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Covid-19 Lockdown Fever Grips PH Residents

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The tension generated at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be reverberating across the nation, following the new upsurge in the pandemic.
In Port Harcourt, residents are already under the grip of palpable tension, over the possibility of a return of the lock down scenario and its untold consequences.
With the latest report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, there is the rise of fatality in the pandemic especially among prominent Nigerians, who are already hounded by the disease which is now evidently man’s most mortal foe, that seems to defy solutions, posing the greatest threat to humanity. In Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs, residents are already deeply apprehensive, loathing the possibility of the sordid experience of the immediate past, that displaced the people.
A random interview by The Tide, reveals that there is palpable pall of apprehension on the part of the residents, who said they were still picking the scraps of their lives from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A food vendor, Mrs Ihifiwa Joshua said she and her family were yet to recover from the tough times of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I have been in this business for many years and my entire family including my relatives survive on it, but things became too difficult for us during this Covid-19 to the extent that I closed down, after eating up my capital during the period of lock down; I borrowed money to start up again and I do not want that experience again”.
Another respondent, Mr Desire Okeke, also expressed fear over the possibility of a lock down as a result of the new case of Covid-19 in the country.
Okeke, who is a herbalist said, it was not good for the government to just relax and wait for western solution to the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that more attention should be given to research in indigenous medicine to solve the medical challenge, especially some that appear intractable like the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Godwin Namane who also spoke with The Tide said the resurgence of the pandemic poses grave danger to the people and urged the government to handle the issue with care. He said, “it is most unfortunate, that there is a new phase of affliction by Covid-19 in Nigeria. We are struggling to come out of our experiences as a result of the series of lock downs. It is not something that the people want to experience again. We want the government to give attention to the measures of addressing not just the pandemic, but the social consequences of the pandemic, such as palliative distribution, rehabilitation which have made the people to be more afraid of the lockdown than Covid-19 itself.
Another respondent, Mr Desire Okeke, also expressed fear over the possibility of a lock down as a result of the new case of Covid-19 in the country, Okeke, who is a herbalist, said, it was not good for the government to just relax and wait for western situation to the covid 19, pandemic, stating, that more attention should be given to research in indigenous medicine to solve medical challenges, especially some that appears intractable like the covid 19 pandemic already had abiting effect on the populace, as signified by the doldrums preceding this years yuletide.
“It is already, few days to Christmas, but the normal Euphoria that characterised chrismas is not felt because of the effect of covid 19, the important thing is to be alive”.
Mrs Owunari pointed out that it was extremely difficult for parents to cope with school resumptions because of the interruptions and challenges of the moment.
“It was not easy for people like us that have four children, to get them back to school, its only God that helped us to cope with the tasks of paying schools fees and making daily provisions for the children and the entire house hold.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rivers, A Global Investment Hub

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Nothing could be more elusive and desirous as the special skills and talent of a wand and a midas touch. Dr Freeman O’ Freeman is one the few possessive of this rare gift. He has a penchant for the reorganization of ailing industries, organizations and institutions. The foremost technocrat and consultant was recently spotted by the Port Harcourt Metro at a public function in the Garden city. When his attention was sought for an interview he willingly obliged an the session was a deep insight into his experience especially his years of consultancy services with the Rivers state Government in the  early 1990s. During these period he recalled that 14 parastalals and government agencies including the three state owned media Houses were under his consultancy services for full reorganisation process. “We made the State Electricity Board to be the highest revenue earner after the Ministry of finance, we also made the staffs of Water Board, Super Board, and Rivers Marine to earn their salary after the reorganization processes, some of the moribond companies can still be revived.”  He said Rivers state was deeply blessed with potentials to host the business world through flourishing business activities, nothing that most black Americans business moguls were looking for opportunities of investing their wealth and knowledge. Dr Freeman who is also and author and religious counsellor emphasized the need for proper restructuring of the Nigerian state to address the needs and imperatives of justice in the country. He canvassed for the creation of a state owned insurance company to secure the wealth and investments of  Rivers state. “ Rivers state is global investment hub, their is need to decongest Lagos by tapping into the enormous investment potentials in Rivers state, it’s quite unfortunate that investments of Rivers state government are easing out without full privileges to the state government, despite hosting two federal terminals economic activities in the state is still low. I want the Rivers state government to reap the benefit of insurance before Governor Wike leaves office, it will count for him as one his greatest legacies for Rivers people. Commenting on the prevalence of ethno religious crisis in the country, he pointed out the very custodians of religious faith were the propellers of the evolving Crisis. “it’s very unfortunate that people don’t practice what they preach, the much resources in the hands of the ministers should be redirected for the interest of the followers, the early missionaries gave education virtually free. Ministers should allow their members to have leveraging access to their schools, this will reduced the loads of poor parents and help in producing an informed and better society”. With a deep sense of concern, he urged the federal government to address the growing spate of insecurity in country, particularly the “ incautious activities of herders.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Wife Battery: Man Forced To Undertaken By In-laws

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In a bid to restore the marriage of a certain couple in Port Harcourt, ( names withheld) the family members and parents of the wife has forced the husband to an undertaken that he will no longer used their daughter as a punch bag. The Port Harcourt Metro gathered the parents of the wife are relatively well to do very supportive to the upkeep of their daughters family. Their intervention came as a result of repeated cases of physical and psychological abuses of their daughter by her husband. It was also gathered that the parents of the wife had made moves to terminate the relationship to secure the life of their daughter but she bluffed their moves and stuck to the marriage based on her professed love for the husband. The husband was said to have been invited to an intense family session during which he was asked to sign an undertaken to be of good conduct and act as a responsible man or gets his wife forfeited. The session became dramatic when the repentant husband and in-law was said to have broken down in tears , with confessions that he was always propelled by some incontrollable forces to act the way he did.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Group Plans Grassroots Medical Campaign

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As part of measures of promoting effective medical care at the grassroots, a body under the auspices of Medical  Xray and Imaging Technicians Association of Nigeria says plans has been put in place for mass sensitisation on the need for greater access to medical services at the rural areas. National President of the body, Rev Akiene Nunyor who disclosed this during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said the sensitisation was targeted at rousing the sensitivities of critical stakeholders towards improving health care at the rural areas as well as creating awareness among the rural dwellers. He pointed out that the absence of ultra sound facilities at rural communities was responsible for high mortality among pregnant women in rural communities, as they lacked access to the facilities. Its difficult for women to go for scan exercises for proper medical check at the rural areas. In times of emergencies before they get to the urban areas that have the facilities it becomes late. He called for a synergy between the private sector and government especially in the area of research, training and manpower development in the health sector,  He assured that the body was ready to provide the professional regulatory services for middle manpower development and standards in medical practice. While commending the Rivers state Government for its efforts in promoting care in the state he called for a “ Public/ Private sector  driven “approach in promoting effective health sector delivery.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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