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Lady Fubara Restates Rivers Support For President’s Programmes

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Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Lady Valerie Siminalayi Fubara has declared that the Rivers State Government will continue to support all good programmes and policies of the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government geared towards improving the lives of Rivers people.
Lady Fubara made the declaration while speaking to journalists after the flag off of the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP) by the wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday.
The wife of the Rivers State Governor, who is also the Renewed Hope Initiative Coordinator for Rivers State, described the flag off performed by the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Kashim Shettima, as a huge success.
Lady Fubara explained that the beneficiaries of the programme from Rivers State have already been supported by the President’s wife with N10million fund to boost their agro businesses.
She said, “The programme was a success, and I say a very big thank you to our mother, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who was fully represented by the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Kashim Shetima.
“The farmers in Rivers State were present and they will receive the cheque of N10million handed over to me as the State Coordinator for onward disbursement to the 20 beneficiaries to support them in their agricultural projects”, she said.
Lady Fubara spoke of the importance of the Renewed Hope Initiative of the First Lady, which long term benefit will impact on all and sundry.
She noted that it was for that reason that the Rivers State Government has always supported the programme of the First Lady aimed at empowering women and curtailing food shortage in the country.
“As the First Lady has rightly said, she is of the opinion that the monies being given to the farmers be utilized for the agricultural projects to empower the women, to help reduce shortage of food in Nigeria.
“This is why the Rivers State Government is always in support of the Renewed Hope Initiative of the First Lady, because it is a programme that is going to be beneficial to all and sundry.
“So, Rivers State women, of which I am the Coordinator, will support the programme to its fullest, and whatever is needed to improve the lives of our people, the Rivers State Government is fully in support of it”, she declared.
Earlier, wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, had launched the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP) in the South-South geo-political zone and Renewed Hope Initiative Financial Empowerment Support Programme for People with Disabilities Small Business Owners.
Addressing stakeholders at the event, the wife of the President, who is also the National Chairman of Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), announced the support of N500,000 each for 20 women farmers in each of the South-South states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Cross River.
Represented by the wife of the Vice President and National Vice Chairman, RHI, Hajia Nana Kashim Shettima, Senator Tinubu noted that the Initiative is committed to supporting women farmers, cognizance of President Tinubu administration’s recognition of the important role agriculture plays in achieving sustainable development and ensuring food sufficiency.
“The administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recognises the important role agriculture plays in achieving sustainable development and ensuring food sufficiency in the nation.
“Therefore, the Renewed Hope Initiative’s commitment to supporting women farmers nationwide aligns with the broad national agenda to strengthen the agriculture sector.
“Today, we are supporting 20 women farmers per state in the South-South zone with the sum of N500,000 each. To this end, a draft of N10million per state for the South-South zone will be handed over to the First Ladies of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers states, who are also Renewed Hope Initiative State Coordinators for onward disbursement to all beneficiaries in their respective states”, she said.
According to Senator Tinubu, “the flagging off of the Renewed Hope Initiative Agricultural Support Programme for the South-South zone is in fulfilment of our promise to continue to promote the women folk, particularly farmers across the nation.”
She noted that “currently, this programme has been successfully held in all the five geo-political zones, namely North-Central in Plateau State, North-East in Borno State, North-West in Kebbi State, South-East in Imo State, and South-West in Ogun State. I commend the dedication of the beneficiaries in these zones, and it is my trust that very soon, we will begin to reap bountiful harvests.”
The wife of the President hinted that the RHI will be collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to empower potential farmers while also carrying along already identified women farmers in the 36 states.
She also implored the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to grow their businesses and contribute to the nation’s food production while also serving as role models for others.
“In a short while, the RHI will be collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to empower potential farmers in these states. 70 percent of the beneficiaries will be young female farmers, while 25 percent will be for our young male farmers. They will be all specially identified, trained and empowered.
“Also, the pre-identified 80 women farmers in each state for our agricultural support programme will be carried alone.
“I want to urge our women farmers who are receiving support today to seize this opportunity to extend their agricultural ventures, contribute to local and national food production and serve as role models for others aspiring to join the agricultural sector”, she said.
She also announced the empowerment of 100 people with disabilities with the sum of N100,000 each in Akwa Ibom State to recapitalize their existing businesses.
According to her, “Given the mood of today, we have decided to have a twin events. The Renewed Initiative Social Investment Programme, will be empowering 100 persons with disability small business owners in Akwa Ibom State with the sum of N100,000 each to recapitalize their existing businesses. All pre-selected recipients of the grant will receive the funds today through our Renewal Hope Initiative Coordinator for Akwa Ibom State, Pastor (Mrs) Patience Umo Eno.”
In his goodwill message, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, thanked the wife of the President for her humanitarian disposition through of the RHI that had impacted vulnerable groups across the country financially, with 250 elderly persons in Akwa Ibom benefiting N100,000 each.
Governor Eno said the State Government has so far supported and adopted the initiative by launching the ARISE Initiative for the Elderly, which elders from the 369 wards in the state, especially the vulnerable ones, are given N50,000 each to take care of their needs, especially foods and medicines.
In her welcome address, the wife of the Akwa Ibom State Governor and State Coordinator of Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), Pastor Patience Umo Eno, who noted the challenges women in agriculture face, including limited access to resources, land and poor education, described the programme as crucial step towards a more inclusive and sustainable society.
She commended the wife of the President for empowering women in agriculture and supporting individuals with disabilities, a development she observed promotes equality and leads to innovation and diversity.
Also speaking, the wife of the Bayelsa State Governor and Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), South-South Zonal Chairman, Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Douye Diri, said the programmes of RHI were a paradigm shift from the usual, making lasting positive impacts across six geo-political zones of the country.
She noted that, “No doubt, the farming tools, inputs and cash grants will boost economic growth and stimulate new horizons for all the beneficiaries towards enhancing and achieving food availability and sufficiency in South-South zone”.
Highlight of the event was the symbolic presentation of cheques to the wives of the South-South States’ Governors and Renewed Hope Initiative State Coordinators, and empowerment grants to some beneficiaries of persons with disabilities business recapitalization grant in Akwa Ibom by wife of the President.
The event was attended by wives of the governors of Rivers – Lady Valerie Siminalayi Fubara; Bayelsa – Dr (Mrs) Gloria Douye Diri; Delta – Deaconess Tubore Oborewvori; Akwa Ibom – Pastor Patience Umo Eno; Edo – Dr (Mrs) Betsy Obaseki; and Cross River – Rev (Mrs) Eyoanwan Bassey Otu.
Others are wives of governors of Imo – Barrister Chioma Uzodimma; Osun – Titilola Adeleke; and Ogun – Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun.

