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I’ll Continue To Stand By Rivers People …Sets N10bn Monthly Revenue Target For RSIRB – Amaechi

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One of the burnt cars during yesterday’s Muslims, Christians clash in Kaduna State

One of the burnt cars during yesterday’s Muslims, Christians clash in Kaduna State

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi says he remains fully committed to courageously defending and protecting the interest of Rivers people, come what may.
Governor Amaechi said this Saturday during the 4th Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Okrika, held at St. James (Anglican Church), Ogoloma in Okrika Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, the governor stated that he has always been truthful to the people of the state and proactive in identifying critical areas of interest to the welfare and wellbeing of Rivers people.
“While we were trying assiduously to tackle the menace of militancy in 2007, we were also concerned with taking the necessary step to make sure it does not resurface in the future. This explains why we paid serious attention to the education sector,” he said, adding that the administration has always been driven by the  ideology to quench an evil tendency in its toothing stage as it might be difficult to contain when it matures; hence it’s zero tolerance for cultism and other forms of violence.
The governor said there was need for the Anglican Church to review its method of administering the Holy Communion to its faithful from a single cup, in light of prevalent health issues in modern society.
Earlier, President of the Synod and Bishop of the Okrika Diocese of the Anglican Communion,  speaking on the theme of the synod, “The Joy of the Cross”, observed that joy is not the absence of sorrow or difficulties, neither is it the same thing as pleasure, instead it is the deep-seated peace given by God, in spite of prevailing circumstances.
He explained that the cross displays the fact that by the act of God, life can be introduced into the house of death, light can shine in darkness and hope can be seen in despair.
The session, which also featured the launch of the synod report, also had in attendance the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority (GPHCDA), Dame Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, chairmen of Okrika and Ogu/Bolo local government areas, Barr. Tamuno Williams, and Hon. Maureen Tamuno, respectively, amongst other dignitaries.
The Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has given a new revenue target to the state Internal Revenue Board (RSIRB) to hit and maintain N10billion monthly mark to cover recurrent expenditure and ongoing infrastructure development projects.
Speaking shortly after inaugurating new Chairman of the board of RSIR, Mrs. Onene Osila Obele-Oshoko on Friday in Government House, Port Harcourt, he assured her of government’s continuous incentives to ensure the board meets the new target.
He said, “If you don’t improve in the next two months, then something is wrong with the appointment. So, we believe that in the next two months, you people should work very hard, it does not require new things to improve, but to block the loopholes. If you reduce the number of touts that hang around you, you will see that you will improve.”
According to him, the new board is expected to rake-in between N9billion to N10billion monthly to cover the state’s recurrent expenditure, which has risen to N8.9billion monthly.
Besides that, he stated that the state government has numerous capital projects, including the new University of Science and Technology to be commenced next month, the ongoing Trans-Amadi Road expansion and the Dr Peter Odili/Woji/Akpajo Link Road, all of which require huge funding in order to be completed.
The governor explained that roads construction were not for political gains but to tackle the city’s growing traffic challenges, reasoning that more flyovers need to be built on the Trans Amadi Road and Dr Peter Odili Link Road to decongest Port Harcourt/Aba Road.
He added, “we are introducing two toll gates on the Dr Peter Odili Road. So, if you want to get out of Port Harcourt fast, then you have to pay us some money or alternatively follow Aba Road”.
The governor, however, congratulated the new revenue board chairperson for raising the state revenue profile, and assured her of more motivation as she improves on the current milestone.
On the other hand, Governor Amaechi has charged the State Judicial Service Commission to discharge their duties fairly without prejudice.
Shortly after swearing-in three members of the commission, he expressed the hope that the present crisis in the judiciary will be decided by the courts, and congratulated them on their appointment.
Members of the commission include, Tom Jackson Orage, Tonye Winston Lolomari, and High Chief Ambrose Nwuzi Igbokwe.

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UBEC, RSUBEB Begin Digital School Construction In Rivers

