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Obuah Tasks Professionals On Campaign For Cleaner State

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The Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah, has called on professionals in all strata of society, to join the ongoing campaign against indiscriminate disposal of wastes, as well as comply with the dumping hours of 6pm to 12 midnight, to achieve a cleaner state.
Bro. Obuah who made the appeal while receiving an award as ‘Business Administrator of the Year’ last Thursday in Port Harcourt, said the task before the professionals and all those residing and doing business in the state, was not only to sustain the current clean state of Rivers, but to return it to its famous status as the Garden City of Nigeria.
He charged members of the Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management (IBAKM) who bestowed the prestigious award on him, to join hands with the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike to do the needful and build a greater state that would be celebrated by posterity.
“How do we do this? I think one way of achieving this is by keeping our environment clean and safe all the time.
We cannot achieve this if we allow the roads and streets to be littered with garbage.
We must fight against indiscriminate dumping of wastes in and around our environment. We must ensure that wastes are not disposed outside of the approved dumping hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight”, Bro. Obuah said.
The RIWAMA boss, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Pastor Jerry Needam, recalled the sad spectacle of a former Permanent Secretary in the state who was recently arrested by the Agency’s Monitoring Team for littering the road with large quantity of refuse.
“As professional business administrators and knowledge managers, you form the elite and senior citizen’s class, and the society is looking up to you for good examples. I urge you to use your platforms and vigorously campaign for restoration of the Garden City status of our dear state”, Bro. Obuah said.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator expressed reservation over recent incidents of dumping of new-born babies on the median of roads and described the act as the height of cruelty.
Vowing that the Agency would not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the laws against any culprit caught in the act, Bro. Obuah further appealed to IBAKM to become an Ambassador of RIWAMA and promote clean and safe habits among the citizenry.
In his opening speech, Chairman of the occasion and Hon. Commissioner for Information, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim commended the Institute for the three-pronged activities namely membership investiture, induction and certification/inauguration of the South South branch of the Association of Business Administration and Knowledge Management Professionals.
Represented by the Director of Public Enlightenment and Sensitization in the Ministry, Mr. Celestine Ogolo, the commissioner said the timing of the event was apt while also commended the organizers for making Port Harcourt, the host city.
“The array of inductees shows that the Institute is hitting the right target in the quest to develop the knowledge economy. I urge all inductees to make use of this opportunity to ensure that the knowledge economy is expanded”, he said.
Pastor Nsirim revealed the conscious revolution by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration to build the knowledge industry in the state, pointing at the wonderful attention being given to improve all tertiary institutions in the state.
The Commissioner also charged the professionals as well as members of the public to key into the ongoing advocacy to change the ugly narrative that was painted about the state, stating that Rivers State belongs to all, and that whatever affects the state, affects everyone living and doing business in it.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President and Chairman, Advisory Council of IBAKM, Dr. Gangadhar Joshi outlined the objectives as well as mission and vision of the Institute, assuring that the decision by the inductees to become members was, in his words, “one of the best career development choices you have ever made in life”.
“The Institute of Business Administration and Knowledge Management is a unique and an innovative global professional body duly licensed and statutorily empowered for advancement of business administration and knowledge management profession in Nigeria and the global community”, he said.

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Group Commends Fubara Over N4bn Disbursement To Youths

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The Supreme Council for Sim (Worldwide) has Commended Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, for the successful disburserment of N4 billion to over 3,000 youth entrepreneurs in Rivers State.
They said the gesture will boost industrialisation in the State, and also create thousands of employment opportunities for youths in the state.
Chairman of the group, Ambassador Oji G. Ngofa, who gave the commendation in Port Harcourt, while addressing newsmen, said “the disbursement to over 3,000 entrepreneurs in Rivers State and also hosting of Rivers State Economic and Investment Submit 2024 has not only attracted investments and created employment opportunities, but also showcased the numerous investment potentials to the outside world”.
According to Ambassador Ngofa, the summit particularly has also explored the prospects of education, especially youth education for digital economy.
He also commended the Governor on what he called the Governor’s “other achievements” as Governor of Rivers State and for his successful one year in office.
The council reeled out some of these achievements within the past one year to include the promotion of civil servants after more than eight years of stagnation, payment of workers’ salary, pensioners arrears, the successful commencement of work on the Port Harcourt Ring Road, the ongoing construction of the Aleto-Ebubu Road in Eleme Local Government, the completion of the Andoni section of the Ogoni-Andoni Road, and many more.
Members of the Supreme Council for Sim also pledged their unwavering support and dedication to Governor Fubara as they celebrate him on his one year anniversary.
The council further commended the Governor for growing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state from N11billion to N28billion, describing it as one of the best things that has happened to the State.
It called on all Rivers people to give their full and unflinching support to the Governor.

