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PH: The Return Of A Garbage City?

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The Spillover of the Christmas and New Year celebrations is now being felt in the form of huge  waste dumps that are now a common sight in Port Harcourt.

No matter the route one follows into the city, huge refuse dumps saunters from a distance as one drives into the metropolis from both the Aba Road axis and Choba axis.

The Eleme axis is not spared as well. Even driving from the Bonny waterfront into Town buses and taxis meander through the dump sites at Creek Road. The dump becomes glaring at Lagos bus stop,’ just few metres from the junction.

The whole picture depicts rot with a simple message of a city whose refuse collectors have gone to sleep. But as at Monday when the dumps started disappearing from the exit corners, the city centre was still beset by lots of abandoned waste dumps.

From the Agip Estate at Rumueme driving down straight into Abacha Road, one is greeted by a waste dump stretching few metres into the high brow neighbourhood.

As one exits Woji junction in the new GRA and enters Onne Road another refuse dump erupts from a distance exuding foul odour.

At Mile 3 Park a huge refuse dump had almost become permanent there till late last year when refuse collectors evacuated it, but from indications the dump has continued to swell leading, sometimes to heavy traffic jam along the route.

Fortunately the dump at Education bus stop was totally cleared, while the one at Mile one Market has continued to fluctuate in size over the period. However, the collectors should be commended for trying to check the dump at the market.

Moving further to the Mile 4 axis, the dump at market junction is yet to be fully cleared. The same scene dots the Ikwerre Road all the way to Rumuokoro Junction, where a huge dump as at last week sits close to the Anglican Church by the roundabout.

From the Iwofe axis, a huge refuse dump is almost spilling unto the road just beside Jarus Base. The same scenario dots the road down to Rumuolumeni.

One resident in the area who gave her name as Amaka Peters lamented that most times dumps take a whole month to clear since collectors hardly come into the area.

Luckily areas like Trans-Amadi, Woji town including Amadi-Roundabout where a little bit spared during the period even though there were slight presence of waste dumps often quickly cleared before they become nuisance.

Within the slaughter area, residents and traders breathed a sigh of relief as not much of waste dmps where seen within the axis, except when one drives into Azuabie axis.

Investigations by The Tide on Sunday  reveal that most refuse collectors whose sites are out of public glare or far from the city centre hardly evacuate their sites often leading to the mountainous waste heaps seen in those areas.

Areas often affected include Iwofe, Azuabie, Elelenwo, Rumukurushi, woji and deep down Borokiri area in town axis of the metropolis.

Miffed by the poor waste management in the city last year, the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi had announced plans by his administration to evolve an efficient waste evacuation systems.

The governor had at a public forum last year flaked waste contractors for their failure to meet up government expectation, while lamenting that waste management had become a burden to his administration.

Few weeks after the governor expressed displeasure over the situation, the State Commissioner for Environment Barrister Kingsley Chindah quickly evolved measures to salvage the situation.

Part of the measures evolved by the environment ministry include the introduction of night sweeping, monitoring of indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents, introduction of special sanitation days for public places such as: markets, parks and motor-parks.

However, the special sanitation days for public places is yet to have the desired impact, since most of the users of the area fail to turn up or participate fully.

Environmental experts are of the view that most of the waste that deface the city are generated in public places, and therefore harped on the need for government to intensity campaign in monitoring those places.

Commenting over the swelling waste dumps within the metropolis, an environmental engineer and lecturer in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Dr. Alexander Akor remarked that indiscriminate dumping of wastes affects people life span.

Most especially he observed that when waste water seeps underground, it affects the quality of drinking water.

Dr Akor observed that since most borehole water are hardly treated peoples lives are endangered.

The environmental expert further warned that waste dumps can ignite fire as a lot of bacteria in the waste can spark fire when they are overheated   by the sun. Such fire Dr Akor insisted can also spread to houses, especially in congested neighbourhoods leading to loss of lives and properties.

In a swift reaction to the situation, the Rivers State Environmental sanitation Authority (RSESA) on Wednesday issued a pres statement calling on all waste contractors to handover government properties in their possession.

According to the statement signed by RSESA chairman, Hon. Nnamdi Wokekoro, “All refuse disposal, dumpsite management controls with the Rivers State Government have been terminated with effect from 31st January, 2010.

The announcement The Tide on Sunday  investigations reveal cannot be disconnected from the glaring ineptitude of refuse contractors to rid the city of filth.

In order not to worsen the situation, the agency called on the refuse contractors to continue their duties till the end of this month or forefeet their payment for the month of January.

From indications, however contractors who have met the requirement of the RSESA may likely be re-appointed before 31st January.

Nevertheless, the major challenge on ground now is to ensure that the huge waste dumps is cleared around the city since that is one way to maintain the Garden City status of Port Harcourt.

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Asaramaija Installs Monarch Amid Fanfare

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The colourful cultural displays that ushered in the coronation of Okangh Ama of Asaramaija Community in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State will for a long time stay green in the minds of the indigenes.
The ancient coastal community was alive for almost a week with various masquerade and cultural displays as part of the coronation ceremony.
The Tide Metro gathered that the salt making community picked one of its son, His Royal Highness (Dr) Inwon Joseph Isaac Urang for the unique stool of his fathers.
Urang is a medical doctor by training and is under the services of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board.
Investigations revealed that the community is one of the oldest Andoni settlements known for salt-making before the advent of Europeans.
Highpoint of the ceremony was done last Tuesday when the new king severed the head of a life bull and presented it to the people.
In the culture of the community, once the king-to-be successfully cuts the head of a bull smoothly that means he has been accepted by the ancestors.
Shortly after the ceremony, Dr Urang promised to work assiduously to ensure peace, love, unity and progress of the community.
On his part, Secretary General of Asarama Divisional Council of Traditional Rulers (ADCTR), Chief Ubokikwan Gabriel Ogbologwung, said the emergence of the new monarch was a welcome development.
Ogbologwung urged the people to embark on a fresh journey to promote peace, love and unity among themselves.
“All the subjects of the new King of Asaramaija should love and work in unison with their monarch.
“The elders and kingmakers should rally round him to provide wise counsels to the new king with which the community and kingdom would make progress,” Chief Ogbologwung stressed.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Youths March In PH For PDP Governorship Candidate

