Progressive Governors Hold Summit To Address Crisis In Education Sector

Progressive ForumConcerned about the escalating insecurity situation in the country coupled with the issues in the educational sector in Nigeria, a group known as Progressive Governors made up of APC governors in the country, has engaged experts to produce a policy design on the crisis in the education sector.

The Summit, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and themed  Crisis In Nigeria’s Educational Sector: Addressing The Connect Between Unemployment And Insecurity, was attended by education commissioners from states controlled by the APC, education consultants and experts from the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and government officials.

Various PGF consultants analysed issues in the education sector, one of which they said is the UNESCO report that one out of every five Nigerian school child is out of school. One of them, Mr Wale Ajadi, stressed on the level of funding.

Representing the Governor of Rivers State, the SSG George Feyii, said without education no society can achieve its full potential.

In its policy issues, the Forum noted that education is an instrument for national development and governments should show its commitment to the rights of citizens to education and expand various efforts to that direction.

Rivers Chief Of Staff Raises Alarm Over Sudden Withdrawal Of Policemen

Just when it was thought that sanity was beginning to return to Rivers state, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers state governor, Tony Okocha has raised an alarm on the sudden withdrawal of two of the policemen assigned to secure his official residence and others attached to the Secretary to the Rivers state government, Mr George Feyii without any notice.

Mr. Okocha expressed shock over the sudden move, which he alleged the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu was responsible for, while speaking to Channels Television at his office in the government house, Port Harcourt.

He alleged that while he was away for an official meeting, armed policemen totalling about 15 stormed his official residence and ordered out the two policemen, and same was done to another principal officer of the Amaechi administration, Mr, George Feyii, the Secretary to the state government.

He however stated that the sudden withdrawal of the police escorts for two principal officers without prior notice is a huge disappointment and above all a fresh onslaught on the Amaechi led administration by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, as it portends serious danger to his family and the day-to-day activities of his office as Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt.

Rivers Float N5billion SME Fund

The Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Amaechi has announced that the state government has floated the N5 billion Small and Medium Enterprises fund to drive innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the people of the state.

The fund he explained will be managed by independent bodies and will not be restricted to indigents alone.

He made this known at the opening of a two-day Wealth Creation and Poverty Reduction Summit organized by the Rivers State Office of the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) and Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Noting that the old way of sharing money to people as empowerment strategy stifles sustainable wealth creation and empowerment of the people, the governor said his administration will rather provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in order to create employment and development.

He also disclosed that the major focus of his government will be in the areas of health, education, power and agriculture, as he condemned politicians who assume leadership positions without having a vision.

Amaechi stressed that the diversification of the nation’s economy where everybody can participate and acquire wealth in order to overcome poverty is the sure path to eliminate criminality.

Secretary to the Rivers State Government, George Feyii, suggested that some of the ills of society stems from poverty, but assured that the government was poised to tackle them, and make the youths self -reliant and productive.

The Special Adviser to the governor on NEPAD, Dr. Tex Wariboko assured the people of Rivers state of plans to reduce poverty and unemployment through a workable strategy.

Dr. Wariboko noted that NEPAD as a government agency has commenced series of programmes to reduce illiteracy and health problems as a way to check poverty.

General Manager of RSSDA, Tonye Sokubo who represented the Executive Director said the programme is part of the numerous activities by the agency geared towards sustaining development through the core areas of agriculture, scholarships and job creation as mandated to it by law.