RSG Hails Church Over Road Construction
The Rivers State Gov
ernment has commended members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of Joy, Zonal Area Headquarters, Province Two, Port Harcourt for single-handedly executing a road project in the area.
The Commissioner for Works, Hon Victor Giadom made the commendation during the commissioning of the Road Project at Holiness Close, Off Rumuogholu Road in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
Giadom, who was represented by Engr Batein Ogariawo said the project was a challenge to other churches as apart from its spiritual function, it deemed it fit and necessary to also touch the lives of the people in the area physically, saying “It is rare,” and called on others to emulate.
He said the project would in no small measure relieve government’s responsibilities to its citizenry as it cannot carryout such responsibilities alone, commending the church for a work well done.
According to him, they have done something to promote the name of God and that God must surely reward them for their support to Government, adding that the Government had also taken note of their support.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari who was represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Mrs Ibim Ebietoma expressed delight over the project that would touch the lives of the people and called on others to borrow a leaf from the church, stressing that government was very pleased with the project.
In her remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on new UST Project, Hon Vivian Braide thanked Pastor (Mrs) Geradine Kalango for conceiving and ensuring the completion of the project as part of church’s social responsibilities to the people, describing women as achievers and thanked the church for relieving the burden of road construction for government.
In his exhortation, the Pastor in charge of Rivers Province Two of the Church, Pastor Soji Oni, who took his text from the Book of Matthew Chapter 5:13-15, said the church had brought light to the inhabitants of Holiness Close, pointing out that it was a corporate social responsibility to positively affect the community, saying, “it is the beginning of good things to come, calling for all hands to be on deck.
In their separate speeches, HRH Eze John Kinikanwo Ogbonda Weli, the Paramount Ruler of the area whose address was read by the CDC Chairman of Rumuogholu, Hon Godspower Ovunwo and the chairman, Landlords Association, Elder Nsirim Onizor described the church as a pace-setter that had challenged other sister churches in the area, and thanked members for the project as Heaven had recorded their contribution for heavenly reward.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the Zonal Pastor of City of Joy, RCCG, Pastor Mrs Geraldine Kalango thanked all for making their dreams come true despite challenges, adding that the 1.8km interlocked road project was not only to uplift the status of the church, but also to fulfil the church’s community social responsibility, as it would affect the residents positively over accessible road.
The ceremony also featured praise and worship before the cutting of the tape by the representative of the Works Commissioner, Engr Ogariawo to declare the road open.
Immigration Steps Up Anti-Touting Vigilance
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Passports Command, Ikoyi, has increased its surveillance on touting in a bid to check extortion within its jurisdiction.
Speaking in an exclusive chat with The Tide in Lagos, last Friday, the Immigration Comptroller, Passports Office, Ikoyi, Lagos, Deputy Comptroller Liman A.I , said the negative impact of touting on the nation’s economy would not be allowed to continue under his watch.
He said ,”we are applying persuasion, dialogue and seeking the support of all well meaning stakeholders in this area to spread the anti-touting message and dissuade people from unlawful acts. However, we could apply coercive power as the need arises.
“With the selfless leadership shown by the Comptroller General, Alhaji Mohammed Babandede, we at the PCO, Ikoyi, Lagos, have decided to re-dedicate ourselves to duty and complement the efforts of the CGIS.
“We are prepared more than ever to wage the anti-miscreants war relentlessly.
Liman assured the general public of friendly environment for legitimate transaction in an effort to strengthen the national economy, warning deviants to shun touting and other related vices.
According to him, “the command has keyed into the various strategies including the use of ICT in gathering of intelligence, among others.
“The service believes that the fight against miscreants within its corridor cannot be undertaken by the service alone, hence our call on Nigerians to partner with us in ensuring that the passport seekers do not patronise touts to defraud them. Our resolve is unshaken and our commitment is total”.
On her part, the Public Relations Officer of the command, a Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI), Mrs Adetoun Shiyindemi, commended the Deputy Comptroller Liman, for his selfless service, pointing out that he has really given the officers and men of the command a sense of belonging.
“Since the Comptroller came in, it has been a servant-leader relationship here at Ikoyi PCO and we are all motivated to put in our best with what the CGIS has given us, you will see a new immigration service”, she assured.
By: NkpemenyieMcdominic, Lagos
Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty
The Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Rivers State Government to dredge the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty to enhance marine operations.
The union said the low shore of the river hampers its operations and grounds boats.
The Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kings Don, who made the call, said the low shore of the jetty was not helpful to marine operations.
According to him, drivers and passengers find it difficult to ply the route whenever the tide is low, thus wasting man hours.
“Sometimes, we push the boat to a level it would afloat due to low tide suffered in the jetty. We are appealing to NIMASA and the state government to assist and dredge the jetty for more efficiency”, he pleaded.
Don described the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty as the gateway to Bonny Island and other riverine communities, and called on NIMASA and the state government to intervene and make the marine sector viable in the area.
He said that the prompt dredging of the jetty would enhance water transportation in the state and improve its revenue generation.
He, however, commended the security agents, especially the Nigerian Navy and the marine police, for rescuing the waterways and creeks from all forms of criminality.
Comrade Don appealed to the security agents to engage in 24-hour patrol of the routes and other channels to save lives and property.
By: Chinedu Wosu
Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations
A renowned ship owner in the country, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has decried lack of standardisation and enforcement of safety measures on the nation’s inland waterways by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
He also blamed lack of will to enforce regulations, safety, standard and regulations on overloading, night voyage, rickety and old craft as causes of mishap on the inland waterways.
Alhaji Umar, who is a former president, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), said in Minna, Niger State, recently that enforcement of safety and standard on the nation’s inland waterways was weak.
Reacting to incessant boat mishaps in the country, Umar said, “there is no standard applied on movement of people, as all kinds of boat are being used. It is important that we standardise, because lack of safety and standard will increase accident.
“I think, the task of NIWA is to standardise conditions and procedures on the nation’s waterways”.
He also called for the regulation of movement of badges and passenger boats across the port environment.
“It’s a huge risk allowing badges moving containers around the port area side by side with boats carrying passengers.
“Moving people and containers at the same time is a huge risk, and a safety concern.
“NIWA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should see to this and tackle the menace”, he said.
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