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RIMA Set To Disburse Loan To Over 500 Small Businesses In Rivers

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The authorities of Rivers State Micro Finance Agency say over 500 small scale businesses in Rivers State are set to receive N4 billion loan set aside by the Rivers state government to enhance business activities in the State.
In an interview ,the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rivers State Micro Finance Agency ( RIMA), Pastor Jonathan Tobin described the gesture as one of the monumental achievements of Governor Fubara-led administration within one year in office
Tobin said during the pre- qualification exercise, 2,000 Rivers business men and women valued at N1.26 billion were captured.
He hinted that in the course of the verification, some persons were disqualified bordering on impersonation ,wrong information, saying the disbursement of the loan shall be a continuous exercise.
He said in the next six months, economic activities in the oil – rich State shall re-vibrate astronomically.
He asserted that the Rivers State Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank of Industry where the Rivers State Government shall provide N2billion while the latter will provide N2billion.
He said by this singular gesture, Governor Fubara had demonstrated his determination and interest to lift Rivers State and its indigenes out of poverty.
Tobin said emphatically that Governor Fubara has come to teach Rivers people how to fish and not giving them fish, reason being that if you give them fish, tomorrow they will keep coming ,but if you teach them how to fish, they will be self-reliant and will never come to you again.
“Most of the governments think that giving people palliatives is the solution. Teach them how to fish just as Rivers State Governor is doing. That will break the yoke of poverty in my 33 years of doing government work and having interacted with most Governors, Governor Fubara is unique. He has a listening ear, discusses with you and even allows you to sit down and argue with him. While talking with him, you will realise you are talking to an individual who is divinely motivated to work for the interest of Rivers people. I thank God He had given me an opportunity to work for Rivers people. I am giving it all my experience, contacts and strength, ,bringing everything to bear on it to ensure the assignment is successful. I have followed Governor Fubara’s progress from Christmas gift to civil servants; promotions to workers including local government workers; employment to both teachers and non-teaching staff; commissioning of landmark projects; and putting facilities to work.
He is an answer to prayers of Rivers people .He has the heart of a leader and father. Governor Fubara is on an assignment to salvage Rivers State. I urge Rivers people to give him total support and assistance to deliver on the assignment God had given him. As a pastor, the Bible says, when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice. This is exactly what is happening to Rivers people and people are happy because the administration of Governor Fubara is touching their lives. I have no doubt that after the first one year, Rivers people will realise that a man of vision and purpose is in charge. It is going to be novel. Every Rivers indigene shall take a quiet moment to reflect on the past regimes, if we are honest to ourselves. I expect all hands to be on deck to support him to move Rivers State to the next level and stop the bickering by some persons. No programme of God that the devil does not challenge. The distraction from satanic forces cannot stand because when light appears, darkness must surely flee. The light of God has shone in Rivers State and forces of darkness must bow. Development is predicated on peace and progress. I believe that with Governor Fubara, Rivers people will see the next level of monumental development.”

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Hypertension Kills Millions Of People Globally – Commissioner

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adaeze Oreh, has stated that hypertension is a silent killer that affects millions of people globally.
Dr. Oreh, who stated this last Friday in Port Harcourt, while addressing newsmen during the commemoration of the 2024 World Hypertension Day, noted that an estimated 46 percent of adults with hypertension are unaware that they have the condition.
“Less than half of adults (42 percent) with hypertension are diagnosed and treated with the disease. It is a major risk factor for health disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions, which many persons are not aware of”, she said.
While emphasising on this year’s theme, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, and Live Longer”, the Commissioner stressed the need for accurate measurement of blood pressure to control hypertension, especially in low and middle income areas.
According to her, a systematic review with analysis conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018, indicates that while the prevalence of hypertension is 37.2 percent, that of heart disease was about 27 percent.
She further noted that report from WHO shows that about 1.28billion adults (30-79 years) globally are living with hypertension.
The Commissioner, however, urged citizens of the State “to take control of their health, and prioritise regular blood pressure screening, promote healthy lifestyle choices to avoid cases of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other related health conditions that could lead to instant death”.

