Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appointed Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, as Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to the governor.The governor also appointed Mr Chibuzor Aholu as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Financial Matters.A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu, yesterday said both appointments take immediate effect. Last Friday, Yobo held his international testimonial match at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, an event that was listed as part of programs to celebrate one year anniversary of the administration of Wike.The match brought international football stars, journalists, administrators and enthusiasts together in Port Harcourt to celebrate the peace, security and development of Rivers State.Some of the stars at the Yobo Testimonial International Match include Samuel Etoo, Austin Jay jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Ahmed Musa, Efe Ambrose, Vincent Enyeama, Ike Shorunmu, Augustine Eguavoen, Joel Obi and Coach Amodu Shu’aibu.Former Manchester United Manager, David Moyes, Emmanuel Emenike, Danny Shittu and Club Proprietor, Ifeanyi Ubah were also on ground to celebrate Yobo during the testimonial match hosted by the Rivers State Government.Nollywood Star, Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) and Ace Comedian, AY were on hand to add spice to the match while music stars like Humble Smith, Harrysong and home-boy, Duncan Mighty provided the needed entertainment.Yobo retired from football at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 after chalking up 101 caps at the Super Eagles.The Ogoni-born ex-international also had an illustrious club football career that saw him play ten years at English Premiership club Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
DES MOINES — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds and key Republicans in the legislature met yesterday and settled on a “per pupil” spending level for the 2019/2020 school year.They’ve agreed to boost general state support of public K-12 schools by a little more than two percent, slightly less than what Governor Reynolds recommended last month.Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny said the deal includes more money to offset transportation costs and address inequities in the state funding formula — for a total package of nearly $90 million more dollars to public schools.“I think the most important thing when it comes to school funding is we promise an amount that we can actually fund,” Whitver says, “and this amount that we’re promising today is an amount that we’re very confident we’ll be able to fund in the future.”The state’s education community had been lobbying for more.“While we appreciate that 2.06 percent is better than the rates that have been assigned that last couple of years, we know that school districts in Iowa need at least three percent to keep up with the cost of inflation,” said Melissa Petersen, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Education Association, which represents about 34,000 Iowa teachers.Last year, the Republicans at the statehouse approved a one percent hike in per pupil state funding for the current school year. The previous year, the increase was 1.1 percent. Legislative leaders expect the GOP’s general school spending level for next year to gain final approval in the House and Senate next week.