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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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Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula & the paramount ruler Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II, has dissolved Ife Development Board with immediate effect. This development was officially announced Monday evening through a Press Statement by the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare directing President of the Board Comrade to hand over to the palace’s Traditional Secretary, Comrade Idowu Salami to see to the interim administration of the board pending when the board will reconstituted as soon as possible.
Otunba Olafare who backed his action with a letter of board dissolution personally signed by the Ooni, dated 26th, April 2024 and earlier today Monday morning served on the president of the board, Comrade Lawrence Awowoyin wherein the monarch expressed gratitude to members of the dissolved board for their dedication and commitment creditably displayed through service well rendered to the best of their abilities in the last five years.
“Even though it has become imperative for His Majesty the Arole Oodua to dissolve this current board in the best interest of Ife development, may I assure the affected stakeholders of the Ooni’s best regards as Ooni Ogunwusi acknowledges the invaluable contributions of the outgoing board members, recognizing their tireless efforts in fostering progress and prosperity within the community. Also in the letter, His Majesty has extended his appreciation for their service, highlighting their hard work and dedication as catalysts for positive change in Ile-Ife.” Olafare said.
“Let it be added that, as the Ife Development Board(IDB) is dissolved today, Ooni Ogunwusi has directed the outgoing board members in his letter to them to hand over all documents and other belongings of the board to the Palace Traditional Secretary pending the constitution of a new board. This transitional phase reflects the Ooni’s commitment to ensuring seamless continuity in governance while preparing for the appointment of a fresh team of leaders to drive the cradle city’s development agenda forward.” Olafare added.
Otunba Olafare described the dissolution of the Ife Development Board as positive signal of a new chapter in the journey of Ile-Ife, characterized by renewed vigor and steadfast commitment to progress under the enlightened leadership of Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR,Ojaja II who highly respects the intensified inundations from indigenes of Ile-Ife both home and abroad.
According to him, the Ooni is very much aware that the ancient city looks towards the future, and that anticipation mounts for the establishment of a new board that will build upon the achievements of its predecessors and steer Ile-Ife towards greater heights of prosperity and excellence assuring that the Africa foremost monarch is already in broad consultations with a view to constituting a new board on the Square Peg-Square Hole principle.
In the concluding part of the Press Statement, The Ooni’s Media Director; Olafare said for transparency and accountability, the account of the board shall be subjected to professional auditors for a smooth take off of the new board.
President and other members of the just dissolved board were inaugurated in 2018 for a tenure of 3 years and re inaugurated in the year 2021 for a second term of another 3 years which is expected to terminate in 6 months time before it was announced today to have been dissolved by the Ooni.
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What Sanwo-Olu said on minimum wage



The Lagos State Government has not increased the minimum wage, contrary to the impression in some media reports, which emanated from the unveiling of Eko Cares – the umbrella for the various interventions to protect the poor against the effects of the prevailing economic hardship. The event was held at the Governor’s Office in Ikeja on Wednesday.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been erroneously quoted as saying that a new minimum wage of N70,000 had been announced. This is wrong. Mr. Governor never said so. He said since January, civil servants had been earning the N35,000 wage award directed by the Federal Government. In other words, those earning N35,000 now earn N70,000. He did not announce a new minimum wage of N70,000.
His words: “I know that by the grace of God very very soon we’ll see a new minimum wage that will be approved for the Federal Government and for the state government. The civil servants and all public officers, they know that since January we have continued to pay the wage allowance of minimum of N35,000 over and above what they were earning before.
“People that were earning a minimum of N35,000 to N40,000 before, they are now earning over N70,000. So, it’s important for people to know and for us to lay this thing very clearly. This government has doubled up and has not left its citizens on their own…”.
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BreakingNews: Ex-governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Withdrew $720,000 for Child Education



The EFCC Chairman said made a direct phone call to the former governor out of respect, urging him to appear before the commission and address the charges. Unfortunately, the former governor declined the invitation.
Governor Yahaya Bello has alleged to summoned the EFCC to make an appearance in his village.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, stated that the ex-governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, removed $720,000 from the state’s official account and transferred it to a Bureau de Change agent in order to prepay his child’s school tuition fees.
Olukoyede highlighted the importance of Nigerians supporting the EFCC for its success, emphasizing that the agency’s failure would reflect negatively on Nigeria. He pointed out that the ongoing efforts have positively impacted the value of the Naira and the foreign market.
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