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NOA Lists Gains Of FOI Act

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The key essence of the
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is to ensure open governance and eliminate sharp practices in public service.
Flagging off the sensitisation exercise organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Rivers State in Emohua  Local Government Area last Wednesday, the Chief Orientation and Mobilisation Officer (COMO) of the Agency in charge of the LGA, Mrs. Enyaleka C. Umejuru disclosed that the Act which came into effect in 2011 was first practised in Sweden, later adopted by South Africa and other parts of the world.
She disclosed that the rational behind the Act is among other things to ensure that there is public participation in governance, ensure that government business is open to public scrutiny, laid down procedures in the conduct of public affairs are adhered to, transparency and accountability in governance is institutionalized, corruption is skimmed and scarce resources are judiciously deployed for the well being of the citizens.
The chief orientation and mobilization officer explained that it is in this connection that the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with international partners believe that there is dire need to embark on robust and sustained public communication of the provisions of the Act which has been translated into three Nigerian Languages namely: Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba.
According to her, everyone is entitled to request for information within seven days, while failure to provide such information attracts a fine of N55.00 (five hundred naira.  She therefore emphasised the need to create desk officers in government establishments, organizations and other private sectors whose duty is to make such information available on request.
The sensitization programme was also held in neigbouring communities of Rumuji town and Elele Alimini. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recorded a massive turnout in Emohua Local Government Area as members of the public, the organized private sector, government officials and resource persons attended the six-day programme.

 

Jocob Obinna

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Cleric Tasks Govts, Churches On Capacity Building

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The Rivers District Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Nigeria, Rev. Daddy Ibulubo has appealed to Government at levels and churches to give priority to human capacity development.
Speaking at a Capacity Building Conference in Port Harcourt, yesterday for church leaders of various categories, Dr. Ibulubo said the development of capacity and potentials was critical to the development of society.
The church leader said investing in the development of human capacity should be seen as an investment that would yield multiple, short and long term benefits for the society.
While stating that no amount spent on capacity development is waste, Dr. Ibulubo who is chairman, Board of Governors of Pentecostal Theological Seminary Eleme said building the city without first building the people would translate to a waste of resources and exercise in futility overtime.
According to Dr. Ibulubo, the Capacity Building which is a pet programme of the Rivers District Presbytery is bi-annual, noting that the conference was designed to drive holistic development of Church workers and make them be at their best in their service to God and humanity.
He said the leadership of the Rivers District was passionate and committed to achieving Kingdom project, even as it would ensure no stone was left unturned in sustaining the programme, the financial challenges notwithstanding.
Dr Ibulubo who is also the African Director of Africa-Israeli Alliance Initiative and the Special Adviser on Pastors Children to the State Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), urged people to identify and develop their potentials so they could be relevant in society.
Decrying apathy to building of capacities, the Clergy said “occupying till Jesus comes” is a function of developing identified abilities to the benefit of the larger society.
He commended the workforce of the District for their sacrificial contributions to the sustainability of the programme.
The Tide reports that the Rivers District’s Capacity Building Conference started eleven years ago as an annual programme for pastors, their wives, Deacons, Deaconesses, Heads and officers of the various departments in churches, sections and District levels.
About 850 church workers are expected to attend the three days programme which is ongoing at the No. 17 Andoni branch of Assemblies of God, Nigeria and will be rounded off tomorrow with a long service award ceremony for deserving Deacons and Deaconesses.

By: Igbiki Benibo

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Expert Calls For Inter-Religious Agency To Fight Extremism

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As a way of curbing the menace of religious extremism and violence in the nation, a Professor of History of Religion, Prof Afisa Jaja, has stressed the need to establish an agency for inter religious dialogue.
In an exclusive chat with The Tide, Prof. Jaja who is a senior lecturer in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education said if the agency is established, it will promote dialogue, unity among the different religious groups in the country.
He suggested that the agency should be formed in such a way that the major religious groups will lead rotationally.
The professor averred that without dialogue and understanding, the current religious extremism in the North and lack of tolerance among the religious groups in the country will worsen over time.
Jaja was of the view that Boko Haram constitutes religious extremism because Islam abhors violence and killings.
Blaming politicians for fuelling the rising religious intolerance, Jaja stated that some political leaders have exploited the situation to brainwash their followers as a way of fighting perceived opposition.
“As far I am concerned, Islam and Christianity have one thing in common. They preach love and they believe in one God, and so for me, they should tolerate each other”, he said.
He maintained that no religion can claim superiority over another, hence, the need to see each other as brother.

By: Kevin Nengia

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NLC Marks World Decent Work Day

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As the world marks World Day for Decent Work, the State Council of the Nigerian Labour Congress has opted to commemorate this year’s event.
The World Decent Work Day is a day set aside for global mobilisation to ensure that all employers of labour prioritise decent work in the world with the aim of achieving fulfilment, satisfaction and its multiplier effect on economic growth and sustainability.
This year’s event is the 10th in the series of activities including negotiations and constructive engagement with government and employers of labour, demonstrations, mass protest and other measure that will generate deliberate actions towards achieving decent standard of living, social protection, social dialogue and social justice and most importantly security of job.
Chairperson of Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC), Beatrice Itubo disclosed this while briefing newsmen in commemoration of of the day with the theme, “Just Job”
Itubo called on the state government to prioritise governance through improved human capital development by creating a conducive working condition
She further implored employers of labour in the organised private sector to begin to explore measures towards providing decent working condition to workers in their work place.
The labour leader said the leadership in its commitment shall continue to tackle the act of exploitation and slavery in the work place by deploying tools as provided enabling laws to engage companies and organisations perpetrating anti-labour practices.

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