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ESI Gets Cash, Land Donations To Boost Project

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A member of Rivers State House of Assembly representing Emohua Constituency, Hon Chidi Lloyd has donated NIO million for the development of early child education centres initiated by the wife of Rivers State Governor, Judith Amaechi.
Chidi Lloyd, who is also the leader of the legislative house presented a deed of conveyance on six plots of land to the wife of Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi on behalf of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), a non governmental organization championing the early child education of less privileged and rural children in the state.
Similarly three local government areas of the state have donated several acres of land in various parts of the state to support what they described as a noble objective of stamping out illiteracy at the grassroots especially among the poor in the society thereby putting smiles on the faces of less privileged children and assisting the Rivers State Government in its pursuit to achieving Millennium Development Goals in Education, Healthcare Delivery and other spheres of life.
Handing over a Deed of Conveyance and a cheque of NlO million to the Governor’s wife in a brief ceremony at Government House, Port Harcourt, Honourable Chidi Lloyd, noted that he was encouraged by the achievement of ESI in child development.
“It is an unprecedented programme as you talk of catching them young and we therefore acquired six plots of land at Elele Alimini and we are here to hand over the Deed of Conveyance and take-off grant of N10 million put together by me and my constituents”, Hon. Lloyd remarked.
Founder of ESI and wife of the Governor Judith Amaechi, expressed appreciation to Hon Chidi Lloyd, who she described as very fruitful and resourceful person, stating that, he was the first caller since she recovered from an injury that she sustained in a domestic accident that made her seek medical treatment abroad.
“Hon Chidi Lloyd is like a brother to me, my husband and family. One thing I know about him is that when he is committed to a thing, he sees it to the end and I know his followers are as committed. This is a special type of gesture, there is gain in working together. We will always be there to work for the betterment of all in the streets. You have sown a seed and will never lack and God will be with you always.
ESI was not my problem but born out of a burden. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to build it but the basic thing is to start. It is like making heaven, it is not so smooth but rough. The project is founded by God, I am only the driver. No human that wasn’t a child first. The challenges we face, the things we saw is what made us today. So, if you have to start, you have to start early from the bottom to the top and the bottom is the children. If you are not able to correct them now, it will be difficult to do it later. Ages three to nine is the right age of framing children to be better persons”, Mrs Amaechi observed.
She expressed optimism that children from very poor families sent to ESI programmes had had tremendous improvement and added that they are fit both academically and physically.
Although Mrs Amaechi admitted that the ESI objective of opening early child education centre in all three hundred and nineteen wards of the state was a very ambitious and bogus programme, she however believes that, “when all of LIS put our hC:lIlds together we will achieve it” .
Presenting the Deeds of Conveyance for lands in six communities in Khana, Chairman Khana LGA Greg Nwideng said his people shared the same vision with the Governor’s wife in promoting early child education and are prepared to partner with ESI.
Alhaji Samipe Ahmed Owanate, Secretary to Degema LGA who represented Council’s Chairman Abiye Davis, said the ESI programme was quite laudable and interesting which galvanized his LGA to move swiftly into action in making land available at Bakana and Degema Consulate for siting the ESI early child education centres.
Also Head of Personnel Management of Emohua LGA Pedro Chinda who represented the Chairman Emeka Woke cited the Bible on the importance of early child training and indeed on all Rivers people to embrace the ESI programme.
“It is good for every person in Rivers State to come and join this noble course. We have fourteen wards and fourteen sites are ready for commissioning. We await you”, he gave assurance.
Mrs Amaechi said she was happy that more donors, patriots and people were coming forward to work with ESI and called on all, irrespective of political differences, to assist ESI to execute its project of promoting early child educa tion for the less privileged children describing it as measure capable of moving the state forward.

