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
London Museum Returns Looted Benin Bronzes To Nigeria
A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria. The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artifacts to the Nigerian government.
The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). There are still questions about whether thousands of items which were held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.
However, the first six objects which were being returned includes two Benin Bronze plaques from the royal palace which were handed over to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items. The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.
Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and prof. Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director general, were asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it had held for more than a century. Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated that, “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.”
“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.” The six objects selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items form the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.
A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in Britain on loan for now, with a second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course. Professor Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes were currently “scattered” around the world. He said that he is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the U.S.
Underage Street Traders Increase Bothers Agency
The Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency has expressed worries at the increasing number of underage street traders.
The agency consequently blamed parents of such traders for their failure to ensure proper care of their children and wards.
Its Director-General, Mrs Joan Onyemaechi, told newsmen in Asaba that underage children were becoming common sight on streets in the state capital, whereas such children were supposed to be in school.
According to her, the proliferation of street trading has become worrisome and steps will be taken to ensure that children are taken off the streets.
“More than 8,000 under-age children are on the streets, especially at Koka and Ibusa junctions of Asaba, selling pure water and other items when they are supposed to be in school,’’ she noted.
Earlier, some of the hawkers, who spoke with newsmen, said they ventured into selling pure water to earn a living as there were no persons to cater to their well-being.
Ndiomu Lauds PAP’s First Class Graduates, Others As Admiralty Varsity Holds Maiden Convocation
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd) has applauded PAP’s First-Class graduates at the Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ebusa, Delta State.
The ceremony, which was the school’s maiden convocation, held on the campus, at Asaba, the Delta State capital, saw a female beneficiary of the PAP scholarship, Ms Ebike-Emiyen Doma Perewolatei, emerging as the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Science for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Tide learnt that Ms Perewolatei, who bagged four other awards, including cash gifts, clinched a coveted First-Class degree in History and International Studies with a CGPA of 4.86.
While Alagha Tarinpre Angela, another PAP scholarship beneficiary, who also bagged a First Class degree, was presented with an award and cash gift as the student who exhibited the best leadership qualities.
Another PAP Scholarship beneficiary graduate, Mr Famous Tumodi, who also bagged first-class honours, was awarded the best graduating student in International Relations and Tourism Studies.
In the same vein, another beneficiary of the PAP Scholarship, James Ayefemawei Thomas, emerged as the best graduating student with a first-class degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Economics on a CGPA of 4.72.
Other PAP Scholarship beneficiaries among the ten that bagged First Class are: Olotu Jerry, Peters Isobeye Princess, Bernard Moses Ebiwei, Azibanataram Reuben, Moses Diepreye Immaculate, and Iko Tokoni.
The Tide also learnt that aside the 10 students, 61 other beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme also awarded Second Class Upper Division at the ceremony in which a total of 118 beneficiaries of the programme graduated.
Speaking on behalf of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), Head of the Reintegration Department, PAP, Wilfred Musa, said the Presidential Amnesty Programme was proud to have sponsored very brilliant minds who have been found worthy in character and learning.
He charged the recently graduated beneficiaries to continue to be good Ambassadors of the university, themselves, the PAP, and the Niger Delta at large, assuring that a good future awaits them if they choose to continue in the excellence they have exhibited in their academics.
He further expressed excitement about the award presented to Ms Alagha Tarinpre Angela, commending her for being an excellent example of a leader, saying it was worthy of emulation by Niger Deltans.
“The PAP is committed to excellence and these students have shown that there is a great future for the Niger Delta region.
“The Interim Admnistrator has revealed that the PAP will not renege on its existing commitment to the students under its scholarship programme.
“General Ndiomu has advised students undergoing studies in other universities to emulate the exemplary academic excellence of these fresh graduates”, he said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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