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Wike Hails IGP, CP For Improving Security, Skills In Rivers

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has commended the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman and the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, for being committed and professional in tackling issues of security and improving the skills of policemen and their wives in the state.
He also lauded the effort of the Police Officers’ Wives Association in constructing a skill acquisition centre for Police Officers Wives in Rivers State at Igwuruta in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Speaking during the commissioning of the centre, named after Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, the President of POWA and wife of the Inspector General of Police, at the Igwuruta Divisional Headquarters in Ikwerre Local Government Area, last Wednesday, the governor recalled that, when in June 2021, Hajara Usman Alkali Baba first visited and solicited for support to establish the centre for wives and children of police officers in Rivers State, the state government did not hesitate to partner POWA to establish the centre.
Wike, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, affirmed that it was laudable that the skills acquisition centre has been constructed to enable police officers wives, children and all those who care to learn skills do so.
“I remember that during your first visit to the state, you promised to establish this centre, and you severally followed the progress of work and, now we are here to commission the project. I must say indeed you are a great woman, a lover of wives and children of police officers and a lover of Rivers State. And you are a good woman and a woman of action. You deserve this commendation.
“It is good that this centre has been established to enable our police officers wives, children and all those who care to learn skills. This is important that when white collar jobs are not available, we have other means to empower ourselves.
“There is no doubt that we have many challenges with the Nigerian educational system. Unlike other countries, our students are only taught to obtain degrees but not to create jobs.”
Skill acquisition, vocational and entrepreneurial training are not available. That is why we have high rate of unemployment. This is a worthy example. I urge you all to contribute to job creation in the country to reduce crime”.
The governor further commended the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman for being committed and professional in tackling issues of security in the state.
“I further ask you to extend our sincere appreciation to your husband, the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman. Everyone in Rivers State can testify that today, security in the state has tremendously improved.
“This is because of the professional efforts at fighting crime. This is how we need to approach crime. If the police continue to improve, the dream of Nigeria in the near future of having a safe and secure country will be realised.
The President of the Police Officers Wives Association and wife of the Inspector General of Police, Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, thanked Wike for his steady support and commitment to POWA.
Speaking to the governor, she said, “Personally you have initiated and funded the completion of Rivers State POWA skill acquisition centre for the upliftment and betterment of women and youths in our police community.”
According to her, “White collar jobs are not real since they are no longer available in the labour market, hence the need for women and youths to be properly equipped with the necessary skills.
“It has been my dream to transform POWA into an economically viable organization through entrepreneurship that can contribute positively to our young and old women and youths. This will take the traits of insecurity, alleviate unemployment rate and create wealth and economic prosperity among the police family and as well as add value to the lives of families of the police”.
She urged all POWA chapters across the nation to emulate the giant stride taken by the Rivers State POWA and replicate its significance in their states, and urged beneficiaries to use the centre for the good of all.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mr Ebola Friday, thanked the governor for partnering POWA to establish the centre, and the President of POWA for driving the initiative.
“The Inspector General of Police is trying to boost our welfare and ensure we get all we need to fight crime to the minimum. What the IGP is doing to us, the wife is doing to POWA. We know this action of hers will help to stabilize the family,” he said.
The wife of the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mrs Chimelum Ebola, thanked the president of POWA for taking the time to come commission the project as she promised that the centre would be well used by members of POWA, Rivers State.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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Justice Mary Odili Saved My Political Career -Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has said that he would remain grateful to Justice Mary Odili for her timely intervention that saved his political career in 2004.
Wike revealed this at the 70th birthday and retirement thanksgiving mass of Justice Mary Odili as Justice of the Supreme Court, held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chaplaincy, Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The Rivers State governor recalled how he cried to Justice Mary Odili when he got hint that his name was not included among those cleared to contest either as first term or second term chairmen of local government councils in the state
According to Wike, Justice Mary Odili listened to him, and took the complaint to her husband, Dr Peter Odili, who was the governor of Rivers State then.
Wike explained that the manner Justice Mary Odili presented the matter got her husband acting on it immediately.
He said, first, Dr Peter Odili invited the then Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to confirm the observation, and thereafter, put a call across to the then National Secretary of the PDP, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor.
“In 2004, that time her husband was the governor, so, she was going to Bori Camp for women empowerment scheme. I was to run for second tenure as chairman of my local government (Obio-Akpor).
“Now, they were having lunch with her husband and the state party chairman then, Prince Uche Secondus. And, I was told that my name had been removed in the list. So, I ran down to Government House.
“She had finished her own lunch, left her husband and was entering the vehicle. I said ‘mummy I’m finished’. She asked: what happened? I said they’ve removed my name.
“She ran back straight to her husband and informed him. Her husband asked who removed his name. At that time, Secondus had left. The husband then called the security at the gate; they stopped Secondus, and ask him to come back.”
He further added: “That was how I went back as second term chairman. For me, I can’t talk about my growth without mentioning her. If she was not around that day, to see the governor, you know is not an easy thing. Her being around that particular day saved my career in politics. And so, that was how I grew from there to become what I am today.”
Wike noted a vital lesson of life he learnt from Justice Odili, which is the determination to build the capacity to be successful in one’s career while not ignoring giving requisite attention to the family.
For Justice Mary Odili, Wike stated that there was a good balance she maintained that made her to succeed both in her career as a legal practitioner, a mother and wife in the family.
Wike said Justice Mary Odili had remained an embodiment of care and compassion because without relenting she treated everybody with dignity that they deserved.
“I have seen somebody who is very compassionate, and very caring. The moment you’re around her husband, she takes care of you. She sees you as her husband’s person and so she will always relate with you. Some of us are direct beneficiaries of the care through our relationship with the husband.”
Wike commended Justice Mary Odili for the 44 years of meritorious public service, which he described as no mean feat.
In his homily, the Chaplain of the Chaplaincy at CIWA, Monsignor Pius Kii, exhorted on the physical and eternal benefits Christians derive when they love God, one another and their enemies.
Kii emphasised that living a life of love demonstrates faithful discipleship, obedience to God, and secures daily victory in life’s endeavours.
Giving her speech, Justice Mary Odili described the joy she felt as unspeakable and a thing of honour to have Wike, as a sitting governor, doing a vote of thanks in her honour.
According to her, she and her spouse, Dr. Peter Odili have lots of things to always thank God, and will remain grateful to him because he gave them countless triumphs despite the challenges that they have encountered.
“The good Lord knows that Peter and I don’t know how to properly thank God. Our journey in life has been such that the good Lord has always been there. There have been challenges, no doubt, but the good Lord did not promise us that we will not have challenges, tribulations or difficulties. But the good Lord has always stood by us and made us prevail in all those trials and tribulations.”

