The head of Voters’ Education and Publicity Department at the Independent Electoral Commission in Rivers State, Edwin Enabor said at the beginning of this year, that ongoing voters registration exercise at the Port Harcourt City Local Government head office enrolls up to 500 persons per day. This has not stopped from my investigation till date. INEC started the continuous registration process on April 27, 2017 to enable qualified persons to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs. To register, or sort out any issue with your PVC, visit any INEC office from 9 a.m-3 p.m Mondays to Saturdays. However, you have to wait for at least six (6) hours before you register. This is because there is so much crowd and few registration officials. This is time wasting and frustrating for residents who abandons work to spend the whole day at INEC office for this exercise.
*I am sorry,* a short but mighty sentence! If you wish to live long, don’t joke with this short sentence, *I am sorry.* Do you know how many people who had gone to early graves because they neglected the therapeutic power of *I am sorry.* Single sorry can stop a war, and prevents millions of men, women including children from dying! Most of the troubles in most homes are heightened because wives are too big to say *I am sorry* to their husbands and you can trust the ego of husbands in saying same to their wives. Quarrel lingers between friends because no party wants to say *I am sorry.* each says or asks, why should I be the first to say *I am sorry?* He or she would beat his or her chest and utter the ego-phrase, *a whole me!* Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the part of the world where saying *I am sorry* is a hard nut to crack while curses are easily unleashed.
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has declared that there were no congresses of the party in the state. This is as the senator called on Nigerians, to always remember that no matter how difficult things may seem there is always something we can do to make it a little easier for those in greater need, especially the sick and less privileged. Abe, who spoke at a brief get-together to mark his 53rd birthday at his liaison office, Freedom House in Port Harcourt, said Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya remains the Chairman of the APC in the state as there were no congresses at all levels. While urging his supporters to remain calm, the senator advised party faithful to exercise caution on social media and stop insulting leaders and officers of the party.
Agriculture is a crucial economic activity, providing employment and livelihoods for many and serving as the basis for many industries. In most African countries, agriculture supports the survival and well-being of up to 70 percent of the population. Thus, for many, their livelihoods are directly affected by environmental changes, both sudden and gradual, which impact on agricultural productivity. Livestock and environmental goods offer some security from such shocks. About 70 percent of the rural poor in Africa own livestock, contributing significantly to household and community resilience to disasters, particularly in arid and semi-arid zones. More than 200 million people rely on their livestock for income (sales of milk, meat, skins) and drought power. Overall, livestock contributes about 30 percent of the gross value of agricultural production in Africa. According to the International Livestock Research Center (ILRI), opportunities exist to commercialize livestock production to target regional deficits in livestock products where they can be produced competitively.
“When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said. Mark 8:19 NLT Is poverty a curse that makes men mad? Here’s a true story, as told me by a second hand witness. Two Nigerians ordered oversized plates of food they didn’t need from an expensive restaurant somewhere in Germany. The waiters thought these were unusual amounts of food but what the heck, if they were this hungry. Surprises awaited them. Moments later, maybe to impress the white man, the men took just a few nibbles from their plates, shoved the food away and motioned the waiter for their bill. “You have to finish the food, Sirs,” the bewildered waiter politely told them. “No, we’re okay, no problem,” they answered, laughing. “But you have to eat the food, you cannot throw this amount of food away” insisted the restaurateur. The two men looked each other in the face, muttering, in Warri accent, “Shooooow?”
The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe today declared his intention to contest for the governorship of Rivers State in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Abe, who made the declaration while addressing a mammoth crowd at the inauguration of Freedom House, his liaison office in Port Harcourt, said his decision to run for the governorship position is for the interest of the future of the state.
I don’t cry at the drop of a hat and I’d hardly shed a tear if someone hurt or upset me. But I would turn on extreme water works for a movie, music or even a book, it doesn’t matter where I am, I would sob like I just lost a loved one. I have reacted and wept in front of family, friends, significant others, insignificant others and total strangers. I remember reading Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews on a bus and bursting into tears alarming everyone around me. I am not ashamed of how weak my tear ducts can be when reading or watching strong and emotive material as it takes someone special to be able to put themselves in another person’s shoes and feel their pain. It tells a lot about a person and shows a high level of emotional strength. Strength to withstand, understand and feel what others are feeling. How isn’t that a blessed gift?
My friend died a couple of months ago. She had a car accident and was burnt to death. If you grimaced at that, you should imagine what I did when I saw a picture of her body. I was scared shitless. I couldn’t sleep for days, I had to beg someone to sleep in my room with me for weeks. I’ve gotten over the grief, but that death taught me quite a few things. And I feel it’s important everyone knows these things too.
In the light of weakening global oil prices coupled with Nigerian Government’s new mantra of diversification, there is an urgent need for the Federal Government and all relevant stakeholders in the shipping industry to give adequate attention to Port Harcourt seaports to ensure they are brought back to their original status as a bustling shipping hub as envisioned by the founding fathers. Port Harcourt was originally created as a port city and shipping hub to export coal and agriculture products in 1912. However when crude oil was eventually discovered in 1956 it changed everything. The city moved from export of non oil products to a major industrial center with a number of large industrial firms particularly businesses related to the oil and gas industry. Everything in the city directly or indirectly now has a bearing on oil and the city has abandoned the ideals of the founding fathers who positioned it as a shipping and commercial hub beyond crude oil.
When I first came to Port Harcourt four years ago, I was young, bright-eyed and hungry. I had come from my little town in Benin City and I was determined to make sure I made money in Port Harcourt before I headed back. Very quickly, one of the first things I did was to start a business. I registered a company with the CAC and started searching for clients everywhere I could. (Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy) One day while talking business with a potential client who was the owner of a beauty salon in GRA Phase 2, I was called over to a lady who was getting her hair braided. She asked me what I did and then gave me her business card and told me to call her the next day. I was overjoyed. It seemed like all my dreams were about to come true. Not only had I been able to meet a potential client, I was also going to get a …