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Mrs Imoke Flags Off De-worming Exercise

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A total of ninety thousand children in Cross River State between the ages of 2- 17 years are said to have so far benefited from the de-worming exercise flagged-off by the wife of the state governor, Mrs Obioma Liyel-Imoke.

Performing the de-worming exercise at the three designated centres of Yakurr, Akpabuyo, the Ogoja Local Government Headquarters, the governor’s wife explained that five thousand de-worming tablets have been given to each local government chairperson and their primary Health Care Co-ordinaors.

She charged them to make sure every child in their community is de-wormed, pointing out that the de-worming exercise was made possible through the collaborative effort of one of her initiatives, as FAC (A state Fit For A Child), UNICEF, State Ministry of Health and that of Women Affairs.

Mrs Imoke disclosed that the state has declared an aggressive war on parasitic worm infestation in children by carrying out a campaign against worms through a six month periodic de-worming exercise, stating that this was part of the effort by asFAC to make sure Cross River is fit for a child.

According to her, one of the cardinal objectives of asFAC is to look after the children in the state as well as make sure they grow well, eat well, even while in the womb, stay alive and stay healthy enough to enroll in school.

Towards this end, she said the state government has made primary education free in the state to enable every child acquire basic education.

The governor’s wife noted that worms are detrimental to children’s health, their cognitive development, education as well as a brighter future for them.

She explained that worms deprive children of essential nutrients, leaving them malnourished, tired and unable to concentrate or attend to school activities.

“It also makes them physically stunted and retarded mentally,” she said, expressing optimism over the gains of de-worming, and promised to carry the war against worms to every part of the state.

Speaking separately, the chairmen of Yakurr, Akpabuyo and Ogoja local government areas, respectively pledged their readiness to assist in carrying out the campaign to every door-step in their communities to enable parents bring out their children for de-worming.

They also used the occasion to thank the Governor’s wife for the HIV test kits distributed to each local government area to enable everyone know his/her HIV status.

Speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Edet Ikpi, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry of Health, Dr Phillip Obaji, said according to World Health Organisation (WHO), the high rate of death is more among children between the ages of 5 and below and pregnant women.

He attributed the high infant and maternal rate to lack of blood caused by worms.

The commissioner enumerated the kinds of worms to include tapeworm, roundworm, and hookworm and noted that children with worms usually have protruded stomach, are hungry and forgetful.

Also in her speech, the commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Ekama Awara, emphasised the commitment of the present administration in encouraging immunisation for proper growth of children in the state.

She thus urged parents to key into the de-worming exercise by getting their children de-wormed.

The governor’s wife also extended the fight against worms in children to the military at 145BTN Nigeria Army, Eburutu Barrack and the Nigeria Police Force Area Command, Otop Abasi, which were distributed points for both Military and Para-Military formations.

She explained that the reason was to ensure that every segment of the society is covered by the de-worming exercise.

She assured that this segment of the society will always be carried along in every Government House activity.

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NCDMB Partners Varsities, Others On Research, Development

