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‘Why LG Autonomy Is Not Feasible’

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Chairman of Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. John Anucha, says absolute local government autonomy is impossible to achieve.

He made his views public in a chat with newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, pointing out that there are a lot of emcumbrances in the system to make such demand a mirage.

“ The autonomy is ok, but because of the system and situation in other states, it is impossible to achieve,’’ he remarked.

Anucha argued that the inequity in the states allocations coupled with the challenges in governance would stifle  total autonomy. He however submitted that if these emcumbrances were removed and, “ if the local councils are given a chance, they would prove themselves’’.

He said, “ the people will determine the future of the chairmen who fail to perform.’’

He used the medium to debunk reports that the area was still facing insecurity problems, “ Omuma Local Government is now a safe haven for investors,’’ Anucha said.

Hon. Anucha who thanked Governor Amaechi for assisting the council in tackling the menace of kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the area emphasised that in the past two years, no kidnap had been recorded in the border local government area.

According to the council boss, “ between 2009 to 2010 Omuma was the flashpoint of kidnap activities, but today I can confidently tell you that it is the safest place you can do business’’.

He explained that the problem of insecurity was as a result of the numerous exit points into the area, adding that it has borders with Imo and Abia States.

The Omuma council boss observed that the area was endowed with huge agricultural resources due to the agrarian activities of the people.

In order to make the area conducive for business activities, he disclosed that he had connected about 38 villages to the national grid and was currently building a hotel to boost tourism.

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Incest Cases Worry FIDA

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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.

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Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect

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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.

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LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community

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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.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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