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Sekibo Extols Amaechi’s Commitment To Development

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The Senator representing Rivers-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator George Thompson Sekibo, has extolled the commitment of the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi in the development of rural communities in the state, especially as it affects Ogu/Bolo local government area.

Senator Sekibo made the commendation Saturday, during the commissioning of Ogu civic arena, a constituency project nominated by Hon. Maureen Tamuno, member of the Rivers State legislature, representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency.

He recounted that within the short stay in office by Governor Amaechi as the state chief executive, the state has witnessed a lot of infrastructural development in areas of road constructions, building of health centres, constructions of model primary and secondary schools, among others, noting that if past administrations in the state had done a little as the present administration is doing in the state, Ogu community, he said, would be like Cotonou.

“The governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi is doing well, if it were like this in the past, Ogu and its environs would be like Cotonou,” he said.

The stated that the people of the area were impacted positively by the projects and programmes of the present administration in the state under the leadership of Governor Amaechi, adding that the people of Ogu would continue to give their support to the present government in the state.

The Senator urged the people of the area to continue to give peace a chance so that more democratic dividends could be attracted for the benefits and development of the community.

Also speaking, Hon. Maureen Tamuno, thanked Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for approving the construction of the project as nominated in the 2009 budget.

She stated that the project was part of her electioneering promise to the people as well as to promote peace, tourism in the area.

General Manager, Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Mr.  Celestine Ogolo (centre) presenting an address during the 7th round table discussion programme on Embrace & Participate in the Amnesty Initiative for Enduring Peace & Development of the Niger Delta at National Orientation Agency, State Secretarial, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, recently, while the state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Opaka Dokubo and Assistance Director, Programme (NOA) Mrs. Doris Sperojack watch. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken.

General Manager, Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Mr. Celestine Ogolo (centre) presenting an address during the 7th round table discussion programme on Embrace & Participate in the Amnesty Initiative for Enduring Peace & Development of the Niger Delta at National Orientation Agency, State Secretarial, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, recently, while the state chairman of NUJ, Mr. Opaka Dokubo and Assistance Director, Programme (NOA) Mrs. Doris Sperojack watch. Photo: Nwiueh Donatus Ken.

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RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

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A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

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Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

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The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

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