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Foundation Tasks Okrika Students On Science Courses …As Two Get Scholarships

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Rivers youth have been advised never to allow their poor backgrounds and limitations of circumstances deprive them from developing their God-given potentials.
Professor Owen Tam Adikibi, gave the advice during the official launch and maiden scholarship awards presentation of the Professor Owen Tam Adikibi Foundation (POTAF) in Kalio-Ama, Okrika, Rivers State, recently.
Adikibi said: “I was disturbed with the wastage of youngsters in my community due to widespread poverty, which has forced youngsters not to develop their full potentials. This made me develop a means of supporting youngsters to attend secondary and university education in order for them to develop their potentials.
“I did not allow the limitations of circumstance of my poor background deter me as I struggled against tough financial constraints in my educational pursuit. That determination enabled me attend the prestigious University of Ibadan, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees in Economics through a Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria scholarship awards in conjunction with Rockefeller Scholarship Foundation and Rivers State Government of Nigeria. As a product of scholarship awards, I want to give back too to the society and country at large,” Adikibi added.
He explained the rationale for restricting the POTAF scholarship to only students with specialty in key areas of Sciences, especially Medicine, Engineering and Computer Science, emphasising that secondary schools no longer concentrate on the important aspects of studies capable of developing the industrial base of the nation.
He expressed disappointment that despite the huge number of applicants for the undergraduate scholarship programme, only two candidates met the criteria with qualifications in Electrical and Petroleum Engineering, regretting that none has competences in Medicine, adding that he had no option than to award the scholarship to only two instead of three students JAMB offered provisional admission to study Electrical and Petroleum Engineering at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST).
Adikibi noted that they were a large number of brilliant students from Okrika, Ogoloma, Kalio-Ama and Islands around the area deprived of pursuing and developing their capabilities and potentials because of lack of focus and concentration, but urged them to explore the huge opportunities available in science courses to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Adikibi advised teachers in secondary schools to refocus and concentrate more on sciences, particularly medicine as those who do well in the specific field turn out to become human technicians on earth by giving life back to humanity, adding that innovations and creativity form the core of their life.
He added, “My own little way of contributing to humanity, my own little way of worshipping God, and finally, my own little way to give thanks to God for all His blessings, which are not my right, but privileges, is for me to give back to the society, using the POTAF, and I pray that the scholarship foundation lives forever”.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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NAFDAC Warns Against Drug Abuse

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has warned against patronising drug hawkers.
The agency also decried abuse of codeine drugs and self medication.
Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, gave the warning during the flag-off of the agency’s seven-day awareness campaign in Port Harcourt.
Adeyeye cautioned against the use of kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil and the danger of using potassium bromate to bake bread.
The message of the director general which was delivered by the agency’s South-South Zonal Director, Subulade Isijola, also warned against the use of sniper to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat, saying that the chemical in the sniper could be dangerous to human health.
He emphasised on the dangers of transfat and consumption of excessive oil, use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards and low level of exclusive breast feeding practice by lactating mothers and its associated health hazards.
According to Prof. Adeyeye, the sensitisation became necessary to promote health of the people, intensify and expand the scope of the informal and formal behaviour change communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroot.
The Tide reports that representatives of pharmaceutical organisations, Nigerian Customs, Federal Road Sefaty Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Civil Society Organisations, community leaders amongst others were present at the awareness campaign.

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Council Partners Navy Over Insecurity On Waterways

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The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Council, Bar. Erastus Charles Awortu, has stated his administration’s readiness to support the Nigerian Navy to address the menace of insecurity along waterways of the area.
The council boss made this known when he briefly stopped over at a Navy patrol boat along the waterway while on security official visit to Oyorokoto fishing settlement in the area.
Oyorokoto Community is located at the Coast of Atlantic Ocean in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, It is the largest fishing hub in West Africa. Before the presence of council administration, the area was plagued by issues of insecurity due to brazen attacks by sea pirates and other criminal gangs.
Awortu said his decision to support the personnel of the Nigerian Navy was borne out of the need to stem the tide of insecurity along Andoni waterways.
“We are very much ready to support the Nigerian Navy to help us to achieve peace within the Andoni waterways. We also need your support to address insecurity along our waterways. We have already established a good relationship with the men of Nigerian Navy deployed to Andoni coastal areas, I’m hopeful that this relationship would be beneficial to our effort towards addressing insecurity. We will also encourage the Navy in any way we can”, the chairman said.
Addressing the people of Oyorokoto Community, the council boss expressed his administration’s determination to bring lasting peace, stability and security in Andoni including fishing settlements and coastal areas.
He said the effort is geared toward economic development as well as to attract investors to the area.
According to him, more security men would be deployed to Oyorokoto community and its environs to improve security in the area.
Awortu assured the people of even development that would improve economic activities in all fishing settlements as well as sustain the existing peace in the area.
He said no amount of money spent in safeguarding the lives of people and properties to achieve an enduring peace in the area is a waste.
“We are very passionate about the issue of security. It was sad and unfortunate that when you tune to the radio, you don’t hear any good thing about Andoni, what you hear are kidnapping, sea piracy, cult killing, armed robbery and chieftaincy crisis”.

When I came into office only two security men were deployed to secure the whole of Oyorokoto and its environs which was grossly inadequate. I felt this wasn’t the right way to address the security challenges in the area.
“However the story is different today as we have been able to secure and facilitate increased deployment of security personnel to Oyorokoto and its environs to provide adequate security in the area. We are spending much to sustain the increased deployment of security personnel in Oyorokoto and other parts of Andoni”. Awortu said.
The Council Chairman while urging the people to maintain good relationship with security operatives deployed to the area, hinted that his administration has taken measures to curb the spate of attacks by Sea pirates and other criminal gangs.
He assured the people that the council will played more priority to ensured that activities of the criminals do not impact negatively on the businesses of the Small-Scale Fishermen and women at the Coastal Communities.
Awortu also promised to intervene in the area of Education in Oyorokoto Fishing Settlement and pledged to draw the attention of the relevant authorities in the Education Sector of Rivers State to public schools in the area.
Coastal Communities also visited by the Council Chairman Erastus Awortu includes AmaNsan, IbotokponMbaba, and Oyorokotoetc.

By: Enoch Epelle

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Again, Gunmen Kill Two In Ogoni Community

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Some unidentified gunmen in the wee hours of yesterday invaded Ka-Bori Community in Khana Local Government Area of the State, killing two persons.
An indigene of the area, who craved anonymity told newsmen that the victims were two females and a male.
One of the victims reportedly died on the spot.
The other victim was rushed to a medical facility where she is currently receiving treatment.
The natives have in the meantime, accused people of Kono-Boue Community of complicity in the attack.
The natives said security agencies had moved into the community to restore normalcy even as no arrest had been made.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Kono-Boue Community Development Committee (CDC), Golden Nwibakpo has described as untrue insinuations that his people were responsible for the attack.
Mr Nwibakpo in a telephone interview said his community had been deserted and his people were roaming about in Bori and did not have the time to plan such an attack.
The image maker of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Superintendent of Police (SP), is yet to react to the incident.

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