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NGO Wants Laws To Protect IDPs In S’South

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A non-governmental organisation under the aegis of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on governors of the South South zone to make laws that will protect persons in their states who are Internally Displaced.
Executive Director for CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa made the call at the end of a media round table discussion which ended in Calabar yesterday morning.
Musa who spoke on the topic “ internal displacement in Nigeria” said that development of phenomenon of returnee migrant in the region with particular focus in Cross River State has no doubt become a source of concern to humanitarian actors operating in the region.
CISLAC, an organization that receives support from embassy of the Netherland in Nigeria is noted for fighting for the rights and privileges of persons who are internally displace either by war or natural calamity.
CISLAC’s Executive Director said that thought the organisation is not aware of any existing law in the region that makes it possible for persons concern to be adequately catered for adding that a situation where the governors wait until crises erupt in the region before they begin to run helter-skelter looking for where to lay their hands to salvage the situation was not a welcome development.
He called for the leadership of the various state houses of assemblies in the region to come up with a law if there was none in their state to ensure that people internally displaced are taken care of before they constitute a problem to the society.
“Agreed that bags of rice, cartons of indomies, kilos of sugar, packets of toilet tissues were at regular intervals distributed to the IDPs, what happens after the receipt of these items, when the persons concerned are allowed to be on their own. Are those items sustainable? No! The items cannot sustain them and their families.
He urged the South South governors not to wait until there is outbreak of IDPs before they begin to look for “where to scratch” to solve the problem suggesting for workability of a solution before problem crops up.
“While the state still plays host to internally displaced persons(IDPs) that emanated from the ruling of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) which ceded the Bakassi region to Cameroun, other conflict and environmentally induced displacement cases have further exacerbated the need for a multi-pronged approach for protection and assistance to persons of concern in the region,” CISLAC executive director stressed.
The NGO called for the collaboration of stakeholders to generate a policy frame work that can  help humanitarian actors in the region provide assistance to the IDPs.
The executive director asked, “As state governors, what have you done in terms of legislation to address all the humanitarian crises concerns to tackle humanitarian crises”?
According to him, states still lack policies that take care of humanitarian crises which arises as a result of IDPs stressing that unless that is done states will still continue to fail in its responsibilities of tackling humanitarian crises in states.
He said, “Something has to be put in black and white to tackle the IDPs’ problems before they become a security risk.” Whether they are IDPs or refugees they may make you join them when they burn down your house”
The non-governmental organisation decried state governments’ inability to do something tangibly to better the lots of the internally displaced.
In a brief interview shortly after the media chat came to an end, one of the participants, Mrs. Linda Tambe recounted her ordeal in the hands of the IDPs in one of the camps in Bakassi, saying that the IDPs almost got her beaten up if not for the security agents close to the camp who rescued her.
According to her, her friend and her  had gome to one of the IDPs’s camps in Cross River State to do a little empowerment, and equip the IDPS with some skills, unknown to them that the IDP,s have now become enraged because of neglect from the society. On getting to the camps the IDPs held them hostage saying that they were tire with the ill treatment meted on them by the government and the society.
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PHEDC Confirms Electrocution Of Official In Calabar

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), has confirmed the electrocution of one of its members of staff in Calabar.
Regional Manager, PHEDC, Mr Collins Igwe, confirmed the incident in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar, saying it occurred on Wednesday.
Igwe explained that the incident occurred while the victim was carrying out electrical works on the Muritala Mohammed highway in Calabar.
He said the victim was alive as he was taken to the Navy hospital for treatment.
“The man was electrocuted on duty but did not die as many had alleged but was revived and taken to the Navy Reference hospital for proper checkup and treatment.
“What happened was one of the hazards of the job, we thank God that he survived. He will be discharged later in the day.
“I am aware of the rumours that have gone round town that the man was electrocuted and died at the spot but it is not true.
“He was brought down by his colleagues, revived and taken to the hospital for better care,” he said.

