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Violence Against Women: Banigo Urges Synergy

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo has charged stakeholders in the women and children affairs to step up awareness on the issue of gender based violence against women in the state.
Dr. Banigo stated this at a stakeholders meeting held at her instance in Government House, Port Harcourt, on how to reduce the prevalence of cases of gender violence against women and stigmatization.
The Deputy Governor explained that the interactive meeting was to proffer solution on how to bring help and hope to those abused in different forms with a view to ameliorating their predicament.
She further noted that the forum afforded Stakeholders the opportunity to appreciate what each Ministry and Organization are doing and how to harmonize issues of public enlightenment and enforcement of existing legislation.
“The issue of gender base violence is huge and over- whelming. I want us to come together and see how best to salvage the situation because it is so bad. It is happening before our own eyes and we have to do something about it”. She stated.
Dr. Banigo lauded the various Organisations for working in different ways to reduce the menace of violence against women and children, adding that the coordinated involvement of the State Government would bring succour to the communities.
In their separate presentations, the immediate past President of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch, Dr. Adebiyi Obelebra, Field Coordinator, Doctors without Borders, Dr. Imri Schattmez and FIDA representative, Ms. Enelusace Dan-Jumbo, said 332 cases of violence against women were reported between February and November 2015 in the state.
They noted that several cases of gender abuse are not being reported because of the culture of silence, feeling of guilt and stigmatization, and called for appropriate punishment for the perpetrators of violence against women and children.
High point of the meeting was the setting up of a three man Committee made up of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Special Adviser, Legal to the Deputy Governor and a representative of the World Health Organization to produce a communiqué that would form the basis for actualising the action plan.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Deputy Governor has felicitated with the sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) and Chairman of the State People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah on his birthday anniversary.
Dr. Banigo, In a statement by her Press secretary, Paul Damgbor said Bro. Obuah has impacted many lives even before his political exploits in the State Stressing that his nickname ’’GO ROUND” was a true reflection of his gregarious, transparent and wide acceptance by the people.
The Deputy Governor lauded Bro. Obuah for redeeming the Party image and sanitising the state from the environmental mess and financial burden left behind by the previous administration who refused to pay refuse contractors for about 3 months and prayed God to continue to grant him good health and wisdom to serve humanity.
She urged Rivers people to support the RIWAMA boss in the renewed move by the state government to restore the glory of PH as the Garden city of Nigeria by keeping their environment clean always.
Meanwhile, the Permanent  Secretary  Ministry of Health, Mrs. Caroline Wali  has called on the citizens of Etche, Omuma, Okrika and Ogu-Bolo Local Government Areas to take advantage of the week long Mass Administration of Medicine (MAM) as Preventive Chemotheraphy for Soil Transmitted Helminths (Intestinal Worms) and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) in these L. G. As.
The MAM exercise which is done in collaboration with the World Health Organization, (WHO) is for all residents of these areas from Five years and above.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Directly Observed Treatment (DOT)  which is on-going in these LGAs is important as the de-worming of citizens is the first step towards breaking the transmission of these neglected tropical diseases in the State.

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Monarch Lauds Fubara Over Road Project

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Eze Dike Di Nu Obi 1 of Ogbaland, Eze Andrew Enemuwa, has applauded the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara over the award of contract the construction of the Elele/Egbema/ Omoku road.
Recall that Governor Fubara recently signed the award of Elele/Egbema/Omoku road contract worth N80.8 billion which over N4 billion has been disbursed to the contractor for the commencement of work.
Eze Enemuwa, also congratulated the Governor for the appointment of two indigenes of the area as Commissioners in his cabinet.
He said he is overwhelmed over the honour done to two Usomini sons by the Governor, adding that the massive turn out of the people during the award ceremony shows that they appreciate the Governor’ s gesture.
He specially appealed to the governor to consider the humble request made by the traditional ruler on the award of Usomini internal roads and also the need for the upgrading of some notable traditional stools in the area such as Usomini, Okene of Asa Kaka stools, among others.
He urged their two children working with Governor Fubara to give him the necessary support to uplift the living standard of the people which was, according to him, the primary reason he was elected as Governor of the State.
Eze Enemuwa urged the appointees to be loyal and respectful to the Governor in the course of discharging their duties, saying Governor Fubara remains the leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, hence, deserves the respect of all Rivers people.
The royal father expressed optimism that Governor Fubara would complete his eight years in office like his predecessors.
While calling on Rivers people to support the Governor regardless of political affiliation, Eze Enemuwa noted that the Rivers State Governor would do well if he does not allow the political crisis rocking the State to distract him, stressing that God brought him to liberate the people, hence, all hands should be on deck to support his administration, as his government means well for all.

