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NCSU Hails Release Of Fubara’s Supporters

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Rivers State Council, has expressed delight over the release of two ardent supporters of Governor Siminalayi Fubara by the Inspector General of Police on Saturday.
It would be recalled that the two supporters of the governor, Hon Sokari Goodboy and Mr Ezebunwo Ichemati, were arrested by the police last Thursday in Abuja during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Commenting on the development, the Rivers State Chairman of NCSU, Comrade Chukwuka Richman Osumah, said in an interview in Port Harcourt that the arrest of the duo was condemnable in the first place, but commended the Inspector General of Police for acting in a professional manner to ensure that the duo were released promptly, without much ado, since they did not commit any offence to warrant their arrest.
While condemning the arrest, Osumah said the police went beyond their professional briefs, to even carry out the arrest, and carpeted the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike and the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Council, Hon Samuel Nwanosike for allegedly orchestrating the arrest of the two PDP stalwarts in faraway Abuja.
According to him, the arrest of Hon Goodboy, who is a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Ahoada West State Constituency; and Mr Ichemati, the media aide of Governor Fubara, was a breach of their fundamental human rights, which he said, is tantamount to stretching political vendetta and witch-hunt to their limits by Wike and his loyalists.
He, therefore, appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call to order the FCT Minister and his loyalists, who he said, are bent on deepening the political crisis in Rivers State, as well as heightening political tensions in the State through their thoughtless and self-serving actions.
The labour leader also used the opportunity to call on the Inspector General of Police to immediately effect the release of other supporters of Governor Fubara who might have become victims of political witch-hunt, following the rift between the Governor and the Minister.
Osumah equally advised Governor Fubara to see the present scenario as an affront from those fighting and opposing him.He, therefore, urged and encouraged the Governor to go ahead to institute a commission of inquiry, to recover all critical structures and assets belonging to the State, which were allegedly converted to personal properties by Chief Wike when he held sway as Governor of the State for eight years.
He said those assets are just there for Rivers people to see and listed them to include the large expanse of land where the Slaughter Market was located along Trans Amadi/Oginigba axis of Port Harcourt, now accommodating Hyper city Supermarket belonging to Wike; the large expanse of reclaimed land between Ogbunabali and Eastern Bypass, which houses another mega supermarket belonging to the former governor; and a section of the land at Ikoku spare parts market which is also housing another Hypercity and a filling station, belonging to Wike; among numerous others.
Said he, “The former Governor must be made to return all critical structures, properties and assets belonging to the State, which were taken over by him and you think people don’t see? Of course, everybody cannot be blind at all times.The Nigeria Civil Service Union and Rivers people are urging and encouraging the Executive Governor of Rivers State to without fear or favour institute a commission of inquiry to recover all these government critical assets including several others. If other Governors that ruled the State had converted government properties and assets to their personal belongings, what would have been left to manage the State?”
He also indicated that there is need for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to go after the former governor over financial allegations bordering on corruption against him, in the same way as the commission is making frantic efforts to arrest the former Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello, after declaring him wanted.
“If the EFCC could declare the immediate past Governor of Kogi State wanted, just a few months after he left office, then, it should not turn a blind eye in the case of Rivers State over all the financial allegations against the immediate past governor, who was covered by immunity; and the EFCC operatives were chasing after an ordinary messenger who was carrying out his master’s instructions then. We want to know if they have more explanations to give Rivers people for letting down their guard over the matter? We are waiting to hear”, he said.
Osumah wondered why Wike has decided to be a hindrance and a cog in the wheel to the zeal and determination by Governor Fubara to truly develop the State, contrary to his earlier promise and assurance to labour leaders in the State before the March 18, 2023 governorship election that he was offering the governor as a gift to the Civil Service.
He said in less than one year in office, Governor Fubara has been able to address up to 80 percent of the problems and challenges facing civil servants in the State.
“Thank Almighty God that he gave us our own, who did not hesitate, on assumption of office by conducting promotions across board. It is not only that, he started employment in tertiary institutions and other sectors, while that of the core Civil Service is expected soon. The Governor has also gone ahead to embark on several people-oriented projects which I cannot enumerate all here.But the only sin he has committed against the immediate past governor is that he refused to share the Rivers State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). He refused it to be shared and taken away, instead of expending it on people-oriented projects, which he was elected to give Rivers people.This he is doing rather than allowing the IGR to sink into one greedy man’s purse and pocket, who took and acquired virtually all viable assets belonging to the whole State”, he said.
The labour leader recalled that the Civil Service during the administration of the former governor was comatose for eight years, as overheads were hardly paid; the State Secretariat Complex lacked attention, as it was without power supply and water; civil servants were never promoted; gratuities were never paid retirees; pensions payment was irregular; among other challenges.
According to him, the Fubara administration has painstakingly been attending to the challenges facing civil servants in the State in less than one year in office.
While calling on the workers to continue to reciprocate the good works of the present administration with their maximum and unalloyed support, Osumah expressed optimism that Governor Fubara would continue to put smiles on their faces.

