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Ikuru Makes Case For Free Primary Education

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, has called on the Federal Government to declare free education for all primary and secondary schools pupils in the country.

Engr. Ikuru made this call Monday during a Six-Hour Prophetic Jubilee PrayerlPraise organised by the Truevine Women International Outreach in conjunction with the Rivers Women Prayer Network and Women of  Influence International at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Center, Port Harcourt.

He said this call had become necessary to give access to quality education to children of the less privileged, adding that such gesture would address the low educational standards prevalent in the country and high incidence of criminality among the youths, stressing that it would create a better foundation with youths and redirect their minds from cultism and militancy.

The State Deputy Governor disclosed that the new model primary and secondary schools and other projects being built by the Chibuike Amaechi-led administration in the State would be powered with solar energy, thanking the organisers of the programme for backing the State and the nation up with prayers.

One of the guest speakers, Reverend Mosy Madugba, urged Nigerians to seek God’s direction on how to avert His judgment, calling for fervent prayers to erase the altar of violence which has brought calamity on the nation.

Attributing Nigeria’s underdevelopment to the activities of a cabal that has caged her for years, the gospel minister enjoined the congregation to rededicate a new Nigeria, free from violence and crimes.

Also speaking, Prophet Emmanuel Kure, a gospel preacher, opined that Nigeria had bright future, calling on the leaders to make its new existence from Jubilee a reality, stating that the incumbent President and Governors at Jubilee are priestly president and governors.

He urged Nigerians to appeal to God to forgive innocent blood of citizens wasted during the wars and crises periods in the country, stating that President Goodluck Jonathan is a divinely ordained agent of change in the nation and cannot afford to fail the nation and the world.

Earlier in her welcome speech, the Coordinator of the Truevine Women International Outreach, Pastor (Mrs.) Ene Secondus, declared that the:2010 Jubilee was the beginning of a new circle of God’s honour and blessings for the country, urging Nigerian leaders to pray God to give them the wisdom to manage the nation’s abundant human an natural resources to the wellbeing of the people.

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Substance Abuse Becoming Thing Of Concern -Odu

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, has lauded the important role pharmacists play in the wellbeing of the society.
Odu gave this commendation while playing host to members of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch at the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The deputy governor said while others are sleeping, pharmacists work hard “to ensure we all live in a better society, especially when you talk about the dangers of substance abuse.”
Odu stressed that, “It is really becoming a thing of great concern because of the level of children getting involved in this thing. It is even coming down to primary schools which now increases the burden of what you are doing, so we appreciate you for what you are doing for the society which we all are living in.”
The deputy governor extolled the lady pharmacists for the scholarship scheme they were sponsoring, noting that it was “amazing because when you change the narrative of somebody’s life, you become what they call a destiny helper.”
The deputy governor added, “So, for me, it is something I would encourage. Even the Bible says when you do it for them you have done unto God. It is a thing we get a lot of blessings out off, you may not see it now but some day it will definitely come.”
She expressed gratitude to them for their support for the Fubara-led administration which according to her has continued to spur them into action.
“Let me thank you for upholding the governor and myself in prayers, because without prayers we won’t be here, many people have prayed and God has heard, please do not stop, even for good governance, we need God to grant us the wisdom and knowledge of what to do”, she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Branch of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ebelechukwu Odom, said they were at the Government House to identify with the Governor Fubara-led administration in the ongoing restructuring of the state, and pledged their allegiance and unflinching support to the administration.
She assured that they would utilize the competences of Lady Pharmacists in Rivers State and synergize with partners for improvement in health, education, research development and socio-economic wellbeing of humanity through relevant and appropriate interventions, projects and programmes.

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RSG Denies Rumours Of Cholera Outbreak In Soku

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The Rivers State Government says it is not aware of any cholera outbreak in Soku community in the Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, the clarification was necessary following numerous enquiries from the media over a purported outbreak of cholera in Soku community.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Ministry of Health has received numerous enquiries from the Press regarding an alleged outbreak of cholera in Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
“Public health teams dispatched to investigate these alleged cases and deaths have so far received no confirmation of such.”
While describing cholera as a waterborne infectious disease, the commissioner said that the disease is notifiable, warranting escalating reports from disease surveillance and notification officers at the community level.
The statement clarified that the ongoing medical outreach in Soku community is in no way related to any outbreak of cholera.
“Outreaches have always been a way of getting accessible health care to underserved and vulnerable population, however, all such outreach activities must be conducted with approval from and in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and as such no entity should be conducting outreaches outside the coordination of the ministry”, it warned.
The ministry further said that all infectious diseases of this nature are reported, managed and escalated by the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Oreh said the statement should serve as a strong warning to anyone conducting or planning health activities without due recourse to the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
She added that any such activities found to be carried out without the knowledge and clearance of the State Ministry of Health will be fully investigated and dealt with in order to ensure the protection of the lives of the people.
“Therefore, the general public and members of the Press are advised to disregard the rumours making the round on an ongoing outbreak of cholera and the death of some citizens of Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State as it is presently unfounded, misguided and capable of causing panic amongst citizens and residents.
“The general public is thus urged to remain calm and rest assured that the Rivers State Ministry of Health will continue to be a veritable source of public health information in the state”, the statement concluded.

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Bill On State Police Scales Second Reading

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill to provide for the establishment of state police in the country.
Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu and 14 others, the bill seeks to alter the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for states to establish their own policing outfits.
As lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary, Kalu who stood in for the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, urged members to look beyond political ambitions and think about the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”

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