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SPCC Old Boys Association lists achievements

SPCC Old Boys Association lists achievements

· Announces New Date for 70TH anniversary celebration

‘’The 70th Anniversary Celebration of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe, Delta State will begin on Friday, October 2021’’ the Old Boys Association said Saturday.

At an emergency meeting in Aghalokpe, the National Executive Committee announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the new date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

‘’The decision was taken to safeguard the well-being of all’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe, Okpe Local Government by the chairman of the 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri, said.

‘’A comprehensive programme for the event will be released by the Anniversary Committee’’ the statement said.

The statement listed the building of a college gate and modern gate house, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters, the principal’s quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as ongoing projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

The statement pointed out that the Old Boys Association in recent past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library),

The 70th anniversary will be attended by top government functionaries, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector.

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Youths restate Niger Delta support for Buhari, Akpabio


Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to eradicate corruption in the country.

They also said the Federal Government had started well in the Niger Delta region by approving auditors for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

‘’It requires time to complete the forensic audit’’ the youths said.

At a meeting of the Niger Delta Youth Forum (NDYF) in Calabar, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for opting to entrust the affairs of the Niger Delta Ministry on Chief Godswill Akpabio.

‘’We are grateful to Mr. President for the perspicacious judgement’’

Particularly, the youths praised the Federal Government for giving the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) new and strategic direction aimed at achieving viable development in the oil rich region.

‘’President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio deserve our commendation for the changes so far in the oil rich Niger Delta region’’ the youths said.

The youths in a statement signed by NDYF Chairperson, Dr. Roseline Umoh, defended the administration’s role in appointing a sole administrator for the interventionist agency.

The youths explained that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had a minister who is committed to doing things right.

They underscored Akpabio’s long trail of legacies in Akwa Ibom State, his inspiring leadership in the Senate and the effort he was making to develop the oil rich region.

The youths enjoined South-South governors to cooperate with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and give him the needed support for success.

They advised the governors to be patient with the Federal Government.

The youths also called for greater understanding amongst all stakeholders in the region.

‘’We must not set roadblocks before ourselves. We must unite. The harmony which has now been achieved between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the National Assembly is here to stay’’

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YOU’VE GOT A SHORT TIME TO DELIVER, PRESIDENT BUHARI CHARGES NEWLY PROMOTED SERVICE CHIEFS

YOU’VE GOT A SHORT TIME TO DELIVER, PRESIDENT BUHARI CHARGES NEWLY PROMOTED SERVICE CHIEFS

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja charged the newly appointed service chiefs to speed up their actions in freeing the country from the current state of insecurity.

Speaking at a ceremony to decorate the new service chiefs with their ranks at the State House Abuja, the President said:

“During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country.

“You have got a few weeks to do that because by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land, so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.”

He told the service chiefs to see their appointment, clearance and decoration as a vote of confidence on them.

“For those (of you) that have been confirmed by this ceremony, the decoration, in front of your spouses, is a further confidence loudly expressed on you on behalf of the nation, to respond to the insecurity the country is in, and the nation looks up to you for rapid relief.”

He assured them of his firm support as they deliver on their responsibilities.

“I have accepted responsibility for your actions in the field; it’s up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.

“We all look forward to you to perform and I as the Commander-in- Chief, I am backing you hundred per cent, and I expect you to effectively deploy your officers and men to secure the country,” the President said.

Responding on behalf of the other service chiefs, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor assured the President that they will not fail in their responsibilities as the mandate is clear.

“Nigeria will have peace again. Based on the mandate, we will address all issues, working with all other security organisations,” he said.

Others decorated are Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff and Air Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

March 05, 2021

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ARFSD2021: Africa not on track to achieve zero hunger by 2030

ARFSD2021: Africa is not on track to achieve zero hunger by 2030

Brazzaville, Congo, March 03, 2021 (ECA) – Africa is not on track to achieve zero hunger by 2030, Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe Haile-Gabriel, told a meeting reviewing progress made by the continent towards attaining that goal so far.

