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Christians Laud Amaechi

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Men’s Christian Association (MCA) of the Diocese of Niger Delta North have commended the developmental strides of Governor Chibuike Amaechi in Rivers State and urged his administration not to spare any efforts at sustaining the prevailing peace, urban renewal, youth empowerment and strategic development of all parts of the state.
The commendation was the fallout of the 2009 conference of MCA in the Diocese held at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Okoro-Nu-Odo Deanery with the theme “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”.
The four day conference also charged all men to show fidelity in their marriages, imbibe good values and remain committed in things of God to equip them meet life’s challenges.
In a communiqué signed by the Diocesan MCA President General, Sir Chuks Boms, the Secretary General, Sir Sam Ovu-Eleonu and Diocesan MCA Chaplain, Rev. Canon Chris Ogbuji, the conference urged the church to re-evaluate its existence and return to effective business of raising men and women that will shape the emergence of a new social order in the country.
It endorsed the creation of Dioceses not on the basis of personal gains or political consideration but to expand the gospel and bring it closer to the people.
But it reiterated the need for the Dioceses to network among themselves to promote quality growth, specialisation, community and reduction of unhealthy competition and disunity.
The conference however applauded the efforts of the Archbishop, Niger Delta Province and Bishop of Diocese of Niger Delta North, Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey (JP) to give a new meaning to the ministry through mission and evangelism in the province nay Diocese.
The gruesome murder of the Akpor Monarch, Ezo B.O.O. Oriebe also attracted the condemnation of the conference delegates who urged all men not to relent in prayers for God to unravel those behind the dastardly act.
While commending President Umar Musa Yar’Adua for the Niger Delta Amnesty Deal, the Conference appealed to the presidency to ensure the fulfillment of all promises made in the Deal even as it charged the Niger Delta Youths to give peace a permanent chance to usher in the much-desired socio-economic development in the region.

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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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