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Households Seek Solution To Kerosene Explosion

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One cooking aid that is accessible to both the rich and the poor in the society is the Kerosene. It serves to illuminate the house in the dark when used in lanterns and also useful to the grassroots households in cooking their foods. The price of the cooking gas, somehow made it an exclusive of the rich, while the average households settle for the kerosene.

In the past, occasional reports on kerosene explosion were heard with the victims being blamed for what was adjudged, “carelessness on their part” in the course of using the kerosene.

Today, the reports on Kerosene explosion in homes are becoming incessant, and its damages alarming. Within the last three weeks, many lives and properties have been lost while surviving victims are maimed for life.

Considering the reason for the popular patronage the Kerosene receives from households over other cooking aids like gas, the question now is in the face of the prevailing reality, what is the alternative to Kerosene?

According to a source, “when an explosion occurs as a result of wrong application, caution becomes necessary and possible too, but when the problem is from the Kerosene itself, then no amount of caution or carefulness can save its occurrence because the material itself is adulterated”.

It will be recalled that for the past one month, Kerosene supply in town had been somewhat scarce and from past experiences, it is in times of scarcity that all manner of smart deals are perpetrated for “quick” money to the detriment of users of course.

While it is imperative to educate households and every user of this product on how to use, it has become even more imperative on the part of the government through the relevant authority to check the activities of these “smart dealers” who are more concerned with the “quick cash” they make than the safety of lives and properties of their patronisers.

The recent warning by the government against patronising Kerosene hawkers by members of households, may not be very possible.

The reason is that even if every household within the city files out in filling stations where this product is available, it is not possible for those in rural areas to do same we just have to be realistic.

Moreso, it is good that the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is working with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure that adulterated Kerosene products do not find their way into filling stations across the state.

However, should the Kerosene enters and leaves the filling station, unadulterated, what is the guarantee that it would not be adulterated there after by the hawkers?

I think that while we troubleshoot for the course and possible solution to this ugly monster, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should throw the doors of its filling station open to the public and not limiting it to some selected dealers so that all could have access to the station for the purchase of the unadulterated stuff.

Again, since it has become obvious that adulterations are usually traced to scarcity period. Is it not proper that the government checks the reason for the scarcity of this all important family product?

The current cases of Kerosene explosion is indeed a situation that calls for worries on all stakeholders in the society. A product that has other alternatives,  is not that is easily sidelined at the slightest provocation.

Unfortunately, Kerosene is such that we cannot easily wish away hence we have to contend with its challenges and forge ahead with the possible precautions.

First, as the permanent secretary Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Dr George Worlu suggests, all Kerosene products must be tested before usage by pouring it on the floor and setting fire on it to observe its reaction.

Secondly, Kerosene product must not be poured into already lit stove or lantern. Instead, pour in the Kerosene first then light the stove or the lamp.

 

Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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Women’s Role In Curbing Child Abuse

