The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that the pro-people contributions of late Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma to nation-building should spur upcoming leaders to work harder for their people.
Wike also witnessed the foundation laying for the Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma Post Graduate Memorial Lecture Block at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, last Friday by the former NTA Director General, Pastor Shyngle Wigwe.
The governor spoke at a colloquium in memory of late Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, last Friday.
Wike said, “Late Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma’s service to the community, state and country should spur the rest of us into greater service to the society”, stressing that the late Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma deserves to be honoured because of his outstanding contributions to the society.
“We are here to honour late Aguma because of his contributions to the development of the society”, he said, noting that the late Aguma was an upright politician who ensured that he got his ticket in 1998.
He said: “I came in contact with him in 1998 in the political field. He played a key role for people like us to have our ticket. We owe him a duty. We will support whatever is done in his name.”
Also speaking, Elder Statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, described late Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma as a legend who distinguished himself in academics, business and politics, adding that the late Aguma played an important role in his political and business career.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele said that late Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma was an excellent personality with unbeatable record.
Chairman of the occasion and former Director General of Nigerian Television Authority, Pastor Shyngle Wigwe described late Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma as a man of integrity who was committed to community development.
Wigwe said: “Chief Emmanuel Wonukwuru Aguma lived for his people. He saved lives during the civil war. He kept on doing good for his people. He was a loving father, a caring husband, and a noble citizen. He had a home dedicated to the Lord.”
He stated that as a teacher, the late Aguma contributed to the positive upbringing of his students, most of who have attained greatness.
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The Rivers State Government has expressed worries over the high level of non-compliance of health protocols with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that henceforth any resident caught without wearing facemask will be arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim handed down the warning while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Saturday and monitored by the Tide.
Nsirim who is Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee on Enlightenment for Covid-19 recalled the unhappiness of Governor Nyesom Wike during last Wednesday’s State broadcast with the attitude of many residents who flaunt extant directives on the wearing of facemask and other health protocols.
“The Governor in that broadcast also expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“Not just obeying it, the Covid-19 pandemic that we are talking about has defied medical solution for now. So to flatten the curve, everyone living and doing business in Rivers State has to take responsibility.
“If I take responsibility and everyone around me takes responsibility to observe the relevant protocol, we are sure to flatten the curve. But if people live righteously and just do as if nothing is happening because there are places where people are just living in denial.
“Some people still believe that there is nothing like Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, my committee rounded off street to street campaign in all the 23 local government areas of the State. They still met people who are in this denial. That is the challenge.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread,” the Commissioner said.
Nsirim further said, “If you go around the State, since the executive order on facemask was introduced. You will notice that less than
30 per cent of the populace are really obeying that executive order. What we are seeing in the State is that people just put the mask around their chin.
“You go to some churches we see people open their mouth and things will be spewing out in the enclosed environment on the chin. The Governor is saying that to give this wearing of facemask the kind of weight that it deserves to save our people, a special taskforce be put in place.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” he stated.
The Rivers State Government spokesman said arrangements have been concluded to monitor churches that fail to observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, wearing of facemask, provision of water for hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, while weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.
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