December 25 will remain indelible in the annals of Ottoni Ama Community in Nkoro Kingdom for generations to come.
That was the day the community trooped out in its large number to mark the 271 years of its foundation with a thanksgiving service.
History has it that Prince Opu Ottoni founded the community in AD 1750 after departing from the estate of Kirika monarchy.
According to tradition, Prince Opu Ottoni who was a direct heir of Kirika, the founder of Nkoro Kingdom separated to become the founder of Ottoni Ama in 1750 AD. “This was the reason why even after Otonni’s revolutionary departure from the estate of Kirika monarchy, tradition held that whenever the monarch anoints a worthy person for kingship, the said person was taken privately to Opu Ottonni’s estate for collaborative blessing before the public presentation to Nkoro Kingdom”.
According to some respondents of the occasion, Ottoni Ama was pioneer in everything that has to do with development in Nkoro Kingdom in Opobo/ Nkoro Local Government Area.
According to the vice chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Ottoni Ama, Mr. Peterside Abel, the community was pioneer in Christianity education and other good things in Nkoro Kingdom.
Abel said 271 years was a longtime ago, adding that God has been good to the people.
Also speaking, the youth leader of the community Samuel B. Peterside regretted that the fortunes of the community have dwindled adding that Ottoni Ama indigenes were responsible for the establishment of a secondary education in Nkoro Kingdom.
Also speaking, vice Chairman of Opobo /Nkoro Local Government Area, a daughter of the community Hon. Angela Anthony Ojukemie described the service as awesome, saying that with the service, God will bring back the fortunes of the community.
She called on the people to remain peaceful and law-abiding.
Also, Secretary to the Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Council, a son of Ottoni Ama Chief Elect Edward Nanues Imagha described Ottoni Ama as one of the ancient communities in the Niger Delta.
He said the service was to thank God for his benevolence towards the people within the last 271years.
Earlier the guest preacher Rev. Emeka Peter prophesied that the community will take its rightful place in the scheme of things.
Rev. Peter however urged the people to run away from idolatry and whatever that will stop the community from attaining its rightful position in the scheme of things.
He described the founder Prince Opu Otonni as a courageous man whose exploits brought about the progressive Ottoni Ama.
The service with the theme: Thanksgiving of Restoration also featured awards to eminent sons and daughters of the Kingdom.
By: John Bibor/Oribim Ibama
Bieye Emerges New IAUE Senior Staff Club President
A medical doctor with the Health Centre at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Dr Briggs Bieye, has emerged as the new President of the institution’s Senior Staff Club.
He polled a total of 120 votes to beat other candidates who contested keenly with him at the Staff Club last Friday.
The closest to him at the election was Mr Minikwu Donald, who secured 117 votes, followed by Mr Ngeribara Aribibia, who got 102 votes, while Dr Edwin Ajoku garnered 42 votes to come at the rear, with nine votes void.
In the same vein, Mr Nwachukwu Harrison of the Department of English and Communication Art emerged the Treasurer of the Club.
He secured 180 votes to beat Mr George Telema who got 123 votes, while Mr Wali Innocent got 74 votes,with twelve void votes.
Also, Deputy Registrar and Head, Legal Unit, Barrister Chris Didia, emerged the Bar Manager of the club.
He clinched the position with a total of 268 votes as against his opponent, Mrs Gloria Emesiobi, who got 112 votes, with ten void declared void.
A total of 390 teaching and non-teaching staff were accredited and voting started from 12noon and ended by 2pm.
Announcing the winners, the Chairperson of the Electoral Committee Dr. Chikanele Asuru, who also swore in the elected members, advised them to work as a team to achieve a greater goal.
She also expressed hope that the club will witness remarkable transformation during their tenure.
In his acceptance speech, the new President, Dr, Bieye Briggs, commended the Electoral Committee for conducting a transparent election and expressed appreciation to both those who voted and did not vote for him, emphasising that his tenure will witness an inclusive policy.
He added that the club will wear a new look during their tenure and operate in tandem with what obtains elsewhere.
