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COVID-19: Yenagoa Correctional Service Gets Isolation Centre

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The controller of corrections, Nigeria correctional service,Bayelsa state command, Seth Edoghotu says the headquarters of the service has approved a covid-19 isolation centre for the medium security custodial centre situated in Okaka,Yenagoa the state capital.

Edoghotu stated this on Monday in Yenagoa while speaking with The Tide on the sideline of new development in his command.

The controller reiterated that the service was amongst the first parastatals of Government that locked down following the outbreak of the novel corona virus in the nation.

According to him with the spread of the pandemic,the Okaka correction centre like others in the nation,with directives from their headquarters took the ban on the acceptance of new inmates and visitations of old ones by families and wards as part of the measures in containing the spread of the disease.

He said these measures were necessitated by lack of adequate space and cells to harbour custodials (inmates) amongst others,saying all Covid-19 protocols are observed in the Yenagoa centre.

The Rivers-born controller maintained that in consonance with the national directives he communicated the relevant Government authorities in the state,regretting that unlike their sister centres in other states his command was not considered for palliatives by the state Government during the various distribution exercises carried out in mitigating hardship occasioned by the pandemic.

“But recently new circular was released to us by our headquarters approving an Isolation centre for the Okaka medium security custodial centre.It says we can now accept new inmates but that they must be isolated in our centre for fourteen days,tested and if any returns positive taken out for treatment before bringing them back to the correction centre,while those who returned negative are to be transferred into the various cells”, he said.

Edoghotu who also spoke on the state of the borstal correctional centre at Ogbia town,headquarters of Ogbia local Government area of the state tasked the contractors handling the project on completion,saying there is huge socio-economic advantage in locating custodial centres in an area.

“You see,the Borstals correction centre in Ogbia town uptil now has not been completed by the contractor.When such projects are cited in any area it boosts the Economy of that area.The contractors handling this project should please complete it so that we can put it to use”, he added.

By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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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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