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Nwuke Advocates Modernisation of Cultural Practices

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Prince Ogbonna Nwuke, has called for medernisation of retrogressive cultural practices to meet developmental trends in society.

Prince Nwuke, who made the call Tuesady, when the Virtuous Ladies of Etche Ethnic Nationality paid him a courtesy call in Port Harcourt, said culture should be dynamic and in line with current realities.

“I share your aspiration to stop some unhealthy traditional practices because culture should be dynamic and women should be buried in their husbands’ places when they pass on, noting that he is in total agreement with the  organisation.

He also lauded the women for embarking on an awareness campaign against breast cancer and female circumcision in the area, stressing that such moves deserve the support of well meaning people.

The commissioner, however regretted that while some people are planning to develop the area, some youths are tarnishing the image of the peace loving people of Etche by engaging  in kidnapping of contractors working to provide them basic amenities. He then charged the women to use their positions as mothers to preach against the ugly trend.

Prince Nwuke equally appealed to the women to persuade their children not to be used as thugs during elections or to carry arms in aid of any politician since only votes would count in the 2011 elections.

He reminded them that years  back, the people of Etche were neglected but today the present government has constructed several roads, built health centres and schools, assuring that never again would Etche people be relegated.

The commissioner said the state Governor is a man who believes that money meant for the people are judiciously used to provide infrastructural facilities to serve the people,  pointing out that  he is happy to be part of a government that recognizes the development of the state as top priority.

Earlier, the President of the Virtuous Ladies  of Etche Nationality, Deaconess Peace Achonwa, thanked Governor Chibuike Amaechi for appointing Prince Ogbonna Nwuke as a member of his cabinet, noting that they are elated to be identified with dedicated leadership of the state.

Deaconess Achonwa said the group  are embarking on an awareness campaign to stop unhealthy traditional practices as well teach women how to guard against breast cancer and solicited for assistance to enable them succeed.

Meanwhile, Etche Faithful Friends led by Prince Macaulay Amadi, equally paid the commissioner a courtesy visit to appreciate and identify with him as a trustworthy person who had assisted to attract development to Etche local government area.

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NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has intercepted and seized no fewer than 100,000 bottles of codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325 kgs at the Onne seaport, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the 100mg illicit cough syrup with codeine packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing made in India imported face masks, was discovered on Thursday, 10th June.
The syrup was found in a warehouse at the Onne port complex during a joint examination by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) State Security Service and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), among others, he added.
He said that the seizure followed intelligence received by the NDLEA, as a result of which the container was detained and moved to the Customs’ government warehouse within the port complex.
The NDLEA spokesman added that no importer or agent had, however, come forward to claim the container, but that efforts were ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, (NDLEA) retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as hailing the synergy between various government agencies at the Onne port.
He charged them not to rest on their oars as they continued working hard daily, to keep Nigeria safe.
In particular, he commended the Commander, officers and men of the Port Command in the Rivers capital, and their Abuja airport Command counterparts, for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.
“The damage 100,000 bottles of codeine could have done to our youths, if they had slipped through the port to our villages, towns and cities, is unimaginable. 146.95 kgs of khat could have done the same damage if allowed to go unto our streets.
“We’ll continue to motivate our officers and men so that they can give their best in the discharge of their responsibilities across the country,” he said
“We will ultimately, with the support of all our stakeholders and partners, win the battle against illicit drug trafficking and abuse”, he said.

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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