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Group Pledges Unity Among Ugbobi People

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A socio-cultural organisation in Ahoada West, Rivers State, the Uzugbani Umeke Ugbobi (UUU) has reiterated its readiness to foster unity among the people of the area in order to attract development projects.

The assertion was made recently by the chairman of the body, Chief Simon S. Uyi during a grand reception at Idu-Ekpeye in honour of four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members from the area who had distinguished  themselves in politics.

Chief Uyi said the politicians who have caused political and socio-cultural development of the area have made their people proud and urged the youths to emulate them.

“UUU since its formation has been focused on the unity and recognition of Ugbobi. This was not only achieved at the election and coronation of Eze Igbu Ugbobi I, HRH, Eze I. J. Odum but also at the formal inauguration of Ugbobi as an autonomous clan in Ekpeye by HRM, Ft. Lt. Eze Robinson O. Robinson, Eze Ekpeye-Logbo II (rtd) on December 31, 2008.

However, the clan lamented that since the creation of Ahoada West Local Government Area no Ugbobi son or daughter has been a member of Caretaker Committee, and that in the ongoing citing of model primary schools and cottage hospitals by state government, Ugbobi is not considered.

Those honoured by the socio-cultural organisation include, Hon. H. O. Asita, representing Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hope Ikiriko, Ahaoda West in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Miller Awori, chairman, Ahoada West Local Government Area and Hon. Ahamefula Elemanya, Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Aquatic Catfish.

Souvenirs were presented to the awardees. While Hon. Asita was honoured for transparent leadership, Hon. (Evang) Ikiriko got awarded for dynamic and vibrant representation. Hon. (Barr) Awori was awarded for his excellent performance and Hon. Elemanya personally received his award for honesty and pragmatic leadership.

Responding on behalf of the awardees, Hon. Elemanya thanked the UUU for recognising them. He further said, “Now I can represent you with authority. For recognising me, I will perform miracles for Ugbobi,” he said.

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Traditional Ruler Empowers Widows, Others In Elele

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A traditional ruler, Eze Okechukwu Okah, Eze Ali Omokpirikwu of Elele, in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State, has empowered widows, women and chiefs in his community.
Eze Okah, gave out five milion, five hundred thousand naira to over 5000 persons for empowerment.
The annual empowerment programme was held at the weekend in Elele, in his palace. The aim was to assist women and chiefs to cultivate their farms.
Speaking at the ceremony, the traditional ruler said the major aim of the empowerment was to make feeding in various homes easy.
”This annual empowerment programme was to enable our mothers return to their farms. It is the only way I can assist them feed their homes and society at large.
For now, this is what I can do to assist our precious mothers, widows and the less privileged in the society”, Eze Okah said.
He further promised to build a befitting market for Omokpirikwu women, as to improve the economic activities of the area.
“The market, if built would end transporting goods to other neighbouring communities for sale.
Consequently, I dedicate this empowerment programme to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, because he is the pride of the state.
Governor Wike’s massive infrastructural and human capital development in the state deserves commendation”, he stated.
He used the forum to call on the governor to contest 2023 presidential race, saying that he has the capacity and support.
Earlier, an 89 year old woman, Edith Amadi, one of the beneficiaries expressed joy with tears, thanking Eze Okay for his benevolence, adding that since she lost her husband life have been so difficult.
The women leader of Ali Mama Omokpirikwu Chapter, Mrs Dorathy Ogbonna, Ezenne Justin Kinika, 79, and other beneficiaries’ thanked Eze Okah for the empowerment.

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Why Ogoni Should Be Supported For Governor -VON

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A politico-social group christened Vanguards of Ogoni Nation (VON), has canvassed for an Ogoni to be governor in 2023.
Chairman of the group, Favour Reuben, in a live radio programme monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt said, Ogonis have potentials to lead the state.
He solicited for other ethnic groups to join in the quest for an Ogoni governor, noting that they cannot do it alone without support of other parts of the state.
In his words:” We are consulting and reaching out to other groups and we believe the Ogonis should be given a chance.”
Reuben dismissed the claim of riverine and upland dichotomy in the state guber race, stressing that current political developments have overtaken such position over the years.
Reuben, who is former chairman of Labour Party, also hinted that his party is ready to field any candidate from Ogoni in the party.
The former labour party chairman in the state urged all Ogonis to jettison their differences and ensure that they produced the governor in 2023.
He counselled against all forms of divisiveness and violence, emphasising the need for unity, compromise and sense of nationality among the Ogonis as a way of clinching the guber seat in next year.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Soberekon Calls For Six Vice Presidential Slots For Nigeria

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An elder statesman in Niger Delta, Rev Sokari Soberekon, has called for a provision for six vice presidential slog for the country. This is as he called for the restructuring of Nigeria before the 2023 general election.
In a memo titled “proposal for the restructuring of Nigeria for peace and stability, sustainability, rapid development and good governance”, made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the cleric said the political zones have been grossly neglected for years especially the villages that produce the resources that have sustained the country for 65 years, hence, the six vice presidential positions if put in place, would serve the interest of the autonomous geopolitical zones of the country.
Soberekon maintained that only restructuring will correct injustice and encourage healthy competition among the zones for rapid development since all the zones have resources that can be developed for growth and development.
Each of the six geopolitical zones include; south east, south west, south-south, north-east, north-central and north-west zones, he said, ”is naturally endowed with wonderful mineral resources that need be tapped and developed for rapid economic growth and development”
Soberekon in the same memo, warned against heeding to calls for the division of the country instead, he sued for “staying together as one indivisible entity”, as the best option for Nigeria, via restructuring.
Meanwhile, Soberekon has also called for the establishment of a petroleum and gas university in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, as he invites President Mohammadu Buhari and other world leaders to visit Oloibiri to see the level of underdevelopment in the place.
Regretting the absence of a federal presence in the community, he said nothing less than the establishment of a petroleum and gas university would serve enough compensation to a people and land where crude oil was first discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria.

By: Kalu Emmanuel

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