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As part of government’s efforts to realize its dream of making the nation’s educational system a global digital community, the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), have commenced the construction of a modern digital Smart Basic School in the state, with 14-month completion schedule.
The school, which is a pilot modern basic education facility, is designed by UBEC in collaboration with RSUBEB to entrench digitization of ICT-driven basic education system across the 36 states and FCT, Abuja.
Speaking with journalists at a brief handover ceremony of the proposed smart school site to UBEC by RSUBEB at the Community Primary School, Uzuoba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, over the weekend, the National Consultant, UBEC Smart School Project, Prof Masud Abdulkarim, said the school was designed to incorporate digital technology into the basic education system in the country, which he said, has been in practice in advanced countries for years.
Abdulkarim stated that the desire of the Federal Government was to ensure that Nigerian children were not left out in the digital space, saying that the school would have great impact on the youth and give them equal opportunity to compete globally in the technology world.
He described the school as the first of its kind in the history of the country, adding that the school would have four categories that would take care of the nursery, handicapped, primary as well as junior secondary students with a maximum of 35 persons per class of two streams.
Abdulkarim noted that with the strategy, no fewer than 700 children would be enrolled into the school.
According to him, the school would afford the children the opportunity to become robotic engineers, artificial intelligence (AI) engineers and ICT engineers, and added that as future leaders, they need to be equipped and encouraged.
The UBEC consultant commended the state government for the provision of the school for the construction of the smart school, and described the site as the most suitable across the 23 states so far visited.
“Let me thank the RSUBEB for the site, in fact, it is the best and most suitable site among the 23 states we have so far visited. Because it has an existing school structure with a fence to protect our equipment and infrastructure. Moreso, the project will impact on the schools around because they will benefit from our Wi-Fi”, he stated.
Abdulkarim called on the host community to jealously guard the project as a growing child, till its maturity to adult stage, saying that they were important stakeholders in the project.
Also speaking on behalf of the Chairman of Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), Ven Fyneface Akah, a commissioner in the board, Chief Faith Amaso, called for synergy between the contractors and host community in other to remove every impediment that may affect the delivery of the project on schedule.
Akah opined that the project, when completed, would improve basic education in the state, and expressed happiness over the commencement of the project in the state.

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Rivers United Beat Young Africans Of Tanzania 1-0

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Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt, yesterday, at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Football Stadium, trounced the Young Africans Football Club of Tanzania 1-0 in a return leg match of the ongoing Confederation of African Football Club Champions League competition.
The stadium, which was filled to capacity, witnessed a trilling encounter, which saw the crowd craving for more.
It would be recalled that Rivers United had defeated the Young Africans of Tanzania 1-0 in the first leg of the championship at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, last Sunday.
Reacting to the feat, the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, expressed joy over the victory of the Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt against the Young Africans of Tanzania in the ongoing Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.
The match, which ended 1-0 in favour of the Rivers United FC, took place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka International Stadium in Rivers State, yesterday.
Top government officials in the state, including Rivers Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo; LG council chairmen and commissioners, amongst other sports enthusiasts, graced the event.
Speaking on the outcome of the match, Williams stated that the Rivers United players exhibited the Rivers team spirit, which culminated in their victory.
The political heavyweight in Degema LGA, noted that nothing would be impossible for Rivers people to achieve when they work together in unison and firm determination.
He added that the massive support and huge investment in the sports sector by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration, also motivated the Rivers team, who worked hard to secure a back-to-back victory.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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NJC Okays Six Chief Judges, 30 Others For Appointment

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The National Judicial Council (NJC), has recommended the appointment of chief judges and 30 others as judicial officers to beef up judicial functions in some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
At its 95th meeting held on September 15 and 16, 2021, the council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee, and recommended the 36 successful candidates to their respective state governors for appointment as heads of courts and other judicial officers in Nigeria.
They are Hon. Justice Richard O. Olorunfemi as chief judge, Kogi State, Hon. Justice Joe Itsebaga Acha for Edo, Hon. Justice Akintoroye Williams Akin for Ondo, Hon. Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf for FCT, Hon. Justice Ekaette Francesca Fabian-Obot for Akwa Ibom, and Hon. Justice J. O. Adeyeye for Ekiti State.
Others are Hon. Kadi Baba Gana Mahdi as Grand Kadi, Yobe; Umaru Ahmad Liman as Grand Kadi, Bauchi; Hon. Justice Osagede Osado Emmanuel as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Nasarawa; Hon. Justice Mashud Akintunde Akinfemi Abass as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State; and Siyaka Momoh Jimoh Usman as President, Customary Court of Appeal, Kogi State.
Three judges are recommended for High Court of Gombe, and they are Zainab Abdulkadir Rasheed, Abdussalam Muhammad, and Daurabo Suleiman Sikka.
Akwa Ibom has Effiong Asukwo Effiong; Bauchi has Nana Fatima Jibril; while Kaduna High Court has Abdulkarim Mahmud.
The three candidates recommended for Katsina State are Kabir Shuaibu, Ibrahim Ishaku Mashi, and Ibrahim Abubakar Mande, while Prof Alero Akeredolu was recommended for Ondo State.
Four successful candidates for Oyo State are Olusola Adebisi Adetujoye, Folabimpe Beatrice Segun Olakojo, Prof Taiwo Elijah Adewale, and Kareem Adeyimika Adedokun.
Kogi State has three candidates, and they are Abubakar Sule Ibrahim, Abdullah Sulyman, as well as Aminu Ali Eri.
Two Kadis for Sharia Court of Appeal are Adamu Kuna Jibril and Ahmed Baba Bala, while the four for Bauchi are Musa Sani Abubakar, Mahdi Manga, Khamis Al-Hamidallah Muhammad and Sani Musa with Ondo State having one in the person of Orimisan James Okorisa and Oyo Customary Court of Appeal having Ajadi Olubukola Omolayo.
A statement by the NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye, and released in Abuja, yesterday, said that all the recommended candidates are expected to be sworn-in after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari, and their respective state governors, and confirmation by the respective state Houses of Assembly.

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