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RSTDA Holds PH City Creatives’ Hangout

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The Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) has organised a Port Harcourt City Creatives’ Hangout, with a charge to Rivers people to engage in activities that would sell and promote the image of the State at all times.
The Director General of the agency, Mr Yibo Koko, who disclosed this recently, emphasised the need for creative people in the state to work together with stakeholders to actually grow their creative assets.
The creatives’ hangout, the second of such this year, which took place at the RSTDA office in Port Harcourt recently, attracted a wide range of super stars who performed to the admiration of audience.
Koko said in an interview with newsmen that the event was organised as part of the mandate of RSTDA to attract things that would grow the tourism assets of the state.
He added that the agency actually wanted the artists to discover their potentials and how they can utilise such talents for sustainable growth.
“The only way we can let people know that the creative economy or tourism is a tool for sustainable growth is to have interaction with the creatives themselves,” Koko said.
According to him, RSTDA also organised a similar event in April and plans to make it a monthly affair.
The RSTDA boss further hinted that Rivers people are passionate about the Christmas Carnival known as CARNIRIV, stressing that a poll recently organised by the agency indicated that 96 percent of the young generation and 68 percent of the older generation actually want the carnival but regretted a situation where some people erroneously see RSTDA as a carnival agency and commission.
He disclosed that the agency has engaged local government areas and some individuals in the creative space within the local government areas to organise a semblance of the carnival in their localities.
According to him, that is why we today have Isiokpo carnival, Andoni carnival, Buguma carnival and Igwuruta carnival, among others.
Apart from the carnivals, Koko said the agency is doing a great deal to make the people gain valuable insights into what constitutes the creative economy or tourism in the state, saying, “the creatives need to understand that collaboration is the essence for everyone to grow. The creatives’ hangout is a way of continuing the conversation that doing it alone is not the best way to go”.
Koko also stressed the need for people in the private sector to do something concrete to promote the tourism sector in the state without necessarily looking at the body language of the government.
According to him, that is exactly what RSTDA is doing, as it has ensured that several creative Rivers youths have found themselves in several developed countries of the world to improve and showcase their creative talents.
He gave an example of a young man who hails from Khana Local Government Area that recently won a competition in the United States, and decried a situation where some people in the creative space are in a hurry and therefore want quick results.
According to him, once the creative people are able to see what they have as assets, the totality of the tourism space is going to work.
On the outstanding performance of Rivers State at the recent NAFEST in Lagos, the RSTDA boss said it is an indication that Rivers State is a great State.
“The beauty of our culture, our tradition, our ways of life anywhere in the world is beyond the imagination”, he said.
Koko said until the creative industry is seen as a sustainable channel for growth for both the artistes and the state rather than a feel good space, much would not be achieved.
He urged Rivers people to set aside politics and other primordial sentiments, and push to the outside world all information and images portraying the state in positive light.

 

 

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RSU Holds Orientation Programme For 2,650 Postgraduate Students

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The management of Rivers State University (RSU), Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, has held a one-day orientation seminar for 2,650 newly admitted Postgraduate students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
The aim of the orientation was to educate and acquaint the students with the various activities, programmes, rules and protocols governing the university.
Speaking at the programme held at the Convocation Arena of the institution, recently, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, stressed the importance of orientation programme in every society, adding that the event was organised to let them understand how the university works.
Okogbule, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Valentine O. Pepple, said that the orientation would afford the students the opportunity to know what the university expects from them including the rules and regulations of the institution.
The VC, while giving insight on the post graduate studies, disclosed that PhD programme is for three years, masters degree two years, while PGD is run for one year except for engineering courses that are for two years.
He urged them to be good students and take their studies very serious in order to enable them graduate at the approved year of their courses of studies even as he congratulated them for their successful admission.
Also speaking at the event, the Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Tamunomi Kingdom Abam, said that the orientation became imperative because many of the students were new comers from other institutions hence, the need to acquaint them with the operations of the institution.
He urged them to be focused with their studies even as they engage with their supervisors and try not to forget the reasons why they are in the university.
“Some came for carrier enhancement, some for change of programmes and some because they have a challenge they want to investigate and we pray they achieve it.
“It is achievable because we have been in the field for many years and we know where the pains and hurdles are, and that informed the orientation to make the road very easy so that they can not make the mistakes of others in the past”, he stated.
Our correspondent reports that the students were drilled on various topics which include university administration procedures, school fees payment and procedures, students welfare, security tips in the campus, zero tolerance on sexual harassment and post graduate registration and related matters, among others.