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RSU Holds Orientation Programme For 2,650 Postgraduate Students

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The management of Rivers State University (RSU), Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, has held a one-day orientation seminar for 2,650 newly admitted Postgraduate students for the 2023/2024 academic session.
The aim of the orientation was to educate and acquaint the students with the various activities, programmes, rules and protocols governing the university.
Speaking at the programme held at the Convocation Arena of the institution, recently, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Nlerum Okogbule, stressed the importance of orientation programme in every society, adding that the event was organised to let them understand how the university works.
Okogbule, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Valentine O. Pepple, said that the orientation would afford the students the opportunity to know what the university expects from them including the rules and regulations of the institution.
The VC, while giving insight on the post graduate studies, disclosed that PhD programme is for three years, masters degree two years, while PGD is run for one year except for engineering courses that are for two years.
He urged them to be good students and take their studies very serious in order to enable them graduate at the approved year of their courses of studies even as he congratulated them for their successful admission.
Also speaking at the event, the Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Tamunomi Kingdom Abam, said that the orientation became imperative because many of the students were new comers from other institutions hence, the need to acquaint them with the operations of the institution.
He urged them to be focused with their studies even as they engage with their supervisors and try not to forget the reasons why they are in the university.
“Some came for carrier enhancement, some for change of programmes and some because they have a challenge they want to investigate and we pray they achieve it.
“It is achievable because we have been in the field for many years and we know where the pains and hurdles are, and that informed the orientation to make the road very easy so that they can not make the mistakes of others in the past”, he stated.
Our correspondent reports that the students were drilled on various topics which include university administration procedures, school fees payment and procedures, students welfare, security tips in the campus, zero tolerance on sexual harassment and post graduate registration and related matters, among others.

