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Floods: Bayelsa Lauds UNICEF Over Donation Of Health Relief Materials

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The Bayelsa State Government has commended the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) for donating no fewer than N56million worth of health-related relief materials to cushion impact of the 2022 floods in the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton Igwele gave the commendations at the State Secretariat Complex in Yenagoa during the presentation of the UNICEF’s relief materials to the state by the UNICEF’s head of the Port Harcourt field office, Dr Anslem Audu.
He noted that the donations where more needed even as the state grapples with the shortage of health related instruments needed in the hospitals across the state, following the damage caused by the ravaging floods in health infrastructure in flood impacted areas of the state.
Earlier during the presentation, the Head Port Harcourt Field office of UNICEF, had stated that the UN’s Children fund was making the donations to the state following available data which specifies the state as the worst hit by the ravaging floods amongst affected states within its Port Harcourt field office.
He noted that following the height of the devastating floods, UNICEF has not only deemed it fit in partnering the state to amiliorate its health effects on children and other citizens of the state, but also found it necessary to support the state through the provision of anti-malaria and typhoid drugs as well as other pharmaceuticals.
Audu reiterated that UNICEF also knew the floods have adverse consequences on the living standards of the citizens and has therefore also included, other relief materials, such as diapers for children and vulnerable adults, foot wears(rubber slippers), mattresses, sanitary pads, amongst others to donations it made to the state.
“UNICEF knew that there would be post flood health challenges and illnesses, so we’ve donated anti-malaria, antibiotics, diarrhoea, and other drugs to the state. But we also have added other relief materials, such as rubber foot wears, diapers and sanitary pads to the donations.
“The sum total of the donations made by UNICEF to Bayelsa State is about N56million, including amount spent on logistics. Would not end with these items alone. would partner the state in the area of post-flood modalities towards mitigating the impact of the floods on victims across the state.
“We’ve four states in our Port Harcourt area office. They’re Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta states. The relief materials we donated today include, drugs, foot wears, insecticide treated nets, detergents, soaps and toiletries, as well as sanitary wears, amongst bothers”, UNICEF said.
Receiving the donations onbehalf of the state government, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton Igwele lauded UNICEF for their gesture.
Igwele noted that the Unicef was the first international body to have made donations to help the state mitigate the impact of the flood, this was even as he restated the state’s continuous resolve to partner the UN children fund.
The Commissioner who also thanked Unicef for their post-flood plan which is aimed at further supporting the state reiterated that the floods have dealt severely with the state and its citizens, describing the UN Children fund as a worthy and progressive partner.
“Even as we try to manage ourselves as Bayelsans in government positions, I could imagine what this flood has caused to the lives of those who don’t have any tangible means of survival.
“Imagine what the floods have caused the state, our health facilities. Imagine the plights of children and vulnerable students, who would be struggling to safe their lives and learning materials. I thank Unicef for this gesture. You’re the first international body to have made donations of this magnitude to help the state cushion the impact of the floods”, the Commissioner said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Ibom Developers Prioritise Health Through Medical Outreach Programmes In A’Ibom

