Displaced Street Traders Devise New Strategies

Street traders dislodged by the Rivers State Taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Motor Parks have adopted new strategies for survival.

The traders now would approach passersby asking them what they want to buy.

A potential customer is dragged to where the traders hide their wares, close to their original trading points and try to convince him to buy.

At Slaughter in Trans Amadi, one of these traders approached this reporter, saying he wanted to show him something very important. The reporter inquisitively followed him and was taken to an attachment shop where variety of shirts, boxers, singlets and neckties were displayed.

He told the reporter that the Taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Motor Parks had made selling difficult for them, stressing that in order to survive; they had to beg passersby to come to their hiding spots and patronize them.

 “Despite that I don’t make much sales through this method, I will continue to manage it until God provides something better for me. I will not go stealing”, he told our reporter.

At Rumuokoro, a young man approached our reporter and asked if he wanted quality wristwatches. Before the reporter could respond, the young man brought a gold wristwatch from his pocket and asked him to follow him and see things for himself. The reporter followed him to the back of the Anglican Church at Rumuokoro where he opened a box containing assorted wristwatches.

Investigations reveal that displaced traders at Eliozu, Mile1, Mile3, Ikwerre road, Oil Mill, Rumuigbo and other areas have adopted these strategies in a bid to survive.

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Supermarket Donates Cash, Tools To Schools In Host Communities …In 25th Anniversary

The sum of ten million naira has been presented to the Rivers State Government for the provision of education materials and facilities to Primary and Secondary Schools in host communities by the Everyday Supermarket founder and Chief Executive Office, Dr. Charles Dimnwobi. Making the presentation at the 5th anniversary of the Supermarket and commissioning of its fourth outlet called the Eporium Super Centre located at the premise of the University of Port Harcourt in Choba in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of River State.

Dr. Dimnwobi said the business can be likened to the proverbial mustard seed and a miracle that was nurture with hardwork and diligence into a life of its own.

According to him, the Everyday Supermarket commenced business in 1994 and has metamorphosed into a respectable brand and leader in the retail business.

He commended the efforts of the Rivers State for government providing the online environment for business in the state to thrive explaining that the opening of the new outlet is a direct result of the support of the government to investors in the state.

Dimnwobi also expressed appreciation to the Choba community and the University of Port Harcourt stating that the idea was to provide modern environment and facilities to support the growth of business in the area.

The fonder stated that with the opening of the Uniport branch, the staff strength of the Everyday Supermarket has increased to over 500 employees.

Deputy Governor of the state, Dr/Mrs. Ipalobo Henry, who represented Governor Nyesom Wike at the occasion, commended the Everyday group for investing in the state, adding that the state government has provided the conducive environment to encourage investors to the state to thrive.

Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale expressed the support of the institution in ensuring that businesses around the universities were protected to offer the needed services to the community.

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FG Approves Science, Technical Colleges For 16 States

Minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu has disclosed plans of the federal government to establish new federal science and technical colleges in 16 states of the federation.

Delivery a keynote address at the 64th National Council on Education (NCE) meeting in Port Harcourt, the minister named the state as, Kogi, Jigawa, Kano, Ebonyi, Imo, Oyo and Bauchi State. Others are Plateau, Sokoto, Enugu, Ondo, Cross River, Kwara, Zamfara, Anambra and Delta states.

Mallam Adamu who said the implementation of the project would be done in three phases starting from 2019 – 2022, explained that the establishment of the schools was part of the policies of the Federal Government to reposition education for self-reliance with particular attention to the development of technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills in the learners.

He added that the present administration has trained over 500 science, vocational and mathematics teachers on the use of modern equipment and new approaches in schools.

The Minister disclosed that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) has instituted various programs for the training and development of academic staff in schools, under which over 24500 staff of various tertiary institution have been sponsored to acquire Masters and Doctorate degrees in institution within and outside the country.

Adamu described the theme of the conference, “Education for self-religious a tool for the achievement of Education 2030 Agenda” as apt; stressing that education is the development of knowledge skills and character of the individual, and attaining the capacity to make choice that liberates them from over reliance to and from individuals and governments.

Speaking of the occasion, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike commended the NEC for choosing Port Harcourt to host the session adding that NEC provides the forum for all stakeholders to brainstorm on issues and policies that will ensure quality education of Nigerians.

The Governor described the Agenda 2030 as a call for addressing all issues on education so that the Nigerian child is not left behind; pointing out that the Rivers State government was committed to providing equal opportunities for all children in the state to acquire quality education.

Governor Wike emphasized that the state government has fully paid its counterpart funding for the Universal Basic Education, adding that the state has also equipped and furnished over 400 basic schools in the state while 58 other schools are undergoing various levels of upgrading.

The governor also disclosed that adequate funds has been released to all school heads and principals for the managing of the schools in the 2019 calendar year and expressed commitment to continue to partner with the federal government and its agencies irrespective of political differences.

