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Pension Documentation Office Commences Work, Soon

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A special department, known as, ‘One Stop Shop’ for Pension Matters designed to facilitate pension documentation will soon commence operations in the Rivers State Civil Service.
This indication was given recently by Dr. Rogers Weli, Chairman of the Committee set up to establish a one stop shop for pension documentation shortly after an inspection tour of its offices by the Head of Service, Barr. Samuel LongJohn.
Barr. Samuel LongJohn commended members of the committee for the diligent manner they carried out their assignment, stressing that the objective of setting up the One Stop Shop was to ease the difficulties encountered by pensioners in processing their documents as well as put the pension documentation procedure in proper perspective for the effective take off of the contributory pension scheme by 1st July, 2015.
He promised to address the problem of office space and called for cooperation by all stakeholders to ensure the success of the initiative, adding “whatever we are doing, let us remember that we all will pass through that system”.
The Head of Service also said he would liaise with the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Sir Ngo Martyns-Yellowe to discuss on the smooth commencement of operations while a meeting of Chief Accounting Officers, Directors of Administration, Pension Desk Officers and other relevant stakeholders in pension documentation would be convened to deliberate on outstanding issues.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Rogers Weli, who led the Head of Service round the Offices, located on the Ground Floor of the Podium Block in the State Secretariat Complex, said everything was set for commencement of work as office spaces had been furnished and equipped while efforts are on to develop a standard operating procedure for the department.
Dr. Weli, who is also the Permanent in the Establishment, Training and Pensions Bureau, also hinted that a sub-committee had been set up to draw up a mission statement in digital format that would drive home the message  of actualizing the goal of the Head of Service to alleviate the plight of pensioners.
He said members of the committee and other staff were in high spirit to commence work but, however, requested for more office spaces to accommodate the different sections involved in the pension documentation process.

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NMA Calls For Strong Health System

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the State has called for strong health system in the country despite the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.
The State Chairman of NMA, Prof. Chizindu Alikor made the call during a press briefing in Port Harcourt to mark this year’s Physicians Week.
Alikor commended the state Governor for the giant infrastructural strides in the health sector and urged the Federal Government to increase the manpower in the sector.
The Tide reports that the theme for this year’s Physicians Week was ‘Nigeria in the Covid-19 Era: Strengthening Health System For National Security and Prosperity’.

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Rotary Wants Guidance, Counselling In School Curriculum

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Rotary International District 9141 wants Guidance and Counselling to be included in school curriculum.
This desire of Rotary International was conveyed by the District 9141’s public image maker Kelechi Ekezie when the District visited the Boys Secondary School, Elelenwo.
The visit was part of activities to carry out its Basic Education and Literacy/Career Counselling project.
While counselling the Senior Secondary School boys on career choice, Mr. Ekezie said if the students lacked knowledge, they could not choose career they would pursue after their secondary education.
“There is need to introduce classroom Guidance and Counselling as early as possible so as to prevent social vices among youths.
“Educational reforms which include Guidance and Counselling as a subject to be taught and examined have the potentials for promoting effective learning in schools and help the children make a great career choice”, she said.
On his part, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves, Felix Adejori said Rotary International would continue to improve basic education in host communities with its capacity projects.
He said the teachers and students of the school would greatly benefit from the over 100 text books, writing materials and book shelves donated by the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves to the school library.
The Principal of Community Boys Secondary Sschool, Dr Glory Pepple, commended the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves for the donation.
She said the books would improve their knowledge in various topics not treated in classroms.
Dr Pepple called for donation of more seats for students in the school.

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LG Builds Capacity Of Legislators

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The Degema Local Government Council has organised a three-day capacity building workshop for members of its Legislative Assembly.
The workshop, organised in collaboration with Drezzer Nigeria with the theme; ‘High Impact Legislation: Catalyst for Development,’ held at the Krisdera Hotels, Omoku, is aimed at equipping the councillors with the legislative skills to effectively carry-out their functions.
Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Mr. Michael John Williams, stated that the retreat was necessary, as it would afford them the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge, needed to be outstanding amongst their peers.
He urged them to concentrate and take the training sessions seriously, in order to gain knowledge and improve their capacity, which they will in turn translate in making good by-laws to better the lot of their people in the LGA.
The Council boss thanked the councillors for their support and cooperation to his administration, noting that the collaboration between the Executive and Legislative arms was yielding positive results, adding that; “by the grace of God, we are changing the narratives.”
Speaking on the topic; Legislative–Executive Collaboration Techniques, Dr. Emeka Amadi; a resource person at the workshop, emphasised the need for effective collaboration between the two arms of government, adding that collaboration is the panacea for Legislative-Executive frictions.
He identified some factors responsible for the frequent frictions between the two arms to include; lack of respect, ignorance, over-bloated expectations, societal pressures from constituents, mischief makers, amongst others.
Dr. Amadi commended the Council chairman, who attended the workshop alongside the councillors, for his uncommon humility.
He noted that his group had been organising this workshop for several years, but no Council Chairman had ever come along with his councillors and sat through the training sessions.
“We have never had this kind of workshop, where a chairman will come and sit down, learn and even contribute,” Amadi noted.
He thanked the Council chairman for being an exemplary leader, imploring him to continue to be a model to others.
On his part, Leader of the Degema Legislative Assembly, Barr. Johnson Eugene Johnson, maintained that the Assembly enjoyed Legislative–Executive collaboration under the Council’s chairman.
He thanked the chairman for being a good leader, friend, father and partner to the legislators, assuring that they would continue to support his administration to record more feats.

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