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Banigo Advocates Improved Primary Healthcare System

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has advocated the strengthening of routine immunization and primary healthcare system.
Banigo stated this while speaking at a virtual event to mark the 2020 International World Polio Day, WPD.
She said the World Polio Day, presents a global opportunity to rally round in the fight to eradicate the disease forever.
According to her, “on this day, we join with organisations around the world such as Rotary International, RI and World Health Organisation, WHO to celebrate the individuals and organizations involved in the global fight against polio and their efforts to completely eradicate the virus.”
The Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Rivers State Task Force on Immunization and Primary Health Care, also said, ”the Rivers State Task Force on Immunisations is a multi-ministerial group of very passionate men and women who are determined to improve routine immunization coverage”.
She noted that Governor Wike and his Wife Eberechi, had been a strong pillar of support in the quest to reduce the disease burden of the Rivers People.
She stressed, “I wish to acknowledge the support of the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his dear wife, Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzette Nyesom Wike, who is a champion in the fight.”
Banigo observed that a strong polio eradication programme was a great plus for the overall health systems, adding that the structure that had been put in place to fight polio also addresses issues of malaria, ebola virus, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis and the fight against covid-19 transmission and control.
She expressed delight that Africa has kicked out polio commended Rotary Women and all partners for their concerted efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis.
In her address, Rotary International District 9141 Governor, Mrs. Virginia Major said the Deputy Governor, a Public Health Specialist had been at the head of Rotary’s advocacy and efforts of providing vaccines and support for field work on Immunisation.
Major said polio eradication had been through high-level polio advocacy, sensitisation and public awareness creation, and field activities, including supportive supervision of polio vaccination and surveillance, as well as financial contributions, noting that at the time of achieving Africa’s polio-free status, Rotary has contributed over $2.1 billion to polio eradication efforts in its 41 years of interest in polio.

 

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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Emohua Admin Building For Delivery In December

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By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel 

The Chairman, Emohua Local Government Area (LGA), Dr. Chidi Lloyd, says the Council’s administrative building being executed at the headquarters is expected to be delivered in December ahead of the next phase of project commissioning by his administration.
He said the administrative building will upon completion provide comfortable office accomodation for members of the management committee and principal officers of the LGA.
The Council Chairman disclosed this during an unscheduled visit to project sites within the council headquarters.
He charged the contractors handling the project to comply with the agreed delivery date and specification of the project, with a view to delivering it before the next phase of project harvest by the LGA.
Meanwhile, work has commenced in ernest at the proposed site for the construction of a vaccine cold chain and office complex for Emohua Local Government Primary Healthcare Center, following the council chairman’s approval, in line with his administration’s commitment to improving healthcare services in the LGA, as well as the working condition of staff of the council.
Dr. Lloyd during the project inspection said the construction of the vaccine cold chain became necessary following the absence of any cold storage facility for vaccines and other temperature controlled pharmaceutical instruments in the local government area.
According to him construction of the office complex was also conceived by his administration to provide comfortable working environment for staff of the primary healthcare center who had over the years blamed their negligence to duty on the insufficiency of the office space at the healthcare center.
The Council Chairman said no staff of the Primary Healthcare Center would have any reason to justify their negligence to duty after the completion of the project.
At the ongoing construction of the local government legislative council complex and the 350 seater ICT studio named after Chief Emeka Woke, being executed simultaneously at the council headquarters.
The Emolga council boss expressed satisfaction with the progress of work at the project sites and encouraged the contractor handling the projects to intensify efforts to ensure that they are delivered on time.
Dr. Lloyd was joined by the Vice Chairman of Emohua LGA, Hon Mrs. Edna Nyeche.

 

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Andoni Youths Disown Group

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Some youths in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State under the aegis of Obolo Community Youth Leaders Council (OCYLC) have disowned the purported existence of a group known as Obolo Youth Stakeholders.
This was contained in a press release made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
According to the group, there is no youth body with the name Obolo Yotuth Stakeholders in Andoni LGA, describing those behind the purported group as faceless individuals who are out to cause disaffection in the LGA.
“Firstly, there is no such organisation like Obolo Youth Stakeholders in Andoni, at least to the best of our knowledge”, the statement noted.
Noting further that the purported group cannot even speak for their respective community youths, the Obolo Community Youth Leaders Council also claimed that some of those behind the purported group have applied for a merger with it, a request which it turned down.
It noted that since OCYLC formation in 2018, it has been on the field interfacing with relevant stakeholders on how to get the youth involved in the oil and gas industry.
The release, signed by Comrade Amini Moses Clifford, the Chairman, stated that “to achieve this, we have discussed with our brother and leader, Hon.Timothy Igbifaa, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) National President, and urged him to use his good office to fast track these opportunities, adding that the effort has yielded results as Total Energy has implemented most of their agreements with Andoni.
They listed some projects carried out by Total Energy in Andoni to include the award of Several scholarships, skill acquisition programmes, employment through the award of contract to local contractors, construction of roads at Ikuru Town, and donation of learning materials to schools in the area.
The group commended the Andoni Council Chairman, Barrister Erastus Awortu, the Traditional Rulers Council, and the President of IYC for putting smiles on the faces of Andoni youths.

By: John Bibor

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Federal Agric Ministry Empowers 30 Rivers Poultry Farmers

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In a bid to encourage agricultural growth, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has empowered 30 poultry farmers from Rivers State.
This was part of a 2-Day training/empowerment programme organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture.
The 2- Day training, taking place at the Rumuodomaya office of ADP, saw starter packs handed over to the 30 beneficiaries drawn from the 23 Local Government Areas of the State
In his speech, the Programme Manager, Rivers State Agricultural Development, Vitalis Chindah, said the empowerment would enhance food security and alleviate poverty.
Chindah hinted that the training would prepare small holder poultry farmers to appreciate poultry business.
“The small holders farmers who constitute 75% farming population will make maximum use of the platform,” he stated.
He noted that the poultry industry played vital role in reducing malnutrition, poverty and promoting economic growth.
“The farmers’ efforts in producing eggs, chickens are vital sources of animal protein and maybe the only source for high quality protein for the poor and venulrable in the society
“It is essential for capacity building, strengthening the business economically by developing knowledge of trainers on production practices to, enhance market strategies that will enable farmers perform effectively to enhance household income and food security.
“It will also reduce poverty and sustain the economy. It will remove misconception, and give right direction to the small holders farmers”, he said.
He commends the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development for demonstrating the political will in agricultural development by ensuring regular payment on agric businesses and supporting farmers and providing necessary incentives for farmers.
According him, the vision of the Ministry is to work with relevant stakeholders to build an agric economy capable of delivering prosperity and meeting domestic food security through extension services.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to take it serious and warned that they should not sell the starter packs.
Also speaking, representative of the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Extension Department, Gloria Iboroma, said the empowerment would make them be independent.
She charged the beneficiaries to sustain food production in the country, saying the exercise was taking place simultaneously across 23 states of the federation.

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