A political group with the name, ‘Rivers SIM Support Coalition-RSSC’, has declared its total support for the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara, in the 2023 elections.
This is even as the leadership of Sim People United Network Organisation (SPN), Asari-Toru Local Government Area chapter, has reiteratedits commitment to deliver the Rivers State PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara, to victory in the 2023 elections.
Shortly after its inaugural meeting in Port Harcourt at the weekend, National Coordinator of RSSC, Comrade Godswill Iyerifama Jaja, said after exhaustive deliberation on the players in the state’s political arena, it was throwing its weight behind Fubara because he was the best choice for Rivers people.
Against this backdrop, the coalition said it has perfected plans to establish offices in the 23 local government areas to mobilise eligible electorate ahead of the elections.
Jaja, while urging the citizens to register for their permanent voters’ cards, reasoned that if Fubara was voted in the 2023 elections, he would secure the future of the state.
The RSSC national coordinator said that so far, the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike-administration has performed excellently well in infrastructure provision,saying that the PDP guber candidate would consolidate on the gains already made and even do more.
On his part, Secretary of the group, Dr. Chukudi Onyezi, assured that RSSC was made up of grassroots politicians who were ready to sensitise the grassroots on the need to vote Fubara in the 2023 elections.
Onyezi said that in the assessment carried out, the PDP candidate does not have a match in next year’s elections.
He expressed the hope that Rivers people would make a wise choice by voting PDP in the 2023 elections.
Similarly, the leadership of Sim People United Network Organisation(SPN), Asari-Toru Local Government Area chapter, has reiteratedits commitment to deliver the Rivers State PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara, to victory in the 2023 elections.
This was unanimously agreed during the expanded executive council meeting, which compromises of the LGA and the 13 ward executives at Buguma City, last Saturday.
In his speech at the meeting, the Coordinator, Hon. Ekine Ntiego, charged the ward executives to go for PVC sensitisation, and also win more electorate back home.
He also expressed gratitude to God for giving the statea credible candidate for the governorship election such as Siminialayi Fubara, and described him as God’s sent to consolidate on the good works of Governor Nyesom Wike.
Ntiego charged the coordinators in their various wards to set up five-man unit executive for massive mobilisation in their various communities for the victory of the PDP at all levels.
Solidarity speeches were given by ward coordinators and their executive officers to motivate the people to achieve victory come 2023.
By: Kevin Nengia
RSNC GM Tasks Medical Practitioners On Emerging Pandemics
The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Publishers of The Tide Newspaper, Chief Ernest Chinwo, has called on medical practitioners in the country to assist the government find workable solution to the array of emerging pandemics, including COVID-19, Lassa fever and monkeypox currently ravaging the country.
Chinwo said this in his office during a courtesy call by organisers of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit 2022.
Represented by the Acting Chairman of Editorial Board and Supervising Editor, Mr Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager also stressed the need for the health professionals to come up with private sector-driven health insurance scheme for the country.
He said that it also behoves on them to pool resources together with a view to building mega hospitals in the country to stem the tide of medical tourism abroad while at the same time curbing brain drain.
The general manager also tasked them to check the incidence of quackery in the medical profession.
Chinwo commended them for the proposed summit, assuring of the cooperation and support of the corporation, especially in providing adequate coverage to their activities.
He said the corporation, since inception has been on the forefront in publicising health issues, stressing that it was against this background that a page was dedicated in The Tide newspaper for health, and called for medical experts to contribute to the robustness of content on the page.
He further noted that beside newspaper publishing, the corporation also does all kinds of commercial printing jobs, and solicited patronage from the health professionals.
Earlier, Secretary General of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit, Dr. Joseph Olawuyi, said the summit with the theme “Repositioning HealthCare services in Rivers state” earlier proposed for the 22 to 26 of August 2022 was moved to October 2022 to ensure mass participation by both government and non-governmental organisations.
Olawuyi said the summit which is being put together by private medical practitioners in partnership with government aims at refocusing the health sector for quality service in the state.
He said a lot of people both within and outside the country have started registering for the summit.
According to him the event will also be used to train health practitioner’s on biomedical engineering as well as encourage the utilization of abundant medical equipment by practitioners.
He urged for a health bank in the country to create access to soft loans by health practitioners.
Olawuyi said the event which will be declared open by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be attended by people from all walks of life including members of the armed forces amongst others.
By: John Bibor & Oreoluwa Adigun
FG Spends N18.69bn Daily On Subsidy, Minister Confirms
The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria spends N18.69billion daily on petroleum subsidies.
She stated this, yesterday, when she appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil subsidies.
The minister claimed Nigeria consumes 64million litres per day, and that the figure could have been influenced by smuggling.
Ahmed said the executive is also concerned about the increment in daily consumption.
She noted that some of the products are being smuggled outside the country, adding that during COVID-19 locked down, daily consumption dropped significantly.
She stated that the president alone cannot take the decision on removing subsidy, insisting that there must be a multi-stakeholder approach, including all political parties, who must sit to make the decision.
The minister disclosed that the landing cost of petroleum is N448 per litre and that the NNPC takes care of the rest through under recovery.
She further said the Federal Executive Council has also expressed worry about the figure presented by the NNPC, adding that as the Minister of Finance, she has no access to the bank statement of the NNPC.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, questioned the figure provided by the minister.
Aliyu said even during the COVID19 locked down, Nigeria was still consuming high volume, which according to him was not logical.
He claimed the daily petroleum consumption was about 32million litres.
But the minister responded that she is not sure whether daily consumption has doubled and not also sure if the total number of vehicles in the country has doubled in the past 10 years.
Over 20 Countries Arrive Abuja For 2022 INAC
The 2022 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), themed “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, was, yesterday, declared open in Abuja, by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The 15th edition of the Expo holding at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels & Towers has in attendance no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in Nigeria.
Some of the countries already on ground include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Syria, India, Philippines, China, Iran, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Malaysia, Benin Republic, Sudan, Lebanon, South Korea and Tanzania.
States in Nigeria that have arrived Abuja for the annual international event are Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, FTC, Kaduna and Katsina.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Runsewe said the aim of the expo is to better project Nigerian crafts to various countries of the world given that our stories are better told by us. It is also to promote cultural exchange programmes and improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama, etc.
The expo, as usual, is expected to amongst other items, feature skill acquisition trainings for young people, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documentaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and culture.
Runsewe said: “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be. We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youths in our crafts for revenue generation.”
The 2022 expo holds from August 18 to 20, 2022.
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