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PH To Host Geosciences Confab

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Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital has been granted the hosting right of the 57 international conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society.
The conference holds in 2021. Chairman of the Port Harcourt chapter of the society which comprises Rivers and Bayelsa States, Mr Prosper Jeremiah Ogbunie who disclosed this during a courtesy call on the General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Mr. Vincent Ake in his office said that the hosting right was granted during the 56 conference at Enugu.
Ogbunie said that the visit was aimed at creating partnership with the media with a view to not only publicising the forthcoming conference but creating awareness on the activities of Geoscientists in the society.
According to him, Geoscientists are specialists in flood control, road construction, forecasting of major disasters such as earth tremor, earth quake amongst others.
He said that the application of the knowledge of Geo-scientists will be useful in all human endeavour.
Responding, the General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Mr. Vincent Ake thanked the society for recognizing the pioneering role of The Tide Newspaper in information dissemination.
Ake further said that as experts, in disaster prevention and control, the importance of the society cannot be over emphassised.
He however, stressed the need for them to ensure that their activities are made known to both the government, multinational corporations and even the rural folks.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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Environmentalist Seeks Halt To Extraction Of Fossil Fuel In N’Delta

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An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has said only a halt in the extraction of fossil fuel by oil multinationals can guarantee a healthy living by people of oil producing states.
Bassey, who is also the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, made the call during an oil watch global event in Port Harcourt .
He blamed the high level of flooding and pollution in Niger Delta region on oil exploration.
The activist also lamented over the destruction of biodiversity, adding that the oil sector has only created employment for one percent of the entire population in Africa.
While calling on the government to ensure the cleaning of the “polluted environment across the region” also called for adequate “compensation” for communities affected by oil exploration that have refused the oil in their environment to be extracted.
In his words, “If you pay attention to the climate debate and negotiation governments and corporations are talking about achieving net zero”.
“Net zero does not mean zero, it means you keep emitting the carbon but find a way of either capturing or burying it somewhere or you plant some trees or designate some forest at places where carbon is being absorbed”.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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