First Lady Commends Rivers Child Education Initiatives
First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has lauded the effort of Non-governmental organisation, the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), for providing tuition free and quality kindergarten education.
Dame Jonathan stated this during the commissioning of a model nursery school built by the Empowerment Support Initiative at Ubima, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. She stated that the NGO founded by the wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi has distinguished itself in the provision of quality nursery education.
Mrs. Jonathan pledged her support towards the success of providing basic access to education. “I want to say that we will contribute and support this NGO because it is an NGO for everybody and we will make it achieve its vision for the children because if you train up a child in the way he/she should go, he/she will not depart from it”.
She vowed to use her privileged position to advance the socio-economic development of Rivers State. “I will not relent in any way to give support to the development of my people, because am always happy to identify with my people and get the best for them”.
The state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, emphasised the need for early childhood education to national development. He restated his support for the early child programme, especially at the rural community and commended the First Lady for identifying with her people.
Earlier, the governor’s wife and founder, ESI, Dame Judith Amaechi, said the education intervention programme was initiated to complement the ongoing revolution by the state government in the education sector.
Mrs. Amaechi said the ESI School was a transitional ground that prepares the children mentally and psychologically for the expectation and sustainability into model primary education.
She added that 20 permanent schools had been built in several communities in the state and urged stakeholders to support the scheme.
Earlier in the her speech, wife of the Rivers State and founder, ESI, Dame Judith Amaechi said the education intervention programme was initiated to complement the state government revolution in the education sector.
Source: This Day, 20th November 2011.
Amaechi Moves against Criminals
By Muhammad Bello
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has assured residents of the state of their security following recent reports of armed robbery activities around banks in the state capital, Port Harcourt.
Amaechi also warned criminals to stay away from the state, as government was poised to make the state peaceful and safe.
Speaking through his Spokesman, Mr. David Iyofor, the governor revealed that plans had been put in place to fight the recent wave of criminal activities in the state. He associated the recent crime wave with the coming Christmas season.
“The governor is working tirelessly in collaboration with security agencies in the state and would stop at nothing to ensure that these acts of criminality are nipped in the bud,” Iyofor said.
According to Iyofor: “These criminals seem to specialise in robbing banks or people going to or coming from banks or persons moving cash to or from banks. Our investigations have revealed that these robberies are perpetrated by gangs who are in a mad rush for money to spend in the fast approaching yuletide season. These bank and associated robberies we are seeing in the past few weeks are Christmas related.
“But we want to assure residents of the State that new and fresh security measures are now in place to deal with these criminals. We want to assure residents of Port Harcourt that we are on the trail of these criminal gangs, and sooner than later, they would have to answer for all their heinous crimes.
“Specific security arrangements have been put in place to deal with these criminal elements. We urge the people to remain calm and extremely vigilant as they go about their daily business.”
He warned criminals to pack and leave Rivers State immediately or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
Source: This Day, 7th November 2011.
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