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August 21, 2018

The need to protect our Environment through Afforestation

A national tree planting campaign should be embarked upon by the Federal, State and Local Government in Nigeria to save our environment from complete destruction by man, natural disasters and deforestation.   The environment is a system accommodating living and non living organisms.   Tree that make up the forests have continued to disappear from our environment through deforestation consequent upon mans indiscriminate harvesting, bush fires and other unregulated activities.   Aforestation is therefore a conscious but organized planting of trees to restor lost species to enhance the vegetation cover and to protect our environment. The aesthetic, beauty of trees…

Eradicating Malaria Through Environmental Sanitation

Malaria, an endemic, acute and chronic relapsing infection, with the highest morbidity and mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa and the Third World, is caused by plasmodium, an organism transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito. Its symptoms include: Periodic chills and fever, anaemia, spleen enlargement and other fatal complications. Statistics from the Federal Ministry of Health reveal that malaria is responsible for 60 per cent of out-patient visits to health facilities, 30 per cent of childhood deaths, 25 per cent of deaths in children under one year and 11 percent of maternal deaths. It is estimated that the financial loss from…

Poor waste disposal can kill – NESREA Warns

The National Enforcement Standard and Regulation Environmental Agency (NESREA) has stressed the importance of adequate sanitation as a requirement for good health. Speaking at a one-day workshop held in Orlu, Mr Rasaq Ashiru, Director, South-East said the aim of the workshop was to make people aware of the importance of sanitation in society. Mr. Ashiru explained that environmental sanitation was Vital in a nation’s growth, adding that to avoid diseases people must be inspired to maintain clean and healthy environment wherever they are. He lamented that some of the environmental problems being experienced today were as a result of poor…

Need for Public Conveniences

It is common everyday and everywhere to hear and read such expressions as: “Health is wealth”, “healthy mind only found in healthy body”, “clean surroundings enhance good health” and “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. There is practically nobody who does not believe these maxims to be true.  Governments at all levels chorus them in the mass media too.  That is why inscriptions and warnings are found in public places that read: “Don’t urinate here”, “Don’t defecate there” or “drop your refuse in the bins provided”. It is commendable that individuals and corporate bodies detest their premises being littered with wastes…

Structure without Sanity in Owerri

Please permit me a space in your widely read newspaper to register my feelings with regard to the pressing issue of sanity in Owerri metropolis, the capital city of Imo State. I must first appreciate the obvious efforts of our indefatigable governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to transform Imo state far beyond what it was before his inception in May, 2011. The problem of traffic in Owerri has been remarkably dealt with as he has opened up alternative routs to fast track movements in the city. Our governor has created numerous roads within the city as by-pass from the crazy traffic…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (3) – CAUSES OF INFIDELITY

As October 1 draws near

Disaffection: Affection is major oil in marriage. It is more than sexual satisfaction. It is the feeling of being appreciated by one’s partner. Ironically, women value love in their relationship than sex. Unfortunately however, many men do not realize it. Blessed Pope John Paul 11 once said in his address to couples that a man loves in order to be loved while a woman is loved in order to love. In marriage, every woman wants to feel special. Every woman wants the husband to tell her, “You are beautiful”, “You look good”, “I love you”, “Your hairstyle is special”, “Your…

Restoring Pipe-Borne water in our cities

It is generally believed that the four most basic needs of man are: air, water, food, and shelter, in that order. That water ranks second in man’s hierarchy of needs speaks volumes about its indispensability to life. Perhaps this explains why the creator of the universe made water to comprise three quarters of the entire surface of the earth in the form of seas, rivers and lakes. Man needs water to drink, wash and clean up his surroundings, while plants need water to sustain their life. This informed the reason why politicians seeking the people’s mandate always, include potable water…

Politics And Public Service: The Most Lucrative Business Enterprises In Nigeria Today (1)

Politics is a witty stratagem and artifice that are being exercised to establish a human and material platform for the institutionalization of a stable and progressive state with the full credence and tenet of the entrenchment of democracy and enactment of good governance. While Public Service could be categorized as a working contract entrusted to the care and responsibility of a chosen with a stipulated remuneration, recompense or allowance, for the strengthening of the affairs of the state and welfare of the people. Analytically, both politics and public service are for the advancement, growth and upliftment of a state in…

Dr Sam Madugba – “I won’t compromise my integrity”

There will be no breeding place for mosquitoes in Owerri, if Dr Samuel Iheanacho Madugba has his way. He will rid the town of litter, drain the gutters and ensure adequate refuse collection. Dr Sam will create temporary dumps on Douglas road and Ekeonunwa, even if it means knocking down a few buildings. Monthly clean ups will be compulsory, continuous and regulated. People won’t wait for a week, month or even a year to have the garbage removed from streets. But that’s not all. The goodly doctor will take the cleanup campaign to schools also. He will ensure children are…