Nigerians have been urged to uphold integrity and ethical standards that would promote and engender peace, development and progress in country.
Speaking during workshop session with women groups, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), the Police and other anti-corruption agencies, organised by Kebetkache Women Development And Resource Centre in Port Harcourt, the Executive Director, Madam Emem Okon stated that her organisation, was committed to the fight against corruption as they affect women accessing social services accountability and transparency in order to address issues of corruption as they affect women assessing social services.
“We started last year creating awareness on open governance partnership, creating awareness about budget monitoring the need to promote accountability and transparency, but as a women right organization, we focused on promoting accountability and transparency in order to address issues of corruption as they affect women assessing social services.
“So this year we have decided to also work with the anti-corruption agencies to say what are they doing, how can CSOs and community members work with them to promote accountability and transparency and also to build integrity not only among public officers, but also us the citizens because if we have integrity and we are able to uphold it then we will be able to hold office holders or duty bearers accountable, so that is the essence of the meeting,” Okon added.
She emphasized that in order to put an end to the high level of corruption in Nigeria, every citizen needs to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner worthy of emulation and commendation.
She also stressed on the need for people occupying public offices to know that if they take the wrong actions that they stand the risk of been exposed and would be made to serve the penalty.
In her response she said it is only women that suffers corruption and social services in the society, she said: “Of course we know that it is not only women that requires social services: such as quality education, functional health facilities, access to clean drinking water, every community member requires that, but how corruption within the system is stopping people from accessing those social services is what our project is all about.”
She expressed optimism that corruption would be nipped in the bud if every body addresses it.
“There is no way we can achieve good governance without addressing issues of corruption and to begin to address that issue of corruption, we should begin with ourselves, local content and then the larger societal scenario.”
“So people need to be encouraged that it is good to have integrity, it is good to be ethical in your profession, I want to charge participants to take the message home that there is hope as there are institutions that are still upholding integrity.”
She called on both leaders and citizens of Nigeria to have a change of attitude, in their actions and inaction, adding that their actions should be able to build good governance and better society and not to mar it.
“I am not only calling on leaders, but on every citizen, because people takes bribe, because somebody gives bribe, so am calling on everybody to change attitude, mindset, behavior, so that we can have good governance. If we don’t have good governance, we cannot have those services that makes life meaningful.
The Tide reports that the theme of the workkshop is Gender and Accountability: Promoting Ethices and Integrity.
Wike, Julius Berger MD Inspect Progress Of Work On Three Flyover In PH
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that with the pace of work at the three flyover bridges in Port Harcourt, the contractor would deliver according to the timeframe.
Addressing journalists after a joint inspection tour of the three flyover bridges in Port Harcourt with the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter, last Wednesday, Wike said that he was satisfied with the quality and pace of work.
He said: “We are quite satisfied that they are working within the time frame. I am satisfied with the quality of work.
“We are not disappointed, knowing the capacity of Julius Berger. We believe they will deliver by February, 2021 as scheduled.
“I am quite happy with what I have seen. They are working simultaneously. We must have to appreciate the enormous work required.”
He expressed happiness that the Rivers State Government chose Julius Berger to carry out the construction of the three flyover bridges.
He said: “I thank God we chose a company with the reputation of delivery. Nigerians know that Julius Berger always delivers once the resources are there. I thank God that we have provided the needed resources for the completion of these flyover bridges.
“I came with the managing director of Julius Berger to see things for ourselves and we are very happy.”
Wike directed the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning to immediately carry out integrity tests on some buildings at Rumuogba.
“At Rumuogba flyover, I observed that some structures that have nothing to do with the construction works need to be inspected by the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning. They have to undergo further integrity tests because we don’t want to lose lives”, he said.
In his remarks, Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr Lars Richter, reassured that his company would deliver on schedule and in line with specifications.
Rivers HoS Task FG On Oil Spill Fine
Rivers State Head of Service, Rufus Godwins jas urged the federal government to increase the one million narea penalty fine for default in cleaning up oil impacted sites and environments.
The Head of Service stated this at the maiden edition of Chief Nwobidike Nwanudi memorial lecture organised by Selemati Foundation in Port Harcourt.
According to him the stipulated amount for failure to cleanup affected environment by oil spiillers was insufficient to carry out the cleanup as well as compensate victims of the pollution.
He said that oil companies that are contributing to environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region should be sanctioned and made to face the law.
Godwins while speaking on the theme “The Impact of Environmental Pollution on Human Health and the Challenges of Interpretation and Enforcement of Environmental Laws and Regulations in the Niger Delta,” said Niger Delta region had borne the brunt of oil exploration and has flaring for about Sixty-four years.
“ The reprehensible apathy by government and the multinational companies towards the remediation of the deplorable condition of the Niger Delta environment, with its attendant systematic has been acknowledged even by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the country’s giant regulatory authority of the oil and gas sector.
The keynote speaker also called for a more proactive and responsive approach by National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to ensure safe, effective, and appropriate monitoring and response to public alerts on pollution.
Also speaking Chairman, Board of Trustees of Selemati Foundation, Mrs. Judith Nwanodi, said the foundation was established with the vision to inspire Nigerians to be global academic leaders with transformative impact on the lives of marginalized people through their research in the fields of environmental studies, law and medicine.
She said the Founation had the objectives of funding innovative research in the fields of environmental studies, law and medicine, improve infrastructural services in community health centres in the Niger Delta region, hold biennial memorial lectures with the audience participation in Nigeria, Great Britain, Canada and the United States of America, and a host of other objectives.
By: Iragunima Benice
RSG Releases Fund For Reconstruction Of CEA Council Chambers …As 2,910 Students Matriculate For 2020 Academic Session
As part of its concerted efforts to improve academic standard and provide learning infrastructures across institutions of higher learning in the state, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has approved the release of funds for immediate reconstruction of the Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic Council Chambers destroyed by a whirled wings that hit the institution last two years.
The governor also approved the release of funds for the construction of two storey building at the polytechnic to carter for the deficit office accommodation affecting the institution.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Samuel B. Kalagbor, disclosed this while addressing 2,910 matriculants at the 29th matriculation ceremony of the institution held at the school campus in Rumuola, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Kalagbor while given the breakdown of the newly admitted students said the 2,910 cut across both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma certificates, and urged the students to shun all negative tendencies that would be detrimental to their academic futures.
According to him, the management of the polytechnic has zero tolerance for cultism, corruption, examination malpractices, among others, adding that any student found culpable will be disciplined in accordance with the rules governing the institution.
“The school is noted for its academic excellence; any student found indulging in nefarious activities will be rusticated from the school.
The management is poised to protecting the students at all time ensure you engage in positive activities through the students union”, he stated.
The rector told the gathering that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) recently has approved 14 programmes for during the last accreditation visit to the institution, and added that the management of the institution is pushing seriously to ensure that more programmes were accredited for the school this year.
Kalagbor expressed optimism that the polytechnic would soon be listed among the beneficiaries of TETFund going by the recent visit by its officials to the institution in order to improve both human and infrastructural needs of the institution.
He used the opportunity to thank the State Chief Executive and Visitor to the institution, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his commitment and interest in the development of the polytechnic, and added that the institution has been repositioned in order to continue to play its leading roles in the development of manpower for the state and the country at large.
The highlight of the event was the administration of the school’s matriculation pledge on the matriculants by the polytechnic registrar.
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