Co-organised by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Congo, the meeting is part of the Seventh Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) that is underway in Brazzaville.

“The results remain unsatisfactory and there are many challenges due to climate change, the poor economic situation and the negative impacts of COVID 19, as well as the lack of public investment,” said Mr. Haile-Gabriel.

He, however, said the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was a unique opportunity for the transformation of the continent’s food system.

To address the issue of hunger in Africa, Mr. Haile-Gabriel said political will and commitment at the highest level was key, adding national and local level actions and investments were also critical. He said there was an urgent need for the continent to build back and forward better after the COVID-19 pandemic, with governments being called on to invest in social protection measures to save the most vulnerable in society. The transformation of the African food system is crucial to help end hunger, he said, adding the adoption of holistic multi sectoral approaches was needed.

Chris Toe from the WFP said African countries need to prioritize and scale up investments in rural transformation, sustainable infrastructure and human capital development as they work towards eliminating hunger and food insecurities. This, he said, will not only help to sustain ongoing progress, but also assist in the continent’s quest to achieve zero hunger as espoused in the SDGs and Africa’s 2025 commitment to end hunger and Agenda 2063 aspirations.

A Congolese government official, M. Mukena Bantu, an adviser in charge of cooperation and projects, speaking on behalf of Agriculture Minister, Mr. Joseph-Antoine Kasongo, said the new administration was determined to accelerate the development of agriculture to end hunger.

“We have declared that the soil must take over the subsoil,” he said, adding, “There is political will to carry out all the actions necessary to achieve food security.”

The side event provided a platform for member States to reflect and share on transformative actions and investments that will facilitate the building of Africa’s food systems better towards meeting the aspirations and goals of the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

 

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Endowing ‘Silverbird Extraordinary Man Award’ on Wike is like decorating him with a borrowed garb as this is a Deceitful Error, Misplaced Preference — Eze…. Counsels Wike to reject the unmerited, diabolical and deceitful award

Endowing ‘Silverbird Extraordinary Man Award’ on Wike is like decorating him with a borrowed garb as this is a Deceitful Error, Misplaced Preference — Eze…. Counsels Wike to reject the unmerited, diabolical and deceitful award

The recent conferment of the “2020 Extra Ordinary Personality Award” on Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, by Silverbird Group, has ignited a litany of fierce criticisms from critical stakeholders in the province of politics.

Opinion leaders and political and public affairs analysts have made their minds bare, lamenting ceaselessly with grieve and lashing at the communication company for throwing standards to the dogs and sacrificing competence and meritocracy on the alter of mediocrity for short-term reward in the search for a suitable candidate whose records merit the trophy.

With the constructive opinion of Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, taking the lead, a summation of citizens’ views clearly suggest that the Governor was considered for the conferment on the singular basis of the quantum of dividend and financial reward accruable to the organisers from the N78 Billion Naira refunded to Rivers State of late for federal projects executed by former Gov. Chibuike Amaechi.

Recall that since the refund, Gov. Wike, who may have been lost in the euphoria of the whooping sum, has suddenly turned himself into a ‘Point of Sale’ machine, and like the Biblical prodigal son, he has embarked on a careless spending spree, dispensing Rivers money at his own behest to address the needs of other states, tub-thumber and praise singers, to the utter detriment of Rivers people who have cried their voices hoarse in demand of a little thought from a government which they call their own.

In a statement made available to media houses, Chief Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), condemned Gov. Wike’s excessive avarice and sheer greed in hoarding the common patrimony to self and denying the people their basic due.

The party chief queried the footing on which the Governor was considered for the nomination, stressing that Wike lacks in every local standard of measurement for the performance of a public servant especially, the holder of the exalted office of a State Governor, to be named an Extraordinary Man.

