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The Rivers State Government has reiterated its commitment and interest to see that all accredited practicing journalists in the State are given the needed cooperation to enable them deliver on their jobs.

The State Information and Communications Commissioner, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari who gave the assurance yesterday during an official visit to the office of the Federated Correspondents Chapel on Ikwerre Road, stated that she is proud of the favourable Press friendly disposition of the present administration to the welfare of journalists in the State.

Mrs. Semenitari explained that the rumour that the State government preferred some media houses to others was totally unfounded and in bad taste as far as the Amaechi-led government is concerned.

She enjoined not only members of the Correspondents Chapel but the entire media constituency in the State to discountenance the activities of rumour mongers and concentrate to work for the progress of the State.

The Commissioner who used the opportunity to commend those who have continued to report stories about the State professionally, advised that it was entirely unethical for a story to be put out without due confirmation from those who are expected to do so.

On the complaint that some Commissioners and heads of government agencies hardly take their calls to clarify stories about their agencies, Mrs. Semenitari assured that she would do everything officially possible to change the ‘situation for the good of the State.

Earlier in his address the Chairman of the Federated Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Lawson Heyford had commended the Commissioner for the visit and assured of the Chapel’s preparedness to work as partners in progress with the Information and Communications Ministry to move the State forward.

Meanwhile, as part of her policy thrust to motivate staff and encourage hardwork and dedication to duty, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari on assumption of duty late last year instituted a staff of the month Award Scheme for the Ministry and its Parastatals.

A total of six staff drawn from the Ministry and its parastatals were the first batch of beneficiaries of the Award Scheme.

The beneficiaries for the month of December, 2009 include Messrs Owupele Benebo and Faa Lekara of the Publications and Accounts Department of the Ministry respectively.

Others are Mr. Austin Tolofari of Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Kingsley Okeagwu of the Rivers State Television Station and Isaac Esuka of Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation as well as Maxwell Gbode of the Government Printing Press.

Speaking to newsmen in her office on the importance of the Staff of the Month Award initiative, the Commissioner, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari said that the Scheme was put in place to set a new performance agenda for Information Officers and other career staff in the Ministry and the Parastatals.

Mrs. Semenitari who stated that it was not compulsory that there must be winners each month, said the key idea behind the scheme was to make Information Officers and their counterparts in the government-owned media acknowledge and effectively rise to the occasion to deliver on their duties as public sector communicators, irrespective of the departments where they are redeployed to serve.

She therefore enjoined those who did not make it in the month of December 2009 to do their best to win in subsequent months and congratulated the maiden winners of the Staff of the Month Award, stressing that they should sustain the tempo of work.

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Nigeria Can’t Survive Another Four Years Of APC, PDP Warns

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Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has described the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a rickety vehicle that cannot take Nigeria to any destination.
Speaking at the PDP retreat in Abuja, yesterday, the Sokoto State governor accused the APC of destroying the nation’s economy.
Tambuwal said Nigeria cannot survive another four years under an APC-led Federal Government.
“Can Nigeria survive another four years of APC? The answer is a resounding NO. It is too frightening to contemplate,” he said.
The governor stated that it is time to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.
He said: “A rickety vehicle cannot take Nigeria to its destination as the nation with possibilities for greatness and progress. PDP is now once again a well-oiled, serviced vehicle that will midwife the Nigeria of our dreams.
“It is, indeed, time to Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria. Nigeria is in an urgent need for a surgical operation. Nigeria is in a permanent emergency.
“We all know what the problems are. They are man-made. And is, therefore, resolvable. It requires a focused, determined, knowledgeable and patriotic organisation of like minds to build the critical mass necessary for a great leap forward. Yes, it requires leadership, with vision and discipline.”
The former speaker of the House of Representatives stated that Nigeria is suffering from the crisis of governance.
According to him, “We suffer from a crisis of governance. The unity of Nigeria is facing unprecedented challenges. Life in Nigeria is increasingly becoming brutish and short as insecurity ravages the land. Poverty is the forte of the ordinary Nigerian. The health and education of our people has not improved.
“Our people are in want. The economy is in dire straits with the exchange rate now about N540 to a Dollar from the N150 to a Dollar when PDP left office. Prices of food stuff and essential commodities are unsustainable. Clearly beyond the reach of the average Nigerian.
“Between 35 to 40% of Nigerians are unemployed. And women and youths bear the main brunt. Bandits, kidnappers, terrorists are having a field day almost unchallenged. Our children are not safe even in their schools.
“Corruption still stalks the land. Nepotism, ethnic and religious bigotry reign supreme in today’s APC’s Nigeria. Our infrastructure is still comatose.
“Trust and hope in Nigeria is at its lowest. Our lamentations can go on, ad infinitum. But the test of leadership is the ability to solve problems. What solutions will PDP offer? What is the way forward?”
Tambuwal stated that the PDP is ready to change the fortunes of the country.
“Well, this is why we have gathered here, to brainstorm and offer policy options for Nigeria. We cannot only criticise; we must provide workable solutions and clear policy alternatives. This will be presented to the Nigerian people. A sharp contrast must be drawn with the ruling incompetent and rudderless APC administration.
“PDP has shown that it has learnt its lessons. It is ready for power in 2023 to provide hope where ineptitude currently exists.
“Where APC thrives in excuses, PDP will take responsibility. Where APC thrives in propaganda and deceit, PDP will be transparent with Nigerians. Whereas APC government thrives in insecurity, PDP will secure Nigeria. Whereas APC presides over Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world, PDP will make Nigeria prosperous. APC has wrecked our economy, but PDP will salvage it. Where APC focuses on selective anti-corruption fight, PDP will fight corruption with appropriate institutional reforms,” he said.
The governor stated that Nigeria must embrace restructuring to survive.
“It must restructure its polity, economy, security and ways of doing things. It must embrace relative autonomy and decentralisation of power. This will unleash the energies of our people, especially, the young. It is time to allow Nigeria blossom. It is doable with all hands on deck.
“We must embrace innovation and technology as a way of life. Technology will solve the youth unemployment time tomb. Technology will improve our agriculture, health, industralisation, education and indeed, it has implications and impacts on all facets of our lives. It is in this respect that we continue to condemn the twitter ban as a retrogressive action that should never have happened,” he said.

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The Tide’s Deputy Editor Loses Mother In-Law

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The burial of the mother in-law of the Deputy Group News Editor of The Tide Group of Newspapers, Rev. Igbiki Benibo, is scheduled for Saturday, November 27.
According to a statement by the bereaved family, the Late Madam Fabiawari Nicholas died on May 29, this year at the Larosa Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt following a protracted sickness.
The statement signed by Mr. Goodluck Nicholas on behalf of the families, said a transitional Service would be held at Second Market Eneka in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State on Saturday by The Redeemed Christian Church of God from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Interment, the statement added, would take place at the Port Harcourt Cemetery by 12noon.
Speaking on the development, the Deputy Group News Editor of The Tide Group of Newspapers, Rev. Benibo described his late mother in-law who hails from Bukuma in Degema Local Government Area as selfless, conscientious and humane.
Rev. Benibo extolled the qualities of his late mother in-law, saying “when a mother in-law is selfless, marriage is made easy”.

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