A HAND SHAKE ACROSS TWO CONTINENT – AFRICA AND EUROPE

The sustainable investments, Multi-stakeholding and collaborative efforts of the present Board and Management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is beginning to pay off in almost all areas of Clinical and Administrative activities of the Hospital with positive multiplier effects on the internal/external environment.

The tripartite partnership between the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, HEPIQ-C team of the Federal Ministry of Health and Victoria Centre for the aged in London was given a boast with the accelerated empowerment activities at the CEPU and funding of the Joint Federal Ministry of Health and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) team on the to London to visit the Victoria Centre and the East London Council to fine-tune the hand shake across the two continents – Africa and Europe with a project in Nigeria by University of East London.

The immediate outcome of these planned, systematic and rigorous process of agenda setting, strategic planning and implementation is the take-off of scholarship for PHD study in health and ageing in Nigeria programme by the University of East London. The package includes a PHD fee waiver and tax free stipend of €15,000 pounds per annum.
To apply for the Scholarship, the following documentation are required to be submitted to research.degrees@uwl.ac.uk using the heading PHD scholarship in H. Ageing.
International student Application form
Research proposal in the region of 1000 – 1500 words.
A sample of any publications
A personal statement which explain why you are interested in the scholarship
Transcript of your highest qualification
Evidence of your IELTS score
The closing date is 31st of October 2019
Three contact persons can be reached for further information:
Prof. Hafiz Khan, professor of Public health and statistics graduate school, University of East London. UK. Email: hafiz.khan@uwl.ac.uk
Dr. Saidu Ahmed Dumbulwa, National coordinator for HEPIQ-C, Federal Ministry of Health. Email: saidu1149@yahoo.com
Dr. (Mrs.) Hope I. Belgan. Email: ilabgam@yahoo.co.uk, head – Care of Elderly persons Unit of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).

This scholarship programme came into effect because of the increased expenditure, facility upgrade and recruitment of skilled manpower by the present Administration led by Prof. Henry Ugboma. In an interactive session by the Director of Administration of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) Akie Opuene Hart at Abuja with Dr. Saidu Ahmed Danbulwa of the Federal Ministry of Health, the coordinator elaborated that there are plans to also start the post graduate Diploma and Master degree programs at the East London University which is the first in the whole of Africa Continent and a big plus for University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) in particular and Nigeria at large.
Dr. Saidu said, that in recognition of the boast in the activities of the University of Port Harcourt Giariatic Centre called – Centre for the elderly, the Federal Government has approved the appointment of Dr. (Mrs) Hope Belgan as the Zonal coordinator of South-South for the Giariatics programs and this means that the Hospital is now the South-South Zonal Centre for the HEPIQ-C of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The pilot Centre has been improved by Prof. Henry Ugboma led Management to now include Laboratory services, Rehabilitation Unit, Physiotherapy, Occupational and speech therapy, prosthetics Unit, Pharmacy, Admin, Medical Records. Domestic Services, Catering and Restaurant, NHIS, Servicom, Laundry services, Security, Gardner’s and Medical Division. In the permanent site there will be full Radiological services, Oro-Dental Division, ENT and Eye Division Uro-Dynamic Units. Psycho geriatrics and Clinical Psychologists are also crucial.
The upscale investment and Multi-Stakeholding collaborative efforts of the Board and Management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Federal Ministry of Health and London Victoria Centre for the old which started with exploratory tasks, follow ups and eventual funding of the London trip has led to the recognition of the centre as the South-South zone head.
The Hall mark of the present Management is continuous improvements and upgrade of Clinical and infrastructural facilities that has led to not only commendations by National and International accreditation and visiting teams but passing of all accreditations visits and the restoration of the accreditation of the ones that were withdrawn in the past.

Signed
Office of Director of Administration
University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital

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The New APC National Working Committee (NWC) Arrangement for 2022 Convention

The all progressive Congress APC and it’s new arrangement for the national working committee members in 2022 has been leaked according to an insider who reviewed it to us.

