The Rivers State Government has restated its readiness to review all environmental laws in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Nyema Weli who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after monitoring this month’s environmental sanitation exercise in the city, also said that a bill to set up the Rivers State Environmental Protection Agency had been submitted to state House of Assembly.
Dr Weli said that the government was taking steps to review the laws in view of the realities of the time.
He said that the situation would help for the proper regulation of activities of some environmental groups such as the Rivgreen Marshalls as well as ensure the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties in the event of any environmental violations.
According to him, the development which will be in the best interest of the people will make the state, the best as for as environmental sanitation is concerned.
Meanwhile, Dr Weli has ordered for the removal of all abandoned vehicles and scrabs at the Ikoku / Olu-Obasanjo road.
Addressing traders in the areas during the exercise, the commissioner regretted that abandoned vehicles and scrabs had become a death trap for both the traders and their customers.
Dr Weli also took time to explain the importance of cleanliness to the traders, stressing that “government does not need to force them to do what is right especially as it concerns the cleanliness of their shades, as it is morally binding on them to do so.” He further said that cleanliness of the area was in their best interest as far as their health and that of their customers were concerned and also ordered. The smoke arising from a recent fire out- break that gutted some parts of the Ikoku spare parts market.
Some of the traders who spoke however blamed their union leaders for the poor sanitary condition of the area and urged for the relocation of the market to a more convenient location.
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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