Thursday 8th November 2018, witnessed the award of 25 scholarship slots to students with disability by Intels Nigeria Limited in Compassion Home for the Handicapped, Nkpogu, Port Harcourt, and was facilitated by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Physically-Challenged Matters to benefit two secondary school students with disability. The scholarship awards range from primary (N67,500.00), secondary (N150,000.00) and university education (N216,000.00); and Intels have been on this scheme since 2003 with over 100 beneficiaries with disability.
Speaking at the occasion, the Principal, Learning and Development Supervisor, Intels, Peter Lumati said the scholarship awards are aimed at encouraging the physically challenged persons in their educational pursuits from primary to university level, so far the awardees don’t fail or repeat any academic session.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Physically-Challenged Matters, Itekena Altraide advised the awardees to utilise the scholarship awards as their lives (to over the limitations of disability) depend on it. He further told the awardees that it was only education and human capacity development that can transform the community of persons with disability from being liability in the society to becoming societal developers.
He also utilised the session to call on other private businesses in the society to emulate the corporate gestures by Intels. Altraide also hinted that another 20 scholarship awards will soon become available courtesy of total E&P Nigeria Limited. He lamented that persons with disability in Rivers State so far do not have any reason not to acquire formal education, adding that with the support his office has received from Governor Wike, the office would soon commence human capital developement to commemorate the transformation processes of persons with disability in the State.
Also, in attendance was the Executive Chairman of Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Eugene Joshua Jaja who was amazed at the contribution of INTELS to the development of persons with disability at this time of financial difficulties as perpetuated by the Buhari led Federal Government. Hon. Jaja conveyed his knowledge of INTELS to the beneficiaries: that if with the present ordeal INTELS is experiencing under this Federal Government of Nigeria and they can still showcase such benevolence, then nothing stops other companies in the State to emulate INTELS. He further thank the initiative of Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for appointing Itekena Altraide as his Senior Special Assistant on Physically-Challenged Matters.
The session was overwhelmed with tears of joy from the beneficiaries, their families and caregivers, as well as friends, mostly when one of the secondary scholarship benefactor (Destiny Ransom) led the session with songs of worship and thanksgiving.
Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele
A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.
Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON
A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.
By: Kevin Nengia
Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria
An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.
By: Kalu Emmanuel
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