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2023: Bala Urges Female Journalists To Rise Above Gender Limitations

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President, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Comrade Ladi Bala, has urged female journalists to rise above gender limitations in the discharge of their professional duties.
Bala gave this charge in Port Harcourt on Monday, at a two-day skill enhancing and capacity building/mentoring session for female journalists, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The workshop was part of the European Union (EU) support to democratic governance in Nigeria (EU-Support) activities under component 4 (Support the media) of the EU-SDGN 11 project. It has the International Press Center (IPC) as its lead partner in collaboration with NAWOJ.
The NAWOJ president urged female journalists to uniquely distinguish themselves from the crowd by being factual, accurate, and objective in their reportage of the 2023 elections.
She said that the media, being an integral part of the society, has unique and sensitive roles to play in the development of the country, adding that the training and retraining of journalists will enable them to positively contribute towards shaping and achieving a better society.
“It should be noted that with globalisation of the media space through information technology, enhancing the capacity of practitioners, particularly journalists to be in tune with global best practices has become germain if the media is to get it right.
“This training, therefore, is aimed at exposing female journalists to the rudiments of effective reportage and mentorship preparatory to reporting the electoral process. As we move closer to 2023, the critical role of the journalists in the conduct and promotion of peaceful electoral processes in Nigeria is key and must not be handled carelessly.
“It is on this note that I appeal to participants drawn from the South-East, South-South and the South-West of the country to utilize the opportunity and learn new skills that will improve their capacities and enhance the quality of news reports”, Bala said.
The NAWOJ boss urged female journalists to focus more on professionalism that would propel them to the top than going after brown envelopes which prevent them from objectively do their reportage and also endanger their lives.
She said one of the ways to peacefully discharge their responsibilities to the society without threats to life is for journalists to play by the rules.
“Journalists must rise to the occasion of protecting and strengthening Nigeria’s democracy in the build up to 2023 general elections. You must avoid brown envelopes so as to discharge your work optimally free from biases without fear of threat to life.
Commending the EU for funding the workshop, the NAWOJ boss said, “This workshop funded through component 4b: Support to the media of the EU support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria 11 project, was the response to NAWOJ’s several engagements with the EU development partners that eventually approved its Media partners to work with us.
“This feat is, indeed, a milestone achievement. This is so because it is the first time NAWOJ is being officially recognised and engaged on an EU funded project through its media partners in Nigeria. This laudable effort of EU is commendable and a clear testament of its commitment in building a strong and virile media space that will go a long way to strengthen democracy and promote good governance”.
She also commended the Executive Director IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade, for his encouragement and support, saying that IPC, being one of the leading capacity building organisations for journalists in the country, has proven to be gender sensitive and always supporting NAWOJ.
In his own remarks, Arogundade stated that the overall objective of the workshop is “to strengthen the media for fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive reporting of the electoral processes and elections, as well as seek to position female journalists in particular to be in the frontline of professional inclusive, conflict sensitive, fact-checking and data driven coverage and reportage”.
He urged the participants to make good use of the mentorship guides and editorial assistance provided by resource persons.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Cattle Dealers Hail Fubara Over Elelenwo Spare Parts Market

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The Chairman of Cattle Market, Rivers State, Alhaji Khali Isa, has praised the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, for laying the foundation for the Auto Mobile Trading and Commercial Centre in Port Harcourt.
Alhaji Isa, who expressed his pleasure in an interview with The Tide during the foundation laying ceremony of the spare parts Market at Elelenwo, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, said the completion of the market will boost the economy of the area.
He said the market will provide job opportunities for thousands of Rivers people and others resident in the state, adding that the economy of the area will be opened up.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Isa has blamed the high cost of cows in the state on high cost of transportation.
He said because of the high cost of diesel and Petrol, truck drivers charged higher fair to carry cows from the Northern part of Nigeria to Rivers State and other parts of the south.
According to him, the situation is affecting cattle dealers as they now pay more to move cattle from the North to the South of the Country.
He called on the government to look into the issue of fuel price inorder to reduce the burden of bringing the animals to the south.
Isa also pledged the readiness of his office to work with the State Government to ensure that meat consummed in the state are safe.
He also denied that horse meat is being sold in markets in the state.
The Chairman also assured the Government of the support of Cattle Dealers in the State.

