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Nigeria In Dire Need Of Relationship Mending, NIPR Insists

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The National President of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, has stated that as a country, Nigeria needs relationship mending to put things right for development.
Stating this during a courtesy call on the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim in his office, yesterday, the NIPR boss said this is because, a lot of relationships in the country are cracked, and therefore needs Public Relations (PR) to mend it.
Emphasising the need for all to accept the truth as a means to enhance mending relationships, he noted that PR does not mean telling lies to merely create a feeling of everything being okay, rather it calls for an acceptance of the truth before coming up with solution.
“At the moment, particularly in this country (Nigeria), we need a lot of relationship mending. Our relationships are cracked, there’s no other time that Nigeria is in need of PR than now.
“In PR, we don’t tell ourselves lie. We don’t tell ourselves everything is okay simply because we want to see things being okay. You’ve to acknowledge that a problem exists before how to solve it.
“If we keep on playing the ostrich, we’re not going anywhere. We have to acknowledge that we have a problem. The country we have today is not the one we used to have. The country we used to have was far better than the one we have today.
“We can always retrace our steps, ask ourselves pertinent, even difficult questions, come up with answers as to where we got it wrong, what happened before, and what happened afterwards that makes us see things in different perspectives”, he said.
It’s in this light that the NIPR boss views the appointment of Pastor Paulinus Nsirim as Commissioner for Information and Communications as a clear acknowledgement of the importance of professionalism and excellence in the development of Rivers State, and Nigeria at large.
While congratulating the Commissioner over his appointment, Mallam Siraju stated that the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, also deserves accolade for appointing a professional, and in so doing exhibited an acceptance of the importance of giving professionalism it’s place in order to develop the country.
“I want to congratulate the governor for two things: the first is for putting a square peg in a square hole, for recognising excellence; the second, and equally important, is for realising that for us to do things properly in this country, the right things must be done”, he said.
In his speech, the commissioner emphasised on the governor’s commitment to appointing the right people into his cabinet in order to enhance the achievement of the goals of the NEW Rivers Vision.
“His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, the architect of the NEW Rivers Vision, has demonstrated clearly that he wants to place emphasis on professional competence in his choice of those who’re members of his cabinet.
“My appointment stands out as one of those positive statements that he has made very boldly, to say that managing public communication, and government information at this point in history, will require a competent and thorough bred professional”, he said.
He continued that the governor is “a man that understands the dynamics of power, politics, and leadership, and he’s ready prepared to get imputes from professional groups. His primary goal as a governor is to make Rivers State a destination of choice, and he has worked, and still working tirelessly to ensure that that goal is achieved”, he said.
In the NIPR National President’s entourage were the immediate past President of the State Chapter, Samuel Toby Oseloka, and Chief Casca Ogosu, a Fellow of NIPR in Rivers State.
Present at the visit were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Barrister Ibiwari Clapton-Ogolo, and all the directors in the ministry.

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A’Ibom Widow Benefits From Gov’s Wife’s House Gift

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Wife of Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Martha Emmanuel, has given a two-bedroom furnished bungalow to a widow and mother of seven.
The house was built for the widow, Mrs Happiness Isaac, from Utu Ikot at Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the State and her children whose former abode was in a bad state.
The Tide reports that Mrs Isaac and her children got the house gift, courtesy of Shelter of Hope Programme (FEYReP), a pet project of Mrs Emmanuel.
The governor’s wife said the gesture was part of activities marking the 6th anniversary of FEYReP
“It has been six years of a rewarding experience, touching lives positively across every facet of the state,’’ she said.
She added that with 58 houses so far delivered to indigent families, and many other life-saving opportunities for individuals, God’s grace had been sufficient all the six years.
Mrs Emmanuel noted that the housing scheme was initiated to provide comfortable abodes for the poorest of the poor in the state.
She stressed that the shelters were not limited to widows or widowers, but indigent families that had been independently verified by a team of FEYReP officials.
She thanked her husband, Gov. Udom Emmanuel, whom she described as the Pillar of FEYReP, for supporting her vision.
The governor’s wife also used the event to inform rural women of the on-going interest free loans by the FEYReP’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society, saying they should take advantage of the scheme to be economically independent.
She charged Mrs Isaac not to lose hope as God had not forgotten her.
Mrs Emmanuel further donated undisclosed amount of money and wrappers to 50 other women in the local government area.
In her remarks, Akwa Ibom PDP women leader, Mrs Joyce Lazarus, thanked the governor’s wife for her magnanimity and love for the needy across the 31 local government areas of the state.
She affirmed that Mrs Emmanuel’s lofty programmes through FEYReP had touched many lives in the state.
Also speaking, Sen. Akon Enyakenyi (PDP-Eket Senatorial District) also supported the event with cash.
In an emotion-laden response, Mrs Isaac recalled her ordeal in the past, especially after losing her husband many years ago.
She thanked Mrs Emmanuel for rescuing her from the shackles of death and poverty and prayed God Almighty to bless and reward her.

