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Rep Tasks LG Boss On Good Governance

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Member representing Degema/Bonny federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr. Sokonte Davies, has expressed delight over the swearing-in of newly elected chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Daddy Pokima by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi last Friday, saying, the expectations are high for the council chairman to perform in office.

Davies who stated this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt noted that the local government was in dire need of development as it is still lacking in basic infrastructure.

He advised the council chairman to avoid sycophants but to listen to the words of elders because as he put it, the words of elders are words of wisdom.

Davies listed provision of transportation facilities, healthcare services, boreholes and improvement of local government roads as some of the areas the council chairman could give priority attention to make a difference in the lives of the people.

He also noted that school enrolment in the local government was nothing to write home about, and urged the chairman to liaise with the relevant authorities including teachers to shore up the enrolment, stressing that security was another major challenge facing the council area.

While urging the council boss to fashion out measures to check the LG’s crumbling economy, he suggested that youth centres be established to engage them in recreational activities and put them away from crimes.

To promote good governance, Davies stressed the need for the chairman to avoid making hasty promises and unguarded statements, as well as taking time to choose those to work with him like the council secretary, Chief of Staff, advisers and supervisors among others because, according to him, “he needs to choose people of integrity who would help him deliver good governance to the people”.

For the council chairman to succeed in office, the lawmaker also hinted that he should execute projects that have direct bearing in the lives of the people instead of embarking on elephant projects.

He urged the chairman to address the revenue profile of the local government before embarking on capital projects and also consider the expenditure profile in order to plug all leakages and check wastages to enable him “ have more resources to deliver the political and social expectations of the people.”

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Hypertension Kills Millions Of People Globally – Commissioner

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adaeze Oreh, has stated that hypertension is a silent killer that affects millions of people globally.
Dr. Oreh, who stated this last Friday in Port Harcourt, while addressing newsmen during the commemoration of the 2024 World Hypertension Day, noted that an estimated 46 percent of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition.
“Less than half of adults (42 percent) with hypertension are diagnosed and treated with the disease. It is a major risk factor for health disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions, which many persons are not aware of”, she said.
While emphasising on this year’s theme, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, and Live Longer”, the Commissioner stressed the need for accurate measurement of blood pressure to control hypertension, especially in low and middle income areas.
According to her, a systematic review with analysis conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018, indicates that while the prevalence of hypertension is 37.2 percent, that of heart disease was about 27 percent.
She further noted that report from WHO shows that about 1.28billion adults (30-79 years) globally are living with hypertension.
The Commissioner, however, urged citizens of the State “to take control of their health, and prioritise regular blood pressure screening, promote healthy lifestyle choices to avoid cases of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other related health conditions that could lead to instant death”.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Rivers Crisis: Group Urges Media To Advocate Peace

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The Manager, Peace Building Foundation for Partnership Initiative in Niger Delta, (PIND), Dr David Udofia, has advised media practitioners to be advocates of peace in the face of Rivers political crisis.
Udofia gave the advice during a meeting between PIND and the Step-Up Media for Women Initiative (SWIJ), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in Port Harcourt.
PIND is also an NGO that promotes peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region through strategic partnership and collaboration.
The PIND boss said the organisation is open to ideas, partnerships and collaboration in order to work towards creating positive impact within the region.
He also said for peace to reign and economic activities to strive in the region, the two pillars must move together.
According to him, when there is peace, there is transformation for economic development and the economic development can also foster peace.
Udofia urged media practitioners to continue to play a significant role to ensure that the political crisis in the state did not escalate through their reportage.
He said under the peace building programme pillars, the organisation had two mega projects, which were Partners for Peace and Integrated Peace and Peace Development Unit.
According to him, PIND works within the peace building programme to create enabling environment for socio-economic and political activities to thrive in the region and also for media practitioners to move and work freely in the state, noting that PIND had at least 11,000 peace actors across the region within the peace building programme.
“Recently, we carried out intervention activities in four states against specific headers-farmers crisis in Delta, Ondo, Cross River and Edo States.
“We also had trainings in an early warning and early response platform unique to PIND”, Udofia said.
He gave assurance that PIND would partner with SWIJ, having seen that its work fell in line with the PIND’s core values, which centred on sustainability, mentorship, integrity, transparency and accountability.
“We will collaborate with your organisation to change the narratives in the region, especially as it affects women and girls in the region”, he said.
Earlier, the Executive Director of SWIJ, Mrs Ann Godwin, said the aim of the visit was to collaborate with PIND to further the groups’ objectives towards peace building, women empowerment and equitable economic development in the region.
Godwin said SWIJ had observed with interest, the programmes and policies of PIND in promoting, training and empowering women and deemed it necessary to collaborate with the organisation to amplify the voices of women, build their capacity and change the narratives on gender-based issues.
She further said that SWIJ, as an organisation that promotes excellence among women and girls, also focuses on issues of gender mainstreaming as one of its core values.
She argued that the era of gender disparity, when women were relegated to the back stage, was over.
According to her, there is a phenomenal rise of African Women, who are making great impact in different sectors of the economy.
She expressed optimism that the collaboration with PIND would engender richer impacts among women and girls in the region.

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Governor Fubara Must Succeed – Monarch

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The Eze Mbam Abali, Eze Christopher Wonodi, has said Governor Siminalayi Fubara must succeed because he has come to work for Rivers people.
He, therefore, urged Rivers people to give their full supports to the Governor.
Eze Wonodi, who is also the Eze Risiohia of Rebisi Kingdom, said this in an interview with newsmen at his palace in Port Harcourt.
The Second Class traditional ruler, who was reacting to the numerous projects earmarked for commissioning and flag-off as part of the one year anniversary of the Governor, said Governor Fubara must succeed because he has come to work for the people of Rivers State.
“We thank God first and foremost that we are all living to see today and seeing what is happening in our State, the kind of peaceful Governor that God has given to us.
“Since he has come to work for Rivers people, it is a must that he must succeed”, he said.
The traditional ruler stressed the need for all hands to be on deck with a view to making the Governor succeed.
“Every hands should be on deck to support him to do the work which he has come to do so that Rivers State will be lifted once more”, he said.
He particularly praised the Governor for his peaceful disposition to issues, adding that this will surely attract investors into the State as no investor will want to invest in any place where there is no peace.
“Again, in areas of development, socially and economically, the Governor is doing everything to promote and make our State viable for everyone, so let us put our hands together to see that he moves on”, he stated.
Eze Wonodi also praised the Governor for restoring peace to Port Harcourt City and tackling the incessant traffic congestion in the city.
He said the people of Port Harcourt City and the entire Rebisi Kingdom will continue to support Governor Fubara to succeed.

By: John Bibor

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