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Don Charges Retirees On Investment In Agriculture, Real Estate 

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A lecturer at the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (KENPOLY), Rivers State, Dr Stanley Diepiriye Davies, has charged Civil Servants in the institution to invest in Agriculture and real Estates management before and during retirement than invest in frivolous ventures.
 He stated this while delivery a lecture at a One-Day Workshop for all Non-Teaching Staff of the Polytechnic organised by the institution.
Davies, who lectures in the Accountancy Department, called on Civil Servants to prepare physically, financially and physiologically for retirement.
He admonished would be retirees to prepare for their retirement than buying clothes and lands in rural areas that do not have economic values.
The lecturer, who described retirement as a withdrawal from a profession, Service and occupation, advised retirees to invest wisely for the future.
According to him, a Civil Servant may retire from active service voluntarily, Statutorily or on medical condition, noting that staff retirement is necessary and unavoidable.
Another Lecturer, Dr. Edwin Dapp, who Delivered  a lecture with the theme, “Effective Time Management”, admonished teaching and non-teaching staff of KENPOLY to make judicious use of their time
Describing time as a period allotted to a person for productivity, Dappa said, time is precious to life, saying that time do not reduce quality or reduce quantity.
He called on staff of the Polytechnic to ensure corporate time at their workplace
Earlier, the Registrar of the school, Dr. Emmanuel Onwuka, said the workshop was conceived to reintroduce staff to the work ethics of the Polytechnic which, he said, has been ignored for some time.
Onwuka said the reorientation is aimed at giving the entire non-teaching staff a new sense of belonging in the chemistry of administrative knowledge.
“When the right tool of instruction is given to a staff, he will enjoy job satisfaction which will in turn lead to greater productivity”, he said.
He charged the staff to take their work seriously, avoid act of indiscipline, and avoid disloyalty to constituted authority
“Take your work seriously and avoid any act of indiscipline and disloyalty to constituted authority. Come to work regularly and carry out your duties diligiently as there will be zero tolerance for abseetism”, he said.
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HYPREP Project Coordinator Restates Commitment To Ogoni Clean-Up

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The Project Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Prof Nenibarini Zabbey, says he remains committed to the active and timely implementation of the Ogoni clean-up, and assures that the project will continue to be accountable, transparent, and people-centric.
Zabbey made this statement following his reinstatement by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as conveyed in a State House press release issued by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Chief Ajuri Ngelale.
According to the statement,”The President reached the decision (to reinstate the HYPREP Project Coordinator) following a performance review of the HYPREP Project Coordinator and concluded that he is fit to discharge his functions following the regulations guiding the execution of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP)”.
The Project Coordinator thanked President Tinubu for reinstating him and commended the President for his unwavering commitment to accelerating the implementation of the Ogoni clean-up as articulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda.
He assured to continue to drive the clean-up process with renewed vigour, passion, and zest toward meeting stakeholders’ expectations to deliver a world-class project that meets the best standards.
Zabbey added that he is not unaware of the eagerness of stakeholders and communities to see a speedy and quality completion of several HYPREP projects in Ogoniland.
These include the construction of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration (CEER), the Ogoni Specialist Hospital and Buan Cottage Hospital, the Ogoni Power Project, the provision of potable water, sustainable livelihood programmes, remediation of oil-impacted land and shoreline sites, and mangrove restoration.
He stressed that, in line with HYPREP’s strategic policy of inclusivity, the Project would continue to carry out robust stakeholder engagement to constantly get community buy-in and inclusivity.
He noted that increased communication with critical stakeholders of the Project would be deployed, and he thanked the Ogoni community for their support and ownership of the clean-up.
While acknowledging the support of stakeholders for the Project, Zabbey urged them to keep faith, saying his “eyes are on the ball to deliver on HYPREP’s mandate of a cleaner Ogoni environment and a better human development index”.