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Bayelsa To Partner Media On Tourism Promotion

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The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Bayelsa State, Mr Iti Orugbani, has pledged to partner with the media in the promotion of tourism.
The Commissioner stated this last Thursday when members of the Bayelsa Independent Publishers Association (BIPA) paid him a courtesy call in his office at the state Secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital.
According to Orugbani, the media, especially the local publishers, have been at the vanguard of promoting culture and tourism in the state, using their different newspaper outfits.
He pledged the ministry’s continuous partnership with the newspaper publishers in the state, adding that he would support members of BIPA in any way possible to ensure they meet up modern day publishing technology.
The Commissioner, who was flanked by the Permanent Secretary, Directors and other management staff of the ministry expressed gladness for having members of a highly reputable profession in his office.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the Bayelsa Independent Publishers Association, Mr Francis Dufugha, thanked the commissioner and his management team for giving the group a warm reception.
Mr Dufugha, who is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of the Niger Delta Herald Newspaper, recalled that BIPA was formed in the year 2000 to create an enabling ground for members to ply their trade.
He noted that BIPA had been in developmental partnership with the Bayelsa state government with members using their various newspapers to propagate government’s policies and programmes.
Noting the importance of the tourism subsector, the BIPA chairman said if properly harnessed, it would boost the revenue profile of the state, promising that the publishers would use their different outfits to highlight the tourism potential and cultural heritage of the state to the rest of the world.
The chairman also used the medium to inform the Commissioner of BIPA’s 20th anniversary celebration which will come up later in the year.
Also speaking, Publisher of the Environment Watch Newspaper, Mr. Braeyi Ekiye averred that there were many untapped tourism development potentials in the state such as the proposed Age Deep Seaport, the Okpoama Beach, Oloibiri Museum among others, noting that if harnessed, Bayelsa would become Nigeria’s foremost international tourists destination and home of hospitality.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Edo Communities Protest Leasing Of Forest Reserve

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Twenty-three communities of Orhionmwon, Edo State, have appealed to the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, not to implement the planned leasing of Urhonigbe Forest Reserve to a private investor, Saro Oil Palm.
They also asked the governor to lease somewhere else to the investor since the forest reserve is their only source of livelihood through subsistence farming.
The communities made their submissions to the state government during a peaceful protest in Benin City, noting that their forefathers donated the Urhonigbe forest reserve when other communities refused to make any land available for forest reserve.
Addressing journalists at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, Monday, the spokesman of the protesting communities, Mr. G. O. Osadolor, said: “The Urhonigbe forest reserved is our only means of livelihood, where we do farming to sustain our family and children. Our children who are graduates but have no job are engaged in farming in the forest reserve.
“Many youths from Orhionmwon Local Government Area, who are not interested in criminal activities, engaged in farming in the forest reserve as there is no employment after graduating from school.”
Osadolor lamented that while the widows and widowers were farming in the Urhonigbe forest reserve for survival, Fulani herdsmen kill and pursue indigenes from one side of the land to the other; the people from Delta State also encroached into the forest reserve, adding that the only area left for the communities is the present forest reserve which government is planning to give to an oil palm investor.
He said that one part of the Urghonigbe forest had been handed over to Presco Oil Palm Plc while the little one left for them to farm is being taken from them by the state government to be given to another investor.
“We are begging Governor Godwin Obaseki to relocate Saro or any other oil palm investor to another local government that has virgin land. Orhionmwon do not have such land. The governor should not keep us in hunger and starvation.
Osadolor also drew government’s attention to the deplorable state of roads in Orhionmwon, the lack of electricity at the council headquarters in Abudu, the moving of the NYSC Orientation camp from Abudu to Okada, and the recent attempt to move the School of Forestry Management, Sokponba village in Orhionmwon to Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state.

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