1. National Chairman – (North – West)

2. Deputy National Chairman (North – Central)

3. Deputy National Chairman (South – East)

4. National Secretary (South – West)

5. Deputy National Secretary (North – East)

6. Six (6) National Vice Chairmen, one from each goe-political Zone of the Country (to be also known as Zonal Chairmen)

  • North – East Zonal Vice Chairman (Yobe)
  • North – West Zonal Vice Chairman (kaduna)
  • North – Central Zonal Vice Chairman (Kwara)
  • South – South Zonal Vice Chairman (Bayelsa)
  • South – East Zonal Vice Chairman (Imo)
  • South – West Zonal Vice Chairman (Lagos)

7. National Legal Adviser (South – South)

8. Deputy National Legal Adviser (North – East)

9. National Treasurer (North – East)

10. Deputy National Treasurer (South – West)

11. National Financial Secretary (South – East)

12. National Organising Secretary (North Central)

13. Deputy National Organising Secretary (South – South)

14. National Welfare Secretary (South – West)

15. Deputy National Welfare Secretary (North – Central)

16. National Auditor (North – West)

17. Deputy National Auditor (South – South)

18. National Woman Leader (North – East)

19. Deputy National Woman Leader (South – West)

20. National Youth Leader (South – South)

21. Deputy National Youth Leader (North – Central)

22. Special (Physically Challenged) Leader (South – South)

APC Presidential Ticket 2023 Zoning

  • President – (South – West)
  • Vice President – (North – East)
  • Senate President – (South – South)
  • Deputy Senate President – (North – Central)
  • House of Reps Speaker (South – East)
  • Deputy House of Reps Speaker (North -West)
  • SGF – (South – East)

YOUR EDUCATION IS TO UNITE THE COUNTRY, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS CORPS MEMBERS IN DAURA

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Daura, Katsina State, challenged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to live up to expectation of the founding fathers by utilising their education and privilege of visiting different parts of the country to unite Nigerians.

Receiving the youth corps members at his country home in Daura during the Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration, alongside the President of Republic of Guinea, Prof. Alfa Conde, President Buhari said the primary focus of the NYSC is to expose graduates to the beauty and diversity of the country, and return to their states or any part of the country to share their experiences.

The President said they should always emphasize the common values of peaceful co-existence, kindness and hospitality that cut across all cultures and religion in Nigeria.

President Buhari said the entire nation depends on past and serving youth corps members to bridge the country, since they have the first-hand experience of living with different ethnic groups in various parts of the country, studying their cultures and traditions, and enjoying hospitality, which underpins every community in Nigeria.

“From Lagos, Port Harcourt and other parts of the country, you are at the end of the country. This posting will make you know this place, Daura, and you can disabuse the minds of those who are not educated about the other side of the country.

“It is only the NYSC that is merging us together and of course, the police and soldiers,” he said.

The President noted that in every meeting with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who initiated the programme in 1973 to promote unity and understanding among Nigerians, he always remembers to appreciate the ingenuity of the programme and need for continuity.

In his remarks, the President of Republic of Guinea said the diversity of Nigeria remains its greatest strength, urging the youth corps members to always see themselves first as Nigerians, before identifying with their ethnic background.

“First, you are Nigerians before you are from any other part of the country. So promote the unity of the country regardless of your tribes,” he added.

The Chief Liaison Officer of NYSC in Daura, Aliyu Abdullahi, said it was a privilege to serve in the hometown of the President, and also meet with him and the Eid el-Kabir special guest, President Conde, urging the President to intensify the fight against corruption.

Abdullahi commended President Buhari for the efforts to restore peace, security and unity in the country, assuring him of the prayers and support of the corps members.

President Buhari donated two cows and ten bags of rice to the corps members, and some money, while the President of Guinea also complemented with two cows.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 11, 2019

I NEVER RECEIVED A DIME FROM GOVERNOR WIKE…..Oraye St. Franklyn

Oraye St. Franklyn the former Special assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Barr. EZENWO NYESOM WIKE on social media has debunked the news making round the social media that he resigned his appointment after the governor had given him 21m meant for social media influencers describing it as a campaign of calumny, which was only foolishly waged against him and attempt to discredit him after his resignation .

Read AlsoWike’s SSA on social media, Oraye , resigns, Dumps PDP In his resignation letter dated 30th May 2019.

As For now I will speak on the claim that I either stole or made away with N21m being money meant for social media influencers in Rivers State.

