The Rivers State Government has been commended for responding timely to the difficulties faced by motorists and commuters as a result of poor state of some roads in Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs.
The commendation, is part of the state government’s road maintenance scheme tagged “Operation Zero Pot Hole”, was unveiled recently by the state Ministry of Works to rid the metropolis of bad roads and craters.
Some members of the public who hailed the state government for the timely intervention, said it would reduce the growing traffic jams experienced in Port Harcourt in recent times.
President of Ogoni Media Workers, Comrade Godwin Williams called on the authorities to spread the exercise to the outskirt, which, most times, are abandoned during such operations.
Comrade Williams also tasked officials of the ministry to ensure that qualified contractors are used in carrying out the exercise in order not to waste public funds.
Similarly, a private transport operator at the Abali Park in Port Harcourt, Mr. Perkins Ibifubara hailed the exercise, calling it a quick response to the cries of motorists and commuters who have suffered untold harshsip from bad roads.
Mr. Ibifubara, however, stated that the scheme be conducted in phases to ensure that all parts of the state are adequately covered.
He cited the spots at Intels Junction, along Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway and another one at Artillery Junction as those that require urgent attention.
Mrs Rita Pokubo, on her part expressed the belief that the exercise would save motorists the pains of plying some routes in the city. In her words: “it is the road that all of us use so we are extremely glad that something is being done about the affected roads.”
While calling on the contractor in charge of the zone that covers Ada-George/Wimpey and Ada-George by Agip Junctions to mobilies to site, Mr. Pokubo expressed the hope that respite would come the way of car owners when the roads are properly fixed.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Dakuku Peterside had, during a press briefing, informed the media that the Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi had directed that all pot holes on roads within Port Harcourt and its environs be covered ahead of the rainy season.
To this end, the sum of N1 billion has been approved for the exercise.
LG Boss Lauds Traditional Institutions On Peace Sustainability
The Chairman, Okrika Local Government Council, Hon. Akuro Tobin, has demonstrated his respect for traditional institution in Okrika as the traditional rulers in the area were hosted to a special luncheon at the council, yesterday.
The council boss commended the traditional institutions in the area for promoting peace in their various communities and urged them to sustain the tempo especially as the general elections draw nearer.
Akuro also solicited the cooperation and understanding of the traditional rulers towards the council’s developmental drive.
In a remark, the traditional rulers assured the chairman of the sustainability of the existing peace and tranquility and promised to support his administration.
The traditional rulers in attendance include His Royal Majesty, King E.T.I Obudibo, Amayanabo of ancient Ogoloma kingdom; His Royal Majesty, King Amb. Dr. Michael Ateke Tom JP, Amayanabo of ancient Okochiri kingdom and Sekuro of Niger Delta, and His Royal Majesty, King Air Commodore T.E.O. Ogube (Rtd.), Amayanabo of Kirike Town.
By: Wokoma Emmanuel & Michael Abraham
NUC Tasks IAUE On Establishment Of Mass Comm Dept
The National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team has advised Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) to establish a full-fledged Department of Mass Communication.
Speaking during an exit meeting on Tuesday, at the Council Chambers, the team leader for the Department of English and Communication Art, Professor Saleh Abdu, noted that the establishment of the Mass Communication Department would provide opportunity for the many students yearning for it to become specialists in that field.
He expressed appreciation to the University’s Management for grooming graduates who are competent in their career pursuit and appealed to the Department to make the e-library more accessible to students.
Professor Abdu described as unethical the situation where students write their names on examination scripts and emphasized that only matriculation numbers should be allowed on examination scripts.
The Professor from the University of Kashere thanked the Vice Chancellor for conference sponsorship for teaching staff, saying that such staff development drive should also be extended to the non-teaching staff.
In his response, the Acting Vice Chancellor of IAUE, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who was represented by the Acting Registrar, Mr Donald Okogbaa, said the setting up of the NUC is the best gift bequeathed to the Nigerian Universities.
He expressed gratitude to the accreditation team for their observations and assured that machineries would be put in place to ensure that all recommendations and suggestions made are strictly adhered to.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
‘See BSN As Integral Part Of Church’
The Church of Christ has been called upon to see the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) as an integral part to advance the kingdom of God on Earth.
Chairman of the BSN, Rivers/Bayelsa Area, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, BSN-SPM made the call while addressing members of the Saint Silas Christ Army Church of Nigeria, Ibuluya Ama, in Okrika Local Government Area, as part of the 2022 Bible Week Celebration.
He explained that the call became imperative and crucial in view of the near lack of interest and lookwarm attitude of some clergy men towards the Society.
According to him, BSN was established primarily to fill the gap of translating the Written Word of God from English to various Nigerian Languages.
He disclosed that the Society had so far translated 27 Nigerian languages out of the over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria into full Bible.
Elder Ayo-Tamuno further said of the 500 languages apart from the 27 fully translated, 63 New Testament languages have been translated, while 98 portions of the Scriptures are in other Nigerian languages.
He said more than 13 translation projects are now on-going in various Nigerian languages, adding that within the Area, which include Bayelsa and Rivers States, three translations are on-going in Ogbia, Epie and Eleme.
“It’s, therefore, very important and expedient for the Clergy to support the Society, bearing in mind that no Clergy can function without the Word of God”, he said.
He used the opportunity to commend the Church for their support to the Okrika Auxiliary, and stressed the need for members to register as Special Members.
Later in his response, the Vicar in charge of the Church, the Venerable Lee Jen Akwabala, thanked the Society for the visit and assured that he would upgrade his membership to the Special Membership Cadre.
Venerable Akwabala promised that four members of the Church would register as Special Members and praised the Society for the gift of free New Testament Bibles, adding that the Bibles would assist in the missionary activities of the Church.
By: Soibi Max-Alalibo
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