Others such as Wahua Ndamavu (Vice President), Dr. Taylor Tamunosaki (General Secretary), Dr. Franklin Ekweme Apelu (Financial Secretary), Okidim Samuel Horsfall (Assistant Secretary), Mr Dawariboko Parker (Provost), Moudyn Tariah (Public Relations Officer), and Jonathan Regina Jonaba (Sports Secretary) were unopposed.
The Executive will run the affairs of the club in the next two years.
NDDC’s Youth Employment Initiatives Impresses RSG
Rivers State Government has expressed excitement over the vision of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) youth development scheme tagged “Holistic Opportunities, Projects and Programmes for Engagement (HOPE), otherwise known as “Project Hope”.
The Government said the project was in consonance with the vision of the State Ministry of Youth Development tagged, “A Preparedness Plan for Rivers Youth paradigm shift from Unemployability to Resourcefulness”.
The State Commissioner for Youth Development, Dr Chisom Kenneth Gbali, stated this, Wednesday, during a facility tour of the Rivers State Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre in Port Harcourt by the NDDC management led by its Managing Director, Dr Charles Ogbuku.
Gbali stated that the State Government through the Ministry of Youth, in partnership with NDDC as critical stakeholders, would go a long way to encourage Rivers Youths to believe that both State and Federal Government are ready to pull them out of their limitation.
The Commissioner further stated that Rivers State Government over the time have been sustaining the state in different spheres, especially on youth affairs.
He opines that with this initiative the Federal Government will help to encourage and arouse the curiosity of the youths on the need to become self-reliant through the acquisition of modern skills.
According to him, the Ministry of Youth Development in the state has created a level playing ground required to attract opportunities that will change the narrative of the state to that level of employability and resourcefulness which is the theme of the Ministry’s sensitisation/advocacy campaign.
Dr. Gbali noted that since the ministry took the sensitisation programme to the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, there has been a rise in progressive reasoning from the reaction of the youths in the media, and behavioural change on social vices has significantly reduced.
He said that the Ministry of Youth Development will liaise with the Federal Ministry of Youth on how to explore opportunities that will benefit the youth in the State.
The State Government, he continued, “is optimistic that the Brand innovations adopted by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the state will give youths the needed footing to become self dependent and employers of labour”.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director, NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, commended the Governor of the State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, for the partnership, and granting the commission access to use the State’s ICT facility for the programme.
Dr. Ogbuku noted that one of the major priorities of NDDC is to ensure that Niger Delta became a Tech- Hub, additing that the State ICT Centre would be an added advantage to encourage the commission achieve their vision.
He emphasised that a perfect knowledge of technology was key for guarantee youths to work in multinational companies and become not just self-reliant, but also employers of labour.
Also speaking, the Project Manager, NDDC, Amb. Blessing Fubara, explained that the NDDC Youth Development scheme, “Project HOPE”, is focused on empowerment, employment and Development of Niger Delta youths.
He disclosed that 185 supervisors have been employed, one each from the 185 LGA’s in the Niger Delta region, stating that more 185 collation officers will be employed for database collection.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Church Inducts 30 New Knights, Others
The Methodist Church of Nigeria has inducted 32 new knights into the knighthood of the Archdioceses of Ikot Ekpene and Port Harcourt Churches.
Also inducted were 18 members into the order of Wesley (OOW), and 17 persons into the Member of Order of the Wesley (MOW) category.
Speaking at the Recognition Service and Award of Merit 2023, held at the Banham Cathedral Diocese of Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Oliver Ali Aba, while congratulating all the recipients, urged them to maintain the Christian virtues for which they were chosen.
Aba stated that they were chosen because of the various contributions they have made to the development of the church and humanity, adding that the church expects nothing but more commitment and services to the growth of the church.
Earlier in his sermon at the service, titled, “Contending for Faith”, taken from Jude 3, the Bishop of Diocese of Kano, Rt. Rev. Ibrahim K. Chindo, urged Christians to strive to contend the Faith of the body of Christ, adding that the Christian faith was being attacked.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Council of Knights, Port Harcourt, Sir I. Uwakwe, urged the newly invested knights to strive and remain worthy of their calling,warning that anyone found belonging to any secret societies or cult groups would be derobed as a knight.
By: Akujobi Amadi
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