I state categorically that I never received a dime from either the Governor or anyone in the Rivers State Government, the Federal Government of Nigeria or any Government for disbursal to any named or unnamed social media influencers in Rivers State or anywhere in Nigeria or the world. Not a single Kobo, Naira, Dollar, Pound, Euro or Shillings was given to me for such disbursals during the Rivers State Governorship Campaign of 2019.

During the 2019 Rivers State Governorship campaign, I was appointed Deputy Director of Social Media, of the Media and Publicity Committee of the PDP Campaign Council of Rivers State. I reported directly to the Chairman Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Emma Okah.

A budget was prepared and submitted to the Committee through the Chairman. No official communication on approval was received and no money was released to me by the committee. No money was or could have been disbursed by me, as a result.

At no time did I receive either the alleged budgeted amount or any other money, not even the phantom N21m for that matter from any of the Government or Party sources that should have funded the Campaign.

The few young people who worked with me carried out the responsibilities confident that we were working to defend and strengthen our democracy. None of them is among those being used to attempt to discredit me in public.

Whether that was adequate compensation is not the subject of this post. But that I did not receive any money either for them or anyone other than them, and as such, couldn’t have stolen the alleged 21 million naira is a matter that is indisputable.

Nothing of such exists. The campaign of calumny, which was only foolishly waged against me to attempt to discredit me after I resigned, in the hope that should I join another political party as they presume, I would be doing so with a tainted reputation. That’s how cruel the politics of Rivers State has become and this is exactly what we must change.

I served the administration and Rivers State with the best of intentions and for the right reasons, selflessly and passionately. To this day, I’m still gravely indebted, financially and morally, to people and organizations who provided services for the excellent work done. I am still indebted to Facebook for work done for the Rivers State Government for more than a year, which bill is yet to be paid. I have not complained to anyone after not being able to get the funding for such services. I am carrying my cross and dealing with such liabilities privately.

Nobody chased me out of Government. I participated in a successful re-election campaign. The contributions of my Office and Team are there for all to see. History would judge us fairly.

I served to the last day of the first tenure and left the administration of my own free will, without ill-will or malice. No reasonable person disputes my right to leave at the time I did; I have a right to.

The recourse to machiavellian and lame political tactics to rubbish me speaks volumes of how a system many expend genuine passions in building rewards their goodwill.

The opposition to my #RiversFirst campaign also speaks volumes. If one is to even ask, is it not good to now note that since our collective effort to draw Government’s attention to areas needing its intervention in Rivers State, it has swung to action? Is that deniable? Isn’t that for the best of our people and what should be the true purpose of governance? Isn’t that what citizenship should be about? So why the attacks on Citizen Oraye?

As Louis D. Brandeis, an American Judge once said, to which I’m in complete agreement, “the most important political office is that of the private citizen.” I have rightly assumed that office.

N30MILLION BOUNTY: GOVERNOR WIKE ANNOUNCES THE CAPTURE OF BOBRISKY BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY

Less than 24 hours after Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike placed a N30million bounty on notorious cultist, Bobrisky of Gokana, the Nigerian Army has captured him, with Governor Wike confirming that he will redeem the pledge.

Speaking during a security meeting with leaders of Rumuolumeni Community at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike thanked the Nigerian Army for capturing the suspected cultist.

“The Army has captured Bobrisky of Gokana. I will pay the bounty that I promised to the Nigerian Army.

“Anyone who generates insecurity in Rivers State, I am ready to pay any amount to ensure the arrest of that person”.

Governor Wike called on community leaders to supply information to the State Security council on criminals in their communities for the security agencies to act frontally to reduce crime.

He described Rumuolumeni as one of the flashpoints in the state, where criminals use the waterway as a getaway point. He urged community leaders to cooperate with the State Government to check the activities of cult groups and insecurity in the area.

On the issue of road construction, Governor Wike assured the people of the area that key roads in the community will be constructed by his administration. He said by the end of the month, contractors will be mobilised to commence work on the selected road.

“Key roads in the area have been primed for construction. I urge you to have confidence in us that we will continue to develop the area “, he said.

He reiterated the prescription of youth groups in the state. He said any youth body that plans to operate, must first be profiled.

Also speaking, Commissioner of Police of Rivers State, Mustapha Dandaura said almost all communities have been overrun by cultists. He said security agencies cannot watch the situation degenerate.

He commended the Rivers State Governor for donating vehicles to the security agencies to fight crime. He assured that security agencies will intensify the battle against crime to achieve results.

