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School Commiserates With The Tide Over Fire

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The management of Holy Rosary College, in the Rivers State
capital, Port Harcourt, has commiserated with the management and staff of the
Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of The Tide.

Group of Newspapers over the fire which razed a section of
its corporate headquarters last July.

Making the feelings of the college known during a courtesy
visit to the corporation last Wednesday, Vice President, Mrs Ruth Osazuwa, said
the management and students of the college received the news of the unfortunate
inferno with great shock and were pained by the huge losses incurred.

Osazuwa, who led a delegation of the teachers and students
to see things for themselves, regretted that they could not come earlier
because the ill-fated fire incident occurred shortly before the college closed
for the long holidays.

She regretted that the fire had affected not just the
psyche, efficiency and productivity of individual workers who did not only
loose office space but also valuable items, added that the impact of the
incident was a serious setback.

The vice president said that as a strong partner, the
college has always appreciated the support and cooperation extended to the
college by the corporation, and expressed the commitment of the college to
strengthen this collaboration with a view to achieve set objectives.

Osazuwa also commended the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-Ied
administration for swiftly intervening to reroof and renovate the corporate
head office building of the corporation, noting that the bold initiative would
give staff of the courage and zeal to put in their best for the state.

Responding while conducting the delegation round the scene
of the inferno, the General Manager, RSNC, Celestine Ogolo, said the fire razed
a section of the top floor of the building, destroying valuable documents,
office furniture, computers, among others, but expressed gratitude to God that
no life was lost in spite of the fact that some essential staff were on duty as
at the time of the incident.

Represented by the Group News Editor, Nelson Chukwudi, the
general manager informed the delegation that the state government has begun
reroofing and complete renovation of the entire building to give it a facelift,
and thanked the governor for his kind gesture.

He said the corporation was delighted to receive the
delegation on a special sympathy visit, and pledged the readiness of the
newspaper chain to improve on existing relationship between it and the college
in order to move the state forward.

Ogolo also informed the delegation of the desire of the
corporation to improve The Tide’s print run, ensure early production and
circulation with a view to attract the readership of hard-to-reach villages and
towns in the state and beyond while striving to enhance editorial content and
quality, saying that with the expected state-of-the-art Rotary machine, the
college, government and people of the state would soon find the newspaper a
worthy companion and conduit for reliable and timely information.

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of the college,
Idino Eluku, said the school was desirous of improving its relationship with
the newspaper organizations, stating that it was for that singular reason that
the management and students felt the urgent need to visit and share the moment
of grief with the corporation.

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Edo Varsity Donates Health Centre To Community

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The Edo State University, Uzairue has donated a primary health centre to Ivioghe community in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday.
Shaibu, who was represented by the Acting Chairman, Etsako East Local Government, Dr Samuel Mathew, praised the institution for initiating and funding the project.
“I am always overwhelmed when I see such gestures, an indication that the institution is thinking about the welfare of others,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, said the comprehensive health centre is made up of consulting rooms, wards and other medical facilities to cater for patients.
“The medical and dental council, as part of the condition for the training of our medical students, stipulated that we establish a comprehensive health centre to be used for rural posting of our medical science students.
“This singular fact necessitated the establishment of this health centre today.
“I want to especially thank the host community and the Ivioghe community for donating the vast land this health centre is sited,” he said.
The VC disclosed that with the inauguration of the centre, the institution had commenced one week free medical care to take care of minor surgeries and treat patients from the host community and its environs.
“It gladdens my heart that the comprehensive heath centre recorded its first delivery of a bouncing baby just yesterday,” he said.
The President-General of Oghe Okughe Development Union, Dr Sunny Akhamiokhor, thanked the university for the gesture.
“I want to thank the management of Edo University Uzairue for the wise decision to site the health centre in our town.
“I want to assure you that our people shall give their maximum support and cooperation to staff and students that will be posted to the health centre,” he said.
He, however, called on the state government to deploy more teachers to the primary and secondary schools in the community.
Akhamiokhor assured that the community would continue to cooperate with the institution and the state government in order to attract more development to the community.

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Group Lauds Emmanuel For Entrenching Peace

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The National Chairman, Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, has commended Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom for entrenching the peace culture in the state since he assumed office.
Enoidem made the commendation at the inauguration of the Steering Committee of the Federal Capital Territory Chapter of the group, held at Akwa Ibom House, on Monday in Abuja.
According to Enoidem, there is no fear of kidnappings, unlawful killings and other security challenges in the state.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Gov. Emmanuel Udom has entrenched peace in Akwa Ibom and we will continue to support him by promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.”
He also applauded the governor for transforming the state from a Civil Service state to an industrial and economically viable entity.
Enoidem said the the governor, since assumption of office in 2015, initiated laudable projects that enhanced the infrastructure of state and encouraged the setting up of many industries.
Similarly, he hailed the governor for establishing the state-owned airline which had been defined in the nation’s aviation industry.
Earlier, the Liaison Officer, Akwa Ibom State, Abuja, Mr Edwin James, said Akwa Ibom under Gov. Emmanuel is enjoying so much peace, a condition that leads to sustainable development anywhere, anytime.
“I feel proud to see that Akwa lbom indigenes even in the diaspora also share the sentiment of Gov. Emmanuel in building a peaceful and united Akwa Ibom where development and investment can thrive and flourish.”
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom Governor on Grassroots mobilisation in Abuja and 19 Northern States, said that the Governor, since assumption of office, has ensured that there is no discrimination in every segment of the state.
“So everybody now has that sense of belonging. He assented to a law which will treat anyone caught involved in any illegal group will be treated as a criminal.”
Also, the newly-inaugurated Coordinator of the FCT Chapter of MPM, Mr Usenekong Akpan, assured that the chapter would strive to promote the philosophy of the movement with a sense of commitment and total loyalty.
“It is expressly clear, that we have embraced the MPM philosophy with awesome joy and we are set to carry into our future this precious light of peace with common belief, purpose, passion, dedication and enthusiasm.”

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Edo NMA Appeals To Agrieved Health Workers To Assume Duty At Stella Obasanjo Hospital

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo State branch, has appealed to health workers in Central Hospital, Benin, who are temporarily relocated to Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin, to assume duty there.
The Chairman of the branch, Dr Harrison Omokhu, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.
The Edo State Government has said that it has “relocated” and not “demolished” the over 100-year-old Central Hospital Benin, with a view to transforming it.
The affected health care workers have however kicked against their relocation to Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin.
Omokhu urged the affected workers to be patient with and partner the state government, pending when plans were made to build a new hospital.
“The siting of central hospital is strategic; the Executive Governor is well aware of these important facts.
“So I do not think His Excellency is moving the central hospital on a permanent basis.
“I think it’s a temporary thing to enable him to put more befitting structures on ground.
“Those buildings are very old and dilapidated and need urgent attention which I think the governor is doing,” he said.
Omokhua said that there was no new central hospital as speculated in some quarters, adding that the staff were only being relocated temporarily for work to be done in the hospital.
“I believe after that, they will be returned back. Not all the staff of the central hospital have been relocated.
“Departments like Obstetrics and Gynecology were not moved.
“Others have been relocated temporarily to the new hospital beside the central hospital – Edo Specialist Hospital and Stella Obasanjo Hospital – located off Sapele road,” he added.

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