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Ministry Set To Rebuild Social Welfare Centres

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom  Wike (left), welcoming INEC’s Rivers State Resident Electoral  Commissioner, Elder Ikiowak Aniedi to Governemt House, Port Harcourt, during a courtesy visit  on  Friday

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left), welcoming INEC’s Rivers State Resident Electoral
Commissioner, Elder Ikiowak Aniedi to Governemt House, Port Harcourt, during a courtesy visit on Friday

Worried by the dilapi
dated condition of infrastructure at the Rivers State Rehabilitation Centre, Iriebe in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and the government-approved School, Borikiri in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, the state government plans to commence reconstruction of the various centres for effective service delivery.
The State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehailitation, Hon. Damiete Harpert-Miller, gave this indication when he led other management staff of the ministry on a familarsation visit to all the agencies under his ministry to keep abreast with the working of the various agencies as well as take inventory of the condition of infrastructure in the centres.
Demiete averred that Governor Nyesom Wike was passionate about the plight of the less privileged  in  society, and would address the plight of the affected institutions soon.
The commissioner stated that when the reconstruction work begins in those centres special attention would be given to the rehabilitation of hostels, roads and drainage system at the Iriebe rehabilitation centre while efforts would be made to refurbish offices as well as provide electricity at the government approved school, Borikiri.
He said if the past administration had taken into consideration the sufferings of the less privileged and not abandoned the centres the condition of infrastructure in those areas would have been different.
According to him, the ministry would strive to work beyond mere adoption of children and settlement of family disputs, adding that the ministry’s scope of operation will also cover the registration of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and civil society  groups in the state.
The commissioner disclosed that the ministry would soon begin the clamp down on the various baby factories in the state with a view to bringing the children to government custody and upkeep.
Damiete used the opportunity to solicit for public and private partnership to enable it fulfil its objectives, adding that ‘people are always visiting children homes, but we have the rehabilitation centres where the lunatics and the destitutes are kept and even the children remand homes are left unattended to,  he lamented.
The commissioner used the opportunity to assure the  staff at the various agencies visited of governemnt’s support to then, adding that government was aware of the challenges confronting them.
Earlier in their various speeches, the principal of Rehabilitation Centre, Iriebe, Mr Asor Livinus an Dr Wibana, Director, Welfare Unit, Governent Approved School Borikiri ward Officer, Remand Home, Borikiri, Mr Wosu Prince, and Matron, Port Harcourt Children Home, Mrs Barile Nwakoch, lauded the commissioner for the visit.

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IAUOE More Developed In Four Years Than Ever -VC

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Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, says the development witnessed during the last four years in the institution has surpassed others before it, since the university was founded in 2009.
Ndimele, who stated this at the weekend during the 12th matriculation ceremony of the school, noted that development was in terms of infrastructure, equipment and admissions.
“We have progressively increased the carrying capacity of the university. We are aggressively expanding on infrastructure to cater for the large influx of students.
“For instance, since my tenure as VC, we have built 72 classrooms/lecture spaces”, he said.
The 72 classrooms and lecture spaces, he continued, include 19 at the new education building, 10 at the new Post Graduate Classrooms, 6 at the new Undergraduate Lecture Halls, and 6 at the Auditorium Extension.
It also includes 2 large Halls at the ICTC, the Seaside Theatre for practicals, 4 large classrooms at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, one Language Laboratory at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, and 9 large Halls at the International Students’ Complex.
Others are 2 classrooms at the International Students’ Complex, an internet hall at the IDL Centre, as well as 6 large Halls and 4 studios at the Faculty of Bussiness Studies Complex.
“We can proudly say that we have built more Classrooms/lecture spaces in the past four years than the school had witnessed from inception”, he said.
In addition to these, the VC noted that virtually all equipment such as wooden benches, broken chairs, etc had been replaced with modern and state-of-the-art furniture.
Ndimele further stated that the university had currently built three new hostels, “which are the best on campus”: The Salvation Hostel, The Graduate Hostel, and The New Haven Hostel A.
The New Haven Layout of the Main campus, he said, was fully funded in 2019 and hosts such structures as the Postgraduate Hostel comprising 160 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, a 100-room capacity Salvation Female Hostel, donated by Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the New Haven Hostel A comprising 264 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, and ten units of Senior Staff toilets.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Expert Discovers Cure For Diabetic Ulcer

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In a bid to fight diabetic ulcer, Rev Cornelius Ngochindo, has made a novel breakthrough and got approval from National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for  a drug that cures diabetic ulcer.
Speaking at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, Prof Ngochindo said the discovery of cure for diabetic ulcer which had defiled all treatments world wide is a measure to end the amputation of diabetic patients.
    He described the Ngobebe herbal cream as his own contribution to the betterment of humanity and called on the government to partner with him for the benefit of diabetic patients.
    According to him, his is also another source of revenue for the government as people all over the world need the cream.
      Explaining further, he said in diabetic patients, there are sludges in the blood vessels which impede the free flow of blood along the affected parts of the body, noting that if it is ever pricked by nail or the region suffers any injuries with time, no blood flows into that region. The lack of flow of blood into the affected parts because of the blockade of the blood vessels, he said, causes diabetic ulcer.
  He likened Ngobebe herbal cream to the work of a plumber by gently and slowly dissolving and removing the precipitations, thus a free way of flow of blood and nutrients is secured and brings about the cure.
   He informed that if the sugar level inside the body system was very high, it would be difficult to heal the ulcer.

By: Miracle Peters

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Groups Sue For Peace, Sustainable Development In Ogoniland

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Stakeholders at the Emergency Summit on Leadership and Security in Ogoniland, organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of United MOSOP Forum, at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Bori, Ogoni Diocese, have urged Ogonis to work in unity to promote  peace and sustainable development in Ogoniland.
The stakeholders in a unanimous decision at the end of the summit said the objectives of the Ogoni struggle as embedded in the Ogoni Bill of Rights, can only be achieved when Ogonis operate in one accord and resist external infiltrations that undermines the collective interest of the people.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the event, Chief Kpoobari Badom,  commended the organisers of the summit and urged Ogonis to close ranks and work out their political and economic liberation and take their rightful  position among the comity of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
In the lead paper presentation, Rear Admiral  Ncholas Bakpo  (Retired) stated that the time was ripe for Ogonis to address the leadership crisis in Ogoni, noting that the dearth of focused leadership was the bane of Ogoni development
In his welcome address , Chairman, United MOSOP Forum , Augustine Dinebari Kpuinen, said the Summit was a platform  to enable Ogonis discuss their common problems  of  insecurity,  leadership and underdevelopment .
He emphasised the need for an Ogoni State and for Ogoni resources to be used to develop Ogoniland, pointing out that Ogonis will  no longer  sit back and play the second fiddle in the affairs of the Nigerian state.
Also speaking a foremost Ogoni patriot, and one of the organsers of the summit, Dr Leesi Gborogosi, thanked the stakeholders for their concern for the development of Ogoni.

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