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CRSG Committed To Eliminating Malaria – D’Gov

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The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu, says the administration of Senator Ben Ayade is committed to supporting all necessary measures and partners in ensuring that Malaria was eliminated in the State.
Professor Esu made the assertion while performing the State Official flag-off of 2019 Mass Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets Distribution Campaign at Ikot Nakanda, Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
The Deputy Governor said, the fact that malaria was a killer disease second to HIV/AIDS and its proven co-relationship with a wide range of other diseases, callsed for global efforts for its elimination.
He called on all members of the public and security agencies to maximally participate in this exercise to ensure that it was peacefully conducted and household members to endeavour to redeem their nets soon and imbibe the culture of sleeping inside the net.
Professor Esu maintained that the State House of Assembly will soon pass a law against the misuse of mosquito nets for gardening, fishing and other unwholesome practices in the communities.
The Deputy Governor thanked the President Malaria Initiative (PMI) USAID, the Federal Government of Nigeria through National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) for the donation of over 2.5 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets in the State.
The wife of the State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, represented by the
former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, expressed her
strong passion for Child and Maternal Health adding that she would
spare no efforts in ensuring that, women and children receive the best
of care in the State through her pet project “The Mediatrix
Foundation.”
She pointed out that, more than 90% of all Cross Riverians are at risk
of Malaria and almost everyone suffers at least a bout of it every
year.
Dr. Linda Ayade therefore informed the women, especially the pregnant
women that regular use of the LLINs is a sure way to reducing Malaria
deaths by 20 percent and Malaria incidence by 50 percent in children
less than five years of age in the State.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Joseph Bassey stated
that, about 2.4 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets worth more than
2.3 Billion Naira has been shipped into the State for this year’s
exercise.
Dr. Bassey maintained that, in Nigeria, 92 percent of the population
are at risk, contributing to an estimated 11 percent of Maternal
Mortality and 30 percent under 5 mortality as well as 60 percent of
outpatient visit in our health facilities.
On her part the Head of Local Government Administration, Akpabuyo
Local Government Council, Mrs Theresa Ezima noted that, malaria is the
commonest sickness in Africa and it is fast in taking lives.
Mrs. Ezima emphasized that, all hands must be on deck to create
effective awareness among the people in an effort to secure lives
which is one of the cardinal responsibilities of Government.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Body Wants NGOs To Build Capacity Of Community Groups

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The Executive Director, Fostering Achievement for Community Empowerment (FACE), Mr Inatimi Odio, has called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Niger Delta region to build capacity for community groups to strengthen their advocacy skills.
Odio, who spoke to The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, during a one day stakeholders’ Advocacy Capacity Building on the Ogoni Cleanup, stated that the programme aims at ensuring stakeholders are able to air their concerns and challenges on the Ogoni Clean up process so that those concerned can be responded to in a positive way.
He stressed that wrong approach to lobbying and advocating was responsible for lack of good result, noting that advocacy is a process and not a spring race, but maranthon, hence different strategies must be employed in order to make advocacy successful. According to him, “the practice of lobbying and advocating ought to be done in a more structured manner that will produce maximum result expected by those concerned.”
Odio emphasised that other NGOs were really not building the advocacy capacity of community groups, but rather advocate on behalf of communities, thereby playing down on the people’s power that they would have utilised to engage different stakeholders to achieve their objectives.
“Many times NGOs advocate on behalf of communities, thereby disempowering them.
“So my message to other CSOs, NGOs is that capacity should be built among stakeholders in different communities so that they can engage actively in the process.
“This way, both the communities, CSOs, and NGOs can collaborate with government agencies including the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) to ensure that the clean -up exercise process is effectively implemented,” Odio said.
The FACE Executive Director noted that the training will build stakeholders, capacity on advocacy strategies that will guide the communities to engage the other stakeholders involved in the clean-up to ensure it is fast-tracked and effectively done.
Speaking also, a member of the Coalition of Civil Society on Environmental Sustainability (CISOC), Mr Sunny Zorvah stated that investigation shows that impacted communities do not have capacity in terms of asking for what they want, and do not understand the issues surrounding the Ogoni Cleanup. Zorvah stressed that the event is aimed at building the capacity of these communities to enable them advocate peacefully so it does not stop the exercise, but to pass the message on to HYPREP.
He noted that HYPREP benefits the more if these communities are calm, hence the need for them to operate an open policy that would clear every doubt, adding that the people of the community need to undestand that there is a window open for them to ventilate their  opinions and challenges to make proper use of it in ensur

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Development In Bayelsa Excites Abdulsalami

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Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has expressed surprise at the fast rate of development of Bayelsa State and its capital, Yenagoa, under the leadership of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
A statement by the Special Adviser, Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, stated that Abdusalami, made the comment while speaking as the Chairman of the official launch of the 200 hectares New Yenagoa City project at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa on Wednesday.
The former Head of State whose administration voluntarily handed over political power to civilians in 1999 also performed the ground breaking ceremony for the planned New Yenagoa City.
Describing Yenagoa as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the former Head of State noted that when the project is completed, Yenagoa would be a choice destination for investors and tourists.
According to Abubakar, Governor Dickson’s vision of a new Yenagoa City is indeed a laudable one which he believes would come into fruition.
He said, “Let me start by thanking His Excellency for inviting me to this occasion. Indeed it is very delightful to come and see the work you have been doing for the last eight years.
“I was talking to my friend when we were coming here that, I can’t believe that Bayelsa and Yenagoa in particular will grow to the level I’m seeing today”.

 

Canice Amadi, Enugu

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DPO’s Release: CP Denies N3m Ransom Payment To Kidnappers

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Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, has denied the alleged payment of ransom by the Police Command to kidnappers in the state.
A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta State was allegedly kidnapped at the weekend along the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway but regained freedom after a ransom of N3 million was paid.
The victim, whose name was given as Mr Okoro, is in charge of Galilee Police Station, Ute-Ogbeje Community in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
An inside source at the State Police Command Headquarters in Asaba told our correspondent that the victim was freed by his abductors after a ransom of N3 million was paid.
The said DPO was kidnapped between Onicha-Ugbo and Issele-Uku on the expressway last Friday by gunmen who shot sporadically before whisking him to unknown destination.
Additional information  from a police officer who pleaded for anonimity claimed that the DPO was on his way to Asaba for official assignment when the hoodlums swooped on him
He was said to been set free on Sunday after the negotiated ransom was dropped at a designated location for the abductors to grab.
But the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke however denied the incident and the subsequent payment of ransom, saying that it was the DPO’s friend that was allegedly kidnapped on the fateful day.
Adeleke, who said he was in touch with the DPO, added that the police will never encourage anybody to pay ransom for their kidnapped friend or relative to be freed.

 

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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