As part of activities marking the 2014 international Women’s day, the Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with the office of the Wife of the Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, is organizing a praise and worship service today at the Elmadon fellowship center in Port Harcourt. The Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Joeba West, who made this known in a meeting with Local Government Areas Chairpersons in her office during the week, said the global event will also be commemorated with a seminar on Saturday March 8, 2014.
According to Mrs. West, this year’s theme is Equality for Women is Progress for all” with the sub theme ‘‘Inspiring change’’ and called on women all over the state to embrace the developmental changes which the administration of Governor Chibuike Amaechi is poised to deliver through human capacity building, infrastructures and others.
Rivers State Ministry of Health has confirmed the release of funds for the smooth running of the Universal Free Medical Care Programme. Health Commissioner, Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker stated this while fielding questions from news men in his office in Port Harcourt. He said, the State Government released the Sum of One billion naira as an intervention fund to address issues raised by resident doctors who went on strike recently at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital. According to him the fund would also be used to renovate, refurbish and upgrade equipment in the Hospital.
Dr. Parker stated that the Free Health Programme of the present administration is not about politics but was borne out of the Governor’s desire to alleviate poverty and redistribute wealth to every household pointing out that ‘‘unknown to you by registering into the free Medical Care Programme, Government has given you back the money which you would have spent to pay your medical bills in a private or public Hospital’’.
Rivers State Government has assured the University of Port Harcourt Centre for Bio-Resource Development of its readiness to collaborate with it to enhance the success of its entrepreneurial programme. Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Nyema Weli who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Godwin Mpi said this when members of the centre paid him a courtesy visit in his office yesterday. Dr. Weli assured the centre of Government’s support to enable it achieve sets goals describing the visit as timely as it came at a time when Government is advocating a green economy to improve the lives of the people.
He appealed for more collaboration between the centre and the Ministry through exchange of information, as a proactive means of enhancing service delivery to the people. Earlier, the Director of the Centre, Prof. Edith Elenwo had intimated the Commissioner on the mission of the centre which accordingly to her includes ‘‘to explore, develop and conserve natural resources in order to provide sustainable service to the University, its environment and the entire State through research partnership and collaboration for our mutual benefits’’.
The State Ministry of Commerce and Industry has made available over 59 Small Medium Enterprise equipment for sale at affordable discounted prices. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Kadilo Brown disclosed this in a meeting with representatives of SME’s in her office today. Ms Brown pointed out that the sale is part of Government’s efforts at increasing the capacity of Micro Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (MSME’s).
Government she went on, has created values for Micro Small Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) noting that the gesture will impact the society positively by creating employment and improve the economy of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs in the State. The Permanent Secretary hinted that those who wish to purchase any of the equipment should come to the premises of Amalgamated Distilling Limited, Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt on March 20, 2014.
Various Women Organisation in Rivers State have condemned the killings of 48 students at Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe State. The women who embarked on a peaceful, protest marched against the recent killings in the country.
The protesting Women who were all dressed in black carried placards bearing “SAVE OUR CHILDREN, STOP THE KILLINGS, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HUMANITY and were received at the Rivers State Government House by the lawmaker representing Etche Constituency Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Golden Chioma expressed sadness over the killings.