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ONOLGA Boss Tasks NDDC On Power Project

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A clarion call has been made by the chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Hon Maclean Uranta, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to complete the power project it started in the community.
Hon. Uranta made the plea in Opobo Town during the NDDC, AM Community Health exercise, saying the project had long stalled development in the area.
The Opobo/Nkoro LGA boss lamented that since the contract was awarded to connect the community to the national grid, the commission had failed to ensure quick completion.
He said, is completed he remarked that the huge fund expanded the Opobo people suppose to enjoy more of the commission’s projects because of the resources they contribute to the national quota.”
If the electricity project on buying and maintaining generating plants would be used for other development projects.
Hon. Uranta wondered why NDDC would abandon the project half way even when the Aluminium Smelter Company, Ikot Abasi had agreed to provide power to the Opobo people through their gas turbine.
Commending the commission for introducing the AM Health Project, the Opobo/Nkoro council boss said the exercise would help stem different kinds of ailment suffered by the people of the area.
He prayed God to reward the initiators of the project saying if such gestures are continued then the people of the Niger Delta would enjoy the benefits of their resources.
In his remarks, representative of the NDDC’s Director, Health and Educational, Social Services, Mr Godwin Jaja said the exercise is to reduce the gap in health care delivery within the region.
So far, he stated that not less than one million people have benefited from the exercise, adding that more communities would benefit as the team moves to remote areas of the region.
Similarly, coordinator of AM project, Dr. Kelvin Obasagie disclosed that within the days of the exercise they have been able to attend to 2,309 patients.
He called on the people of the area to cooperate by fully participating, assuring that the exercise is free of charge.

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Persons With Disabilities Call For Rehabilitation Centres

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People living with Disabilities in the Niger Delta have called on both the federal and state governments in the region to set up rehabilitation centres that will cater for their needs.
The Public Relations Officer, people living with disabilities, Niger Delta Development Commission, Comrade Collins Akpanab, who said this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt decried their continuous neglect in the society. Comrade Akpanah, who is also the Rivers State chairman of the National Association of the Blind, said the creation of special centres will help most persons with disabilities to acquire the necessary skills that will help them to contribute positively to the development of the society.
According to him, the proposal, implemented will end the culture of begging among them, adding that non of their members who acquired the necessary skills will go back to the streets to beg for alms.
Akpanah also called on state governments in the region to appoint persons with disabilities into positions of trust in their various states.
He specifically stressed the need for them to be appointed as commissioners and special advisers in their respective states.
Akpanah also assured that his members will continue to remain peaceful and law abidding.
He also used the occasion to debunk rumours of crisis in the association in Rivers State.

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PH Residents Task Ministers On Speedy Policy Implementation

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Some residents of Port Harcourt yesterday urged the in/coming ministers of the Federal Executive Council to ensure speedy implementation of policies to positively affect Nigerians.
Mr Roosevelt Jack, a Public Affairs analyst, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that Nigerians were eager to see improvement in their lives.
Jack urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the in-coming ministers to consolidate on the newly established cordial relationship with the National Assembly to fast track development.
“I expect the Executive to consolidate on the cordial relationship it presently has with the National Assembly for the overall benefit of Nigerians.
“This is time to speed up the implementation of policies and programmes to put the country on the right part of development,” he said.
Mr Nicholas Ikiriko, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that there was need for the federal government to improve healthcare.
Ikiriko advocated for mechanised agriculture to create avenues of making food very cheap for the poor.
“We want to see a health delivery system in which free primary healthcare will be taken to the poor and establishment of medical centres of excellence in the geo-political zones.
“This is important because only healthy people can live and sustain a viable economy,” he said.
Mr Christopher Fibresima, a businessman said security of lives and properties and reform in the judiciary sector for the betterment of all should be taken seriously.
Fibresima said the diversification of the economy should target job creation and youth empowerment.
A trader, Mrs Ngozi Weli urged the government to take power generation and rural electrification seriously to encourage small and medium scale business.
Weli also advised the federal government to pay attention to education to wipe out illiteracy in the country.

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Cleric Urges FG To Address Insecurity

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Renowned Cleric and Minister in-charge of Assemblies of God, Nigeria, Nvwigwe- Woji, in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Rev. Goddy Stewart, has urged the federal government to address Nigeria’s security challenges, infrastructure deficit and policy inconsistencies.
Speaking with The Tide, yesterday in an interview in Port Harcourt, Stewart said those were the root causes of unemployment in the country, and demanded an urgent step to curb the situation for peace, unity and stability to thrive uninterrupted.
He stated that to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty was possible, but that leaders across the nation should adopt the right policies and focus more on people- oriented development programmes than on the political class, while also shuning partisan politics in the mainstream of governance.
According to him, If you actually want to lift people out of poverty, do not give them money. Rather, empower them with jobs. The only way to create jobs is to be productive and you cannot be productive without power supply and good roads’’.
Rev. Stewart said the government in the country should adopt a structure that would allow each constituency unit to adopt its peculiarities without compromising national interest. He urged the government to invest more in building the education and knowledge capacity of citizens and demonetise politics towards attracting credible people with national interests into governance space.

 

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