The Controller of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Port Harcourt branch, Mr Ken Effa, has charged practising journalists in the country to always uphold the ethics of the profession as they discharge their social responsibility to the society.
He made the call Wednesday in Port Harcourt when EMOLGA Journalist Association World-wide, confered on him Excellent Achievers Award for his distinct passion in repositioning the Central Bank of Nigeria, Port Harcourt branch.
The controller said in the present stage of the nation’s development, much was being expected from the press especially in the economic reform embarked upon by the present administration.
It is important that you inform the masses who form part of your readership so that they properly understand the direction we are going and it is only when your report is accurate and unbiased that the actions of the people will be well guided” he said.
He also advised members of the association to carry out campaigns against youth involvement in anti-social activities to all nooks and crannies of Nigerian society stressing that when youths who are the hopeful leaders of the nation’s future shun activities inimical to the corporate existence of the various ethnic groups and are properly engaged in useful ventures that the future could be secured.
Earlier in his speech, chairman of the group, Kennedy Wedeh said the Port Harcourt branch of the apex bank had experienced a serious turn around under the administration of Mr. Effa in terms of improved service delivery and physical structure, noting that indigenes of the state would never forget his efforts.
Mr Wedeh emphasised that the honour was the association’s humble way of appreciating the commitment of the controller and urged other public office holders in the state to emulate the CBN controller.
“As a public officer serving in Rivers State, the best way you can be remembered by the people of the state is by living enduring legacies that would speak for you when eventually you are no longer there,” said Wedeh.
The association he said was an agent of positive change interested in promoting good governance and strengthening democracy, eradicating communal sentiment, encouraging youth education and protect the cultural heritage of our people, amongst others.
He said since inception of the body, it had monitored developmental activities in Emohua communities, embarked on inspection of educational and health facilities, and embarked on campaign against HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, female circumcision, and youth restiveness through town hall meetings.
He also stated that the body intends to organise quiz competitions among the various primary and secondary schools in the state where awards would be given to the best three performing schools in the state.
In his reaction to the honour done him, Mr Effa said, “I appreciate with humility and thank you for the award,” and assured the group of his renewed determination to uphold the distinct passion seen in me.”
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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