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Speaker Lauds Church On Good Health Promotion

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As part of his Easter message, Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has underscored the importance of the church in promoting good health among the people.
Addressing members of St John’s Anglican  Church, Ataba Parish, Andoni Archdeaconry on Easter Sunday, he said the church could help propagate good health through messages to the people.
He said the high prevalence of tuberculosis and other health challenges could be curbed through sermons and educating of church members.
Ibani stated that early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis is key, as he underscored the importance of a healthy population to the economic development of the state.
Assuring that tuberculosis is curable, the speaker urged the people  to seek medical attention in government hospitals since it is free of charge.
On the Easter celebrations, Rt Hon Ibani, enjoined the world to learn from the triumphant entry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, what life human beings should choose to live here on earth.
The Speaker who was in company of his wife, Lady Rose Ibani at the church service sued for peace in the world, regretting that the world today lacks peace.
He said: “Let me join His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, to restate the commitment of Rivers State government in bringing about meaningful development to the state. And in doing so, all hands are required to join the state government to bring about its realisation.
“As part of my own Easter message, as a man of peace, I see the world is not at peace. It is my admonition, on behalf of the Rivers State House of Assembly, that the world should know peace.
“The church has significant role to play in bringing about this. The vulnurable group should be protected by those who are stronger. The women, the children and the very old should know peace in all communities where we come from so that the world would be a better place.
“I also join in similar manner to admonish those who have to extend to the needy because you have the mass of the people in the valley and only a few at the peak of the mountain. Those who have access to economic means should always look back, knowing that the world has more of the downtrodden than those who are on top”, lbani declared.
Given the disparity and lack of development in the state, the Speaker took a swipe at the last administration, condemning the wastages it incurred while poverty stared citizens in the face.
“Imagine that the money that was wasted on the monorail is in the hand of Governor Wike, what would have happened in terms of development of the state? I wish that this Easter would usher in a fresh lease of life in terms of leadership acknowledging the presence of the poor and having the
urgency to help the poor.”
Rt. Hon Ibani said he decided to worship at St. James’ Anglican Church Ataba, his home church, because he believes everybody in leadership position comes from a community.
He also lent his voice to the call for the release of the only Dapchi school girl still in the hands of Boko Haram, who was retained because she would not renounce her faith.
In his sermon, Reverend Canon John Ubulom described Easter as a special day without which there would be no Christianity. He said the resurrection of Christ reordered Sabbath, the day of worship, with people working and worshipping God on the last day in the old order, while in the new order, Jesus has made people to worship God on the first day of the week, thus receiving power to face the rest of the week, a fact buttressed by His resurrection on the first day of the week.

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Nwanosike Intervenes In SIAT Dispute …Makes Peace Among Warring Factions

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The misunderstanding between the Barrister Wilkinson Aaron Anujum-led faction and Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction of Siat Landlord Association, Elele Estate has come to an end, as the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr Samuel Nwanosike, has made peace among the two factions.
Recall that members of the association few weeks ago brought their misunderstanding before the Ikwerre Council Chairman for settlement after all efforts for reconciliation proved abortive.
Siat Nigeria Limited, Elele Estate, comprises of 11 communities spanning Emuoha Local Government Area, Ikwerre Local Government Area, and Ahoada East Local Government Area, with the office situated in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha LGA.
Among the contending issues the Council Chairman resolved were: that both factions should sheathe their swords for the interest of peace and benefit of the host communities and harmonious co-existence with the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited;
That the tenure of Barrister W. A. Anujem-led Executive will be completed and another election conducted to usher in new executive;
That Siat Landlord Association is free to have any number of patrons and grand patrons it wishes to have; that the faction of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi should work with the Executive of Barrister W. A. Anujem in producing the correct measurement of the number of hectares of land acquired by the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, in order to enable the company pay land rate;
That the agitation of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction for the removal of the Public Relations Manager of Siat Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lucky Ezihuo, should be dropped with immediate effect in the interest of Rivers people, particularly host communities;
That the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited should review its relationship approach with the host communities and respect their diverse interests and peculiarities;
That Siat Nigeria Limited should set up a mediation and conciliation team to mediate amongst members of the host communities and the company; and that all parties are to work collectively for common goal of attracting development in their various communities through Siat Nigeria Limited.
The resolution, which was read by the Legal Adviser of Ikwerre Local Government Council, Barrister Kposoruchi Wobodo, was accepted by both warring factions and copies of the verdict issued to the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, host communities and security agencies.

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RSG Hails APHN On HealthCare Delivery

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The Rivers State Government has commended the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) for the support and synergy it gives towards health care delivery in the state.
Speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the APHPN held in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary, speaking through Dr. Golden Owhonda, described public health physicians as the backbone of the health care in the state.
He gave plaudits to APHPN over the synergy and support, saying they have been at the frontline in the fight against disease and ailments, urging them not to relent.
In his goodwill message, Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Agiriye Harry, admitted the importance of public health physicians.
He said, “a lot of the practising physicians come under primary health” , hence he enjoined the organisers to ensure that the conference proffers practicable solutions to health care delivery in the country.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Promise Abua, described public health physicians as “the life of public health care.”
Dr. Abua expressed gladness that 10 years later has found Port Harcourt worthy to host the body’s annual conference, as he challenged them to ensure that they evolve to meet the new challenges in the industry.
National President of APHPN, Prof. Esara, encouraged participants to utilise the conference to arm themselves with latest knowledge and techniques which the conference provides.
On his part, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Daprim Ogaji, while welcoming participants, said the theme of the conference, “Public Health Practice: New Opportunities”, is key transforming health care provision.
He assured that the conference affords experts to cross fertilize ideas on burning health issues, and therefore enjoined members to exploit the opportunity.

By; Kevin Nengia

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Evo King Lauds Wike Over Conference Organisation

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The Eze Oha Evo III, HM King Leslie N Eke JP, Eze Gbakagbaka, has lauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over what he tagged timely response to the yearnings of Rivers people.
Eke said this when he spoke with newsmen during the Conference organised by the State Government christened: “Deepening The Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security In Nigeria”, in Port Harcourt.
The Evo King said the Conference was timely considering the electioneering period and the current insecurity in the nation.
According to him, the Conference has given the people an insight over understanding the principle of democracy and its workings.
He praised Governor Wike over the event and called on the people to ensure that all that was revealed by the paper presenters were put in practice.
“The Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, is so gifted that he does things in line with the happenings of the time. I can liken him to the Children of Issachar in the Bible who excelled more than others because of their knowledge of the times and season”, he said.
The Monarch stated that democratic government must be practiced devoid of any form of military or any other style of governance in order to achieve its core mandate.
He expressed satisfaction over the move by the Rivers State Government, saying such ought to be emulated by others, if the people were prepared to follow up on the words and letters of democracy.
On former President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited the state for the purpose of the Conference, he said it was to prove its importance and why the people must key in to it.
He recalled that Obasanjo, who has served both as Military and Civilian Head of State of the country, has a better bite of what its challenges are.
Still on OBJ’s visit, he stated that there was nothing political about it and urged the people to be prepared to learn from those who have been trusted and proven in governance.
“Part of the challenges we have in this side of the helmisphre is that we do not know how to celebrate people. That is why we don’t have regard for our leaders. We must try to jettison such attitude in order to make room for excellence”, he said.
He also lauded all who contributed to the success of the event and prayed God to always give them the needed wisdom to enable them execute similar project for the state and in people in the future.

By: King Onunwor

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