Buoyed by its one-year anniversary success story of giving Port Harcourt and its environs a facelift, the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has launched a mobile application aimed at interfacing with the citizenry to make their job more efficient.
Unveiling the software device while receiving the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Environment at its corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt yesterday,. Chairman of RIWAMA, Bro Felix Obuah said the agency decided to leverage on the use of technology for efficient and strategic planning.
The RIWAMA boss added that the mobile app, known as ‘RIWAMA Mobile’, was designed by an indigenous IT/Geospatial consultant known as E-Sense Technology Ltd, with the aim of strategically involving the citizenry in the waste management effort.
“Before now, there was a huge gap between RIWAMA and the public. This app will successfully bridge that gap. Rather than rely completely on RIWAMA staff for monitoring, members of the public can be co-opted into this monitoring and reporting process using this app, and once a citizen reports an issue of where heaps of wastes are found, it instantly prompts the designated staff of RIWAMA to initiate action,” he said.
He expressed confidence that the mobile app would boost the efficiency of the planning and operational processes as well as bridge the gap with the citizens.
He revealed that citizens can perform critical functions such as search for nearest receptacles to your current location with the result displayed on an interactive map; search for nearest receptacles to a specified address; view pictures of nearest receptacles; report defaulting contractors and report illegal dump sites and receptacles.
He further added that citizens can also report unsafe practices or any other related issues; receive instant messages and read related news items.
Obuah told the House Committee that the application is what he called, ‘location intelligence,’ stating that it is designed using modern programming tools in line with industry standards and global best practices.
The RIWAMA sole administrator further disclosed that the web portal can be accessed via the address www.riwama.com.ng, while the mobile app can be downloaded from the Android Play Store by typing “RIWAMA Mobile” in the search field, adding that mobile app would be available on other mobile app stores in the coming weeks.
According to the RIWAMA boss, one key advantage of this application is that it can report your location accurately, and it can be viewed on the map. “What it means is that you can report directly from the field, and it will accurately resolve and inherit your current location in the report”.
His words: “Using the Geospatial Portal, RIWAMA staff can now plan better, and manage resources and personnel more efficiently. They can view spatially, all points of interest such as receptacles and dump sites interactively on the map as well as perform complex analysis such as tonnage analysis by zone proximity analysis”.
Responding, leader of the delegation and Chairman of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo, thanked Bro. Felix Obuah for not only rebranding the Agency but also consciously restoring the Garden-City status of Port Harcourt.
He described the use of the mobile app as a turning point in the waste management efforts of the Agency and urged the sole administrator to keep up the tempo.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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