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Uranta Reads Riot Act To Teachers Stay At Duty Posts Or Face Sack

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The Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local government Council of Rivers State, Hon Maclean Bethel Uranta, has called on relevant authorities to take stringent measures against teachers and other public servants who either refuse posting to rural areas or abscond from their duty posts.

Hon Uranta, who said that the training of children with the right quality of education is key to a better future but that quality education can only be impacted by qualified teachers who are willing to teach their students, added that when students do not have quality teachers there is the natural tendency to resort to examination malpractice.

The council boss, who made the assertion in a speech during an orientation campaign on raising integrity against examination malpractice organized by the state office of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Opobo, commended the efforts of the state government in giving quality education to the people.

Hon Uranta said that his council has always been doing its best to not only pay the WASCE and JAMB fees for indigent students in schools in the area, but always engaged the services of more youth corps members and some ad-hoc teachers to fill the gap in the areas where teachers are lacking.

In his speech, the state Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr Oliver Walugbam, represented by the Head of Mobilisation, chief Linus Asuk Nkagwung, who described the evil of examination malpractice and the danger it posed to the society, called on students to shun social vices in all ramifications.

Chief Nkagwung, who gave tips on how to succeed in examinations without engaging in malpractices, also commended the efforts of the council and its boss in giving support to the educational pursuits of the people of the area.

In a related development, chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Council, Hon Maclean Bethel Uranta, has charged youth corps members posted to the area to take their primary assignment of teaching the students seriously, carry out community development programmes that will impact the people, and plan their journeys before travelling out of the area.

Hon Uranta made the call when he received the batch “A” youth corps members posted to the area.

Meanwhile, the Consultancy Committee on State and Local Government Affairs of the House of Representatives has commended the efforts of the chairman and council for executing projects that have direct bearing on the people, and called on the authorizes to work out alternative power supply to provide all-round electricity to the people saying that the situation where the council spends about N9 million monthly for the provision of diesel is unsustainable  and unacceptable.

The committee led by Engr Kayode Adebayo, expressed delight with the quality of work executed by the council, despite the unfriendly terrain.

Earlier, chairman of council, Hon Uranta, enumerated some of the challenges faced in executing projects even as he called on the state government to expedite action on the Unity Road project to enable the council hook up communities in the area to national grid to reduce the heavy burden of providing electricity for the people.

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Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele

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A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.

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Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON

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A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria

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An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.

By: Kalu Emmanuel

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