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CEHRD calls  for the speedy domestication of the VAPP Act in Rivers State
18 Jul
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CEHRD calls for the speedy domestication of the VAPP Act in Rivers State

 

CEHRD Governance and Human Rights team engaged on a Radio discussion on Today's 95.1 FM, Rivers State, where they called for the speedy domestication of the VAPP Act by the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Rivers State Government and how such will go a long way to address gender based violence in Rivers State.
 
Violence, both at the home front and the larger society, is fast becoming a trend in the recent day, Nigeria.The Violence Against persons (prohibition)Act (VAPP) was passed into law in May, 2015. The Act was a result of agitations for protection of persons against the different forms of violence.
CEHRD Set-up the Ahoada Branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Ahoada LGA, Rivers State 
17 Jul
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CEHRD Set-up the Ahoada Branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Ahoada LGA, Rivers State 

 

The Ahoada branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) was set up and launched today, 17th July, 2019 in Ahoada LGA,Rivers State by Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). This is with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.

 

The WIGN is a platform designed by CEHRD to bring together women in politics and promote their inclusion and participation in politics. The network encourages women to support each other in politics, irrespective of party affiliations.

CEHRD Set-up the Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Ulakwo. Etche LGA, Rivers State
16 Jul
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CEHRD Set-up the Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Ulakwo. Etche LGA, Rivers State

 

The Ulakwo branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) was set up and launched today 16th July, 2019 in Etche LGA, Rivers State by Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). This is with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.

 

The WIGN is a platform designed by CEHRD to bring together women in politics and promote their inclusion and participation in politics. The network encourages women to support each other in politics, irrespective of parties affiliations.

CEHRD Set-up the Swali Branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Bayelsa State
10 Jul
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CEHRD Set-up the Swali Branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Bayelsa State

 

The Swali branch of Women in Governance Network (WIGN) was set up and launched today, 10th July, 2019 in Bayelsa State by Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). This is with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.

 

The WIGN is a platform designed by CEHRD to bring together women in politics and promote their inclusion and participation in politics. The network encourages women to support each other in politics, irrespective of party affiliations.

CEHRD to Form an Environment Club in Government Girls Secondary Schools Kaiama, Bayelsa State
10 Jul
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CEHRD to Form an Environment Club in Government Girls Secondary Schools Kaiama, Bayelsa State

 
CEHRD environment team visited Government Girls Secondary Schools Kaiama, Bayelsa State in preparation for the establishment of an Environment Club to enlighten students to imbibe good environmental practices.
 
CEHRD formed the first set of club early 2017 at Bodo City Girls Secondary School in Rivers state and continues to build the capacity of members to promote healthy environment. This is with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.
CEHRD Set-up the Women in Governance Network (WIGN)
09 Jul
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CEHRD Set-up the Women in Governance Network (WIGN)

 

The Women in Governance Network (WIGN) was set up and launched by Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) on the 9th of July 2019 during a town hall meeting in Bayelsa State. The WIGN is a platform designed by CEHRD to bring together women in politics and promote inclusion and participation of women in politics. The network encourages women to support each other in politics, irrespective of parties affiliations.

 

The town hall meeting brought together women from different communities, where they networked and built relationship and partnerships for continuous collaboration in political activities and leadership development. The Oruma and Sagbama branches in Bayelsa State were set up today. Other branches will be set up to run. This is with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.

Consultation Visit to HRH F C O. Usikoromogha Okoro II, the Amananaowei of Sampou Community
09 Jul
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Consultation Visit to HRH F C O. Usikoromogha Okoro II, the Amananaowei of Sampou Community

 

CEHRD environment team carried out consultation visit to HRH F C O. Usikoromogha Okoro II, the Amananaowei of Sampou Community in preparation for the proposed sensitization of community members on mangrove restoration. This is with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.

