IAWPA Solicits Support For Innovative Women, Entrepreneurs
The International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA), in collaboration with I-Contact Connect Limited, has reiterated the need to mobilise support for women who have taken central roles in innovation and entrepreneurship.
The International Director of IAWPA, Amb. Chidi Ehiriodo, made this known during the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day and induction of new Eminent Peace Ambassadors in Port Harcourt, recently.
Ehiriodo, a Professor, said the theme of this year’s celebration, “Intellectual Property & Safety and Health First at Work”, centered on women who are now leading in different areas of innovative endeavours.
He noted that the tide has changed, unlike what it used to be when women were relegated to the kitchen, denied education and opportunities to achieve success.
“Women are not challenging men but they are leading. They have high capacity and are devoted, meticulous and careful in what they do.
Prof. Ehiriodo called on women not to relent, calling on “women to come up with whatever is inside of you. The world programme cannot be completed without the recognition of women and their achievements”.
To the inductees, he urged them to work and drive for peace in Nigeria, adding that the activities of the leadership has devastated the peaceful mindsets of the citizens.
In her speech, the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Women Affairs, Barr. Uchechukwu Oriri, commended the organisation for ensuring that women are projected and represented all over the world.
Oriri called on women representatives not to be intimidated by the current wind, assuring that victory is sure for women.
IAWPA International spokesman, Amb. Emmanuel Nkweke, in his speech said United Nations is doing many things to promote women, especially in the universities.
Nkweke noted that this is the second time the day is celebrated in Nigeria, adding that IAWPA, which started in 2012 is now in 120 countries of the world.
He stressed that the duty of the new inductees is to pursue and achieve peace in Nigeria and beyond, adding that ambassador positions are not given to questionable characters but people of influence who would be ready to move round the world and make impact.
One of the Ambassadors, Dr. Chelsea Onwudinjo, who is the Cheif Executive Officer of Back Home Initiative and the sales representative of Entreprenurship Village in Akure, Ondo State, said being an ambassador enables her to push for achievements.
Dr. Onwudinjo, whose husband was inducted, said the village, which is the largest in Africa and the world, would chunk out entrepreneurs and make name for the country when it is lunched in 2027, adding that serious innovative businesses have commenced in the village.
Highlights of the programme was goodwill messages from the universities in the state, awards and induction of new members.
By: Lilian Peters
Lloyd Lauds Awuse’s Appointment As Traditional Council Chair
The Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, has congratulated the Paramount Ruler of Emohua Kingdom in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, HRM Ohna Sergeant Awuse, on his recent appointment by Rivers State Government as the new Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The immediate past Governor, Nyesom Wike, made the announcement during the last State Honours and Awards held in Government House, recently.
Lloyd on behalf of the government and the people of the local government expressed appreciation to Wike for what he called “a well deserved appointment”.
The council chairman, in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Bright Elendu, expressed optimism that the State Traditional Rulers Council under the leadership of Ohna Sergeant Awuse will consolidate on the achievements of the administration of King Dandeson Jaja (Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom) to further strengthen the traditional institution in the State.
He assured Awuse of the support of the government and people of the area, while wishing him a successful tenure.
The statement also appreciated the government of Rivers State for the recognition of four traditional rulers in the local government.
The newly recognised traditional rulers who are all in the Second Class category are Eze (Dr) Wobodo Sunday Jonah, Nye Nwe-Ali Ibaa/Obelle; Ohna Christian Okachineke Elechi, Nye Nwe-Eli Odegu; Eze Damian Azike Ejiohuo, Nye Nwe-Ali Rundele XII, Nogbo II, Eze Christian Amadi Evekwuru, Eze Chigu Rumuekpe.
Lloyd said his administration looks forward to partnering with the traditional institution to foster peace and improve security across the communities in the local government.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
Institute Trains Broadcast Women Journalists
In response to the need to enhance the professionalism of women journalists in Nigeria through the improvement of skills, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, has trained another group of broadcast women journalists in digital multimedia storytelling with the funding support of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project II.
Welcoming the participants to Port Harcourt Rivers State, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, Programme Manager, Mr Timothy Bamidele, submitted that so far 78 women broadcast journalists have been trained in digital storytelling, since the beginning of the second phase of European Union Support to Democratic Governance.
The Programme Manager highlighted that the training activity is under Component four in the EU-SDGN Project II and aimed at providing support to media in Nigeria.
Mr Bamidele stressed that the action is intended to contribute to strengthening democratic governance in Nigeria through increased engagements and improved capacity of a wide range of media stakeholders in Nigeria, including media professionals, and targeting the following results areas: Professionalism of media practitioners, especially women Enhanced; Strengthened media professional capacity to deal with electoral misinformation/disinformti-on; enhanced media platforms’ ability to diversify, deepen the coverage of the electoral process and delivery of civic and voter education.
The activity will further help to meet the demand for more capacity building and production of professionally, digitally, and inclusively developed content for the electoral process by female broadcast journalists, focusing on post-election issues, Bamidele, submitted.
Two digital trainers, Mr Usifo Omozokpea and Mrs Ehi Ohiani took participants through areas such as reporting the electoral cycle, digital tools for content creation and the digital storytelling process among others.
They urged the participants to take advantage of the new media space to crowdsource, connect, create and distribute content relevant to social discourse for national development.
Broadcast women journalists from nine states including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ondo, and Ekiti attended the two-day digital capacity training.
The participants thanked IMS and the European Union Support to Democratic Governance for providing the platform, which they described as having a high impact.
Peace In Evo Kingdom, Our Target – Christ Embassy
The Zonal Director, Christ Embassy, Port Harcourt Zone III, Linder Okocha, has said the aim of the Church’s Royal Banquet Outreach is to bring peace to people of Woji and its environs.
Okocha disclosed this at the Royal Banquet Outreach it organised at the palace of King Leslie Nyebuchi Eke, Eze Gbakagbaka, at Woji in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area recently.
She said the church was out to preach peace among the people, irrespective of their background.
“I am happy that the event is taking place today. I have looked forth for it. It is not an ordinary gathering or meeting, but a spiritual one”, she said.
Suggesting that everyone is a Minister of God, she urged them to use the opportunity and speak blessing to all.
Making allusion to ‘Romans 10 v 9-10, she called on all to always confess the supremacy of God in order to overcome evil.
On plans to sustain the programme, she said it will be given an accelerated attention to enable the church meet its target in the area.
Meanwhile, Eze Leslie Eke has proclaimed Woji and the entire Kingdom as a Christian entity.
He also appreciated the church for their choice of the palace for their programme and assured them of any assistance at the Kingdom’s reach.
Free customised decoders of the church were donated to each community head in Evo Kingdom.
By: King Onunwor