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No Factions In PDP-Ikuru …As Ibiamu Ikanya, Others Return To Party

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, has debunked insinuations of factions within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Andoni Local Government Area of the state.

Engr. Ikuru stated this at a meeting at Ngo, headquarters of the Andoni local government area where materials were distributed to PDP  ward officials for the ongoing registration exercise.

The Deputy Governor dismissed rumours that the party was divided in the area, saying the calibre  of personalities and large turn-out inspite of the heavy downpour spoke volumes of the oneness, unity of purpose and collective stance of the leadership of the party in the local government area.  He noted that, “as you can see every notable political leader in Andoni, past and present, is  here, this shows we are united and one in mind,”  adding, “there are no gang ups, no factions.” He advised them to avoid being deceived into any alliance with any politician to destabilise the machinery of the party in the area.

Reiterating Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s directive to register everyone who is 18 years and above, Engr. Ikuru explained that the largeness and strength of the party would enhance its performance in next year’s polls, saying that any largesse, opportunities or benefits available could only be achieved by collective effort.   Earlier, Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Mrs. Emilia Nte, had said that the re-registration exercise was to ensure the proper accreditation of members of the party, cautioning them against violence during the exercise.

Also speaking, the chairman of the party in the area, Mr. Victor Ere said that 300 registration cards were being given to each ward through the ward chairmen and Secretaries, who will be supervised by the ward councillors and two other elders of the party in the ward to ensure the proper registration of the members. Advising the party faithfuls in the area to eschew violence, Mr. Ere, who is a former deputy Mayor of Port Harcourt, said there were enough materials to register everyone with more materials to be released when the 300 were exhausted, saying, “don’t buy or sell the card; don’t hide it, and don’t hoard it. We want all members to be registered, if the 300 cards are exhausted, more will be released”.

Highlight of the event was the formal return to the PDP in the area by the leader of the Forum for Organised Opposition Political Parties (FOOPP) in the state and the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, alongside his supporters.

Dignitaries who attended the meeting include the legislator representing Andoni in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Charles Gogo Levi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Education, Hon. Sam Etetegwung, and Special Assistant to the Governor on 105 Health Centres Projects, Mr. Orom Nte Eroforokuma.

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Foundation Wants Establishment Of Environmental Clubs In Schools

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As part of measures of promoting Environmental best practices in the society, a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development Foundation’, has called for the establishment of Environmental Eco Clubs in Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions. 
Foremost environmentalist and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, Engr, Olu Andah Wai- Ogosu gave the recommendation during a one-day, ‘Youth in School Sensitisation Programme on Environmental sustainability’ held at Goel International School, Onne, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State in commemoration of the 2021 edition of the World Environment Day.
Wai- Ogosu who described the environment as man’s first right decried the abuses of the environment through bad practices and lack of effective policy regulations and implementation.
He pointed out that the establishment of Eco clubs and full integration of environmental practices in the school curriculum will help in raising proper awareness particularly among the youth to manage the environment effectively.
Wai- Ogosu, a former National President of Nigeria Environmental Society, said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day,  “Ecosystem Restoration” was very apt as it draws attention to the ecosystem which is under severe threat and abuses as a result of bad environmental practices.
He said: “It’s very important that we factor in the environment in all our development plans, the vision 2020 project had no consideration for the protection of the environment and what we have is chaos”.

By: Taneh Beemene

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