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Amaechi Tasks Leaders On Challenges

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says those who aspire to be leaders must be properly groomed, focused and determined to face the challenges of leadership.

Governor Arnaechi said this during the inauguration lecture and dinner organised by the past leaders of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) under the aegis of Past NURSS Leaders Forum (PANLEAF) in Port Harcourt.

Represented by His Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi advised those aspiring to leadership positions to have something to offer the people, stressing that leadership is for men of character, noting that “a good leader is one who is ready to accommodate criticisms and is not deterred from realizing his objective.”

In his remarks, former Federal Commissioner of Information and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, expressed delight on the leadership qualities demonstrated by Governor Amaechi, saying he identified with the frankness, truthfulness, uprightness and courage exhibited by the Governor.

The elder statesman observed that student union activities bequeath youths with experiences and qualities that serve the society well, pointing out that PANlEAF is “doing the right thing by coming together to fashion out ways to move the society forward,” advising them to shun dishonesty and inordinate pursuit of power.

Earlier, PANLEAF President, Hon. Wele Alex, explained that the association is proud to identify with the development strides of their colleague, Governor Chibuike Amaechi,          noting that in acknowledgement of his achievements in government, they are poised to muster support for him to run for a second term in office.

Delivering a lecture titled, “Responsive and Accountable Leadership: A Panacea for Societal Development”, Guest Speaker at the event and Chairman, Niger Delta Technical Committee, Mr. Ledum Mitee, stressed that youths should maximize opportunities afforded them by the society to effect critical change that would take Nigeria to the next level.

Observing that the current paradigms of leadership are misleading, Mr. Mitee, who is also President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), said, “for leadership to serve as a panacea to societal development, we need to think outside the box”, declaring that, “leadership should give hope”.   

Dignitaries at the event include the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Magnus Abe, Commissioners for Works, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, Agriculture, Mr. Emmanuel Chinda, and Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Charles Gogo Levi.

Others are Special Advisers to the Governor on Statistics, Mr. Okey Okirie, and Culture, Hon. Iboroma Harry, Special Assistant to the Governor on 105 Health Centres, Mr. Orom  Ereforokuma, a member of House of Representatives, Hon. Ike Chinwo, and the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanyanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, HRM King (Prof) Theophilus Princewill.

Highlights of the occasion was the cutting of the inauguration cake by Chief Edwin Clark, assisted by the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele lkuru, members of PANLEAF executive, and other dignitaries.

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Rivers LG Crisis: APC Chieftain Declares Fubara’s Action Constitutional

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An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers State, Barr. Sogbeye Eli, has declares as constitutional the action of the State Governor, Sir Siminalaiyi Fubara, in the ongoing political crisis over the expiration of the tenure of chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the State on Monday, June 17, 2024.
Speaking exclusively in a telephone interview, recently, in Port-Harcourt, Eli said there was nothing unlawful about the action of the Governor in directing the newly sworn-in Caretaker Committee Chairmen to take over the reign of affairs in the 23 LGAs.
He noted that the Law No. 2 of 2024 made by the estranged Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, and the sacked 26 members of the Assembly, extending the tenure of the outgone  Chairmen by six months had been expunged from the laws of Rivers State by Justice DG Kio of the State High Court.
“That law has been expunged by Honourable Justice Kio from the laws of Rivers State, it means that it does not exist.
“So, the outgone Council Chairmen cannot rely on a law that is not in existence to continue to stay in office when their tenure had elapsed constitutionally.
“That law conflicts with the 1999 Constitution as amended, and  in Section 9(1) of the Rivers State Local Government Law No.5 of 2018.
“The Local Government system in Nigeria is more like a department of a state. Governors have a hand in the affairs of the Councils. The Constitution allows a 3 year tenure for the Chairmen and there is  room for second term.
“But the tenure of these guys elapsed on the midnight of last Monday, June 17, 2024. That is the law and the Constitution”, he said.
Eli, who was the spokesman of the APC Campaign Council in the 2023 general elections in the state, said he relyed on the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of the Attorney -General of the Federation versus the Attorney -General of Abia State, which ruled on the tenure of the Council Chairmen in the state in 2021, adding that the judgment applies to all the states of the federation.
He, however, noted that there were few former Chairmen who are still eligible to seek re-election into the Councils whenever election is scheduled by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC).
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VC Makes Case For Technology-Based Human Capital Development 

