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WorldChicago Issues Certificate of Partnership to Silec Initiatives in US

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By Eric Elezuo

For its sustained campaign against drug abuse and trafficking, Silec Initiatives, a not for profit Nigerian organisation, has been officially issued a certificate of partnership by the acclaimed WorldChicago.

The event followed a five years of collaboration between two two groups on Citizenship Diplomacy Leadership Exchange Program in Chicago Illinois United States of America in Leadership and capacity development in the fight against drug abuse and other related social vices in Nigeria.

The document was signed and handed over to the Founder/President of Silec Initiatives,  Amb. Sunny Irakpo by the President, Peggy Parfenoff on behalf of WorldChicago, during a brief ceremony that heralded the closing ceremony of the 2023 Exchange Program tagged ‘An Evening of Nigerian Culture, Networking and Awards’ at WorldChicago head office in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Designed to promote the totality of the Nigerian cultural heritage, in the United States of America and across the globe, the event witnessed participants and invited guests dressed in diverse Nigerian cultural attire.

Expressing his profound gratitude, Irakpo on behalf of Silec Initiatives, lauded the president and board members of WorldChicago for the sheer confidence and love for Nigeria as well as helping to provide solutions to various social challenges confronting the most populous black Nation on earth.

“On behalf of SILEC and every Nigerian,  i appreciate this convivial relationship to make the world a better place for all. We promised to keep the terms of reference for the common goal of all.

Mr Irakpo, however called on both the federal and state governments, corporate organizations as well as well meaning individuals across the globe to support the laudable objectives of initiative to help reposition the youths for greater national development through exchange programme.

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Gunmen Abduct Channels TV Reporter in Rivers, Demand N30m

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Gunmen have kidnapped a journalist and reporter with Channels Television, Mr Joshua Rogers, at his residence in Rumuosi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday night.

Rogers, who covers the Rivers State Government House for his organisation, was reportedly trailed after he closed from work to his residence.

The miscreants accosted him before he alighted from his car, pointed a gun at him and whisked him along with his vehicle off to an unknown destination at about 9 pm.

A source who said he doesn’t want his name mentioned said the reporter had earlier covered an event in Ndoni in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state where Governor Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated a Primary Healthcare Centre.

The facility was built and donated to the state by the PAMO Educational Foundation, founded by former Rivers governor, Dr Peter Odili, on Thursday.

The source said, “Yes, he was kidnapped last night at his residence in Rumuosi and taken away in his car by some unknown gunmen.

“We are appealing to the kidnappers to release him immediately and unhurt. He is just a journalist doing his job and not a moneybags. So I don’t know the purpose of his kidnap.”

It was also gathered that the hoodlums had contacted his wife and demanded N30m as ransom before releasing him.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, for confirmation, were unsuccessful as she did not pick up several calls put across to her by The Punch.

Iringe-Koko has also yet to reply to a text message sent to her as of publication on Friday morning.

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Bobrisky Goes to Jail! Sentenced to Six months Term, with No Fine Option

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Cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye popularly known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment without any option fine for abusing the Nigeria currency – naira. 

Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in her sentence, said the judgment will serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of abusing and mutilating the naira.

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Odili Endorses Fubara As Rivers Political Leader

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A former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, has endorsed Governor Siminalayi Fubara as the political leader of the State, praising him for defending the interests of the people.

Odili, who served between 1999 and 2007, stated that Fubara, having secured his electoral victory both through the ballot and the courts, is now the political leader of the State.

Odili spoke on Thursday at the unveiling of a Primary Healthcare Centre donated by his PAMO Foundation in Ndoni, his hometown in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area.

He emphasised the strategic importance of Rivers State, warning that if it sneezes, the entire nation catches cold. He urged Governor Fubara to act with this awareness in all his decisions.

Assessing Fubara’s performance in the last 10 months in office, Odili commended him for making significant strides in critical sectors within his first year in office, particularly focusing on the well-being of the people.

He noted that Fubara’s administration is in alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda, especially in the health sector, following the recent launch of the Primary Healthcare Fellows scheme by the Federal Government.

Odili encouraged the governor to maintain this alignment with the President and his policies to attract Federal government attention and support to the State.

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