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Chief of Staff, Government House, Hon. Emeka Woke (2nd left), in a handshake with Chairman, National Youth Council, Rivers State chapter, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe, while the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Sir Clifford N. Walter (3rd left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Mrs. Clara Tam Nmebe watch, at a public function in Port Harcourt, recently.

Chief of Staff, Government House, Hon. Emeka Woke (2nd left), in a handshake with Chairman, National Youth Council, Rivers State chapter, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe, while the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Sir Clifford N. Walter (3rd left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Mrs. Clara Tam Nmebe watch, at a public function in Port Harcourt, recently.

Mr Amos Kelsius, The
Rivers State  Coordinator, State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) of the European Union, Mr. Amos Kelsius yesterday said 2,500 youth would be employed through the project.
Kelsius told newsmen in Abuja that the youth were expected to be employed in the informal sector in the state.
He said they would be trained in welding, fabrication, electronic and fashion designing and other skills.
Our Correspondent  reports that the SEEFOR is a project being funded through an EU 80 million Euro support programme in collaboration with the World Bank.
The project is being implemented by the National Planning Commission in four pilot states in the Niger-Delta mainly Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers.
Kelsius said that no fewer than 800 jobs had been generated for the youth in the state, adding that more youth would benefit from the project by the last quarter of the year.
“A lot of youth have been given employment through our Public Works Programme and technical and vocational schools owned by government in the state have also received a boost.
“We have built the capacity of instructors in those schools; we have provided them with instruction materials, and are trying to improve the capacity of students as well.
“ The momentum to reform the public funds is also on going and we are doing some reforms in budgeting under the project,’’ he said.
On the payment of counterpart funding, he said that Rivers State Government had complied with the funding in implementing the project.
He said that the benefiting states were expected to pay N150 million per annum for a period of five years.
“We contributed N150 million in 2014 and we are planning to pay this year.’’
Kelsiu, however, said that the state was facing some challenges in implementing the public work component of the project, noting that the state experienced delay in safety issues.
The coordinator also said that the state had faced challenges in the management of the youth and their expectations.
In addition to close marking the youth, he said they needed to close mark the contractors to achieve success in the project.
“The tax implementation is the greatest area we are having challenges in public works but we have devised strategies to handle the challenge,’’ he said.
The coordinator said that the project had enhanced the opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services in the state.
He said that the project had also improved the expenditure management in the state and exposed the trainees to the possibility of getting jobs in the formal sector.
“There is possibility for the trainees to get jobs in formal sectors as some construction companies have already indicated interest in employing them.
“We will further train them so that they can be relevant in other sectors of the economy apart from the construction sector,’’ Kelsius said.

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RIWAMA Begins Sensitisation On Waste Management

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The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), has commenced an enlightenment programme to educate members of the public on waste management methods and the hazards associated with dumping of wastes at unauthorized places and outside government approved hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.
The Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro. Felix Obuah who flagged off the exercise in Port Harcourt said the public enlightenment programme was necessitated by what he described as the untoward attitude of some residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs, who still engage in indiscriminate dumping of wastes, and outside government approved hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.
Obuah regretted that the Agency had consistently, on many occasions and at different fora, warned residents against the indiscriminate dumping of wastes, assuring that RIWAMA would not relent in the vigorous enlightenment to ensure residents imbibe the habit of hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
The public enlightenment campaign which has kicked off saw the Enlightenment Team led by Environmental Sanitation Officers visit Miles 1, 2 and 3 Diobu in Port Harcourt.
The Enlightenment Team will on daily basis visit other areas in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs.
While also reminding residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs that the ban on indiscriminate dumping of wastes on Market Sanitation Days and the dumping of wastes outside the dumping hours of 6pm-12 midnight remains in force, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator appealed to them to comply with the ban as the Agency would arrest and prosecute offenders.

