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Lawmaker Condemns Murder Of Two Ogonis

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The lawmaker representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, has described the killing of two indigenes of Bua Yeghe Community in Gokana Local Government Area last Monday as ‘despicable and wicked’.
Dekor, who stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the paramount ruler of Bua Yeghe Community, Mene Barinaadaa Gbarane, at the Bua Yeghe Community Hall, Saturday, urged security agencies to do everything within their powers to hunt down the killers and bring them to justice.
The lawmaker, who was accompanied by top party and government officials, including the Khana Council Chairman, Dr Thomas Bariere, member representing Gokana Constituency at the State Assembly, Hon Dumle Maol, Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects Evaluation, Hon Austin Sor, and the Divisional Police Officers of Bori and Kpor Divisions respectively, decried the beheading of one of the victims, an act he described as barbaric and a sacrilege.
According to him, “We are here because we owe you the peace. We will get to the bottom of this, so let’s allow security agencies do their work. But be rest assured that the perpetrators will be brought to book”.
He also charged the leadership of the youths in the area to maintain peace, and avoid reprisal attacks, as security agencies are on top of the situation.
The lawmaker later visited the homes of the victims and commiserated with the wives and children of the victims.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Dr Thomas Bariere, said the Council was deeply saddened by the killings and also vowed not to rest until the perpetrators were apprehended.
He said the Council would not be deterred by the act which he said was the handiwork of the enemies of the people, stressing that peace has come to stay in Khana LGA.
“Let me start by saying that I join voice with the Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor, people of Bua Yeghe Community, and entire Ogoni to condole with the family that just lost two very important personalities.
“The murder is needless, senseless, and we condemn it completely. As a government, we have been doing everything within our powers to ensure we bring peace.
“But as you can see, no matter how hard you try, there are just some persons that just would not give peace a chance.
“So, I stand here today, to assure the people of Bua Yeghe Community and the entire Ogoni that I will continue to work with my colleague, the Chairman of Gokana Local Government Area, to ensure that those responsible for this gruesome murder are brought to book.
“That is the only way we can give assurance to the people that we are concerned about their safety and security. And that’s what we shall continue to do”, he said.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Paramount Ruler of Bua Yeghe Community, Mene Barinaadaa Gbarane pledged that his community would continue to maintain the peace despite provocation.
A visibly angry Gbarane also pointed accusing fingers at a neighboring Community for the killings, saying it is unfortunate that an Ogoni would behead a fellow Ogoni.
“They should stop provoking Yeghe by talking on the radio. If they are not responsible for the killings, why would they rush to the radio, making provocative statements?.
“We demand that the head of the killed graduate should be returned to us for proper burial. We are not going to bury his body without head”, he declared.

By: Ike Wigodo

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RSPHCMB Encourages Use Of Contraceptives

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In celebration of this year’s World Contraception Day, the Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board (RSPHCMB) has charged women and couples of child bearing age to embrace the use of contraceptives to help them in planning their lives.
The Director, Community Health Services, RSPHCMB, Dr Joy Wihioka, gave this charge at a briefing to mark this year’s World Contraception Day, celebrated September 26 annually.
She noted that the idea of family planning was to “create an environment where every pregnancy is desired and wanted, and women live to nurture their children after childbirth”.
Wihioka also said the use of contraceptive has been proven to have “positive outcomes in reducing 44% maternal deaths, number of high risk and unwanted pregnancies, as well as preventing unsafe abortions”, which” she observed, was the leading cause of deaths among females.
According to her, “contraceptive use has been found to have important positive implications for maternal health, as well as adolescent health too.
“This is because the intervention helps avert approximately 44% of maternal deaths around the world by reducing the number of high-risk and unwanted pregnancies among citizens, thereby also preventing unsafe abortions which is a leading cause of death among females”.
Speaking on the theme for this year, “Breaking Myths”, Wihioka noted that contrary to beliefs that contraception was inimical to health, it was beneficial.
“It allows women to establish healthy birth-spacing practices whilst their bodies heal in between births: allows women an increased participation in the economic workforce; allows women to invest in themselves and their families, supporting the men to raise household income, especially in these slightly more difficult economic times”, she said.
She continued that the difficulty some women experience when they first up-take a family planning method is common.
She explained further that the methods involve introducing foreign bodies into the body, and the body of a healthy individual is expected to first reject it before acclimatising to it, adding that women should not be alarmed when faced with such inconveniences.
She advised that such women should go back to the health care centre where the service provider would adequately address the challenge.
“It is important for the woman or couple seeking to uptake a family planning method to first be counselled and tested at the primary healthcare facility”, she said.
Wihioka noted that since the establishment of RPHCMB in 2011, the Board had lived up to its mandate “to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate all Primary Health Care programmes and activities in Rivers State.
“It has also embarked on high impact interventions such as Reproductive Health/Family Planning to improve health outcomes for women and girls in the State.
“As we celebrate this year’s World Contraception Day with the theme, ‘Breaking Myths’, we join the global movement in celebrating every significant progress made in improving the health of women and girls by allowing them to decide and space their pregnancies.
“I encourage us as fellow citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine and for couples who need FP services to visit any Primary Health Center near them, request and access routine family planning counseling and contraceptive services.
“Family planning methods remain safe and effective: there is a method that suits each Woman personally”, she concluded.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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HYPREP Set To Clean Up Ogoni Shorelines …To Plant 5m Seedlings

