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Cleric Tasks Leaders, Christians On Righteousness

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The District Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Congregation, Port Harcourt District, Pastor Israel Nyeduko, has called on all public office holders and Christians to first seek the kingdom of God and its righteousness.
Pastor Nyeduko made the call during a special service held at the Ogu station of the church last Sunday.
Taking his text from Matthew chapter 6 verses 33, the clergy enjoined all to shun sins and uphold truth, adding that they should be faithful to God and obey his commandments.
He noted that “when the righteous rules, the people rejoice and the society will be peaceful with progress and development”.
In their welcome address, signed by Pastor Nyeduko on behalf of the pastors and members of Okrika/Ogu district, and read by Pastor Gift the pastors charged the chairman to see his leadership as an appointment from God, and should do service to God and mankind, adding that the tasks of governance is challenging as most people are ignorant of the art of administration and the dynamics of governance, “but with God’s wisdom and grace, you can scale through”.
They also charged him to see his opponents as future friends and the critics as instruments of correction and that the ability to convert them would make him an outstanding leader worthy of emulation.
“As a leader ready to serve, be a servant leader, and God would promote you, for promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south,” they said.
They, however, congratulated him on his victory at the polls and subsequent assumption of office and also lauded Governor of Rivers State, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his developmental strides.
The pastor also called on youths to shun all forms of violence, embrace God and support the government to enhance further development.
In his response, the chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Hon Lawrence Abiebiari said he was touched by the Holy Spirit to worship with the church and was delighted over everything.
He appealed toGod’s wisdom and directives to ensure peace, harmony and development.
Hon Abiebiari noted that the people of Ogu had benefited from the church through the water in their well which served as the only source of drinkable water for a long time in the past, and their prayers for the community.
He promised to assist the church in the renovation of their parsonage and empowerment for widows in the church.

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RSG Warns Against Examination Malpractices In Schools

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The Rivers State Government has warned teachers in the state against indulging in any forms of examination malpractices.
The government also charged them to improve the quality of their service delivery to the State.
The Rivers State Head of Service, Dr George Nwaeke said this during a courtesy call in his office by the Rivers indigenous Teachers Association.
Dr Nwaeke also charged them to be worthy Ambassadors of good governance in order to reflect the undiluted people oriented leadership of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara
This was contained in a press release signed by the media officer, Office of the Head of service, Dr Eric Godam.
According to the release, the Head of Service also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties which is basically to build a positive mindset for the younger generation through strategic educational attainments.
Dr. Nwaeke also advised the teachers to take the issue of examination malpractices in school seriously and decried the level of moral decadence in the society.
The Head of service also assured that more programmes would be unfolded in the days ahead by the Governor for the people especially civil servants.
On the proposed issue of the 65 years retirement age for teachers he stated that a memo to that effect has been sent to the Governor for consideration and approval.
Dr Nwaeke urged them to ensure that the association reflects the ethnic diversities of the State as the association is presently more or less an Ikwerre/Emohua/Etche alliance.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Lucky Ndimele had earlier thanked the Head of Service for the courtesy visit and explained that the association’s objective was to promote the programms and policies of the Governor especially in the area of human and infrastructural development.
Mr Ndimele also commended Governor Fubara for appointing seven teachers as Permanent Secretaries in the State, describing it as unprecedented in the history of the State.
He also disclosed plans by the association to carry out a solidarity march from the Isaac Boro Park to the Government House in support of the Governor’s administration.
In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, Dr (Mrs) Inyingi Brown appreciated the teachers for embarking on the visit and urged them to continue to pray for the Governor to succeed.

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Rivers Elders Commiserate With Wigwe’s Family

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The leadership and members of Rivers Elders and Leaders Forum have expressed their condolence to the Wigwe’s family over the death of their son, Herbert Wigwe, who died alongside his wife and son in a ghastly helicopter crash the United Stats fort night ago.
In a condolence message signed by the Acting Chairman of the group, Sir Gabriel Toby and addressed to the father of the deceased, Shingle Wigwe, the elders said the death of Wigwe came as a rude shock to them.
In their words,” it’s our deep regret on the passing away of your son Herbert Wigwe and family in an helicopter crash in the United States. The tragic news of his death came to us as a huge shock”.
Urging him to be strong, they described the death Herbert “as a heavy cross to bear “, considering his role in the family, state and nation at large.
They added,” it is indeed painful to keep abreast with the reality of his demise in view of his numerous achievements within his short stay on earth.”
The body counselled the family to be consoled by the fact that the late banker and businessman lived a good and exemplary Christian life here on earth, and is resting in God’s bossom.
“It is our prayer that God Almighty will grant him eternal repose and give us alive the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss” they further declared.

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Monarch Commends IG, CP Over Killing Of 2Baba

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The Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeyeland in Rivers State, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, has commended the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, for their untiring efforts to annihilate Gift David Okpara a.k.a 2Baba, the wanted killer of the former Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim.
Eze Anugwo gave the commendation in his palace at Ula-Upata Community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, recently.
“I must sincerely commend the Police Force, especially the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police Rivers State Command, for their untiring efforts to kill 2Baba.
“2Baba was not only a cultist, but a kidnapper, rapist and terrorist in Ekpeyeland, before his desperation to kill the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer last year.
“I am impressed to say that Ekpeye people are happy, and therefore thank the police for the feat.
“I urge the Police to extend the fight to the nooks and crannies of Ekpeyeland to rid the area of all cultists,” he said.
He noted that Ekpeye Kingdom was known to be peaceful, safe and habitable, which attracts other tribes to come in for business and settlement.
The monarch re-emphasised his commitment to bring peace, development and safety to Ekpeye Kingdom and warned the youths in the area to desist from cultism or face untimely death.
Recall that 2Baba, a native of Odhiemudhie community in Akoh Clan in Ekpeye Kingdom, alongside his lieutenants, reportedly killed and dismembered the former Ahoada DPO, SP Bako Agbashim, on September 8, last year.
This heinous crime prompted the Rivers State Government to place N100million bounty on him to be smoked out. But even as frantic efforts to arrest 2Baba were intensified, the monster and his gang were killing more people in the area.
Luck, however, ran out of him last week, when the cult leader engaged the police trailing him in a fierce gun battle and he was fatally wounded and reportedly killed.
It would be recalled that the dead body of 2Baba was displayed last Friday by the police.

Emenike Agimo

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