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Bar. Chris Green Announces Immediate Refurbishment Of Rivers Hoopers Camp



Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Barr. Chris Green has announced the immediate commencement of the refurbishment of the camp of Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club.

Barr. Green noted that the need for the refurbishment followed his recent visit to the camp of the Basketball club.

He expressed shock at the state of the facilities at the camp noting that it was in a dreadful state of dilapidation.

The Commissioner then expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON, GSSRS, POS Africa) for making it possible for the affected players and officials of Rivers Hoopers to enjoy a new lease of life.

“I was left in a state of shock when I saw how unkempt and dilapidated the Rivers Hoopers camp was,” Barrister Green said to the Rivers State Sports Ministry’s official media outlet.

“The place (camp) wasn’t habitable at all and represented a health hazard. I knew we had to take action immediately.

“Incidentally, the Rivers State Sports Council also have their offices at the same premises as the Hoopers and the situation is obviously the same.

“I have directed that Council is relocated to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium and this will take immediate effect.

“We are going to use the overhead that has been provided by the Gov. Wike to renovate the place for the Rivers Hoopers, as well as the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium for the offices for the staff to relocate.

“We want to thank his Excellency the Governor for providing the overhead to aid us this development.

“As a Ministry, we are committed to ensuring that funds meant for purpose are effectively and efficiently utilized.

“Everyone knows we (Rivers State) have the best Governor in Nigeria who will stop at nothing in ensuring that the welfare of every Rivers Man and Woman is top priority.

“Everyone is very happy and thankful to the Governor. The team have also vowed to give their best,” he concluded.

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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says



By David Maxwell

A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.

He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.

Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.

“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.

“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.

“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.

“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.

“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.

He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”

The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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