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Traditional Rulers Back Council Of Chiefs Bill

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The Rivers State Council
of Traditional Rulers has expressed their total support for the passage of the Bill to provide for proper classification of chiefs, recognition of chieftaincy stools and establishment of Rivers State Council of Chiefs by the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Chairman of the Council, His Majesty and Gbenemene Tai King Godwin Gininwa, made the position of the Traditional Rulers known while speaking during a public hearing on the Rivers State Chieftaincy and Council of Chief’s Bill organized by the State Assembly in Port Harcourt recently.
King Gininwa suggested that the tenure of the Chairman, Rivers State Council of traditional Rulers in the State should be two (2) years instead of one year as enshrined in the Rivers State Chieftaincy Law of 1978 and another two years for a second term in office.
He recommended that one First Class Chief should be recognized in each of the 23 local government areas of the State, that traditional rulers should be included in the appointment of Customary Court members because they are custodians of the culture and that the age before recognition as a recognised traditional ruler should be 21 years instead of 18 years.
In his speech, the Adhoc Committee Chairman on Rivers State Chieftaincy and Council of Chiefs Bill in the State Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd said, the basic objective of the Bill is to ensure proper classification of Chieftaincy stools in the State.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Charles Okaye, represented by his Permanent Secretary, Sir Clifford Ndu Walter commended the Committee for its effort to address the problems of Chieftaincy stools in the state.
Okaye disclosed that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs is in complete agreement with the Bill, adding that at its passage, the recognition of traditional Rulers in the State would be better handled.

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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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