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HYPREP Invites Foreign Experts For Complex Sites Remediation

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The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has invited some foreign experts and companies to handle the remediation of high risk complex oil impacted sites in some parts of Ogoniland in Rivers State.
This indication came to the fore last Tuesday, when the Chairman of Haemers Technologies, a company based in Europe, Mr Jan Haemers, visited one of the complex sites in Alode Eleme Community, to take stock of the extent of work to be done and the level of contamination of the site.
Haemers and his team were taken to the polluted site by the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Prof Nenibarini Zabbey, and other officials of the project.
Speaking to newsmen at the site, Haemers said the HYPREP’s Project Coordinator had specifically invited him, adding that he had come to Nigeria to develop partnerships with HYPREP and to bring remediation technologies to this area, in particular, to clean up soil and groundwater contaminated sites, in full respect of the local communities.
He noted that in the course of the work, he would also bring some other aspects of the job to the table, adding that the job would essentially take some time.
He further indicated that the work would be done in such a way that the whole time would not be wasted, as standards would be deployed to show results on regular basis, stressing that his company would ensure that most of the work on site would be done by the local people in the Ogoni communities.
Describing pollution issues as a legacy problem, Haemers said some small part of his company’s vast technologies would also be deployed to the area, to actually develop the skills of the people, in such a way that they would be directly involved in the remediation work.
He hinted that technologies that have been deployed by his company, in other parts of the world, including Africa and remote parts of North and South America, that had faced similar challenges of contamination, would be brought to bear in Ogoniland in carrying out the remediation work.
According to him, the clean-up is expected to be done in such a way that it benefits the local people and would be done by them so that they can also develop their skills and be the driving force behind the whole remediation efforts.
Haemers, who hails from Belgium said he was actually at the Alode Eleme contaminated site to know the realistic time of commencing the project, adding that assessing the level of contamination of the site and equally carrying out the characterisation of the site are very important and necessary.
He said though he could not place his fingers on the actual time the work would commence, he expressed optimism that it would start as soon as possible.
“We have come here to bring up the concrete steps involved.How long this job will take, I do not know. Part of the job is also to assess. Thecharacterisation should not stop the remediation of what is already known”, he said.
On his part, the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Prof Nenibarini Zabbey said the remediation process in the Ogoni clean-up is structured into phases, namely; simple sites, medium range sites and high risk complex sites.
According to him, HYPREP is currently remediating the medium range sites and is getting ready to move into the complex sites.
He indicated that both soil and groundwater are contaminated in the complex sites, which are located in residential areas.
In places like that, Zabbey said, there is absolute need for less disturbance, saying, “HYPREP is determined to deploy the best innovative technology that can be found globally”.
The Project Coordinator hinted that the visit of Haemers and his team is a culmination of the visit of the Minister of Environment, with his delegation to Europe in February, to search for companies to handle the complex sites.
He noted that a couple of companies had been identified to carry out the remediation of the complex sites, adding, “We are asking them to come and do comprehensive assessment of the complex sites, to determine the extent of contamination”.
He said after the assessment, the companies would come up with the proper technology to use at the sites.
The Project Coordinator said HYPREP had delayed the remediation of the complex sites until this year because it wanted to carry out proper investigation of the sites, stressing that site investigation involves proper scoping of the sites.
Zabbey assured Ogoni people that their capacities would be built to ensure that they are directly involved in the remediation of the complex sites.
“ We have been reminding and assuring our local people that our eyes are on the ball to give them the best of what is available globally”, he said.

 

By: Donatus Ebi

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FG Declares Thursday Additional Holiday For Eid-el-Fitri

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The Federal Government has declared tomorrow, Thursday, as additional public holiday to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, made this known in a statement he shared on the ministry’s X account, yesterday.
The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”
Saudi Arabia, on Monday, said the crescent of Shawwal has not been sighted, indicating that the fasting would continue on Tuesday.
It also added that the Eid-el-Fitr would hold today, Wednesday, to mark the beginning of the new Islamic month.
The Federal Government had earlier on Sunday declared yesterday (Tuesday) and today, (Wednesday) as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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