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SA Lauds FG For Introducing Civic Education

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The Federal Government has been commended for reintroducing civic education in the educational curriculum. The Special Adviser to Governor Chibuike Amaechi on Primary Education, and a one-time member, Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Sam Sam Etetegwung who was speaking in a keynote address at a one-day capacity building workshop for civic education teachers in Port Harcourt, said civic education was the bedrock of national co-existence.

“Civic education teaches about the values and ethics in both our national life and public service”, he said, adding, “for us to co-exist as a state in spite of the many ethnic groups and dialects in Rivers State, we must learn to  love ourselves and respect each other’s culture and beliefs.”

Etetegwung further sated that it was important to teach children to be united in diversity to equip them in their adult lives.

According to him, “if we are not united, we will destroy the state for the future generation”, stressing  that, “if children grew  with the right values, they will not deviate from it in adulthood”. He, therefore, charged participants to comport themselves and learn all they could, expressing the hope that they would pass their knowledge on to their pupils.

He said the workshop, which was organized by the State National Orientation Agency (NOA) in partnership with the state Ministry of Education was timely and congratulated them for its success. In his welcome address, the Rivers State Director, NOA, Chief Andy Nweye, stated that the workshop  was aimed at exposing civic education teachers to the new concepts introduced into the curriculum and to formally present two new books, painstakingly researched by the National Technical Committee on Civil Education and sponsored by NOA, to the teachers, declaring that this had already been done at the national level. Chief Nweye, stated that the reintroduction of civic education in the school curriculum stems from the need to “re-awaken and strengthen the socio-political and economic values which hitherto had  broken down in our families and society”, in children and to “inculcate basic values that would make them responsible and patriotic citizens of their fatherland”. He stated that, NOA recognises that the “teacher is fundamental in any programme aimed at socializing the child”, expressing regret that, “the directive to hold the workshop came at a time when public schools were not in session due to an industrial action embarked by teachers in the state, promising that  public schools would have their  turn. He restated the commitment of NOA to its “statutory mandate of modalising, sensitising and educating” the Nigerian populace on government programmes and policies. Speaking on the theme of the workshop, civil education as the Foundation for Democratic Governance and National Development”.  Mr Samuel Egbe, noted that civic education was essential for the survival and existence of democratic governance, and prayed that the Nigerian child would form a better attitude towards the Nigerian people, state, laws and government with the help the teachers and appreciate unity in diversity. Mrs. M.O. Solomon who stood in for the state education commissioner, Mrs. Alice Nemi, presented the books to the teachers.

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Rivers NAWOJ Kicks Off 2022 Activities, Visits PH Children’s Home

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In a bid to reach out to the needy in the society, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State chapter, on Monday, paid a charitable visit to the Port Harcourt Children’s Home in Borokiri, Port Harcourt.
The visit which was led by the chairperson of the association, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and secretary, Dr. Ngozi Anosike, is part of her action plans for the year, 2022.
The women branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists expressed concern towards the children, as they appealed to the government, corporate organsiations, religious bodies and well meaning Nigerians for support of the children in any way possible.
NAWOJ, while presenting gift items to the officials of the children’s home, commended them for their effort in feeding and taking care of the children.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the presentation, the NAWOJ chairperson explained that the essence of the visit was to show love, kindness and encouragement to the children.
“We came to identify with the children, as the year has just began we felt it is important we start it with the children by putting smiles on their faces, believing that in their happiness, we too will be happy.
“When you look at the little prayers these children offer, it goes a long way and we support and believe that.
“All through last year, we have been going to other places but we have not been able to identify with them and they are part of our action plan for the year. Since last year we couldn’t make it, that’s why we said we must start this year with the children and that is why we are here today.”
While giving an insight on what she meant by action plan, the NAWOJ boss said, action plan is the program of activities for the year”
She continued, “We are working in partnership with the ministry of social welfare, which is why we feel our coming here is not out of place. We started the work with the social welfare last year but this year we felt we should identify first with the children.”
Serekara-Nwikhana further advised that, other associations visit this home from time to time as children need their attention just to put smiles on their faces.
“Although due to the COVID-19 we could not snap with them, and get more closer to them we would have loved to go inside, play with them, carry them but they said, due to COVID-19 we can’t do all that,” She added.
Some of the items presented to the children’s home by the organisation include; Cartons of Indomie, Pampers, rolls of tissue paper among others.
On her part, the officer in charge of the Port Harcourt Children’s Home, who gave her name as Esther Ogbe, appreciated the leadership and members of NAWOJ for the kind gesture, she prayed that God to bless and uphold them.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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NSCDC Alleges Plot To Burn Its Jetty In Ogbogoro

