Connect with us

Rivers

Amaechi Eulogises PA Poroma …As Ikuru Extols Late Umesi’s Virtues

Published

on

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says the State and Nigeria has lost an invaluable personality in late Pa Philip Poroma, father of the State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mr. Joseph Poroma.

Governor Amaechi said this today during the Funeral Mass in honour of the deceased at St. James’ Catholic Church, Kpite in Tai Local Government Area of the State.

Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, the Governor, admitted that late Pa Poroma lived an impactful life, noting that for him to have lived for advice for the living, condoling with the family and community on the irreplaceable loss.

“I very specially condole with the Poroma family over the loss of their beloved father. He may be 101 years but the loss of a father, the loss of a dear one still remains, in fact causes the same amount of tears. If anything the fact that he is old enough at the ripe age of 101 he has more advice to give the rest of us,” he said, adding that “his demise at this time is not only painful to the family to the community but indeed to the state”.   He pointed out that “everyone of you should know that he had lived a good life. 101 years on earth calls for robust celebration,” regretting that his demise has created a vacuum not just in the family but in the State at large. In his message, the guest preacher, Reverend Stephen Deedua, urged the people to use the opportunity to reflect on what would be written on their epitaphs when they died, counseling them to be diligent in numbering their days, just as the Lord has commanded.

Speaking, the State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mr. Joseph Poroma, who is also the chief mourner and first son of the deceased, described his late father as “a great man who fought a great battle and won most,” saying “we are proud to have called him our father, no word can describe what we thought of him,” stressing that the deceased maintained “a lifestyle that was a challenge to those of us he left behind”.

his chosen career, emphasizing that he is one of the few staff I feel proud of calling a good man without regrets during my tenure as the then Commissioner for Lands and Housing. I cant deny the fact that he is a man but if he says yes, I comfortably rely on that because his yes cannot be compromised.

Engr. Ikuru said the late Umesi has left a good footprint which people can testify about today, urging his family and those he left behind to maintain the same attribute, adding that it is beneficial to live and die with a good name than with much wealth.

Earlier in his exhortation and quoting from 1st Corinthians 5: 9-10, the Pastor of First Baptist Church, Rumuewhor, Pastor Wilcox Nabo, charged all Christians to live right and please the Creator because life on earth is nothing but a short journey, adding that the character of a man tells the story of how he lived his life here on earth, adding let your journey not be a sad tale at the last day when the glorious call would be made.

Also speaking, the younger brother of the deceased, Mr. Azunda Nkomadu, reiterated that the role of his elder brother in the family cannot be easily forgotten, thanking the Deputy Governor and all who stood by the family at a time like this.

Continue Reading

Rivers

Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

Rivers

21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

Published

on

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

Continue Reading

Rivers

Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools

Published

on

As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions. 
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day,  “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.

By: Taneh Beemene

Continue Reading

Trending