The new year comes bearing gifts for residents of Okpoga, Idobe and Ichama districts as the forty kilometer long Rural Electrification Project, awarded by the federal government in Okpokwu local government area of Benue State, has now been commissioned.
The electricity project was attracted by the lawmaker representing Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibu federal constituency, Francis Agbo.
Ichama, is a farming community in Benue South senatorial district in Okpokwu local government area.
Journeying to this community is very stressful considering the poor road accessibility.
It is a condition ichama residents are used to.
Basic amenities for survival and to improve the standard of living of residents has become a forgotten prayer point.
Amenities such as road networks, electricity, have ling been neglected.
Now, over 300 high tension lines and poles, hundreds of low tension poles, with a number of brand new 500KVA transformers are now being planted in the community.
It is an intervention championed by the lawmaker representing Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibu which costs four hundred million Naira.
From Okpoga down to Idobe through Akpakpa to Ichama, residents recount their ordeals.
The state governor is represented by his deputy at this commissioning of the forty kilometer rural electrification project
He commends the lawmaker for fixing the needs of his people.
For the first time in history, residents of Ichama and adjoining communities, now have a feel of public power supply to boost their economy and light up their environment in the light up everyone project.
NIGERIA RECORDS 12 NEW LASSA FEVER CASES
Nigeria according to the National Centre For Diseases Control, NCDC, has recorded 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of Lassa fever in one week, between December 26, 2022, to January 1, 2023, from three states.
While the states with the new confirmed Lassa fever cases are: Edo (9), Ebonyi (2), and Benue (1), as of January 1, 2023, a total of 1,067 cases have been recorded in 27 states across 112 Local Government Areas, with 189 deaths reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 17.7 per cent.
The NCDC’s report showed that seventy-two (72 per cent) of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from three states (Ondo, Edo and Bauchi), while 23 per cent were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases. Of the 72 per cent of confirmed cases, Ondo State reported 33 per cent, Edo 25 per cent and Bauchi 14 per cent.
“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8.
“The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week.
“National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continues to coordinate the response activities at all levels,” the report added.
To prevent Lassa fever, the NCDC continues to urge individuals and communities to promote good hygiene to discourage rodents from entering homes. Also, effective measures include storing grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of garbage far from the home, and maintaining clean households.