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RSUST Launches e-Voting For 2016 SUG Election

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The Commissioner for
Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George has commended the leadership of the Students Union Government of the Rivers State University  of Science and Technology (RSUST) for modifying their electoral process through e-voting.
Tam-George made the commendation during the e-voting project launch of the 2016 SUG election in Port Harcourt.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of ICT, Mr Kenneth Okujagu, lauded the initiative, saying that it will go a long way to eliminate electoral skirmishes during students union elections.
The project, which was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Blessing Chimezie Didia, would guard against rigging and strengthen the election of candidates of choice as well as encourage peaceful and transparent conduct of elections.
Speaking at the launch, Didia lauded the initiative, and assured the students that no lecturer will downgrade any student because of personal interest. He pointed out that time has come when students who gained admission into the university would graduate exactly at the preferred duration of study, and prayed that soon the university will be seen as the most peaceful institution in Nigeria.
The vice chancellor gave credit to the conduct of the students, which he said, accounted for his being retained as the VC of the institution, and enjoined them to continue to conduct themselves in a civilised manner.
Earlier, Dean, Students Affairs, Dr Zeb Obipi had expressed joy that history has been made in the university as the students will be putting into practice the e-voting to herald new leadership of choice without rancour and acrimony, noting that RSUST was the first amongst universities to launch the e-voting.
Obipi said that for the first time in the university, students have a unified data where they are allowed to vote without fear of molestation or harassment.
In her opening remarks, Acting President of the Students Union Government (SUG), Nnaa Faith Barigboto, said that out of the passion to give the students a new face, the e-voting was introduced to enable students vote candidates of their choice, as she commended the VC for his support in making their dream come true.
Barigboto encouraged the students to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner to make the e-voting a success.
Highlight of the launch was the e-voting exercise by the students. At present was the President of the RSUST Alumni Association, Dr Gladson Nwokah, among others.

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PHED Intensifies Fault Clearing Amidst Rising Threats By Afam Youths

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The management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc., PHED, says it has commenced intensive fault clearing in its franchise area, particularly in Rivers State amidst rising threats by Afam youths. 
In a statement released to the media, The PHED  management said the move became imperative as the company intend to keep its commitment to customers notwithstanding the prevailing restriction in movement that may impede fault clearing at odd hours, especially in Rivers State.
The PHED management declared that, “We therefore wish to use this medium to publicly discountenance the fake story clogging the media space about PHED destroying its own equipment.
Contrary to the report, the aforementioned community is known for its violence and intimidation towards PHED staff”. 
The statement pointed out that the habitual hostility towards the staff of the company informed management’s decision to engage security operatives in its drive to clear faults on the lines over the weekend. 
It added that the hostilities of Afam Community and the eventual  shut down of PHED business operations on three occasions: January 2017, January 2018 and August 2020, amidst threats of bodily harm to our staff, were widely reported through different media
The PHED management, however, frowned at such destructions and threats to their operations, stating that the company will not hesitate to invoke the law to bring perpetrators to book.
The company advised its esteemed customers to use the  24/7 call centre on 070022557433 and verify social media handles @PHEDconnect to channel their specific complaint, and encourage its customers to partner with PHED by paying their bills promptly to enable the company deliver on its promises.

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Police Move Against Use Of Unauthorised SPY Number Plates In Rivers

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The Police have started the enforcement of the ban on use of SPY number plates by unauthorised persons in Rivers State.
They have also suspended the issuance of permits to use tinted glasses in vehicles.
Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman, directed the moves to check rising wave of insecurity across the country.
Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr Eboka Friday, directed the enforcement in the state, according to a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by the command’s spokesman, SP Nnamdi Omoni.
Omoni stated that CP Friday ordered strict compliance with the directive by the command’s heads of tactical units, divisional police officers and heads of departments.
“The command has started the retrieval of spy plate numbers from unauthorized users as well as suspended the issuance of new tinted glass permits.
“Members of the public, particularly residents of the state are expected to immediately re-adjust and comply with the directives, as machinery has been put in place to ensure total compliance.
“To this end, officers have been deployed in this regard, and they will be going round to monitor compliance,’’ he stated.
Omoni quoted CP Friday as saying, however, that vehicles with permits issued before the IGP’s directive remained in the clear and could continue to enjoy their permits.
According to him, the issuance of new permits is currently halted pending the release of a new protocol that will regulate permits in accordance with extant law.
He added that the commissioner of police said: “officers are sternly warned to be courteous, polite and professional as well as by all means necessary, avoid acts inimical to the police force.
“Officers are expected to conduct themselves professionally in the discharge of this all-important national assignment aimed at strengthening our internal security.’’

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Monarch Seeks Policy To Checkmate Illegal Mineral Extraction

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The Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, has called on the Federal Government to promulgate a policy that would checkmate illegal extraction of resources in the North and South of the country.
Jaja made the call while playing host to the participants of the Senior Executive Course 43, of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) during an interactive session at the council’s auditorium in Port Harcourt recently.
The monarch opined that a general policy to checkmate the illegal extraction of mineral resources in the country should be put in place, rather than prohibiting those in the South and allowing those in the Northern part of the country without check.
According to him, any society that fails to ensure equity and fairness amongst its citizens is bound to face agitations and threat of all kinds, adding that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
The monarch noted that before the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates into the Nigerian nation, animal herding had been a popular farming system without any form of hostility, pointing out that it is unfortunate that herders now abandon their bush tracks through which they bred their animals in the past and prefer to go through farmlands.
He therefore urged the herders to stick to the peaceful practices of the past so that the citizens of the country would continue to live together in peace as one people.
He frowned at frantic efforts being made by some disgruntled elements to destroy the peace of the nation, stressing that irrespective of the many man-related problems currently plaguing the nation, all hands must be on deck for a friendly dialogue that would help the people of this great country to forge ahead than killing and destroying lives and property.
Jaja called on the participants to help persuade the management of multi-national oil companies to consider creating job opportunities for the teeming youths of Rivers State, regretting that the companies, instead of carrying out their corporate social responsibilities to their host communities, create factions among the youths to foment trouble in the communities.
In his speech, the leader of the delegation, who is also the Director of Staff, Prof Fatai Aramu, said the group decided to visit the council in order to tap from the wealth of experience of the traditional rulers who are the custodian of the traditions and customs of the people in order to enhance policy and programme implementation in Nigeria, pointing out that Rivers State was chosen because of its outstanding performance in policy programme and project execution.

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