Youths in Evo Kingdom in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, have been charged to jettison all forms of lawlessness, and do well to showcase behaviours that will project them as ambassadors of peace.
King Leslie Eke, Eze GbakaGbaka, gave the charge while inaugurating the interim executive of Evo Youth Council in his palace in Woji Community, recently.
King Eke noted that the best way to carry oneself was to embrace peace and not to act in a brazenly violent manner.
The Nyerisi Eli Woji XII said that since no meaningful venture could be achieved via violent means, it would be nicer to handle such without regard.
He stressed the need for the youths to be law-abiding if they planned to succeed in any endeavour.
The Nyerisi Mbam Oro -Evo and Eze Oha III of Evo Kingdom, also cautioned the youths against the danger of abusing the opportunity given to them by means of creating problems and confusion in the Kingdom.
“ Don’t use the the opportunity given to you to create problem for yourselves and others. Don’t also use such an opportunity as a means of scamming people, insulting constituted authorities and your fellow youths in the Kingdom”, he warned.
As leaders of tomorrow, he further tasked them on the need to be supportive of the state government’s policies and programmes in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Development.
“You must at all times ensure that there is peace, unity, growth and development in Evo Kingdom, Obio/Akpor and Rivers State at large, engage in meaningful activities, create an enabling environment where other clans and community youths will benefit”, he pleaded.
However, he charged them to learn how to build, produce and promote activities capable of enhancing their socio- cultural heritage and the mother tongue.
To make a good mark in their tenure, the royal father, pointed out that they must also focus on youth development programmes, leadership initiatives, vocational training opportunities, entrepreneurship, private partnership, value re-orientation and launchpad activities.
Mankind Set To Mark World Earth Day …As Concerns Over The Earth’s Future Persist
Rivers State will on the 22nd of this month joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 World Earth Day.
The United Nations had set aside 22nd of April every year as World Earth Day. Theme for this year celebration is “Restore our Earth”.
According to the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) the theme “focuses on natural processes emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world ecosystem.
The celebration is significant in many ways especially given the myriad of environmental challenges confronting humanity.
The emission of hydrocarbon into the atmosphere has continued to deplet the zone layer, while increased in temperature has caused more ice to melt, thereby leading to surgeing occean.
The surge in ocean has led to the disappearance of some islands. Even the Niger Delta is facing serious threat from the rising water level. Last year, a reknown educationist in Rivers State professor Uriel Etawo told The Tide that given the current surge in ocean level some islands in the Niger Delta may not survive beyond fifty years.
The region is also facing serious environmental problem from the hydrocarbon industry much of its mangrove forests are gone, while some marine organisms indigenous to the region are rarely to be seen these days.
The black soot and perrenial erosion are adding to the environmental woes of the region.
Meanwhile some stake holders have raised concern over the future of the earth given the myriads of environmental problems facing it.
Across session of stakeholders who spoke to The Tide on the celebration said the planeth Earth faces a bleak future if human activities against the environment are not checked.
They also urged for conscious efforts to revegetate the Niger Delta Environment. Some of them who spoke to The Tide in Port Harcourt on the celebration also urged for laws to end gas flaring in the region.
State Actng Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Barrister young Ayotamunu said much of the atmosphere has been lost to climate change.
“We need to now remediating whatever we have lost for us, revegetating our environment should start immediately.
“Anything that can be done by both the government and civil society organizations should be done” he said.
The NOA Director who blamed the depletion of the ozone layer on fossil fuel said efforts should be intensified to reduce carbon emission into the atmosphere.
Also speaking, Mr Dennis Oluwole, said the Earth is being threatened by lot of activities.
“We see that a lot of things are actually threatening the earth.
People are afraid that a big Asteroid may one day hit the earth”.
He said the part of Ozone layer destroyed by climate change is bigger than some parts of west Africa, adding that since climate change has gone beyond human solution, humanity must learn how to live with it .
“Since man cannot stop it, we have to adapt to it.
Oluwole who is a consultant to the United Nations children fund (UNICEF) also said the rise in temperature has led to increased in melting of ice adding that these has resulted to devastating flooding across the world.
He stressed the need for the human race to check its activities, adding that people should be taught the art of good waste management strategies, while building along water right of ways should be checked.
Another environmentalist Miss Blessing Digbani said the celebration should provide opportunity for policy makes across the world to formulate appropriate policies to check carbon emission.
She also called on governments in the Niger Delta to ensure that activities of illegal oil bunkerers are reduced.