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Commissioner Lauds Women Farmers Over Visit

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon Prince Charles Beke, has described the visit of the Nigeria Women for Agricultural Progressive Development Initiative (NWADPI), Rivers State Chapter, as a renewed hope.
Prince Beke made the declaration when the State Coordinator of the Association, Farmer Ngozi Ajayi, and her executive members visited him in his office in Port Harcourt.
The Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the ideas of NWADPI, which, he said, is a clarion call to all Nigerian women to return to farm despite the harsh economic situation in the country, especially Rivers State.
According to him, their ideology “is in consonance with the blueprint of the administrative mantra of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, in the state to revamp the agriculture sector in order to cushion food scarcity in the state.
The Association, he noted, is in the right track of returning agriculture as the major occupation of Nigeria, noting that the women in Nigeria are the real farmers when it comes to agriculture.
He urged the leadership of NWADPI to seek audience with the state Commissioner for Agriculture to help them fast track some of their objectives, adding that as God has given him the opportunity to oversee the affairs of the 23 Local Government in the state, he promised to assist them have a Link with Total, NDDC and other sectors that are into Agriculture to enable them advance their goal of ensuring that there is food on the table of every household in the state.
The Commissioner adviced the association on their request for acquisition of land, to liaise with the Community Development Committee in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state through the local Government council to help them lease or acquire land for the association to farm, and also encouraged them to register with Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Fadama to accelerate their quest.
Speaking, the State Coordinator, NWADPI, Rivers State Chapter, Farmer Ngozi Ajayi, thanked the Commissioner for the audience granted them despite his tight schedule.
She commended him for his zeal to partner and assist the association to champion its course.
Noting that the organization is six months old in Nigeria and have its Coordinators in the 774 Local Government Areas in the country, she stated that “all farmers group in Nigeria have not given the women a sense of belonging”, saying that the organization will help bridge the gap between the level of women farmers.
The State Coordinator further informed the Commissioner that the organization will be having its inauguration on 25th July, 2024 and appealed to the Hon. Commissioner be their guest, saying his presence “will rekindle hope for the organization and encourage the national body that Rivers State is ready to strive”.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of invitation letter to the Commissioner.

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Opposition Behind Khana Protest -Yobana

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Amb. Marvin Yobana, has accused the opposition of being the masterminds behind Wednesday’s protest in the local government.
Amb. Yobana, who made the allegation in a statement by his media team on Wednesday, said the protest by a handful of disgruntled youths over who becomes the next chairman of the local government was sponsored by anti-government elements and self-seeking politicians who do not mean well for the Council.
The CTC chairman, in a statement by his media team, on Wednesday, said that the choice of who becomes the next Chairman of the Council rests on the people, adding that he does not have a hand in it.
Amb. Yobana also denied marginalising any section of the local government area, let alone intimidating anybody with security agencies.
He, therefore, called the people of Khana Local Government Area to be wary of self-seeking politicians who may want to cause problems in the area.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a scanty sponsored protest by a few youths claiming to be from Khana Local Government Area.
“Ordinarily as a Council, we are not supposed to respond to these unknown youths, but for the sake of clarifying the public.
“It is a known fact that the protest was masterminded by anti-government elements, political jobbers and self seeking politicians who do not mean well for the growth and development of Khana people and the entire LGA.
“The choice of who becomes the next Chairman of the Council lies on the people, and the CTC Chairman, Amb. Marvin Yobana, has no hand in it.
“It is also worthy of note that the CTC Chairman runs an open door policy and has never intimidated nor marginalized any youth of Khana LGA, talk less of using security agencies against them”
The Council boss, therefore, called on the general public to discountenance the malicious falsehood orchestrated by the sponsored protest.
He also urged the youths in the local government area to be peaceful, law abiding and support the developmental vision of the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara.
“We call on the genuine youths of Khana to be peaceful, law abiding and support the State Government led by the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, in order to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people of Khana LGA.
“We also advise the general public to discountenance the malicious falsehood orchestrated by this sponsored protest”, he said.

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