The 64th conference of NEC was attending by commissioners of Education from the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory and other stakeholders in the education sector in the country.

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NDDC To Inaugurate Khana- Andoni Road In 3 Months

Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Gbene Joi Nunieh, said the N10.9 billion Kaa-Ataba road and bridge linking Khana Local Government Area to Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State will be completed by the end of January, nxt year for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a statement by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, the NDDC boss made the disclosure during an inspection of the commission’s projects in the state, adding that work on the 4.7-kilometre road and bridge would be fast-tracked to ensure that the project was completed by the end of January 2020.

She said the NDDC Interim Management Committee would use the project to demonstrate that the Buhari administration cared for the people who live in the rural communities, noting: “Mr President is very determined to take development to the rural communities. That is why he gave us the mandate to reach out to the grassroots”.

The NDDC boss remarked that as an interventionist agency, the commission would endeavour to leave its footprints on villages spread across the nine Niger Delta states, working in collaboration with the state governments.

Nunieh said she was delighted that the project which was awarded in 2009 and appeared neglected, had been revived, declaring “the contractor has returned to the site and we will complete it to give the communities in Andoni access to modern facilities in other parts of Rivers state”.

She expressed satisfaction with the performance of the contractor, whom she noted was an indigene of one of the communities in the area, noting that “many other contractors have equally gone back to the site since we assumed duties.”

According to the NDDC acting managing director, when the road and bridge was completed, many people from the area would be going to work from their villages as she stated that some of the communities were important in their own rights, especially Oyorokoto, which she said was one of the largest fishing ports in the region.

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Alumni Lament Infrastructure Decay In OGS

Old Boys of the famous Okrika Grammar School (OGS) in Okrika local government area of Rivers State rounded off the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the institution, with lamentation on the state of the school.

National President of the Old Boys, Barr. Sam. Nwakohu, while welcoming the old boys to the occassiion employed them to see the reunion the 80th anniversary reunion as an opportunity to reflect on the deplorable conditions of the school.

The president said the school has become a shadow of its former glory and called on the former students of the institution not to forget the great benefits they received from the school.

He appealed to them to come together to restore the former glory of the school, regretting that infrastructures in the school need complete restoration.

Bishop, Diocese of Okrika, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Tubokosemie Abere called for concerted efforts to assist the church in the administration of the school.

He charged the Old Boys of the school to contribute to the revival of the school in order to attract more students’ into the school.

Others who spoke to the media at the event, called for the intervention of the state government towards returning the institutions its glorious days.

Highlights of the event were the award conferred on 28 distinguished alumni of the institution.

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‘Why NBA Is Enemy Of Rivers People’

Governor Nyesom Wike has described the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, enemy of Rivers state people for allegedly playing politics with security in the state.

Wike, addressing Opening Session of the 2019/2020 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary in Port Harcourt, also declared his administration’s withdrawal of support for Rivers branch of the NBA .

He declared that, “By descending into the arena of politics with irresponsible ultimatums, threats and utterances, the NBA in Rivers has crossed the redline and become part of the enemy of our people.”

 “The NBA kept quiet when they closed down our courts in 2013, lost its voice and remained indifferent when the homes of judges were brazenly attacked in the dead of night by security agents. Again, it looked the other way and maintained conspiratorial silence when political thugs invaded the High Court premises in failed politically motivated bid to stop judges from sitting.

 “In midst of these failures and acts of gross irresponsibility, Chairman of the Port Harcourt NBA had the temerity to issue ultimatums to the State Government, threatening boycott of courts on account of an unfortunate kidnap that affected a member. Security of lives and property is one issue nobody can accused us of neglecting. In the last four and half years, no State Government has spent as much resources and efforts to support the federal controlled security agencies to fight crime and criminality as this state.”

He then declared, “We have withdrawn all our support and patronage for the NBA in Rivers State, including the promise to support the hosting of the 2020 National Conference of the NBA in Port Harcourt.”

The Governor said the State Government is as much concerned as the NBA in Rivers on plight of her kidnapped member, adding that security agencies are working to resolve the problem.

He scored Rivers State Judiciary low on dispensing with the cases before them. urging them to reciprocate the investments by the state on the judiciary by stepping up performance.

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Ogu Monarch Begins Visit To War-Canoe Houses

The Amanyanabo of Ogu kingdom, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko IX has reiterated that the peace and development being enjoyed by the people of Ogu was as a result of the annual fasting and prayer session held every to  seek God’s favour every new year and also for the love and unity existing among them.

King Ibiebele-Nimenibo made the assertion during his maiden visit to the chiefs, elders and the people of Ofiamani Group of Houses at the Ofiamani Square Ogu, in Ogu/Bolo LGA.

According to him, Ogu will continue to develop and be the envy of all since it is always committed to God’s hand yearly, pointing out that since it was introduced he became King of Ogu Kingdom, peace had prevailed, and enjoined the people to keep up their support for the kingdom to attain greater heights.