He said it is unbecoming of a responsible communication company like Silverbird Group that should be serving as a moral compass to allow itself to be swept from the sound mandate of shaping public opinions into the waste bin of encouraging laziness, avarice and mediocrity in public service for a a reward.

It pricks the conscience to learn that the media in Nigeria is fast losing its flavor to the overbearing influence of corrupt public office holders like Wike, who finance their way to gain undue media recognition in a bid to sway the public into believing their bogus achievements which exists only in the figment of their imaginary world with support from some unprincipled journalists.

Eze said the media should be more alive to issues of public concerns especially, those touching the core of the Journalism profession rather than offer attention to the tricks of busybodies who have almost conscripted the profession into the idiotic and niggling struggle to advance their political czar in a bid to obfuscate the sufferings and pains of the public.

He called on Silverbird Group and others to learn to beam their searchlights more scrupulously in the quest to hunt appropriate individuals and public office holders who have distinguished themselves with the requisite credentials befitting of awards and honours, stressing that conferring trophies on the basis of merit will spur people to do more for public good.

Chief Eze called on Journalists to always maintain an optimum standard of professionalism in the discharge of their services and warned them against being inveigled into a situation in which they find themselves as partisan agents of wrongdoers and deceitful politicians in the pursuit of their selfish vendettas.

Referring Gov. Wike to the thought of John Maxwell, “leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another”, Eze counseled the Governor to be a bit more prudent in his tactless handling of public funds, adding that the sizeable chunk of money lavished annually in lobbying for awards and trophies would make a whole lot of difference in governance and public life if channeled into meaningful ventures.

Matshona Dhliwayo was very much on point when he posited that “simple people pursue power, average people pursue fame, but extraordinary people pursue ideas”. To be extraordinary, Eze said one must pursue sound ideas that profit humanity and not the incessant purchase of undue human recognition, awards and honours, which have gulped billions of Rivers money whereas, a sizeable number of issues of public concern requiring funding have continued to be treated with brazing laxity while others are deliberately left unattended.

He called on Wike to imbibe the attitude of subjecting himself to learn the art of governance from those who have made indelible marks in public service because and according to Sheryl Sandberg, “the ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have”.

Dismissing the honor as inappropriate, Eze reasoned that the SilverBird Group erred in her choice of Wike as recipient of such an award, pointing out that such error is fundamental and amounted to
acknowledging and encouraging poor performance, incompetence, laziness and docility in public service.

He said according such an honour to Governor Wike for making Rivers State the capital of Poverty and unemployment in Nigeria shows that the SilverBird Organisation has lost touch with reality.

Lamenting over the composite failure of Gov. Wike on all locally and globally known parameters of rating performance in public administration, the party Chief described the Rivers State Governor as a flamboyant disgrace to governance, noting that his failure led to the exclusion of Rivers from the recent N123.348 Billion performance-based grant of the federal government to states, under the States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for results, reiterating that the Silverbird Group must have compromised.

“I must confess that I am totally ashamed by the act of the Board and Management of SilverBird for trying to embarrass my good friend, Wike in such a manner by endowing him with an award which the Nigerians know he doesn’t merit”, Eze said.

Eze said available reports suggest that Rivers State lost out of the N123 Billion FG largese owing to the failure of the state government to meet the simple eligibility requirement from states to publish online approved annual budgets and audited financial statements which has always been shrouded in secrecy given the mountain of illicit transactions perpetrated by officials of the state government under the watch of Gov. Wike.

He said owing to the wide maladministration occasioned by the bunch of mediocre occupying sensitive public offices, the state has lost several high profile local and global opportunities with the potential of developing the State economy and reasonably contributing to the improvement of the fortunes of Rivers people who have continued to roam in a leadership-induced poverty in the midst of plenty.

Admonishing Wike to save the little integrity left of him by formally rejecting the award, The party stalwart slammed the Rivers State commissioner for Information & Communication, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, for being overly servile and sycophantic even on issues that require a good sense of judgement.