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The role of women incurbing child abuse can never be over-emphasised.  Mothers are the ones who nurture and groom their offsprings and wards whether biological children or adopted.
It is necessary that any child who falls under the supervision of a mother, must be accounted for by that woman.
Shaping the life of a child depends so much on the mother even if certain percentage of care is being expected from a father.  The mother starts nurturing a child from age zero till the adolescent stage.  She should always do a follow-up at every stage of development of every child in her care.
Within the period of this growth, if there are negative tendencies exhibited by the child, the mother should be able to identify before the child goes to school. This is because the child starts learning from the home.
When you talk about child abuse, it starts from the home and the way every child is treated matters a lot.
The menace called child abuse is something that every hand must be on deck to ensure it is eradicated in the society. The major agent of eradication is the mother.
There are various forms of child abuse.  You may discover that at every form of the menace, the woman is involved and should be held responsible for it is consequences.
Of course, it is clear that child abuse does not have any positive impact on the society except the perpetrators of the act. It favours the perpetrators alone. Some persons derive joy in seeing either their own child or another’s child being denied equal rights and accomplishing goals that will help them in future.
According to UNICEF in 1989, child abuse is the portion of harm to children that results from human action or inaction  that is proscribed, proximate and preventable.
The African Network for the Prevention or Protection against Child Abuse or Neglect (ANPPCAN) looked at child abuse as the intentional, unintentional or well-intentional act, which endangers the physical, health, emotional, moral and the educational welfare of the child.
Broadly, it means maltreatment of a child: any form of action that brings about physical, mental, psychological and social torture to the child.
When you talk about child labour, which includes buying and selling most times, a woman will intentionally send the child out for hawking with the aim of making money. A situation where a woman’s children will be in school and she finds pleasure in sending a house help out portends danger to that child.
A woman should not send an adopted child out to the neighbourhood alone to fetch water when her own children are idle because her role is to protect every child in her care whether biological or not.
When you talk about child trafficking, apart from when children are in school, the mother should be aware of the location of the child at every time. Monitoring the children should be the watchword of every committed mother. When a woman is careless about the whereabouts of the child, that child can be picked up from any location without her knowledge.
A woman should not express anger on anything the child does at home.   A child/ward can be corrected for wrong doing without being battered.  It has been discovered in some homes that child battering has led to death or deformity of some children. A mother should know the kind of punishment a child deserves for correction.
Some women neglect their children by sending them to others for lack of basic needs.  Every responsible woman should be able to have the number of children she can cater for.  While the child is in another woman’s house, no one knows how many meals he or she takes per day.
Sending a child out for hawking especially a female, signals danger to the girl.  That is a simple way of exposing her to sexual abuse.  Some irresponsible persons under the pretence of buying something from her, can lure her into unnecessary sexual abuse.  The danger in this is that it can lead to unwanted pregnancy,  contraction of STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Most rape cases that have been recorded are as a result of sending a girl out to hawk.
There is no harm in asking children to assist in selling, so as to make up in the home, but if they are to sell in a kiosk no matter how little it may be, a mother can monitor the children there.
A mother should know that giving a child under the age of 18 out for marriage is an abuse. Women must nurture the children to maturity before sending them out because the dangers of underage marriage are devastating. When an underage girl is given out for any reason for marriage, do not forget that consequences that arise from that will still fall back to the mother.
A mother should not send her child or ward out for prostitution in order to make money.
Parents and guardians, especially mothers should be more educated and more awareness should be created on why they should pay more attention to their children and wards.
As the world marks child abuse day annually, it should be a reminder for women to show more care to their wards so that the abuse  can be eradicated in the society.

By: Eunice Choko-Kayode

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Build Your Homes, Banigo Urges Women

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo has urged women to build their homes with wisdom to ensure they do not collapse.
Banigo stated this while speaking as the guest preacher during the 2022 Ladies Conference at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Regional Headquarters Parish (Chapel of Blessings), No 38, Old GRA Extension, Eastern Bypass, in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Banigo said, women, need to ask God for the wisdom that would carry them through.
“You need the wisdom to run your homes and grow our children, the whole world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, there is a lot of groaning, in our nation, and in our communities, there is groaning, the Lord is waiting upon you. God is set to do something new in Rivers State and Nigeria”.
Banigo, who spoke on the theme: “Every Increasing Christian Woman” drawn, from Luke Chapter 2: 52, insisted that the word of God was key, in our increase, adding that we must grow in the word of God, spend time on the word, meditate on the word and chew the word.
“If you are a Christian, you must sleep on his word and let the word grow in you, through prayers and fasting, we must increase in our prayer life, and we also need to increase in favour, to increase in favour we need to emulate what Jesus Christ did. He was humble, humility must be our watchword, and you have to be simple and humble to attract God’s favour into your life”,Banigo stressed.
The deputy governor, who said Our Lord Jesus Christ was diligent at all times, said “we must be diligent in teaching our children and leading them in the way of the Lord”, stressing that “if we want increase in God’s favour, we must live a holy life.
“There are no two ways, about it, the Bible says those that are the sons of God, are led by the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God cannot dwell in a vessel that is contaminated. We must also increase in faith and in giving.
“Giving takes us from Glory to Glory, and we must realise that faith without works is dead, it is not about, I have faith, show me works in the Lord, show me your works in righteousness, and giving, giving of our time and resources is key, because Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive”, the deputy governor further stressed.
She also said we must teach our children as fathers and mothers to give and teach our youths that, it is more blessed to give than to receive, so the rent-seeking attitude that occupied the spirit of our youths in Rivers State must end.
“They must realize that God put them together and gave them a great destiny to fulfil and that there is something that they can offer to society. When you find favour with God then he will take care of favour with man. Stop running around seeking favour with men. He speaks for you when you are not there; take time to find favour with God rather than men, as the Bible says when a man’s ways please God even his enemies will work for him, as we grow in age we, must grow in wisdom and knowledge”, Banigo said.
Earlier, the wife of the Regional Pastor of RCCG, Region 5, Mrs Modupe Adesoji, said the programme, which started last week Thursday, featured free medical, outreaches, and float rallies to sensitize the citizenry, as well as aerobics to keep the women physically, mentally and spiritually fit, as well as a dinner for couples.
Highlights of the programme include various musical ministrations and special thanksgiving by the women as well as the fathers to mark Father’s Day.

