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Don Lauds Wike Over Education Prioritisation

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A university Don, Professor Femi Okiremuette Shaka, has applauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for making the education sector top in his list of priorities.
Professor Shaka gave the applause recently while presenting a paper titled “Examination Malpractices in Nigerian Universities” at a workshop organised by the Examination and Time Table Committee at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Auditorium.
The Professor of Film Studies also commended the Governor for the provision of equipment needed to facilitate the teaching and learning process, as well as for prompt and regular payment of salaries of staff of IAUE.
He disclosed that lecturers in other Universities have died as a result of hardship occasioned by non-payment of salaries for months and enjoined IAUE lecturers to appreciate the Governor’s love for the education sector.
Shaka described the theme of the workshop, “Modalities in Examination Writing, Conducts and Invigilation in Nigerian Universities”, as apt, timely and topical and identified perversion of the social value system of the country as one of the factors influencing examination malpractice.
He expressed dismay that corruption has led to so much perversion of the social value system that Nigerian youths no longer believe in the ethics of hard-work.
The Guest Lecturer included much emphasis on paper qualifications in the Nigerian labour market as another factor, hinting that in Europe and North America, employers are concerned about the value chain that an employee brings to the establishment or firm.
Employers in these countries, he said, “are interested in the portfolios of employees in terms of what they have done in the past or capable of contributing to the vision of the establishment or firm.”
The Varsity Don expressed regret that employment in Nigeria is based on social connection or on godfatherism, noting that “since value systems are upside down in Nigeria, most youths in tertiary institutions have imbibed the corrupt attitude of passing their courses by any means necessary”.
According to Shaka, “any country that has a high prevalence of examination malpractice stands to lose its international credibility as certificates emanating from such a country would be treated with suspicion and doubt”.
He said the spate of malpractices in the health sector and miscarriages of justice by the Judiciary, mindless looting of the public treasury, electoral fraud, regular collapse of buildings designed by engineers and architects, sale of fake drugs by pharmacists all have their roots in an educational system bedeviled by examination malpractice.
While highlighting the implications of examination malpractice, that are overwhelming with grave consequences, the lecturer from the University of Port Harcourt reiterated that the trend will not only make a mockery of educational qualifications and discredit institutions of higher learning in Nigeria, “but the ripple effect would be that the future development of the country would be placed in the hands of half-baked and incompetent graduates”.
He stressed the need to embark on a moral and ethical reorientation in order to stem the tide of moral decay in the Nigerian University system to bring credibility to the system.
This, he argued, can be achieved with the establishment of a Directorate for moral orientation that would draw up ethical codes of behaviour for staff and students with sanctions for the violation of the ethical codes well spelt out with appropriate penalties.
Prof. Shaka also recommended setting up of a platform for regular interactions between the University Management, parents and guardians of students to update parents of the progress reports on their children.

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IYC Demands Apology Over Arrest Of Soboma Jackrich

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The Elders Council of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has demanded for an apology from the security agencies over the recent invasion of the residence of Ambassador Soboma Jackrich where two of his aides were killed.
The council said this in a press release made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Signed by Elder Afonya Horsefall, Chairman Ijaw Youth Elders Council, KalabariSekpangi, said the military, by the invasion has trampled on the inalienable rights of its leader.
According to the organisation, “the wanton destruction of his property and the killing of aides is repugnant to natural justice and must be restituted.
It stressed the need for the security agencies to be professional in their approach to security, adding that every action of the security agencies must be within the ambit of the law.
The group described Ambassador Soboma Jackrich as a prominent Ijaw leader who has contributed immensely towards the development of the Niger Delta and the relative peace in the region.
The IYC also called on President Bola Tinubu and Governor Siminalayi Fubara to come to the aide of the Niger Delta people by ensuring security and development in the region.

