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Six Million Rivers Christians Elect CAN Leaders ‘Morrow

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The Rivers State Council of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)- the umbrella body of over six million Christians in the state, will tomorrow elect a new leadership. The election is scheduled to hold at the CAN secretariat in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Over 80 delegates drawn from the state executive council of the association including state officers, former chairmen, local government coalition, youth/women and delegates from the five families of CAN are expected to vote at the election in which 11 offices are at stake.
A CAN source explained that the chairmanship of the association is rotated among its five families, in line with its constitution. The CAN families include Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN) and /Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
The rest are the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) and TEKAN/ECWA.
The out-going state chairman of CAN, Apostle Zilley Aggrrey is from CPFN/PFN. According to our source, each family will have 10 accredited voters while each local government, youth wing, women’s wing, state officers and former chairmen of the association will have a vote each.
Our source paid glowing tribute to the out-going executive headed by Apostle Zilley Aggrey for spearheading the Ecumenical Centre Project at the Greater Port Harcourt City at which over 275 plots have been secured in partnership with the Rivers State Government which it said, had pledged to ensure the centre comes on stream.
Aggrey was also said to have, with the support of the state government, renovated the state CAN office, acquired a power transformer worth over N1million, vehicles and other facilities to make the secretariat functiona.
It was gathered that two offices will be keenly contested for, at tomorrow’s election. They include the office of the state chairman being contested by Archbishop Benjamin .A. Obomanu, MFR and Bishop Deborah Ibim Anabraba both of OAIC to which CAN zoned the chairmanship.
The other office is that of the secretary where Rev (Dr) Boma Williams, Venerable Jolly Ndubuisi and Prof Abere all from CCN are contesting. It was reliably gathered that the other offices recorded one contestant each who may all be returned unopposed.
Our CAN source said the new leadership would be expected to be more vocal on all issues affecting Christians including politics, execute projects on the drawing board and initiate programmes and projects that would benefit Christians in the state.

 

Donald Mike-Jaja

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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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