The National President, University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, Mr. Samuel Iyoyo, has described the appointment of Mr Charles Okaye as Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs by the Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a commendable gesture to both the association and his alma mater.
Mr. Iyoyo who described the appointee, an alumnus of UNIPORT as a focused individual advised him to justify the confidence reposed in him by the appointment, noting that Rt. Hon. Amaechi’s administration is on the fast lane for the development of Rivers State, requiring functional assistants to actualise his vision.
He expressed gratitude to the State Chief Executive for the facelift given to the University during the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt, declaring “we are proud of you for the fulfillment of our University motto: “For Enlightenment and Self Reliance, do not look back in restoring the lost glory of Rivers State our worthy ambassador”, and assured him of the support of the Alumni.
In the same vein, the association also expressed gratitude to the president, Federal Republic of Nigeria, an Alumnus of the university, President Goodluck Jonathan for his support and recognition of the association, urging him to give appointments to members of the association at the Federal level because charity begins at home.
Meanwhile, Mr Iyoyo has described as a silent revolution, the developmental steps taken by Governor Timipre Sylva to transform Bayelsa.
Speaking at a special reunion dinner hosted by the Bayelsa State Chief Executive for the Alumni Association in Yenagoa recently, the National President said from what he saw after a conducted tour of on-going projects in the state, Bayelsans have cause to glorify God for a visionary and committed leader like Chief Sylva.
He thanked him for accepting to host the convention of the Association in Yenagoa and pledged the body’s preparedness to support him in his efforts to make Bayelsa a destination of choice.
In his speech, Governor Sylva recalled his days at the institution and described it as a centre for the training of good leaders noting that so far a president, Governors, Legislators, Film Stars and men of reckoning in the society have been produced.
Highlights of the occasion was the decoration of the governor as Grand Patron of the Bayelsa State chapter of UNIPORT Alumni Association, the induction of Her Excellency, Mrs Alayingia Sylva as an honourary member and presentation of a souvenir to the National President, Mr. Samuel Iyoyo.
LG Boss Lauds Security Agencies For Curbing Criminality
The Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Barr. Vincent Nemieboka on Wednesday, commended heads of security agencies in the area for curbing the wave of crime and criminality in the area.
Nemieboka made the commendation during a joint meeting of Security agencies and Community Development Committees (CDC) in his office.
The Tide reports that the main agenda of the meeting was curbing crime and criminality in the LGA especially vandalisation of electrical installations.
He commended the security heads for residing within Ogu/Bolo LGA and noted that the gesture was a morale booster for men of the agencies.
He urged communities to live up to their responsibility in making sure criminal elements were arrested, adding that the people know the terrain more than some of the security agents.
The Tide also reports that those in attendance were given opportunity to make inputs and proffer solutions to the security challenges especially the vandalisation of electrical installations and theft.
Stakeholders identified patronage of scavengers who move in the communities unchecked, buying scrap materials as a cause of theft and vandalism.
The waterways, they said, should be secured and provided with speedboats to aid security agents carry out their duties effectively.
The chairman promised to look into the suggestions made.
By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel
NAWOJ Tasks Govt On Chemotherapy Centres
Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State, has appealed to government at all levels, politicians and philanthropists to provide free Chemotherapy Centres in the State.
This was contained in a statement by NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs. Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and Secretary, Dr. Ngozi Anosike.
The association made the appeal during the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign organised in partnership with Engraced Life Foundation in Port Harcourt.
It further appealed that cancer treatments be made free so that everyone suffering from cancer can have access to free test and treatment, pointing out that such gesture will go a long way in reducing preventable deaths caused by cancer.
Maintaining that early detection saves lives, NAWOJ enumerated the importance of self breast examination so as to be able to detect lumps in the breast that might likely cause cancer and advised women to see their doctors once a lump is detected on any part of the breast.
The association observed with dismay that most of the women screened for free during the breast cancer awareness campaign in the State are suffering from breast cancer, but lack access to treatment due to poverty.
It expressed belief that establishment of free chemotherapy and cancer treatment centres in different locations in the state would reduce to the barest minimum the number of women who die of the deadly disease.
The statement noted that one out of every eight women and one out of every 100 men die of cancer annually and appealed for timely intervention by government and all multi-national organisations.
Expert Advocates Defensive Training For Drivers, Motorists
An international economist in Rivers State and Chairman of BFI Group, Alabo Reuben Jaja, has stressed the need for drivers and motorists to undergo training on defenseless driving in a reputable government approved and accredited training school to enhance safety and curb road accident, especially in this ember months.
Speaking with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, Jaja said such training would enable the trainees have full knowledge of road signs. “Learn to drive defensively and not offensively, know vehicle handling and care, as well as good knowledge of what professional driving is all about”, he said.
He explained that companies should as a matter of priority ensure that all their drivers be it convoy, trucks, heavy duty and industrial lift machines among others are trained by the accredited driving school, and called on the federal and state governments to introduce road safety education into the school curriculum from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to catch them young as obtained in other developed countries.
According to him, introduction of drivers’ education in schools would help to reduce illegality on the road and afford them the theoretical aspect before they enroll in a government accredited driving school for practicals, after their educational career from 18 years and above, adding that it would also help to curb accident rate on the road, and called for frequent public enlightenment by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other relevant authorities to save lives.
He, however, condemned the manner in which some convoy or company drivers flout traffic laws by driving one way with siren blasts and appealed to the relevant authorities to also take appropriate action against offenders to serve as deterrent to others.
Jaja admonished motorists to always be on alert mentally and physically, and stressed the need for those with bad sight to go for proper eye test, avoid driving in the rain or at night, not drive and make calls, not drink and drive, not carry overload or over-speed, ensure vehicles are in sound condition and obey road signs as the lives of others are in the hands of the drivers.
He used the opportunity to commend the Rivers State Government for good road networks and hoped that all the Opobo/Nkoro internal roads will be re-constructed in this dispensation of Governor Nyesom Wike, and called on Vehicle Inspecting Officers (VIOs), among other law enforcement agencies to carry out their constitutional duties professionally.
By: Bethel Toby
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