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Sacked Amaewhule-Led Rivers Assembly Lawmakers Accuse Wike Of Betrayal

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In a controversial twist of events in the political crisis in Rivers State, it has been reported that an internal strife has engulfed the camp of former Governor of the State and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The Tide gathered from a source close to the lawmakers that they said the FCT Minister manoeuvered them into taking a drastic decision for their personal interest, saying he misled them.
However, it was learnt that the crux of their grievance lies in Wike’s directive for them to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), a move they claimed he spearheaded without following due process.
The aggrieved sacked Assembly members, branded as illegal due to unresolved legal disputes surrounding their positions, have openly accused Wike of political betrayal.
According to their statements, this directive from Wike has “left them politically handicapped, irrevalant, exposed and vulnerable”, as they now face backlash without the promised support.
This development, our correspondent gathered, has sparked a significant rift within the political structure of Nyesom Wike.
Analysts are already saying that this impending political crisis could reshape the dynamics between the FCT Minister and the sacked Assembly members, leading to potential realignments and power shifts.
Pundits have said as the situation unfolds, the implications for both the FCT Minister and the broader political hope of the sacked Rivers Assembly members remains uncertain.
They said the fallout may challenge Wike’s political strategy and influence, while also testing the peace and stability of the factional All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State led by Chief Tony Okocha, highly believed to be one of Wike’s political stooge.
It is becoming apparent that in the coming days, all eyes will be on how these internal conflicts will be managed and whether any reconciliation or further fragmentation would occur.

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NDDC Warns Pregnant Women Against Malaria Scourge Celebrates 2024 World Malaria Day

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has called on mothers, especially pregnant women, to treat malaria as a dreaded scourge that must be nipped in the bud.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NDDC, Mr Samuel Ogbuku, gave this advice during the celebration of the 2024 World Malaria Day at Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State at the weekend.
Although the World Malaria Day is internationally celebrated on every 25th of April, the NDDC boss said the commission decided to celebrate the event in Ogu/Bolo LGA a month later in order to create awareness and drum support against the dreaded scourge.
Ogbuku, who was represented by Dr Asela Agala, stressed the need for the people of Ogu/Bolo to take good advantage of the awareness and malaria drugs given to them.
He said that the Ogu/Bolo World Malaria Day celebration was in collaboration with the former NDDC director, Boma Iyalla, with a view to bringing malaria treatment to his people.
Also speaking, a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), Dr George Ela, highlighted some precautionary measures to be taken by pregnant women against malaria.
According to him, “pregnant women must sleep under insecticide mosquito treated nets; they must take preventive therapy also known as intermittent therapy for malaria which is done with the use of sulphurous paramintamin, that is the drug commonly known as Fansidar. This is giving once every four weeks to pregnant women within their first four months of pregnancy until they deliver.”
Dr Ela further advised pregnant women who were tested positive of malaria by the team of doctors deployed to Ogu/Bolo to get proper malaria treatment, warning that malaria not properly treated can cause a lot of harm to pregnant women.
“Those who actually come down with malaria must go and receive treatment, they must go to the hospital and be properly treated because sometimes malaria can cause miscarriage, death of the baby inside the womb, because the immunity of pregnant women is lower, so they are very vulnerable to malaria attacks. That is why they must do everything possible to prevent malaria by treating it under special medical supervision”, he advised.
The lecturer added that non-pregnant women also need all the measures mentioned against malaria, saying environmental sanitation is also key to healthy living.
“People must avoid throwing waste inside drainages to enable the drainage system flow easily. Our environment must be kept clean as dirty environment makes it possible for you to have water receptacles where mosquitoes breed and then go into people’s houses to bite them and transmit the mosquito germs.”, he warned.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to our correspondent commended the NDDC and Iyalla for the awareness and free treatment.
They noted that the awareness and free diagnosis of many women by the NDDC has made many of them to know their malaria status.

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