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Group Unveils Classroom Block In Community

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The Joint Free Zone Community Relations Initiative has commissioned a six classroom block for the people of Ikpoama Community in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar said the project was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the host communities.
Abubakar, who is also the Port Manager, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Onne/Ikpokiri Port Complex, disclosed that the six classroom block with toilet facilities was part of the 2016 project plans, adding that the importance of education in nation building and youths development cannot be over-emphasised.
According to him, “secondary education plays major role in the development of any society and is catalyst to the mind moulding of youths and empowerment”, pointing out that it also brings hope and future for the young ones to think and reason for their lives, rather than engaging in restiveness and other crimes.
He opined that the projects focused on the lives of the people to encourage families and less-privileged ones in the community, and noted that although they have wider plans for their host communities they were constrained due to lean resources.
The Chairman said the body will continue to ensure cordial co-existence between the host communities and the port operators by doing the needful to enjoy the prevailing peaceful environment as they watch for the nation’s economic growth or recovery to do more.
The port manager thanked the Amanyanabo of Ogu, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko 1X for his efforts in ensuring cordial relationship between the port and the community, and appealed for its sustenance.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Education, represented by Mr Loveday Omubo-Pepple said the present administration led by Governor Nyesom Wike has passion for educational growth in the state and thanked the initiators of the project and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the gesture to attract more groups to the community.
Also speaking, the Leader of Ikpoama Community, Hon. Isaac Tamunoiminabo also commended the initiators, saying the project would further boost the educational advancement of the people even as he appealed to the government to approve a senior secondary school for the community to engage students that have finished their junior secondary career.

By: Collins Barasimeye.

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Group Warns Against Underage Drinking In Educational Institutions

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As concerns grow over underage drinking, especially among young students in higher institutions, the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) has disclosed that its ‘Smashed Project,’ advocacy against underage alcohol drinking, has impacted over 65,000 adolescents in 35 institutions across the country in the last five years.
BSG Chairman, Baker Magunda, stated this at the launch of the fourth edition of the smashed programme in Abuja, as part of its renewed commitment to addressing the menace of underage drinking in Nigeria.
Smashed project is a programme of BSG, an umbrella body for leading brewing companies in Nigeria, who are members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). They include, Guinness, Nigeria Breweries and Ab-In Bev.
Smashed is a global project that started in 2005, with the aim of using drama and theatre to help adolescents understand the dangers of alcohol to their health.
Speaking, Magunda noted that the renewed effort is aimed at furthering the objective of the Smashed project in line with global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of underage consumption of alcohol.
“Every time young people experience the core messages of the smashed project through drama, it sticks because the message is clear and it also makes them avoid the social pressures of trying alcohol before they are of age. At BSG, we are committed to this and we will continue to invest in this programme,” Magunda said.

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Expert Harps On Importance Of Indigenous Languages

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A Professor of French and Translation Studies at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni,  Port Harcourt, Prof. Priye Enemi Iyalla-Amadi, has identified the importance of  indigenous languages  on the development of technology, and called on African leaders to take advantage of the multiplicity of languages to advance technology in Africa.
Amadi stated this while delivering her lecture at the 40th Inaugural Lecture Series of the institution titled: “Translation As Tool For Indigenous Language Engineering: The African Experiment,” last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
“Translation as a communicative tool, should serve as a needed bridge to provide a platform for accessing the world technological heritage of which we are all a part. I am charging you my fellow African speakers, that the technological future is here, so let’s own it linguistically.
“We have to be able to translate our languages, expressly using these languages to visualise what is being expressed. The power to invent like other countries across the globe lies in our ability to be able to understand and translate our indigenous languages,” Amadi added.
She lamented that Nigeria as an Anglophone country, has thrown away her various indigenous languages, making everyone disintegrated instead of united through their various indigenous languages that would have helped form a strong positive force in language translation as well as world affairs technologically.
“There is nothing wrong with a child to be able to speak six different languages. It is high time parents stop speaking English to their children, while at home. Leave English Language for their school teachers and speak your languages to them while they are home because this practice forms a strong family bond which finally transcends to national unity.”
She described Translation as the cross cultural, cross national and inter-disciplinary linguistic tool per excellence, saying that it can be used as a potent tool  for language engineering to better express thoughts, desires and linguistic goals of speakers of various languages, adding that through translation, members of different races, and tongues can unite to formulate policies and strategies aimed at the communal good.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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School Advises On Children’s Intellectual Dev

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The Director, Spring Lake School, Mrs Judith Usiakpor, has said the cognitive and psychological development of learners should be considered in teaching.
A statement signed by the school during its graduation ceremony said that the school ensured the provision of teaching and learning aids that would aid the development of learners’ cognitive and psychological tendencies.
It read, ‘‘Spring Lake School, a faith-based institution with a niche to providing exceptional day care services and after-school programmes for children between one to five years of age, recently graduated their first intake in grand style at their Oniru- Lekki auditorium.
‘The Director, Mrs. Judith Usiakpor, while speaking at the fifth year graduation of the school, reiterated the school’s commitment towards contributing selflessly in the role of moulding children cognitively and psychologically as well.
‘‘She also expressed her gratitude to all the pioneer parents who have come this far with them.”
A  lawyer and parent, Mrs Zulei Momodu, appreciated the Spring Lake School for the exemplary turnaround job they did for the kids.

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