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Abe Urges Unity Among Ogonis

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The Senator, Represent
ing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has canvassed unity among the Ogonis, blaming the non-implementation of the United Nations Environment Report (UNEP) on wickedness on the part of the federal government.
Senator Abe, who stated this yesterday, during  the 18th memorial service of the Ogoni heroes who died in the struggle to liberate the area, revealed that he had exhausted all peaceful avenues for the implementation of the report which was released two years ago, but regretted that government had refused to clean up the area without reasons.
According to him, “We fight for justice and justice is for everybody and not for the Ogoni alone.  We have been patient and nobody can say we have not been patient enough. On my own, I have tried to bring our case to the knowledge of the government.  The federal government has promised  us that when the report is out, they will implement it, but unfortunately, they have not done anything towards that direction”.
“If there is no truth, there will be no progress, if we gather  with the aim to cheat one another, then it will lead or make us undermine one another and Nigeria will go nowhere”, he said.
Abe warned that without truth and justice, there would be no progress, adding that “we cannot have a country where we do not know how many we are. “We have a country based on the sharing of  resources, the reason or indices for the sharing is not known to anybody, we share by population.
Continuing, he said:  “are we having representative by population?  Are we allocating resources based on contributions?  Nothing is done in the country based on fairness, justice and truth, that is why we are not making progress despite the struggle”.
Abe however, advised that we should be talking about truth and justice, explaining that the Ogoni struggle is not about the Ogonis, but about lives of everybody including the Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas as well as others who benefit from the struggle.
He noted that every Nigerian will benefit from truth and justice, if we have a country that adheres to the tenets of truth and justice.
Speaking at the occasion, the President of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme Local Government (KAGOTE), Dr Peter Meene, assured that it would support all the projects and policies of MOSOP  towards the development of the area, revealing that the organisation had sent three petitions to the government over the non-implementation of the UNEP report.
Meene noted that the petitions were sent to the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives, stressing that the organisation shall use all legitimate means to ensure that the federal government implemented  the report which he pointed out concerned lives and future of the people of Ogoni.
According to him”, we must support every programme and policy of MOSOP, we must ensure the sustenance of the struggle of our founding fathers.
We shall no longer negotiate it, whether they like it or not, the report must be implemented if they want us to still remain in Nigeria state.
We shall not negotiate it and we will use every legal means to ensure that implementation is carried out.  We shall continue with our nonviolence approach but not to lose focus”, he noted.

Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (left), conferring with his Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru (right), during the funeral service in honour of the former Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Late Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry, at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Obuama recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (left), conferring with his Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru (right), during the funeral service in honour of the former Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Late Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry, at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Obuama recently.
Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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SDP Wants Death Penalty For Election Riggers

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has advocated for death penalty against election riggers ahead of 2023 general elections.
This was as the party kicked against zoning of the Delta State Governorship ticket to the Central Senatorial District, saying in a state like Delta with its political maturity and as home to eggheads, competence must trump zoning.
Chairman of the party in the state, Amb. Oke Idawene, who is also the Chairman, Forum of SDP State Chairmen, stated this in an interview with The Tide source.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for its decision to deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, in the September 11 state Assembly bye-election in Isoko South 1, Delta state, saying the technology helped to reduce incidents of multiple voting.
Idawene said the device was able to guarantee the credibility of voters’ accreditation by preventing incidents of multiple voting or the use of stolen Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to vote while the use of the incident form was eliminated.
On rigging, he said the problem is not with INEC but other stakeholders.
He said: “The problem we have right now is not INEC. It is the people. Somebody tried to snatch a ballot box in Isoko South and he was gunned down. I don’t like bloodshed, but that is the way to go. Ahead of 2023, the punishment for such electoral malfeasance should be death by hanging. Anybody rigging elections is an enemy of the people and must be so treated.
“With the BVAS, the votes were not adulterated. There was no rigging in that election. For the first time in Nigeria, I went for an election where until the morning of the elections, the collation officers were not known and the voting pattern was clear. “To this end, I think we should give INEC all the support for electronic voting, electronic collation and transmission of results. It is only then we can get genuine leadership and see Nigeria tilting towards progressive tendencies. I want to call on the National Assembly to support this BVAS and other technologies used by INEC.”

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Nwanosike Signs Four By-Laws

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The Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike has signed four bills into by-laws.
While signing the bills at the Ikwerre Council Chamber, Isiokpo, which were passed by members of the Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Nwanosike described them as very significant to Ikwerre people.
According to him, “Just hundred days in office plus, we are here today signing into law four bylaws. It is a feat that is worth commending”.
“I want to thank the leadership of the 9th Assembly to continue flying the flag of legislative activities in Ikwerre Local Government. 
“So, I want to assure them that the executive arm will continue to collaborate with them to make sure activities of government at the third tier level is done to provide dividends of democracy for the people of Ikwerre Local Government.
The Ikwerre chairman stated that the defaulters of the by-laws would be punished accordingly. 
“As a government we will do everything within our power to make that the laws are properly executed”, he added.
He commended members of the Legislative Assembly for doing their best to serve the people of the Ikwerre LGA.
In his speech, the Leader of the lkwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon. Nwobuisi Chikwe-Tasie, said that the by-laws would be monitored and defaulters made to face the law.
The bills signed into by-laws were the Internal Control and Regulation of Sanitation Activities in Ikwerre Local Government Area as well as the Recovery of Possession and Protection of Premises and Other Matters Connected Therewith in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Others were the Regulation and Control of Sawing of Premature Trees for Timber in Ikwerre Local Government Area and the Regulation and Control Operation of Motorcycles/Tricycles in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

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Author Urges Political Leaders To Empower Youths

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A  budding author, Iyke Ekwueme Amirize, has identified youth empowerment as the key to transform society.
Mr. Amirize in a chat with The Tide shortly after the launch of his book,” Political Milestones in Rivers State” recently, said youths should also be schooled in leadership.
According to him, when youths are fully empowered, it creates equity and peace, as those who are not positively engaged are liable to be used in carrying out violent acts.
On the tutelage of young people in leadership, the author submitted that exemplary life is very important as young people copy what they see around them.
Commenting on the book, Amirize said the publication seeks to mirror the development of Rivers State since its creation in 1967.
“ The book is all about the milestones in the state. It covers the traditional, educational and judiciary and legislature, including the electoral processes”, he stated.
He said that Rivers State was working towards massive infrastructure development, but had not gotten to a full developed state.
He urged government to give attention to security of lives and property, as a way of spreading the dividends of democracy, adding that “the youths also need scholarships and employments”.

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