Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, last Wednesday in Asaba, stressed the need for the Federal Government to resuscitate Warri Port.
Okowa, who gave the charge when the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, visited him at the Government House, said Warri Port remained a key factor in the economic development of the state and the country at large.
He said that with the congestion in Lagos ports, reviving the port would ease traffic and boost the country’s economic activities at the ports.
“There is no doubt that the Warri Port is a key economical factor for our state and the nation; the earlier we get it working, the better for us.
“It is in the best interest of this nation to expand, create and develop port facilities because Lagos ports are already congested and more ports mean higher boost to our economy,” he said.
Okowa assured the monarch of his administration’s commitment to meeting the yearnings of the people through projects that would impact positively on them.
“I want to thank you for the partnership that exists between your kingdom and the state government.
“This partnership has helped the traditional council to grow and work together with the state government and it has made our state a very peaceful state.
“I have made it very clear that political appointees must go back home to pay their loyalties to their traditional rulers and work with them.
“Because they cannot work from Asaba and not liaise with traditional rulers and the kingdoms.
“This is very important to our commitment to execute projects in consultation with the monarchs and constituents.
“We are also committed to the construction of Ogheye floating market. We have gotten the Ministry of Works and Housing to do a complete assessment and budget breakdown, so that work can commence as quickly as possible on the market.
“Trans-Warri road is a project that is very dear to me and we will do the best we can to achieve it.
“The contractors have been to site, but there is not much that can be done during the rainy season.
“So, we will utilise the dry season and ensure that work commences,” Okowa said.
Earlier, the monarch had congratulated the governor on his election victory and thanked him for appointing Itsekiri sons and daughters into his administration.
The Olu assured the governor that he would ensure that peace reigned in Itsekiri kingdom for accelerated development.
PAMO University, Innovation In Education Dev -Wike
The Rivers State Government has expressed optimism that the PAMO University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) would produce students of great academic relevance and integrity to fill up the gap in our medical services across the country.
The Governor of the State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike expressed this during the 3rd matriculation Ceremony of the university in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said the university is an innovation in the Nigerian educational industry, stressing that the founders of the university are indeed living up to expectations in delivering equitable services to the students.
Governor Wike who said the university would continue to receive the support of the Rivers State Government through the award of scholarships to students and other avenues, charged the students to face their studies seriously and obey school rules and regulations.
In his address, the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Trustees of PUMS, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakkar, who thanked the Rivers State Government for its support to the institution, congratulated the students for being admitted into one of the most prestigious universities.
He urged the students to realise the sacrifices made by their parents to send them to PUMS and congratulated the Pro- Chancellor for setting up the university.
Also speaking, the Pro- Chancellor of PUMS, Dr. Peter Odili welcomed the students to the PUMS family, which according to him is focused, disciplined, committed and passionate about ensuring that by the time they graduate, they would have been fully equipped as health professionals.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Prof. Michael Diejomaoh who disclosed that a total of 150 students matriculated at the event, said the university cannot change the world overnight but can engineer that change one step at a time by contributing to the ways that will make the difference in the quality of health care provisions through learning, teaching and research applied at the university.
ITF Empowers 300 Rivers Youths With Skills, Starter Packs
As part of efforts to curb crime and create employment, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has empowered 300 youths in Rivers State with various skills, all of whom were also presented with starter packs.
Director-General and Chief Executive of the ITF, Joseph Ari disclosed this in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2019 National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capitalyesterday..
Represented at the event by ITF’s Director, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Dickson Onuoha, the ITF boss also presented the beneficiaries with their certificate of completion and starter packs.
Ari said ITF’s commitment to skills acquisition was premised on the need to proffer solution to the rising unemployment and poverty that have continued to defy the best efforts of government and non-governmental organizations.
Ari said the beneficiaries should consider themselves lucky for the skill acquired as many were looking for such opportunities and urged them to make good use of the starter packs, just as he warned against selling the tools/equipment.
He said, “Since inception, the NISDP has equipped over 200, 000 Nigerians nationwide with skills for employment and entrepreneurship. In Rivers State, 300 youths were trained in the following trade areas: welding and fabrication, furniture making, catering and event management, tiling, beauty care and Autogele (head tie).
“To the beneficiaries, I urge you to resolve to utilize the opportunity provided by this training. You should consider the start-up packs as your ticket to the world and an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the Nigerian economy. Our commitment to skills acquisition is premised on the fact that it remains the most viable and sustainable solution to rising unemployment and poverty that have continued to defy the best efforts of government and non-governmental organisations.
”No reasonable analysis will divorce unemployment from the needless incidents of violence that have claimed thousands of lives across the nation. The ITF DG further said, “We believe that given the intensity and the very practical nature of the training, which was 80 per cent practical and 20 per cent theory, they were equipped with the necessary skills and attitudes to thrive as employees or as entrepreneurs.
RIWAMA Warns Cart Pushers To Steer Off Streets
With the expiration of the Monday’s, deadline given by the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) for cart pushers to leave the streets and roads of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and its environs, the Sole Administrator of the Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah has reiterated his earlier warning to cart pushers to comply with the directive or risk the impoundment and destruction of their carts.
Bro. Obuah who renewed the warning while addressing cart pushers along Ada George, Elioparanwo, NTA, East West Roads in Obio Akpor Local Government Area during his routine morning monitoring exercise of major streets and roads in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said the ban on cart pushers remained in force, insisting it would be in their best interest if they heed the warning.
The Sole Administrator explained that the ban became necessary as their activities had become a nuisance and turning some areas to an eyesore with indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the streets and roads.
Bro. Obuah regretted that the activities of the cart pushers were not only condemnable but also amounted to a deliberate attempt at sabotaging the efforts of the Agency to restore the Garden City status of Port Harcourt.
He pointed out that a lot of resources were being committed by the environmentally-friendly Governor of the State, Nyesom Wike, to ensure a clean and healthy state, adding that RIWAMA would not fold its hands and allow individuals or groups to sabotage his efforts.
Bro. Obuah called on residents and those doing business in the State to reciprocate the Governor’s kind gesture by keeping their homes and surroundings clean at all times, noting that cleanliness is next to Godliness.
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