The people of Odegu communities in Emohua Local Government Area have applauded the developmental scorecard of the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi since his assumption of office in 2007.
The Odegu communities have equally commended the federal lawmaker representing Ikwerre/Emohua in the National Assembly, Hon. Andrew Uchendu for his stunning performance in attracting development to the area.
Paramount Ruler of Odegu clan, Oha David O. Uchendu disclosed this at the Weekend, during a solidarity visit to the federal lawmaker, Chief Andrew Uchendu in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He explained that, they were on the visit to thank Governor Chibuike Amaechi and the federal lawmaker, for making frantic efforts at bringing people oriented projects to the grassroots to improve the well-being of the people who voted them to power.
Also speaking, a member of the delegation, Barrister Emenike Ebete said, the accolades on Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu were a demonstration of satisfaction of the performance of their political leaders towards improving the living standard of the people.
“We are here to pledge our support for Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu. This is because, most Odegu communities in Emohua Local Government Area have people oriented projects, including model primary schools, model healthcare centres to improve the living standard of our people. By this development, therefore, we are ready to follow Governor Amaechi whereever he goes, he is our leader”, Barrister Ebete said.
In a related development, former Caretaker Committee Chairman of Emohua Local |Government Council, Prophet Azunda Nkomadu said, the decision of the Odegu council of chiefs to thank Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu on their pragmatic performances, was because of the fulfillment of their electoral promises to the people.
According to him, “I am proud to also say thank you to Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu for fulfilling their electoral promises during the campaigns. Today, from the East-West road, we can access our communities.
The Ogbogoro community road network is on-going. We say thank you to Governor Amaechi through Chief Uchendu.
We are also requesting for an elective position to be zoned to the Odegu clan, especially, the Emohua chairmanship slot”, Prophet Azunda said.
Another stakeholder from the Odegu clan, Chief Lawson Eze also endorsed the commendation by his community to Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu.
“We want Governor Amaechi to put more development effort in Odegu clan so that our sons and daughters will be elected and appointed into positions of authority. Amaechi’s good governance is an addition to show better welfare for our people. We will support Governor Amaechi in 2015, we are solidly behind him”, Chief Lawson said.
Former Deputy Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Barrister Chukwunenye Akuchuru described the commendation by his people on Governor Amaechi and Chief Andrew Uchendu as epoch making and a monumental achievement.
“It is historical to say that people from the grassroots came to the urban and state capital to say thank you to Governor Amaechi. This is to say dividends of democracy has impacted positively on us. We want the zoning of the Emohua chairmanship in 2015 to come to Odegu clan. We have capable sons and daughters who can ensure maximum productivity, if given the opportunity”, Chukwunenye said.
Similarly, some youth in the delegation, Comrade Nfatafi Nfata and Mr. Achor Omuodu also expressed appreciation to Governor Amaechi and Chief Uchendu, stating that the exemplary leadership of Governor Amaechi will forever be remembered in the political history of the state and the country in general.
On his part, the federal lawmaker representing Emohua/Ikwerre Federal Constituency, Chief Andrew Uchendu said, the polices and programmes of the Amaechi-led administration in the state have touched lives and made positive impact to improve the well-being of the citizens.
Chief Andrew also said, the Ikwerre ethnic nationality was ready to support other ethnic groups in the state to contest for the 2015 governorship slot.
He also assured the people of Odegu clan that the Amaechi led administration was ready to give equal opportunities to all citizens of Emohua Local Government Area to contest and win elective positions.
FG Alerts On Massive Flooding In Rivers, FCT, Others
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, has predicted more devastating floods from the end of August to early October in some states of the federation, including Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Already, the agency said in line with its earlier predictions, Lagos, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia, Kwara, Kaduna, Rivers, Enugu, Borno and Ondo states had witnessed severe flooding as a result of heavy local rainfalls compounded by poor drainage system.
The Director-General of the agency, Engr. Nze Clement Onyeaso, in an interaction with some journalists in Abuja, yesterday, said all areas earlier identified as flood prone this year as well as those along the Rivers Niger and Benue might likely begin to experience more devastating flooding from the end of August.