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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB has said it is willing to partner with more universities and other research institutions towards the development of the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.
This, the board stated yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at a workshop it organised for media stakeholders.
The Tide which monitored the exercise reports that the NCDMB Director for Research, Planning and Statistics, Patrick Daziba Obah stated this during his paper presentation tagged: ‘R&D As Pathway for Deepening Nigerian Content Implementation.”
The 2021 NCDMB capacity building workshop for media stakeholders had as its theme, ‘Sustaining Nigerian Content Amidst Shifting Energy Landscape: The Role Of The Media”.
Obah noted that no oil producing country could maximise its energy potentials without research and planning, saying that following the importance the board attaches to the development of the oil and gas sector, the board has set aside USD50,000,000 for research and development in the industry.
He expressed worry that though the research fund was depleting due to the figures already deployed for Research in various institutions, the NCDMB was confident that the harvest obtainable from the deployment of the funds was enormous.
“The NCDMB has set up research centres through partnership with various universities in Nigeria in partnership with some of the IOCs. We’ve partnered with the federal universities of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Akure and Minna. We’ve other centres of excellence in the University of Port Harcourt, the Niger Delta University and we hope to add more to our list of partnership”.
“But we needed more partnership with other organisations in terms of increasing the depleting research funds”, he said.
Earlier in an opening remark, the General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination of the NCDMB, Dr Ginah Ginah scored the board high on its achievements, saying that the rationale behind the setting up of the content board is being achieved gradually.
He noted that the various oil and gas infrastructure under execution in different parts of the country, some inaugurated and others at various phases of completion were a direct result of the board’s willingness to change the narrative of the oil and gas sector for the better, commending the media for its roles and partnership with the board towards the development of the oil and gas industry.
Highpoints of the programme were presentations by two academics of the University of Port Harcourt, Professors Aniefiok Udoudo of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies and Chijioke Nwaozuzu of the university’s Emerald Energy Institute, which were tagged, ‘Retooling Competencies for the Changing Media Landscape’ and Dissecting the Petroleum Industry Act(PIA), respectively.
Meanwhile, in a recap of the presentations at the event, the Manager, Corporate Communications of the NCDMB, Barr. Naboth Onyesoh commended the lead presenters and other participants for making the event meaningful.
He added that the importance of the media to ensuring a stronger and virile content board cannot be over emphasized, noting that the board was headed towards better partnership with the media and other stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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NDBDA Boss Recommits To Develop Region

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The Managing Director of Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), Engr. Mark Daso Derefaka, has reiterated that every state within the region would benefit from his administration.
Derefaka stated that under his leadership, he would ensure things are done rightly.
He stated this shortly after he was conferred with an Award Of Good Administration and Governance, by Coalition and Supporters of Democracy and Good Governance, in his office in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the special recognition for his good works, will spur him to do better and ensure that the region feels the expected development.
“We must work for everybody to feel the presence of the Authority. I also want everybody to participate in the building process of the region we all belong to.
“We are determined to change the narrative of the Authority, because other people cannot do it for us.
“I can tell you that with the little resources in our disposal we have achieved much within the short period I resumed office.
“This honour is not for me alone, it is for the entire management and staffers of this Authority, because together we achieve all these success” Engr. Derefaka said.
He thanked the organization for the recognition and advised them to continue in their good works..
Earlier, the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Bob Achor, said the group had responsibility to identify individuals or groups who have contributed towards the development of the region, and consequently, recognize them.
According to him, since Engr Derefaka assumed office, the region has witnessed tremendous deveploment, urging him to keep the flag flying
He used the forum to call on other Niger Delta leaders to emulate him for the interest and development of the region.

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Monarch Lauds FG Over Rural Dev Project In Community

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The traditional ruler of Obonoma Community in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the State, Chief Enenibo-ofori Dateme-Obonogina, Obonogina IX has lauded the Federal Government for including the community in its rural development scheme.
He said this during the commissioning of a one kilometer asphalt farm road constructed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Obonoma Community.
Dateme-Obonogina a former Commissioner for Information in the State, said Obonoma community would continue to appreciate the gesture, adding that the project would boost the economy of the community.
“The Onuayan-Ekein” who was represented by Chief Minabo Hamilton particularly said the project would help farmers and fishermen in the community to move their produce to the market.
He said the road needed extension to include some communities in the Kingdom.
The monarch, who pledged to ensure proper maintenance of the road project, also urged the Ministry to consider the area for a solar power project.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Community Development Committee, Obonoma, Mr. Faith Lawson Jack said the community appreciated the effort of the Ministry in the award and completion of the road project.
He said Obonoma with a large landmass was yearning for more development projects, assuring that any project constructed in the community will be properly maintained.
Also speaking, Mrs. Gloria Gaze said the women would benefit more from the road as they are more into farming activities. She said the road has increased the number of cassava farms in the community thereby boosting garri production in the area.
Earlier, the State Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Tobin Ebi said the project was part of federal 0government effort to improve the conditions of rural dwellers in the country.

By: John Bibor

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