For outstanding performance in the discharge of their duties, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, honoured some security officers in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas.
The governor gave the honour last Monday, during a meeting with chiefs and security officials from Ahoada East and Ahoada West at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The honour, he said, was to encourage security operatives for their outstanding efforts towards peace in the communities .
“ Today, we are honouring the Area Commander of Ahoada East and Ahoada West and the JTF Commander of Ahoada.
“ They have placed their lives on the line to defend our people. It is not easy. Now that they are alive, it is for us to appreciate them”, he stated, adding that the gesture would encourage others to secure the state.
He disclosed that the state government was working out a new security architecture that would soon improve peace in all parts of the state.
The Governor said: “ Very soon we will roll out a comprehensive security architecture for the state to improve security in all communities in the state”.
Also last week, Governor Wike directed the state Ministry of Justice to forward the Rivers State House of Assembly, the bill reflecting a change from the name Port Harcourt Polytechnic to Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, for passage and subsequent accent.
He gave the directive last Friday when the Governing Council of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor also directed the release of funds for the construction one of the major structures abandoned in the institution since 1992 as well as approval of 65 years as retirement age for all polytechnic staff in the state in line with recent establishment regulation.
He directed the board to forward the financial implications of the new employment that the school requested, for his consideration.
He remarked that employment into the polytechnic and the Rivers State University would be strictly based on merit so as to guarantee quality standard of both academic and nonacademic staff.
Chairman of the council and leader of the delegation, Senator Lee Maeba commended the governor on his reelection victory and listed efforts made by the council so far, and challenges confronting it.
Also within the week under review, Governor Wike restated the position of the state on the issue of cattle colony, Ruga and clarified that the state does not have land for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen.
He further restated that Rivers State is a Christian state because over 99 per cent of the people are Christians.
“ As a Governor of the state, this is a Christian state. When you take a population count, 99 per cent of our people are Christians. I have no apology to anyone, Rivers State is a Christian state “, he maintained.
He made the clarification Friday during a courtesy visit by the Founder and President of Throne-Room Trust Ministries, Apostle Nuhu Kure at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike declared that Nigeria requires divine intervention to overcome her present developmental and security challenges.
The delegation was in Government House to inform the Governor that the ministry would hold an emergency prayer summit to pray for the survival of the country.
He called on the Federal Government to immediately arrest the northern youths who issued other Nigerians ultimatum over the Fulani herdsmen settlement programme, stressing that if the government cannot call the youths to order, it means we do not have a government but a lawless society.
He praised Governor Wike for his ability to simultaneously defend his people from oppression and also work for the development of the state.
Another major development last week in Brick House was the setting up of a 46- member committee for the accreditation and approval of private schools in the state by the governor.
Jonathan Debunks Rumour Of Planned Defection To APC
The media team of former President Goodluck Jonathan has debunked claims that he(Jonathan) was concluding plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Following a reported disagreement between the former President and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, there are clear indications that the former president, his family and kinsmen backed the candidate of the APC, David Lyon in the just concluded governorship election in the state and also celebrated his victory.
Amidst rising speculations that Jonathan is about to decamp to the ruling party, his media, team, led by Reno Omokri, has refuted the claims, describing the ex-President as a loyal party member.
In a statement signed by Omokri on Tuesday, the ex-aide to the former President on New Media, said “Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Throughout his sojourn on Earth, he has been a member of only one political party.
“Dr Jonathan is known for his stability and loyalty. These are character traits that have been lifelong companions of his. He is also an elder statesman and that role requires that he accepts all Nigerian citizens, and indeed all the world’s peoples, in the spirit of the brotherhood of man’’.
“As an elder statesman and Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dr Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of their political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he has received Muslim groups and other diverse visitors.
“Dr Jonathan intends to devote the rest of his life on Earth to building unity, and engendering opportunity for Nigerians and Africans and he has no desire, or reason to engage in partisan politics beyond being a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“His being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party is institutional. In fact, it is more accurate to state that his eternal party is Nigeria, for which he reminds all Nigerians that they are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria.”