By: Okere Sincere & Dudu Celine

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‘God Anointed Fubara To Succeed Wike As Rivers Gov’

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A Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Opobo/Nkoro, Ward 5, Warisenibo Tonye Fubara, has said, God anointed Sir Siminalayi Fubara to succeed the former Governor of the state and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, as Governor for “the task of liberating the people from political slavery, deception, nepotism, sectionalism and an era of amassing Rivers people’s resources and wealth to stupor at the detriment of the people”.
Speaking recently in Opobo, shortly after the commissioning of Corpers’ Lodge built by the administration of Dr. Enyiada CookeyGam, Fubara said he was confident in the ability of the Governor to rapidly develop the state, especially the rural communities, abandoned by successive administrations, describing the emergence of Fubara as the will of God and not that of any man.
The PDP chieftain, a grassroots mobiliser, admonished Rivers people to always support the untiring efforts of the administration to be able to provide the yearned democracy dividends denied them in years back.
On the over N19 billion Opobo-Epellema Road project, Senibo Fubara lauded the development doggedness and foresight of the Governor towards providing quality service to the masses, adding that when completed, the road will boost economic growth in the catchment communities.
“The one year revolutionary and aggressive transformation of the State via people-oriented development projects, as championed by the Siminalayi Fubara-led dispensation, such as the over N225 billion Trans- Kalabari Road, the N195billion Port-Harcourt Ring Road, the just-commissioned Andoni Section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road projects, among others, can stand the test of time”, he stated.

By: Bethel Toby

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Network Makes Case For ATM, Gender-Based Violence In Nigeria

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A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), TB Network, has called for more commitments in efforts made to address the barriers to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria (ATM), and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria.
The State Focal Person, Tuberculosis (TB), Rivers State, Mr. Messiah Fyneface Muzan, who made the call, Thursday, in a media parley in Port Harcourt, profered a seven-point agenda towards this end.
In his presentation, sub-titled, “Call To Action: Addressing HIV, TB, Malaria and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria”, Muzan said, to advance the fight against HIV, TB, Malaria, and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria, one of the key things for relevant authorities to do is for the National Health Insurance programme enjoyed by the formal sector to be extended to others, particularly the poor and most vulnerable.
According to him, this is because, “the poor often are less educated and unemployed, and consequently lack the ability to pay out-of-pocket for high costs associated with frequent illnesses”.
He also said, “funding and finances for Primary Health delivery should be carefully mapped out and sanctioned against any misappropriation or mismanagement, to enable a robust public health programme at all Ward levels in the Local Government.
“Communication and education programmes, he said, can raise knowledge and awareness, and, in turn, improve testing and care-seeking”.
He said this is because of the need to “educate, engage, and empower the communities to embrace any behaviour change relevant to achieving success in HIV, TB, and malaria control in Nigeria “.
The State Focal Person on TB further said every Ward should commit to health promotion and education programmes to increase awareness of prevention measures, and promote community participation, while adhering to evidence-based strategies.
Other proposals by the State TB Network boss are: “commit adequate resources through advocacy and partnerships for the full and effective implementation of planned interventions, including through involvement of the private sector and community participatory approaches.
“Community members should actively support and advocate their local Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs). Community involvement is crucial in ensuring sustainability and effectiveness of these centres.
“Additionally, community support can manifest through volunteering, donating resources, or participating in advocacy efforts to secure increased funding amd resource for PHCs”.
On Gender-Based Violance and gender human rights, he noted that they occur through such forms as domestic abuse, verbal aggression, physical violence, early and forced marriages, incest, Female Genital Cutting (FGC), acid attacks, and outright killings, saying women, men, boys and girls “continue to endure degradation and deprivation in both public and private spaces”.
For the stated reasons, he said, “the Civil Society for the Eradication of TB in Nigeria calls on all stakeholders to combat the rising cases of GBV in our society.
“We implore every citizen not to remain silence. Let us unite our efforts to eradicate this menace from our nation. If you witness something, please speak out”.

By: Soibi Max-Alalibo

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