Monarch Blames Oil Firms For Youth Restiveness
Youth restiveness in Niger Delta region has been attributed to the neglect of unemployed youths by oil companies operating in the region.
Paramount Ruler of Apara Kingdom, King Chika Worlu Wodo, Eze Oha Apara IV, stated this during a tour visit by participants of Senior Executive Course 43, National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru, led by Director General, Brigadier Gen Chukwuemeka Udaya, (rtd).
The Paramount Ruler insisted that the neglect of the youths by International Oil Companies (IOCs) is beginning to have a toll on the lives of the people of oil producing communities.
Eze Wodo said the insensitivity of the oil companies to the plight of the host communities is negatively affecting the youths.
“The insensitivity with which oil companies treat the issues of unemployment, health and environmental standard is unacceptable and they should be held accountable,” he said.
The first class traditional ruler noted that the youths are restive, because their needs such as employment are not given to them by oil firms.
“Oil companies failed to engage these unemployed youths in their companies, thereby causing restiveness and violent approaches”. Youth restiveness cannot be ruled out in our environment because of unemployment, lifestyles and obvious inequality gap that is prevalent in our society”, he said.
The King also called on the Federal Government to proffer lasting solutions that would curb conflicts and communal clashes between farmers and cattle breeders in Nigeria.
He noted with dismay that cattle breeders take laws into their hands, destroying crops, without feeling the impacts of the farmers.
On security, King Wodo commended Governor Nyesom Wike for providing gunboats for the Navy and marine police to tackle piracy along the waterways.
He noted that the Governor has done well in maintaining peace and security across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Earlier, Director General, NIPSS, Brigadier Gen Chukuemeka Udaya (rtd), said the participants of NIPSS Course 43 were in the state to conduct research on the theme, “Getting Things Done, Strategy for Policy Programme and Implementation in Nigeria”.
Represented by Prof Fatayi Ariemu, Udaya said there is improvement in participatory governance in the state, saying, the state is working because there is a continuous stakeholders engagement.
Brigadier Gen Udaya noted that citizens engagement and policy engagement programming are the best ways of getting things done in a civilised society.
Rivers State, he said is working as a government and as a State.
By: Chinedu Wosu
Lloyd Lauds Awuse’s Appointment As Traditional Council Chair
The Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, has congratulated the Paramount Ruler of Emohua Kingdom in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, HRM Ohna Sergeant Awuse, on his recent appointment by Rivers State Government as the new Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The immediate past Governor, Nyesom Wike, made the announcement during the last State Honours and Awards held in Government House, recently.
Lloyd on behalf of the government and the people of the local government expressed appreciation to Wike for what he called “a well deserved appointment”.
The council chairman, in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Bright Elendu, expressed optimism that the State Traditional Rulers Council under the leadership of Ohna Sergeant Awuse will consolidate on the achievements of the administration of King Dandeson Jaja (Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom) to further strengthen the traditional institution in the State.
He assured Awuse of the support of the government and people of the area, while wishing him a successful tenure.
The statement also appreciated the government of Rivers State for the recognition of four traditional rulers in the local government.
The newly recognised traditional rulers who are all in the Second Class category are Eze (Dr) Wobodo Sunday Jonah, Nye Nwe-Ali Ibaa/Obelle; Ohna Christian Okachineke Elechi, Nye Nwe-Eli Odegu; Eze Damian Azike Ejiohuo, Nye Nwe-Ali Rundele XII, Nogbo II, Eze Christian Amadi Evekwuru, Eze Chigu Rumuekpe.
Lloyd said his administration looks forward to partnering with the traditional institution to foster peace and improve security across the communities in the local government.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
Institute Trains Broadcast Women Journalists
In response to the need to enhance the professionalism of women journalists in Nigeria through the improvement of skills, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, has trained another group of broadcast women journalists in digital multimedia storytelling with the funding support of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project II.
Welcoming the participants to Port Harcourt Rivers State, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, Programme Manager, Mr Timothy Bamidele, submitted that so far 78 women broadcast journalists have been trained in digital storytelling, since the beginning of the second phase of European Union Support to Democratic Governance.
The Programme Manager highlighted that the training activity is under Component four in the EU-SDGN Project II and aimed at providing support to media in Nigeria.
Mr Bamidele stressed that the action is intended to contribute to strengthening democratic governance in Nigeria through increased engagements and improved capacity of a wide range of media stakeholders in Nigeria, including media professionals, and targeting the following results areas: Professionalism of media practitioners, especially women Enhanced; Strengthened media professional capacity to deal with electoral misinformation/disinformti-on; enhanced media platforms’ ability to diversify, deepen the coverage of the electoral process and delivery of civic and voter education.
The activity will further help to meet the demand for more capacity building and production of professionally, digitally, and inclusively developed content for the electoral process by female broadcast journalists, focusing on post-election issues, Bamidele, submitted.
Two digital trainers, Mr Usifo Omozokpea and Mrs Ehi Ohiani took participants through areas such as reporting the electoral cycle, digital tools for content creation and the digital storytelling process among others.
They urged the participants to take advantage of the new media space to crowdsource, connect, create and distribute content relevant to social discourse for national development.
Broadcast women journalists from nine states including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ondo, and Ekiti attended the two-day digital capacity training.
The participants thanked IMS and the European Union Support to Democratic Governance for providing the platform, which they described as having a high impact.
Peace In Evo Kingdom, Our Target – Christ Embassy
The Zonal Director, Christ Embassy, Port Harcourt Zone III, Linder Okocha, has said the aim of the Church’s Royal Banquet Outreach is to bring peace to people of Woji and its environs.
Okocha disclosed this at the Royal Banquet Outreach it organised at the palace of King Leslie Nyebuchi Eke, Eze Gbakagbaka, at Woji in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area recently.
She said the church was out to preach peace among the people, irrespective of their background.
“I am happy that the event is taking place today. I have looked forth for it. It is not an ordinary gathering or meeting, but a spiritual one”, she said.
Suggesting that everyone is a Minister of God, she urged them to use the opportunity and speak blessing to all.
Making allusion to ‘Romans 10 v 9-10, she called on all to always confess the supremacy of God in order to overcome evil.
On plans to sustain the programme, she said it will be given an accelerated attention to enable the church meet its target in the area.
Meanwhile, Eze Leslie Eke has proclaimed Woji and the entire Kingdom as a Christian entity.
He also appreciated the church for their choice of the palace for their programme and assured them of any assistance at the Kingdom’s reach.
Free customised decoders of the church were donated to each community head in Evo Kingdom.
By: King Onunwor
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