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Rivers State Special Government Announcement

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Government special announcement.
The honourable commissioner for education wishes to remind all operators of public and private schools in rivers state that the first term of 2017| 2018 academic calendar ends on friday 15th December, 2017.

The first terminal holiday begins on on monday 18th December, 2017 and ends on friday 5th January, 2018. The second term begins on monday 8th January, 2018.

Furthermore, principals of public junior and and senior secondary schools are enjoined to ensure that the first terminal reaults are issued to all the students before vacating for the holidays.

Take notice that officers of the ministry of education shall visit to ensure compliance with the above directives; and any violation shall attract appropriate sanction.

Dr. Tamunosisi, Gogo Jaja. Hon. Commissioner for Education


Strike a Balance : Woke Kevin

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Woke Kevin Alerechi writes

The body chemistry is of the opinion that during puberty, maturity begins. Therefore, reproduction should hit the ground running. If reproduction starts with respect to the demands of the body language and there is no finance or source of income to supply or sustain the needs of reproduction, what should be the way forward? On the other hand, the urge or instincts as prescribed by the body Chemistry is consciously oppressed, subdued and silenced in a bid to acquire skills, develop knowledge and wisdom capable of securing opportunities that will sustain income and maintain the needs of reproduction. In this case, the years put in to acquire skills, knowledge and opportunity seems to have attacked and weaken the organs responsible for reproduction.

A man of sixty with two masters degrees and one doctorate with many skills and opportunities is celebrating his six (6) years son’s birthday. Mathematically, this boy was born when his father was 54 years old. As parents, wealthy or poor, strength and energy is required to be able to carry the children from point A to point B. For instance, three hefty children has slept in the sitting room while watching home movie or cartoon. The parents need strength to carry them to the bedroom. At night when they are a sleep you need to check on them as to encourage them ease themselves. During school time, whether there is mobility or not, energy is needed. So the point here is that, is it good to go into marriage early when the body chemistry is prime? On the part of the woman particularly, biology told us that ‘ it gets to a time in a woman’s life; she will not be able to conceive. And again, it is also paramount for a girl child to acquire skills that will ease domestic works such as cooking, washing, sewing, serving, plaiting, driving, teaching, etc. Apart from the western and formal education, it is very necessary for a woman to get all these above mentioned skills to prepare her towards home management. Now, the discrepancy comes, the time given to western formal education and that of skill, if not properly utilized its capable of launching one into menopause.
However, what happens there is that a well developed domesticated career woman is finding conception a bit difficult. Biology and other health knowledge has it that at tender age of (12-18) (19-22) every human cells and hormone are hyperactive to stimuli. Thereby ready to answer any call. What about the drive? A situation where age and stress has weaken the cells that drives the urge for satisfaction. A serious issue sets in. A party of the couple seemingly younger complains not satisfied. As a result, attempts is made to venture out in search of satisfaction. In most cases, expedition disintegrates the family apart. In a bid to gain satisfaction the second half suffers abandonment. Let us also appreciate a situation where the older ones dies much earlier leaving second half in pain of loneliness. If the reason for marriage is pleasure and procreation then the both should be met anything short of that is abnormal. The urge should be satisfied to attain optimum pleasure that warranted the union. The human toys adult plays with, is also needed. This will to a large extent cement the union. No matter the amount of love that exist between husband and wife, if there is no cry of a baby in the house, total peace and love cannot be attain. The childlessness may lead to flash back on how they live life in the past. The blame may weigh more on the husband or the wife. Therefore, emotion must be removed from the fact, so that certain reality can be achieved. If marriage is contracted at the prime time say 18-20 years irrespective of skills and income the tendency of consulting a gynaecologist to examine the state of the womb, run series of diagnosis and prescription of drugs to achieve conception may not arise. The stigma of barriness will not be a societal issues as it is today. None shall be barren is applicable to all women but artificial man-made-delay has caused some fruitful women barren. Energy boosting drug would not have existed. The body system is complete engine that function without support. But the delay during acquisition of skills, education and job opportunity has rendered some body cells weak and incapacitated. This has grossly affected the efficacy of the union called marriage. Therefore, while you strive to attain certain level acquiring skills, knowledge, wisdom and understanding to make a comfortable union and raise children with ease using the arsenals, convenience also think about the other side of the coin. We can not eat our cake and have it. As we strive to attain higher in a particular facet of life, there are other aspects that suffers abandonment and neglect. So, a balance must be taken.

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Rugged Steps Foundation marks the International Day of Disabilities with Mr and Miss Niger Delta Beauty Pageant 2017

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As part of the activities to mark this year’s international day of persons with disabilities, the Rugged Steps Foundation has organized a beauty pageant for Mr. & Miss Niger Delta special persons Ambassador, 2017.

