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Investment In Knowledge, Economy, Panacea For Dev – Tam-George

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The Rivers State Com
missioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam- George, has identified a shift from the monolithic oil based economy to knowledge economy as a panacea for sustainable development in the society.
Dr Tam-George gave the hint while speaking as a special guest on Sun Rise Daily, a live programme on Channels Television.
The commissioner noted that over-dependence on natural economy has stifled the prospect of economic growth in our society, and pointed out that; “human capital potentials and not oil is the greatest and most dependable asset”.
He said the Rivers State Government in line with the new Rivers Vision was setting the pace in effective development of human capital potentials, through investment in the education sector to attain a  knowledge driven economy.
The commissioner also emphasised the need fqr the diversification of  the economy by taking advantage of the huge potentials in the Agricultural sector beyond subsistence to mechanised farming to boost food sufficiency.
According to him “lack of commitment of government  to its social contract with the people breeds skepticism among the people who see government as predatory and hostile”
He stressed the need for the various arms of governments to operate within the ambit of their constitutional role and in line with the principle of separation of powers.
“The unfettered interference in the activitieis of the legislative arm of Government in Rivers State by the previous administration in the State, made the Legislature an appendage of the· executive, as legislative duties were conducted inside government house”.
Commenting on the complaints of most State Governments over their inability to pay the 18 thousand naira minimum wage as a result of drop in Federal allocation, Dr Tam George said such claims were scandalous.
Rather, he called on states to invest in  entrepreneurial and technological education to develop knowledge so as to create wealth.
Dr Tam-George said the Rivers State Government was poised to diversify its tax regime and also equip its educational institutions to become centres of excellence, through more funding, research and collaboration with foreign institutions.

 

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Rivers State Commissioner for information and Communications,  Dr. Austin Tam-George (2nd right),  with Director  of Administration, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Godpower O. Ordu (left), Chairman, RATTAWU, Rivers State council, Comrade, Opi Erekosima (right) and Assistant Secretary, RATTAWU, Ebi Ogolo (2nd left), during a courtesy visit to the commissioner in Port Harcourt, yesterday Photo: Egberi  A. Sampson

Rivers State Commissioner for information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George (2nd right), with Director of Administration, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Godpower O. Ordu (left), Chairman, RATTAWU, Rivers State council, Comrade, Opi Erekosima (right) and Assistant Secretary, RATTAWU, Ebi Ogolo (2nd left), during a courtesy visit to the commissioner in Port Harcourt, yesterday Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

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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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