NO.DTS 0950: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018SIR ONYEME EMERGES LIONS CLUBS GOVERNOR… PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF INSTALLATION COMES UP SATURDAY AUGUST 11… GOV OKOWA TO GRACE OCCASION AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR
The Chairman of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Sir Monday Onyeme is to be decorated as Governor of District 404A1 Nigeria of International Association of Lions Clubs in the 2018/2019 Lions Year on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
The presentation ceremony scheduled to hold at the Event Centre, Asaba, will have the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as Special Guest of Honour and will be chaired by the Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, Taraba State University, Jalingo.
Briefing journalists today in Asaba, Sir Onyeme, stated that the 2018/2019 Lions Year, with the theme, “Empowerment Through Service”, would be focus on reaching out to the poorest of the poor.
“We do not intend to patronize them by giving out handouts, Sir Onyeme said, adding, “Rather we shall focus on impacting skills to these our brothers and sisters to enable them take their destiny in their hands. This task is onerous but we are determined to follow the goals through by the grace of God and support of you all.”
The new District 404 A1 Governor whose tenure commenced since July 1, 2018 and to end June 30, 2019, stated that the district intended to continue with the tradition the International Association of Lions Club was known for with greater urgency and vigour.
“Our target audience are the poor, sick, disabled, unemployed, underprivileged in our society” he said, saying “Accordingly, our scope of activities include but not limited to Free Diabetes screening and awareness, Pediatric Cancer awareness campaign, Free Cornea transplant and cataract surgery, Relieving hunger and Tree planting and other environmental friendly projects.
“We shall also procure and distribute to primary and secondary schools as well as some tertiary institutions in our area of coverage. As a matter of fact, the textbooks have arrived the shores of Nigeria and arrangements for the distribution have reached advanced stage.
“We shall continue to consolidate on the gains made in this area by reaching out to larger numbers of our people in need, in addition to expanding our horizon to include building of 75 public convenience, equipped with boreholes in our public schools, motor parks, markets etc.”
Sir Onyeme expressed joy at the giant strides Lions Clubs within the district, comprising Delta Edo, Ondo Ogun and parts of Lagos State, had made in executing key projects for the benefit of the people, stressing, “We appreciate all men and women of goodwill, donor agencies and multilateral organizations that have partnered with us in alleviating the plight of the vulnerable in our society.”
According to him, 93 Lions Clubs exist in District 404 A1 Nigeria administered under 10 Regions with membership strength of 2,400, noting that a large number of the citizens were in need of assistance to keep their heads above water.
He called for every hand to be on the plough and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to either identify with the laudable objectives of the International Association of Lions Clubs by becoming a Lion or partner with Lions Clubs to bring succor to the vulnerable.
The District Governor said that membership drive was going to be given a very high premium during this 2018/2019 Lions Year, recalling that the association came into Nigeria through the initiative of Lion Akintola Williams in 1964 and since then, the impact of Lions Club in the different part of the country had been very immeasurable.
Lions Club International, he said, was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest service organization, with 1.5 million members in no less than 70,000 club spread out in 203 countries and geographical areas of the world.
NO.DTS 0951: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 “EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING IS A MAJOR CHILD SURVIVAL STRATEGY ADOPTED GLOBALLY TO COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION” – DR ONONYE
Mothers have been called upon to practice exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life of their babies in order to guide against malnutrition that has become a source of public health concern in the state.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made the call during the activities that marked the end of the 2018 World Breast Feeding Week celebration in Asaba.
Dr Ononye said that exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life and the introduction of adequate complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond were major child survival strategies adopted globally to combat all forms of malnutrition.
The Commissioner who referred to the Year 2016 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey said that there was a high rate of stunted children under the age of five years with 43.6% classified as stunted, 10.8%, wasted, 31.5% underweight and only 23.7% were exclusively breast fed which was poor indices for Nigeria.
He stressed the need for the protection, promotion and support of breast feeding in its entire ramification failing which the poor indices that were being recorded would persist or even worsen in the near future.
However, to address the poor indices, Dr Ononye revealed that Delta State in collaboration with UNICEF had established breast feeding support groups in 11 Local Government Areas of the State with over 800 women as members.
He added that government had distributed information, education and communication (IEC) materials on breastfeeding to pregnant women and nursing mothers with children 0 to 24 months, saying it was a critical irreversible window period of the first 1,000 days of babies.
Dr Ononye reiterated government’s commitment at reducing infant morbidity and mortality through various child health care programme initiatives such as immunization, vitamin A supplement and free under-5 treatment.
The Commissioner who said that the theme of this year’s celebration was “Breast Feeding: Foundation of Life” revealed that there were several benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the mother, child and the nation at large.While noting that exclusive breastfeeding could not be over emphasized, he stated that early initiation of breastfeeding within 30 minutes of birth had saved over a million children in world.
Activities carried out to mark the Week included visitation and breastfeeding lectures at major public hospitals during antenatal visits; television and radio discussions; and baby show competition and award of prizes.
NO.DTS 0952: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 FORMER NATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER TURNS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER
By Ambrose Ologide
An Ovwian born former midfield maestro, Emmanuel Egbetah, has proven that Nigerian youths are not lazy and idle as he is amongst one of those commercial bus drivers plying Hausa Quarters Warri to Effurun Roundabout on daily basis.
The young former football star who is in his 30s, in a chat with our reporter explained that he took to driving commercial bus after he suffered an ailment that prevented him from playing football.
He said that he had tried both orthodox and traditional medicine to cure the ailment but to no avail.
Ogbetah who said that he often indulge in physical exercises and gymnastics before going to work, stated that after spending over a season without playing football, he decided to throw in the towel so as not to be idle.
He therefore appealed to the Delta State Sports Commission to give him a coaching job to groom the younger generation in the round leather game of soccer.
Ogbetah, who had a National Diploma Certificate in Computer Science from the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, started his professional carrier in football with Invincible Leopard Football Club of Warri in 1997 and later played for Delta Power Stars of Ughelli and NEPA Football Club of Abuja.
According to him, he later went abroad and played professional football for various clubs for four seasons.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he played for Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, Bayelsa United Football Club of Yenagoa, Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna, Kaduna United Football Club of Kaduna, Enugu Rangers Football Club of Enugu and Giwa United Football Club.
Emmanuel Egbetah won the national challenge cup at various times with Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Bayelsa United FC, Niger Tornadoes of FC and Kwara United FC.