The Niger Delta Develop
ment Commission (NDDC), says it will continue to boost empowerment programmes as a means of building the capacity of youth and engaging them in meaningful economic activities.
The NDDC Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, said this during the presentation of empowerment items to women and youth at the launching of the Obi Francis Nwaoboshi Foundation (OFNF), at the Cenotaph in Asaba, Delta State.
Ekere, who was represented by the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Engr Samuel Adjogbe, enjoined the recipients of the empowerment items to use them judiciously to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
He said: “This is a good opportunity for the people of Delta State, particularly those from Delta North Senatorial District. I believe recipients of the different items will be able to put them to good use.”
The NDDC boss underlined the importance of youths in the socio-economic and political development of any country, assuring that the commission would continue to initiate programmes that would equip them for sustainable development.
While presenting the items, the NDDC chief executive officer charged the beneficiaries to remain focused and direct their energies to productive ventures.
The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, lauded the initiative of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, stating that the foundation set up in memory of his father would not only empower the youth of the Delta North Senatorial District, but would also help cushion the effect of the current economic recession in the country.
Nwaoboshi, founder of the OFNF and the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Niger Delta, said that the programme was aimed at identifying and empowering the youth with a view to positioning them for economic independence and social stability.
The senator, who represents Delta North Senatorial District, said he was giving his people the leverage which would place them on the part of “economic regeneration and entrepreneurial capitalization.”
He said further: “On the whole, I have set out the sum of N150million to empower my senatorial district and help infuse hope where there is despair, joy where there is sadness and prosperity where there is poverty. Commencing with the sharing of 1,000 bags of rice, to the distribution of 98 motorcycles, Nine tricycle (Keke Napep), sharing of N50, 000 each to 400 people to the tune of N20million.”
Nwaoboshi remarked that the holy book enjoined people to be their brother’s keeper.
He added: “The parable of the Good Samaritan also teaches us to take care of our neighbour. As a catholic, I am conscious of the fact that this is the year of mercy and we must engage in corporal works of mercy by sharing whatever we have with others. As a politician, I am also an apostle of stomach infrastructures.”
Wike Approves Recognition Of New Monarchs
The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers now has new entrants, following Governor Nyesom Wike’s approval and the recognition of two monarchs, yesterday.
The two new government-recognised traditional rulers are, Okan-Ama of Ataba in Andoni Local Government Area, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII; and Amanyanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V); both in Rivers State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Felix Odumgweru who presided over a brief but colourful ceremony at the Ministry’s Conference Room, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the event was in fulfilment of the governor’s promise to recognize and upgrade more deserving monarchs.
Odumgweru said, “On September 13, 2019, there was an elaborate ceremony to give recognition to 84 government-recognized traditional rulers. His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike made mention that the windows and the doors for more recognitions, more upgrading will still be open to well-deserving traditional rulers as recommended by their various people and communities.
“To put effect to that, he (the governor) mentioned that some have also been recognized but could not take part in that ceremony. At this point, we want to inform you that His Excellency has graciously given approval to the recognition of the following persons as I would read out and you would sign off your papers of recognition.
“I humbly write to inform you that His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, we welcome and inform “HRH, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII, Okan-Ama of Ataba, Andoni LGA and HRH, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V), Amayanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akoko/Toru LGA, both in Rivers State.
CMD Lauds Wike Over Rivers Teaching Hospital Facelift
Management of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), has said that the facility has experienced increased patronage following massive renovation and reequipping of facilities by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government.
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, who disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, stated that Governor Wike had last year upgraded the hospital to a teaching hospital for the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University.
“It was in totality, a change that is in line with New Vision for quality health for Rivers people. What is happening here is phenomenal because there are so many ongoing projects in the hospital premises being carried out by the current administration.
“So, what it means is that the upgrade has brought a lot of changes in the hospital. What is happening here, we, the management and staff, doctors owe the government and people of Rivers State to offer quality services bearing in mind the enormous investment here because a lot is expected now from us.
“We’re very grateful to the Governor. That is why you see what is happening because the people have also responded. It is not just the change in the look, there is a change in the attitude of our people because they have seen government commitment to change the place and they can see the commitment. The processes also have to change for better. We have new management, new team, and new focus,” he said, noting that the hospital now has a clearer vision and mission.
“I must tell you we are having more patronage amidst work that is ongoing here because you will see that the number of functional beds that we here have reduced due largely to the quality of service we offer.
“The hospital used to be 375 to 380 bed capacity hospital, but now, with renovation, the number of beds went down to 200 to 240 depending on where they are renovating per time.”, he said.
RSHA Passes Road Maintenance, Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill
After intense debate, last Monday, the Rivers State House of Assembly finally passed the state Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 into law.
The bill, which scaled through the first and second readings before it was passed into law, witnessed robust debate on the floor of the House.
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, who presented the bill, said it seeks to increase the number of members of the board.
He suggested that the board should have 15 persons as against the nine persons in the principal law.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ehie; Chief Whip, Hon. Evans Bipi; and Hon. Michael Chinda of Obio/Akpor Constituency II and other legislators, aligned themselves by supporting the expansion of the board from nine to 15 members.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has screened and confirmed 11 nominees of members of the Governing Board of Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency.
This follows a letter from the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the screening and confirmation of the nominees.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, urged the nominees to serve towards effective delivery.
The nominees include, Prince Timothy Nsirim and 10 others, who were screened and confirmed on the floor of the House, last Monday during plenary.
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