NGO Strategises To Redefine Disability In Children
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Lifeline Organisation For Children Empowerment (LOCE) has organised the first Nigerian Inclusive Play, PLAG Season 8.
PLAG is an acronym for Play, Learn And Grow.
Speaking with The Tide, the Founder/Executive Director of Lifeline, Ngozi Chukwuka, explained that LOCE exists, operates and functions mainly due to children with disabilities, in a world where all children (especially children with disabilities) have access to a good and quality life.
Mrs Chukwuka said Play Learn And Grow (PLAG) is one of its programmes that had run successfully in the last eight years.
Chukwuka explained that it was their own way of responding to the global agenda of ‘Leave no One Behind,’ as every child matters as well deserves to play.
She added that the success stories recorded from PLAG had been overwhelming and phenomenal as many kids had gotten a redefinition of what disability is all about as well exposing many parents to understand what a disadvantage child is all about too.
According to her, over the years, the organisation has made parents to look away kids look away from the seeming limitations on the outside of their kids and explore the limitless man on the inside; on the premise that the man that is really handicapped is the man that has refused to explore his inner strength.
She said such knowledge informed their different themes over the years.
She stated that this year, they considered the theme: Wired to lead” to drive home the truth, “Leadership is not answering a title but bridging the gaps. A leader is one that identifies a gap and closes it. He identifies a problem and mobilizes resources towards solving it.
“We are crafted by God to be the answer to the world’s problems. There is an exact problem we all are meant to solve. I encourage every child to activate the leader in him. No one should exclude himself or be excluded in leadership on the bases of physical disability, because disability is in the mind,” she charged.
According to her, “About 15% of the global populations live with some form of disability; of those, 2–4% experience significant difficulties in functioning.
“A World Health Organization source maintains that about 40% of Africa’s population consists of people with disabilities, including 10-15 percent of school-age children. Global disability is on the rise due to population ageing and the rapid spread of chronic diseases.
“According to 2016 population estimates, the population of Rivers State is 7,303,900, using the universal estimate of 10% of any population being made of children with disabilities, over 730,390 will be living with disabilities of various categories in Rivers State alone, although there are no accurate records in the state of people living with disabilities, people with disabilities continue to live with great physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers in their daily lives,” Chukwuka added.
The Tide reports that PLAG is held yearly to mark the International Day of People with Disabilities worldwide, through PLAG.
LOCE advocates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creates awareness of the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for children with disabilities. It is an inclusive play that provides equal opportunity for all children to play.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
Wike Lauds LG Chairman’s Development Strides
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has lauded the development strides of the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd.
Wike, who expressed happiness over the infrastructural achievements of the LG boss in two years as Chairman, said his happiness is borne from the fact that Dr Lloyd has not disappointed his people who elected him to oversee their affairs.
Wike made the commendation in Rundele, at the commissioning of the newly constructed Uke-Eli Road, which was conceived, executed and completed by EMOLGA boss.
The Governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, described Dr. Lloyd as a courageous administrator who is determined, committed and focused towards the development of his people.
“The Chairman of our party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it all that you’ve redefined Local Government administration, and you have also attributed your performance to the support you enjoy from the leadership of our party in the LGA. So, me, I want to thank you for not disappointing us.
“Above all, I want to say that it takes a man of courage and determination; it takes a man who is focused to embark on these gigantic projects and complete them as a local government council. It is not just about the availability of funds, one must have the courage and vision to embark on these kind of projects.
“So, we thank you, and we thank the people of Emohua Local Government Area for giving you their mandate, and we thank God today that you have not disappointed them”, he stated.
Wike also thanked the people of Rundele for standing by his administration from its inception in 2015, while encouraging stakeholders in the area to continue to promote peace and unity amongst the communities to attract government presence to the area.
He noted the requests made by the community in their address and promised to communicate same to the incoming administration in the state in the handover note to the next Governor.
The Governor also commended the council Chairman’s commitment to the war against resurgence of crime and criminality in parts of Emohua LGA, assuring that the State Government was solidly behind the council chairman’s effort to eradicate armed robbery and cultism in the LGA.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, said the Chairman of Emohua LGA has redefined local government administration with a sterling performance, especially in infrastructure development.
