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Literacy: Rivers Tops In NDHS Survey

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (right), receiving an address from Gbeneneme Gokana Kingdom, King Bagia Barnabas, on behalf of Gokana Council of Chiefs, during a courtesy visit at Gokana Local Government, recently.

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (right), receiving an address from Gbeneneme Gokana Kingdom, King Bagia Barnabas, on behalf of Gokana Council of Chiefs, during a courtesy visit at Gokana Local Government, recently.

Rivers State has the highest number of literate women in the whole of the Niger Delta, according to the 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey.

The NDHS report was unveiled last week in Port Harcourt by the Federal Commissioner representing the state in the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Moses Ofori.

A breakdown of the report shows that 84 per cent of Rivers women between the ages of 15-49 are literate, Delta 77 per cent, Edo 76 per cent, Bayelsa 72 per cent and Cross Rivers 70 per cent.

On the male side, the state was slightly beaten by Bayelsa which topped with 96 per cent of male literacy followed by Rivers State with 95 per cent.

Delta has 89 per cent, Edo 88 per cent, Akwa-Ibom 85 per cent and Cross River with 79 per cent, while the whole of the South-South had 89 per cent.

Chief Ofori disclosed that the NDHS Survey was conducted between June 2007 and October 2008 and is the fourth national demographic and health survey conducted in the country.

The Rivers State NPC Federal Commissioners explained that the survey would serve as an instrumental for national planning and policy formulation, nothing that the exercise is one of the core mandate of the commission.

The survey report which has already been endorsed by President Yar’Adua according to Chief Ofori was released following call by the stakeholders.

The main objective he maintained is to collect data on health issues, especially sexual practices, nutritional activities, children and women mortality trend, use of drugs and malaria with the aim of addressing them.

Chief Ofori therefore commended United States Action for Aids and ICF Macro for providing technical assistance in the design and implementation and analysis of the survey.

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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator Congratulates Hon (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike On Her Birthday

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As the wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike celebrates her birthday anniversary on Sunday, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with the First Lady, describing her as a rare gift to the State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Bro. Obuah in a congratulatory message also described Hon. (Mrs) Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as a simple, loving, caring and trustworthy mother who has remained a pillar of strength to her husband in the task of administering the State.
He lauded the Governor’s wife for her steadfastness and being a role model for women, noting that her wonderful virtues are worthy of emulation.
While stressing that behind a successful man, there is a good wife, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator added that the blessed companionship of the First Lady and her husband has contributed in no small measure in navigating the ship of Rivers State into a glorious era.
His words: “As you mark your birthday today, I bring you best wishes and good tidings from my beloved wife and family, as well as workers of the Rivers Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, who are appreciative of all that you are doing to advance the cause and dignity of Rivers people”.
Bro. Obuah prayed that the birthday would bring to the Governor’s wife, an extra share of everything that would make her the happiest in life.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further prayed God to grant the Rivers First Lady long and prosperous life for the overall benefit of the State and to the glory of God.
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