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Why Couples Must Build Family Units – Ikuru

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Engr Tele Ikuru, says the family unit is key to achieving a peaceful society that will engender growth and development of the nation.

Engr Ikuru said this during the solemnisation of holy matrimony between former Miss Deinma Koko and Mr Chizobam Wokekoro at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Evangelist Eddy Oloko, the Deputy Governor pointed out that “the family is the social unit that gives birth to the nation. The family has a role to play in nation building. If families know their role in character molding, we will not be faced with the challenges of social vices in the society”.

Congratulating the newlyweds on their successful wedding, Engr Ikuru charged them to “effectively raise their children morally, so as to achieve a peaceful nation,” stressing that “it is the only way we will have a peaceful nation.”  “This is important because if we do not have peace and harmony in the society, government would be constrained to pursue its policies geared towards the growth and development of our country”, he added.

Earlier, in his sermon, the guest preacher  Reverend Mieadonye Kunu, encouraged the groom to find satisfaction in his wife and the wife in her husband, warning, “there will be problem if you fail to allow her to satisfy you”.

He urged young people to refrain from indulging in pre-marital sex, admonishing, “All you need is to wait on the Lord and zip up. Wait for your time and shun pre-marital sex”.

Also, Wife of the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Mina Ikuru, has called on married couples to put their trust in God in order to succeed in their marriages.

Dr Ikuru said this during the wedding reception in honour of former Ujama Wilcox, niece to the State Deputy Governor, and Mr. Samuel Ogbeiwi, where her husband, Engr. Tele Ikuru, was in attendance, in Lagos.

She noted that the challenges inherent in marriage are many and demanding that it will take only God’s grace to surmount them, pointing out that the basis of any successful marriage is dependence on God.

Dr Ikuru urged the couple to heed the counsel of God’s ministers and their parents, stating that these will help them chart the right path in their marital life.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, urged the newlyweds to “allow God’s wisdom to guide you so that God’s will, may be done in your life”.

He noted that “marriage is the realization of God’s will in the life of a couple,” maintaining that “couples need God’s grace to fulfill God’s will in their marriage,” observing that to “sustain a marital relationship is very challenging though He has made it to be enjoyed,” enjoining them to depend on God always.

Dignitaries at the event included the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Odein Ajumogobia, President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, amongst others.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi decorating King (Col) Philemon Chindah Omunakwe (rtd) Chairman Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, during the 2014 Armed Forces Emblem Appeal Launching in Port Harcourt, last Tuesday.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi decorating King (Col) Philemon Chindah Omunakwe (rtd) Chairman Nigerian Legion, Rivers State, during the 2014 Armed Forces Emblem Appeal Launching in Port Harcourt, last Tuesday.

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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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

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

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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

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Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools

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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

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