricultural produce would be affected if the menace was not curtailed.
“Gas flaring and back soot block stomata of plants”, Jaja noted, “once this happens it alters the production capabilities of plants because the plant is put under pressure. Such plant may die or fail to produce maximally”.
Prof. Jaja called on both state and federal governments to support research in universities, arguing that funding would help in creating innovative things to improve society.
On the black soot, she recommended for the implementation of the modular refinery policy, as she lamented that illegal refining of petroleum products was damaging both human and plant lives.

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MOSOP Seeks Stakeholders’ Support On Ogoni Clean-Up

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on communities in Ogoni to support laid down procedure for the clean-up of the area.
President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara, made the call during a one-day sensitization on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Ogoni stakeholders in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The programme, supported by Catholic Organisation far Relief and Development (CORDAID) has as its theme, “Strengthening Community Awareness on the UNEP Report and Ogoni Cleanup Process”, with partici­pants selected from Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme, the four Local Government Areas in Ogoni.
Top on the programme was the need to understand the activities of Hydrocarbon Pol­lution and Remediation Proj­ect (HYPREP) in the clean-up of polluted sites in Ogoni land and how the Federal Government sub-organ, Creation of the Central Representative Advisory Committee (CRAC) can mediate between the communities and the agency during the process.
Pyagbara, who spoke on the topic “Appraising the Governance Model of the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remedia­tion Project (HYPREP)”, said based on series of protests by Ogoni people over the degradation of the environment caused by oil spill, HYPREP was set up by the Federal Government to among other things develop concepts for sustainable development of the area so that the community can benefit maxi­mally from the clean-up and start to see “peace dividend”.
He added that the es­sence of the programme was “to let people know the role of HPYREP, CRAC, which is an organ of HYPREP, that mediate between the commu­nities and HYPREP, the communities and the Board of Trustee in the clean-up exercise.”
He noted that participants at the programme are expected re­turn to their communi­ties to sensitize their people on the activities bothering on the clean-up project.
Also speaking, Ogoni activist and one of the programme facilitators, Young Kigbara, explained that the sub-organ of HYPREP was set up as a mechanism for ensuring that all segments of the society in Ogoni land are always kept informed of the clean-up and environment restoration proj­ect.
He noted that “CRAC keeps the communities informed of the progress of the project, addresses grievances from the communities and communi­cate opportunities created by the project.
Kigbara, informed that the “pro­gramme is to dish out more information to the various stakeholders in Ogoni on the clean-up process, saying at the mo­ment there were lots of misleading information which incites peo­ple into taking unnecessary actions.

 

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Gunmen Kill PDP, APC Ward Leaders In Rivers

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It was a black weekend in Rivers State as two leaders of the two main political parties were murdered by unidentified gunmen in Alakahia and Rumuekini Communities both in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
One of the victims, Mr. Nwozuruaka Anele, a ward Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Alakahia Community was shot and killed in front of his family at his residence, last Saturday.
On the same day, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rumuekini Community, identified as Anebo Amadi, was killed in similar circumstance.
The Tide gathered that the gunmen allegedly ambushed the APC leader at his family house and shot him dead .
Wife of the deceased PDP chieftain, Mrs. Orlumati Nwozuruaka, said the assailants were many and that her husband was killed despite several pleas by her children, adding that she was forced to lie down facing the floor to avoid identification, before he was assassinated at about 2:00am.
The deceased widow said, “We were sleeping when we heard noise at our main door. I woke up. I did not know that my husband had also noticed it and woke up and ran to the bathroom.
“Immediately, his killers, who were many, forced their way in and asked my husband for his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and he told them that it was inside the car outside. He requested that they follow him to the car, but they declined.
“They dragged him to the parlour, my children and I were pleading. My little daughter said, ‘brother, please leave my daddy alone, but they shot him dead. All I could hear from my husband is, mummy, I am gone,” she narrated tearfully.
Elder brother of the slain PDP chieftain, Jeffrey Omejuriowhor-Amadi, said his brother was killed because of his position on justice and fairness, and called on government and security agencies to fish out those who killed his younger brother.
“He doesn’t like being in a place where things are going wrong, he must speak out. He is not a cultist. He is not a rapist and he is not an armed robber. That is what surprised everybody when we heard of his death.
“The Police also came here and they saw his corpse and they also saw the scene of the incident. I am calling on the Nigerian Police and all the security agencies to see what they can do to stop these rapid killing of youths in Rivers State,” Omejuriowhor-Amadi stated.
When contacted, spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the two incidents but said the reason for the killings could not be immediately determined. He, however, investigations have begun.

 

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Fibroid: Lulu-Briggs Foundation Partners Teaching Hospitals To Treat 100 Women

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Repreive would now come the way of about one hundred indigent women suffering severe uterine fibroid hyperplasia as they would receive free surgical operations, including post treatment care, put together by the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation in partnership with Rivers State University Teaching Hospital and the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospitals.
Disclosing this the Coordinator of the programme for the foundation,Mrs Ineba Tongkam during a press conference, Friday, stated that it would be part of celebrations of the 18th Anniversary of the Foundation, and Raising Awareness about Uterine Fibroid.
“The initiative for raising awareness about uterine fibroids and providing 100 free surgeries came as a result of the experience we encountered during the foundation’s recent Free Medical Mission in BaKana, Degema Local Government Area from May 20-24, she said.
She revealed that a total of 3,676 persons were treated by the foundation at Bakana, where 22 women more were diagnosed of having fibroid, but could not be treated due to after-care requirements that were too sensitive to handle at that time.
Mrs. Tongkam stated that the O.B.Lulu-Briggs Foundation was established in September 2001 by Dr.Mrs Seinye O.B.Lulu-Briggs to institutionalise and structure her husband,the High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ cheerful philanthropy which has reached out to the needy in the society.
She continued that since 2005 the foundation has provided quality health care services to 128, 833 vulnerable persons in 32 free medical outreaches in Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
According to her, “Subsequently, other programmes evolved namely: the access to clean water and sanitation, Education/Scholarships, Micro Credit and Entrepreneurship Programmes”.
The Programme Coordinator further hinted that the foundation also engages in promotion of preventive health through awareness raising campaigns, adding that the foundation in celebrating 18 years of impact in community service is drawing awareness to .uterine fibroid.

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