National publicity secretary of the Nigerian minning and geosciences society (NM?) Prosper Ogbunie said the celebration calls for collective effort to protect the earth from destruction.
“World Earth Day with the Theme “Restore our Earth calls for collective support for environmental protection of the Earth due to the adverse effect of climate change”
Ogbunie who was former Port Harcourt chapter President of the society said achieving a healthy earth can be done by reforestation, cleaning up of spills sites as well as proper regulation of mining, drilling, and telecommunications construction activities.
Other respondents also called for action to check all forms of environmental pollution.
Therefore as the world celebrates, this is the time for humanities to riseup and save the Earth from destruction.
Fish Oil And Weight Control
New research has found that fish oil can transform fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells, which may help reduce weight gain in middle age.
According to the study in Nature Scientific Reports, fish oil activates receptors in the digestive tract, and triggers activity in the sympathetic nervous system that induces specific type of fat cells to metabolise fat.
Fat tissues don’t all store fat. So-called “white” cells store fat in order to maintain energy supply, while “brown” cells metabolise fat to maintain a stable body temperature. Brown cells are abundant in babies but decrease in number with maturity into adulthood.
Normally, humans have three types of fat cells, white, brown and the newly discovered beige cells. Brown and beige cells metabolise fat for temperature control while white cells store fat for energy. The number of brown and beige cells decline as we get older.
However, Japanese researchers have found that consuming more fish oil can help turn white storage cells into beige metabolising cells and contribute to weight loss.
A third type of fat cell – “beige” cells – have recently been discovered in humans and mice, and have shown to function much like brown cells. Beige cells also reduce in number as people approach middle age; without these metabolising cells, fat continues accumulating for decades without ever being used.
The scientists investigated whether the number of these beige cells could be increased by increasing intake of fish oils.
“We knew from previous research that fish oil has tremendous health benefits, including the prevention of fat accumulation,” says senior author Teruo Kawada. “We tested whether fish oil and an increase in beige cells could be related.”
The team fed one group of mice fatty food, and four other groups received fatty food with four different types of fish oil enriched with either low or high dose DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) or low or high dose EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Whatever type of fish oil they were supplemented with, the mice in those groups gained 5-10 percent less weight and 15-25 percent less fat compared to those that did not consume any oil.
Both the DHA and EPA rich oils produced similar results and the scientists speculate that if combined they could have a more potent synergistic effect.
The study also found that beige cells formed from white fat cells when the sympathetic nervous system was activated, meaning that certain fat-storage cells can shift from storage cells to metabolising cells.
Although this was an animal study, it points the way towards our understanding of how different aspects of diet can help or hinder health.
“People have long said that food from Japan and the Mediterranean contribute to longevity, but why these cuisines are beneficial was up for debate,” says Kawada. “Now we have better insight into why that may be.”
Woman Accuses Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit Of Forced Abortion
A woman, Mrs Joy Godstime Ihunwo who was allegedly brutalised by men of Anti-Kidnapping unit in Rivers State says she has lost her three months pregnancy due to the torture and brutality she suffered in the hands of men of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the State Police and want justice to prevail on the matter
In an interview with The Tide, the woman who wept uncontrollably said the scan result which was sighted by journalists, dated 10th April, 2021, showed that she had lost her pregnancy.
Mrs Ihunwo called on human rights advocates and well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid and help her to fight the inhuman treatment meted on her by policemen.
According to her, while narrating her ordeal, she alleged that on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 while in her house men of anti-kidnapping unit came and arrested her husband who is the Chief Security Officer of Rumu-Elechi Community in Mile 3 Diobu, Port Harcourt, and that despite arresting her husband and some of his vigilante group members, the police officers allegedly broke into her room and beat her up with gun butt before whisking her away to their office alongside her husband and his workers.
Mrs Ihunwo disclosed that she was released later in the night that same day and brought back to the house by the men of anti-kidnapping unit after intervention of a rights group.
She also accused the unit of stealing her money, some other valuables and engaging in wanton destruction of property.
When contacted to speak on the matter, the police public relations officer in the State, SP Nnamdi Omoni declined to comment on the matter
Meanwhile, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called on the police authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the abortion of Mrs Ihunwo’s pregnancy by anti-kidnapping unit.
A lawyer with the group, Mrs Jane James, on behalf of the group called on the police authorities to ensure the matter was investigated, and added that justice must be done and seen to be done in the circumstance.
Our correspondent reports that some of the vigilante members who were arrested had been granted bail by the anti-kidnapping unit.
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