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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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‘Police Didn’t Authorise Vigilantes To Carry Arms In Rivers’

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Worried by the alarming concern by members of the public over the manner vigilante groups are bearing arms across the state, the Rivers State Police Command has restated its earlier stand that vigilante groups are not mandated to bear arms in the state .
Spokesperson of the Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, made this clarification while speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt, recently.
She said the state Commissioner of Police (CP) had not approved arms bearing by the vigilante groups across the state .
According to her, “ they are not licensed to bear arms. The CP has directed the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) within every jurisdiction to arrest anyone seen with arms. They do not have such powers to detain”.
She stated that anyone found bearing arms in the name of vigilante would be arrested and prosecuted .
“This clarification is coming as a result of public concern and worries. Of late, it’s been observed that some vigilante group members in Port Harcourt, particularly in Diobu axis, are bearing arms.
“For instance, some are seen at Oando Filing station, at Mile 3, Ikwerre Road, parading with pump action riffles. Some also bear the arms while on patrol in full glare of public. It was also reported that they detain suspects”, she said.

By; Akujobi Amadi

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Indigenous Oil Company Reaffirms Commitment To Host Community’s Development

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All Grace Energy Limited (AGEL), an indigenous oil company operating (OML17) in Rivers State, has reaffirmed commitment to the development of its host community in compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Development, AGEL, Prof.Adeola Adenikinju, gave the assurance recently during the inauguration of the Board of Host Community Development Trust (HCDT) in Port Harcourt.
Adenikinju noted that the inauguration of the seven-member board would provide a unique opportunity to begin a new era in the development of the community.
According to him, since the signing of the PIA in 2021, the company has ensured commitment to advancing understanding of the act, with regard to establishment of the HCDT.
Adenikinju said that compliance with the PIA would deepen the existing mutual relationship and trust-building between the company and the host community.
He said: “The PIA contains relevant provisions which form the basis of strong governance and management structure for the host communities’ development trust.
“Consequently, we have ensured that our sustainable development initiative is geared towards direct social investment programmes to address development deficits through providing empowerment of women and youths.”
He said this would be done through skill acquisition, scholarships, health outreach, direct community contracts, infrastructure, and a lot of other sustainable development initiatives.
Adenikinju commended the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and Rivers State Government for their continued support to foster positive development outcomes in the host community.
The Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs in Rivers, Engr. Charles Amadi, said that implementation of the act, would enable All Grace Energy Limited and the host community to operate in a mutually beneficial way.
He urged the host community to work together with the company to ensure peaceful coexistence.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Board of Trustee(BOT), Mr Dandyson Onigah, said that implementation of the PIA marked a new dawn where there would be no bickerings between oil companies and host communities,
Onigah said with the operation of the PIA, the community could make plans toward sustainable development, knowing that there would be funds for that purpose.
He said that the newly inaugurated board would work in synergy with the company to ensure peace and achieve success in their operations.
The BoT chairman gave the assurance that every misunderstanding or complaint would be properly addressed to ensure free flow of business in the area.
Also, the Chairman of Ogbakor-Ubima, Mr Emmanuel Azubuike, lauded the company for steps taken to implement the act, saying that the community would continue to sustain the existing mutual relationship with the company.

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Engineers Blame Building Collapses On Quackery

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The National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Engr. Chukwudi Ezugu, has blamed the incessant building collapses in the country on quacks.
Ezugu, who said this during his investiture in Port Harcourt, recently, advised members of the public to stop patronising quacks and employ the services of professional engineers in their building projects.
Ezugu assured that his administration would improve on the practice of engineering in the country, saying continuous professional development and welfare of members will be given top priority.
“Improving the skills and competence of our members is a priority to this administration. Good professional practice demands that civil engineers will continually be updated with latest technologies which enhance our practice through seminars, workshops and trainings.
“We shall, therefore, collaborate with competent training firms which will update our engineers with latest operating softwares, techniques, materials, processes and procedures,” he said.
Engr. Ezugu said the society would also collaborate with relevant organisations to improve the competence of its members.
“It is our plan to organise a conference in the next few weeks to bring together our universities, research institutions and industry practitioners to start creating an enduring relationship that is key to solving our infrastructural needs.
“It is common knowledge that civil infrastructures in Nigeria are grossly inadequate from urban and rural roads to rail lines transportation systems, housing to potable water supply,” he said.
The NICE chairman said his administration would engage policy makers and government to prioritise development in the country with a view to tackling the ones with higher socio-economic values.
According to him, the present situation where many trunk A roads are in disrepair is counterproductive with the resultant collossal loses to the country GDP and economy at large.
Chairman of the occasion and former Acting Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, urged Nigerian engineers to up their game to enable them compete with their foreign counterparts.
He called on the government to patronise local engineers, stressing that continuous patronage of multinational construction companies at the detriment of their Nigerian counterparts is not in the interest of the country.

By: John Bibor

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