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Rivers Crisis: Group Urges Media To Advocate Peace

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The Manager, Peace Building Foundation for Partnership Initiative in Niger Delta, (PIND), Dr David Udofia, has advised media practitioners to be advocates of peace in the face of Rivers political crisis.
Udofia gave the advice during a meeting between PIND and the Step-Up Media for Women Initiative (SWIJ), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in Port Harcourt.
PIND is also an NGO that promotes peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region through strategic partnership and collaboration.
The PIND boss said the organisation is open to ideas, partnerships and collaboration in order to work towards creating positive impact within the region.
He also said for peace to reign and economic activities to strive in the region, the two pillars must move together.
According to him, when there is peace, there is transformation for economic development and the economic development can also foster peace.
Udofia urged media practitioners to continue to play a significant role to ensure that the political crisis in the state did not escalate through their reportage.
He said under the peace building programme pillars, the organisation had two mega projects, which were Partners for Peace and Integrated Peace and Peace Development Unit.
According to him, PIND works within the peace building programme to create enabling environment for socio-economic and political activities to thrive in the region and also for media practitioners to move and work freely in the state, noting that PIND had at least 11,000 peace actors across the region within the peace building programme.
“Recently, we carried out intervention activities in four states against specific headers-farmers crisis in Delta, Ondo, Cross River and Edo States.
“We also had trainings in an early warning and early response platform unique to PIND”, Udofia said.
He gave assurance that PIND would partner with SWIJ, having seen that its work fell in line with the PIND’s core values, which centred on sustainability, mentorship, integrity, transparency and accountability.
“We will collaborate with your organisation to change the narratives in the region, especially as it affects women and girls in the region”, he said.
Earlier, the Executive Director of SWIJ, Mrs Ann Godwin, said the aim of the visit was to collaborate with PIND to further the groups’ objectives towards peace building, women empowerment and equitable economic development in the region.
Godwin said SWIJ had observed with interest, the programmes and policies of PIND in promoting, training and empowering women and deemed it necessary to collaborate with the organisation to amplify the voices of women, build their capacity and change the narratives on gender-based issues.
She further said that SWIJ, as an organisation that promotes excellence among women and girls, also focuses on issues of gender mainstreaming as one of its core values.
She argued that the era of gender disparity, when women were relegated to the back stage, was over.
According to her, there is a phenomenal rise of African Women, who are making great impact in different sectors of the economy.
She expressed optimism that the collaboration with PIND would engender richer impacts among women and girls in the region.

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Governor Fubara Must Succeed – Monarch

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The Eze Mbam Abali, Eze Christopher Wonodi, has said Governor Siminalayi Fubara must succeed because he has come to work for Rivers people.
He, therefore, urged Rivers people to give their full supports to the Governor.
Eze Wonodi, who is also the Eze Risiohia of Rebisi Kingdom, said this in an interview with newsmen at his palace in Port Harcourt.
The Second Class traditional ruler, who was reacting to the numerous projects earmarked for commissioning and flag-off as part of the one year anniversary of the Governor, said Governor Fubara must succeed because he has come to work for the people of Rivers State.
“We thank God first and foremost that we are all living to see today and seeing what is happening in our State, the kind of peaceful Governor that God has given to us.
“Since he has come to work for Rivers people, it is a must that he must succeed”, he said.
The traditional ruler stressed the need for all hands to be on deck with a view to making the Governor succeed.
“Every hands should be on deck to support him to do the work which he has come to do so that Rivers State will be lifted once more”, he said.
He particularly praised the Governor for his peaceful disposition to issues, adding that this will surely attract investors into the State as no investor will want to invest in any place where there is no peace.
“Again, in areas of development, socially and economically, the Governor is doing everything to promote and make our State viable for everyone, so let us put our hands together to see that he moves on”, he stated.
Eze Wonodi also praised the Governor for restoring peace to Port Harcourt City and tackling the incessant traffic congestion in the city.
He said the people of Port Harcourt City and the entire Rebisi Kingdom will continue to support Governor Fubara to succeed.

By: John Bibor

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