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The Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, has harped on the need for technology-based human capital development in Nigeria.
Onuchuku, who made the call while declaring open the 5th International Conference of the Faculty of Humanities of the University, midweek, charged stakeholders to focus on the development of citizens at all times.
Focusing on human capital development through Artificial Intelligence (AI), he said, “development without human capital development amount to a waste of valuable resources.
“No matter the sector, every development must be geared towards improving the welfare of citizens for progress and growth in that sector according to him”.
While referring to Artificial intelligence as computer systems capable of performing complex tasks that historically only a human could do, such as reasoning, making decisions or solving problems, he allayed fears that jobs of humans will be completely eroded.
The Acting Vice Chancellor added that though computers, through programming, are mimicking human intelligence processes and built to think, act like humans, and replicate problem solving abilities, they cannot completely take over the job of humans.
Humans, he said, “will use artificial intelligence to develop whatever Unit, Community, State and Nation that they find themselves in”.
Professor Onuchuku informed that it is for economic growth and development that humans are confronting the environment with a view to producing those services that can create comfort, stressing that Artificial intelligence is one way to do that.
In his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Professor Kingdom Eke Orji, affirmed that in  the 21st century’s globalised society, “knowledge has been identified as the indisputable fifth factor of production and the pivot on which meaningful holistic development resolved”.
He stated that a knowledge-driven economy is a brand in the production, distribution, and exchange, while consumption of goods and services are anchored strategically on the threshold of intellectual property that dovetails into the acceleration of scientific innovation.
According to the Dean, “the integration of Artificial intelligence into the realm of the Humanities marks a watershed in repositioning erstwhile research mechanisms for digitalization and automation.
AI, he said, has the capacity of assisting scholars in the Humanities with data analysis and decision-making, breaking of communication barriers through Artificial intelligence powered language translation tools, the creation of functional robotic systems amidst others.
Professor Orji emphasized that the unique feature of the Conference is its noble attempt to mainstream the “Gown and Town” symbiotic relations.
He expressed gratitude to the Acting Vice Chancellor for what he described as his “steadfastness and unflinching commitment to the maximum successes of all conferences at the Departmental and Faculty levels”.
Speaking on, “The Promises of Artificial intelligence in the Humanities: An African Perspective and the Charge for IAUE”, the Acting Director, ICT Centre, Dr. Nathaniel Ojekudo, highlighted the gains of a high level understanding of Artificial intelligence concepts, applications and implications, particularly within the African context.
He explored the transformative potentials of generative Artificial intelligence and it’s impact on academia, governments, industries and society.
He also reflected on the ethical considerations and challenges associated with Artificial intelligence and identified opportunities for IAUE to leverage Artificial intelligence for innovation, education and societal benefits.
The Natural Ruler and Nyeweli Ali Rumuolumeni Kingdom, His Royal Highness King Chukwuemeka Victor E. N. Woji Okocha Olumeni, Olumeni XII, was conferred with an award of honour for his role in keeping peace and security which has translated in the giant strides recorded in the University Community.
In his response to the award received, the Nyeweli Ali, Rumuolumeni Kingdom, expressed gratitude to the Faculty of Humanities for the honour done him and pledged his support and that of his Council of Chiefs  towards all university activities.
He also stressed the essence of Artificial intelligence in the new world of technology and advised staff and students to key into it, adding that technology is the way to go.
Professor Tunde Ope Davies of the Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Lagos presented the lead paper at the conference which focused on “The Role of New Technologies in Reconfiguring and Retooling the Humanities: Exploring DH and AI”.
The theme for the conference was “AI and the Humanities” .
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Rivers CP Vows To Protect Lives And Properties 

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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Olatunji Disu, has declared his readiness to protect lives and properties in the  face of ongoing tension created by politicians in the state.
Reassuring the public of Force’s commitment to maintaining law and order in the state, while speaking to newsmen, on Tuesday at the State Police Command, CP Disu warned individuals against parties taking the law into their hands, emphasizing that anyone found doing so would face the full wrath of the law.
The police boss, in a passionate appeal, urged parents to caution their children against getting involved in the crisis, warning that they should not be used as “cannon fodder”.
He also vowed to protect all government property and human life in the communities, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all.
He said: “My job as a policeman is to protect lives and properties, and that is what we have gone out to do since morning.
“We are aware of the crisis that has to do with the tenure of the Local Government Chairmen and we have gotten one court order or the other, and the Court of Appeal has given an order for everybody to exercise restraints till the  20th of this month, just three days.
“So, we expect everybody to respect it and not take laws into their hands and allow peace to continue as it is”.
He assured that his officers are working around the clock to safeguard the property and lives of residents of the State.
He added: “Sincerely you know our officers have been out for the past three days.
“I just finished addressing them and I thank them for the good job they have done and because they have been out since 4qm, and they just came back.
“We are not taking it lightly,  we are ready to go,  our officers have been on a show of force and we have had additional men given to us from the Headquarters, the equipment has been serviced and we are ready to go.
“This is just to assure members of the public that so far as we are concerned we are ready to do our jobs of protecting lives and properties.
“We have warned anybody who would want to take laws into their hands. I want to use this opportunity to talk to parents to call their children to order and talk to them so that their children will not be used as cannon folders in this crisis.
“Everything that has to do with government property and every human being in this community would be protected”.
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