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Expert Wants NGE To Check Online Media Abuse

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A media expert, Malam Isma’ila Funtua has urged the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) to curb abuses in online and social media platforms in the country.
Funtua gave the charge  in his opening remarks as the Chairman of the 13th All Nigerian Editors’ Conference and Extraordinary Convention in Port Harcourt last Thursday.
Funtua, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Governing Council, said the media was being attacked by unqualified individuals.
He said that Nigeria was the only country where news published online was made available to readers free without charge.
“The leadership of the NGE should be focussed to advancing journalism practice as watchdog of the society.
“Nigeria is the only country where news online are free which is not so in many countries.
“The NGE should check abuse with focus to avoiding being unbiased and disassociate itself from collecting gratification,” he said.
Funtua also enjoined publishers and media owners to pay salaries of their workers, adding that prompt payment of salaries of workers will discourage gratification in the profession.
He said that the nation’s media industry was fiercely competitive and among the fastest growing sectors in the country.

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NMA Calls For Strong Health System

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the State has called for strong health system in the country despite the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.
The State Chairman of NMA, Prof. Chizindu Alikor made the call during a press briefing in Port Harcourt to mark this year’s Physicians Week.
Alikor commended the state Governor for the giant infrastructural strides in the health sector and urged the Federal Government to increase the manpower in the sector.
The Tide reports that the theme for this year’s Physicians Week was ‘Nigeria in the Covid-19 Era: Strengthening Health System For National Security and Prosperity’.

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Rotary Wants Guidance, Counselling In School Curriculum

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Rotary International District 9141 wants Guidance and Counselling to be included in school curriculum.
This desire of Rotary International was conveyed by the District 9141’s public image maker Kelechi Ekezie when the District visited the Boys Secondary School, Elelenwo.
The visit was part of activities to carry out its Basic Education and Literacy/Career Counselling project.
While counselling the Senior Secondary School boys on career choice, Mr. Ekezie said if the students lacked knowledge, they could not choose career they would pursue after their secondary education.
“There is need to introduce classroom Guidance and Counselling as early as possible so as to prevent social vices among youths.
“Educational reforms which include Guidance and Counselling as a subject to be taught and examined have the potentials for promoting effective learning in schools and help the children make a great career choice”, she said.
On his part, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves, Felix Adejori said Rotary International would continue to improve basic education in host communities with its capacity projects.
He said the teachers and students of the school would greatly benefit from the over 100 text books, writing materials and book shelves donated by the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves to the school library.
The Principal of Community Boys Secondary Sschool, Dr Glory Pepple, commended the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Skywaves for the donation.
She said the books would improve their knowledge in various topics not treated in classroms.
Dr Pepple called for donation of more seats for students in the school.

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LG Builds Capacity Of Legislators

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The Degema Local Government Council has organised a three-day capacity building workshop for members of its Legislative Assembly.
The workshop, organised in collaboration with Drezzer Nigeria with the theme; ‘High Impact Legislation: Catalyst for Development,’ held at the Krisdera Hotels, Omoku, is aimed at equipping the councillors with the legislative skills to effectively carry-out their functions.
Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Mr. Michael John Williams, stated that the retreat was necessary, as it would afford them the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge, needed to be outstanding amongst their peers.
He urged them to concentrate and take the training sessions seriously, in order to gain knowledge and improve their capacity, which they will in turn translate in making good by-laws to better the lot of their people in the LGA.
The Council boss thanked the councillors for their support and cooperation to his administration, noting that the collaboration between the Executive and Legislative arms was yielding positive results, adding that; “by the grace of God, we are changing the narratives.”
Speaking on the topic; Legislative–Executive Collaboration Techniques, Dr. Emeka Amadi; a resource person at the workshop, emphasised the need for effective collaboration between the two arms of government, adding that collaboration is the panacea for Legislative-Executive frictions.
He identified some factors responsible for the frequent frictions between the two arms to include; lack of respect, ignorance, over-bloated expectations, societal pressures from constituents, mischief makers, amongst others.
Dr. Amadi commended the Council chairman, who attended the workshop alongside the councillors, for his uncommon humility.
He noted that his group had been organising this workshop for several years, but no Council Chairman had ever come along with his councillors and sat through the training sessions.
“We have never had this kind of workshop, where a chairman will come and sit down, learn and even contribute,” Amadi noted.
He thanked the Council chairman for being an exemplary leader, imploring him to continue to be a model to others.
On his part, Leader of the Degema Legislative Assembly, Barr. Johnson Eugene Johnson, maintained that the Assembly enjoyed Legislative–Executive collaboration under the Council’s chairman.
He thanked the chairman for being a good leader, friend, father and partner to the legislators, assuring that they would continue to support his administration to record more feats.

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