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Police Boss Tasks Newsmen

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Journalists in the state have been called upon to follow up reported cases of brutality on them by law enforcement agents.

The call was made by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command, Barr. Bala Hassan, during a courtesy call on him by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Godwin Mpi, in his office recently.

The commissioner emphasised that it was wrong for people to assume that the police authorities covered their men when they harass or brutalise innocent citizens, adding that journalists should ensure that proper investigation is carried out on cases of brutality by the Police.

On the part of the Police, the commissioner promised that feedback would be sent out to complainants.

He stressed that people should make distress calls to Police Control Room phone numbers, which are placed on bill boards located at strategic places in the state whenever there is threat or danger of criminals, in emergency situations and when they are unduly harassed by law enforcement agents.

He advised interested members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and the general public to join the Police Officers Mess for which membership forms are currently available, adding that such association would form a forum for better interaction between the Police on one hand, and media practitioners and the general public, on the other hand.

Earlier, the permanent secretary, had asked the commissioner to find ways of stopping harassment of journalists on duty by policemen, adding that for reported cases, the police should ensure that justice is done and feedback communicated to complainants.

He noted that efforts should be made to promote cordial relationship between media practitioners, police, governemtn and the general public.

Dr. Mpi stated that he had been informed by NUJ that efforts are on the way to provide identity cards for genuine journalists in the state which will be made known to the police and appealed to the police boss to assist the union to fish out fake journalists after the identification process would have been completed.

In his speech the State Chairman of the NUJ, Mr Opaka Dokubo, appealed to the commissioner to ensure that justice is done in the case of Ken Donatus, a staff of The Tide newspaper who was brutalized by some law enforcement agents on April 2, 2009.

In the entourage of the permanent secretary, were the State Chairman of NUJ, State Chairman of RATTAWU, Mr Saro Ginale, Director of Public Enlightenment Department of the Ministry, Mr Rufus Diri and others.

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Albert Horsfall (standing) addressing participants  of 7th Round Table Discussion Programme on Embrace & Participate in the Amnesty Initiative for Peace and Development of the Niger Delta organised by the National Orientation Agency at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, yesterday while the Director of NOA, Chief Andy Nweye (right) and HOD, Mass Communication Dept, UST, Dr Godwin B. Okon watch. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Albert Horsfall (standing) addressing participants of 7th Round Table Discussion Programme on Embrace & Participate in the Amnesty Initiative for Peace and Development of the Niger Delta organised by the National Orientation Agency at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, yesterday while the Director of NOA, Chief Andy Nweye (right) and HOD, Mass Communication Dept, UST, Dr Godwin B. Okon watch. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken

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Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community

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Crisis is about to erupt in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the continued under development and alleged mismanagement of funds in the area.
The Tide gathered that some youths of the community have demanded that the leadership of the community be dissolved as a result of poor performance and lack of leadership focus.
The President of Patriotic Youth of Ubima, Wisdom Chimankpa Igwe alleged that the Community Development Committee (CDC) leadership was accused of being responsible for the underdevelopment of the community.
Igwe disclosed that the youth body has written to the CDC through her lawyer, Ndubuishi Okeah Esq of SALOD Chambers, demanding to know the details of Memorandum of Understanding signed with the various companies operating in the area and the level of implementations, but unfortunately they decided to use security agencies to shut them up.
He warned that the youth would resist any intimidation and may resort to violence if their demands were not met.
According to him,” It is unfortunate that since September, 2021 when that letter was written, they are yet to either reply or give details of implementation of the MoU. We are not happy but must work towards dialogue and seek peace”.
He alleged that majority of the leaders are jobless and have no legitimate means of livelihood, alleging that funds from multi-national companies are mismanaged.
“The leaders of Ubima Community have no legitimate job, this is the sole reason that all the huge revenue from all the multi-national companies ranging from Nigeria Agip Oil Company, SIAT, All Grace and Western Ord are mismanaged”, he alleged.
He also alleged that the leadership also converts every revenue meant for the community and youth development to personal use, thereby under developing the community.
He said the youths have decided to take over the mantle of leadership of the community and alleged that those in power have failed the people.
“The youths wants to remain in power, without a constitution and without tenure. We are tired of handpicked leaders, our employment quotas are sold out to strangers by these jobless and visionless leaders. The little things we enjoy today are what the Rivers State government gave to us,” he said.
He accused the community leadership of using security agencies to intimidate the youths, adding that they are out and stood for justice.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education says plans are underway to issue certificates to candidates who sat for the July 2021, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, Faustina Eugene-Nwanekwu, last Wednesday, quoted the commissioner as saying that it would be the first time BECE certificate will be issued shortly after publication of results”.
Ebeku, according to the statement, noted that the development is fundamental and in line with the current National Policy on Education.
The commissioner, in the statement, assured that the date of the planned launch of the certificate will be made public as soon as arrangements were concluded.
She said that the commissioner urged the students, principals, parents and the general public to watch out in order for them to know when these certificates will be available at the public domain.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee

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The President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed.
Dr Dimkpa said the visit was to intimate the Nigerian Army on activities lined-up to celebrate the 2022 Golden Jubilee Tournament of Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Dimkpa, while addressing the GOC also said the 50th anniversary tournament scheduled to commence in January 2022, was expected to attract dignitaries, corporate bodies and visitors from across the country and beyond, thus the issue of security will be paramount.
Engr Dimkpa stressed that the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership and working collaboration with the Nigerian Army, especially in area of providing security coverage for the tournament and guests.
He thanked the GOC and the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating crime and criminality in the state, and the privilege of the visit, used the opportunity to extend an official invitation of the club’s Golden Jubilee tournament to the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the club in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen M. D. Danja, assured of intimating the GOC on the invitation.
He also promised adequate security co-operation in order to have a hitch-free tournament.
“The 50th anniversary tournament of the Port Harcourt Polo Club scheduled to commence January, 6th to 15th, 2022, is open for sponsorship and participation by individuals and corporate entities, and will provide avenue to showcase their products and services”, the president said.

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