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Save the Children launch Reaching Empowering Adolescents to make informed choices and Better Life for Girl Project in Gombe

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Nigeria -Non-Governmental Organization Save the Children Nigeria has commenced Reaching Empowering Adolescents to make informed Choices for their Health and Better Life for Girl project in Gombe state North East of the country.

The Reaching Empowering Adolescents to make informed choices and Better Life for Girl Project Director, Dr. Modupe Taiwo disclosed this in Gombe on Thursday, said that the project is for three years that is being implemented in Gombe, Katsina and Zamfara states in Nigeria from April 2018 to March 2021.

She said that 300 communities selected from 6 local government areas across the three states in Gombe state two local government areas are selected namely Dukku and Balanga, in Katsina Rimi and Sandamu were selected and Talata Mafara and Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State.

“The project targets adolescents age 10 to 19 in rural and hard to reach communities where discriminatory social and gender norms significantly affect the ability of adolescent girls and boy to make decision and access services to protect and improve their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

“Adolescence is a period of transition between childhood and adulthood, a period in which although no longer considered a child, the young person is not considered an adult either, transition to adulthood often involves periods of stress, innovation, experimentation and disorganization. There may be myriad of problems at different stage of their social economic, physiological and psychological development and the period may be difficult for their health due to absence of proper guidance and counseling and 1.2 billion people aged 10 to 19 are adolescents 1 in 6 persons

Dr. Modupe Taiwo said that main health issues including HIV which More than 2 million adolescents are living with HIV and in violence an estimated 180 adolescents die every day as a result of interpersonal violence. Globally, some 30% of girls aged 15 to 19 experience violence by a partner.

Alcohol, Tobacco & drugs – drinking among adolescents is a major concern in many countries. It reduces self-control and increases risky behaviours, such as unsafe sex or risky driving. Drug use among 15 to 19 year olds is also a concern and mental health – Depression is the top cause of illness and disability among adolescents and suicide is the third cause of death

Also speaking the Emir of Dukku, Alhaji Haruna El-Rasheed, said that due to lack of information parents give their children drugs while in farms, therefore parents need to be more education towards the responsibilities of their children particularly at the adolescent age.

He said that the Traditional institutions will give its maximum support and cooperation towards ensuring the success of the project.

In key note address the state Commissioner of Health Dr. Ishaya Kennedy, said that the Ministry of Health will collaborated with traditional and religious leaders in the state to establish a legislation on age of marriage, age of concert and age of sex to be forward to the state Assembly

The Commissioner also assured for established way of continue with the project in the state after the three years of Save the Children in the state.

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Lagos-Ibadan road diversion: FRSC directs alternative routes for motorists

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to plan their journeys effectively and use alternative routes to avoid traffic jam during the two months period of traffic diversion on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which begins August 3.

Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

Omeje said that the Berger toward Kara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would experience two months diversion to complete the last line of the road construction along the corridor.

“One major area that is going to be of particular challenge within this period is Berger to Kara Bridge axis, where the construction, expansion and rehabilitation work has got to at that section of the road.

“They are already laying the concrete barriers; so, traffic will be diverted from somewhere immediately after the Ogun State Property Investment Corporation (OPIC) office,” he said.

According to him, motorists can make use of alternative routes by going through Ikorodu to come out at Sagamu – Ijebu-Ode to continue their journey to Ibadan or as the case maybe.

He also said that Sango-Abeokuta Road was an alternative route to burst out at Sagamu Interchange and Lekki-Epe corridor to come out at Ijebu-Ode.

“The most important thing is that motorists should plan their journeys very well before travelling to ensure free flow of traffic on the highways,” he added.

Omeje appealed to the drivers to shun alcoholic drink while driving.

He enjoined them to obey all road signs, especially at the construction section, and also ensure that their vehicles were put in good condition before embarking on a journey.

Omoje said the corps had started enlightenment campaigns at various channels and motor parks to ensure that motorists do not experience crashes on the roads during Sallah period.

“The inward bound traffic will have to be diverted toward outward bound so they will be sharing that lane to give room for construction work on that section.

“So, while they divert the traffic, work will be going on that axis between Kara Bridge to Berger ‘Oke’ by that pedestrian bridge.

“So, when they finish that lane, they will shift to other lane vice-versa and that will take up to two months to be completed.”

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Constituency Project: Rep.Sam Onuigbo raises the bar of democracy dividends in Ikwuano/Umuahia Fed. Constituency

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Rep. Sam Onuigbo, member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency and,  chairman, committee on climate change in the House of Representatives has recorded giant strides that impact on the lives of his constituents through the instrumentality of lawmaking.

Within a short time in office, he has made remarkable turnaround in the development of his constituency in infrastructure, manpower, Health,  Agriculture,  Education, Employment among others.

However, his enviable accomplishments, Onuigbo proudly acknowledged it couldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support and encouragement of Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji (Ochendo Global), representing Abia Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Highlights of his achievements can be summarised as stated below:

Umuahia–Ikwuano–Ikot Ekpene Road:

Sam Onuigbo’s major constituency achievements were made through his interface with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to repair the dilapidated Umuahia–Ikwuano–Ikot Ekpene road which has been a nightmare to his people and transporters plying the route.

He had raised a motion on the road on the floor of the House and worked tirelessly to ensure it was included in the 2016 budget, and followed through with direct inspection of the bad portions before getting the Ministry to appreciate the level of degradation and subsequently request FERMA to act. Total reconstruction is in the works as the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has already carried out survey for the reconstruction, and drawn up the plan.

To demonstrate his quality and effective representation, Onuigbo has successfully worked to include in the 2018 Federal budget, the construction of an alternative federal road that will pass through Okwe Oboro, through Obuohia, to Nkari in Akwa Ibom State. When completed, it will reduce the burden on the Umuahia-Ikwuano-Ikot Ekpene federal road as contract for the design of the Ehie bridge that will link the two states has been awarded.

