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‘Why Amaechi Recalled Suspended Council Chairmen’

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The 11 suspended local government chairmen in Rivers State are now heaving a sigh of relief  following their recall earlier in the week after a two week surpension.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari had last Sunday announced the recall of the suspended chairmen who two weeks ago drew the ire of the Governor by not attending a special meeting summoned by the State Government on January 9.

Governor Amaechi, according to reliable sources,  used the action to send a strong warning to the chairmen that his administration would not condone laxity and show of pride by the grassroots government heads.

Moreso, it was learnt that Rt. Hon. Amaechi had on several occasions warned the chairmen of wielding the big stick someday over their poor attendance to government meetings and fora.

The Tide gathered that His Exellency had accordingly waited for the opportunity to come. Hence, their absence at the all-important meeting called to evolve measures to cushion the heat of the fuel subsidy removal crisis, became a fodder.

Surprised by the Governor’s action, the affected chairmen sought assistance from all known associates, friends and family members of the Governor to prevail on him to reverse the decision.

The Tide learnt from inside sources that the Governor remained adamant and wanted the suspension to extend until he began receiving intense pleas from senior party officials, traditional rulers, clergmen and prominent citizens from the state. The source added,” it was when some members of his family were brought into the picture that the Governor began to cave-in”.

Unfortunately, some of the local government chairmen were said to be the Governor’s close friends and loyalists, hence, when the plea became “unbearable,” he had to oblige them, the source told The Tide, adding, he also wanted peace in the local areas considering the fact that some acting chairmen had started making drastic changes that were not security-friendly in their areas.”

Indeed, the lifting of the suspension last Sunday had been hailed by many party faithfuls, especially those affected by the development because some of the acting chairmen had already appointed new aides, a move which caused some disaffection in their domains.

Meanwhile, some of the excited chairmen who spoke to The Tide lauded the Governor for lifting the suspension and finding them worthy again.

Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Hon. Maclean Uranta said,” I thank him for his magnanimity to have recalled us back in a short time”.

Hon. Uranta believed the Governor’s gesture underscored his sterling leadership quality and firmness.

Also Mayor of Port Harcourt, Chimbiko Akarolo in a telephone chat remarked, “if I was given a query would I have celebrated or jubilated? There is nothing to celebrate rather than to key into the State Government policies.”

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RIWAMA Begins Sensitisation On Waste Management

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The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), has commenced an enlightenment programme to educate members of the public on waste management methods and the hazards associated with dumping of wastes at unauthorized places and outside government approved hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.
The Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro. Felix Obuah who flagged off the exercise in Port Harcourt said the public enlightenment programme was necessitated by what he described as the untoward attitude of some residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs, who still engage in indiscriminate dumping of wastes, and outside government approved hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.
Obuah regretted that the Agency had consistently, on many occasions and at different fora, warned residents against the indiscriminate dumping of wastes, assuring that RIWAMA would not relent in the vigorous enlightenment to ensure residents imbibe the habit of hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
The public enlightenment campaign which has kicked off saw the Enlightenment Team led by Environmental Sanitation Officers visit Miles 1, 2 and 3 Diobu in Port Harcourt.
The Enlightenment Team will on daily basis visit other areas in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs.
While also reminding residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs that the ban on indiscriminate dumping of wastes on Market Sanitation Days and the dumping of wastes outside the dumping hours of 6pm-12 midnight remains in force, the RIWAMA Sole Administrator appealed to them to comply with the ban as the Agency would arrest and prosecute offenders.

