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.
Rivers Begins Fruit Garden Market Allocation, Today
The Rivers State Government will today kick-off the process for the allocation of shops at the newly completed and commissioned ultra-modern Fruit Garden Market in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
This indication was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Committee on Allocation of New Ogbum-na-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Dr Bariere Thomas in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to the statement, “The committee on allocation of stalls/stores at the new Ogbum-Abali Fruit Garden Market has rolled out its time table as follows: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am prompt is for the distribution of forms to original 205 traders of the market. They are to come to the meeting with their proper identification”.
It also added that the distribution of forms to the other fruit/vegetable sellers who were not part of the original 203 to collect expression of interest forms would begin, tomorrow.
The statement further explained that on “Monday, March 2, 2020 is for the return of completed application forms by all applicants preceding the balloting exercise the same day”.
The committee emphasised that it would continue with the process on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, with the allocation and collection of certificates by the established original 205 and those who were successful in the balloting.
It, therefore, advised all affected persons to comply with the scheduled timeline for the allocation of the stalls to enable government complete the process without hitches in orer to achieve set goals.
Association Tasks Old Boys On Alma Mater
The Okrika Grammar School Old Boys Association (OGSOBA), has called on members of the association to work towards the development of the school.
Speaking at a dinner night organised by the association at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, recently, as part of events marking the 80th anniversary celebration of the body, the National President of OGSOBA, Sam Nwakohu, appealed to members to take matters concerning the school seriously.
He stated that the school has assisted many of the old boys to be what they are in the society, in terms of discipline and otherwise.
“I implore all of us to take matters pertaining to the development of the school as seriously as we take our personal progress.
In this age, our students need to be educated in an improved environment and with better facilities for learning in terms of academics and extra curricula activities “ Nwakohu said.
The National President noted with dismay that the association could not finish a building project for over 15 years.
“We should try and improve infrastructure of the school. It is not pleasant to note that we could not complete one building for over 15years. While most of us have houses in UK, US and some living in mansions”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Engr. Daso Derefaka, appealed to members to consider the school’s progress.
While noting that the school was currently in need of major repairs, especially auditorium, he thanked members that attended the anniversary and reunion celebration.
By: Tonye Orabere
Oversight Functions Take Centre Stage
Oversight functions dominated activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly in the week under review though there had been other programmes by the various legislators.
Last Monday, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie unveiled some projects he personally built to appreciate his constituents at Idoke and Edoha in Upata kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area.
The projects includes classrooms at Idoke and lock up shops at Edoha. He noted that they were not constituency projects but his own personal donation to the people.
Calling on the people to utilise the projects, Chairman of the Council, Barrister Benjamin Eke commended the lawmaker for his love for the people.
Tuesday last week, member representing Asari Toru ll in the House and Committee Chairman on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi George Alabo met with members of the Assembly correspondents corps.
The lawmaker said the Assembly planned to reorganise its information management policy towards improving public enlightenment and to consolidate some of the achievements of the House.
He sought for synergy between the Assembly and the press corps as a way to further inform the citizenry on what the legislature was doing.
Henceforth, he hinted that a central information structure would be set up for a unified dissemination system.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Assembly Press Corps, Ijeoma Tubosia congratulated and at the same time commiserated with Enemi George on his victory at the polls and death of his father respectively.
She said the meeting was part of steps to intimate the House authorities of a new press corp management executive.
Tubosia sought for the incorporation of the press corps in activities of the House and to ensure that the public is fully updated of its programmes.
Last Thursday, House Chairman on Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Matthew Dike and that of Employment and Local Content, Hon. Dumle Maol met with Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in South East Senatorial District.
Dike and Maol urged the CLOs to ensure they champion the interest of their communities and that of the companies to foster peace and conducive operations for development of the state.
They stressed the need to implement Memorandum of Understanding and Local Content policy for fairness and equity for host communities of these companies.
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