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MCC Staff, Others Arraigned In Court Over Sanitation Law

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Two Staff of Monier Construction Company (MCC) were among seven persons arrigned in the Chief Magistrate Court Rumuodomawya, Tuesday for allegedly defaulting the Rivers State Government law on Environmental sanitation.

The accussed were alleged to have been caught by officials of the Environment Sanitation Authority in conjunction with staff of the Rivers State Ministry of Environment while they were disposing refuse at authorized dump sites but outside the official garbage disposal period of 6 pm and 12 midnight.

The two staff of MCC who pleaded not guilty were however granted bail with the sum of N100,000 and one surety.

They said they were not disposing refuse at the site but rather were helping in evacusting refuse as directed them by their company.

While the two MCC Staff, Gibson Isaac and Eneberi Naka were bailed, the other five persons were remanded in custoday by order of the presiding magistrate till 15th October being the day of Environmental Sanitation Court. 

Addressing journalists in his office, the Rivers State Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Kingsley Chinda said the ministry has designed more strategies to arrest and prosecute offenders of sanitation law in the state.

He express dismay that inspite of the awareness campaigns, people were still in the habit of contravening the law and reiterated that the present administration was determined towards changing the free for all attitude of some persons in the state as regards public health.

The commissioner appealed to members of the public to co-operate wit the government toward arresting offenders of sanitation law especially within Port Harcourt and its environs stressing that since clean environment is for the good health of all, it would be foolhardy to expect only the government to pursue the course alone.

Meanwhile the ministry sealed another super market in Port Harcourt J and J super market,  for displaying expired food items for the purchase and consumption of memers of the public.

Chairman, Committee for Environmental Health and Saintation in the ministry, Mr Ewule Napoleon displayed before the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Kingsley Chinda and members of Press, 43 items of expired food items from J and J supermarket and explained that the items were inimical to the health of consumers.

Directors of the super market, John and Joseph apologized to people of the state for their negligence and pleaded for forgiveness. Barrister Chinda who granted they plea, warned that should the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on the sup market and directed the committee to unseal the place.

Barrister advised members of the public to be careful over what items they by form the super markets and other sales points.

He said experience has shown that good number of items in the market are expired and inimical to the health.

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RSUBEB Plans First Govt-Owned Secondary School In Woji

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The Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) has disclosed plans to establish the first government-owned school in Woji Town in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Executive Chairman of the board, Ven Fyneface Akah, said this during a courtesy call on him by the Woji Council of Chiefs and Elders led by the Paramount Ruler of the community, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, in his office in Port Harcourt.
Akah said construction of the 12-classroom school building will start once it is approved by the governor.
He said the proposal was in line with the mandate of Governor Nyesom Wike to the board to ensure that everyone has access to quality education.
The Executive Chairman, who promised to send an engineer to the proposed site for the school building this week, expressed regrets that Woji, which is one of the thickly populated urban centres in Rivers State, would remain without a government-owned school.
He noted that the school at Rumurolu is already congested with children, adding that a new school is needed in that axis of Port Harcourt because of its population density.
Akah further noted the economic implications of Woji not having a government school to the people.
He also commended the community for providing a conducive environment for the take-off of the school.
Earlier, the Eze Woji, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, had said the community has already acquired a site for the school, and also developed an architectural design of the new school building.
Ihunwo also described as worrisome the fact that his community has no government-owned school, noting that the situation is taking a toll on parents who have to send their children and wards to schools in far away places.
He said the community is ready to work with the government to ensure the realisation of the project.
The Woji monarch also commended the chairman for his leadership qualities at the board.

By: John Bibor

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Group Head Cautions Against Membership Of Secret Cults

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The National President, Community Reformed Youth (CRY)Initiatives, Engr Danagogo Wenike-Briggs, has cautioned young people, especially politicians, against belonging to any secret cult in the quest to acquire wealth or fame.
Wenike-Briggs, who stated this while addressing his members in Port Harcourt at the weekend, said the advice became important in this era when most people are seeking for political relevance at all cost.
The CRY leader expressed regrets that even some Rivers people could think in such direction when there is no known secret cult operated by any Rivers individual or group.
He stated that those who may wish to join such cults are doing so at their detriment, saying that they will remain perpetual slaves to such owners.
“We can do a lot without belonging to any secret cult. For example, Governor Nyesom Wike has opened our eyes to firmness which is a powerful tool “, he said.
According to him, such firmness is what any government or individual needs to drive home his demand or policies.
Wenike-Briggs, who is the governorship aspirant of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), also said he had both the impetus and determination to take the State to its promised land, come 2023.
The Engineer-cum politician further said he will coast to victory regardless of the existing big wigs in the state’s political terrain.
“I don’t mind the big names in Rivers politics. I depend on God’s words to proceed. I am determined to bring a change to the state”, he said.
One of his change mechanisms, he revealed, is to operate a cashless economy, adding that a standard bank will be established and managed by the government.

By: King Onunwor

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NGO Charges Journalists To Stand For People’s Rights

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Journalists in Nigeria have been urged to always stand for the rights of the people in their day-to-day activities.
The Executive Director, Media Career Development Network, Lekan Otufodurin, gave the charge during a public show of a film on Joseph Pulitzer, to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Port Harcourt, recently.
Speaking to The Tide shortly after the programme, Otufodunri urged journalists to always discharge their duties professionally by giving voice to the people.
He emphasized the need for a free press in the country as well as the need for journalists to create the needed balance between government and the people in the society.
He cited the roles played by Joseph Pulitzer in the video watched by over 100 participants, saying he stood for the people till his death.
“One of the most prestigious award in journalism was named after Joseph Pulitzer and we can see from the video we watched that it is possible that we have publishers, who can stand for the rights of the people, who find a balance between professionalism and business.
“This is just a reminder that we need to do our job properly, we need to show that there is freedom of expression, we ask for our rights, do journalism professionally, so that we can hold government accountable to the people.
That is how we can be the voice of the people and not only the voice of government”, Otufodurin said.
One of the panelists and Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, Stanley Job Stanley, highlighted the importance of the film, saying it is a reminder on how to practise journalism in the country.
“I think the video we watched will benefit a lot of us. As we can see from the video where freedom was given to the press even as far back as 1817, so we have a lot to learn from the American system. Joseph Pulitzer was allowed to practise journalism freely without the interference of anyone”, he said.
He urged Nigerian journalists never to be deterred nor discouraged despite threats, challenges and pains that confront them in the cause of discharging their professional duties to the society, adding that if they want positive changes in the country, they must keep on pushing till the change comes.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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