Represented by the State Secretary of PDP, Dr Benibo George, Akawor noted the importance of infrastructure development to the urbanization of Emohua LGA.
The state Party Chairman further noted expression of joy and happiness amongst the people of the area, which, he said, indicates that the people appreciates the council chairman’s performance, stressing that every good work attracts reward from the people.
“As we came here, we sew the expression of happiness on the faces of the people, which indicates that Dr. Lloyed is actually performing very well and we seriously appreciate that.
“Recall that we were here last year on behalf of the Governor to also commission a road project executed by Dr. Chidi Lloyd’s administration. Today, we’re here again experiencing another road commissioning by the same administration. This is a clear manifestation that local government can actually embark on road projects.
“We are very much impressed that the narrative has been changed by Chidi Lloyd, that jinx has been broken and this is very remarkable and commendable.
“To my brother, Chidi Lloyd, I want to say that one way of asking for more is to do more; if you do more, more will be given to you and we encourage you to do more”, Akawor stated.
In his address, Dr. Lloyd attributed the achievements of his administration within two years to the support from stakeholders and councillors of the LGA.
He particularly thanked the leadership of the PDP in Emohua LGA for their continued cooperation and support to his administration and promised never to let them down.
Lloyd enjoined the people of Rundele, the direct beneficiaries of the newly constructed Uke-Eli Road, to ensure that the road is protected from illegal petroleum refining and oil bunkering activities which he described as a treat to the newly asphalted road.
The council Chairman commended residents and property owners along the Uke-Eli Road for their cooperation and support during construction of the road, especially those who willingly removed their properties in the right of way to ensure a successful implementation of the project.
He also expressed gratitude to the management and principal officers of Emohua local government council, particularly the Head of Local Government administration (HLGA), the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), and the Council Treasurer (TR), for their support to his administration, especially in policy implementation.
Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Rundele clan, HRH Eze Damian Ejiowhor, who led the Rundele Council of Chiefs and Elders to honour the Governor of Rivers State and the Chairman of Emohua LGA with chieftaincy recognitions, said the people of the area are grateful to Governor Wike for the appointment of indigenes of Rundele as commissioner and Permanent Secretaries in his administration.
He said the people will forever remain grateful to Dr. Chidi Lloyd for the construction of Uke-Eli Road, which he described as an alternative route into and out of Rundele communities.
Providing the project description, the Local Government Supervisor of Works, Hon Solomon Ikpo, said the Uke-Eli Road was formally impassible due to the water settlement in the area.
He explained that the road was conceptualized at 1.5 kilometer long with 1.5 kilometer drainage on each side of the road, amounting to a total of 3 kilometer drainage on both sides of the road, with 6cm asphalt pavement compressed to 5cm to withstand the swampy nature of the area.
Earlier, the councillor representing ward 7 (Rundele) in Emohua local government legislative assembly, Hon Emenike Wokama in his welcome address expressed gratitude to Dr. Chidi Lloyd for giving the people of the area a brand new road which he said is exceptional in local government administration.
The chairmen of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership caucus in Emohua, Eze Paul Wonodi and Elder Lawrence Amadioha, and the paramount ruler of Akpabu and Itu, HRH Eze G.C Ordu were among dignitaries who attended the historic event in solidarity with the administration.
Other dignitaries in attendance included: Chief Sampson Agbaru (Former SSG and Head of Service Rivers State); Honourable Commissioner, Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Hon Barr. Emenike Eke; Member representing Emohua Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon Sam Ogeh; Former commissioners, Hon Charles Beke, Elder Chinedu Tasie Nwobueze and Hon Arthur Uchendu.
The ceremony also featured the donation of solar street lights by Mr Kelvin Okoro, a former special assistant to Dr. Chidi Lloyd, as part of his personal contribution to the road project in his community.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
‘Saint Cyprian’s Church, Pace-Setter In Programme Execution’
The Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, has been described as a pace setter in executing Bible Society of Nigeria’s programmes and activities.