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Fake PHED Staff Nabbed In PH

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A middle-aged man that has been parading himself as a staff of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHED) was recently apprehended at the Aba Road axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Tide investigation revealed that the suspect, whose name was given as Brian Claude Anucha, while masquerading as a PHED staff, had approached a customer, Emmanuel Nte, and offered to assist him to activate his account and subsequently pay his bills. 
The customer was said to have given him the sum of N220,000.00 (Two hundred and twenty thousand naira) for the purpose, but the said Anucha went at large after collecting the money.
The Tide gathered that the affected PHED customer reported the incident to a staff of the company during a routine customer check and on getting the tip,  the company alerted  security personnel to monitor the area so as to apprehend the fraudster.
The effort eventually yielded result after a couple of days as  Anucha was apprehended.
Reacting to the ugly incident, Mr. Nte thanked PHED for their prompt response and commitment to resolving the issue which led to the arrest of the fraudster. Meanwhile, Mr. Anucha has been handed over to the police. He will be charged to court for the law to take its full course.
 A press statement signed by the Acting Manager Corporate Communication of PHED,  Chioma Aninwe, and made available to the Tide, reiterated the earlier warnings of the company to the public against making cash payments to individuals to guard against such ugly incidents. 
The statement pointed out that the Management of PHED was completely dissociated with any transaction outside PHED offices, designated banks,and accredited agents, were customers are expected to get due receipts at the points of payments.
The PHED management cautionef the public against any cash dealing with anybody on behalf of the organisation.

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Nigeria’ll Not Break Up -Cleric

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The National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has said that in spite of the security challenges currently facing Nigeria, the country would not break up, as it is going to wax stronger and remain one united and a indivisible nation.
Oke, who made the remarks while speaking with newsmen at the end of a two-day conference tagged, ‘Supernatural Encounter’ organised by the Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State Chapter in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said through the divine intervention of God, the country would overcome the festering challenges and also not witness another Civil War.
He said the challenges of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, Fulani herdsmen’s threat and other atrocities would soon fizzle out and the country would wax stronger, and urged Nigeirans to remain calm and seek God’s face with prayers.
“ I want everybody in Nigeria to keep calm. Don’t be afraid. These are unusual times. Things are happening like they were not happening before. There is so much tension in the land. Let’s relax. God is in control. And let’s pray and turn to God in true repentance. Nigeria will not scatter. God will bring healing to the land and Nigeria will wax stronger, “ he said.
Oke, who is also the Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, said the conference whose focal point was to bring revival to the body of Christ and for the church to go back to the Apostolic foundation, had ushered in blessings and peace in Rivers State and Nigeria.
Against this backdrop, the PFN President pronounced blessings on Governor Nyesom Wike, his family, the Cabinet and the state government, saying, Rivers State would enjoy sustainable peace.
Oke, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Divine Encounter’ at the event, listed the five triggers and necessary steps the church must follow for it be truly revived.
According to him, they included salvation; prayer and fasting; giving (offering); mission; and sacrifice.
On his part, the President of Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State, Bishop Joseph Ehbohiemen said with the huge success recorded by the conference, “Expect more fire in the altar. Expect more revival in Rivers State. Things we have heard now, we will apply them. We have been revived. The body of Christ, we are growing.”
Ebhohiemen, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Power of Vision’, thanked the PFN President for gracing the occasion.
Also speaking, the National Vice President of PFN, South-South, Apostle David Zilly-Aggrey said Rivers State is privileged to host the PFN President, describing his visit to the state as a new dawn. According to him, PFN has over 60 million members in Nigeria. “It is a great thing to come to Rivers State and bless the land,” he said.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the conference and Presiding Bishop of Kingdom Life Gospel Ministries International Incorporated, Bishop Victor Uzosike said there has never been anything like the conference, describing it as amazing, and thanked God for its success.
On his part, the Financial Secretary of TBF, Bishop Ayo Odunayo said the conference lived up to expectation and has ushered the beginning of revival and restoration of the church.
The Secretary of TBF, Bishop Chris Olisah, spoke on the same breath , describing the conference as a real divine encounter in which lives were transformed.
The conference also had in attendance the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rivers State, Apostle (Dr) Stanley Dimkpa, former Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Religious Matters, Bishop Winston T. Iwo, President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Bishop Dagogo Jack, General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission, Apostle Eugene Ogu and Apostle David Adedeji, among other men of God.

By: Donatus Ebi

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