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Queen Of IBILE Pageant To Promote Tourism In Lagos

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The organisers of the maiden edition of the Queen of IBILE Pageant awards and reality show, on Wednesday said that the event would further promote tourism in Lagos State.
Mrs Olayinka Edu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Platinum Entertainment Limited, and the convener of the pageant,  said  this at a press briefing and the unveiling of Queen of Ibile project at the Freedom Park on  Lagos Island.
Edu, who is also the producer of the project, said that the content of the programme would be strictly indigenous and that the show would be historic.
The Tide source reports that the project was in partnership with Lagos State  Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the  Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA).
“The Lagos Government, on this Queen of IBILE project,  is placed on a platter of gold as a tourist haven to a savoured public.
“As captured in our society today, there are numerous societal and historical decadence coupled with a lot of misconceptions about the true identity of Lagos.
“The mission of Queen of IBILE project  is to shed more light on the unique identity of Ibile and provide lots of historical insights into the administrative divisions of Lagos state.
“This will be with proper research and documentation gathered from the traditional rulers of each administrative division,”she said.
Edu said that the idea of Queen of IBILE was inspired by various happenings in Lagos which included its numerous unique festivals, myths and royal coronation.
“IBILE,  asides from being a Yoruba word meaning, “indigenous daughter or son of the soil”, it  is also an acronym derived from the five  administrative divisions of Lagos State; Ikeja , Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe.
“These administrative divisions have distinctive cultures and traditions but  have unitedly contributed to the Lagos State usually addressed as  the  ‘Centre of Excellence’.
“As exemplified, Queen of IBILE is a community-based project that seeks to debunk the popular notion of the big city of Lagos as a ‘No Man’s Land’.
“It is also an indigenous state with rich cultural values,” she said.
Edu also revealed that the eight-week Queen of IBILE Pageant reality show would explore different innovative ideas that would make it a different content from the contemporary pageant shows.

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SDN Trains 330 Young Women On Tech Skills

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As part of its quest to reduce gender gap in the digital sector, a non-governmental organisation, the “Stakeholder Democracy Network(SDN) has trained not fewer than 330 young ladies in digital skills across the Niger Delta.
The programme is part of its focus to improve gender empowerment for women and is targeted for 1,500 young ladies, says Deputy Programme Manager for SDN, Ifeoma Ndekwu at a graduation ceremony of beneficiaries in Port Harcourt.
She disclosed that the scheme is funded by the European Union and is expected to arm young women in the Niger Delta to fit into the growing Information Technology sector.
From the year 2017-,2020, over 3,000 have been trained in ICT skills, but said the current focus on women has yielded desired results in a short period.
“ Women have peculiar challenges and problems and that is why this programme has been tailored to meet those needs”, Ndekwu said, “ so far we are taking cognizance of those needs and a lot has been achieved.”
On the criteria of selecting trainees, the SDN deputy programme manager averred that two categories of women were focused on, especially those in business and individual women with the motivation to use tech creatively.
“What we are offering is knowledge and giving them skills,” she stated, adding that “our best students have been picked by organisations and that will help nuture and expose them.”
On his part, one of the training partners for the programme, Kenneth Nwokoro of Spital Labs, commended the Stakeholder Democracy Network for their gesture in training women in the ICT sector, but called for expansion of the programme to cover the physically challenged persons in the region.

Nwokoro said,” I feel that this special demographic is also needed to feel the impact so they would not feel left out.”
Earlier on, Rivers State Commissioner for Youths Development, Dr. Chisom Gbali while commending the graduands urged them to ensure they utilize the skills to improve their lives.
Gbali added,” with your creative imagination you can stand out. And what you have learnt will make you think out of the box.”
The graduands learnt digital skills which include Digital Marketing/Content Creation, Data Analysis, Web Design, Computer Appreciation, Graphics and Product Design and Cyber Security.

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NCSU Dismisses Call For Arrest Of Caretaker Committee Chairmen

