The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and the Rivers State Independent Publishers Association (RIVPA) have lauded Governor Nyesom Wike over the appointment of Paulinus Nsirim as the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, describing it as meritorious and well deserved.
The NIPR in a statement by its Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, Chinedum Emeana and made available to The Tide expressed belief that the appointment of Nsirim who is the current Chairman of the body in the State, is strategic.
The statement reads: “Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has applauded Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for the meritorious appointment of Pastor Paulinus Nsirim as the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communication.
“The NIPR Rivers State Chapter believes strongly that the appointment of Nsirim, who is the current Chairman of our Chapter, is a strategic appointment that would help the State Government to change the narrative of the state in a positive way.
“Nsirim’s pedigree as a seasoned journalist, erudite editor, public relations strategist and public administrator par excellence was eminently displayed by him as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry from November 2017. He carried out campaigns and programmes that stood him out as a competent professional and loyal ally.
“The information and communication ministry has evolved beyond an information dissemination platform to the reputation management engine-room of the state.”
The NIPR further said that the appointment of Nsirim, who they described as a seasoned Public Relations practitioner, shows that “the Governor wants to harness the reputation capital of the state towards his New Rivers Vision strategy for the benefit of the people.
“Indeed, the Rivers state chapter of NIPR notes that reputation is a key ingredient in attracting scarce investment capital amidst competing destinations around the world.
“We believe very strongly that Nsirim will help Governor Wike in repositioning Rivers State to be a preferred investment destination,” it said.
Similarly, RIVPA in a statement issued by its Chairman, Jerry Needam and Secretary, Solomon Parakom and obtained by The Tide said Governor Wike’s foresight in the said appointment was unprecedented.
“RIVPA described the appointment and swearing in of Pastor Paulinus Nsirim as the State Commissioner for Information and Communications as duly earned and well deserved,” the publishers said.
It further said the appointment was not only a plus to the Journalism profession but also an appreciation of the media practitioners for their efforts in the promotion and sustenance of democratic leadership in the society.
The state based publishers also said the appointment of Nsirim, an ace journalist, and former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council as the new spokesman of Government is a reminder that in life, it’s not what we take up, but we give up that gives us due recognition.
The statement reads further, “Pastor Nsirim has proven himself as a prominent member and trail blazer in the journalism profession having served as Chief Press Secretary to the Rivers State Government at different times with remarkable records.
We also give kudos to His Excellency, Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his magnanimity and hindsight to select one of the best brains and a core professional journalist to man the Information machinery of Rivers State government”, RIVPA declared.
The RIVPA Leadership assured of their unalloyed support to the new Information Commissioner to ensure that Rivers people are well informed about public affairs for a better understanding between them and their leaders.
Dennis Naku, Favour Ukwi
Rivers Police Burst Car Snatching Syndicate
The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested an alleged member of car theft syndicate who specialises in robbing bolt drivers in the state and its environs.
In a press statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni said that operatives of Octopus Strike Force on September 15, 2021, at about 1750hrs, arrested one Nnali Osita, a 21-year-old member of a notorious car snatching syndicate that specialises in robbing Bolt/Uberdrivers in the state.
The statement said, that “while solving a case of car snatching reported by one Yusuf Ogunshola ‘m’, a Bolt driver who was hired from Effurun in Delta State to Port Harcourt, only to be taken to Abel Jumbo Street in Mile 2,Diobu, Port Harcourt, where two other members were already waiting”.
The statement further stated that the Bolt driver,on arrival, was attacked at gunpoint and dispossessed of his personal belongings, including withdrawing the sum of N87,000 from his bank account, adding that he was thereafter locked in a toilet belonging to a new generation church on the same street.
“In the course of our investigation, operatives got some clues which ultimately led them to Gambia Street in Diobu, where they had perfected plans to sell the said car. However, on sighting the police, they abandoned the car, and took to flight but the suspect; Nnali Osita was not lucky, as he was arrested, while others escaped.
“Meanwhile, efforts have been intensified to ensure that the fleeing gang members are arrested and their operational weapons recovered.
“The Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka has vowed to come hard on all miscreants in the state, and is hereby advising all Bolt/Uber or anybody in the transportation business to be circumspect and shun all mouth-watering offers; being the antics deployed by these criminals to attack their victims.” the statement added.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Federal Varsity Admits 2,423 Students,Holds 10th Matriculation
The Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa State has admitted new 2,423 students for its 2021/2022 academic session.
This was made known to newsmen at the weekend during the 10th matriculation ceremony of the institution.
The Tide learnt that the Federal University, Otuoke was amongst the 12 universities established during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
In his matriculation speech, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Teddy Charles Adias cautioned the matriculants against engaging in nefarious activities as students.
He charged students to be serious with their academics, noting that the institution is described as a ‘Family University, just as he added that the school has more than ever become a grooming ground for intellectuals.
“Students of this university are groomed and trained in both intellectual and in character. You’re here to learn, but that you’ve done your matriculation doesn’t mean it’s the end.
“As students members of this family university, you should be Ambassadors of this institution wherever you find yourselves in both learning and character”, he said.
“No nation can develop without a good and competitive intellectual base,. And that is why this Family University was set up to amongst others be part of sister institutions that would build and develop the needed intellectual capacities for our development as a nation”, he added.
The Tide reports that the university admitted freshers into all of its six existing Faculties of Management Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences as well as Engineering and Education.
“A total of 5,692 persons applied for admission for the session, but out of these, a total of 2,423 were selected and granted admission, after going through all the required academic processes needed as qualifications for admission as students members of the university”, the Vice Chancellor said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Police Move To Secure Abducted Doctor, Ex-Senator’s Release
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Usman Gomna, has ordered investigation into the abduction of a medical doctor, Nsidibe Umana and former-Akwa Ibom senator, Nelson Effiong.
The AIG’s order is coming even as the command said that it had put in place a crack team to trail the abductors of the two victims.
Nelson Effiong, a former senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district, was abducted on Sunday, September 5, 2021 while relaxing in his sit-out along Oron Road; while the medical doctor was abducted in his compound in Orukaman Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The AIG gave the charge last Friday while responding to a request by the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Ime Sylvester Udoh, during a meeting with security stakeholders in the state.
Dr. Udoh had raised the alarm over the abduction of the medical doctor and had also called on the Police to rescue the victim alive.
Responding, the AIG said, “Before I came here, I have directed the CP of the command, Andrew Amiengheme, to intensify efforts to see how he can be rescued.”
He reiterated the commitment of the zone in tackling crime and criminality and called on stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Police by revealing useful information that could help in tackling the crime rate in the states.
Speaking further on the kidnapped medical doctor, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said a manhunt had already been put in place to effect the release of the doctor.
“Our men are in the field to ensure the release of that young doctor. Unfortunately, the abductors are asking for N20m and where will the family get that kind of money?
“That is part of the societal problems, and we are asking the stakeholders to quickly expose and not to give them a cover,” Amiengheme said.
On the abduction of the ex-senator, the CP said, “We’re very much on top of the situation. Care must be taken to protect his life in the first instance.
“We must not do anything that will jeopardise his life, a lot has been done, we are observing some restraints so that he is not killed and his perpetrators brought to book.”
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