“Nigeria is located within the River Niger Basin which is occupied by nine countries namely Benin, Burkina- Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivore, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Nigeria is located at the lowest position of the Basin and this means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding. The period of flooding in these upstream countries is August and September of every year,’’ he said.
The DG said his agency was monitoring the development as we approach these critical months, adding that it will also continue to monitor Cameroonian authorities with regards to flood scenarios in the upper catchment of the sub-basin.
Nze warned Lagosians against the practice of dredging and sound filling the Atlantic Ocean, to build what they usually call model cities like those in Lekki and Banana Island, saying such may, in the future, pose serious threats.
As part of the preparation for the expected floods, the DG called on Nigerians, especially the state governments to be fully prepared by ensuring cleaning of blocked drainage system and canals remove refuse, weeds, water hyacinths and floats on water channels.
The agency had earlier predicted that 121 LGAs in 27 states and FCT might experience severe flooding this year.
Rivers Police Confirm Killing Of Disbanded OSPAC Leader In EMOLGA
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of one Alex Uwazuruike Isaac, the leader of disbanded OSPAC in Umudioga community in Emohua local Government Area of the state, last Tuesday.
The spokesperson of Rivers State Police Command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed this in a telephone interview with The Tide, said the dismembered body of the victim has also been recovered and deposited in the mortuary for preservation.
The police spokesperson further stated that the police has restored normalcy in the community while the Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, has ordered for full investigation into the incident.
It would be recalled that gunmen suspected to be cultists, last Tuesday, invaded Umudioga community, and killed Alex Uwazuruike Isaac, who was said to be the leader of the disbanded OSPAC, a local vigilante group in the area.
A native of the community, who pleaded anonymity for fear of the unknown, disclosed that the gunmen, who were armed with sophisticated assault rifles, stormed the community in the afternoon and went for their target.
The source further revealed that the gunmen shot Isaac dead before beheading and dismembering his body, and later paraded the head of their victim in the community while urging natives not to panic as they came for the deceased and not for the community.
The Tide gathered that some other members of the disbanded OSPAC have already fled the community as a result of the killing of their former leader and fear of being attacked by the cultists who are hunting members of the defunct OSPAC in the area.
It was learnt that many suspected cultists were arrested and killed in the community while others fled during the reign of the deceased OSPAC commander in the community in 2019.
The Tide further learnt that the killing comes barely three weeks after the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr Chidi Lloyd pronounced the dissolution of all vigilante groups in the LGA, and asked communities that make up the council area to submit five names of natives who would be screened and admitted into a new security outfit to be established and funded by the council in no distant time.
By: Akujobi Amadi
JAMB Fixes Mop-Up UTME For 18,000 Candidates, Aug 6
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has rescheduled examination for more than 18,000 candidates who experienced biometric verification challenges and those who genuinely missed the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as a result of a clash with this year’s National Business and Technical Examinations Board examination.
The mop-up UTME is scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021, in some selected locations across the country.
JAMB Spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, made this known in a statement, yesterday, titled, ‘Mop-Up UTME Holds Friday, 6th August, 2021…JAMB’.
The statement read, “Following detailed investigation and careful analysis of the highly-successful 2021 UTME, and with due consultation (resulting in gracious concession) with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s on-going SSCE, JAMB has scheduled a Mop-up UTME for Friday, August 6, 2021, in some selected locations across the nation.
“About 18,000 candidates slated for the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles. In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number on http://www.jamb.gov.ng/2021mopup.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no candidate whose result has been duly released will be rescheduled for another examination.
“The rescheduled candidates are in the following categories:
“Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts (as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered.
“Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problem, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date (and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination. (Adequate screening arrangements have been made to re-verify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution).
“Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then on-going NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB.
“Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.
“The rescheduled candidates are to print fresh examination notification slips containing the venue and time of the examination. The slips are to be printed from the JAMB website https://www.jamb.gov.ng using the candidates’ registration number from Sunday, August 1, 2021.
“The board strongly advises candidates to avoid supplying their vital information, including registration number to fraudsters who abound especially in cybercafe(s), tutorial centres springing up almost everywhere in the nation as a result of the illicit activities of examination syndicates. CBT centres approved by JAMB which are consistently monitored are relatively more secured for printing examination notification slips by candidates who cannot print such on their own.”
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