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RSG Plans Against Impending Floods

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The Rivers State Government says it has put in proactive measures to avert an impending flooding in the state.
The Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Barr. Kenneth Kobani disclosed this in Port Harcourt shortly after a stakeholders meeting on flooding in the state, which was attended by Chairmen of Local government Areas, LGAs and Permanent Secretaries of Ministries incharge of natural disaster emergency management among others.
The SSG said the meeting was to evolve strategies of managing the disaster and avert untold consequences, adding that sensitization campaign would be carried out across the state on the issue.
Kobani, warned against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water ways and canals which affect free flow of water in the drainages and other outlets.
He further disclosed that flood control committees would be set up in the flood-prone LGAs, as well as state Emergency Management Authority, which would supervise directly, matters relating to natural disasters.
He pointed out that the bodies would work in conjunction with relevant Ministries and agencies charged with the responsibility of managing flood disaster.
The SSG, also disclosed that the Rivers State Government will monitor the distribution of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to avoid theft and diversion of the materials. He added that the Government will also check illegal dredging activities noting that defaulters will face the full wrath of the law.
Kobani restated the commitment of the state government to partner with relevant donor agencies such as Unital in the management of flood disasters.
The flood prone LGAs include; Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Abua/Odual, Degema, Asari Toru, Akuku Toru, Ahoada West, Ahoada East and Ogba Egbema/Ndoni LGAs.
It would be recalled that residents of most of these LGAs were displaced by a devastating flood few years ago.
Meanwhile, following imminent flood alert by the Nigerian Meterogical Agency (NiMET) the Rivers State government and local council authorities are currently synergizing and collaborating on how best to combat the devastating effects of the impending flood on lives, properties and farms.
While the state government team is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Kobani, the councils have their chairmen in the attendance with a view to averting the pitfalls witnessed during the 2006, 2007 and 2012 floods which devastated several communities with attendant hardship on the people.
The interface between the second and third tiers of government in the state, The Tide gathered was occasioned by the complaints by the councils that they did not have the financial capacity to handle such natural disasters.
Our Correspondents who visited Abua/Odual, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Ahoada East and West councils interviewed the council chairmen and a cross-section of the people and the lamentations were virtually the same: lack of funds and infrastructural facilities to cater for the victims of the impending flood.
Issues bordering on relief materials such as food stuff, medicals, (drugs and personnel) shelter, security, water-borne diseases and financial constraints topped the agenda of the councils, most of which are relying on schools, churches and other public buildings to accommodate the victims of the impending flood.
The Tide investigations revealed that most councils have inaugurated flood management committees to oversee matters relating to the flood when it eventually surfaces.
In the four flood-prone local government areas of ONELGA, ABOLGA, AWELGA and AELGA, the committees have set out for work, sensitizing the locals on the imminent flood and the need to go for early harvest of crops to avoid total destruction.
ONELGA Chairman, Augustine Ahiamadu told The Tide that the council has commenced full sensitization of communities in the area to create awareness but appealed to the state government to bail out the council from the impending disaster as it does not have the financial muscle to battle the menace.
Ahiamadu explained that the three Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) centres located at Omoku, Egbema and Eerema will be used as camps for refugees of flood victims but appealed to the state government to release funds from the State Ecological fund to battle the menace. He also called for the dredging of Orashi and Sombriero Rivers to avert over-flow of the rivers to communities and farmlands.
The council boss contended that the way to avert the mistakes of the 2012 flood disaster was to ensure that adequate food items, security, medicals and shelter were in place to ameliorate the effect on the people.
His counterpart and Chairman of Abua/Odual Local Government Area, Oyiekuoto Isaac Ukwe said the council has braced up for the flood as the issues of shelter, poor sanitary condition of camps, insecurity, personnel, which were hallmarks of the 2012 flood had been addressed.
On sensitization of the people and communities prone to flood, the Chairmen stated that the council held several meetings with traditional rulers, chiefs, farmers, community leaders and the youth of 27 communities to create awareness and also set up a 12-member flood management committee to address the flood issue.
He said over 12 camps will be used to shelter victims of the flood in Abua/Odual noting that evacuation of victims will commence as soon as the council witnesses the flood.
The Tide visited the Ahoada East Local government area, and observed that construction work was on-going at a permanent site for Internally Displaced Persons which will also be used for flood victims.

 

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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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