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Flooding: Delta oil community begs Gov’t over urgent for dredging of inland waterways



Flooding: Delta oil community begs Gov't over urgent for dredging of inland waterways

Residents of Polobubo (Teskelewu) Community, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta on Sunday sent a ‘Save Our Souls’ message to the Federal Government, begging both the Federal and the State Governments to prevail on the oil companies operating in the community to dredge their inland waterways.

They made the call during a peaceful protest in Polobubo, saying only immediate dredging would save them from the perennial flooding, currently ravaging the community.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of the protesters, Mr. Midwest Kukuru, Secretary-General of Polobubo National Council, said that government at all levels should help prevail on the oil firms to open up our rivers for us.

Kukuru described the development as “agonising, harrowing and disturbing”.

According to him, this development had caused loss of lives and property in recent times in our community.

The protesters were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as “No Farming, No Food, because of Flood, Government Help Us”.

Other inscriptions include: “Government Come to Our Aid”, “Flood has Damaged Our Properties”; “We have lost Our Churches, Instruments to Flood.”

Kukuru, however, blamed the oil companies operating in the community for being responsible for the flood disaster due to their oil activities.

“The river in the community used to be a very deep fresh water habitat, until few years after the advent of oil companies that we began to have these problems.

“The problem is as a result of the canal that is dug into the Atlantic Ocean by the oil companies.

“The silts from the Ocean came through the canal and were deposited in this river.

“During dry season, this river is less than one meter deep, because it is silted.

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“When the rain falls, the water has nowhere to go than to overflow its banks.

“From there, it goes into our houses and begin to cause problems. This, in a nutshell, is the cause of the flood.

“So, we are appealing to the government at all levels to prevail on the oil firms to open up our rivers for us.

“They should block that canal they dug to the Atlantic Ocean, and get it to the normal depth it was before.

“Then, there are areas they need to fill with sand for this community to relocate to, because we have study reports that says the whole community is sitting below sea level,” he said.

Kukuru said the flood issue had been a yearly recurrence, adding that the flood of last year was less than what we were experiencing now.

“It is expected that by next year, it is going to be far greater than what we are witnessing today,” he said.

Commenting, Mrs Alice Gbalubi, a teacher in Miyen Primary School in the community, narrated the ordeals teachers and pupils were being subjected to due to the flood.

“You can see that the school is flooded with water. We have resumed, but our pupils are on the water surface to do their learning. Before the close of the school, many get cold.

“Most times, their (pupils) books fall into the water and get wet. We want the governments and the affected oil companies to come to our rescue,” Gbalubi said.

Also, Rev Kenneth Toruwei, a Pastor of First Baptist Church in the community, said that the church had lost most of its instruments to the ravaging flood.

Toruwei also said that a jetty in front of the church building had been submerged.


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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye



…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna



NDLEA arrests India-bound businessman with 9.40kg heroin in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill



Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others

A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others
*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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