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On February 6 and 7, 2024, Ibom Developers took a significant step towards improving the health and well-being of residents in the Ikot Okwo, Ikot Ikwot, and Ndauku communities of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State through its two-day comprehensive medical outreach programmes. Operating under the theme ‘Good Health Your Greatest Asset,’ the initiative’s primary goal is to facilitate the early resolution of community health issues, recognising the pivotal role that timely intervention plays in safeguarding the overall well-being of the community.
Good health is vital for the sustainable development of host communities, serving as a foundation for economic and social progress.
A healthy population is more productive, enabling greater workforce participation. Sound health reduces healthcare costs, encouraging economic stability. Socially, it enhances the quality of life, ensuring communities thrive.
Speaking at the events, Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert said, ‘‘Our community is grateful for this generous gesture, and we sincerely acknowledge Ibom Developers’ dedicated efforts and compassion. This initiative by the company empowers the community by fostering a culture of health consciousness and preventive care.’’
Public health involves preventing diseases, promoting health, educating communities, providing healthcare access, maintaining a healthy environment, and being prepared for emergencies. This helps build resilient communities, a priority for the company.
Also speaking, Chief Ukpe Uyo Amanama said, ‘‘Ibom Developers’ medical outreach programme is a testament to the transformative impact that community-driven health initiatives can have on the lives of individuals and the health landscape of a region.’’
The medical camps, conducted by Ibom Developers, targeted prevalent health concerns in the region, addressing key diseases that have a substantial impact on the communities, such as malaria, typhoid, blood pressure, cough, and skin rashes. Medical supplies were provided during the medical outreach programmes. Sugar tests were also conducted given the increasing rates of diabetes in the region. Those diagnosed were provided with guidance on lifestyle changes.
Dignitaries present at the programme were Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert – Women Leader, Ndauku Community; Prince Felix Albert – Vice Council Secretary, Ndauku Community; Chief Happy Negro Dickson – Compound Head of Dickson Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Ufot Frank Udoekpo – Compound Head of Udoekpo Family, Ndauku .

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Edo Labour Party Aspirant Writes INEC Over Party Congress

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Labour Party (LP )aspirant for the Edo State governorship election, Olumide Akpata has said the political party is not ready for its primary poll.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), said this in a letter dated February 18 and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National ELectoral Commission (IINEC) and alleged that the party leadership is plotting to handpick a candidate for the election.
It would be noted that the Labour Party had initially fixed February 22 as the date for the conduct of its primary but later shifted it to February 23.
The letter reads, “i write to you in my capacity as an aspirant for the Edo State gubernatorial ticket on the platform of the Labour Party.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the lack of preparedness and transparency surrounding the labour party’s planned primaries to produce a gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in edo state.
“As you are aware, the Electoral Act 2022 mandates political parties to conduct transparent primaries to produce candidates and also mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC” or “the commission”) to stipulate timelines for conducting these primaries.
“Numerous aspirants, including myself, have observed with dismay the conspicuous absence of transparency in the process, which has led to a mass exodus of aspirants from the race.
“All of the aspirants, without exception, who have withdrawn from the process so far, have voiced concerns about its undemocratic nature.
“While some have diplomatically cited “personal reasons” for withdrawing, others have been more forthcoming in directly alleging that the party leadership plans to handpick a preferred aspirant regardless of the outcome of any primaries held.”
Akpata added that his attempts to get the leadership of the party to provide accountability fell on deaf ears.
“I have become constrained to speak out at this point because my repeated attempts to get the party leadership to see reason and provide transparency around preparations for the primaries have failed to elicit any positive response.
“Rather, my candid inquiries have been met with disdain and an attempt to bully me into silence.
“I am aware that INEC has demonstrated courage in the past to stand on the side of due process in political parties and entrench internal party democracy. the LP’s primaries in Edo State provide you with another opportunity to walk the talk.
“Mr Chairman, if things go awry, it could result in pre-election disputes to which INEC will inevitably be joined as a necessary party, thereby tying down its already meagre resources and leaving the commission to grapple with yet another unnecessary and avoidable display that could have been averted had the right thing been done and the warning signs heeded.”

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Councillor In Delta As Police Launch Manhunt

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A Councillor representing Owhase Ward in the Udu Local Government Area Legislative Council, Delta State, identified as Honourable Festus, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The Tide’s source gathered that the councillor was shot in the head by gunmen on Monday at his residence.
The source who confirmed the incident to our source said his death was related to cult activities.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, who also confirmed the incident stated that the police had begun intense discreet investigation and manhunt of the assailants.
“Yes one Festus was shot on his head by unknown assailants, the wife informed the brother. We are searching for his killers,” Edafe said.

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