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Fake PHED Staff Nabbed In PH

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A middle-aged man that has been parading himself as a staff of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHED) was recently apprehended at the Aba Road axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Tide investigation revealed that the suspect, whose name was given as Brian Claude Anucha, while masquerading as a PHED staff, had approached a customer, Emmanuel Nte, and offered to assist him to activate his account and subsequently pay his bills. 
The customer was said to have given him the sum of N220,000.00 (Two hundred and twenty thousand naira) for the purpose, but the said Anucha went at large after collecting the money.
The Tide gathered that the affected PHED customer reported the incident to a staff of the company during a routine customer check and on getting the tip,  the company alerted  security personnel to monitor the area so as to apprehend the fraudster.
The effort eventually yielded result after a couple of days as  Anucha was apprehended.
Reacting to the ugly incident, Mr. Nte thanked PHED for their prompt response and commitment to resolving the issue which led to the arrest of the fraudster. Meanwhile, Mr. Anucha has been handed over to the police. He will be charged to court for the law to take its full course.
 A press statement signed by the Acting Manager Corporate Communication of PHED,  Chioma Aninwe, and made available to the Tide, reiterated the earlier warnings of the company to the public against making cash payments to individuals to guard against such ugly incidents. 
The statement pointed out that the Management of PHED was completely dissociated with any transaction outside PHED offices, designated banks,and accredited agents, were customers are expected to get due receipts at the points of payments.
The PHED management cautionef the public against any cash dealing with anybody on behalf of the organisation.

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Nigeria’ll Not Break Up -Cleric

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The National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has said that in spite of the security challenges currently facing Nigeria, the country would not break up, as it is going to wax stronger and remain one united and a indivisible nation.
Oke, who made the remarks while speaking with newsmen at the end of a two-day conference tagged, ‘Supernatural Encounter’ organised by the Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State Chapter in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said through the divine intervention of God, the country would overcome the festering challenges and also not witness another Civil War.
He said the challenges of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, Fulani herdsmen’s threat and other atrocities would soon fizzle out and the country would wax stronger, and urged Nigeirans to remain calm and seek God’s face with prayers.
“ I want everybody in Nigeria to keep calm. Don’t be afraid. These are unusual times. Things are happening like they were not happening before. There is so much tension in the land. Let’s relax. God is in control. And let’s pray and turn to God in true repentance. Nigeria will not scatter. God will bring healing to the land and Nigeria will wax stronger, “ he said.
Oke, who is also the Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, said the conference whose focal point was to bring revival to the body of Christ and for the church to go back to the Apostolic foundation, had ushered in blessings and peace in Rivers State and Nigeria.
Against this backdrop, the PFN President pronounced blessings on Governor Nyesom Wike, his family, the Cabinet and the state government, saying, Rivers State would enjoy sustainable peace.
Oke, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Divine Encounter’ at the event, listed the five triggers and necessary steps the church must follow for it be truly revived.
According to him, they included salvation; prayer and fasting; giving (offering); mission; and sacrifice.
On his part, the President of Transformational Bishops Fellowship, Rivers State, Bishop Joseph Ehbohiemen said with the huge success recorded by the conference, “Expect more fire in the altar. Expect more revival in Rivers State. Things we have heard now, we will apply them. We have been revived. The body of Christ, we are growing.”
Ebhohiemen, who presented a seminar paper titled, ‘Power of Vision’, thanked the PFN President for gracing the occasion.
Also speaking, the National Vice President of PFN, South-South, Apostle David Zilly-Aggrey said Rivers State is privileged to host the PFN President, describing his visit to the state as a new dawn. According to him, PFN has over 60 million members in Nigeria. “It is a great thing to come to Rivers State and bless the land,” he said.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the conference and Presiding Bishop of Kingdom Life Gospel Ministries International Incorporated, Bishop Victor Uzosike said there has never been anything like the conference, describing it as amazing, and thanked God for its success.
On his part, the Financial Secretary of TBF, Bishop Ayo Odunayo said the conference lived up to expectation and has ushered the beginning of revival and restoration of the church.
The Secretary of TBF, Bishop Chris Olisah, spoke on the same breath , describing the conference as a real divine encounter in which lives were transformed.
The conference also had in attendance the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rivers State, Apostle (Dr) Stanley Dimkpa, former Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Religious Matters, Bishop Winston T. Iwo, President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Bishop Dagogo Jack, General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission, Apostle Eugene Ogu and Apostle David Adedeji, among other men of God.

By: Donatus Ebi

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