Connect with us

Lifestyle

MUCH ADO ABOUT TOILETS

Published

on

Theheute-

UDEME NANA

Last Saturday , 27th of August, the heavens opened and rain descended across Akwa Ibom state.

It was a cold and wet day, but Ikot Akpan Nkuk,  headquarters of Ukanafun Local government council, one of the pioneer local government Areas in the Oil rich Akwa Ibom state braved the downpour to host the commissioning of  modern public conveniences donated by an indigene of the area for use by workers in the Council. Although erroneously described as “ultra modern” , what was commissioned can not by any standard be termed “ultra modern” because what would pass as ultra-modern toilets now do not use water; they are digitally operated and faeces and urine disappear as the user leaves the toilet seat. These are used in smart buildings where everything is controlled digitally.

The dignitaries at the commissioning included Mr Moses Ekpo, deputy Governor of the state, traditional rulers,  Mr Udeme Ufot, one of the leading Advertising practitioners in the country, Barr. Aniekan Ukpanah, Managing Partner and Head of Banking & Finance practice, Udo Udoma & Bello – Osagie law firm , Lagos,  Rt. Hon Aniekan Umanah, Member House of Representatives, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, former National Legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party and Senatorial Candidate of the party in the district, and a bevy of Political Chieftains from the environs.

Advertisement

The building housing the public conveniences was donated by Mr. Ekan Ukpanah, President, Nung Ukpanah family Union to the National Union of Local government employees (NULGE), Ukanafun Chapter.

The Donor was worried about the non existence of such a facility in the work environment of a local government headquarters which had been in  existence for more than forty years.

“As an environmentalist, I know the  importance of public conveniences, and as a town planner, I can’t approve permits for buildings without such facilities,” He stated while speaking at the occasion. In his address, the Deputy Governor popularly called Uncle MO, described the public conveniences as a vital facility .

He said the existence in the council premises would encourage seriousness at work by the Staff,  observing that ‘nobody now has any excuse to abscond from work’. Uncle MO further stated that the contribution will promote efficiency at work , improve sanitation apart from checking truancy, adding that  it wasn’t a flimsy excuse to go to the toilet .The Deputy Governor paid tribute to the Ukpanah family for sustaining the legacy started by their forbears recalling that it was the late  Barr. Asuquo Ukpanah who led the chase for the creation of the local Government Council and while his younger brother, the late Obong Senator Akaninyene Ukpanah served  as its pioneer Chairman.

ALSO READ  35-year-old engaged Maureen Esisi sparks reactions as she shares new photos

But no sooner than the news spread that the Deputy Governor attended the event in person to commission the facilities, hell was let loose in condemnation of the Deputy Governor for lending the weight of his big office to the  commissioning of ‘toilets’

Advertisement

Dean Evergreen screamed ‘in this era, people are still commissioning toilets.. The D. Governor is not even ashamed to be engaged in such scrimmage’

Celestine Mel, an Abuja based public affairs commentator was aghast and fumed ‘Where did NULGE folks in Ukanafun go to answer the call of nature all these years ? The bushes? We play too much in this country’

He wrote ‘In 2022, when Elon Musk is finalizing preparation to relocate some folks to Mars on a one-way ticket; when his the constellation of starlink satellites is set to beam high-speed  wireless internet to the remotest corners of the earth from space; when Dubai has already launched the first metropolitan drone taxi service; when MTN is rolling out 5G wireless internet to most urban centers in Nigeria; when speed trains are connecting European capitals at 350 km/h; when cars are about to migrate from dependence on fossil fuels to renewables; when the wealth of nations are no longer measured by the size of their natural resources but the depth of their knowledge base, we in our dear state are holding intellectual discussions about the propriety or otherwise of commissioning modern toilets in a local government council by the deputy governor.‘ he further penned.

Someone in tandem with Celestine Mel complained in the following words ‘there is nothing  “ENGLISH” will not do to us.Imagine from “toilet” to convenience” !

Those who made so much fuss about the commissioning of those basic facilities may have forgotten that provision of such facilities aligned with one of the items of the millennium development goals (MDG’s) and its successor program , the Sustainable development goals SDG’s which has good health , well being and sanitation as important concerns.

Advertisement

But the critics met their match in  another Public Affairs commentator, Vincent Aluu , who pooh – poohed their vituperation .

