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O YOUTHS ARISE ! Not too young To Run Part 1

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King Alfred Diete Spiff

The Child who became the Greatest of all Kings- Series 1

Alfred Papapreye Diete-Spiff was born on 30th July 1942

He became the Governor of Rivers State at 24 years and 10months. He was Rivers state Governor from 1967-1975.

I said 24 years and 10months

24 years!

24 years ooh!!

He was made The Military Administrator on May 28th 1967(A day after Rivers State was created). While He was still trying to find his feet, The Civil war Broke out; Still He refused to be distracted and Never Gave up on delivering Good Governance to Rivers People.

Commander Diete-Spiff ran a Government on exile in Lagos. His office was based at No. 24 Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos. He diligently managed the affairs of Rivers State from Lagos.

When Port Harcourt Fell, The Baifran Soldiers fled Port Harcourt when the city was captured by the Third Marine Commando Division in May 1968. Then Olusegun Obasanjo was the General Officer Commanding Third Commando Division in 1969, with headquarters in Port Harcourt, and was seen as one of the hands guiding the then Rivers State governor, Lt-Commander Alfred Diete-Spiff although It had been properly handed back to Spiff on 1st September 1968.

Towards the end of the War in 1970, Spiff had already assembled the Best Brains to Run the State with him.

ADMINISTRATION: SPIFF AS AN ADMINISTRATOR

Even At 25, He was the true definition of an administrator which can be expressed in the Acronym- POSDCORB

Planning
Organising
Staffing
Directing
Co-ordinating
Regulating
Budgeting

At 27(After the war) Spiff was a Total Definition of a Smart Administrator.

Diette-Spiff selected the best brains to man the various ministries, departments and agencies of the state government, and made significant milestones in virtually all sectors.

With the Likes of Captain Elechi Amadi,Edward Kobani,Obi Wali and Saro Wiwa. You know you have born Leaders and Technocrats who the Governor listens to as part of his Team.

Do you know his Cabinet could adequately serve the Federal Government efficiently?

His State Executive Council has been the Best EVER since the Inception of Rivers State 50 Years ago till This Day.

The Council was made up of the following members from different tribes to balance up the Issues of Marginalization.

1. Commander Alfred P. Diete-Spiff, a Nembe (now in Bayelsa State) was Military Governor

2. Mr. W. P. Daniel-Kalio from Okrika Secretary to Government and Head of Sevice

3. Chief Harold J. R. Dappa-Biriye an Ibani from Bonny was Commissioner for Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources.

5. Dr. N. B. Graham-Douglas A Kalabari was Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

6. Chief S. F. Kombo-Igbeta from Nembe was Commissioner for Establishments.

7. Dr. Lawrence Ekpebu an Izon (now in Bayelsa State) was Commissioner for Finance

8. Dr. W. T. Wakama was Commissioner for Information and Local Government.

Others included

9. Dr. Obi Wali, an Ikwerre, was Commissioner for Rehabilitation.

10. Mr. K. B. Saro-Wiwa, an Ogoni son, was Commissioner for Education. Later Works

11. Chief E. J. A. Oriji, an Ikwerre, was Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade and Industry.

12. Mr. Nwobidike Nwanodi, also an Ikwerre, was Commissioner for Health.

13. Mr. Isaac Dema, from Abua was Chairman, Civil Service Commission.

Later, Folks like Sir.Edward Kobani joined the cabinet

This State Executive Council was a balanced one along ethnic lines and depth of Intellectualism.

This was a 24 Year Old Boy who redefined the Standard of Leadership and Raised the Bar soooo High that No one after him has Reached

Digest This first…This is just Appetizer

The main Course will blow your mind away..

To be continued very shortly…

Okazu Powers

Community Diary

IDP WOMEN BEATING THE ODDS

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Internally Displaced Women (IDP)

Living conditions in the Internally Displaced Camp (IDP) in Adamawa State for many is wrought with so many challenges, from inadequate food rations to poor sanitation facilities. The insurgency in the North- East has taken a toll on the socio-economic activities of the people in the area. Many people have fled their homes for fear of their safety because of the series of attacks suffered in the hands of Boko Haram. Their villages have been pillaged and countless number of women raped. About 13,000 lives have been lost to the insurgency including women and children who have been the most vulnerable group.

However, the Nigerian military seems to be winning the war against the terrorist sect.  For many years, the terrorist group has terrorized the people of the North East, but the Army have reduced their capacity to wreck havoc and curtailed their sinister attacks.

Victims of the terrorist attacks have been taken to the IDP camp for safety from Boko Haram. Villages, such as Madagali, Gulak, Chibok, Gworza etc have been seriously affected by the dastard acts of Boko Haram. It reminds one of the popular Chibok girls story where over 200 school girls were kidnapped by the group, though some of them were recently released by Boko Haram in exchange for some of their fighters by the government.

