The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim has charged parents to lead exemplary lives that will shape a better society.
According to him, our values have eroded while honesty and hardwork have been sacrificed on the altar of immorality because parents failed to play the positive role model.
Pastor Nsirim gave the charge at this year’s Inter-house athletic competitions of Nobles Academy and College, Port Harcourt last Saturday.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Proprietress of the academic outfit, Pastor (Mrs) Oku Elijah Sam had said that sports and games were an essential part of the school’s co-curricular activities which provide for the physical and mental well-being of the students.
This, she said, was the reason the Federal Ministry of Education in line with the National Policy on Education ensured that sports activities were organised not only within the college but also between other colleges within and outside the zones, saying it is only in sports that Nigerians speak in one voice.
Acknowledging that inter-house sports competition were meant for the training of children in the spirit of sportsmanship, the proprietress called on parents to encourage their children to participate in sporting and games activities as a way of developing their career and talents.
She stressed the need for government to establish sports academies that could groom children to become professionals and added that organising sports and football competitions among primary and secondary schools would go a long way in identifying budding talents and also helping them to contribute to nation-building and development of the economy.
Sam enjoined students to develop their interests in sporting activities as it would help them in their future endeavours and appealed to philanthropists and sports lovers to donate trophies and sports equipment to schools as a way of promoting and encouraging talents among children.
At the end of the event, Red House emerged the overall first, while Green House clinched the second position with Yellow House as third. Its high point was the presentation of trophies and medals to the winners.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
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