Vincent responded ‘Shit business is a very serious business that some Nigerians don’t want to talk about. But there is no one that does not do shit business in their homes.’

ALSO READ  Davido reportedly set to launch multi-million naira project (Video)

Aluu argued ‘The hard truth is : shit exists because we produce it. It’s a natural consequence of the things we eat and for as long as we exist, shit always will ! And like all the other tons of waste we produce everyday (including garbage), someone has to get rid of it or else our environment will be impossible to live in.’

According to him ‘the way we think of toilets must undergo a fundamental shift if we are to see meaningful progress. We must put the user experience front and centre. A young girl experiencing good smelling and safe toilets will grow into a woman who will appreciate and ensure that she provides a similar experience to her family, and will expect it as a right.’

In further justification, he alluded to the fact that Nigeria had become the number one open defecation nation globally passing India.”

Advertisement

Aluu quipped ‘How Nigeria overtook India is a matter of serious concern’ noting that India has a population of 1.353 billion people and 3.287 million km2 land area, against Nigeria’s estimated 200 million people and 923,769km2 land area.

According to Aluu ,  ‘Apart from bringing a negative social stigma to Nigeria, which is touted as the Giant of Africa and the most populous black nation in the world, open defecation also poses obvious environmental, health and economic problems for Nigeria and its nationals. It pollutes the environment and exposes children and adults to critical health problems like diarrhoea (hence leading to untimely deaths).’

To solve this problem of open defecation and inadequate toilet facilities, that writer noted “there is a need for collaboration between the government at all levels and relevant agencies.

The Public Affairs analyst urged organisations like banks, oil, insurance and manufacturing companies to donate latrines/toilets where needed across the nation as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Etido Ibekwe, a Medical Doctor, while underscoring the importance of public conveniences stated that ’emptying of bowels is actually an involuntary action by the peristaltic movement of the intestines. Once the descending colon is full, the urge to defecate comes naturally. However, if this urge is controlled habitually by the individual, it predisposes to constipation. The resultant effect of this to the body is that of retaining toxins that would otherwise have been excreted & expelled from the body. When toxins are retained, it predisposes to ailments that can lead to liver & kidney failures or other organ failure’. In a society consumed by poverty and superstition and without adequate medical facilities , who knows how many people from that area have died from complications arising from their inability to empty their bowels as at  and when they had the urge ?

Advertisement
ALSO READ  2face Idibia proudly shows off daughter’s talent as he ventures into new business

The provision of the modern public conveniences at Ikot Akpan Nkuk, Ukanafun by an indigene , Ekan Ukpanah and the Deputy Governor lending the weight of his big office to the formal commissioning of the facilities may not have been well received by a section of the people but it shows the love of one privileged indigene for his people. The concerned citizen , Ekan Ukpanah,  met a felt need of the local Government employees Union and as Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party highlighted “the provision of the public conveniences and it’s official commissioning “signposts the evolution from outright open and indiscriminate defecation , using the bush and  pit latrines by our people.”

There is a possibility that there are hundreds of local Council headquarters in Nigeria , public schools , offices , places of worship, marketplaces , shopping malls ,  motor parks and health facilities lacking in such critical infrastructure.

This little but vital contribution  by Ekan Ukpanah shows that well to do individuals can do whatever they could to help their communities and not just stand ,  stare and complain. On the whole , this writer wonders about what was racing through the minds of the political leaders who gathered to witness the event since some of them had occupied high positions of responsibility in that local Council , at the state and national level.The event was attended by the cream of the political class in the local Government Area and their friends from other places. What isn’t clear to this writer is whether those among them who served as Chairmen of the Local Government Council previously were proud of themselves on that occasion.

The Writer , Dr UDEME NANA is the Founder , Uyo Book Club and the leading promoter of the Book Club initiative in Akwa Ibom State.

Advertisement

Lifestyle

22 Hospitality Limited buys Sheraton’s parent company, Capital Hotels

Published

on

Theheute-

Capital Hotels Plc, owners of the Abuja-based luxury hotel, Sheraton, said 22 Hospitality Limited has procured 66.1 per cent of its outstanding shares in exchange for a controlling stake in the company.