Our correspondent ELFREDAH KEVIN gathered that this year’s winners of Mr. & Miss. Niger Delta special persons Ambassador went home with three hundred thousand naira each while the first and second runner up went with one hundred and fifty thousand naira each .

The 2017 Mr. Niger Delta special persons Ambassador, INIGBELABIA RUBEN OBA expressed his joy just as he urged the government to assist people with disabilities thereby advising persons with disabilities to have a positive mindset.

“I have been preparing for this award for a very long time. when it comes to things like this, everybody will want to be a winner. I was not expecting to win but I was also expecting to win this show. I can not explain the way I feel. I am very happy. I also thank Rugged Steps Foundation for their efforts and and assistance to persons with disabilities. I will use the three hundred thousand naira and start something meaningful for myself before I go to National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), I just finished my university. I am appealing to the government to assist us, we have the potentials inside that we can give to the world. They should give us a chance. I am telling my fellow physically challenged not to give up. They should believe in their mind set and their positive mindset will help them”.

In her part, the Miss Niger Delta Special Persons Ambassador, Harmon Mirian Oguchukwu expressed her joy just as she appealled to the government to empower the physically challenged people other than giving cash. Continue reading


University of Port Harcourt Women carry out Health Awareness Week

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University of Port Harcourt women celebrates health awareness week 

The University of Port Harcourt Women has carried out an health awareness walk in Port Harcourt.

The Women’s Week was full of fun as the women were seen in the school premises singing and dancing glorifying God.

A traffic warder named Christian Asokwa from Enugu state was decorated as the University of Port Harcourt Man for his diligent and humanitarian services for free flow of traffic in University of Port Harcourt road leading to Aluu community.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt joins UNIPORT women to celebrate.

The women who were received by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale of the University Port Harcourt at the Senate building made their request known to the Vice Chancellor on how the University of Port Harcourt Women’s Week will look like. Continue reading


Rivers National Assembly Officers receives 16 Sport Utility Vehicles from Governor Wike

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Wike present cars to Rivers National House of Assembly officers


Cars bought for National House of Assembly officers by Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released 16 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to elected members of the National Assembly from Rivers State.

Three of the vehicles are for Senators representing the state, while 13 are for members of the House of Representatives from the state . Members of the House of Representatives led by Mrs Betty Apiafi, Leader Rivers Caucus of the House of Representatives and Bari Mpigi, Deputy Leader, Rivers State House of Representatives caucus, took possession of their vehicles.
Making the presentation at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the vehicles were acquired to aid the Federal Lawmakers in the discharge of their official functions. He said the vehicles are for all members of the National Assembly irrespective of their party affiliation.
He said: “Defend the interest of the state wherever you are. This is from the Government of Rivers State which you are part of. “This is to aid you to carry out your official functions in Abuja”.
Responding, Leader of the Rivers Caucus at the House of Representatives, Mrs Betty Apiafi thanked the Rivers State Governor for providing the support for members of the National Assembly to carry out their duties. Also speaking, Deputy Leader of the Rivers Caucus of the House of Representatives, Mr Bari Mpigi commended the Rivers State Governor for reaching out to all Rivers people.


Rivers State Assembly Service Commission Complex commissioned

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Commissioning of Rivers State Service Complex by Governor Wike

Governor Wike commissions Rivers State Assembly Service Commission Complex.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Monday commissioned the State Assembly Service Commission Complex initiated and built by his administration to address accommodation challenges.
The governor also announced that the State Government will undertake the total rehabilitation of the State Assembly Complex. Speaking during the commissioning programme, Governor Wike commended the Management of the commission for the standard execution of the project. He said: “This is the Executive intervening in the rehabilitation of the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex. I will always do what is right for the state. “I will personally supervise the rehabilitation. The level of degeneration of this complex is not acceptable “.
He said that despite the economic downturn the State Government is executing projects because of prudent management of scarce funds. He said the immediate past administration in the state despite the funds available to it, failed to execute key projects and sold state assets to her cronies.
The governor assured the workers of the Assembly that his administration will take care of their welfare issues. Earlier, Chairman of the Rivers State Assembly Service Commission, Mr Chidi Amadi said for the first time after more than 10years, a major project has been initiated and commissioned at the Assembly. He said that the complex has resolved the accommodation challenges of workers of the commission. Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikunyi-Owaji Ibani praised the governor for his developmental projects.

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Are Nigerians scum of the earth?