Nsirim had, in his usual obsequious flattery, which has done more harm to Rivers people, lumbered exaggeratedly that the shelves of Wike’s trophy cabinet are “splendidly decorated with an array of multiple plaques, silverware, mementos, and other memorial items of recognition from multi-sectoral professional and academic establishments”.

Eze queried the essence of a plaque and silverware-filled trophy cabinet of a Governor when his people have continued to suffer in abject poverty and perpetual deprivation of basic needs. He said the fact that the state is highest in employment index of the country should be a source of reasonable concern to people of goodwill especially, the media, part of which responsibility is to prod government and its officials to positive action.

Aside Gov. Wike’s display of obvious disinterest in meeting the series of promises he made on employment given the huge number of workers that retire on monthly basis, the Governor has refused to allow promotion in the State Civil Service since he assumed office.

While a chunk of pensioners have been denied enrollment into the State Pension Scheme, those already captured have left their fate in God, as the Governor and his agents have refused them their pension allowances, emoluments and sundry entitlements for several years.

These acts of deliberate wickedness and many more singles-out Gov. Wike as unfit for any positive human endowment and cast a strong doubt on the merit of the award investiture on him by the Silverbird Group or any other group in future, save that as usual, he lobbied and in fact, offered the highest bid than every other competitor or better still, the award was conferred on him following his track records of astonishing wickedness and penchant for sophisticated espièglerie.

“Without a dint of sentiment, I am actually lost in thought as to the particular criterion on which Silverbird Group confirmed Gov. Wike fit for such award when Rivers state tops in unemployment rating; when workers have been continued to be denied promotion; when pensioners are on the street every day protesting and demanding gratuities; when the state Secretariat is in a complete deplorable state; when he has blatantly refused to implement the new minimum wage; when students have been denied scholarships and bursaries; when transparency in budgetary implementation has taken flight etc”.

“It pricks the conscience to believe that mere recoating of roads and building a few flyovers; ordinary things that even the worst military government has done in the past is what merited Wike the award.” This is really funny.

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Signed

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

APC Chieftain & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP

08 – 02 – 21

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Okowa appreciates Nigerians, holds private burial for late father

Okowa appreciates Nigerians, holds private burial for late father

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their condolences and show of love on the passing of his father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.

The governor, in a statement he personally signed, thanked all those who came to condole with him and those who called or sent messages of condolences to him and his siblings.

He announced that because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the family had resolved to hold a private burial for their late patriarch sometime in February, 2021, adding that a “celebration of life’’ would be held in his honour in August, 2021, subject to the slowing down of the pandemic.

According to Okowa, in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, we have opted to hold a private burial ceremony sometime this month, while a Celebration of Life event will take place on August 21, 2021.

“Hopefully, by then the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic would have given way to a freer and more assured environment,’’ he stated.

He described his late father as a “huge pillar of support”, and said that he would miss his wise counsel.

“On behalf of the Okowa family of Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area, I wish to thank all who have taken time to commiserate with us on the death of my beloved father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.

“Ever since the news of his demise, our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of goodwill from a wide spectrum of political, business, religious leaders as well as the mass of Nigerians.

“My siblings and I are deeply grateful for the show of solidarity, which have, in no small measure, helped us to cope with Papa’s passing.

“Although he died at what may be considered a good old age, the death of someone so dear cannot but leave one with a sense of void.

“My late father was a strong pillar of support all through my political/public service career.

“I drew immeasurably from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom, and he was very passionate about the growth and development of our beloved Delta State.

“As a family, we will greatly miss his physical fellowship but we thank God that he lived a good and full life; he has etched his name in gold with his legacy of hard work, selfless service, discipline, godliness, love for others/community, and passion for positive, lasting change,” he said.

“Once again, I thank all those who have called, visited, prayed for us and issued statements in solidarity with our family. May God richly bless you,” the governor added.