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Association Concludes Advocacy In Five Rivers LGAs

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In its effort to fill gaps in the health sector, particularly as it relates to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (ATM), the Association of Civil Societies in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition (ACOMIN) has concluded its advocacy visits to five Local Government Areas (LGA).
ACOMIN took its advocacy against ATM to Tai, Khana, Obio/Akpor, and Port Harcourt LGA Headquarters, as well as the Primary Healthcare facility at Eleme LGA.
In her opening remarks during the visits, which lasted three days, the Rivers State Programme Officer, ACOMIN, Mrs. Maryjane C. Akwuaka, explained the reason for the visit.
“We, the State Advocacy Team for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, are here to introduce to you the programme called COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C-19 RM) Project for health.
“The project is all about identifying gaps in health facilities in our various Wards. When we identify these gaps, we’ll advocate for solutions to them”, she said.
Also speaking, the Rivers State Coordinator, Network of people Living With HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Blessing Chigozim, explained that beyond identifying the gaps, efforts are made to ensure that such gaps are closed.
“The major concern of this programme is not just to identify gaps, but to also ensure that the gaps are closed.
“Towards this end, all the Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) working in the communities are to work together as a team to ensure that the purpose and objective of this (ATM) programme is achieved in the LGAs”, she said.
The gaps, according to the State Chairman, ACOMIN, Pastor John Ihua-Maduenyi, includes issues and or factors that constitute impediment to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria patients from accessing services in health facilities in various communities.
He said: “Some of the gaps may be that people complain about the distance to the facility, or, for pregnant women, that they prefer Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The facility may be inaccessible due to the bushy nature of the path to it, etc.
“These gaps when noticed are to be reported to the leadership of the community by the Ward Development Chairman (WDC) for solution, because it’s a community project, communities are expected to own the facilities.
“When the challenge is beyond the communities, it’s escalated to the LGAs. It’s when the LGAs cannot handle it that ACOMIN comes in to escalate escalate it to the State Healthcare Board for solutions”.
For every gap noticed, advocacy is taken to well meaning individuals, companies, organisations and government at various levels for solution, she explained further.
“That’s what this programme is all about: up-take and good service”, the ACOMIN boss concluded.
At the Tai LGA Headquarters, the Supervisor for Health, Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Hon. Lesor Mascot Friday, who represented the LGA Chairman, assured ACOMIN that the LGA will always support any venture that will be beneficial to it’s citizenry.
In Eleme LGA, the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) at the LGA’s Primary Healthcare Center, Dr. Tonye Lawson-Jack, while assuring ACOMIN of necessary collaboration, used the opportunity to eleborate on internal efforts already in place.
“We have actually explored the approach you intend to use in the past. However, there’s no number of times you will say is too much to keep trying. So, we are glad that an independent body is taking it upon itself to synergise with the advocay for which we already have a unit”, he said.
The MOH of both PHALGA, and Obio/Akpor LGAs, Dr. Obellay E. Abbey and Dr. Stanley Amadi respectively also assure on collaborating with ACOMIN in the ATM Project.
It was the same assurance at the Khana Primary Healthcare Center, where the Local Immunization Officer (LIO), Monica Kpugimaape, spoke on behalf of the MOH.

By: Soibi Max-Alalibo

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Wike Confers One Of Rivers’ Highest Awards On Bishop Evo Diocese

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has conferred one of the highest awards in the state on the Bishop of Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, JP.
The award, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS), is the second highest distinction in the Rivers State Order of Service Awards and is conferred on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service in any field of human endeavour for the progress of the state.
The award ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, was attended by people from all walks of life.
Wike said the honour was to show gratitude publicly to indigenes and friends of Rivers State who stood out in their various endeavours.
Rt Rev. Ordu of Evo Diocese has, in the past 13 years as a Bishop, distinguished himself as a true shepherd who has dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.
This year alone, the Diocese of Evo has hosted the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) as well as the Joint Council of Knights, which in a way showcased the safety of Rivers State and the hospitality of the Rivers people.
In just 13 years, Bishop Ordu, through exemplary and visionary leadership, has taken the diocese to new heights in the league of notable dioceses in the Church of Nigeria.
At the last all-Nigeria Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) of the church, held in Abuja last month, Evo Diocese came first in terms of having the highest number of registered attendees at the event.
The entire faithful of the Diocese of Evo congratulate and felicitate with his lordship, the Rt. Rev. Ordu, on this well deserved honour bestowed on him by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Wike.

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Don Makes Case For Vocational Education

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A professor of Industrial Chemistry, Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Isaac Dokubo, has called for more budgetary allocations to vocational education in the country.
Prof. Dokubo said this at the 82nd Inaugural Lecture of the university in Port Harcourt.
The lecture, titled “Man and Vocation: The Inseparable Twins, The Vocationalist and Construction Cost Analyst Perspective”, Dokubo said Federal Government should increase budgetary allocation to vocational education in line with UNESCO recommendations of 26 percent of annual budget.
He expressed regret that Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education for the last six years was less than 10 percent, stressing that the country will continue to grapple with the problem of industrial development if the vocational sector is continously neglected.
The university don also called for private sector involvement in vocational educational education.
He commended the Rivers State University for setting up the Department for Technical Education and urged other universities to follow suit.
Accordimg to him, Nigeria’s industrial development lies with vocational education.
Speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, said the university has taken far reaching steps towards improving vocational educational in the institution.

By: John Bibor

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Students Laud Wike Over Appointment Of IAUOE Registrar

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Students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Rumuolumini, have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the appointment of Donald Okogba as the Acting Registrar of the university.
Some of the students who spoke with The Tide at the university campus, said the appointment was divinely made.
A student of the Faculty of Humanity who gave his name as Ikechi Amadi, said Okogba had done so much for the school and deserved a reward from the system.
She noted that Okogba left indelible imprints in all the areas he had previously headed in the institution, saying such should be the hallmark of a public servant.
Another student, Charles Igwe, who described Governor Wike as a goal-getter, said his decision to appoint Okogba was the best for the institution.
Igwe expressed optimism that the appointment would not only spur the new Registrar to action, but would also make him to right some wrongs in the institution.
Describing the Acting Registrar as a no nonsense man, he called on both the staff and students of the university to give him thier support to enable him succeed.
A staff who pleaded anonymity recalled how the new acting Registrar performed excellently when he served in his previous assignment as Director of the Senate House.
“Some appointments may be viewed as political, but to me, this Mr. Okogba’s own is just on merit. He has been too professional in all tasks given to him in the school”, he said.

By: King Onunwor

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