Barring any changes in policy, the Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC) and the Rivers State Television (RSTV) may this year be relocated to the new Media Village being developed by the state government.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari said at the premises of the RSTV at Elelenwo during the breaking of one week fasting and prayer session organised by the Ministry and its parastatals.
The commissioner also said that necessary equipment needed for the efficient functioning of the various media houses under the ministry would soon be procured.
Mrs. Semenitari, said that in line with the theme of the fasting and prayer session which is, “Behold I will do a new thing” taken from Isaiah 43:19, the year 2012 would open a new chapter in the affairs of the ministry and its parastatals. She however, noted that any member of staff who cannot meet up with the new expectation would be shown the way out.
She particularly warned that the ministry would no longer tolerate any form of gossiping and blackmailing, adding that staff of the ministry and the parastatals must be ready to obey their supervisors, irrespective of their age and qualification.
“We must work as one body, we must support our leadership.
I don’t want any division, I don’t care what you think about whoever God has placed over you, that is not important.
“You owe that person five hundred percent loyalty,” she said.
The commissioner described that event as a product of divine intervention, expressing the confidence that with its successful conclusion, a new lease of life would be experienced in the ministry and the parastatals.
Earlier, in a brief exhortation, the Director, Government Printing Press, Mr. Augustine Nwikinaka said that going by the theme of the one week event, it was evident that God had properly directed the ministry this year towards greatness.
Mr. Nwikinaka who quoted several chapters of the Bible to buttress his points, however harped on the need for constant prayers to achieve desired results.
The event which featured special prayers for the ministry, the state, the governor and the commissioner was attended by the new Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Jikotude Adamu, general managers of the state owned media houses, directors and other staff.
In a related development, a cleric has urged components of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission to emulate the Ministry of Information by rededicating and thanking God annually.
The Vicar of St Nicholas Anglican Church, Woji District, Venerable Alex Usifoh gave the charge last Sunday at the church’s auditorium during the thanksgiving service organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
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NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port
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.
21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology
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
Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG
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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