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HYPREP Trains 300 Ogonis On Business Proposal Dev

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The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has trained 300 Ogoni graduates and undergraduates on business proposal development as a way of expanding their capacity and empowering them to be worthy ambassadors of the Ogoni clean-up.
HYPREP dropped this hint during a three-day business proposal development workshop which was anchored by a Ghanaian expert and Synergy Impact Consult, Mr Delasi Frank Amable, at the NAFOWA multipurpose hall, Air Force Base, Port Harcourt, recently.
The event attracted enthusiastic Ogoni youths, HYPREP officials, and renowned experts, including Prof Ibisime Etela.
The Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Prof Deinibarini Zabbey, said, in his opening remarks that the workshop was targeted at Ogoni youths as a way of empowering them and expanding their capacity on proposal writing.
According to him, the workshop is a HYPREP initiative for providing alternative livelihoods to the hydrocarbon-impacted communities of Ogoniland, and a continuation of its commitment to empowering the youths of Ogoniland, following the success of the career enhancement and employability workshop held in April, earlier this year.
“I understand your participation and discussions in WhatsApp groups created for mentorship at the career enhancement and employability workshop have been robust and inspiring.This follow-up workshop is being held to expand your capacity and that of other Ogonis within your network”, he said.
Zabbey further indicated that HYPREP believed in the immense potential of Ogoni youths, stressing that its vision is to provide them with the necessary tools, knowledge and skills to turn that potential into real opportunities for their advancement.
He said the business proposal development workshop was designed to do just that by equipping them with practical knowledge on writing various proposals; sourcing funds; and obtaining scholarships for further studies and investments.
According to him, in today’s competitive world, the ability to write a compelling proposal can open many doors.
“It is important to note that whether you are seeking to fund a start-up, a community project or your education, the power of a well-crafted proposal cannot be overstated; a good proposal is a bridge between your innovative ideas and the resources needed to bring them to life”, he said.
The Project Coordinator hinted that the workshop would cover several key areas and unveil improved strategies for the participants’ application like Understanding the Essentials of Business Proposals; Grant Writing Techniques; Sourcing/Accessing Funds; and Effective Strategies for Scholarship Applications.
He said the facilitators for the workshop were experts with years of experience in local and international contexts, who would bring a wealth of knowledge and more, that would be invaluable, adding that HYPREP would continue to support the participants, to answer their questions and to provide the guidance they need.
“Remember, the skills you acquire today will not only help you in your aspiration and professional endeavours, but will also contribute to the broader development of Ogoniland and the nation. We believe that your success leads to the overall success of HYPREP”, Zabbey stated.
He, therefore, urged the participants to fully engage with the workshop and also be positive in the pursuit of their goals.
The project coordinator further enjoined them to be worthy ambassadors of the Ogoni clean-up, and stand up against vandalism and theft of HYPREP facilities in Ogoniland, saying, “Preach the message of peace and embrace civic education and environmental stewardship”.
Zabbey told newsmen in an interview that the participants who were selected from the four Ogoni Local Government Areas of Rivers State, were undergraduates in their penultimate and final years in tertiary institutions and fresh graduates, who graduated one to three years ago.
He disclosed that in selecting the participants, HYPREP took into consideration its policy thrust of inclusion, both the gender and social dimension of it, saying, “It is a good mix. It is quite encouraging”.
He said, “having interacted with some of the participants, they are brilliant, determined and resilient people”.
The workshop facilitator, Mr Delasi Frank Amable, drilled the participants on varied topics such as Programme Proposal Vs Academic Proposal; Linking the Proposal with Logical Framework Matrix; Context Analysis; Mind Mapping; Problem and Solution Analysis; and Risks Assessment; among others.

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Okrika CTC Flags Off Business Support Scheme For Women, Others

