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Rotary Club Port Harcourt ECO Partners RIWAMA On Environmental Sanitation



He noted that “in our daily attempt to survive, we have severely impacted on Environment” as according to him, such survival has resulted in generating hazardous elements in  biological, chemical, physical and sociological conditions which are counterproductive to a clean and healthy environment.

Rtn, Ikpor, an astute Banking Executive, Environmental protection advocate and a business management consultant observed that  “to  clean and maintain a serene environment becomes our primary gap that Rotary Club, Port Harcourt ECO is here to address”

While reminding the traders of the New Layout Market of dire consequences of not  carrying out proper environmental sanitation and waste management, he added that it was not difficult to ascertain that inappropriate waste disposal encourages flies, mosquitoes, rodents and stray animals that spread diseases.

He went further to posit that open defecation, improper waste collection and disposal were increasingly worrisome and detrimental to the traders’ health even as he added that Rotary Club Port Harcourt ECO was on a robust awareness advocacy and sanitation campaign to the occupants of the New Layout Market on the need to clean their business environment through sanitation.

He therefore, called on the Rivers State Ministry of Environment,and Rivers state  Waste management Agency (RIWAMA) to collaborate with Rotary Club Port Harcourt ECO to drive and sustain the process across  Port Harcourt City, Council, even as he  charged the media to be part of this process by educating the citizens on the need for a clean and healthy environment.

Also Speaking, the Rivers state Commissioner of Health, Dr Mrs Adeze Ureh, who was represented by the Director Environmental Health, Services Chetachuku Bestman Akachuku, applauded, Rotary club Port Harcourt ECO for the environmental sanitation advocacy. Dr Ureh said that the issue of environmental sanitation is very important and encompasses homes, offices, schools, public places including the Markets.

Dr Ureh who bemoaned the inappropriate disposal of non biodegradable wastes like the plastics which she said would cause stagnation of waters and also breed mosquitoes which are careers of diseases said “such materials could stay upto 100 years and when they are not properly disposed could cause stagnation of waters and when such happens, it breeds mosquitoes and other harmful toxic chemicals which could in turn cause some health hazards.

She stressed that right from the homes we engage in environmental clean up without knowing it, saying “when you wake up in the morning, you brush your teeth, arrange your bed, you sweep your houses.

 “When you go to the market, you buy some vegetables, meat and you wash them because you do not know how healthy those selling them are, you are automatically engaging in Environmental sanitation “Adding if you subject human beings to  a medical checkups, in hospitals, you are equally sanitizing the body,” she said.

Insisting that “it is a good idea for the society to always make it a daily habit to clean their environment, dispose appropriately to ensure  a healthy living.”

“Our environment must always be kept clean, environmental sanitation should be a daily routine.” She emphasized.

In the same vein, the Commissioner for Environment Rivers state, Engr Austin Ben Chioma, has called for collaborative efforts among private and public sectors in Rivers state to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Speaking through the Deputy Director, in the Rivers state Ministry of Environment Nnedam Morgan who represented him at the Environmental Sanitation exercise, organized by Rotary club Port Harcourt ECO in conjunction with (RIWAMA) Chioma said  “Man’s open surrounding is the environment while sanitation is the cleaning of man’s open surrounding”

He added that the Ministry is advocating for more collaborative efforts   with the private sector to ensure a clean and healthy environment for Rivers people.

Continuing, Chioma said, this is what the Ministry should always be doing even as he noted that what Rotary Club Port Harcourt ECO is doing is very important while urging people to key into it. According to him, you can only function properly when you are healthy as a dirty environment would always cause diseases which would affect the person’ s performance. Saying ” you can only come to the market to sell if you are healthy”

He promised a full packaged lecture on environmental sanitation any other time the exercise would take place.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the metron of the Rivers state markets Association and former Woman leader, New Layout Market, Borikiri Mrs Gloria Apakawari has praised Rotary club Port Harcourt ECO for coming to the Market.

Mrs Apakawari who traced the existence of the Market to the 1970s insisted that the market was the first major Market in Rivers state and  is known for its cleanliness.

She said, despite having  a two time infano that engulfed the Market, the traders have remained committed and determined to survive.

She regretted the challenges facing the traders such as lack of amenities in the market,  reduced patronage, absence of  security lights and good drinking water due to the leaking storage water tank, dangers posed by cracked walls of the market and the government inability to fully complete the market among others.

She then called on the Port Harcourt City Council and the Rivers state Government to come to their aid while thanking the Rotary Club  Port Harcourt ECO for donating some waste disposal items such as waste nylon bags, waste bins, rakes, spades among others which she said was the first of its kind even as she enjoined other organisations in Rivers State to emulate what Rotary Club Port Harcourt ECO is doing.

The Chairperson, Rotary club Port Harcourt ECO, environmental sanitation and sensitization advocacy committee, Dr  Vivian Ozokwe says her members are bothered about what is happening in the environment, even as she commended the Traders for keeping the Market clean.

Ozokwe said keeping the environment dirty comes with consequences which she traced to  diseases like Typhoid, Cholera, Cough, Diarrhea among others.

She noted that indiscriminate disposal of refuse was not good but was quick to point out that she was satisfied with the level of participation among traders in their efforts to keep the Market clean.

