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RSG Consults Horticulturists Over Sangana Street

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Sequel to the planned greening of Sagana Street, the Rivers State Government says it has started consultations with horticulturists on the best way to carry out the exercise.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Kingsley Chinda who disclosed this, Saturday during a special Sanitation exercise in the area said the greening exercise was a major step adopted by the government towards repossessing the place illegally occupied by notorious street traders.

“We are here today in conjunction with Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority to give the illegal occupants last notice and to execute the order of the Rivers State House of Assembly. We are evacuating those occupying Sangana Street pavement illegally and we intend to repossess this place and to green the necessary parts of the area,” Chinda said.

After the special sanitation exercise, he said, the ministry will carry out inspection to enable it have a thorough study of the area and then come in with a horticulturist who will advise on the areas that are greenable and to commence the greening exercise without further delay.

The Commissioner who led the exercise with chairman, Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro said that government was tired of giving the street traders notice.

“But we deem it necessary to give sufficient notice even when we are not bound to due so as their occupation of  to place is illegal. The Rivers State House of Assembly visited here and also gave them seven days ultimatum. However, they did not adhere to the notice,” he said.

He warned that full weight of the law would be applied on any  illegal occupant who disregards the final notice as the government was not prepared to give any further notice to them.

Hon. Chinda decried the insanitary condition of the area and wondered why members of the public could buy vegetables and food items dumped on such insanitary condition which posses great danger to human health.

“If we go to the super markets to impound expired goods, I don’t see any reason why they should sell vegetable items and food stuffs to us on the floor. If you look at the drains here, it is highly in sanitary. It is not a place you can sell food stuff that people will consume,” he maintained.

He called on people of the state to give government the necessary support in its efforts towards improving on the sanitary condition of the city for their own interest.

On the media, the commissioner said “I will like to thank men of the press. You have been very supportive. I know you have been here all days with us. We continually need you to carry this information to our people so that they know what the government is doing at any point in time.”

 

Chris Oluoh

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Wike Confers One Of Rivers’ Highest Awards On Bishop Evo Diocese

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has conferred one of the highest awards in the state on the Bishop of Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, JP.
The award, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS), is the second highest distinction in the Rivers State Order of Service Awards and is conferred on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service in any field of human endeavour for the progress of the state.
The award ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, was attended by people from all walks of life.
Wike said the honour was to show gratitude publicly to indigenes and friends of Rivers State who stood out in their various endeavours.
Rt Rev. Ordu of Evo Diocese has, in the past 13 years as a Bishop, distinguished himself as a true shepherd who has dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.
This year alone, the Diocese of Evo has hosted the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) as well as the Joint Council of Knights, which in a way showcased the safety of Rivers State and the hospitality of the Rivers people.
In just 13 years, Bishop Ordu, through exemplary and visionary leadership, has taken the diocese to new heights in the league of notable dioceses in the Church of Nigeria.
At the last all-Nigeria Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) of the church, held in Abuja last month, Evo Diocese came first in terms of having the highest number of registered attendees at the event.
The entire faithful of the Diocese of Evo congratulate and felicitate with his lordship, the Rt. Rev. Ordu, on this well deserved honour bestowed on him by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Wike.

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Don Makes Case For Vocational Education

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A professor of Industrial Chemistry, Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Isaac Dokubo, has called for more budgetary allocations to vocational education in the country.
Prof. Dokubo said this at the 82nd Inaugural Lecture of the university in Port Harcourt.
The lecture, titled “Man and Vocation: The Inseparable Twins, The Vocationalist and Construction Cost Analyst Perspective”, Dokubo said Federal Government should increase budgetary allocation to vocational education in line with UNESCO recommendations of 26 percent of annual budget.
He expressed regret that Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education for the last six years was less than 10 percent, stressing that the country will continue to grapple with the problem of industrial development if the vocational sector is continously neglected.
The university don also called for private sector involvement in vocational educational education.
He commended the Rivers State University for setting up the Department for Technical Education and urged other universities to follow suit.
Accordimg to him, Nigeria’s industrial development lies with vocational education.
Speaking, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, said the university has taken far reaching steps towards improving vocational educational in the institution.

By: John Bibor

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Students Laud Wike Over Appointment Of IAUOE Registrar

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Students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Rumuolumini, have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the appointment of Donald Okogba as the Acting Registrar of the university.
Some of the students who spoke with The Tide at the university campus, said the appointment was divinely made.
A student of the Faculty of Humanity who gave his name as Ikechi Amadi, said Okogba had done so much for the school and deserved a reward from the system.
She noted that Okogba left indelible imprints in all the areas he had previously headed in the institution, saying such should be the hallmark of a public servant.
Another student, Charles Igwe, who described Governor Wike as a goal-getter, said his decision to appoint Okogba was the best for the institution.
Igwe expressed optimism that the appointment would not only spur the new Registrar to action, but would also make him to right some wrongs in the institution.
Describing the Acting Registrar as a no nonsense man, he called on both the staff and students of the university to give him thier support to enable him succeed.
A staff who pleaded anonymity recalled how the new acting Registrar performed excellently when he served in his previous assignment as Director of the Senate House.
“Some appointments may be viewed as political, but to me, this Mr. Okogba’s own is just on merit. He has been too professional in all tasks given to him in the school”, he said.

By: King Onunwor

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