The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) have raised alarm over the deplorable conditions in the Rivers State owned public corporations.
Making public the view of the union at its 3rd quadrennial state delegates conference held in Port Harcourt, Secretary General of the labour body, Comrade James Kobah decried that if swift action is not taken those corporations would go moribund.
According to the AUPCTRE report, about five government owned public agencies are seriously crippled by long years of neglect and under funding. Only the Rivers State Transport Company was given a clean bill of health even though it was still constrained by politicisation of its activities, poor manpower and equipment.
Those seriously needing fresh revitalisation according to the AUPCTRE report included, the Nigerian Tide, the State Sports Council, the Rivers State Water Board, Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority and the Sports Institute, Isaka.
Comrade who identified serious defections in which the agencies were currently operating specifically observed that the, Nigerian Tide, “would soon be a source of shame to this state if a resuscitating plan is not considered now.”
The AUPCTRE scribe blamed the decay in the Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority (RSHPDA) on the inability of previous governments to empower the agency in carrying out its mandate of implementing the housing policies of the state.
He called on the Rivers State Government to transfer all abandoned and uncompleted public buildings to the agency to manage.
The labour union frowned at the poor condition of the Sports Institute at Isaka saying, “the conference in – session is inviting His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, to personally visit the sports institute at Isaka and see things for himself.
The same view was expressed by the body on the State Water Board, which it says currently operates skeletally with 271 staff. “The 271 workers may not even be enough to cover Port Harcourt city alone,” adding the absence of water board in government activities means the absence of water in the state.”
It frowned at the neglect of the sports council saying “sports council has less than 300 workers both coaches, athletes and other professional staff. There are no facilities whatsoever to enable them perform their duties. The situation is as bad as this.”
On the way to reverse the trend the labour union recommended that government need to give these agencies adequate attention, stressing that the injection of funds of which the Health and Education sectors are enjoying currently should also be spread to the parastatals.
Reacting to the report, Head of Service Mrs Esther Anucha blamed the situation to poor attitude to work, indolence and lack of creativity in government owned agencies.
Unless this was reversed, she maintained that it would be difficult to revive the parastatals, but however assured that the Amaechi led administration is poised to improve the lots of civil servants in the state.
IAUOE More Developed In Four Years Than Ever -VC
Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, says the development witnessed during the last four years in the institution has surpassed others before it, since the university was founded in 2009.
Ndimele, who stated this at the weekend during the 12th matriculation ceremony of the school, noted that development was in terms of infrastructure, equipment and admissions.
“We have progressively increased the carrying capacity of the university. We are aggressively expanding on infrastructure to cater for the large influx of students.
“For instance, since my tenure as VC, we have built 72 classrooms/lecture spaces”, he said.
The 72 classrooms and lecture spaces, he continued, include 19 at the new education building, 10 at the new Post Graduate Classrooms, 6 at the new Undergraduate Lecture Halls, and 6 at the Auditorium Extension.
It also includes 2 large Halls at the ICTC, the Seaside Theatre for practicals, 4 large classrooms at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, one Language Laboratory at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, and 9 large Halls at the International Students’ Complex.
Others are 2 classrooms at the International Students’ Complex, an internet hall at the IDL Centre, as well as 6 large Halls and 4 studios at the Faculty of Bussiness Studies Complex.
“We can proudly say that we have built more Classrooms/lecture spaces in the past four years than the school had witnessed from inception”, he said.
In addition to these, the VC noted that virtually all equipment such as wooden benches, broken chairs, etc had been replaced with modern and state-of-the-art furniture.
Ndimele further stated that the university had currently built three new hostels, “which are the best on campus”: The Salvation Hostel, The Graduate Hostel, and The New Haven Hostel A.
The New Haven Layout of the Main campus, he said, was fully funded in 2019 and hosts such structures as the Postgraduate Hostel comprising 160 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, a 100-room capacity Salvation Female Hostel, donated by Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the New Haven Hostel A comprising 264 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, and ten units of Senior Staff toilets.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
Expert Discovers Cure For Diabetic Ulcer
In a bid to fight diabetic ulcer, Rev Cornelius Ngochindo, has made a novel breakthrough and got approval from National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for a drug that cures diabetic ulcer.
Speaking at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, Prof Ngochindo said the discovery of cure for diabetic ulcer which had defiled all treatments world wide is a measure to end the amputation of diabetic patients.
He described the Ngobebe herbal cream as his own contribution to the betterment of humanity and called on the government to partner with him for the benefit of diabetic patients.
According to him, his is also another source of revenue for the government as people all over the world need the cream.
Explaining further, he said in diabetic patients, there are sludges in the blood vessels which impede the free flow of blood along the affected parts of the body, noting that if it is ever pricked by nail or the region suffers any injuries with time, no blood flows into that region. The lack of flow of blood into the affected parts because of the blockade of the blood vessels, he said, causes diabetic ulcer.
He likened Ngobebe herbal cream to the work of a plumber by gently and slowly dissolving and removing the precipitations, thus a free way of flow of blood and nutrients is secured and brings about the cure.
He informed that if the sugar level inside the body system was very high, it would be difficult to heal the ulcer.
By: Miracle Peters
Groups Sue For Peace, Sustainable Development In Ogoniland
Stakeholders at the Emergency Summit on Leadership and Security in Ogoniland, organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of United MOSOP Forum, at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Bori, Ogoni Diocese, have urged Ogonis to work in unity to promote peace and sustainable development in Ogoniland.
The stakeholders in a unanimous decision at the end of the summit said the objectives of the Ogoni struggle as embedded in the Ogoni Bill of Rights, can only be achieved when Ogonis operate in one accord and resist external infiltrations that undermines the collective interest of the people.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the event, Chief Kpoobari Badom, commended the organisers of the summit and urged Ogonis to close ranks and work out their political and economic liberation and take their rightful position among the comity of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
In the lead paper presentation, Rear Admiral Ncholas Bakpo (Retired) stated that the time was ripe for Ogonis to address the leadership crisis in Ogoni, noting that the dearth of focused leadership was the bane of Ogoni development
In his welcome address , Chairman, United MOSOP Forum , Augustine Dinebari Kpuinen, said the Summit was a platform to enable Ogonis discuss their common problems of insecurity, leadership and underdevelopment .
He emphasised the need for an Ogoni State and for Ogoni resources to be used to develop Ogoniland, pointing out that Ogonis will no longer sit back and play the second fiddle in the affairs of the Nigerian state.
Also speaking a foremost Ogoni patriot, and one of the organsers of the summit, Dr Leesi Gborogosi, thanked the stakeholders for their concern for the development of Ogoni.
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