The Nigeria Books of Record (NBR) Research Centre has appointed the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, as Fellow of the organisation.
NBR was established in 2009 as part of the “Change Begin with Me Campaign” of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Director-General of the centre, Prof. David David, conferred the honour during a church service at OPM headquarters in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
David said the decision to confer Chinyere as a fellow of the centre was taken in view of his selfless and humanitarian services to the poor and less privileged.
“So, we decided to induct Apostle Chinyere a Fellow of NBR in recognition of his humanitarian assistance to thousands of Nigerians across all religious and ethnic divides.
“Chinyere is among those who are bringing real change in Nigeria by his mission of giving hope to the poor, less privileged and downtrodden in the society.
“The remarkable thing that impresses us about his humanitarian services is that these things are done from the offerings and tithes of members of the church,” he said.
David said through the tithes and offerings that Chinyere built 22 state-of-the-art free nursery and primary schools being attended by more than 45,000 pupils in the country.
“The pupils are provided with four pairs of uniforms, bags, books and other writing materials as well as fed daily in OPM’s free school feeding programme.
“Chinyere built the first free school for children born with Autism and Down syndrome in the world as well as operates two free specialist hospitals in Port Harcourt and Abia state.
“He has built 18 free estates that accommodate both the poor, repentant armed robbers, kidnappers, militants, and prostitutes, among others, as they undergo rehabilitation,” he said.
David said aside from providing accommodation for them, Chinyere also feed, clothe and take care of their general upkeep.
According to him, the preacher has given local and foreign scholarships to over 3,000 Nigerians in universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Cyprus, Benin and the United Arab Emirates.
“OPM also operates a free restaurant that feeds the poor and less privileged as well as built houses for widows and orphans.
“Currently, the church operates the largest skills acquisition centre in Port Harcourt that has trained over 30,000 Nigerians in the last ten years on different vocational skills for free.
“Recall that Chinyere in 2021 relocated late Deborah’s family to Port Harcourt, bought them a 15 mini flat estates, gave her parents a car, canteen and awarded scholarships to her siblings,” David said.
Receiving the award, Apostle Chinyere expressed delight over the honour and reiterared his commitment to engage in more humanitarian services for the people.
He said that he was motivated to embark on humanitarian works by his passion and commitment to follow the footstep of Jesus Christ – who loves the poor and the suffering.
“We already have more humanitarian services in the pipeline that are designed to touch more lives in 2023.
“One of the things we want to do is to establish a free university where children of the less privileged can go to school without paying a Kobo.
“The things we are already doing and others in the pipeline will be run from the tithes and offerings of members of OPM,” he said.
‘Police Didn’t Authorise Vigilantes To Carry Arms In Rivers’
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
Indigenous Oil Company Reaffirms Commitment To Host Community’s Development
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.
Engineers Blame Building Collapses On Quackery
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
News5 days ago
2023 Polls: CP Urges Rivers Youths To Shun Cultism, Thuggery
Maritime5 days ago
Shipowners Split Over $350m Maritime Fund Disbursement
Business3 days ago
NDDC Boss Seeks Support To Achieve Mandate
Opinion3 days ago
Profiling Youth Exco For Peaceful Co-Existence
Nation5 days ago
ECCIMA Finalises Strategies For 34th Enugu Trade Fair
Politics5 days ago
Publish Invalid Voter Registration Details, YIAGA Tells INEC
Featured3 days ago
Buhari Raises Committee On Supply Of Petroleum Products … Orders DSS, EFCC, Customs, Others To End Scarcity
Politics3 days ago
Council Boss Vows To Deliver Fubara, Other PDP Candidates In Rivers