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Mixed Reactions Trail FG’s Reopening Of Borders

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Mixed reactions have continued to trail the Federal Government announcement of reopening of land borders in the country. While some are excited about the governments decision, others picks holes in the borders in the first instance, arguing that the policy was never of solution any ultimate economic benefit to the country .
A Port Harcourt based medical practitioners, and public Affairs analyst, Dr Andy Akpotive, said the closing of the borders, and its eventually opening by the Federal Government served no specific, benefit to the nation, as things still remained the way they were.
Akpotive said: “?? No need to be excited about the decision of the Federal Government to open the boarders , first there was no cogent and convincing reason for closing the boarders which still remained porous to external in filtrations, and compounding security challenges despite it closure, the real economic expansion needed for our development must be thorough and beyond reactioning measures, there is need for proper. National planning and economic rejuvenation of safe Nigeria from economic doldrum”.
A trader who spoke with The Tide metro however, expressed hope and releaf over the government decision to open the borders. The trader, Mr Felix Ndubuisi who deals on secondland shoes, said the opening of the borders will enhance the movement goods and services, and make traders to be actively engaged again. He said; “before the borders were closed, we used to get products , and make gains, but which the borders were closed, it because difficult for us to get products even it we have the money, and when we managed to get products, they lost more than two times of what we normally buy them, I am happy, because things we begin to move well at least”.
Another trader, Mrs Obotoli Amanya, who spoke with the metro, also expressed happiness over the reopening of the borders, Amanya who also deal on cloths and wrappers, said most traders like her where shut out of business because of the closing of borders, because they ran out of the stock they were familiar with; “I have been into clothing business for over 10 years, but this year, I diverted into another time of business, but failed. I am happy that the borders care now open, at least I can start my business again.
A university teacher, Dr Mbee Daniel who also spoke with the metro, said the Federal Government should go beyond conjectures in proffering solutions to its economy problems.
“it has become a habit on the part of our leaders to resort to half hearted measures, in solving our economic challenges. There is need for proper harnessing of our human capital and national potential, to promote sustainable development. It was wrong to have just assured that the closing of the borders would solves the problems of insecurity or other specific problems, that didn’t happen Nigeria has failed as a productive economy, we are bearly a consuming nation, and this doesn’t urge well for us as a nation.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rivers, A Global Investment Hub

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Nothing could be more elusive and desirous as the special skills and talent of a wand and a midas touch. Dr Freeman O’ Freeman is one the few possessive of this rare gift. He has a penchant for the reorganization of ailing industries, organizations and institutions. The foremost technocrat and consultant was recently spotted by the Port Harcourt Metro at a public function in the Garden city. When his attention was sought for an interview he willingly obliged an the session was a deep insight into his experience especially his years of consultancy services with the Rivers state Government in the  early 1990s. During these period he recalled that 14 parastalals and government agencies including the three state owned media Houses were under his consultancy services for full reorganisation process. “We made the State Electricity Board to be the highest revenue earner after the Ministry of finance, we also made the staffs of Water Board, Super Board, and Rivers Marine to earn their salary after the reorganization processes, some of the moribond companies can still be revived.”  He said Rivers state was deeply blessed with potentials to host the business world through flourishing business activities, nothing that most black Americans business moguls were looking for opportunities of investing their wealth and knowledge. Dr Freeman who is also and author and religious counsellor emphasized the need for proper restructuring of the Nigerian state to address the needs and imperatives of justice in the country. He canvassed for the creation of a state owned insurance company to secure the wealth and investments of  Rivers state. “ Rivers state is global investment hub, their is need to decongest Lagos by tapping into the enormous investment potentials in Rivers state, it’s quite unfortunate that investments of Rivers state government are easing out without full privileges to the state government, despite hosting two federal terminals economic activities in the state is still low. I want the Rivers state government to reap the benefit of insurance before Governor Wike leaves office, it will count for him as one his greatest legacies for Rivers people. Commenting on the prevalence of ethno religious crisis in the country, he pointed out the very custodians of religious faith were the propellers of the evolving Crisis. “it’s very unfortunate that people don’t practice what they preach, the much resources in the hands of the ministers should be redirected for the interest of the followers, the early missionaries gave education virtually free. Ministers should allow their members to have leveraging access to their schools, this will reduced the loads of poor parents and help in producing an informed and better society”. With a deep sense of concern, he urged the federal government to address the growing spate of insecurity in country, particularly the “ incautious activities of herders.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Wife Battery: Man Forced To Undertaken By In-laws

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In a bid to restore the marriage of a certain couple in Port Harcourt, ( names withheld) the family members and parents of the wife has forced the husband to an undertaken that he will no longer used their daughter as a punch bag. The Port Harcourt Metro gathered the parents of the wife are relatively well to do very supportive to the upkeep of their daughters family. Their intervention came as a result of repeated cases of physical and psychological abuses of their daughter by her husband. It was also gathered that the parents of the wife had made moves to terminate the relationship to secure the life of their daughter but she bluffed their moves and stuck to the marriage based on her professed love for the husband. The husband was said to have been invited to an intense family session during which he was asked to sign an undertaken to be of good conduct and act as a responsible man or gets his wife forfeited. The session became dramatic when the repentant husband and in-law was said to have broken down in tears , with confessions that he was always propelled by some incontrollable forces to act the way he did.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Group Plans Grassroots Medical Campaign

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As part of measures of promoting effective medical care at the grassroots, a body under the auspices of Medical  Xray and Imaging Technicians Association of Nigeria says plans has been put in place for mass sensitisation on the need for greater access to medical services at the rural areas. National President of the body, Rev Akiene Nunyor who disclosed this during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said the sensitisation was targeted at rousing the sensitivities of critical stakeholders towards improving health care at the rural areas as well as creating awareness among the rural dwellers. He pointed out that the absence of ultra sound facilities at rural communities was responsible for high mortality among pregnant women in rural communities, as they lacked access to the facilities. Its difficult for women to go for scan exercises for proper medical check at the rural areas. In times of emergencies before they get to the urban areas that have the facilities it becomes late. He called for a synergy between the private sector and government especially in the area of research, training and manpower development in the health sector,  He assured that the body was ready to provide the professional regulatory services for middle manpower development and standards in medical practice. While commending the Rivers state Government for its efforts in promoting care in the state he called for a “ Public/ Private sector  driven “approach in promoting effective health sector delivery.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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