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Rivers CP Harps On Role Of PCRC In Community Policing  …As Command Holds Workshop On National Security

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As part of efforts to equip its members on the new modem of policing, the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Rivers State Command, has held a one-day National Security Capacity Building workshop in the State.
The event which has as its theme ‘The Strategic Role Of The PCRC In An Evolving Policing System In Nigeria’, attracted participants from all the PCRC command in the State.
Speaking at the event, the State  Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, said that members of PCRC are essential in community policing and intelligent gathering, adding that their importance in crime fighting in the society can not be over-emphasized.
Disu said that the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had instructed Commissioners of Police across the states to ensure that they cooperate with members of PCRC in their various commands.
He noted that PCRC in Rivers State was exceptional, adding that the Police personnel work under undue stress.
The Police boss who delivered a lecture on the strategy and the role of PCRC, stated that when the IGP assumed office last year, he outlined the direction of the Nigeria Police in crime fighting.
He said that the IGP emphasized on community policing where the PCRC stands out, adding that in recent years, there have been various changes in the PCRC operations and responsibilities.
“The PCRC is a crucial bridge between the Police and the public. PCRC helps in improving Police accountability and transparency. It provides platform where citizens can complain.
“PCRC enhances intelligence gathering and information sharing between the Police and the public.They support crime prevention and community safety, facilitate conflict resolution between the Police and the community.
“It is clear that PCRC will continue to be essential component of evolving policing in Nigeria”, he stated.
In his address, the National Chairman of PCRC,  Alhaji Ibrahim Olaniyan commended CP Disu for his zero tolerance for crime and criminality in the State which, according to him, has made the State peaceful.
He also commended the executives of  PCRC in the State for the workshop, as well as the DPOs, Area Commanders and police personnel working in the State for their efforts, adding that doing police work in the State is like working in war zone.
“It is not easy. We thank IGP Egbetokun for posting an award winning CP to Rivers State. Criminals are now relocating from Rivers because with the CP, you cannot stay in the State.
Earlier, the Chairman of PCRC in Rivers State, Voke Emore, noted that the training workshop was essential to PCRC members so as to acquaint them with modern strategies of intelligence gathering and information sharing to the Police on activities of criminals.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of cheque of N250,000 to Mrs Peace Sunday, a widow of Inspector Sunday Baba killed by unknown persons.
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Rivers Begins 2nd Phase HPV Vaccination Today 

