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Violence Against Women Worries Stakeholders

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Worried over the spate of violence against the women folk, in Rivers State, stakeholders at a media advocacy forum have proffered ways to check the malaise, saying such acts should be legally treated.

 The stakeholders which consist of media practitioners, civil servants and women groups made public their views at a breakfast meeting organised by the Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs last Friday in Port Harcourt.

State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Barrister Manuela George-Izunna stressed the need for attitudinal change by the menfolk towards their wives.

According to her, any kind of dehumanising act that humiliate or violates the rights of  women is violent including domestic violence.

In her words: “It is time for us to say no and make sure something happens”.

She stated that since women were subjected to all kinds of societal oppression, it was high time to check and amend all traditional practices that make women second class citizens.

The same view was held by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Pat Ogbonnaya who underscored the importance of the press in fighting the war against violence on women.

Dr Ogbonnaya noted a lot of women had died after they were violently molested by their spouses, saying when such lifestyles are copied by the younger generation it becomes a societal problem.

She, therefore, solicited for the partnership of the mass media in providing awareness and other campaigns against the menace.

In her submissions, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and General Manager of Rivers state Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC), Ms. Medline Tador stated that over 50 percent of women suffer violence, even in silence.

Ms. Tador, however, observed that in the last few years, the situation was fast changing, insisting that one way to check it was to break the silence by reporting such cases.

The General Manager of RSBC stressed the need for the ministry to establish hotlines for the public to report any case of violence against women, expressing the hope that by the time such measures were taken, the problem would be checked.

Also, Rivers state chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Beatrice Paago submitted that the exercise should not be viewed as a campaign against the men folk, but rather as an action against deplorable societal culture.

The NAWOJ boss solicited for the support of media houses in the area of providing campaigns and enlightenment programmes to educate the public.

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RIWAMA Begins Sensitisation On Waste Management

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The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), has commenced an enlightenment programme to educate members of the public on waste management methods and the hazards associated with dumping of wastes at unauthorized places and outside government approved hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.
The Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro. Felix Obuah who flagged off the exercise in Port Harcourt said the public enlightenment programme was necessitated by what he described as the untoward attitude of some residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs, who still engage in indiscriminate dumping of wastes, and outside government approved hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.
Obuah regretted that the Agency had consistently, on many occasions and at different fora, warned residents against the indiscriminate dumping of wastes, assuring that RIWAMA would not relent in the vigorous enlightenment to ensure residents imbibe the habit of hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
The public enlightenment campaign which has kicked off saw the Enlightenment Team led by Environmental Sanitation Officers visit Miles 1, 2 and 3 Diobu in Port Harcourt.
The Enlightenment Team will on daily basis visit other areas in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs.
While also reminding residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs that the ban on indiscriminate dumping of wastes on Market Sanitation Days and the dumping of wastes outside the dumping hours of 6pm-12 midnight remains in force, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator appealed to them to comply with the ban as the Agency would arrest and prosecute offenders.

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Fake PHED Staff Nabbed In PH

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A middle-aged man that has been parading himself as a staff of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHED) was recently apprehended at the Aba Road axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Tide investigation revealed that the suspect, whose name was given as Brian Claude Anucha, while masquerading as a PHED staff, had approached a customer, Emmanuel Nte, and offered to assist him to activate his account and subsequently pay his bills. 
The customer was said to have given him the sum of N220,000.00 (Two hundred and twenty thousand naira) for the purpose, but the said Anucha went at large after collecting the money.
The Tide gathered that the affected PHED customer reported the incident to a staff of the company during a routine customer check and on getting the tip,  the company alerted  security personnel to monitor the area so as to apprehend the fraudster.
The effort eventually yielded result after a couple of days as  Anucha was apprehended.
Reacting to the ugly incident, Mr. Nte thanked PHED for their prompt response and commitment to resolving the issue which led to the arrest of the fraudster. Meanwhile, Mr. Anucha has been handed over to the police. He will be charged to court for the law to take its full course.
 A press statement signed by the Acting Manager Corporate Communication of PHED,  Chioma Aninwe, and made available to the Tide, reiterated the earlier warnings of the company to the public against making cash payments to individuals to guard against such ugly incidents. 
The statement pointed out that the Management of PHED was completely dissociated with any transaction outside PHED offices, designated banks,and accredited agents, were customers are expected to get due receipts at the points of payments.
The PHED management cautionef the public against any cash dealing with anybody on behalf of the organisation.

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Nigeria’ll Not Break Up -Cleric

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The National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has said that in spite of the security challenges currently facing Nigeria, the country would not break up, as it is going to wax stronger and remain one united and a indivisible nation.
Oke, who made the remarks while speaking with newsmen at the end of a two-day conference tagged, ‘Supernatural Encounter’ organised by the Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State Chapter in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said through the divine intervention of God, the country would overcome the festering challenges and also not witness another Civil War.
He said the challenges of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, Fulani herdsmen’s threat and other atrocities would soon fizzle out and the country would wax stronger, and urged Nigeirans to remain calm and seek God’s face with prayers.
“ I want everybody in Nigeria to keep calm. Don’t be afraid. These are unusual times. Things are happening like they were not happening before. There is so much tension in the land. Let’s relax. God is in control. And let’s pray and turn to God in true repentance. Nigeria will not scatter. God will bring healing to the land and Nigeria will wax stronger, “ he said.
Oke, who is also the Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, said the conference whose focal point was to bring revival to the body of Christ and for the church to go back to the Apostolic foundation, had ushered in blessings and peace in Rivers State and Nigeria.
Against this backdrop, the PFN President pronounced blessings on Governor Nyesom Wike, his family, the Cabinet and the state government, saying, Rivers State would enjoy sustainable peace.
Oke, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Divine Encounter’ at the event, listed the five triggers and necessary steps the church must follow for it be truly revived.
According to him, they included salvation; prayer and fasting; giving (offering); mission; and sacrifice.
On his part, the President of Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State, Bishop Joseph Ehbohiemen said with the huge success recorded by the conference, “Expect more fire in the altar. Expect more revival in Rivers State. Things we have heard now, we will apply them. We have been revived. The body of Christ, we are growing.”
Ebhohiemen, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Power of Vision’, thanked the PFN President for gracing the occasion.
Also speaking, the National Vice President of PFN, South-South, Apostle David Zilly-Aggrey said Rivers State is privileged to host the PFN President, describing his visit to the state as a new dawn. According to him, PFN has over 60 million members in Nigeria. “It is a great thing to come to Rivers State and bless the land,” he said.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the conference and Presiding Bishop of Kingdom Life Gospel Ministries International Incorporated, Bishop Victor Uzosike said there has never been anything like the conference, describing it as amazing, and thanked God for its success.
On his part, the Financial Secretary of TBF, Bishop Ayo Odunayo said the conference lived up to expectation and has ushered the beginning of revival and restoration of the church.
The Secretary of TBF, Bishop Chris Olisah, spoke on the same breath , describing the conference as a real divine encounter in which lives were transformed.
The conference also had in attendance the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rivers State, Apostle (Dr) Stanley Dimkpa, former Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Religious Matters, Bishop Winston T. Iwo, President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Bishop Dagogo Jack, General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission, Apostle Eugene Ogu and Apostle David Adedeji, among other men of God.

By: Donatus Ebi

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