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Nigerians seem like scum of the earth these days, treated without respect nor dignity. Libya bores that reflection. The situation in that African troubled country where Nigerians are sold as merchandise is born out of several causes and actions. From the destruction of Libya by the West to the immigration conspiracy of European countries and the inaction of African leaders.

According to some social observers, Nigeria is not the only country in Africa, but yet it has the greatest migrant population outside its territory. It is believed that in Libya alone, there are over 500,000 Nigerian migrants locked up in detention camps.

Many people have argued that the push factors of poverty, massive unemployment, poor health care, lack of access to education, boko haram, herdsmen attacks and the plight of Bakassi returnees have continue to expose Nigerians to precarious situations outside its borders.

The social inaction of Nigerian leaders have also prompted her young population to seek alternatives for better life, since they cannot find peace and justice in their beloved country. Several of them that have been interviewed have reiterated their determination to reach Europe at all cost, even if it means putting their lives at risk over and over again.

Corrupt Nigerians politicians are to be blamed for what is happening to Nigerians in Libya.The selling of Nigerians as merchandise in Libya is the repercussion of their senseless embezzlement of state funds and mismanagement of political power.

In actual sense, they are the ones that have plunged the nation into this mess and made it a spectacle of ridicule in the eyes of the world. They have turned Nigeria into a minnows and a beggarly country.

The ongoing happenings is a clarion call for youths in Nigeria to take their destiny in their own hands.


Know your HIV/Aids status – Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt advises staff and students of the institution

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University of Port Harcourt community walk against HIV/aids


Ag. Director of Youth Friendly Center, DR. ROSEMARY OGU joins participants at the walk for a photo against HIV/aids.

The Youth Friendly Centre of the University of Port Harcourt has organized an Awareness Walk on the WORLD AIDS DAY in the city of Port Harcourt. The acting Director, Dr ROSEMARY OGU has said that HIV can be prevented just as she stressed on the need for safe sex life adding that HIV/AIDS can be prevented. OGU also said that HIV/AIDS can be transmitted through blood transfusion adding that sharp objects should be discarded after used.

Staff and students of UNIPORT embark on a walk against Aids in Port Harcourt.

“Today is World AIDS Day. Together we can do it, together we can be sure that no one is left behind. What we are doing today is awareness creation. HIV/AIDS can be prevented. For those already with HIV, we can control it. The treatment is available, drugs are available. There are things that can be done, safe sex life is one of them. If you can, please, abstain but if you cannot; use a condom. Have one sex partner. But we know that this is difficult. People have multiple partners. The best is abstinence but if you must, then use a condom. At Youth Friendly Centre of University of Port Harcourt, we are positioned to talk to Youths. One fourth of our country Nigeria is Youth. If youth are not looked after then our future is in jeopardy. Parents should try, it is not easy trying to put food on the table and so, parents are not there all the time. Parents should try to be there for their children, create more time to spend with your children, talk to your children, they listen if they are spoken too. If you don’t talk to them, they will find somebody to talk to them and you never know what they are telling them.

Leaving no one behind, together we can do it and everybody counts is our theme. Youth, adult, children, everybody should be aware that we can get HIV. We can also prevent it. There are other means of contracting HIV, like through blood transfusion, mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding; it is not only through sexual activity. We should all be aware, do not share sharp objects, do not use the same barbing tools, do not use the same manicure sets as others. All those at the saloon they know, so they tried to sterilize their tools but it is better to use new tools one per person”.

Participants raising awareness about the virus.


A female student carrying out her voluntary test for HIV/aids.

In his part the vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof NDOWA LALE, has said stigmatization of HIV/AIDS patients is based on ignorance adding that HIV is like other ailments therefore appealed to HIV patients to take their drugs constantly. “The intent of what we are doing today is to bring public attention, to focus on a global problem we need to address and one of the things we have done today includes physical work, physical activity, it will help us to keep fit and keep well. Above all, was to drag attention that HIV AIDS can be prevented. Stigmatization is based on ignorant. AIDS is like any other ailments; is like High Blood pressure, Diabetes, anything you can think of. There is no reason to be stigmatized. People who have it should not be scared because people are against them. No, they should live their full life. If they take their full drugs they will live their full life on earth. We should all take our life and health seriously. We should not live in ignorance, we should have the knowledge of the issues of life”.