By: John Bibor

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Fubara Has Demystified Governance-Elder Statesman

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As Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration is set to mark itsone year anniversary, an elder statesman, Sir Fubara Hart, says governance in Rivers State under the governor has been demystified.
Hart, two-time House of Representatives aspirant, therefore, called on Rivers people to rally round the Governor in show of support to achieve the desired objective.
Hart, in an interview in Port Harcourt, said under Governor Fubara, infrastructural development and human capital development are given .maximum attention they deserve for the wellbeing of the citizenry.
He said available evidences abound in the State, judging from the thanksgiving rallies organised by the Simplified Movement, saying it is a strong indication that Rivers people are pleased with the wave of development in the State.
He noted that the spread of projects across the nooks and crannies of the State, unlike in the past, has endeared the Governor to the people who are celebrating him.
Hart said under Governor Fubara, Rivers, people can feel a sense of belonging, as governance is being given a human face through the distribution of social amenities across the board.
He maintained that it would be appropriate to support Governor Fubara, rather than distracting him, saying Governor Fubara has shown his determination to change the fortunes of the people, especially the unreached, among the populace .
“In the past, it wasn’t like this, a scenario where one man divided and cornered the wealth of the people is over. Rivers people are pleased, being carried along and being allowed to contribute to the growth of the State.
The multi-billion naira Port Harcourt Ring Road; Trans-Kalabari road project; the low cost housing units; Songhai farm rehabilitation; and job creation can be described as the monumental achievements Governor Fubara has recorded.
“Gone are the days projects are sited in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area alone. Rivers people can now see projects in all parts of the State. We appeal to detractors to allow Governor Fubara serve his people, give him maximum cooperation as it was given to Wike and others who had ruled the State. Others ruled for eight years, so nothing will stop our own.
Governor Fubara is one of the best things that has happened to Rivers State, as his peaceful disposition, accessibility and open-door policy are hallmark of leadership. He came for Rivers people, as seen in his actions and conduct. Anyone fighting him is an enemy of Rivers people and should be jettisoned,” he said.
Hart said the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili was right by endorsing Governor Fubara as the political leader of the State as provided in the PDP Constitution.
The PDP meant well by enshrining it in his Constitution, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) borrowed to implement.
The elderstatesman, therefore, appealed to all PDP members to respect the party’s Constitution as it is supreme.
He urged the 27 lawmakers led by Hon Martin Amaewhule to know that they are no longer lawmakers in the eyes of the law as any law made by them cannot stand.
While urging them to desist from being used by one selfish politician to destablise the peace existing in the State, Hart pleaded with the Governor to remember Bonny Local Government Area in the award of road projects, as Bonny internal roads are begging for attention.

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Monarch Lauds Fubara Over Solicitor-General’s Appointment

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The Eze Oha Evo III of Evo Kingdom, King Leslie Eke, has praised the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara over the appointment of Mrs Ibiwari Charity Clapton-Ogolo as Permanent Secretary and Solicitor- General of the State.
Eke  said this at a press briefing to mark his birthday at his palace in Woji in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
He said Clapton-Ogolo being a seasoned lawyer will do as expected in an attempt to project and defend the interest of the people.
According to him, such opportunity will also reduce the work-load on the office of the Attorney -General of the State.
The traditional ruler also said the appointment will aid in prompt delivery of justice in the State.
The appointment, he noted, has further demonstrated the Governor’s strength in governance of the State and not weakness as argued in some quarters.
He said those who are not in tune with the modern ways of governance will always be at the sea at each step taken by Governor Fubara.
The Governor, he further explained, is full of wisdom and is prepared to better the lots of Rivers people.
“I am at home with the Governor’s leadership style. He is calculative and he always hits the nail on the head. Well, people are free to say anything they like, but for me, the Governor is a goal getter”, he said.
He re-emphasised the intention of the entire Evo Kingdom’s undiluted support for the present administration as he prayed God to continue to guide and direct the Governor aright in order to enable him deliver credibly on the mandate given him.
It would be recalled that the State has for some time operated with only the office of the Attorney-General of the State until the recent appointment of the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General of State by Governor Fubara.

By: King Onunwor

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