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Gunmen Kill Two Police Officers, Three Civilians, Injure Others In Bayelsa

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Gunmen, on Saturday morning, attacked and killed two policemen, three civilians, and left several others injured in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that a vehicle conveying the police officers and some civilians were attacked by yet to be identified gunmen while coming from a colleague’s burial.
In a statement, signed and sent to newsmen, yesterday, through the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat, he stated that “On May14, 2022, at about 0745 hours, gunmen ambushed policemen serving at Rivers State Command, at Idema- Otuabagi Road, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, while returning from burial of a colleague, late ASP Gilbert Sampson, at Imago Kugbo, Rivers State.”
The statement continued that, “the suspected gunmen opened fire at the vehicle conveying the police officers and other civilians. In the process PC Asuo Osuani ‘m’ and Special Constabulary Odeoye Sampson ‘m’, Mr Terry Lucky ‘m’, Jennifer Adejo ‘f’ and Asueroh Tobins ‘f’ were fatally shot and later died, while Inspector Urere Edwin, Rejoice Sampson ‘f’ and Reward Sampson ‘f’ sustained bullets injuries and are responding to treatment”.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Ben Nebolisa Okolo, had ordered a manhunt for the gunmen who perpetrated the dastardly act.

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Police Hold Medical Screening For 10,000 New Recruits, ’Morrow

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The Rivers State Police Command has concluded plans to begin medical screening of successful candidates for recruitment into the force as constables.
The successful candidates are expected to form part of the 10, 000 new constables approved by the police authorities to be recruited to boost manpower requirements for enhanced policing in the country.
A statement signed in Port Harcourt, yesterday, by the Ag, Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Police Command, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, said that the screening exercise would run for four days from May 17 through May 20.
The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, particularly indigenes of the state, who were successful in the recently conducted Computer Based Test (CBT) which took place on April 20, 2022 at Archdeacon Brown Education Centre Woji, Port Harcourt in the ongoing 2021 police recruitment exercise, that the next stage of the exercise which is the medical screening for successful candidates is slated to hold from Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 20, 2022.
“Venue: Police Clinic Yenaqoa, Bayelsa State. Time: 0800hrs daily.
“Candidates who participated in the recruitment screening CBT are to check their application status on the recruitment portal, www.policerecruitment.gov.ngand print out their medical screening slip bearing their respective date and time of the screening, if qualified.
“Consequently, qualified candidates are mandated to come along with the medical screening slip, NIN Slip and must appear in white T-shirt on white shorts at the venue of the exercise.
“The Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, has congratulated qualified candidates of this penultimate stage of the recruitment process, while wishing them success in the screening exercise.
“He further warns them to conduct themselves in an orderly manner to avoid acts capable of undermine the exercise, noting that the exercise is absolutely free as directed by the Police High Command.
“They are also enjoined to call 08100004507 for further enquiries”, the statement added.

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