Spokesman of the Rumuolumeni Community, Collins Wagbara expressed happiness that Governor Wike has commenced the process of constructing key roads in the area.

He lauded the Rivers State Governor for upgrading a major Secondary School in the area.

Wagbara assured the Rivers State Governor that the community is working with security agencies for the restoration of peace in the area.

CITIZENS QUEST, THE VOICE OF THE CITIZENS……Report.

Citizens quest a None Governmental Organization that was formed by a High profile journalist and the CEO of BEAM NEWSPAPER, Chief Mrs OBY NDUKWE with the aim of Acertaining and verifying the truth if truly the Government is working and delivering the core mandates given to them in our various communities across the country

It was gathered that the group which was formed some months ago in Port Harcourt, the city of Rivers State to acertain the level of works done so far by the current management board of NDDC lead by prof Nelson Briambiafa and the Rivers State Government later took it’s VISSION and MISSION to other states in the quest to find out the truth if actually the Government are working.

In an interview with the convener of Citizens quest, Chief Mrs OBY NDUKWE who explained to us that she decided to set up the group when she had discovered that the citizens have no voice or whom to speak for them especially in the local Communities across the country as every means of communication to the people in authority has been aborted. she further states how they operates, narrating that the team is been drawn and constituted by social media influencers across the country comprising of bloggers, twitters, facebook, whatsapp, instagram and other social media platforms were they send there reports uncensored from the residence at the areas/locations visited..

You could also recall that the Rivers State team of Citizens quest earlier last week, visited a popular junction in port Harcourt city known as location junction in Obio/Akpor local Government Area of Rivers State were a portion of the road has been very bad and unmotorable causing a very high traffic Jam in the Area. The convener visited the area with her team to acertain the truth and see things for themselves after been called upon by the residence of the Area and motorists at the junction.

Citizens quest had promised the citizens of the Area that the Government would do something soon concerning the situation and I can confirm to you that Rivers State Government has mobilized to the Area for repairs of the failed portion of the road.

The team which is not up-to a year as gathered has gained more popularity with a large number of followers on social media handles were the citizens now call on them for rescue believing that there cry will be heared through them.

NDDC Threatens Legal Action Against Shell, Agip, Chevron, Haliburton, Schlumberger Over Indebtedness.

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has asked the federal government, all the oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta region to fulfill their financial statutory obligations to the commission by remitting all their outstanding remittances to its coffers.

Since 2015, the government has not been remitting its statutory 15 percent of the total monthly statutory allocations due to member states of the NDDC from the federation account as well as the 50 percent of monies due to member states of the commission from the Ecological Fund.

The 15 percent, according to the provisions of Section 14(2)(a) and (c) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment, ETC) Act, 2014 represents the contribution of the federal government to the commission.

However, the commission has written to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Federal Ministry of Finance requesting for the remittance of the money which is well over N1.2 trillion.

According to copies of the letters sighted by our correspondent prepared by Paris Trust, a firm engaged by the NDDC to undertake the facilitation and remittance of the unremitted monies, all the oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta region have also defaulted in the remittance of the three percent of their annual budget to the agency.

Section 14(2)(b) of the NDDC Act, 2014 says three percent of the total annual budget of any oil producing company operating onshore and offshore, in the Niger-Delta area; including gas-processing companies, will be paid and credited to the fund established by the NDDC for the defrayal of all expenditure.

The firm which is undertaking the facilitation and payment of the monies said it would be left with no option than to resort to legal action if, at the end of a seven-day ultimatum, they failed to make the remittances.

“Take notice, therefore, that if at the expiration of seven (7) clear days from the date of your receipt of this letter you still fail, refuse and or neglect to liquidate the outstanding indebtedness due and owing to NDDC, we shall without fail commence legal action against you in a court of law, to recover the said sum together with any additional interest that may have accrued thereon since 2015,” the firm wrote in the letter signed by Timothy Bagwams, a principal partner at the firm.

Among top oil companies that owe the NDDC and already served letters are Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Chevron, Shell and Agip. Others are African Petroleum, Pan Ocean oil, Petro Bas, Seplat, Haliburton, South Atlantic Petroleum and Zenon, Schlumberger and First Exploration among others.

Over 50 oil companies are owing and have been served letters by the firm as of July 26, 2019.