The Rivers State Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Esther Anucha was among five distinguished personalities honoured by the Rivers State branch of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria Alumni association at a fund raising ceremony/public lecture held at the Atlantic hall of Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt last Friday.
In a citation read at the occasion, the Alumni association described Mrs. Anucha as the quintessential daughter of the state, a highly disciplined, diligent, skillful administrator and astute manager of human and material resources, who in just two years as the Head of the State Civil Service has made a lot of difference in the system and could be said to be the “Esther” of Rivers State Civil Service.
The citation went further to enumerate some of her landmark achievements as Head •of Service which include the eradication of the ghost workers syndrome through the successful implementation of the e-payment system, the introduction of reforms in the civil service through capacity building programmes, the annual celebration of the civil service week, the introduction of an annual inter-ministerial football competition which has united the state civil service and has also enabled civil servants to keep fit, the transformation of the entire landscape of the State Secretariat Complex, the provision of banking and decent fast food services, replacement of obsolete lifts, and the initiation of the process of unifying salary grading in the State Pubic Service, among several others.
Mrs. Anucha who holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Social Sciences from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Masters Degree in Pubic Administration (MPA) from the University of Liverpool, is also a lovely wife and caring mother, happily married to Eze Dr. Dominic Anucha, a one-time deputy governor of the old Rivers State, and blessed with four children, two of whom have graduated as lawyers.
In her welcome address at the occasion, the Chairperson of the Rivers State branch of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Dr Jessica Ezekiel Hart said the association had for several years pioneered efforts at improving infra structural content of their alma mater and the overall development of university education in Nigeria.
She appealed to invitees, Corporate organizations and other well-meaning individuals to join the Association in bringing succour to universities in the country, stressing that “government does not have the where-with-all to do it alone”.
The event, which was chaired by the Chairman of the Rivers State Economic Advisory Council, Prof. Nimi Briggs also featured a keynote address by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Chibuzor Ogwuoha and a lecture entitled, “Strategies for Solving the Niger Delta Problem” delivered by Prof. Emmanuel Okoro of the University of Ilorin.
Other recipients of the award include the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical province of Niger Delta and Bishop of Niger Delta North, Anglican communion, Most Rev. Ignatius Katey, the Rector of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, Prof. Tokubiye Sokari, the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Bala Hassan, and Executive Director, projects of NDDC, Ach. E. 1. Etteh, all of whom are alumni of ABU, Zaria.
Residents Nab Man Dumping Fresh Corpse In PH
A middle-aged man has been caught dumping the fresh corpse of a male with suspected machete cuts on it.
The suspect identified as Israel Israel, who claimed to be a native of Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, was apprehended, last Friday, while carting away a truck used in dumping a fresh male body on the Cherubim Road Bridge, Mile 3, Diobu axis in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
A local security personnel in the area, Richman Jogwe, said the suspect was apprehended with the truck used in dumping the dead body.
Jogwe said: “This truck was used in dumping a dead body with machete cuts in the face, head, leg and hands. So, in early hours of today, this man came to take the truck, and we got him arrested.”
He further disclosed that the suspect had been handed over to the Nkpolu Divisional Police Headquarters, Mile 3, Diobu, for interrogation.
In his reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni, said he was aware of the incident, but insisted he had no detailed information.
Omoni was quoted as saying: “I am aware that the man who brought the truck has been arrested. When I get the full details, I will let you know.”
Wike, Real Madrid Sign Cooperation Ratification Pact
Real Madrid and the Rivers State Government have signed a cooperation ratification agreement for promotion of sports amongst children and youths at the Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt.
The signing of the ratification of the framework for cooperation agreement between the international football club and the Rivers State Government took place over the weekend at the Auditorium of Real Madrid Sport City, Fuerzas Armadas Avenue, 402, Madrid, Spain.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on behalf of the Rivers State Government; the Executive Vice President of the Real Madrid Foundation, Mr. Enrique Sanchez; and President of Interact Sports, Mr. Jihad Saade; jointly signed the agreement.
Speaking at the event, Wike commended the Real Madrid Foundation and the Interact Sports for the opportunity given to the Rivers State Government to partner with the Real Madrid Football Club in order to encourage Rivers’ youths to develop their talents and skill through sport.
He said the state government was pleased to ratify the agreement with the Real Madrid Foundation, and assured that everything has been done to fully kick-start the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.
Wike, who was accompanied by the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN), explained that the initial intention was to admit only boys as students into the Real Madrid Academy, but following the huge application received from prospective female students, the state government had to reconsider the policy.
“We had to stop to include the girls. We are very ready to kick-start the school, and we believe that this is a very good opportunity for our people. We are honoured to be identified with the Real Madrid; it is a good brand for us.”
Wike reaffirmed his belief that sport was an important factor in social integration and in the promotion of ethical values such as solidarity, participation, team spirit, respect for one’s opponent and non-discrimination.
The Real Madrid Foundation maintained its resolve to continue to promote sports amongst children and youths in the understanding that sports contributes to the comprehensive development of a young person’s personality, offering positive alternatives to situations of risk and fostering healthy habits and ways of life amongst children and youths.
On his part, the President of Interact Sports, Jihad Saade, said that Interact Sports has been an active contributor to the dynamic transformation of Nigeria, moving forward with modernity without forgetting Nigeria’s rich culture and heritage.
All the parties mutually acknowledged that they have the necessary legal capacity and authorisation to execute and subscribe to the protocol.
The Real Madrid Foundation is the instrument by which Real Madrid uses to promote, both in Spain as well as abroad, the values inherent in sports, and the latter’s role as an educational tool capable of contributing to the comprehensive development of the personality of those who practice it.
…Omehia Hails Wike On Feat
Former governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, has said that The Sun Man of the Year 2020 Award conferred on Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, was very fitting and timely.
Omehia also expressed gratitude to The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of Daily Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun and Sporting Sun for recognising the achievements of Wike for the third consecutive time.
In a statement, yesterday, Omehia said that Wike was deserving of the award considering the giant developmental strides he has recorded in Rivers State.
He described Wike as an astute administrator and a distinguished politician who listens to the needs of the people of Rivers State and implements them accordingly.
Omehia said that Wike has during his over six years’ stint as governor of Rivers, performed excellently in the different facets of the lives of the Rivers people.
He maintained that as someone who has had the opportunity of occupying the coveted office, he can bear testimony to the fact that the Nyesom Wike-led administration has done excellently well.
According to Omehia, “his records in infrastructural development, security, urban and rural development, human resources development, including his political prowess, are unrivalled.
“Governor Wike has deployed the resources of the state to the benefit of the people, justifying the mandate massively and duly given to him by the people of Rivers State.”
Omehia also called on the opposition political parties in the state to emulate the leadership qualities of Wike, and join hands with the performing governor to move the state forward.
While noting that in unity, the state stands to gain in all ramifications, Omehia stated that division would do no one any good, irrespective of his status or political affiliation.
He further said he was not regretting his performance during his short stay in Government House, Port Harcourt as governor of the state, saying that he left significant landmarks for residents of the state.
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