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Corruption: TUC Recommends Capital Punishment

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As part of measures to ef
fectively tackle corruption in Nigeria, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUCN) has recommended that corrupt public officials should face capital charges in courts to serve as deterent.
Chairman of the TUC in Rivers State, comrade Chika Onuegbu disclosed this is a press statement as part of his new year message to the people.
The TUC Chairman stated that “an estimated total of N125trn has been budgeted and spent by the three tiers of government in Nigeria since the advent of democracy in 1999, without commensurate impact on the lives of ordinary citizen.”
He attributed the huge gap between spending and direct effect on the lives of the citizenry to “systemic corruption that currently holds the nation in thrall.”
As a result of the deepening corruption in the country he said about 75% of Nigerians are living below the poverty line and more and more people are being pushed into this bracket with increasing cases of unemployment and insecurity in the country.
According to the TUC Chairman, only capital punishment can serve as a strident measure of curbing the growing menace of corruption and bring Nigeria from the throes of poverty.
Commenting on the 2015 general elections, the TUC Chairman, urged the Political Parties to run an issue-based campaign and play the game by the rules and not to make the elections a do or die affairs”.
He expressed worry over the body languages and postures of the political actors which he noted were poised to do battle in the forthcoming election, and called on politicians to learn from the lessons of the past to avoid political miscalculations that would jeopardize the nation’s democracy.
Comrade Onuegbu, also called for revisiting of the voters registration exercise, noting that over 40% of registered voters were yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) stressing that huge chunk of the voting public might be disenfranchised.
The TUC Chairman also restated the commitment of the body to provide direction for labour movement as the umbrella body of all Senior Staffs Association in Nigeria, with other stakeholders, development partners and Government to address labour related issues, and improve the welfare of Nigerian Workers.

 

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APC Governorship candidate, Hon. Dakuku Peterside (left) chating with the MOSOP President, Mr Legborsi Saro Pyagbara (right) at the 22nd Ogoni day anniversary celebration at  Bori  last Sunday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

APC Governorship candidate, Hon. Dakuku Peterside (left) chating with the MOSOP President, Mr Legborsi Saro Pyagbara (right) at the 22nd Ogoni day anniversary celebration at Bori last Sunday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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Banigo Urges EPiSON To Integrate Public Health Training Institutions

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has called on the Epidemiolocal Society of Nigeria (EPiSON) to integrate all health training institutions in the country in order to achieve a more successful collaborative effort in combating epidemics in Nigeria.
Dr Banigo, who made the call midweek in Port Harcourt as Special Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EPiSON, noted that such health training institutions are reliable allies in the achievement of EPiSON’s objectives and general health care in society.
Declaring the AGM open, the Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Provost of the Rivers State School of Health Science and Management Technology, Prof Franklin E. Nlerum, harped on the link between health training institutions and EPiSON.
“In view of the linkage functions of the field of Epidemiology, I wish to call on EPiSON to fully integrate the Colleges of Health Science and Technology, and other Public Health Training Institutions in Nigeria for a more collaborative and effective team work.
“Colleges of Health Science and Technology, and Public Health institutions are charged with the training and production of qualified middle and high level Public Health practitioners who are veritable resources for partnership with EPiSON”, he said.
The Deputy Governor used the opportunity to urge the organizers of the 9th edition of the AGM to call on Epidemiologists in Nigeria to focus their efforts on “core functions of the Epidemiological profession in Public Health practice, which are Public Health Surveillance, Field Investigation, Analytic Studies, Evaluation and Linkages”.
In his welcome address, the National President of EPiSON, Prof Lawrence Ogbonnaya, noted that the theme of this year’s AGM, “Public Health Emergencies: Application of Public Health Epidemic Intelligence Tools and Techniques in the 21st Century” accords members the opportunity to brainstorm on the profession.
According to him, “it promises to be an exciting one for exchanging ideas on developments in Epidemiology and how it is used in combating communicable and non-communicable disease epidemics that continue to emerge in our world from time to time”.
He noted that Epidemiology is at the heart of global and national response to the current COVID-19 pandic.
Presenting his Keynote Address, the representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Walter K. Mulombo, noted the intertwined nature of the world in trade and other connectivities in a world that has become a global village.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Federal Institution Rates The Tide High

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The Provost of Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku in Rivers State, Dr Emmanuel Ikenyiri, says the ingenuity and landmarks so far created by The Tide Newspaper have raised the 50-year-old media house to a status to be celebrated by all Nigerians.
Ikenyiri, who made the remarks when the management of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC) paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Omoku in Ogba/ Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area of the State, said The Tide has not only written its name on Nigeria’s marbles, but also proved beyond doubt that the state-owned media outfit is one among the pioneers of newspaper production in Nigeria.
According to him, The Tide in those days was among the rank of Daily Times, Concord, and Statesman newspapers from which people always wished to get vital information in Nigeria, but regretted that some of them are no longer existing.
He commended the government of Rivers State for maintaining the name, “The Tide” for the paper.
The college boss, who traced the history of The Tide Newspaper from the year 1971, assured the willingness of the institution to key properly into the 50th anniversary celebration of the Newspaper.
Earlier, the General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper corporation (RSNC), Chief Ernest Chinwo, had said that the management was in the school to create awareness on the new developments about the corporation.
He said the corporation is not about The Tide Newspaper alone, but that the corporation is a full printing outfit that deals on books, banners, exercise books, among others.
The general manager used the opportunity to inform the management of the college  of the plan to celebrate the landmark age of 50 years of the corporation, and sought the college’s collaboration in the anniversary celebration. 
Chinwo also intimated the institution of the plans to maintian the richness of the paper, and as well make it basis and a guide for future career paths to follow.

By: Enoch Epelle

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Rivers State Has More Investments Under Wike -Nsirim

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Claims that the state lost investors under the current administration has been dispelled as mere imagination and sentiments expressed by enemies of the state.
State Commissioner for Information and communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim made the clarifications during a media chat on Love FM in Port Harcourt.
Nsirim, who listed the achievements of the Wike-led administration, said the opposition was miserly with facts and had failed to reflect the reality on ground.
He submitted that under the Wike’s administration, the state  has witnessed huge industrial and infrastructure developments.
The information commissioner cited the case of multi construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, which currently is handling many infrastructure construction in the state.
Besides that, he also listed the case of Next Supermarket, NLNG Train 7, Gas company at Rumuji and other investments of BUA Ltd that have continued to expand despite the Covid-19 challenge across the country.
Nsirim urged the opposition to stop the attitude of painting the state bad in the media, as its bound to affect both sides of the divide.
He reasoned that claims that the state was insecure was also falsehood, considering efforts being made by government to secure lives and property.
“Parameters for judging insecurity  cannot be better than the white people. The South Korean Ambassador was here last week and rated the state high on peace and security,” he reminded the opposition.

By: Kevin Nengia

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