Youths of the seven local government areas that make up the South-East Senatorial District of Rivers State have endorsed the candidature of the former Secretary to the state government and senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Magnus Abe, to represent the zone in the upper chambers.
The local government areas include, Andoni, Eleme, Khana, Gokana, Tai, Oyigbo and Opobo/Nkoro.
Speaking at a youth forum in Bori, headquarters of Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Chairman of the Rivers State Youths Council, Comrade Bethel Oko-Jaja, said youths from the district decided to endorse Hon. Abe based after considering his track records.
Oko-Jaja said Abe as secretary to the government contributed a lot to the success recorded by the Amaechi-led government to the state, stating that the youths endorsement for him is 100 per cent.
He noted that the youths believed that Hon. Abe as the representative in the senate would attract development and empowerment for the youths.
He lauded the Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi-led government in the state for delivering development to the people of the state, adding that nothing would stop the youths of the district from casting their votes massively for the PDP.
In his speech, Senator Adawari Michael Pepple, described Hon Magnus Abe as a lawmaker per excellence, noting that the upper chambers of the National Assembly needed capable hands to make good laws to move the country forward.
Senator Michael Pepple noted that senate is not a place where contract are given, explaining that it is a place where people go to make good laws. “Hon. Abe is a law maker per excellence. I strongly believe that he will be a principal officer in the National Assembly” he said.
Responding, the PDP flag-bearer for Rivers South, Hon. Magnus Abe said the future of the country could not be discussed without addressing the youths and thanked them for the support so far given to the Amaechi-led administration in the state.
“If there is peace today, it is because the youths have contributed to it and without the youths, we wouldn’t have gotten as far as we have gotten.” He said Gov. Amaechi was passionate about young people, hence, the government invested heavily in education so as to secure the future of the youths in the state.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
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