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Maintain Sanctity Of Marriage, Cleric Advises New Couple…As RSNC GM Gives Out Daughter In Marriage

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A cleric in Rivers State has admonished newly wedded couples not to relent in efforts to maintain the sanctity of marriage as a union ordained by God to unite a man and woman from two separate families as one.
Speaking as one of the officiating ministers at the wedding ceremony of daughter of Mr Vincent Ake, the General Manager, Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Miss Ijeoma Ake and Mr Solomon Amuda at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mile three, Diobu, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Pastor Richard Woke, urged couples, particularly the newly wed to always put on their wedding garment which symbolises the righteousness of Jesus Christ for their marriage to be worthy of emulation.
Focusing his sermon on the topic: “Put On Your Wedding Garment”, and reading from Matthew 22:11-12, Woke explained that marriage was a holy union instituted by God, and therefore, meant for serious-minded men and women, who have the fear of God in them.
Woke wondered why unrighteous people should dare go into marriage, when God had said He instituted it for those who fear Him, and warned the couple never to behave like those that entered into marriage without following God’s principles of marriage, as according to him, such people have incurred the wrath of God.
He stressed that the wedding garment represented the righteousness of God, insisting that only those who obeyed God’s instruction by getting married in the church have the right to wear Christ’s garment.
Woke advised the couple to remain immersed in their wedding garment always, adding that by so doing, their union would remain in the righteousness of Christ.
Speaking with The Tide shortly after the official solemnization of holy matrimony between the newest couple, the bride’s father, Mr Vincent Ake said it was a thing of joy to have nursed, groomed and witnessed the marriage of Ijeoma into her new home.
Ake expressed hope that the couple would forever be blessed with all they desire as both families’ foundations were built on Christ’s principles, while praying that God’s love, blessings, wisdom, peace and joy abide with them in their marriage to eternity.
Also speaking, the groom’s mother, Mrs Patience Amuda said she was excited that her son got wedded to the most precious gift she was not able to have biologically, adding that with the coming of Ijeoma, she has become mother to two lovely daughters-in-law.
The groom’s mother advised those believing God for a son to put their hope and trust in God, adding that in due season, God would grant them their hearts’ desires.
In her remarks, the bride’s mother, Mrs Irene Ake hoped that a few months from now, God would visit the couple with the “fruits of the womb”.
In their separate responses, the groom and the bride expressed joy for being married to each other on November 4, 2018.
According to Mr Solomon Amuda; “marriage is something a lot of people look up to. I count myself lucky to have been married to this lovely, beautiful and most cautious lady, my wife, Mrs Ijeoma Amuda.”
Solomon advised bachelors out there to know what they want in a girl, and go for her once they have been convinced, adding that “no one can get a complete perfect girl, but in love and care, you can make her what you want her to be for you”.
The bride, Ijeoma Amuda described her husband as a caring, loving, understanding companion, remarking that she made the right choice by choosing Solomon to be her husband.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Christmas Holidays: Schools Resume In Rivers, Today

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education has announced the resumption of both  public and private schools in the state for the second term 2019/2020 academic session with effect from today.
A statement from the  State Ministry of Education available to The Tide, said ahead of the resumption of schools, the  State Ministry of Education has reinstated its stand  that unapproved schools in state remain banned and should not open for resumption.
It will be recalled that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom, had in last year set up a committee for accreditation and approval of private schools; a move designed to improve quality education in the state.
The committee, led by professor  Ozo Mekuri Ndimele, in its report denied accreditation/approval to 437 schools which did not meet set requirements for the operations of private schools.
“Subsequently,  the state government directed that all schools denied approval should discontinue operations forthwith”.
The statement quoted the state  Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, while  speaking on the resumption of schools over the weekend said  the directive on the ban of unapproved schools still subsists.
Professor Ebeku, however, advised parents and guardians of pupils and students not to patronize unapproved schools, adding that such schools are illegal and should not resume.
He warned that any of the unapproved schools found operating will be made to face appropriate sanctions in accordance with the relevant state laws..
The Education Commissioner further disclosed that the Rivers State Government has made adequate provisions for the maintenance and functioning of public schools in the state, and cautioned Heads of public primary and secondary schools in the state not to collect any fee from pupils and students.
”Any Principal or Head teacher that violates the directive will face appropriate disciplinary  measures” the statement stated

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School Feeding: FG Pays Food Suppliers In 33 States

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The Federal Government yesterday said it had paid suppliers of foodstuff and cooks in 33 participating states under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said the payment, which was for January 2020, would ensure that the feeding of the 9.9 million pupils in the 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory starts immediately schools resume in two weeks time.
She explained that the payment covered the cost of feeding the school pupils in the participating states, adding that the funds were released in December to give the suppliers and cooks adequate time to procure and stock foodstuff.
Farouq said, “We believe that paying these funds early is critical to the success of the programme. We do not want any hitches and we want to ensure that the  school children are fed on time and without any excuses.”
The minister warned that the Federal Government would not accept any drop in the nutritional quality of the meals given to the children.
She said the Federal Government had gladly received reports of improved attendance in the schools and improved hygiene among the pupils.
These outcomes, according to Farouq, were some of the reasons for setting up the school feeding programme.
She noted that under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, a total of 9,963,726 pupils were fed in 54,942 schools across the country and were served by 107,862 suppliers and cooks.
The programme is one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme of the federal government.
The NSIP, which was previously under the Presidency, was recently moved to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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Monarch Cautions Youths Against Violence, Other Social Vices

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The Gom Mama of Mama Chiefdom in Nasarawa, Alhaji Mustapha Zubairu, has advised youths to shun violence and all other negative tendencies in their interest and for societal development.
Zubairu gave the advice yesterday when he received Wamba/Farin-Ruwa Youths Movement residing in Lafia, the state capital.
The traditional ruler said that if youths and other Nigerians could shun violence at all times, it would go a long way in not only promoting peace but would also ensure speedy development of the country.
“I want to thank you for the visit and for forming this group aimed at promoting unity and peaceful co-existence among yourselves and other Nigerians.
“This is because peace is the necessary requirement for the development of any society.
“Peace is priceless and non-negotiable; as no society or nation will achieve meaningful progress and development without peace.

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