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65,000 Women Access Contraceptives In Six Months

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More than 65,000 young women accessed contraceptives in Delta State in the last six months.
Permanent Secretary, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), Dr Jude Winful-Orieke, made this known in Asaba at an event to mark the 2022 World Contraception Day.
“Between January and June 2022, 65,737 people of reproductive age accessed contraceptives in Delta.
“Out of this number, 36,237 were new acceptors, while 29,500 persons came for revisits,’’ he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) set aside September 26 of every year to commemorate the World Contraception Day aime at improving awareness of all contraceptive methods available.
It is to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
Dr Winful-Orieke said the Day had earlier been established by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2007 and adopted by governments of nations as an annual event.
He stressed that access to contraceptives would reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, stave off HIV and AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases in young women.
He said the 2022 Day centred on improving awareness of the importance of contraceptives use by people of reproductive age.
“The goal is that every pregnancy is intentional, desirable and safe. Contraception allows people of reproductive age to plan child bearing
“It helps in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies among teenage girls and help girls to stay in school, work and gain social and economic empowerment.
“It ensures sustainable progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases,’’ he said.
The Permanent Secretary said marking the day helped in the promotion of informed decision-making by women and girls about their sexual and reproductive health.
“It is worthy of note to re-emphasis that women and girls deserve access to quality and accurate information on safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception of choice.
“Delta government is committed to a further reduction of its maternal mortality ratio from 576 per 100,000 live births in year 2022 to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030,’’ he said.
Winful-Orieke was represented by the Director, Community Health Services, Dr Paul Yinkore.

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Bayelsa Wants Prompt Action On Boundary Dispute With Rivers

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Bayelsa State Government has called on the National Boundary Commission, (NBC) to expedite action on the resolution of boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States to enhance peaceful co-existence between them.
The State’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the call while declaring open a town hall meeting and ethnographic study with respect to the communities along Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary in Yenagoa.
According to him, peace will be elusive if the Commission does not first of all address issues of equity, justice and fairness in resolving boundary conflicts.
He said while it was commendable for the Commission to seek peaceful resolution of the impacted communities of Bayelsa and Delta States, it should rather focus on addressing the age-long boundary dispute between the two sister states of Bayelsa and Rivers.
The Deputy Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Boundary Committee, underscored the need for all parties to come together to dialogue in resolving their differences, noting that without equity there can be no peace and development.
“The issue of boundary dispute that is stinging us the most is between Bayelsa and Rivers states. I want the National Boundary Commission to fast-track the resolution of that boundary dispute.
“We don’t see much that is stinging us in the impacted communities between Bayelsa and Delta States. If there is no equity, there will be no peace. I have always enjoined the NBC to ensure equity in the resolution of boundary conflicts.
“We must bring all who have a role to play in the meeting; traditional rulers, community development chairmen, youths, women and other stakeholders towards proffering solutions and ensuring lasting peaceful and harmonious co-existence”, he said.
In his remarks, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Hon. Fred Agbedi, appealed to all boundary communities between Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area and Okia in Delta State to continually maintain peace and bring to the attention of government all issues affecting them.
In his address, Director General of the National Boundary Commission, represented by Mr. Femi Oshinaike, a Director in the Commission, said the town hall meeting was organized to inform residents of contesting communities along the Bayelsa and Delta inter-state boundary about the boundary definition process.
Oshinaike noted that the meeting was to provide them with the opportunity to air their opinions in order to reach a consensus before the physical demarcation exercise takes place.
While speaking with newsmen on the boundary dispute between Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr Oshinaike explained that the Commission was doing everything to ensure equity in the demarcation of the boundary between the two states.
Also in his address, Senior Research Officer, Mr Balogun Samson gave an overview of the current situation between Bayelsa and Delta State boundaries.
He said the recent crisis between neighboring communities of Agge in Bayelsa and Okia in Delta necessitated the intervention by the Commission to bring stakeholders together to resolve their issues amicably.
In his contribution, Consultant in the Commission, Mr Abdulfatia Adediran, noted that dialogue remains the best option in addressing contending cross border issues between communities and states to make for even development.
Also speaking, the Head of Administration, Ekeremor Local Government Area, Mr Duyin Peter, thanked the State goveyrnment and the Commission for their efforts at ensuring peaceful resolution of the proximate communities, promising to support the process in achieving peace.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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