The Legal Aid Council in Rivers State says it has disposed off 216 out of 368 cases received or granted between January and May, 2012.
A break-down of the figure shows that 152 cases are pending while 216 were completed during the period.
Disclosing this while briefing journalits in her office at the Court Complex in Port Harcourt, the Senior Legal Aid Officer, Ms Anita Nwaeze, who spoke on behalf of the co-ordinator, Mrs Francis Blaylane, stated that the 368 cases included criminal and civil cases.
Enumerating other achievements of the body, Ms Nwaeze said in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, a programme to create awareness on Police Duty Solicitors Scheme was organised with participants drawn from the justice sector including the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and representatives of the Director-General of Legal Aid Council of Nigeria from Abuja and the Nigeria Police.
She disclosed that the state Co-ordinator has also been on regular radio awareness programme to educate the public on the functions of the Legal Aid Council, adding that they have succeeded in handling criminal cases on armed robbery, murder, stealing and rape.
The Legal Aid Officer noted that the organisation successfully resolved many landlord and tenant matters, accident cases as well as mediating between employer and employee disputes.
Ms Nwaeze listed some of the problems militated against the proper functioning of the organisation to include lack of functional vehicle, office space and finance, and appealed to the state Governor, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and the Director-General of Legal Aid Council of Nigeria to come to their aid.
She regretted that the council, with over seven lawyers cannot boast of one vehicle to take officers to work at long distance, adding that in some cases, personal money was spent to ensure service delivery to the public.
The Legal Aid Officer explained that they have been rendering pro-bono (Free Legal Services) to individuals and groups who have matters but are financially ill-equipped to get the services of lawyers in both criminal and civil matters.
Banigo Urges EPiSON To Integrate Public Health Training Institutions
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has called on the Epidemiolocal Society of Nigeria (EPiSON) to integrate all health training institutions in the country in order to achieve a more successful collaborative effort in combating epidemics in Nigeria.
Dr Banigo, who made the call midweek in Port Harcourt as Special Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EPiSON, noted that such health training institutions are reliable allies in the achievement of EPiSON’s objectives and general health care in society.
Declaring the AGM open, the Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Provost of the Rivers State School of Health Science and Management Technology, Prof Franklin E. Nlerum, harped on the link between health training institutions and EPiSON.
“In view of the linkage functions of the field of Epidemiology, I wish to call on EPiSON to fully integrate the Colleges of Health Science and Technology, and other Public Health Training Institutions in Nigeria for a more collaborative and effective team work.
“Colleges of Health Science and Technology, and Public Health institutions are charged with the training and production of qualified middle and high level Public Health practitioners who are veritable resources for partnership with EPiSON”, he said.
The Deputy Governor used the opportunity to urge the organizers of the 9th edition of the AGM to call on Epidemiologists in Nigeria to focus their efforts on “core functions of the Epidemiological profession in Public Health practice, which are Public Health Surveillance, Field Investigation, Analytic Studies, Evaluation and Linkages”.
In his welcome address, the National President of EPiSON, Prof Lawrence Ogbonnaya, noted that the theme of this year’s AGM, “Public Health Emergencies: Application of Public Health Epidemic Intelligence Tools and Techniques in the 21st Century” accords members the opportunity to brainstorm on the profession.
According to him, “it promises to be an exciting one for exchanging ideas on developments in Epidemiology and how it is used in combating communicable and non-communicable disease epidemics that continue to emerge in our world from time to time”.
He noted that Epidemiology is at the heart of global and national response to the current COVID-19 pandic.
Presenting his Keynote Address, the representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Walter K. Mulombo, noted the intertwined nature of the world in trade and other connectivities in a world that has become a global village.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
Federal Institution Rates The Tide High
The Provost of Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku in Rivers State, Dr Emmanuel Ikenyiri, says the ingenuity and landmarks so far created by The Tide Newspaper have raised the 50-year-old media house to a status to be celebrated by all Nigerians.
Ikenyiri, who made the remarks when the management of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC) paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Omoku in Ogba/ Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area of the State, said The Tide has not only written its name on Nigeria’s marbles, but also proved beyond doubt that the state-owned media outfit is one among the pioneers of newspaper production in Nigeria.
According to him, The Tide in those days was among the rank of Daily Times, Concord, and Statesman newspapers from which people always wished to get vital information in Nigeria, but regretted that some of them are no longer existing.
He commended the government of Rivers State for maintaining the name, “The Tide” for the paper.
The college boss, who traced the history of The Tide Newspaper from the year 1971, assured the willingness of the institution to key properly into the 50th anniversary celebration of the Newspaper.
Earlier, the General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper corporation (RSNC), Chief Ernest Chinwo, had said that the management was in the school to create awareness on the new developments about the corporation.
He said the corporation is not about The Tide Newspaper alone, but that the corporation is a full printing outfit that deals on books, banners, exercise books, among others.
The general manager used the opportunity to inform the management of the college of the plan to celebrate the landmark age of 50 years of the corporation, and sought the college’s collaboration in the anniversary celebration.
Chinwo also intimated the institution of the plans to maintian the richness of the paper, and as well make it basis and a guide for future career paths to follow.
By: Enoch Epelle
Rivers State Has More Investments Under Wike -Nsirim
Claims that the state lost investors under the current administration has been dispelled as mere imagination and sentiments expressed by enemies of the state.
State Commissioner for Information and communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim made the clarifications during a media chat on Love FM in Port Harcourt.
Nsirim, who listed the achievements of the Wike-led administration, said the opposition was miserly with facts and had failed to reflect the reality on ground.
He submitted that under the Wike’s administration, the state has witnessed huge industrial and infrastructure developments.
The information commissioner cited the case of multi construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, which currently is handling many infrastructure construction in the state.
Besides that, he also listed the case of Next Supermarket, NLNG Train 7, Gas company at Rumuji and other investments of BUA Ltd that have continued to expand despite the Covid-19 challenge across the country.
Nsirim urged the opposition to stop the attitude of painting the state bad in the media, as its bound to affect both sides of the divide.
He reasoned that claims that the state was insecure was also falsehood, considering efforts being made by government to secure lives and property.
“Parameters for judging insecurity cannot be better than the white people. The South Korean Ambassador was here last week and rated the state high on peace and security,” he reminded the opposition.
By: Kevin Nengia
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