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The second phase of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination is billed to commence in Rivers State today, in all government-owned Primary Health Care facilities in the State.
Unlike the first phase, which took place across 16 states in Nigeria in October, 2023, the second phase will take place in 21 states and will run for five days.
In her address during a Stakeholders’ meeting, weekend, at Emohua council headquarters, the Medical Officer of Health, Emohua Local Government Area, Dr. Amalaya Deborah, said “HPV is a group of viruses that can infect the genital areas of both men and women”.
According to her, while many HPV infection go away on their own, certain strains of the virus can lead to more serious health issues, one of which is the most concerning outcome of persistent HPV infection, which is cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer, she explained, affects women globally, saying that, “our nation carries a heavy burden of cervical cancer cases, impacting the lives of our mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives.
“Nigeria has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer incidents in the world. This devastating disease not only affects the physical health of women, but also takes a toll on families, communities, and our society as a whole”.
Dr. Amalaya disclosed two modes or HPV transmission: through direct skin-to-skin contact, usually through sexual activity; and sexual intercourse, including virginal, anal, and oral sex.
In a recent presentation, the State Health Educator, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr. Diana Babbo, identified three protective and preventive measures for HPV.
“The best and most effective way to prevent HPV infection is through vaccination. Vaccines are available to protect against the most common and high-risk HPV strains that causes cancer and genital warts.
“The vaccine is typically recommended for pre-teens and young adults, ideally before they become sexually active.
“Nigeria has introduced a single dose HPV vaccine (Gardasil) into the routine immunization schedule to protect against the viral transmission “, she said.
Speaking to newsmen at the occasion, the Youth Programme Coordinator, Rivers of Hope and Humanitarian Initiative (ROHI), Abiola Taiwo, said, the main goal of the HPV vaccination is to reduce morbidity and mortality of cervical cancer by providing HPV vaccine to adolescents aged 9-14 years.
She explained that the event, christened “Rivers State Youths Vaccine Champion Big Event”, is being implemented by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) and Direct Consulting and Logistics (DCL), in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Women Advocate for Vaccine Access (WAVA), through a GAVI grant and executed by ROHI.
Taiwo, who stated that the target of the project is to vaccinate 95% of the people of Emohua within the given age bracket, called on parents and guardians to bring their children and wards to be vaccinated.
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RSG Urges Children To Speak Up, Defend Their Rights

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In commemoration of this year’s International Children’s Day, Nigerian children have been urged to speak up and defend their rights.
The Assistant Director, Department of Planning, Research and Statistics, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Dr. Alice Altride, gave this advice at an event organised by Christ Embassy, Port Harcourt, for school children to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration, ‘Empowering Young Minds’, Dr Altride urged children to always speak up, defend their rights and stand for truth and justice, saying there are laws that protect children’s rights.
According to her, “Rivers State Government has enacted laws promoting children’s rights, the awareness and sensitisation is ongoing, but it’s sad that some parents are still in denial.
“Rights of children include rights to life, education, good health, survival and development among others. Rivers State Government also practices inclusive education for the physically challenged, hence, there should be no discrimination.”
On his part, the Group Pastor, Christ Embassy City Centre Group, Port Harcourt Zone 1, Pastor Strong Daniel, charged children on the need to engage their minds with productive and positive things as these are keys to their successes in life.
Pastor Daniel, who was represented by the Zonal Director of the church, Pastor Amaechi Udeaku, advised children to meditate on the words of God and guard their hearts with all diligence.
“What you see and what you hear are determinants of what goes on in your mind, hence be careful of what you watch and what you listen to. You must empower your minds to be successful by thinking on right things, obey your parents, yield yourself to instructions, obey God’s words, then the sky is just the beginning”, he said.
He also charged teachers to teach the children Godly virtues as contained in the Bible so that when they are old, the virtues will not depart from them.
The pastor explained that the mission of Inner City Mission and the Children Arm of Christ Embassy Church was to reach out to indigents children, bring them out of the slum and empower them with God’s words.
“All of these is our own ways of extending the love of Christ to the people”, Pastor Daniel stressed.
Also speaking, the Programme Director and Educationist, Rita Daniel Strong, described the theme as apt, noting that the children are tomorrow’s leaders and deserve to be empowered with God’s words to enable them have positive mindsets.
‘It all starts from the mind, if our younger ones can harness their thoughts and work on their minds, they will fulfil their goals in life because they will be able to use their minds positively”, she said.
A keynote speaker and Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Architects, Rivers State Chapter, Arc. Toku Fiberesima, enlightened students on who an Architect is and why it is important for them to take up Architecture as a career.
Speaking on the topic: ‘The Role of an Architect’, Fiberesima said: “Architecture is an integral part of our lives, without an Architect, there will be no where to live. With an Architect, we are able to build our cities, schools, markets, airports, among others.”
Highlights of the events include Bible quiz and Spelling Bee competition and debates.
At the end of the keenly contested competitions, the following schools: Dayton Model College, Noble Learning Int. School, Beryl Brooks Premier School, Readon Int. School, St. Maria Goretti Int’l School, Divine Anteo School, and Increase Int’l School went home with cash gifts and stationery materials.
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