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Group Tasks FG On Maritime Reforms

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The Senior Staff Association of Communications and Transports Associations and Corporations SACTAC, has called on the federal government to be more proactive in its reforms in the maritime sector.

National Publicity Secretary of the Association, Comrade Emmanuel Inyang stated this during an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt yesterday while commenting on the appointment of a new management for the Nigerian Ports Authority, by President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Comrade Inyang who congratulated the new Managing Director, Mallam Abdullahi Habbib, urged the federal government to keep faith with its reform policies in the sector, beyond rethorics by being consistent with the policy implementations.

He pointed out that lack of long term planning and stability in management had rubbed off negatively on ports development thereby hindering the prospect of being the hub in Ports Development in Africa. “When management is changed intermittently, the people appointed attempts to change everything within a short duration, before they are replaced by another management, the changes that previous administrations tried to proffer are often swept under the carpet, rendering the system docile and ineffective”.

The SACTAC P.R.O also attributed the lapses in the maritime sector to lack of effective budgetary provision and implementation, and advocated for improved funding for the sector.

He also attributed the decline in the maritime sector to decades of military rule and unnecessary concession of ports asset based on political compromise which, he noted depleted the revenue base for the country.

He cautioned that “such tendencies must be nibbed in the bud in the democratic system so that ports system does not drift into another serious decay”.

He recommended that issues of research and technological development should be taken seriously, while stakeholders should delves into the past to “figure out what brought the system to its present predicament”.

 

Taneh Beemene

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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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