Refuse Takes Over Onitsha Street
By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya and Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy
A great quantity of refuse that littered a section of Onitsha Street and the stinking smell coming out from its heaps were said to have sent some residents packing in the area while others live wearing mask daily in that area of Abakaliki.
One of the residents of the area, also a shoemaker, Mr. Augustine Ndubuisi told Citizens’ Advocate reporter who visited the area that the unpleasant smell had subjected them to hardship as all their customers had abandoned them for fear of contracting the airborne disease.
Ha said that the situation of the place since the past one week was also affecting most of the residents’ health following the stinking odor that covered the area and thereby appealed to the appropriate authority in charge of evacuation to come to their aid as a matter of urgency.
The young man further requested for an alternative designate dump site since the present place people are dumping refuse bothers too many homes.
Mrs. Theresa Ekwedi, a seamstress and resident of the area expressed displeasure over the refuse site locate in her frontage which she said had driven away all her customers who could not put up with the odor.
She added that she had not recorded patronage in her shop since the day the odor became unbearable.
She disclosed that her efforts alongside that of other residents in stopping people from heaping refuse in the area could not work as those persons had chosen to come with the rubbish at the wee hours of the day when no one will see them.
She, therefore, called on the government for an alternative dump site to enable the petty traders to carry out their businesses without hitches and for residents to live freely.
Birth Certificate: Solution to Age Falsification – SOMTEC Team
he Head of Vital Registration at the National Population Commission, Ebonyi State and a member of Social Mobilization Technical Committee on UNICEF program in Ebonyi State (SOMTEC), Mrs. Chima Glory said birth certificate would help to stop age falsification among the working-class citizens in the country and therefore, every parent must ensure that his or her ward is registered at birth.
Mrs. Chima made this known on Monday during a sensitization outreach by SOMTEC organized for pregnant women and nursing mothers at Abakaliki Local Government Area health clinic.
SOMTEC team while addressing the mothers on birth registration, also emphasized on the positive impacts of exclusive breastfeeding to the child and urged them to maintain Exclusive breastfeeding on their children and also register their child at birth as it is the first gift a parent could offer to his child.
According to her, from time to time, the embassy visits the commission to ascertain the authenticity of the birth certificate of prospective travelers present at the embassy office and it helps to track some of them when a crime is committed.
She explained that registration for a child below 18 years is free while above 18 which is adult, would go to court, swear an affidavit, pay the stipulated amount of money in the bank and get birth attestation which will serve as the certificate.
She said, “Birth certificate will give your child identity and when he goes to school, at all levels of Education, his birth certificate will be required to determine his/her age and qualification.”
“Even in immunization, it is very important. It, will help the government to know the age of the child and there are so many crimes being committed across the border today, So if a child is registered at birth and a crime is committed across the border, an impostor can easily be identified, if the child has a birth certificate he/ she can be traced to his place through the certificate.”
“In our office from time to time, the embassy comes around to check the authenticity of the birth certificate they are presenting to them.”
“And there are some people during retirement age, they will go to court to swear an affidavit and falsify their age but with birth certificate age falsification will stop in the civil service commission.”
“Children that are 18 years and above we give them birth attestation and not birth certificate because they have grown above the age we can give them birth certificate because the person is now an adult.
“Birth certificate is the first right a parent should give to his child. The mother, father, caregiver will be happy to fulfill.
Mrs. Arua Ogechi, matron health clinic Abakaliki local government, in her remarks said 85% of the women have registered but health awareness motivates the mothers and commended SOMTEC team for their visit to the clinic.