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NGO Trains Newsmen On Election Conflict Reportage In Bayelsa

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A non governmental organisation, Search for Common Ground, has trained no fewer than 30 newsmen in Bayelsa on best practices for reporting conflicts during and after elections.
Mr Chukwuemeka Cletus, the NGO’s Project Manager, Niger Delta Region, said at the end of the two-day training programme in Yenagoa yesterday that media reportage should promote peace during election period.
He said that objective reportage and effective peace messaging were crucial in promoting communal peace in the Niger Delta region.
The project manager said that a total of 150 media men would be trained in the course of the project which would hold in different batches.
”As a body, we want journalists to acquire the skills to adequately analyse situations that are capable of escalating into conflicts during election periods.
“We have found out that journalists can contribute towards peace building with the right reportorial skills and approach,” he said.
According to him, media men operating in the Niger Delta need to be conflict-sensitive following the volatility of the region.
“The Niger Delta is tagged a no-go area, it is our belief that well skilled journalists can rewrite this story and change the narrative.
“This is the reason they need to become conflict-sensitive in their reportage, they need to promote peace,” he said.
The Resource Person, Mr Emmanuel Ohiomokhare, who spoke on Conflict Sensitivity Journalism, called for a change of orientation on the path of newsmen.

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35 Students Benefit From Firm’s Bursary In Edo

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Okomu oil company has given out cheques of N90,000 each to no fewer than 35 students of tertiary institutions from about 20 host communities in three local government areas where it operates in Edo.
The Managing Director of the company, Dr Graham Hefer, presented cheques to the beneficiaries at a ceremony held in Okomu at the weekend in Ovia South West Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo.
The host communities from where the beneficiaries were drawn are located in Ovia South West, Ovia North-East and Uhunmwode LGAs.
Hefer said the gesture was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to encourage educational pursuit among indigent students in its host communities through award of bursary.
“ It’s a fact that this year has been challenging and tough, but as a company, we are happy that we are able to still fulfil part CSR to our host communities.
“This year’s message is that we have managed to come through the tough times together, and together, we’re moving forward in an understanding.
“It shows that even in difficult times, we can work and move together because of existing effective communication among us,” he said.
Earlier, a communication consultant, Mr Kingsley Erinmwionghae, said effective communication among members of host communities and existing companies engendered growth, productivity and enhanced mutual relationship between the parties.
He was speaking at a training workshop for representatives of the host communities as part of the company’s annual training and bursary presentation programme.
Erinmwionghae presented a paper entitled” Communication/ Social Dialogue in Community- Company Relationship”.
He said that effective communication would bring about understanding of the reputation of an organisation in its neighbouring communities, which was of vital importance for both parties.
Two beneficiaries of the bursary, Mr Kelly Ikponmwonosa and Blessing Iyase, thanked Okomu oil company for the gesture, expressing delight at being chosen.

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Minister Unveils Refurbished General Hospital

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The Minister of State for Health, Senator. Adeleke Mamora on Saturday, inaugurated the newly refurbished General Hospital, Calabar in Cross River State.
Speaking during the ceremony, Mamora said reviving the general hospital was very important because most of the prevailing ailments being experienced in the nation’s health facilities could be better managed at the primary and secondary level.
He maintained that both the primary and secondary health institutions were critical and necessary for the achievement of universal health coverage which should be the intention of any government.
“I have gone into the hospital, the emergency, patients waiting room and theatre and I am convinced that the government of Cross River really means well for its people.
“For me, it is a testimony of the commitment of the government of Cross River to healthcare of its people, particularly at this level of the general hospital which is like a link between the primary and tertiary health facilities,” he said.
In her remarks, the Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu said the rehabilitation of the hospital was part of the state government’s effort to ensure quality healthcare delivery in the state.
Edu said in 2016, the state government instituted a state health insurance scheme called “Ayade Care” to cater for the health needs of residents of Cross River.
She, however, said the scheme could not take off properly due to the condition of the health facilities in the state, hence signalling the need to put the facilities in good shape if the purpose of the scheme must be achieved.
While thanking the minister and his entourage for doing the honours of inaugurating the institution, she said his action would never be forgotten.

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C’River Monarchs Set To Invoke Curses Against Kidnappers, Cultists

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The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon has authorised the Efik Traditional Rulers Council to invoke all ancestral and traditional curses otherwise called Mbiam against kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers in the state.
The traditional council is angered by the alarming criminality, and was able to convince the Obong to invoke native and traditional sanctions against the criminals terrorizing the state.
Before now, the Obong was very hesitant to be persuaded in that direction knowing the grave consequences.
The council will visit all the 18 Local Government Areas to invoke the traditional curses.
In a statement, the Efik Traditional Council made available to journalists in Calabar at the weekend, said “In keeping to our role as Ambassadors of Peace and custodians of tradition; and in support of the state government and people of the state, we wish to inform the general public, that the council will invoke Native and Traditional Sanctions to serve as deterrence against the perpetrators of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminalities and vices in our dear State.”
It said “This is consequent upon the continuous violation of public peace in the aftermath of the #EndSARS riots and other challenges in the state”, adding that the effort shall take the Council to all the 18 local government areas of the state.
Visitors and the general public have been urged to go about their normal daily businesses without fear.
The traditional rulers maintained that “We don’t have any other state, but Cross River State, so we must work together to enthrone and sustain an enduring peace in our dear State.

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