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Firm, PDP Chief Hail Fubara’s Supreme Court Victory

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There was massive celebration at Omagwa Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, recently as Simplified Movement held a thanksgiving service over the successful governorship election and victory at the Supreme Court in honour of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Ocabic group took the lead by joining thousands of Simplified supporters in the local government in celebrating the Governor’ s dual victory.
Ocabic group led by Eze Ali 1 of Omokpirikwu Elele, Eze Okey Okah was not left out in the celebration.
Workers of the company erupted in victory songs and dancing, as they trooped out in their large numbers and colourful attires to join the celebration party.
Omagwa, the venue of the thanksgiving was filled to the brim as Ocabic group took the centrestage in the celebration.
Speaking at the event, Eze Okah said he and his teeming supporters joined millions of well – meaning Rivers people to rejoice and celebrate the judgment of the Supreme Court.
He described Governor Fubara as an epitome of peace, stressing that Rivers people should join hands with him to move the State forward.
Eze Okah, one of the PDP leaders in Ward four in Elele said his group would continue to work with Governor Fubara to enable him achieve his administration’s goals in the State.
He said Elele community and Ikwerre Local Government Area are Simplified, hence, have resolved to work with Governor Fubara, and give him the necessary support required to change the narrative.
He listed the 20,000 housing units, Port Harcourt Ring Road Project; promotion of civil servants, among other initiatives, of the present administrator as some of Governor Fubara’ s uncommon transformation in the State.
He commended the leadership of Simplified Movement, Ikwerre Local Government Chapter for organising one of the best thanksgiving rallies in the area.
Earlier, the Chairman of PDP in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Hon Amadi Dennis expressed gratitude to God for the success of the thanksgiving service.
He also expressed happiness over the large turn out of party faithful, describing it as awesome.
Hon Amadi said come 2027, Governor Fubara’s victory at the poll is assured, considering the calibre of people leading the Simplified Movement in the area.
He said the foot soldiers in Ikwerre politics are strongly behind Governor Fubara, which he noted would metamorphous into overwhelming victory come 2027.
The Ikwerre PDP Chairman said Ward eight, where he hails from and other Wards in the local government are Simplified.
“The thanksgiving was aimed at giving glory to God for the dual victory of His Excellency at the Supreme Court and at the governorship election. The victory is for the benefit of Rivers people. .We can see the hand of God as it was restored upon David. Our people have come in their numbers to reassure His Excellency of total support and overwhelming victory come 2027. The people you see here are foot soldiers who have been winning elections in Ikwerre Local Government Area. It tells you that Ikwerre is Simplified and fully ready to give our Governor the necessary support to succeed. We decided to choose Omagwa for two explicable reasons. Omagwa remains PDP’s political rallying point and home of the Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Council,” he said.

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Enough Is Enough, Group Tells Fubara’s Detractors

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As the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, continues to gain more supporters, a group under the aegies of “Sim For Good Governance” in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area, has warned those it tagged as detractors to look elsewhere and trouble the Governor no more.
The group made this known via its leader, Amb. King Tony Boms, in a press briefing in Port Harcourt, recently.
Boms said they are now all up to defend the Rivers State Governor from all attacks of the enemy.
The group, which narrated how the Riverines supported all past Governors from the Ikwerre extraction, noted that it will only be fair and just for the Ikwerres to reciprocate same.
According to him, Governor Siminalayi Fubara, who was duly elected and subsequently confirmed by the Supreme Court, should be let alone to enable him concetrate on the mandate given to him.
He also stated that about 65 per cent vote for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the State was in solidarity with Sim Fubara and not as perceived in some quarters.
“We cannot fold our arms and watch people attack the Governor without defending him. We are here to say that he is doing well and should be left alone”, he said.
To the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Martin Amaewhule, the group called on him to formelly declare his intention to govern the State than to do same through the back door.
“We will continue to support Sim. Our brothers should sheathe their sword. We may recall all Obio/Akpor Lawmakers in the House of Assembly, if they continue to trouble Sim”, he said.
Another member of the body, Chief Jackson Omenazu, said Governor Fubara was doing well in terms of human capital development.
Omenazu noted that past administrations paid huge attention to the formation of ‘bricks and mortar, which he said cannot bring development to the State.

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