Akujobi Amadi

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Sacked Amaewhule-Led Rivers Assembly Lawmakers Accuse Wike Of Betrayal

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In a controversial twist of events in the political crisis in Rivers State, it has been reported that an internal strife has engulfed the camp of former Governor of the State and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The Tide gathered from a source close to the lawmakers that they said the FCT Minister manoeuvered them into taking a drastic decision for their personal interest, saying he misled them.
However, it was learnt that the crux of their grievance lies in Wike’s directive for them to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), a move they claimed he spearheaded without following due process.
The aggrieved sacked Assembly members, branded as illegal due to unresolved legal disputes surrounding their positions, have openly accused Wike of political betrayal.
According to their statements, this directive from Wike has “left them politically handicapped, irrevalant, exposed and vulnerable”, as they now face backlash without the promised support.
This development, our correspondent gathered, has sparked a significant rift within the political structure of Nyesom Wike.
Analysts are already saying that this impending political crisis could reshape the dynamics between the FCT Minister and the sacked Assembly members, leading to potential realignments and power shifts.
Pundits have said as the situation unfolds, the implications for both the FCT Minister and the broader political hope of the sacked Rivers Assembly members remains uncertain.
They said the fallout may challenge Wike’s political strategy and influence, while also testing the peace and stability of the factional All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State led by Chief Tony Okocha, highly believed to be one of Wike’s political stooge.
It is becoming apparent that in the coming days, all eyes will be on how these internal conflicts will be managed and whether any reconciliation or further fragmentation would occur.

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NDDC Warns Pregnant Women Against Malaria Scourge Celebrates 2024 World Malaria Day

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has called on mothers, especially pregnant women, to treat malaria as a dreaded scourge that must be nipped in the bud.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NDDC, Mr Samuel Ogbuku, gave this advice during the celebration of the 2024 World Malaria Day at Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State at the weekend.
Although the World Malaria Day is internationally celebrated on every 25th of April, the NDDC boss said the commission decided to celebrate the event in Ogu/Bolo LGA a month later in order to create awareness and drum support against the dreaded scourge.
Ogbuku, who was represented by Dr Asela Agala, stressed the need for the people of Ogu/Bolo to take good advantage of the awareness and malaria drugs given to them.
He said that the Ogu/Bolo World Malaria Day celebration was in collaboration with the former NDDC director, Boma Iyalla, with a view to bringing malaria treatment to his people.
Also speaking, a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), Dr George Ela, highlighted some precautionary measures to be taken by pregnant women against malaria.
According to him, “pregnant women must sleep under insecticide mosquito treated nets; they must take preventive therapy also known as intermittent therapy for malaria which is done with the use of sulphurous paramintamin, that is the drug commonly known as Fansidar. This is giving once every four weeks to pregnant women within their first four months of pregnancy until they deliver.”
Dr Ela further advised pregnant women who were tested positive of malaria by the team of doctors deployed to Ogu/Bolo to get proper malaria treatment, warning that malaria not properly treated can cause a lot of harm to pregnant women.
“Those who actually come down with malaria must go and receive treatment, they must go to the hospital and be properly treated because sometimes malaria can cause miscarriage, death of the baby inside the womb, because the immunity of pregnant women is lower, so they are very vulnerable to malaria attacks. That is why they must do everything possible to prevent malaria by treating it under special medical supervision”, he advised.
The lecturer added that non-pregnant women also need all the measures mentioned against malaria, saying environmental sanitation is also key to healthy living.
“People must avoid throwing waste inside drainages to enable the drainage system flow easily. Our environment must be kept clean as dirty environment makes it possible for you to have water receptacles where mosquitoes breed and then go into people’s houses to bite them and transmit the mosquito germs.”, he warned.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to our correspondent commended the NDDC and Iyalla for the awareness and free treatment.
They noted that the awareness and free diagnosis of many women by the NDDC has made many of them to know their malaria status.

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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