Lagos Assembly Tasks Sanwo-Olu On Environment
The Lagos State House of Assembly has directed Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to fully enforce relevant environmental laws against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.
The House made the resolution following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu I, on Monday.
The House frowned at a situation where Lagosians dump refuse in drainages and road medians, causing flooding and destruction of roads.
Agunbiade said: “We noted the effort of the state government towards taking the challenges and the campaign against indiscriminate refuse.
“Funds that could have been channelled to other meaningful sectors had been used to clear refuse in the state.
“We also want to urge Lagos residents to desist from dumping refuse across the state to ensure healthier living in the state.
“This is because refuse dumping have always been cleared by the state government and the Private Sector Participation (PSP).
“However, some unscrupulous individuals have continued to dump refuse; so as deterrence, arrest and sanction will be achieved.
“The combined effect of Sections 115 Part 4 and 126 Part 5 of the environmental laws probibits dumping of refuse at indiscrimate places.
He said the House, therefore, made a resolution to call on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner in the Ministry of Environment to enforce relevant sections of the environmental laws in the state.
Agunbiade said the House resolved that offenders be given community service sentence directed at refuse clearing within the locality of the offence.
Mr Bisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I, while supporting the motion, said apart from sentencing offenders, they should be made to wear a uniform while performing the community service.
Yusuff said people would not want to dump waste indiscriminately if offenders were meant to wear uniform to perform their community service.
Mr Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency I, noted that despite government efforts, some people had refused to change their attitude towards complying with the relevant environmental laws in the state.
Tobun noted that laws that allowed community service should be enforced strictly by the governor
“We know what happened during the Buhari/Idiagbon regime when people were afraid to dump refuse indisctimate.
“There is need enforce our relevant laws for offenders,” he said.
Mr Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, thereby called on the state governor to direct the Ministry of Environment to ensure efficient enforcement of the relevant environmental laws in the state.
Obasa, therefore, asked the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to write the governor on the resolution of the House on the issue.
Sex-For-Grades:1,700 Sign Online Petitions To NASS
ANon-Governmental Orgenisation, (NGO), Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI), says it has received 1,700 signed online petitions to fast- track the passage of the Sexual Harassment Bill before the National Assembly.
Mr Ike Onyechere, the founder of the organisation, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
According to Onyechere, 56 per cent of the petitioners are women, while 44 per cent are men.
“This indicates that men and women are equally concerned about the sex-for-grade pandemic in the tertiary institutions,” he said.
He said that the objective of the NO-TO-SEX-FOR-GRADE Campaign was to get one million people to sign the petition to the National Assembly.
He noted that the first effort to pass the Sexual Harassment in Education Institutions Prohibition Bill started in 2016, but it died with the termination of the 8th Assembly.
“1,700 change agents have signed the online petition to Nigeria’s National Assembly to fast track action on the passage of the sexual harassment in educational institutions prohibition bill as at Monday, November. 18, 2019.
“The petition to fast track the sex-for-grade prohibition legislation, activated on November. 1; EEMI is in continuation of the Exam Ethics Campaign launched in 1996 to promote exam ethics and combat exam malpractice in education in Africa.
“Sex-for-Grade is one of the 33 types of exam malpractices that have been the focus of the campaign,” he said.
According to him, Sex-for-Grade is the practice of male lecturers blackmailing, forcing, intimidating and demanding sex from their female students as condition for awarding them pass marks in their courses.
He explained that the petition had inspired other petitions for the passage of similar sexual harassment prohibition laws in educational institutions in seven other African countries.
According to him, these countries include: Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, South-Africa, Benin Republic, Egypt and Rwanda.
“In addition to signing the petition, some petitioners are also sharing their experiences.
“Ex-female students have narrated stories of their traumatic experiences in the hands of some of their male lecturers.
“Some female students narrated what they are currently going through. Parents also shared the experiences of their children.
“The story paints the picture of invasion of tertiary institutions by sexual predators masquerading as lecturers,” he said.
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