A purchase of a company’s total issued shares crossing the 50 per cent threshold is deemed a buyout. Capital Hotels has not posted annual profit in the last two years.

The transaction is the end of a series of off-market deals conducted for months, and means Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited will be yielding to 22 Hospitality Limited the ownership crown it had worn for two decades.

“All the required regulatory approvals have been received for the transaction,” Capital Hotels said in a statement posted on the Nigerian Exchange’s website.

Advertisement

Capital Hotels set out earlier in the year to raise capital for, what it said, was the renovation of the hotel.

The board sought to approach it by way of rights issue and made a proposal during an emergency general meeting in April to sell new shares to existing shareholders at N7 per share at a time a unit was selling for N3.19 in the market.

A refusal by shareholders to endorse the offer for fear it would erode their rights meant the board turned to private placement as a second option. In all, 1,611,995,510 shares were allotted to 22 Hospitality Hospital at N7 per unit when that was concluded, totaling N11.3 billion.

The company’s share price, which had been stuck at N3.19 for at least seven months to 23rd May, jumped to N3.40 that date but has not moved again ever since.

ALSO READ  Transfer: EPL clubs spend record £1.5bn in summer

The share purchase transferred 51 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares to 22 Hospitality Limited.

Advertisement

“In addition, 22 Hospitality Limited also bought 456,641,337, and 21,562,293 Ordinary Shares of 50 kobo each representing 14.45% and 0.68% of the equity share capital of the Company, from Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited and Associated Ventures International Limited respectively through Offer for Sale,” according to the statement.

Altogether, the new owner’s holding in the firm translates to 2,090,199,140 ordinary shares.

Bank of Industry Limited, Ministry of Finance Incorporated, Nigeria Re-insurance Corporation and Continental Energy Resources Limited are among the substantial shareholders of Capital Hotels, its 2021 audited financial statement shows.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Entertainment

I love you with passion, Faith Oyedepo tells husband on his 68th birthday

Published

on

Theheute-

Faith Oyedepo, the wife of David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has taken to social media to celebrate her husband on his 68th birthday.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Faith appreciated David for being a “wonderful leader” to all and sundry.

She also expressed her gratitude to God for being “undeniably evident” in the cleric’s life.

Faith said she loves David with passion while wishing him greater years ahead.

Advertisement

“Happy birthday to my dear husband, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo. The hands of God has undeniably been evident upon your life and to Him alone be all the glory,” she wrote.

“Thank you for being a wonderful leader and example to our family and world at large. Your latter years shall be greater than the past in Jesus’ name, amen. I love you with passion.”

Faith and David tied the knot in 1982.

The union has birthed four children, David Jr, Isaac, Love, and Joyce.

During their 38th wedding anniversary in August, they both pledged to love each other forever.

Advertisement

“The journey thus far has been awesome with you by my side. You have been the true definition of a virtuous woman,” David told his wife.

 

ALSO READ  Otedola accompanies Dangote to renew drivers license
Continue Reading

Lifestyle

PHOTOS: 71-year-old Nigerian cleric, wife welcome triplets after years of waiting

Published

on

Theheute-

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi paid a courtesy visit to a couple blessed with a set of triplets at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in Ado-Ekiti.

The babies are the first children of 71-year-old Venerable Hezekiah Akenroye, a retired Anglican Priest and his wife, Mrs Durodoluwa Akenroye (45) who were married in April 2016.

The babies were delivered through a cesarean section on Wednesday 21st September 2022, and weighed 2.3kg, 2.0kg and 1.8 kg.

Congratulating the couple, Erelu Fayemi who got a hint of the birth of the triplets through a viral news on social media platforms presented the babies with cash and material gifts and charged the couple to ensure they raise the children in the way of the Lord.

Advertisement

The first lady who made a detour to the hospital on her way to a social function today expressed happiness on the birth of the babies saying that it is an evidence that God answers prayers.

She congratulated the couple and used the medium to advise trying couples not to lose hope and keep believing in God.

The aged father of the babies, Venerable Akenroye who appreciated the first lady for her kind gesture, said he was happy to be blessed with the triplets after many years of waiting.

He said that he never believed God can still make him a father in life. He appreciated God for the pleasant gifts, stressing that God’s time is always the best.

See Photos:

Advertisement

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2022 TheHeute.