The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on Tuesday began a free medical outreach in Mmahu community, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo.
Minister of state for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura, said at the inauguration of the exercise that it was part of strategies adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to compliment routine health delivery services.
Alasoadura said the exercise targeted women and youths to address pressing health issues of rural communities such as malaria and cancer, amongst, adding that the gesture was in line with Universal Health Coverage (UHC) of the Federal Government (FG).
He said: ”I will like to restate President Buhari’s desire to ensure that the people of this region enjoy basic health care as a priority area in developmental plans for the Niger Delta area.
”This medical outreach seeks to bring medicare closer to the people just as we have done in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Edo.
”This administration recognises the people of this community and is concerned about your welfare”.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Olusade Adesola, described the outreach as an initiative with multi-dimensional objectives.
Adesola, who was represented by Mrs Lauren Braide, the Director, Community Development and Education in the ministry, said the objectives were organised to have far reaching effects on the people.
He listed the objectives to include: fostering behavioural change towards health issues and reducing the stigma associated with and other diseases.
Others are: teaching local dwellers on how to live healthy lives and manage health challenges when cure is not readily available.
”The effects of this medical outreach are both multi-dimensional and far reaching.
”We want to bring healthcare services to the door steps of the people of the region, reduce stigma and make the people more self reliant,” Adesola said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Hope Uzodinma, who spoke when representatives of the ministry paid him a courtesy call in his office, urged the ministry to establish a health insurance scheme for oil producing communities.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, said the scheme would grant local dwellers access to quality healthcare in the absence of the ministry and it’s medical representatives.
Also, the traditional ruler of Mmahu community, Eze Augustin Iwuogu, thanked the ministry for the initiative while assuring that he would continue to create the enabling environment for the activities of the ministry in his community.
He, however called on the ministry to expedite work on an abandoned gas turbine site, adding that the turbine when completed would take the youths away from the streets through job creation.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Rabiu Sani Ali
Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu
The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.
He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.
Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday, described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.
He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.
According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.
Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.
The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.
He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.
Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.
The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.
“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.
“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs
Mr David Anyaele, the Chairman of the group, said this on Saturday in its preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.
Anyaele however, said that although priority voting was given to the PWDs, the elderly and pregnant women, other disability support aids where missing at polling units which hindered full participation of the PWDs.
“EVA4PWDs is impressed to observe that marginalised sects such as the aged, nursing mothers and pregnant women and PWDs generally were offered priority voting in most of the polling units observed.
“However, we are disappointed that INEC displayed minimal commitment to the implementation of the framework on access and participation of PWDs in the electoral process, as provided in the National Disability Act, 2018.
“The promised Braille voters’ guide and Braille ballot paper by INEC for easy access of election day instructions, guidelines and ballot paper for Blind voters were scarcely available.
“Where it was available, many INEC ad hoc staff did not understand its usage but got assistance from observers on how to use the Braille materials.
“This was the case in Polling Unit 003, Car Park Ward 1, Oredo LGA, where an observer assisted in locating the Braille material.
“There was absence of magnified lens at the Polling Units, INEC ad hoc staff who claimed to have at some polling units were unable to neither display it for observation and usage,” he said.
An Observer said that other observers reported that the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Election Day instructions and guidelines to assist the deaf or persons with hearing impairment were also unavailable at majority of the PU’s visited.
Anyaele also said that reports showed that a large numbers of the PUs were not accessible to physically-challenged persons as they were sited at buildings without ramps and handrail, across gutters, and over staircases.
He noted that INEC Covid-19 guidelines were not adhered to in majority of the Polling Units visited due to uncontrolled large crowds.
“We have reports from areas like Greater Tomorrow High School, Oredo Ward 1, Ramat Park at Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo LGA, among other Polling Units, where the crowds were uncontrollably large,” he said.
Anyaele, however, urged INEC to address the major barriers identified in the Edo elections and make necessary provisions ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, trained and deployed INEC accredited observers to the three senatorial zones of the Edo State.
The observers focused on equal voting access for persons with disabilities and monitored the provisions made by INEC for PWDs. .
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) on the allegation.
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP urged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results to all the collation centers.
He also said that it cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results already being declared at the respective polling units.
“Already, we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.
“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.
“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.
He said that the PDP was alarmed by the report that the development had led to avoidable post-election violence, including reported killing of innocent Edo citizens.
He alleged that the victims had come out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.
Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector-General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from the violent act.
“We charge the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results.
“The people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, and they are already aware of the authentic results,” Ologbondiyan said.
Reacting to the statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that INEC was committed to following through its processes and procedures for a successful and credible election.
Okoye said that INEC officers were uploading the results on the commission’s Result Viewing Portal.
“The Commission is irrevocably committed to following through its processes and procedures.
“As at 18.49p.m. 702 results have been uploaded in the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
“Our Presiding Officers are uploading Form EC8A which is the Polling Unit Result.
“Presiding Officers must complete Form EC 60E (The People’s Result Sheet), and paste at the polling unit.
“We understand the challenges posed by poor network in some of our communities and our Registration Area Technical Assistants are working hard at overcoming the challenges.
“The Commission is focused on completing the process. The Commission is not interested in the outcome but focused on the processes and procedures,” Okoye said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy: Buhari condoles with govt, people of Ebonyi
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy that claimed several lives.
The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.
“We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives,” he said.
According to the president, the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Nigeria are with the families of the victims of the accident.
He commended the Ebonyi government for spearheading the rescue and also hailed efforts by neighbouring state governments in that regard.https://nnn.ng/akaeze-ukwu-tragedy-buhari-condoles-with-govt-people-of-ebonyi/