The Rivers State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye Briggs-Oniyide, has charged students in secondary schools to imbibe good behaviour.
Oniyide gave the charge at this year’s Practical Leadership Awards for Youths, PLAY, organised by the Havids in conjunction with the Rotary Club of South West, USA, in Port Harcourt.
The commissioner who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mrs Ibim Ebietoma said good behaviour was a prerequisite for success in their academics
She thanked the organisers for putting together the youths’ leadership awards event and enjoined other non-governmental organisations to borrow a leaf from Havids Center for Environment and Development and Rotary Club of South West in Port Harcourt
In his welcome address, the Executive Director, The Havids, Mr. Harry Awolayeofori, said that the Practical Leadership Awards for Youths, with the theme, ‘Making Our Community Work in Difficult Times’, was put together to encourage the youths become better future leaders.
According to him, “our target is the future leaders, this award is to encourage the youths to become better leaders and also to promote peace and environmental sustainability”.
On his part, the guest speaker, Mr. Tom Inko-Tariah, told the students, it was important that they took their education seriously, and also stressed the need to be of good behavior.
In a goodwill message, President of Rotary Club of Southwest, USA, Kim Covill, noted that this was the second year the club was partnering with The Havids and expressed the hope that the partnership would continue to inspire and energise young leaders in Nigeria.
High point of the event was the presentation of awards to those who distinguished themselves and certificates to all participants.
By: Theresa Frederick
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel
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