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The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) is now set to clean up polluted shorelines in Ogoni communities in Rivers State and at the end of the exercise plant about five million seedlings on the restored mangroves across Ogoniland.
The Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr Ferdinand Giadom gave this indication during a shorecline remediation sensitisation workshop at the council secretariat of Gokana Local Government Area in Kpor community on Tuesday.
Giadom said the remediation of shoreline inter-tidal areas fall under the semi- complex and complex sites, saying, it is the phase of remediation that most Ogoni people have been waiting for considering the vastness of pollution and damage to the saline environment and the swarming biodiversity that it hosts, stressing that the high expectation is borne out of the fact that remediation in the area can generate multiplied job opportunities for the teeming youths whose livelihoods and that of their dependents could be enhanced.
He noted that in preparation for take-off of the shoreline inter-tidal remediation, HYPREP has assessed a total area of 2,196 hectares and allotted same into 549 grids of 200 metres per grid, adding that the assessed coastlines are in B-Dere, K-Dere, Kpor and Goi communities in Gokana Local Government Area, which he said would host the pilot of the shoreline remediation and from there progress to the rest coastal communities where there is pollution.
According to him, the sensitisation programme was the first in the series of scheduled activities to commence the shoreline remediation works.
Giadom hinted that HYPREP would be transparent and principled in choosing the workforce that would be on site, as it would adopt the Bodo remediation model of open balloting to select the workers. The Bodo remediation model is acclaimed to be highly successful.
According to him, 60 per cent of the workforce will come through balloting and the remaining 40 per cent will be supplied by each community leadership.
He contended that those that would be chosen shall be trained and certified in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO Levels 1 and 2), and their supervisors will have the privilege of having IMO Level 3 certification, stressing that the IMO certification component of the shoreline remediation is a deliberate permanent effort to empower Ogoni youths to work on similar projects anywhere in the world.
The project coordinator said actual shoreline remediation work will commence at the end of the contracting processes and mobilisation of contractors to site, stressing that remediation work in the swamp shall include but not limited to removal of oily soaked debris and stumps, raking of alga mat, flushing of sediment, among others.
He indicated that the re-vegetation of the mangrove in particular would create massive jobs for those who will nurse the five million mangrove seedlings that would be planted, and listed those to benefit from the overall shoreline remediation to include middle level manpower like supervisors, office assistants, safety officers, nurses and first aiders, while the unskilled labour will be cleaners, security guards and community contact persons, saying, those are reserved positions for the communities but it does not in any way preclude any qualified persons in the communities that have higher skills from applying to work for the remediation companies.
Giadom solicited the support of the communities and other Ogonis for HYPREP to achieve set goals and objectives going by the enormous economic opportunities the shoreline remediation would generate for the people, saying, “We need not fight ourselves rather we should close ranks at this time and work together”.
The project coordinator cautioned against re-pollution of the environment after the clean-up exercise.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of the Bodo Remediation model by the project coordinator, which is going to be adopted for the shoreline remediation of the impacted complex sites in Ogoniland.

By: Donatus Ebi

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‘17m People Die Of Cardiovascular Diseases Annually’

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The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Dr Ndidi Emmanuel Utchay, has said globally about 17.9 million people die as a result of Cardiovascular Diseases yearly.
Dr Utchay, who stated this as part of events commemorating the 2022 World Heart Day (WHD), explained that the 17.9 million people accounts for about 31 per cent fatalities worldwide.
‘’According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cardiovascular illnesses are responsible for about 11 per cent of over 2 million deaths in non-communicable diseases in Nigeria”, she said, adding that this situation is similar to Rivers State.
She identified tobacco smoking, unhealthy diet, reduced physical activities, alcoholism, increased high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, and obesity as some of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, and stroke.
She stated that it is part of efforts to check the trend of such diseases in the State that the State Government built and equipped a world class standard cardiovascular centre in the State.
“Health workers of different cadres have also been trained in the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases with standard equipment provided in these facilities”, she stated.
Utchay, however, urged residents in Rivers State to adopt healthy lifestyle by avoiding smoking tobacco products, unhealthy diets, living sedentary lifestyles, and indulging excessive consumption of alcohol in order to avoid contracting such illnesses.
The theme of this year’s World Heart Day, “Use Heart for Every Heart”, she explained, is aimed at raising adequate awareness on cardiovascular diseases, prevent the diseases, and also learn how to manage the diseases, when they occur.

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