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Child Abuse: Women’s Role In Curbing The Menace 

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The role of women in curbing child abuse can never be over-emphasised.  Mothers are the ones who nurture and groom their offsprings and wards whether biological children or adopted.
It is necessary that any child who falls under the supervision of a mother, must be accounted for by that woman.
Shaping the life of a child depends so much on the mother even if certain percentage of care is being expected from a father.  The mother starts nurturing a child from age zero till the adolescent stage.  She should always do a follow-up at every stage of development of every child in her care.
Within the period of this growth, if there are negative tendencies exhibited by the child, the mother should be able to identify before the child goes to school. This is because the child starts learning from the home.
When you talk about child abuse, it starts from the home and the way every child is treated matters a lot.
The menace called child abuse is something that every hands must be on deck to ensure it’s eradicated in the society. The major agent of eradication is the mother.
There are various forms of child abuse.  You. You may discover that at every form of the menace,b the woman is involved and should be held responsible for it’s consequences.
Of course, it is clear that child abuse does not have any positive impact on the society except the perpetrators of the act.  Some persons derive joy in seeing either their own child or another’s child being denied their rights and accomplishing their own goals.
According to UNICEF in 1989, child abuse is the portion of harm to children that result from human action or inaction  that is proscribed, proximate and preventable.
The African Network for the Prevention or Protection against Child Abuse or Neglect (ANPPCAN), looked at child abuse as the intentional, unintentional or well-intentional act, which endangers the physical, health, emotional, moral and the educational welfare of the child.
Broadly, it means maltreatment of a child. Any form of action that brings about physical, mental, psychological and social torture to the child.
When you talk about child labour, which includes buying and selling most times, a woman will intentionally send the out for hawking with the aim of making money. A situation where a woman’s children will be in school and she finds pleasure in sending a house help out potends danger to that child.
A woman shouldn’t send an adopted child out to the neighbourhood alone to fetch water when her own children are idle because her role is to protect every child in her care whether biological or not.
When you talk about child trafficking, apart from when children are in school, the mother should be aware of the location of the child at every time. Monitoring the children should be the watchword if every committed mother. When a woman is careless about the whereabout of the child, that child can be picked up from any location without her knowledge.
A woman shouldn’t express anger on anything the child does at home.   A child/ward can be corrected for wrong doing without being battered.  It has been discovered in some homes that child battering has led to death or deformity of some children. A mother should know the kind of punishment a child deserves for correction.
Some women neglect their children by sending them to others for lack of basic needs.  Every responsible woman should be able to have the number of children she can cater for.  While the child is in another woman’s house, no one knows how many meals he or she takes in a day.
Sending a child out for hawking especially a female, signals danger to the girl.  That is a simple way of exposing her to sexual abuse.  Some irresponsible persons with the pretence of buying something from her can lure her into unnecessary sexual abuse.  The danger in this is that it can lead to unwanted pregnancy,  contraction of STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Most rape cases that have been recorded are as a result of sending a girl out to hawk.
There is no harm in asking children to assist in selling so as to make up in the home, but if they are to sell in a qiorks no matter how little it may be, a mother can monitor the children there.
A mother should know that giving a child under the age of 18 out for marriage is an abuse. Women must nurture the children to maturity before sending them out because the dangers of underage marriage are devastating. When an underage girl is given out for any reason for marriage, don’t forget that any consequences that arise from that will still fall back to the mother.
A mother shouldn’t send her child or ward out for prostitution in order to make money.
Parents and guardians, especially mothers should be more educated and more awareness created on why they should pay more attention to their children and wards.
As the world marks child abuse day, it should be a reminder for women to show more care to their wards so that it  can be eradicated in the society.

By: Eunice Choko-Kayode

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