The Enugu State Government (ENSG), on Saturday, demolished a sinking three-storey building within the Maryland Layout axis of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu metropolis.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ground floor of the building, located at number 9, Egwuekwe Street, Maryland Layout, instantly caved-in at about 2 a.m. on Saturday living the rest of the building in a perilous situation.
Speaking to newsmen while inspecting the sinking building, the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Greg Nnaji, expressed sadness over inability of individuals to follow adequate procedures of constructing buildings.
Nnaji said that his ministry would ensure proper investigation of the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.
““I will advise people living around the affected building to vacate the environment because it is not safe for them until investigation about the cause of the incident is carried out,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Chairman of Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority, Chief Joseph Onoh, said that while investigation is ongoing; the remaining structure would be demolished and pulled down for public safety.
Onoh, who arrived at the scene with equipment, said it would be totally demolished so that nobody would occupy it under any guise to avoid recording human casualty for the state.
Earlier, some of the occupants of the building, Mr Lazarus Okoye, Mrs Rita Chukwu and Mr Ugochukwu Okorie, said they heard a mysterious sound around 2a.m. early on Saturday.
However, they said that they never knew it was the sound of the sinking ground floor of the building they heard.
The occupants appealed to the state government and good spirited individuals to come to their aid.
At the time of filing this report over 50 per cent of the remaining building had been demolished by the Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority.
Mrs Ugwuanyi wants families, LGs to support exclusive breastfeeding
Wife of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has called for the support families, friends and local government authorities, in the area of exclusive breastfeeding for babies.
Mrs Ugwuanyi made the appeal in a virtual internet video message, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday in Enugu.
The message was to commemorate this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.
According to her, there is need for mothers, fathers and wives of local government chairmen, to join in the renewed call for appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, and support nursing mothers in any way they can.
“A warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet.
“I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children within the state.
“This appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, which is uncompromising exclusive breastfeeding, is also one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation,’’ she said.
Mrs Ugwuanyi also stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively for six months.
“Also introduction of solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years of age or beyond,’’ she said.
The governor’s wife noted that mothers’ breast milk contained antibodies that helped babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lowered babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies.
“It also provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter.
“Babies, who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea,’’ she added.
She also enumerated some negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting and likely suffering of chronic diseases.
NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
NGO trains 35 youths in budget monitoring, project implementation in Enugu
The Coordinator of CODE in the state, Mr Daniel Ugwu, made this known in a statement on Monday in Enugu.
Ugwu said that the training was organised for members of Enugu State ‘Follow-The-Money’ initiative and ActionAid activists.
He said that the training was meant to equip the participants with the necessary tools to inspire change in their communities.
Ugwu, who is the South East Coordinator, Follow-The-Money, said that it was necessary to equip the youths with the relevant information to become advocates for good governance and accountability.
“The essence of the training is to enhance youth capacity in influencing effective public service delivery by equipping them with necessary information and resources to participate in development processes.
“Some of the key areas the participants were trained include Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, report writing, advocacy and policy influencing strategies and data mining,” he said.
Ugwu said that the training was part of CODE’s effort to achieve its mission of improving access to information and empower members of local communities.
He said that Follow-The-Money initiative was aimed promoting open government and effective service delivery as well as tracking government and international aid spending in health, education and environment.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
COVID-19: Virologist urges scientific proof for discoveries
He said that the current spate of controversies and conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus were either manufactured or circulated by people who were not core medical scientists.
He decried the way some medical scientists neglected the proper culture of scientific communication and adopted other means of forcing their claims on the public.
“Scientist should endeavour to present clear scientific data to appropriate approving authorities to verify their claims and to pass an objective verdict.
“Appropriate scientific communication is done through scientific publications, which may either be full length research papers, case reports or even short communication.
“Evidences or claims should be presented in a documented manner through scientifically approved journals or editorials, and the scientific community must read and perform systematic reviews or meta-analysis of the data generated,” he said.
The scientist noted that unfortunately there was an upsurge in verbal, emotional, confrontational and near political crusades by some medical scientists who had either resorted to the use of social media platforms or some conventional media.
This act, he said, fell short of their expectations as scientists and weakened the scientific engagement on peer review platforms.
“I urge scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic as it would eliminate unnecessary controversies.
“Efforts should also be geared toward generating information and inventions that the world so long for to tackle the pandemic.”
The virologist noted that controversies were part of the evolution of new knowledge or paradigm shift in science.
He, however, added that new knowledge must be communicated rightly with modesty, clear and verifiable evidence to back up claims.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)