Chairman, Bible Society of Nigeria, Rivers/Bayelsa Area, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, made this assertion, Sunday, during the celebration of the Bible Sunday in the Church in Port Harcourt.
According to him, “if 20 per cent of churches in Rivers and Bayelsa States take a cue from St Cyprian’s Church, the society will not find it difficult to carry out its programmes and activities”.
Ayo-Tamuno disclosed that St Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, was the only church in the area that had a functional grassroot structure, which has the capacity to compete favourably with some auxiliaries within the area.
The Chairman also stated that the Church had always observed the Annual Bible Week in May with a week-long activities.
He lauded the past and present leadership, as well as the congregation of the Church for their constant support, saying “to the best of my knowledge, in Nigeria, it is the only Church that has a Chaplain for the Society”.
He appealed to other churches in Rivers and Bayelsa States to follow the example of St Cyprian’s Church and support the Society to achieve its aims and objectives.
The Chairman also called on the Church to source for its Bible, especially the Revised Standard Version for their schools from the area to meet national target.
He also passionately appealed to school owners to purchase their Bibles from the Area Book store.
The service, attended by the Wife of a former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dame Christy Toby, featured presentation of special member certificates.
Those presented with the certificates include the Curate of the Church, the Reverend Canon Sunday T. Akuroseokika and wife; the Pastor’s Warden, Mr John Tamuno and wife; and the Chairman of the Society, Port Harcourt Auxiliary, Sir Emmanuel Ojelabi and wife.
The Reverend Canon Sunday Akuroseokike, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the Society for the presentation and pledged to support the society.
LG Boss Unveils Plan To Reconstruct Bori Motor Park
In a bid to revitalize local commerce and stimulate economic growth, Chairman of Khana Local Government Area (LGA), Dr. Thomas Bariere, has unveiled plans to reconstruct the Bori Motorpark.
Bari-ere said the initiative holds great potential for fostering economic development within the LGA, positively impacting businesses, employment opportunities, and the overall prosperity of the community.
The Council boss made this known, Monday, when he addressed members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and business owners at the Bori Motor Park.
“Bori Motor Park, situated at the heart of Khana LGA, serves as a bustling hub for transportation, trade, and economic activity.
“Its strategic location connects rural communities, neighboring towns, and cities, making it a vital economic lifeline for the region.
“This Motor Park serves as a major transit point for various goods and services, facilitating trade, and driving the local economy”, he said.
Dr. Bariere’s reconstruction plan for the Motor Park focuses on upgrading and expanding the existing infrastructure and facilities.
This, he said, includes “improving the layout and design of the Motor Park, constructing modern terminals, providing proper parking spaces, establishing designated loading and offloading areas, and enhancing security measures.
“By creating a more efficient and organized transportation hub, the plan aims to attract more businesses and customers to the area.
“It is expected to generate a significant number of employment opportunities. As the Motor Park develops, there will be a growing demand for personnel to oversee operations, manage logistics, provide maintenance services, and operate ancillary businesses such as food vendors and shops.
This will help to alleviate unemployment rates and improve livelihoods within the local community.
“It will not only act as a pivotal center for trade, but will facilitate the movement of goods and services between different regions.
“With the reconstruction plan, the park will attract increased commercial activities, leading to a surge in business transactions and revenue generation”.
He continued that “local entrepreneurs, traders, and small business owners will benefit from the improved infrastructure, attracting more customers and expanding their market reach.
“One way of measuring the success or failure of government in modern societies is to access how successful such governments are in developing the conditions for satisfying the basic needs of the people they govern.
“These needs include basic infrastructure, social services, public services and, most importantly, helping to create an efficient and productive economy.
“This implies that the importance of any government or governmental agency in socio-economic development of the society is determined by the ability of such government to effectively mobilize resources and use same to provide the basic needs of the people.
“The revitalization of Bori Motor Park will not only benefit the immediate stakeholders, but also contribute to the overall development of the Khana LGA community.
“As economic activities increase, the local government will have more resources at its disposal to invest in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and social welfare programs.
“This will improve the standard of living for residents and enhance the overall quality of life within the LGA”.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
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