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Remain Resolute Against Gay Marriages, RSG Tells Anglicans

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The Rivers State Government has charged the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion to remain resolute in its condemnation of gay marriages.

The Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, who said this during the 21st Synod of the Niger Delta Diocease at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Bonny, described gay marriages as not only unscriptural, but satanic.

The Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Levi Gogo Charles, said that the Church must remain firm in its condemnation as evil practices must not be allowed to creep into our system.

Speaking as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Charles said that the Amaechi administration since inception has operated an open door policy, that has enable Rivers people to know the incomes and expenditures of the government.

The Commissioner also said that the government sponsors 300 students overseas every  year to undertake courses in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) because of its importance to the state, stressing that the state stand to positively reap maximally from the government investments in the various sectors of the economy.

In his sermon, entitled, “Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers Of Men”, the Bishop of Calabar Diocease of the Church Rt. Rev. Tunde Adeleye stressed the need for the active involvement of members of the Anglican Communion in evangelism.

“No one who is called by the name of the Lord, will be excused for not evangelising, you must evengelise”, he said.

Rt. Rev. Adeleye said that evangelism opens the way for salvation to unbelievers as well as eternity to all.

The Bishop of the Niger Delta Diocease, Rt. Rev. Ralph Ebirien paid glowing tributes to past Bishops of the Diocease, who according to him laid the foundation for what the present generation of the Church is enjoying.

The occasion which coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the Diocease was used to honour past Bishops of the Diocese.

They includes; the Rt. Rev. E.T. Dimieari, Rt. Rev. R.N. Bara-Hart, and Rt. Rev. Y.A. Fubara.

The rest are; Rt. Rev. S.O. Elenwo, Rt. Rev. G.H. Pepple, Ven. Frankline I. Dienye, Dume Dr. Ebi Okora, Sir Dr. Benjamin Wilcox amongst others.

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Appeal Court Resolves Buguma Chieftaincy Stool Crisis – Awards Cost Against Plaintiffs

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A three-man panel of Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Thursday, affirmed the judgement of Degema High Court that declared Chief Igonikon George  as the rightful person to ascend to the chieftaincy stool, Polodabo.
The court ruled that Alabo Hon Datonye Igbanibo Igonikon George, Idaere-fama, is the rightful occupant of the throne and head of the family,  Buguma Town, in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chief Charlesye Charles had approached the Appeal Court to challenge the judgement of the Degema High Court division delivered by Justice S.O.Benson and appealed against the verdict on behalf of himself and other plaintiff in the matter, asking the court to upturn the judgement.
But in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Paul O Elechi on behalf of the three-man Appeal Court panel in Port Harcourt, affirmed the judgement of the Degema High Court, saying that the court was right in their decision and awarded the sum of two hundred thousand naira in favour of the defendant.
A member of Chief Igonikon George, Chief, D A George, who spoke to newsmen outside the courtroom, said the judgement had proven the judiciary as the hope of the common man.
He thanked the judges for doing justice on the matter, adding that the judgement would put to an end the long years of legal tussle by the George family.

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Okrika Stakeholders Chart Way Forward On Security

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As part of measures to strengthen security architecture, stakeholders, security experts have ended a one-day security summit in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State 
The one-day security summit/sensitisation held recently at the council headquarters, was organised by the council authorities in conjunction with the Okrika Divisional Police, Central Community Development Committees. 
Delivering his inaugural speech, Okrika Divisional Police Officer (DPO),CSP Okoro Ikechukwu, said the sensitisation on peace building was apt considering security challenges facing the country. 
CSP Okoro said the aim of the sensitisation was geared towards orientating the teeming youths on how to engage themselves and build a better society. 
He explained that idleness among the youths had been a major contributing factor in crime and other social vices, hence the need to engage in meaningful skills. 
“The essence of the sensitisation is to enlighten the youths to engage in skill acquisition or go to school as it will help build a better society. 
“The police is doing it in partnership with the Council authorities, Community Development Committees (CDCs) and other critical stakeholders aimed at giving them necessary orientation capable of guiding them to be useful”, he said.
CSP Okoro said idleness had led some into cultism, criminality and other vices inimical to the development of any society which according to him, the orientation is seeking to address. 
CSP Okoro said further to achieving this important objective, the Division shall be visiting all communities in Okrika to enable the message go down. 
He said no engagement in education or skill is a waste which will help build more prosperous society. 
Earlier, Okrika Central Community Development Committee Chairman, Hon SekiboTamuso  commended the effort of the DPO to let the youths know the danger of idleness. 
Hon. Sekibo said, building the way forward for the sustenance of existing peace was crucial.
He said to achiev this feat, all hands must be on desk. 
Describing Okrika as one of the adjudged peaceful local government areas in Rivers State, he advised youths to do away with cultism.

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NIN Registration: LG Boss Moves Personnel To Bakana

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In a bid to encourage rural dwellers to participate in the enrollment of the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN), handled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Executive Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, has facilitated the movement of personnel of the commission to Bakana Community.
The LGA NIN Centre, which was initially only situated at the Council headquarters in Degema, is expected to capture residents of Bakana and its neighbouring Oguruama communities.
The chairman, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Ipalibo Yellowe in Bakana, enjoined residents of the area, who were yet to enrol in the scheme, to take advantage of the registration exercise and get captured.
Hon. Williams noted that the decentralization of the NIN registration to parts of the LGA, which had commenced in Bakana, would be extended to other Oceania communities soon.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had recently approved the extension of the deadline for the enrollment of the National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, in order to address low enrollments, as evidenced by enrollment statistics.
As at today, there are over 5,500 enrollment systems within and outside the country with a total of 59.8 million NIN enrollments.

By: Wokoma Emmanuel

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