Consultation Visit to the Paramount Ruler, Amananaowei of Kaiama Town
09 Jul
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Consultation Visit to the Paramount Ruler, Amananaowei of Kaiama Town

 

CEHRD staff carried out consultation visit to the paramount ruler, Amananaowei of Kaiama Town, HRH Jerry O Burutolu in preparation for the proposed sensitization of community members on mangrove restoration. This project is with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria.

Organisational Capacity Building on Project Monitoring and Evaluation
04 Jul
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Organisational Capacity Building on Project Monitoring and Evaluation

 

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, (CEHRD), organised a 3-Day Organisational Capacity Building on Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E). The training which commenced on Wednesday 3rd, July 2019, will end on Friday 5th July 2019. 

 

The M & E training will strengthen the capacity of Programme and Finance staff to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate different development projects as it concern achieving the vision and mission of CEHRD as captured in her newly renewed/developed strategic plan for the next 5 years and beyond.

 

Among the participants are staff from Centre for Environnment, Human Rights and Development, (CEHRD), and other CEHRD partners drawn from University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, (NOSDRA), Rivers State,  EarthPro Services Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Arise for Gender and Livelihood Initiative (ALIVE), Rivers State. The trainer is from MDF Training and Consultancy, West Africa. 

 

The training is with the support of CORDAID. 

Killed Manatee on 28 September 2019
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HUNTING OF MANATEE IN OMOKU CREEK- A TRIBUTARY ON THE ORASHI RIVER. CEHRD CALLS FOR URGENT BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION.

      JUNE 28, 2019

It is with urgent importance that the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) wishes to draw the attention of the Government of Rivers State and the general public to the killing of a Manatee (also known as Sea cow) in the Omoku Creek, a tributary of the Orashi River. This act is condemnable and should be punishable under the law.  It would be recalled that CEHRD reported in September 2015 a similar incidence that occurred in Odieke-Igbiiduya still on the Orashi River. Manatee is a marine animal found in coastal waters and rivers (National geographic 2015). Manatee comprises of three species Trichechus Senegalensis (West African Manatee), Trichechus Manatus (West Indian Manatee), Trichechus Inunguis (Amazonian Manatee). The West African Manatee are recognised to be endemic in some West African countries: Mali, Senegal etc, and importantly in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, Lake Kainji and the Benue River.

 

A reliable local volunteer reported the killing of the manatee in Omoku Creek yesterday (27 June 2019) and posted the pictures in this press release to CEHRD.

 

According to the World Conservation Union (IUCN) red list, manatee has been consistently classified as threatened and vulnerable to extinction for the past seven years (IUCN 2018). Thus, in Nigeria, manatee is prohibited from hunting, capture or trade by decree No 11 (now Act) of April 20, 1985. However, community persons are hunting and butchering Manatee for meat due to ignorance and lack of enforcement of laws and regulations protecting critical biodiversity resources in Nigeria. There has been increasing recent reports of discharge of chemical substances and oil related pollution in the Orashi River and its tributaries. It is importantly to mention that Increasing pollution in the Orashi River may have forced the victim manatee to migrate to the Omoku Creek.

 

CEHRD uses this medium to urge relevant Federal, State and Local Governments and Environmental Agencies to strategically employ stringent and speedy measures to end oil pollution and stop community persons from hunting manatee and using it as meat.

 

Co-management mechanisms should be adopted to achieve the above stated protection. This should involve holistic engagement and local community participation. The importance of creating Biodiversity Protected Areas cannot be over-emphasized, especially in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, which is rich in rare biodiversity and recognised as a key zone for conservation in the Gulf of Guinea.

 

Particularly, conserving the habitat of manatee in the Orashi region and associated biodiversity sanctuaries would also benefit sea turtle that nests in the sand dunes of the same locality. It would be recalled that in 2007 Hippopotamus was reportedly sighted in Odieke-Igbuduya and CEHRD issued a statement on 5 December 2007 calling for the protection of the hippo and manatee in the community. CEHRD will continue to sensitize the public on the need to conserve and protect the already fragile and overstretched environment as it is the only foundation of human existence on earth.

 

 

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