Scholarships, Trainings, and Direct Engagement With His Constituents To Ascertain Needs:

Rep. Onuigbo has within the period under review, sustained his several scholarship programmes for Secondary School students, undergraduates, and Post-graduate students; maintained direct interface/engagements with his constituents through meetings and events, and projected the interest of his constituency in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 budgets.

Also, he has provided several skills acquisition trainings for his constituents. For instance, in September of 2016, through his efforts, an Entrepreneurship skills acquisition programme was held at Kolping Society, Umuahia. He also organised the National Automation Council Training for mechanics thereby providing them with necessary training and machines in their workshop at Mgbuka, Ohiya Mechanic village, Umuahia in November of the same year.

Not only that. Onuigbo also organised a training and skills acquisition workshop for youths and women through the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos for people who want to acquire knowledge in fish farming and feed production, in November, 2016. Participants were empowered afterwards.

Another training organised by Onuigbo was a two-week Basic Business Training for selected persons (youths, men and women) from his constituency. The idea behind the training was to equip his constituents with basic business skills that will guide them in their respective Small and Medium Scale businesses.

Construction of School Blocks: 

Onuigbo in the period under review had carried out the construction of school blocks in Ekebedi, in Oboro, Ikwuano LGA, and Old Umuahia in Umuahia South LGA. Other constructions include a block of two classrooms at Adanma Girls Secondary School, Afugiri, Umuahia North LGA, and the construction of a block of two classrooms at Umutowe Central School, Olokoro, Umuahia South LGA.

Health:

In March, 2018, Onuigbo, being aware of the importance of health to his people, organized the Rep. Sam Onuigbo Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers in partnership with the Medical Team of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC). Over 400 participants benefitted from the free medical and counseling scheme carried out by the medical practitioners.

He also attracted the construction and renovation of Health Centres in Oloko and Obuohia Obi-Ibere. Works on both hospitals have reached advanced stages.

Construction of Inter-village Roads:

Onuigbo has ensured that the 3km Akpahia Obi – Ohuru road, Afugiri, Umuahia North and the 9.5 km road at Okwe – Obuohia Umuemenike – Ahia Orie in Ikwuano, are all included in the NDDC budget. Still, efforts are ongoing to ensure  commencement of construction on both roads as the NDDC chairman had already shown commitment. He has also facilitated the grading of the Agbama-Ahiaukwu Olokoro road; Okwe Obuohia road, among others.

In March 2018,  he attracted and ensured the construction and completion of the Elemaga-Itunta mini bridge in Ibere, Ikwuano LGA.

Provision of Employment:

It is worthy of note that Rep. Onuigbo has assisted well over 50 indigenes of his constituency to gain employment in both public and Private Establishments.

Provision of a Generating Plant For NTA Umuahia:

When Onuigbo was intimated of the power problems facing the Nigerian Television Authority(NTA), Umuahia, he visited their offices in July 29, 2016 and donated a generating plant and fuel to them. He further promised to ensure that all of their needs are effectively presented to the appropriate national bodies. This he followed up by working with the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and the Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority. To the glory of God, NTA Umuahia is now back on air.

Provision of Solar Powered Borehole:

Rep. Sam Onuigbo has attracted the sinking of a solar-powered borehole at Avonkwu Ibeku, in order to help in the water problems of the community.

Empowerment of Farmers:

Rep. Sam Onuigbo, in recognition of the place of farming to his constituents, unveiled on April 24, 2017, his farming empowerment package where over 250 people from his constituency benefitted from the distribution of fertilizers, Coveralls, Nasa Sprayers, Pesticides, etc, worth millions of Naira.

He has also donated Office equipment to Pacesetter FM, Umuahia after the fire outbreak incident. He also carried out erosion control work at Amankwo Ezeleke, Umuopara, in Umuahia South LGA, Umuwawa in Umuopara, Umuahia South LGA, and at Okwe Oboro, in Ikwuano LGA, which cost about N760million.

He is currently concluding plans to ensure that a Climate Change Research Institute is set up in Ikwuano.

Skill Acquisition:

Rep. Onuigbo in late January 2018, had flagged off the construction of a Skills Acquisition Centre which he attracted to his constituency.

The Skills Acquisition Centre was domiciled at the headquarters of the Umuahia South Local Government Area, in Apumiri, Ubakala. It will see to the steady provision of various skills for the people of Ikwuano and Umuahia. The project is valued at over N90million.

Education:

As part of his plan to support education for his constituents, Rep. Onuigbo had Purchased JAMB forms for over thirty (30) students from his constituency, in 2017; and provided a generating plant, television set, Air condition units, etc, for the Senior Staff Club of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture.

Festivity:

In 2017 Christmas and New Year festivities, Onuigbo hosted the Ibere football league, and the Obuohia Obi-Ibere football league as part of his efforts at providing entertainment for the youths, and ensuring that they channel their energies into more rewarding ventures.

State Support:

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Sam Onuigbo donated a video camera and lighting accessories to the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA), in his bid to support the Abia State government’s plan to digitalize the station.

Suffice it to mention that with the unwavering objective to ensure a comprehensive development of his constituency, Onuigbo had on February 16, 2018 flagged off the Usaka Ukwu, Oloko, and Obuohia Obi-Ibere in Ikwuano LGA, electricity projects.

Accessibility:

Onuigbo, unlike some of his colleagues, is a leader who is always accessible to his people. Since he was elected,  he has consistently made provisions for his people to celebrate the festive periods (Easter, Christmas). These provisions come in the form of cash and foodstuff.

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