Also speaking, the Provost of College of Health Sciences of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Christie Mato urged youth to abstain from unprotected sex adding that HIV test should be done every six months. “At some point in time, it looks like we are playing down on HIV/AIDS but today has been set aside to remind us AIDS is very much there. We can do a lot by getting tested but over and above that, for those Living with HIV/AIDS the issue of stigmatization is a very big problem. You will find people shifting away from you, once they know that you are HIV positive not even the full-blown AIDS and that is something we need to stand down in our society. People should go and get tested. They should know their HIV status. A lot of people are living with AIDS but you won’t know. So, it is for you to get tested and know your HIV status so that you can immediately swing into action and take your treatment if you are positive. You can check your status every six months if you have involved in any activity that will expose you to the HIV virus. You should be careful of the instruments used to cut your nails, blood transfusion and unprotected sex. Our young people of the day, I think that is the biggest problem. If we are able to make the biggest noise to get young people to abstain and wait for the right time because there’s a time for everything. You can abstain from sex but if you cannot, please do not engage in unprotected sex.
While speaking to newsmen, the Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Lucy Oruene, advised youth to be healthy, ” My advice to youth is to remain healthy. Now I am very conscious of my health. whenever awareness like this comes up I go through the flyers, I have just read the do’s and don’ts.





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Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that deliberate efforts by agents of the APC Federal Government to de-market Rivers State are counter-productive to the interest of the nation. Speaking at a state dinner organised for the contestants of Miss University Africa Beauty Pageant on Friday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike regretted the unnecessary acts of sabotage by agents of the APC Federal Government when it comes to hosting national and international events in the state.

He said: “If you de-market Rivers State that produces the wealth of the country, then you are de-marketing Nigeria. “The fear they have is because we are delivering, while they are not performing. They don’t want the world to see the transformation taking place here”. He specifically cited the efforts made to stop the African Wrestling Championship from holding in the state and the plots to stop the Minister of Sports from participating in the just concluded Governor Wike National Wrestling Championship. He said that Rivers State is open to investors, as his administration has created the enabling environment for businesses to thrive. “We are willing to partner with investors in the areas of agriculture, skills development and other key areas”, he said.
The governor noted that the contestants of the Beauty Pageant from the 54 countries of Africa are the greatest marketers of Rivers State as they will continue to promote the state long after the competition. While urging the contestants to also focus on education, Governor Wike said women have the capacity to compete in all human endeavours. He said under no circumstances should women beg for placements as they have the requirements to struggle and win political and economic contests.
Earlier, the Coordinator of Miss University Africa Beauty Pageant, Mr Taylor Nazzal said the pageant will project Rivers State positively to the entire continent. He lauded Governor Wike for creating unity in diversity by hosting African Queens from the 54 countries. Speaking on behalf of diplomats, Namibian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Peingeondjabi T. Shipoh, said that all African Missions in the country will join Governor Wike in developing the state through the invitation of key investors. Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani his remark said that Rivers State is witnessing rapid growth because of the leadership of Governor Wike and the right investments his administration has made in peace and security. The night was laced with traditional dances, comedy and contemporary music. The Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike led the African Queens for dinner, while toasts were said for the contestants, Rivers State and Nigeria.


World Aids Day: HIV prevalence rate drops in Rivers state

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Deputy Governor of Rivers State- Dr.Mrs. Ipalibo Banigo

In commemoration of the world AIDS day with the theme My health, my right. The Rivers state ministry of health has joined the world to mark this year World AIDS Day.

The Rivers State Governor as represented by the deputy, Governor, MRS. IPALIBO BANIGO has urged Rivers people to live healthy just as she stressed on the need of knowing your HIV status adding that the state government over two years has increased the number of hospitals and health centres providing HIV anti retroviral drugs.

However, The Deputy Governor, IPALIBO BANIGO also urged pregnant women to register for antenatal on time.

” This day is set aside to create awareness and conduct advocacy for consolidation of the going effort in HIV/AIDS control program. I want to thank the network of people living with HIV/AIDS for creating the needed awareness and to let people know that an HIV diagnosis is not equal to death, there is still great life and great productivity.
In the last two years we were able to increase the number of hospitals and health centres providing anti retroviral drugs and to give supportive treatment whenever needed especially psycho-social support to people living with the disease, so that they can still be productive and contribute to the GDP of Rivers state. This year’s theme, My Health, My Right was to ensure access to health services and social services to HIV victims, such as improving their behavioral knowledge and understanding of the virus in order to keep them healthy. We also encouraged our people to do exercise, take appropriate diets and support their right to health and generally continue to have improvement in the quality of life for better society to promote a world that is totally devoid of stigma and discrimination for those of us who have found ourselves in this situation. We should continue to know our HIV status and ensure we check our blood sugar levels, measure our weights, to ensure our blood pressure is in normal rate, particularly, our women of productive age. Pregnant women must be screened against Diabetes. I encourage pregnant women to register for antenatal care”.

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