She however, advised that they should continue in that spirit as the benefits of a healthy environment are enormous.

On her vote of thanks, to mark the end of the event, Sele May Aso, an  Asst. Director, in the Ministry of Environment, Rivers state and also a member, Rotary club Port Harcourt ECO, said she was happy with the  successes recorded in the attendance even as she used the opportunity to thank the commissioners of Health and that Environment and their representatives for attending despite their tight schedules.

She also praised the Traders who left their business to be part of the programme and advised that they should make use of the advice given them and continue in their drive to ensure a clean and healthy market stressing that her club will continue to partner with them and assist them when the need arises.

The high point of the event was the official hand over of some waste disposal items donated by Rotary Club, Port Harcourt ECO to the New Layout Market executive

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno has directed the immediate release of an additional 1.5bn naira for payment of outstanding gratuities of retired workers in the State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh who broke the news, said it was a further confirmation of the Governor’s resolve to fulfill his pact with workers in the State.
During his campaign, Pastor Eno had promised to continue paying backlog of gratuity from where his immediate predecessor in office had stopped.
Before the current release, N5.3 Billion had been released by the Governor for retired workers in the State, a confirmation of the Governor’s humane disposition to the people of the State.
Few weeks ago, an additional one month salary otherwise called 13th month salary, or “ Enomber” was approved for civil servants in the State, to bring Christmas cheers.
Governor Umo Eno, has, in under six months in office, touched on the critical pillars of the ARISE Agenda, especially in rural development, education, healthcare, security and infrastructural maintenance.
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WIA honors Dana Air as Airline Wins Best Corporate Social Responsibility award



Dana Air has been honored by the Women in Aviation for celebrating 15 years in Nigeria’s Aviation Industry at the Annual Conference of Women in Aviation Nigeria Chapter held recently in Kano.
According the President of Women in Aviation Nigeria, Rejoice Ndudinachi, this year’s conference is Themed: Connect, Engage, Inspire, and the highlight is presentation of awards to persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the society”
Similarly, Dana Air has bagged the Corporate Social Responsibility airline of the year Award 2023 at the City Business News Summit 2023, held recently in Lagos at Oriental Hotels.
Speaking on the double honors, Dana Air’s Chief Operating Officer, Ememobong Ettete, said, Dana Air is committed to the theme of this year’s WIA conference as always and this is a well-deserved recognition for us and it just goes to show that people see and appreciate the little things we do to support not just our dear country but communities, youths, the women in aviation, our industry and even the entertainment industry.”
As a responsible corporate citizen, we remain committed to supporting worthy causes across the country and contributing to her growth and development as we have no other option than to build our country and see it achieve its full potential. he added. 
Having flown over 36m passengers in the last 15 years of its operation, Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mixed fleet of boeing aircraft and daily flights to major cities in Nigeria
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JCI Lagos Coral Commemorates a Year of Outstanding Success, Championing Youth Leadership and Community Transformation



In a year marked by unparalleled achievements and industry acknowledgment, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Lagos Coral proudly commemorates its outstanding contributions to community development and nurturing young leaders in the organisation.

Under the leadership of JCIN Amb. Idaraesit Michael who is the President this year and the remarkable Board of the organisation has fervently achieved the mandate, significant positive change and sustainable growth.

In her words, Michael explained that JCI Lagos Coral garnered a string of prestigious awards, recognizing their commitment to excellence and impactful endeavors within the local community and the global sphere.

The awards were gathered at various events such as the Southern Conference, JCI Nigeria National Convention, JCI Nigeria Southwest Training Retreat, JCI Africa & Middle East Convention (AMEC) in Zimbabwe, and the JCI World Congress in Switzerland.

“The organization secured an impressive tally of eleven esteemed awards. These accolades underscore the organization’s exceptional performance and contributions across diverse areas”

“The Southern Conference proved to be a triumphant ground for JCI Lagos Coral, securing three coveted awards, notably the Best Local Inter-Organization Collaboration Project for its groundbreaking JCI Career Weekend Program”, she explained.

The organization received recognition for achieving the highest delegates at the JCI Nigeria Southern Conference, showcasing its active involvement within the JCI community. Notably, Temitope Ojo was honored with the Most Outstanding Member award, spotlighting the organization’s commitment to nurturing exceptional talent and leadership.

At the National Convention, JCI Lagos Coral continued its streak of success, claiming three prestigious accolades that highlighted its operational excellence and impactful initiatives. The JCI 100% Efficiency Award underscored the organization’s commitment to maintaining exceptional standards of performance. JCIN Amb. Idara Michael was recognized twice as the Most Outstanding Local Organization President, emphasizing her exemplary leadership guiding JCI Lagos Coral to greater heights. The organization was also lauded twice as the Most Outstanding Local Organization, reinforcing its holistic approach to community development.

Internationally, the JCI Nigeria Creative Young Entrepreneur Program received the prestigious Best National Flagship Program award at the JCI African and Middle East Conference (AMEC) 2023. This recognition affirmed JCI Lagos Coral’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and empowering young leaders to drive economic development and innovation in the region.

As JCI Lagos Coral continues its mission to empower young leaders and foster positive change, the organization remains dedicated to advancing impactful initiatives, driving sustainable development, and nurturing future leaders in the community and beyond.


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