Yola tower.

The situation has left behind socio-economic and psychological impacts on the inhabitants of the area because of inadequate supply of food and medical support services by Government and aid agencies in the IDP camp leaving many children to suffer hunger, malnutrition and depression. There has been several reports of hunger related deaths coming from the camp as a result of the shortage of food. Many of the inhabitants have been forced to go to other areas, such as Jimeta in Yola the State capital of Adamawa State in search of food.

The IDP’s are faced with shortages in food, water, health and sanitation services. There is need for more socio-economic support for the IDP population. Continue reading

Community Diary

ABONNEMA GO TO NIGER AND THE VIBRATIONS OF BIAFRA

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It was celebration galore in Abonnema, Rivers State on the 21st of June 2017. The town was set agog as residents remembered the sacrifices of their fallen heroes during the Nigerian civil war. This day is popularly referred to as GO TO NIGER. The day reminds Abonnema people of the liberation of their town by Federal forces on the 21st of June 1968 from the Biafran army that held their community under siege. Continue reading

Community Diary

PENGASSAN ZONAL SECRETARY, PORT HARCOURT, COMRADE MRS. ELO VICTOR-OGBONDA LAMENTS ABOUT THE POOR REMUNERATION IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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Comrade, Mrs. Elo Victor-Ogbonda, Zonal Secretary, PENGASSAN PORT HARCOURT

Trade unionism is witnessing a new change and rebirth of activism with the involvement of more women in the sector. In an interview with NaijaVoxpop, Comrade, Mrs. Elo Victor-Ogbonda, Zonal Secretary Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Port Harcourt, highlighted her numerous achievements and challenges faced during her three year tenure. Comrade Elo lamented the poor salaries being paid to oil workers mostly in the Service sector of the industry.

Good Afternoon madam, we are from NaijaVoxpop, our audience would want to know you.

“My name is Comrade, Mrs. Elo Victor-Ogbonda, presently Port Harcourt Zonal Secretary PENGASSAN.” Continue reading

Community Diary News

High Chief Ateke Tom is 54

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High Chief Ateke Tom. Photo credit: informationng

Friends gathered to celebrate the Okrika High Chief, Ateke Tom on his 54th birthday.

It was a carnival like celebration .  High Chief Ateke Tom used the opportunity to reach out to the less privileged with the distribution of gifts items.

Several Nollywood stars were in attendance, including Mama G.

Community Diary News

HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY

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Vegetables. Photo credit: nuevadermis

Staying healthy needs one to keep his or her nutritional balance. See your dietician to advise you on your fat level because the fat content your body requires differs from person to person. This would determine the amount of fat required for your daily need. According to the American Dietetic Association and the US Department of Health and Human Services dietary guideline, adult men need between 2,200 and 2800 calories daily, while women need 1,500 to 2,400 respectively.

To keep being healthy, food with high fat, sodium and sugar should be discouraged because it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Continue reading

Community Diary News

CHAIRMAN NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA RIVERS CHAPTER, SUKUBO SARAIGBE SUKUBO SLAMS RIVERS YOUTHS FOR BEING IMPATIENT

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SUKUBO SARAIGBE SUKUBO, CHAIRMAN NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA RIVERS CHAPTER.

Chairman National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Sukubo Saraigbe Sukubo, has described the average youth in the state as impatient.

The youth chairman who stated this while chatting with Naija Vox-Pop in a reaction to the up-coming inauguration of the National Association of Social Media Practitioners of Nigeria (NASMPON) Rivers State Chapter, advised youths in the state to be patient and look inward for job creation rather than waiting on the government to provide them with white collar jobs or taking up arms.

“Oil companies and multi-nationals have been laying off their staff due to the recession, so we have been encouraging youths to go after careers in which they can be productive because white collar jobs are no longer readily available in the nation, and so, a paradigm shift is needed to help us think of what we can do with our hands so that we can be independent and become entrepreneurs.

Ideas rule the world now, so anything the youths can do with their ideas and knowledge, we will support them to grow’’. Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR SKIN HEALTHY

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Healthy skin. Photo credit: naturesoft

Having a healthy skin has everything to do with nutrition. The several experiments conducted have shown that the intake of food high in fat impact negatively on ones skin. This is because the fat is stored in several wrong places in the body, which include stomach and the hips. Eating food with high fibre content like nut fruits, cereals, beans and vegetables and drinking a lot of water would improve the overall health of an individual and make his or her skin supple. These foods are essential for the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for the overall health of the body. Continue reading

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