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RSG Assures On Delivery Of Democratic Dividends …Says ‘We Cannot Be Distracted’

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The Rivers State Government has insisted that its commitment to providing top-notch sustainable infrastructural facilities for the benefit of the Rivers people remains firm.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this in her keynote address during the 16th Annual Scientific Conference of Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and 3rd Scientific Meeting of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Banigo, who said that the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration had resolved not to be distracted in delivering dividends of democracy to the Rivers people, disclosed that at inception in 2015, the state government ensured that all dilapidated health facilities it met on ground were renovated, equipped and positioned to provide the needed health care delivery services.
“To further boost the manpower needs of the health sector in the state, this administration has established the Faculty of Medicine at the Rivers State University with a view to producing adequate manpower for our health system in the state.
“The state government also offer scholarships to students at the Rivers State University and PAMO University of Medical Sciences to study medicine and other paramedical disciplines”, Banigo stressed.
According to her, the Governor Wike-led administration has also reconstructed zonal hospitals for effective referral services, a state-of-the-art Mother and Child Hospital, adding that it was constructing the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, which would address radiotherapy and cancer treatment.
The deputy governor, who urged the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, to commence mentoring outreaches to medical schools across the country, to encourage young doctors to embrace dermatology as an area of specialisation, added that it should be replicated across Africa to boost the numerical strength of dermatologists and dermatological services in Nigeria and Africa in the near future.
In his remarks, the President of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology, Prof. Abel Nze Onunu, said the ASDV was formed in 2015 with the goal to improve the practice of dermatology and venereology in the African continent, through improved training, collaboration and research.
Also speaking, the National President of the Nigerian Association of Dermatology, Dr. Tahir Mohammed, said over the years the association had maintained steady progress in achieving its aim of ensuring progress in the practice of dermatology in Nigeria, adding that the association intended to maintain and strengthen its partnership with government and non-governmental organisations to advance skin health.
Welcoming the participants, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Dr. Dasetima Dandeson Altride, said the conference offers an opportunity for dermatologists in Nigeria and Africa to share best practices and experience in the practice of dermatology.
Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of a Certificate of Excellence to Governor Nyesom Wike, for his Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contributions in the Development of Public Health Sector in Rivers State, while his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, was conferred with a Life Time Achievement Award for Dermatology, Public Health and Political Leadership.

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Wike Hails Rivers United For Winning 2021/2022 NPFL

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has congratulated the Rivers United Football Club for emerging the winner of the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Rivers United was officially confirmed the champions of the 2021/2022 NPFL season following Plateau United 1-2 away loss to Akwa United, last Saturday.
The governor commended the players and coaching staff of the state-owned football club, yesterday, following the memorable victory, which ended their 5-year NPFL title wait.
Wike, who attributed the achievement of Rivers United to the talented team’s determination, said it was most heartening that by virtue of the league win, the club would represent the country at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League next season.
He further added that Rivers United’s triumph at the 2021/2022 NPFL has brought a wave of joy and happiness for the people of Rivers State and the country at large.
“I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to the coaching staff and particularly the capable players of Rivers United for the valuable efforts they made to emerge the winners of the 2021/2022 NPFL.
“The Government and good people of Rivers State are very proud of the team’s exploits following their dogged performances and resilient display throughout the 2021/2022 season. It is worthy to note that over the years, Rivers United has brought so much joy and happiness to football fans and supporters all over the country. This victory, no doubt, marks a major milestone in Rivers State football’s history.”

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Registration For CBN, AFF eNaira Hackathon Opens, Today

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Registration for the eNaira hackathon, geared towards ideating innovative solutions for the newly launched digital currency, organised by the Africa Fintech Foundry (an innovative hub established to identify and accelerate innovative startups in Africa), in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is billed to open on June 27, 2022 and run till July 21, 2022.
A statement issued by the organisers said the main event, which is billed to kick-off from August 4, 2022, is part of efforts to drive financial inclusion, facilitate macroeconomic growth and integrate Nigerian economy to the world leading economies through innovation and cutting edge emerging technologies.
It, therefore, urged interested participants to visit the eNaira Hackathon @www.affcbn.com
With the theme “eNaira – Africa’s Gateway to a Digital Economy,” the hybrid hackathon will bring together teams of talented entrepreneurs, developers, designers, solution developers, problem-solvers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and code magicians from Africa to develop innovative solutions that will drive improved adoption of the eNaira.
Speaking on innovation in Nigeria’s payments system ecosystem, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, recently said: “We cannot deny the fact that the newly introduced CBDC (eNaira) would be necessary in the future to ensure Nigeria is competitive as the world becomes increasingly digital.
“We have seen in the past few years how digital currencies have opened international economies to individuals who wield them and how seamless they have made trading, buying, investing and other economic activities.
“We desire to achieve this and more with the eNaira with the underlying goal to boost Nigeria’s economic outlook.
“Innovators at the hackathon will develop solutions in the areas of international remittance, trans-border payment, blockchain, financial inclusion, and trade (AfCTFA).”
The statement issued by the organisers said, the hackathon will address the strategic points to eliminate possible glitches that could hamper smooth transactions being carried out with the eNaira.

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NECO Begins SSCE,Today

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The National Examination Council (NECO) has debunked the alleged postponement of its 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school-based candidates in the country.
The examination body said the 2022 SSCE would commence on Monday, June 27, and end on August 12, 2022.
NECO made this known in a statement made available to newsmen, last Saturday, by its spokesperson, Azeez Sani, in Minna, Niger State.
The statement read: “The 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school-based candidates conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) will commence on Monday, 27th June, 2022.
“State Ministries of Education, Principals, Commandants and all stakeholders are enjoined to disregard any speculation on the alleged postponement of the examination.
“The council has put all necessary measures in place to ensure a seamless conduct of the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination.
“The 2022 NECO Senior School Certificate Examination will end on Friday, August12, 2022.
“Candidates are to be examined in 76 subjects during the examination.”

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