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The Rivers State command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has alleged plots by some hoodlums to burnt its jetty at Ogbogoro .
State commandant of the command Aliyu Bature said this Tuesday in Port Harcourt while conducting journalists round the jetty.
The state commandant who was represented by the command public relations officer, Mike Oguntuase, said the command has beefed up security round the jetty.
Oguantuase also debunked rumour that the jetty was being used in the storage of illegal oil bunkering products.
He said all the exhibits at the jetty including eight large boats and others were handover to the command by the Nigerian Navy.
According to him, all of the exhibits which also include drums of petroleum products canoes and others handed over by the Nigerian Navy are all intact and well secured.
He said some of those involved in the criminal acts are in prison custody facing trial while some have been jailed.
Oguntuase said there is no iota of truth in the allegation and urged the public to discountenance it.
He said a committee has also been constituted by the command to investigate the activities of the Anti vandal unit.
He urged the public to cooperate with the NSCDC in the state to check illegal oil bunkering.

By: John Bibor

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ONELGA Chairman Advocates Sustainable Framework For Fallen Heroes’ Families

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The chairman of Ogba/Egbemaindoni Local Government Area, Hon Vincent job, has called on governments at all level to institutionalise and operationalise a trust-fund that should cater for the families of fallen soldiers who lost their lives in the cause of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria through various internal and external peace-keeping operations.
Hon job made the call at this year’s armed forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the council’s cenotaph, Omoku and headquarters of the local government.
He decried the burden shouldered widows of deceased soldiers who ordinarily should be caterred for if the country has a working system, the pointed out that their sufferings as a result of the departure of their husbands cannot be over-emphasised.
“The devastating effect of the death of these soldiers, their families. Communities and the country cannot be over-emphasised”
The ONELGA chairman suggested prayers, show of kindness, love and compassion to the deceased soldier’s as ways to celebrate armed forces remembrance day
Hon Job while praying for the repose of the souls of the departed heroes enjoined Nigerians) go beyond r es and show commitment in ‘ash and in kind to sustain the widows and their families
Earlier, the Acting Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Chapter, Captain Lagos Felix Osiagor informed of the sufferings of the Legionnaires, the widows of fallen heroes and their families and appealed for assistance in the following ways; soft loan to veterans’ wives, scholarships to qualified children of the fallen heroes and employment of ONELGA legionnaires to beef up security team of the council, among others.
The programme featured slow and quick match-past by members of Nigeria legion. ONELGA Chapter, laying of wreath by ONELGA chairman, Hon Vincent Job and other military and paramilitary representatives.
Traditional rulers, chiefs, opinions leaders the clergy, men and women were in attendance.
In another development, the Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndonin Local Government Area, Hon Vincent job has urged communities in the area to make peace their watch-words to attract sustainable development.
Hon. Job stated this while addressing delegation from Egita Community in Egi Clan of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area who came to resolve their community development committee CCDC) leadership crisis in the
council.
He said there cannot be any meaningful progress if the communities are not in peace and assured the people of his administration ‘s resolve to bring infrastructural development to areas where peace a d justice reign.
According to him since respect is reciprocal, it behooves elders to respect popular opinions where majority of the people are going towards a particular direction.
Earlier paramount ruler, Egita Community, HRH, Godspower Jokiel, has presented the community’s matter, which involved nomination of the Chairman And Secretary Community Development Committee CCDC) for which several opinions, arguments and agitations were tabled on the floor of the chambers.
He prayed the chairman to use his good office to ensure that any family that has its turn to produce any executive position be allowed to produce same.
The paramount ruler sued for peace among various families and sub-families that make up the community and assured of his support at all times.
Eldest man of Egita Community Elder Roman Ugboji said he will be most grateful if everyone should allow peace to reign, as the ancestors and founding fathers of Egita Community did that on a threshold of peace and tranquility.
Present at the meeting were representatives Of Umuoso Family, Umuoteni Family, Umu-Ojenike Family, and local government council executive.

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