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union(NCSU) has berated the Martin Amaewhule-led Rivers State House of Assembly for calling for the arrest of the Chairmen of the Caretaker Committees put in place in the 23 local government areas of the State by Governor Siminalayi Fubara, describing the call as ridiculous, laughable and infantile.
The Rivers State Chairman of NCSU, Comrade Chukwuka Richman Osumah, who made the condemnation in an interview in Port Harcourt, said the former lawmakers lack the powers and locus to issue orders and directives or even make the call for the arrest of the caretaker committee chairmen, having lost their legitimacy to make laws for their constituents and the State following their defection from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the State.
He said the former lawmakers, who he described as 23 friends were merely blowing hot air, as their vituperation and actions against Governor Fubara would not hold any water, and therefore, would also not see the light of day.
Osumah noted that the caretaker committees put in place by Governor Fubara in the 23 local government areas are legitimate and recognised political entities acceptable to the people of the State since the tenure of the elected former chairmen of the councils had lapsed, saying, since nature abhors a vacuum, the caretaker committees are necessary and legitimate contraptions, to fill the void created by the ouster of the former officials of the councils.
While describing the call for the arrest of the caretaker committee chairmen as a joke taken too far, the labour leader wondered where they got the justification to make such a call, describing it as amusing and laughable.
He reiterated that the former lawmakers lack the moral justification to continue to hold plenaries, having ceased to be members of the House of Assembly by reason of their defection to the All Progressives Congress(APC).
He also indicated that civil servants in the State are closely monitoring and watching the activities of the former lawmakers and their co-travellers, who have precipitated the barricade of the local government councils by the police, saying, preventing council workers from discharging their legitimate duties is the height of injustice.
The labour leader posited that as the threat and plot by the former lawmakers to frustrate the Fubara administration by attempting to prevent it from accessing the funds of the State did not succeed, so also would the present move to arrest the caretaker committee chairmen fail and die a natural death.
While calling on the former lawmakers to stop creating tension in the State and heating up the polity, Osumah enjoined them to give peace a chance, and allow Governor Fubara to continue to provide the dividends of democracy to the people.
He said civil servants in the State would continue to support the Governor to achieve set goals despite the distractions by enemies of progress in the State, and expressed optimism that despite the unwarranted distractions, the government would soon commence the process of implementing the new minimum wage, as approved by the Federal Government and just passed into law by the National Assembly.

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The Paramount Ruler of Ogale community and Oneh-Eh Nchia X of Eleme in Eleme Local, Government Area of Rivers State, King Godwin Bebe-Okpabi has advised all those coveting and contending for traditional ruler’s stool, especially, impostors to desist from their acts and refrain from judicial, traditional or political coup, in order to ascend a throne as rulership and kingship are given by God. According to him, “kingship is a calling and if you are called, your people will select you”.
King Bebe-Okpabi said this during a reception that was organized in his palace following a thanksgiving service tagged ‘Sacrifice of Praise and Worship to the Almighty God’ last Sunday at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nchia, Eleme.
The thanksgiving service, he said, was in fulfilment of his vow to God during a trying period occasioned by a tussle over his throne by an impostor. The King was under a court’s bench warrant/order which sought to commit him to prison over contempt since May 16, 2024, however, the order has now been stayed by the same court following a successful motion last week.
Speaking on the events leading to the thanksgiving, the King said, “I just survived a high level conspiracy that tried to scuttle my stool and to embarrass me, to keep me away from my Kingdom and comfort zone. It is a long story of somebody who has for over 10 years been trying to impersonate titles, he wants to borrow any title he can wear, if he cannot borrow it, then, he would snatch it, if he cannot snatch it, he would try to create one… by the grace of God, our people went through the tradition and selected me as the Oneh-Eh Ogale, in 2020, the district stool of Nchia became vacant and was to be contested for among the six traditional rulers within the district. I was selected, installed and my name forwarded to government for recognition, which was done. Again, this individual, who was not eligible, started his covetousness. He managed to get a court order against me to drag me out of my stool. But no one can take away from you what God has given to you no matter the way the scenario is painted, the connection, the inducement and manipulative tendencies, God will vindicate you, He is the maker of Kings”.
The matter, he added, has gone to the Court of Appeal where he is optimistic that justice would prevail. “The judiciary will soon know the impostor, the media and public already know him, it would soon be exposed that he is not even a chief but an impostor, who wants to manipulate the system to be called a King. He is a commercial chief, only in the media and companies”.
Earlier, during the Praise and Worship Service sermon tagged, A Grateful Heart (2nd Samuel 6 vs 14-21)which was delivered by Ven. Obinna Ochulor, who represented the Bishop of Niger Delta North Diocese, Rt Rev Wisdom Ihunwo, the need to stay faithful to one’s vow to God was stressed. The Vicar harped on the value of showing appreciation and consequences of ingratitude. According to him, “thanksgiving must come from the depth of your heart and committed worshippers are threat to the devil. People must learn how to worship God for mountains to move”.
The service was attended by friends and family members of the King, traditional rulers and heavyweights in Nchia and beyond.
Also speaking at the King’s palace, a former CTC chairman of Eleme LGA, Prince Awalanta Ejire and former ambassador to The Netherlands, Amb. Oji Ngofa said they were part of the occasion in order to felicitate and rejoice with the king over what the Lord had done for him and the people of Nchia. For Prince Ejire, he stands with King Bebe-Okpabi and support him because he supports what is right traditionally and otherwise.

Ambassador Ngofa on his part believes that the people should always find a way to reconcile no matter the grievances. “We should always find a way to sit down and build peace, it is better for the development and growth of our people instead of looking for a way to witch-hunt and fight people because of chieftaincy disagreements”.
It is pertinent to note that all chiefs and members of the Council of Chiefs of the district, were part of the service and reception in solidarity with King Bebe-Okpabi.

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