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Rivers Judiciary Workers To Resume Strike Feb, If…

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The suspended Rivers State branch of the Nationwide Judiciary Workers Strike may resume in February if promises made to them are not met.

This hint was given on Tuesday by the Chairan of Judiciary staff Union of Nigeria, Rivers State, Comrade Ahiakwo Ugorji in an interview with The Weekend Tide.

Comrade Ugorji, who barred his mind on the eminent resumption of strike, stated that the strike was suspended in Rivers State in respect of appeals made by the Attorney- General, Mr. Ken Chikere and the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Hon. Magnus Abe and the State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Chris Oruge.

“The Attorney General appealed to us with the promise that the Committee will be set up to handle the matter and come up with a resolution immediately, hence there was no need to continue the strike.

“In actual fact, though, it was after we embarked on the strike on January 4, 2010 that we received a letter informing us that the committee has been inaugurated by the SSG, and that the resolution of the committee will be communicated to us”, he said.

Ugorji, explained that within that same week, a fire-man committee was inaugurated.

“We were made to inderstand that the Attorney General and SSG were acting on the Governor’s mandate, and so we heeded their demand for us to suspend the strike.”

According to him, the 5-man committee, headed by Hon. Austine Nwakoh had the Permanent Secretaries in Ministries of Justice (Mrs M. Benibo), Establishment, Mr. Chima Ake and of finance, George Nweke as well as a Director in the office of the SSG as members.

:All these people appealed for the negotiation to suspend strike action before the committee will swing into action.

“But to our greatest surprise, the Rivers State Governor , Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi during the opening of this year’s legal week said he was not privy to what ever arrangement that was made and so will not pay anything”, Comrade Ugorji said.

He continued that, “This is why we are willing to give the government up till the month to at least have a rethink over the issue.

“We are still very ready to go into dialogue. We do not see strike action as the ultimate to arrive at resolution”.

It only applies where the Government is not responsive to the plight of workers.

“We are still pleading with the Government to have a rethink of his position knowledge that he has a lot of developmental challenges.

It will recalled that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, under the auspices of the National Judiciary Institute called for the nationwide strike in November, 2009 following failure by state governments to implement the scheme of service and enhance welfare condition of service for all staff of the Judiciary in Nigeria.

The nationwide strike commence November 2, 2009. But in Rivers State, in response to intervention of the Attorney-General, SSG and NLC Chairman, it was suspended on 13th of November and commenced again on the 14th of January after promises made by the government was not fulfilled, according to Comrade Ugorji.

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RSG Committed To Education Development – Ebeku

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, has stated that the Rivers State Government is committed in the development of education in the state.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Education on Media, Faustina Nwaneku and made available to The Tide, Wednesday; in Port Harcourt said Prof Ebeku made the disclosure when he visited some Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Centres in the State.
Interacting with pupils at the Centres visited, Prof. Ebeku said the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, was determined to addressing the issues of out-of-school children through the provision of free education in the state and implementation of BESDA programme.
He said “The government knows that the future lies with you. The young shall grow and if we do not make effort to ensure that you learn something, then we do not have a future as a people.”
The Education Commissioner also commended the facilitators at the Centres for the professional discharge of their teaching duties,
He said he was impressed with the teacher-pupil relationship he observed during the visit.
Speaking to the children he said: “I am happy to come here to see you all today. I have participated in your literacy class and I can see you are doing well. I can see you are eager and hungry for knowledge”.
Prof. Ebeku was guided to the BESDA Centres by the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Fynface Akah, and some staff of the Board.
The Tide reports that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a programme designed to increase equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy in focus States, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Court Remands Suspected Fake Lawyer

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A High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded to police custody a suspected fake lawyer, Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe who has been practicing in the State for over 10 years.
Adjogbe was remanded following the plea by the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch, Prince Nyekwere that the suspect may escape if he was allowed to go.
Justice C. Nwogu in his ruling directed the prosecutor from the office of the Commissioner of Police to take custody of the suspected fake lawyer pending the outcome of their investigation.
The Tide reports that the suspected fake lawyer, Stanley was exposed on Wednesday, during cross-examination when he failed to answer correctly questions bordering on his identity as a legal practitioner.
Also, the suspected fake lawyer could not tell the court the law school he attended, the year he graduated and when he was called to the Bar.
He also could not mention the university he attended as a law student.
The Tide further reports that the defence team in the criminal matter also tendered reports from the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the national leadership of NBA disowning the identity of Mr. Stanley Epini Ejiroghene Adjogbe as a genuine legal practitioner in the country.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere in an interview explained the reasons he demanded that the suspected fake lawyer be remanded in Police custody.
Also, Ibikiri Otorubio, the lawyer who cross-examined the suspected fake lawyer in the case of a bounced cheque,, explained why they suspected that the lawyer is fake.
Mr. Otorubio said if the suspected fake lawyer was found guilty, he would face a jail term of 14 years.

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Operation Still Water Has Recorded Success – GOC

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The 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt says the Exercise “Still Water” operation designed to clear up crime and criminality during Ember months has recorded success with the civil- military cooperation in the State.
The Garrison Commander, 6 Division Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier General Muhammed Danja, made this known during a novelty football match between Ahoada West Football Club and Python Football Club at Ahoada-East Local Government Area.
Danja maintained that the football match was part of the civil- military responsibility of Exercise Still Water operation in the state.
On his part, the chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Ben Eke, commended the efforts of the military in curbing the activities of illegal petroleum products taking place in the area
Eke also called for more collaboration in fighting other crimes in the area
The Tide reports that the Ahoada East Football Club defeated the Python Football Club by a lone, following a tension pact and keenly contested encounter.
Prizes and awards were presented by the Garrison commander to the match officials, judges, three most valuable players, the winners and the 2nd runners-up.

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