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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Mourns Late Oba (Eze Ogba) Of Ogbaland

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Mourns Late Oba (Eze Ogba) Of Ogbaland

…Says, We’ll Miss His Exemplary, Progressive, Dynamic Leadership

As tributes continue to pour in following the demise of Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogbaland, His Eminence, Sir (Dr.) Chukumela Nnam Obi II (OON, DSSRS, AP, JP), the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has described the late monarch as one of the nation’s longest serving Kings who provided an exemplary, progressive and dynamic leadership to his people.

Bro. Obuah while reacting to the passage of the legendary Eze Ogba, said the reign of the late monarch was replete with positive transformational changes, characterized by peace, unity, progress and stability in his kingdom.

Noting that Oba Chukumela Nnam Obi II would be missed not only by his beloved people of Ogba Kingdom but Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole because of his wisdom and unrivaled sense of humour which, according to him, was legendary.

“As the custodian of the Ogba culture and the symbol of traditional authority, the Oba fully realized that leadership is a trust that must not be betrayed. Hence, he was never an arm-chair traditional ruler, waiting for his people to pay him homage on a daily basis”, he posited.

Bro. Obuah who is the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state noted that from the inception of Oba’s ascension to the throne of Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogbaland on 19th December, 1970, he has initiated brilliant innovations aimed at improving the living standard of the Ogba people as well as catering for their social, cultural and political needs within the community and its environs.

Extolling the sterling qualities of the late King Nnam Obi II who marked a historic 80th birthday celebration and 50 years on the throne on Friday, November 20, 2020 in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Bro. Obuah charged not only the immediate family of the Oba but Ogba people in general to uphold their faith as Christians in mourning their departed royal father, believing that he is in safer hands of his Creator in the hope that all will meet again on the resurrection day.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also called on them to take solace in the fact that the late Oba Chukumela Nnam Obi II, a renowned Philosopher and meta-physician who held several leadership positions during his life time, lived a life worthy of emulation and also left legacies not only for his children but for those yet unborn.

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA).

Monday, May 3, 2021.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro Felix Obuah Condoles With Nsirim Family

The Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency, (RIWAMA), Bro Felix Obuah has described late Mama Victoria Wejionwu Nsirim, the first wife of Nyenwe-Eli O.N. Nsirim, the Apiti of Rumueme, and Paramount Ruler of Rumueme Kingdom as a virtuous woman who lived a worthy and fulfilled life before her transition.

Bro Obuah made the remark when he paid a condolence visit to the Nsirim family to commiserate with them on the death of the matriarch of Rumueme Kingdom, and mother of Prince Timothy Nsirim, former executive chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, and now chairman Rivers State Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency.

The RIWAMA boss said though late Mama Victoria Nsirim transited at the ripe age of 93, her demise is painful and has created a vacuum very difficult to fill in the lives of her beloved ones.

He enjoined the bereaved family to take solace in the good works and legacies of their late mother, describing the death of the matriarch as the final awakening rather than the final step.

Bro Obuah said the best that could be done in this circumstance for the deceased was to keep her memory alive by activating her good works and legacies for the benefit of posterity.

He prayed the good Lord to grant the entire Nsirim family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and the soul of late Mama Victoria Nsirim peaceful rest.

In his response, Prince Timothy Nsirim on behalf of the bereaved family thanked the RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro Felix Obuah for the visit. Prince Nsirim described Bro Obuah as a big brother who has always identified with the family at times of need, and prayed God to also show him and his family love and concern.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Urges Collective Responsibility For Healthcare Waste Management

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The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah says the task of effective management of healthcare wastes in the State is a collective responsibility and not to be left for government alone.

He noted that the collective participation and synergy with RIWAMA would fast-track the achievement of set objectives of the Agency and engender a dirt-free, clean and healthy environment.

Speaking while declaring open a one-day workshop on Effective Healthcare Waste Management at the RIWAMA Premises, Km 6, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Bro. Obuah said the calibre of resource persons engaged in the workshop showed the seriousness of the Agency to rejig the waste management delivery system in the State.

“We are believing that at the end of this all-important workshop, our people will begin to think and do things in a new way, rather than thinking and doing things in the usual parochial ways they are used to.  I am very convinced that those who listened to the lectures would have a rethink, knowing that whatever thing you put will come back to you”, he said.

