Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, has stated that inclusion of traditional rulers and community agents in the fight against malaria would make the campaign community based as well as yield positive results at the grassroots.
Gov. Okorocha who stated this in Portharcourt, Rivers State, during this year’s World Malaria Day hosted by Rivers state Government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, urged the authorities to redesign operational framework in the campaign, lamenting that several efforts made by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), World Health Organization (WHO) and Federal Ministry of Education among others to roll-back malaria in Nigeria have failed owing to ignorance and lack of proper sensitization at the grassroots.
He expressed optimism that campaign against malaria at the rural areas with proper education on the need to ensure clean environments will go a long way to yield the desired result.
Similarly, Gov. Okorocha has applauded the involvement of Governors of Niger Delta states in the affairs of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The governors of the nine Niger Delta states had met over the weekend to elect Dr. Emmanuel Uduagha as the Chairman, Advisory Body of NDDC. Gov. Okorocha stated that the resolution to first complete all ongoing projects in the region before shifting attention to power generation and construction of railway linking the Niger Delta states will boost inter-regional communication as other commercial activities.
He decried the activities of the previous management of NDDC and commended President Goodluck Jonathan for creating a forum of Niger Delta Governors to give a purposeful direction to management of the commission in the interest of the people of oil-producing states.