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Ibom Developers Prioritise Health Through Medical Outreach Programmes In A’Ibom

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On February 6 and 7, 2024, Ibom Developers took a significant step towards improving the health and well-being of residents in the Ikot Okwo, Ikot Ikwot, and Ndauku communities of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State through its two-day comprehensive medical outreach programmes. Operating under the theme ‘Good Health Your Greatest Asset,’ the initiative’s primary goal is to facilitate the early resolution of community health issues, recognising the pivotal role that timely intervention plays in safeguarding the overall well-being of the community.
Good health is vital for the sustainable development of host communities, serving as a foundation for economic and social progress.
A healthy population is more productive, enabling greater workforce participation. Sound health reduces healthcare costs, encouraging economic stability. Socially, it enhances the quality of life, ensuring communities thrive.
Speaking at the events, Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert said, ‘‘Our community is grateful for this generous gesture, and we sincerely acknowledge Ibom Developers’ dedicated efforts and compassion. This initiative by the company empowers the community by fostering a culture of health consciousness and preventive care.’’
Public health involves preventing diseases, promoting health, educating communities, providing healthcare access, maintaining a healthy environment, and being prepared for emergencies. This helps build resilient communities, a priority for the company.
Also speaking, Chief Ukpe Uyo Amanama said, ‘‘Ibom Developers’ medical outreach programme is a testament to the transformative impact that community-driven health initiatives can have on the lives of individuals and the health landscape of a region.’’
The medical camps, conducted by Ibom Developers, targeted prevalent health concerns in the region, addressing key diseases that have a substantial impact on the communities, such as malaria, typhoid, blood pressure, cough, and skin rashes. Medical supplies were provided during the medical outreach programmes. Sugar tests were also conducted given the increasing rates of diabetes in the region. Those diagnosed were provided with guidance on lifestyle changes.
Dignitaries present at the programme were Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert – Women Leader, Ndauku Community; Prince Felix Albert – Vice Council Secretary, Ndauku Community; Chief Happy Negro Dickson – Compound Head of Dickson Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Ufot Frank Udoekpo – Compound Head of Udoekpo Family, Ndauku .

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Edo Labour Party Aspirant Writes INEC Over Party Congress

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Labour Party (LP )aspirant for the Edo State governorship election, Olumide Akpata has said the political party is not ready for its primary poll.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), said this in a letter dated February 18 and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National ELectoral Commission (IINEC) and alleged that the party leadership is plotting to handpick a candidate for the election.
It would be noted that the Labour Party had initially fixed February 22 as the date for the conduct of its primary but later shifted it to February 23.
The letter reads, “i write to you in my capacity as an aspirant for the Edo State gubernatorial ticket on the platform of the Labour Party.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the lack of preparedness and transparency surrounding the labour party’s planned primaries to produce a gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in edo state.
“As you are aware, the Electoral Act 2022 mandates political parties to conduct transparent primaries to produce candidates and also mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC” or “the commission”) to stipulate timelines for conducting these primaries.
“Numerous aspirants, including myself, have observed with dismay the conspicuous absence of transparency in the process, which has led to a mass exodus of aspirants from the race.
“All of the aspirants, without exception, who have withdrawn from the process so far, have voiced concerns about its undemocratic nature.
“While some have diplomatically cited “personal reasons” for withdrawing, others have been more forthcoming in directly alleging that the party leadership plans to handpick a preferred aspirant regardless of the outcome of any primaries held.”
Akpata added that his attempts to get the leadership of the party to provide accountability fell on deaf ears.
“I have become constrained to speak out at this point because my repeated attempts to get the party leadership to see reason and provide transparency around preparations for the primaries have failed to elicit any positive response.
“Rather, my candid inquiries have been met with disdain and an attempt to bully me into silence.
“I am aware that INEC has demonstrated courage in the past to stand on the side of due process in political parties and entrench internal party democracy. the LP’s primaries in Edo State provide you with another opportunity to walk the talk.
“Mr Chairman, if things go awry, it could result in pre-election disputes to which INEC will inevitably be joined as a necessary party, thereby tying down its already meagre resources and leaving the commission to grapple with yet another unnecessary and avoidable display that could have been averted had the right thing been done and the warning signs heeded.”

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Councillor In Delta As Police Launch Manhunt

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A Councillor representing Owhase Ward in the Udu Local Government Area Legislative Council, Delta State, identified as Honourable Festus, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The Tide’s source gathered that the councillor was shot in the head by gunmen on Monday at his residence.
The source who confirmed the incident to our source said his death was related to cult activities.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, who also confirmed the incident stated that the police had begun intense discreet investigation and manhunt of the assailants.
“Yes one Festus was shot on his head by unknown assailants, the wife informed the brother. We are searching for his killers,” Edafe said.

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