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RSG To Employ 200 Medical Doctors

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Rivers State government says it has concluded arrangement to employ about 200 medical doctors in October that would operate the health centres that have been completed but not functional for lack of doctors.

Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, stated this Friday, during the signing of an annual partnership agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the state government at Government House, Port Harcourt.

Governor Amaechi explained that of the 50 model health centres completed, only 10 are functional while the remaining 40 are yet to commence operations for lack of medical doctors to man them.

The Governor stated that corps doctors among those that applied would be engaged in December after their service to the nation while others would commence work immediately.

He said the government has also directed the engagement of new medical consultants since the serving ones are retiring and there is need to replace them to enable the present administration achieve its purpose of improving health services.

The state Chief Executive said “our desire is to take health infrastructure and personnel closer to the grassroots especially those that cannot afford transportation down to Port Harcourt and if you look at the way we structured our health centres, each has an ambulance, a driver and facilities for movement of patients to secondary health institution when the need arises”.

Governor Amaechi explained that having achieved milestone in the primary health sector, the  next year would witness improvement of infrastructure in the secondary health institutions.

He assured the UNICEF team that his administration was prepared to fulfill its part of the agreement by releasing the state counterpart funds to facilitate the process of implementation of the partnership.

“The state government would be ready to support any programme that would reduce child and maternal deaths which is critical to us because it would mean an improvement in our health sector.” The governor declared.

The state Chief Executive, told the UNICEF team to work closely with the ministry of health to avoid losing focus and maintaining a coordinated approach to tackling issues.

Earlier, the leader of the team and the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Mrs. Pelucy Ntambirweki, said they were happy to renew the relationship which would enable them bring the issue of women and children through a formal partnership agreement.

Mrs Ntambirweki, used the occasion to applaud the state government’s efforts in the promotion of peace and conflict resolution since peace is critical to sustainable development in any society.

The UNICEF Chief of Field Office, lauded the state for maintaining polio-free environment, stressing that the partnership has recorded some achievements in HIV/AIDS particularly in the area of mother to child transmission.

She solicited the governor’s support for the forthcoming child health week and also called for the establishment of institutions that would help facilitate their programmes in the state since it is a focal state in the federation for the next four years.

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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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