As the Nigerian Super Eagles tackle Shilangu of Swaziland in the second leg of the 2018 African World Cup qualifier at the Adokiye Amesiemaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Government has called on football loving residents of the State to come out en-mass to cheer the team to victory.
Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo who was speaking in Government House Port Harcourt yesterday, said Rivers State has always provided the needed support for the Super Eagles in all their matches in Port Harcourt and toady’s encounter would not be an exception.
The Deputy Governor said although the team was held to a goalless draw by Shilangu of Swaziland in Lobamba, the Super Eagles has the capacity and potential to be victorious and proceed to the next round of qualification.
The statement further appealed to Rivers people to come to the stadium to cheer the Super Eagles to victory as the State Government has thrown the gates open for all football loving Nigerian to watch the match live and free.
She urged the players to ensure victory in this encounter today as they have the support of all.
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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured the leadership of the Bar in the State that he will continue to partner with them to entrench the rule of law and enhance access to justice.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, while presenting Six Toyota Coaster Buses to the five branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, in Rivers State and the Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Governor Wike stated that the collaboration with lawyers is necessary for the Sustenance of justice delivery.
Governor Wike who was represented by the State Attorney-General, Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, said: "The presentation of these buses is just a tip of the iceberg. We shall have several other avenues of engagement for the benefit of the legal profession".
He noted that this is the first time in eight years that the Rivers State Government is reaching out to lawyers by donating utility vehicles to them.
The Governor charged the lawyers to carefully use the buses for the purposes that they were donated and in the interest of all their members.
Highpoint of the presentation was the handing over of the keys of the buses and particulars to the leadership of the NBA branches and the official of FIDA.
Chairman of the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dennis Okwakpam who responded on behalf of other branch NBA chairmen commended Governor Wike for always living up to his promise.
He said the buses will serve the transportation needs of lawyers, adding that lawyers were exposed to risks while attending the last NBA National Conference in hired buses which broke down intermittently.
The Port Harcourt Branch NBA Chairman said that branches will formally appreciate the governor’s support in December.
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Rivers State Government has charged Agencies and Organisation operating in the State to adopt standard procedures in disposing poisonous substances and contaminated products.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo stated this when the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association led by its National President Dr. Edgar Amos Sunday paid her a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt recently.
Dr. Banigo-Harry decried a situation where an Agency of Government would dump poultry meat declared unhealthy for human consumption in an unethical manner and warned that the State Government would not tolerate any action that would jeopardise the health of its citizens.
She however assured that the State Government places much importance on Agriculture in the scheme of things as a veritable instrument of job creation for the teeming unemployed youths in the State.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mrs. Caroline Wali has commended the Hospital Management Board (RSHMB) for maintenance of facilities within the Board’s premises.
Mrs. Wali made the commendation during a visit to the Board during her familiarity tour of Health facilities in the Ministry.
Earlier, the Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Board Dr. (Mrs.) Dorathy Okoh who conducted the Permanent Secretary round said that funding is the major problem of the Board.
The Commissioner for Housing, Rivers State, Barr. Emma Okah, has called on the Zonal Commanding Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to look into the issue of fake drivers licence and vehicle particulars.
The Commissioner made the call recently while receiving the Zonal Commanding Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), ACM Bulus Darawang in his office.
He urged the Commanding Officer to decentralise the process of issuance of licences to enable the public have access to available information and assistance across the State to save motorists the inconveniences and embarrassment that are clearly avoidable.