While stressing that the summation of the lecture encapsulated the aphorism that ‘health is wealth’, the RIWAMA boss reiterated that it is not the responsibility of government to pay for the management of wastes generated by citizens.

“For the sake of protecting her people, government has gone out of the way to shoulder the responsibility of managing wastes.  It is not the global best practice to consider waste management as utility”, he said.

Bro. Obuah posited that the industrial principle of ‘polluter pays’ is premised on the ground that waste is owned by the generator and that citizens owe it to themselves to be responsible and law abiding, adding, “They need to change and begin to exercise duty of care in managing waste products”.

In his lead presentation, the National Consultant, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria, Dr. Edwin Isotu Ede, warned on the implications of improper disposal of healthcare waste products.

Dr. Edeh whose presentation was done via a Zoom social media platform, cited the dreaded HIV/AIDS disease that could be contracted through healthcare wastes products that are not properly disposed.

Emphasizing that good health is a function of a good waste management system, he warned that healthcare management should not be politicized.

Dr. Edeh commended the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah for his courage and wisdom to organize the training which according to him, is timely and germane for a healthier and cleaner Rivers State.

Other facilitators at the workshop include Dr. Ransome Lilly West: Legal Burdens, Healthcare Waste Management, Extant Laws and legal implications for Generators;

Prof. Charles Tobin-West: Public Health Concerns, Healthcare Waste Management in the context of infection, Prevention and Control;

Pastor Sanitarian Walson Paminola: Environmental Health Perspective – Healthcare Waste Management and Hospital Sanitation;

H.A. Tobin-West: Effective Regulation of Generators and Private Service Providers, Healthcare Waste Handling, Documentation, Data Management and Transportation and,

Dr. Sanitarian Newman K. Samuel (PhD): Liquids and Gaseous Healthcare Waste – Healthcare Effluents and the Prevalence of Tissue Toxicity, Anti-Microbial Drug Resistant Strains.

The workshop which had in attendance, the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dumle Maol and principal officers of RIWAMA, was also graced by organizations from the health sector.  They include Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) National Association of Laboratory Scientists; AGPMPN, NESREA and officials from the Ministries of Health and Environment respectively.

 

 

 

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA),

 

Friday, November 13, 2020.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro Obuah Warns Against Politicization Of COVID-19

RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro Obuah Warns Against Politicization Of COVID-19

The Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has again applauded the State Decontamination Team for keeping pace with the efforts of the State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in ensuring that all public places in the State are thoroughly fumigated ahead of re-opening of markets, schools and other public institutions for full business.

Bro. Obuah gave the commendation as the Decontamination Team took their searchlight to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, describing the total decontamination of the Ivory Tower as very imperative given the surging student population and the attendant business activities in the environ.

The RIWAMA boss observed that those who did not believe that the Coronavirus pandemic had entered the state and criticized Governor Wike for the proactive measures earlier taken can now attest to the foresight of the State Chief Executive and appreciate him for largely curtailing the spread of the disease and by extension, saving unforeseen number of lives that would have been lost if those measures were not taken early enough.

Bro. Obuah regretted that some persons who do not mean well for the people of the State would wish to play politics with everything including the precious lives of their kinsmen, warning that any such tendency is not ‘politics’ but inhuman and satanic.

He enjoined the State Decontamination Team to remain focused and shun all distractions from political opponents of the state government and those he called callous and conscienceless individuals whose sense of decency has been clouded by over-ambition to see anything good in what others are doing except they are the ones dictating.

Bro. Obuah also commended the mass of Rivers people for their understanding and patience all this while, and urged them to persevere a little more to enable the state government conclude the decontamination of all the public places, and expressed optimism that life will soon return to normalcy.

“All the state government is doing is for our own interest and preservation of our collective lives. Business is always there but life once lost cannot be recovered and besides, it is one who is alive that will run a business. Yes, it’s hard to be out of business for close to three months now, but there is no better alternative in the circumstance. So we have to show understanding and gratitude to the government that cares such as we are witnessing in the State,” Bro. Obuah declared.

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Jerry Needam, JP

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA),

Monday, June 22, 2020.