The Monarch expressed delight over the warm reception accorded him and his entourage, stressing that history had been made as the ancestors of the town had directed him to embark on such a visit and begin with Ofiamani which is the largest group of houses.

The first class traditional Ruler opined that Ogu as one of the most developed communities in Rivers State has achieved great heights with the recognition and up-grading of the stool, pointing out that it is by the Grace of God’s favour, and appealed to all sons and daughters of Ogu kingdom to sustain the tempo.

In their separate speeches, the chairman of Ogu Divisional council of Chiefs, Chief Spiff Micah Taribo Amgbara and Chief S. W. Ibisiki Mgbeka commended King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko IX for his initiative as the custodian of the people, describing his visit as worthy gesture.

Earlier, Chairman of Ofiamani group of Houses, Chief Allwell Imbu Apina-Ikuno said they are privileged as the first Group of Houses in Ogu to welcome the traditional Ruler on his maiden Royal visit.

Chief Apina-Ikuno also pledged their unalloyed support for the good governance and policies of the kingdom, praying for pc, love and unity to reign, and further assured that the long standing historical ties and friendly disposition between the Ofiamani and Loko Group of Houses be maintained for the development and administration of Ogu Kingdom.

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Former Rumuigbo Town Council Chairman Loses Wife

A former chairman of Rumuigbo Town Council, Chief Chizi Ezebaraba, Eze Chirigidi 1 of Ekinigbo has lost his beautiful wife, Igwugwu-Eze Maureen.

According to a statement from the family, Maureen died on the 30th of October, 2019 at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) where she was admitted for treatment. She was aged 50 years.

The statement said the late Igwugwu-Eze Maureen Chizi Ezebaraba was a virtuous woman who took care of her family and gave succor to others.

Chief Chizi Ezebaraba who signed the statement, described his late wife as a devout Christian who dedicated her life to the service of God and humanity.

Her burial has been fixed on 28th and 29th of November, 2019 at her husband’s compound, No. 12 Ogologo Street, Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor LGA.

According to the statement, she would be remembered for her generosity, love and care for others.

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HOS, RVHA Task Journalists On Information Management

Rivers State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Rufus Godwin has challenged information officers and media practitioners to build capacity in order to be able to face the challenges of managing information in the new age.

Godwin who was the guest of honour at the training workshop and seminar for information officers organized by the State Ministry of Information and Communications in Port Harcourt, charge journalists to keep abreast with the changing trends in information management by embracing training and workshops to update their knowledge.

He advised media practitioners to avoid false reportage of events and unnecessary propaganda for pecuniary gains, stressing that such practice tends to tarnish the image of the profession.

The HOS said information officers in the various ministries of the state government must be ready to market and communicate government policies and programs to the people, as custodians of government information.

Chairman of Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi Alabo George who chaired the event, called on the information officers to make use of the opportunity presented by the workshop to upgrade their skill, as according to him, the training will reposition them to market the state effectively.

Hon. George expressed the commitment the House of Assembly to continue to partner and support the Ministry of Information and Communication to discharge its responsibilities in the state.

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600 Women Get Skills Acquisition Training

A total of 600 women drawn from the 23 local government areas of Rivers State are benefiting from the two-weeks vocational Entrepreneurship training and Empowerment Programme organized by the Elizabeth Jack-Rich Aid Foundation, in collaboration with the NNPC/ Belema Oil Joint Venture (JV) and Belema Aid Foundation.

Speaking during the opening ceremony last Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the founder of Elizabeth jack-Rich Aid foundation, Mrs. Elizabeth Jack – Rich Tein called on the menfolk to empower their women for a better society, pointing out that the programme was as a result of the empowerment given to her by her husband, Engr. Jack-Rich Tein (Jnr.).

She declared that empowering a woman was the best thing in life and hinted that the best three graduands from the various skills would be given a special empowerment package from her as a way to encourage them.

She enjoined all to take the training serious as to better their lives and others  wished them the best of luck.

Also speaking, the External Affairs Manager of Belema Oil Producing, Mr. Samuel Abel-Jumbo hinted that a similar programme was flagged-off in Abuja on Monday with a total of 500 people in training, thereby bringing the total number 1,100, stating that at the end of the programme starter packs would be given to the women.

In their separate speeches, the head, Economic Empowerment, Skills Acquisition and Training, Belema oil, Port Harcourt, Mr. Virtue Amachree and Dr (Mrs.) Caroline described the training as unique as it would enable the women to know where they Are going and how to get there, describing it as a step in the right direction.

The expressed delight with the sponsors as it would give the women opportunity to acquire talent and create fund for empowerment and thanked the initiators for the gesture, while enjoining the trainees not to give up but learn their skills fast.

Some of the beneficiaries have expressed gratitude to the foundation for the training, assuring that it the end of the programme, they would make good use of the exercise.

Soberekon Laura of Computer Appreciation, Niebari Sam of catering and Tina Ekine of Hair Dressing said the training will impact a lot on them, adding that  they will apply what they learnt into practice and better their lives by establishing business outfit.

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