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Group Endorses Peterside

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A Port Harcourt-based
non-governmental organisation,  Generation of Peace (GOP) has advanced reasons for supporting  governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside for the 2015 election.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital,  spokesman for the group Amakiri Amakuro, said they were supporting Peterside because the stakes in this year’s elections were too high to be taken lightly.
He described Peterside as a candidate that encapsulates the wishes of every Rivers man and woman today, adding that “it will amount to disservice to the future generation if young and forward-looking people of Rivers do otherwise”.
According to Amakuro, the APC candidate is a summary of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the oil-rich state which, among other things, include peace, visionary leadership, equity, justice, fear of God and transparency.
“Peterside is a man of peaceful disposition, a strong character with very high integrity, efficient and a very intelligent young man. As Commissioner of Works in Rivers State, we could count over 300 roads that he started and finished. He is honest, a man of his words, humble and reaches out to everybody, big or small, rich or poor.
“He abhors all forms of violence and has distanced himself from all manner of aggression and do or die politics. We are supporting him because we are afraid of going back to another era of grave security in Rivers State. There was a time in this state when we were compelled to lift our hands as our state at the time was a theatre of war. It was a state under siege.
“This is also why we are supporting the APC candidate. He has a track record of always working for peace. In his constituency and among students in our state, he remains a role model who is loved and appreciated. So he stands out as the only candidate that is accessible to students and the youth like us.
He is also the only one who can consolidate on the peace and development of the Amaechi era. Let me use this opportunity to call on the people of Rivers State, particularly the youth, to cast their votes for Peterside.

“As an organisation that stands for peace, I also wish to call on political actors to eschew bitterness and violence by following the path of peace. I enjoin security agencies to stand in defence of the masses by providing a level-playing ground for all contestants”, he said.

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NYG: Team Rivers Struggle On Medal Table

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It has not been medals haul as expected by Team Rivers at the ongoing 6th edition of the National Youth Games, NYG, in Ilorin as the contingent has struggled to move up the ladder on the medals table. 
As at Day 3 of the Games, Team Rivers has succeeded in garnering three gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.
The gold medals were won in swimming (2) and one in golf, the silver also came from golf, while the bronze came from gymnastics, swimming and Kokowa.
However, as at press time, some Team Rivers athletes were within range of medals in their events,   particularly, Canoeing, were the team had reached the semi-final stages in K1 200m, boys and girls and K1 200m, Para(boys) and mixed event.
Rivers athlete, Emmanuel Afamefuna, who is competing at the Games for the first time qualified for the final of the Darts event after upstaging the national number two in the semis.
In the other events, Rivers 13-years-old Favour Amaechi could not progress further after some brilliant performance in tennis (girls singles). She navigated the first round with an impressive two sets victory over her Akwa Ibom opponent only to lose to FCT, who fielded a clearly older player in the second round. Her boy’s counterpart, John Nubari also lost in the second round to Delta after beating Ekiti in the first round.
The basketball team, which is involved in a round robin games leads on points with two wins in as many games.
Ayo (boys and girls singles) also lost out at the quarter final stage to Akwa Ibom.
Team Rivers has unfortunatel, suffered disqualification in squash after beating Edo and Delta. The team was so disqualified because of not registering the required number of players in the event. The chess team was also involved in a difficult race to survive, trailing the front runners after the first round and blitz sessions.
One of the state’s major forte, cycling, has also failed to deliver a medal so far but the coach, Emmanuel Onisanya said he was happy with his team’s performance and still hopeful in the forthcoming events.
Meanwhile, the unofficial medals table shows that Team Delta leads the log comfortably with 32 gold medals; Edo State in distant second position follows with eight gold and Plateau State third with four gold medals.

By: Gabriel Nwanetanya

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Army Tasks Community On Fight Against Crime

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The Nigerian Army Six Division has sensitised the people of Emuoha Local Government Area on the need to collaborate with the military by giving out useful information that will assist in fighting crime in the area.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig- General Mohammed Danja, said this at an event for Exercise Still Water town hall security meeting in Emuoha.
General Danja said the exercise which was in joint effort with other sister agencies was put in place to fight crime during the ember months.
On his part, the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Chidi Lloyd, commended the army and urged the people of Emuoha not to panic when they see deployment of troops in the area.
Meanwhile, Major C.S Gboma in his lecture, said security was crucial because without security, there would be threat in every sector.
Reports say that some repentant cultists at the Exercise Still Water town hall meeting promised not to go back to crime and criminality and pleaded for forgiveness .

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Banigo Urges Victims Of Sexual Abuse To Speak Up

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The State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Banigo says survivors of sexual abuse must speak up for the perpetrators of the heinous crime to be punished.
Dr Banigo stated this during a sensitisation campaign on the theme “Dealing with Mental Health and Sexual Abuse in Unity Schools”, organizes by the Support the Girl Child Initiative Programme of her Office at the Federal Government College in Port Harcourt.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant, Barr Inegogo Fubara, the Dr Banigo said the programme was put together because of the importance she attached to the mental and psychological health of the young people, adding that it was part of the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day and the International Day of the Girl Child.
The Deputy Governor, who urged the students to take the programme seriously, said they should see the guidance counsellor of the school whenever they are depressed for proper counselling, stressing that they must speak out whenever they face any form of abuse.
“I want you to understand that the fact that you have been sexually abused is not the end of life, there is life after rape, and there is life after sexual abuse. Do not keep quiet about it, even if it was done at home or in school, please speak up.” Dr Banigo quipped.
According to the deputy governor, “rape is a criminal offence that is punishable, and the punishment for rape is life imprisonment”.
She said even children could be jailed for rape, adding that for a child the punishment could be 14years in imprisonment.
Dr Banigo said in 2018, Protect the Girl Child Initiative, organised its first Mental and Sexual Abuse Seminar at the Federal Government Girls College Abuloma, where links about sexual violence and how to stop it and ensure that the voices of survivors were heard were set up.
According to her, “at the seminar in Abuloma, a female student who had been violated repeatedly, since she was eight years old, came out, and the Protect the Girl Child Initiative, in the Office of the Deputy Governor was able to take her out of the environment, provided a safe home for her and ensured that the perpetrator was reported to the police, today she is in her 200 levels in the University”.
She added that, a similar programme for about 1,300 students was held at Holy Rosary College in 2018, where, for the first time, many students understood what it meant to be sexually abused, and realised that it was not the end of the world.
In his presentation on the topic, “Depression: How to Recognise and Deal with It”, a consultant neuropsychiatrist in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Dr Chukwuma Oke Afor, said depression had to do with un-controlled sadness, lack of interest in the things the person used to love in the past as well as fatigue.
He also said inability to sleep; having a feeling of hopelessness and the desire to end one’s life were signs of depression, while noting that counselling by a trusted person could help to salvage the situation.
The representative from the Doctors without Borders, Onyinye Anaba, who spoke on the topic: “Sexual Abuse and Where to Find Help”, frowned at the situation whereby victims of sexual abuse were blamed for the crime instead of naming and shaming the perpetrators.

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