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Flooding: Group Alerts On Looming Endemic Diseases

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Ogbakor Egbema Aninso, a Socio-cultural organisation of the Egbema ethnic nationality in both Rivers and Imo states, has cried out over the imminent outbreak of endemic diseases  in the Kingdom following the massive destructions being caused by flooding in the area.
President General of the organization. Mr. Ify Francis Igwebuike  who said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt said the entire Egbema kingdom is submerged by flood.
He also regretted that the people have been turned into refugees in their homes
“Egbema is almost submerged. People have moved to one part of Okwuzi.If you go to a community called Agah you will pity them, go to Mgbede is not less.
“How can Egbema people be refugees in their homes every year.
“They are in a very bad condition healthwise. d
Don’t be surprised that after this period that there will be an endemic disease in Egbema”,he said.
Ify Igwebuike also criticized the non response of the relief agencies to the plights of his people.
“So Egbema is almost submerged and has suffered loss of millions of Naira in terms of losts.
“Business closed down, all the people are ill, “he said.
Igwebuike also criticized the non response of emergency relief agency to the plight of his people, as those displaced by the incident are finding it difficult to survive.
“This displaced people by  this flooding what has been done to them, where is our emergency relief agencies, where are our philanthropist” he asked.
“There had been a lot of casualties, goods and properties worth over millions have been destroyed”.
“No economic life, the people are hungry, “he said.
He said that his people had been further subjected to object poverty by the flood inspite of the long years of suffering caused by  oil exploration and exploitation.
“Today they are in a very bad condition,” he said.
He said that the only trunk road leading to Egbema kingdom has been cut off by the surging waters, noting that people now moved round the communities with the aid of canoes.

By: John Bibor & Adigun Oreoluwa

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Table Water Producers Increase Price Of Satchet Water

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) has increased the price of sachet water.
The Tide source reports that the increase was contained in a statement signed by the ATWAP President, Clementine Ativie.
The statement said ATWAP
has raised the price of sachet (‘pure’) water to N300 per bag.
Ativie said the  decision was unanimously reached during the ATWAP national convention in Abuja.
He explained that the increment was due to current prices of material and Nigeria’s economic situation.
“The price of sachet water popularly known as pure water is now N300 per bag as the company price.
“There will be no extra bag or extra pieces henceforth for wholesale or retail buyers,” she said.
The President added that the cost of production had gone far beyond what they can bear.
She said the new rate would help them to keep up with bills and remain in business.
The statement appealed to citizens to be understanding and bear with the association.
It would be recalled ATWAP had earlier increased the price of a bag of pure water to N200 on November 11, 2021.

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PANDEF, Others Carpet FG Over Niger Delta Environment

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, “We The People (WTP),” have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies…
PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and a group, We The People (WTP), have decried alleged Federal Government‘s lack of commitment to the Niger Delta environmental situation, despite International Oil Companies (IOCs), which messed up the region, are leaving the area.
They  vowed to sue the IOCs for the destruction of the environment and livelihood of the people in the course of oil exploration and exploitation.
The Executive Director of WTP, Ken Henshaw, while speaking, y in Port Harcourt, in a one-day multi-stakeholders conference on oil company divestment in the Niger Delta, said the damage done by oil companies was enough to take them to court.
Henshaw said: “I think what the oil companies have done to the Niger Delta, the environmental pollution they have caused, the livelihood lost, the destruction of the environment they engendered are well known and we’ll document health risks the companies have created. They are enough grounds to take them to court.
“We think the oil companies can be found wanting on the basis of the fact that they have, for 64 years of extraction, destroyed the traditional livelihood of the people.”
“The oil that has spilled onto the land, into the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta region, has reduced the life expectancy in the Niger Delta region. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 54 years but life expectancy in Niger Delta is between 41 and 45 years.”
National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, said: “On the issue of divestment, we, the people of Niger Delta need to ask ourselves the question; what do we do? Niger Delta communities are occupied communities and not host communities as it were.

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NEMA ,UNDP Propose National Disaster Database For Nigeria

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to establish a national disaster database for Nigeria.
The organisations disclosed this at a two-day workshop on “creation of National Disaster Database and Risk Information Management for Sustainable and Risk-informed Development in Nigeria,”  in Abuja.
The workshop, within the context of the “Sahel Resilience Project” of the UNDP, had in attendance stakeholders from MDAs, States Emergency Management Agencies, FRSC, and the academia, among others.
NEMA Director-General, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, said that the project covered seven countries in the Sahel Region of West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
He described the project as a multi-partnership scheme implemented by UNDP, in collaboration with African Union Commission, ECOWAS, UN Women, Lake Chad Basin Commission and other regional organisations.
Ahmed said that the project was funded under the sole assistance of the Swedish Government.
According to him, the choice of the region is very germane, considering the worrisome physical and human development indices in the area.
He added that the region, which had continued to suffer drought as a major risk factor, had also been faced with continuous deterioration of livelihoods and food security.
The director-general added that the situation required concerted and collective disaster management efforts to ensure that no one was left behind, and as such, data was important.
“It is necessary to stress that management of disaster risks in the contemporary period are anchored on preparedness, mitigation, risk reduction and adaptation.
“This cannot be realised without the full deployment of both quantitative and qualitative data for disaster risk-informed decision, planning and programme implementation.
“I commend UNDP for this laudable workshop on the creation of disaster database for risk informed sustainable development in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP, Ms Reshmi Theckthil, added that one of the major aspects to effective disaster management was the availability of data.
She added that investment in good, accurate and accessible data would help various communities to develop resilience to disasters in the country.
The project manager also called on government to develop and implement policies that would make the created data useful in the country.

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