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RSBC Pledges Support For New Rivers Vision

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Representative of NUJ National Secretariat, Jame Uwem (2nd right) and Vice President, S’South Zone of NUJ, Seyeifa Uzaka (right), congratulating newly elected officers of Rivers State NUJ, shortly after the elections, last Friday.

Representative of NUJ National Secretariat, Jame Uwem (2nd right) and Vice President, S’South Zone of NUJ, Seyeifa Uzaka (right), congratulating newly elected officers of Rivers State NUJ, shortly after the elections, last Friday.

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Corporation (RSBC), operators of Radio Rivers 99.1FM, has pledged its commitment in bringing the vision and mission of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike administration to the doorsteps of Rivers people.
The General Manager of RSBC, Sampson Fiberesima, in a statement in Port Harcourt expressed the joy of management and staff of the corporation over the victory at the polls and assumption of office of Chief Wike as the 5th democratically-elected governor of the state.
Fiberesima said Wike’s victory at the poll clearly showed that “when we unite as a people, there is no obstacle we cannot surmount.”
According to him, the governor’s massive support received from Rivers State during and after the election indicated widespread disenchantment with the previous order and clamouring by Rivers electorate for a government that would protect the collective interest of the state.
The RSBC boss said Rivers State was in need of a dynamic and pragmatic leader who would break the vicious cycle of poverty and oppression that operated against Rivers people.
He remarked that God answered prayers of Rivers people on April 11, 2015 by raising a leader of Wike’s pedigree to retrieve the state from its abysmal depths.
As the voice of the government and people of Rivers State, the RSBC general manager said Radio Rivers 99.1FM would continue to identify with the policies and programmes of the new government in the state as enunciated in the manifesto of the New Rivers Vision.
It would be recalled that on June 20, 2015, Governor Wike ordered the immediate removal of RSBC boss, Ms Mediline Tador and replaced her with Mr. Sampson Fiberesima.
No reason was given for Tador’s removal, but a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, said the appointment of Fiberesima takes immediate effect.

 

Samuel Eleonu

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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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