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The Chairman of Caretaker Committee of Okrika Local Government Council, Hon Princess Ibiene Ogan, has rolled out a business support scheme to empower the women and other vulnerable persons in the LGA.
The scheme, which is under the Concerned About Prosperity (CAP) initiative of the administration, will benefit over 1,000 indigenes of Okrika and strangers living in the area.
Flagging off the scheme at Okrika, Hon Ogan said the programme was in fulfilment of her promise to roll back poverty in the area.
She explained that the CAP was unveiled to give Okrika a facelift, especially in the areas of poverty alleviation, security and the provision of educational support to indigent students of the area.
According to her, the committee had before now embarked on free medical outreaches to communities in the LGA.
Ogan also said the programme was inline with Governor Fubara’s programme of putting Rivers people first in the scheme of things.
She urged the people to give their massive support to the Governor, stressing that the administration of Governor Fubara needs the support of the people to succeed.
In his exhortation, the Bishop, Diocese of Okrika Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia, urged the people to remember the Biblical counsel of never neglecting the days of little beginning.
He said the amount involved in the scheme might not be so much, but it beholves on them to invest and improve themselves.
The cleric also commended the CTC chairperson for her passion towards uplifting the conditions of the poor and down trodden in the area.
Also speaking, the leader of the Simplified Movement in Okrika LGA, Madam Better Dede, said the caretaker committee chairperson has broken the jinx as far as women’s political emancipation is concerned in Okrika.
She also commended Hon Princess Ogan for the empowerment programme which covers over 1,000 people from the different wards in the area.
On his part, Elder George Ottah thanked the chairperson for coming to the rescue of the poor in the area.
Ottah, who decried the high rate of poverty in the area, said the scheme will go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
Also speaking, a physically challenged beneficiary of the scheme, Tamuno Iyowuna Oba, thanked the council for the opportunity given to physically challenged persons to benefit.
Other beneficiaries also thanked the council for including them .

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Peace Advocates Seek End To Political Crisis In Rivers

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The International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA), Rivers State, has called on various political actors in the ongoing crisis in Rivers State to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace and development of the State.
The Rivers State Director of the association, Ambassador Juliet Nwokocha, who said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, also commended the State Governor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara for toeing the path of peace despite several provocations.
Nwokocha noted that the ongoing political crisis is not in the interest of the development of the state.
The peace Ambassador, who linked the crisis to varied interests, said the only way out is for the parties to sheathe their swords and come for round table discussions with the view to resolving the problem once and for all.
“We have noticed that for some time now there is a kind of unrest, agitations of different interest and we do not find that it is working because peace that is supposed to be the primary goal of every body is no longer in place.
“So, we want to make a bold statement that our association respect all constituted authorities.
“We are requesting that people should respect constituted authorities whether the police, whether the Governor”, she said.
Nwokocha said peace should be the primary goal of anyone agitating for one thing or the other, adding that the interest of the state and its people should be given consideration by all the political actors in the state.
She also traced the problem to interest, saying, “What I think is just varied interests. That is what we have seen. Different interests and different aspirations. If the interest is a common one, we will not have agitations we are having right now.
“We are requesting that they sheathe their sword and go into dialogue, from dialogue a resolution can be reached midway to ensure that it is fair to all the parties”, she said.
Also speaking, Ambassador Ufoma N’light, Deputy Director, International Association of World Peace Advocate, Rivers State, said the crisis has portrayed Rivers State in bad light before the international community.
He said the sooner the key actors in the crisis sheathe their sword, the better for the State.

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Council Boss Hails Fubara Over Zonal Hospital Inspection

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The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Khana Local Government Council, Rivers State, Amb Marvin Yobana, has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara for embarking on Bori zonal hospital inspection, saying he is a man of his words.
He commended Governor Fubara for keeping to his promise of completing the construction of the Bori Zonal Hospital. He said the visit of the Governor has given hope to the people of Khana Local Government for a speedy completion of the project, adding that when completed, the people of South East Senatorial District which includes Khana, Gokana, Tai, Eleme, Andoni, Opobo/Nkoro and Oyigbo will no longer go to Port Harcourt for medical treatment.
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Khana, Amb. Marvin Yobana stated this during the inauguration of political appointees for various positions in the LGA.
Yobana charged the appointees to be good ambassadors of the LGA, government of Rivers State and the state at large.
The ceremony which took place at Bori, headquarters of the LGA was well attended by members of Simplified Movement and also sons and daughters of the area.
During the inauguration, the council boss promised to meet with Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company, PHED to provide electricity supply for people of the area to boost businesses and expand revenue generation.
Yobana, who reiterated his decision on dissolution of all revenue collection committees in the LGA appointed by the previous administration, and warned them against parading themselves as council revenue collectors.
He used the opportunity to announce the cancellation of revenue collection in all markets in Khana Local Government Area due to the council for the period of three months.
The council chairman revealed that in the coming days, he will set up neighbours watch security outfit to support the security architect in the area.
He promised to increase the stipend of security agencies, to boost their morale in providing adequate security for people of the area and also provide security vehicles to aid their operations.
He also extended an olive branch to hoodlums operating on the Ogoni axis of the East West road and other parts of Khana Local Government Area to turn over a new leaf, adding that his administration will not hesitate to declare them personal non-grata if they fail to change.
Yobana noted that in the coming days, he will be having meeting with Road Transport Union of Nigeria including Okada Riders Association to discuss modalities on reducing revenue due to the council.
Some of those inaugurated include, Secretary of Council, Grace Inayor, Nwineemanah Kinakah, Assistant Secretary to the Chairman and Alfred Letam as Chief of Staff.

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