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As part of the build up to the 2023 governorship election, millions of youths marched through some streets of Port Harcourt to sensitise the public, while crusading for a violence- free election.
The youths were made up of a coalition of various groups including Rivers Equity Group and the National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN) forming part of the majority of the participants
Clad in white T-shirts and blue jeans, the youths took off from Christmas Village Hotel in Eagle Island and marched through Illoabuchi to Ikwerre and Azikiwe Roads.
The acting state coordinator of the “Two Million Youth For SIM”, Ibim Daminabo said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Siminialayi Fubara is generally accepted by the youths, hence, they are drumming support for him as a young man who wants to govern Rivers State.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers, Siminialayi Fubara had earlier assured that he would be a governor for all the people of the state if elected into office in 2023.
Aside the youths, the rally also witnessed the presence of party stalwarts and statesmen who joined in the walk round parts of the city.
Some of the eminent Rivers indigenes under the aegis of “Rivers Equity for 2million Youths for SIM” include former Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Sir Clapton Ogolo; Alabo Pawariso Horsfall, two former Permanent Secretaries, Sir J. P. Nalley and Sir Hart.
Others are Sir Emeka Ichoku and Mrs Tari Ningi Wari.
Speaking to newsmen, Sir Ogolo told newsmen that the event was to sensitise youths in the state to abstain from violence during the 2023 elections.
Ogolo, who was one of the conveners of the event, said violence was not only destructive but limits development and progress.
He said at this time, Rivers State needed a youthful governor to continue with the developmental aspirations of the present administration.
Ogolo warned those throwing stones to desist as the days of ignorance were over, “Peace is development and it gives joy”, he said.
The former commissioner said the rally would be taken round the 23 local government areas of the state.
Also speaking, Alabo Pawariso Samuel Horsfall said the Rivers Equity for 2million Youths For SIM, has come to join forces with Rivers youths to say no to violence during the 2023 general elections.
According to him, Rivers youths have always set the pace in the country, adding that such enviable position must be sustained in next year’s election.
Counselling youths to take the message round the state, Horsfall said Rivers youths were lucky that Sir Fubara was one of them.
He described the PDP guber candidate as peace-loving, a character he exhibits in all his activities.
The keynote speaker, Sir Emeka Ichoku, who spoke on the “Role of Youths on Violence In Free Election”, said the Peoples Democratic Party guber candidate knows what empowerment is all about.
Ichoku urged the youths to join the moving train by fully participating in the electoral process by getting their permanent voters’ cards and abstaining from violence during the elections.
For Hon. Norman Iboroma, the time for youths to take over has come, as he canvassed for a violence-free election in 2023.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Democracy Day: Stakeholders Brainstorm In PH

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This year’s Democracy Day celebration in Port Harcourt witnessed a gathering of religious and public-spirited individuals on a one-day forum to chart course for the nation’s leadership in next year elections.
The event was organised by the Men’s League of Christ Church, Port Harcourt tagged, “What Do Nigerians Want?” as stakeholders drawn from all walks of life in the metropolis brainstormed on the kind of leadership the country needs.
Speakers and experts drawn from the academia, church and the general public all shared views on how to pull the country out of its current debacle.
President of the Men’s League of Christ Church Port Harcourt, Barrister Sotonye Inyeinengi-Etomi set the tone of the forum, when he spoke on the need for a new leadership paradigm shift considering the state of the nation.
He stated that the church as key player in both spiritual and social needs of the nation has risen to the challenge to sensitise and to awaken the citizenry on the need to make the nation better.
Worried by the worsening insecurity and economic challenges, Inyeinnengi-Etomi submitted that the forum was put together by the men in the church as their contribution to nation building.
The Christ Church Men’s League Chairman stressed the need for participatory citizenship and improving governance.
In his paper titled, “The President Nigeria Needs”, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo harped on the need for leadership change.
He argued that what the country needs now are leaders who have vision and are ready to sacrifice for the common man, saying” things must be done differently”.
Pastor Ighodalo was of the opinion that leadership remain the bane of Nigeria’s transformation, stressing that once we get good leadership other things will fall in place.
Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo while speaking on the topic “Restructuring and True Federalism” was of the view that some responsibilities need to be decentralised like the police, power provision and railway.
Once there is decentralisation, he believes that the state will have less dependence on the centre, “rebalancing of the constitution in terms of power and security. So, there is reason for state police.”
Oyewo maintained that regions are closer to the people, thus it will boost security, the economy and sense of belonging by the populace.
He also identified data and planning as key factors in ensuring that programmes are tailored towards the people.
The state of insecurity in Nigeria was addressed by Dr. Victoria Ekhomu, a security expert, who narrated how her husband was killed by kidnappers years back.
Dr. Ekhomu blamed security challenges on poor leadership in the country, as she warned that if the current insecurity in parts of the country persists then next year’s elections may be hampered.
Chairman of the forum’s Organising Committee, Engr Stanford Tasie said this year’s forum was a success and assured that the communique will be forwarded to appropriate authorities as a way to support national development.
He recalled that this year’s forum was the second in the series and that by next year when another one will be organised, the country must have concluded its elections.

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