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Environment: RSG Seeks World Bank’s Aid

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The  Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on the visiting World Bank Environment Monitoring Group to assist the state  government in tackling  ecological challenges confronting the state.
Wike made the call in Government House, Port Harcourt, when  members of the Rights Action Group, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) mandated  by the World Bank  to assess Millennium Development Goals  (MDGs) projects visited him at the end of their three days tour to impacted sites in Rivers State.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, expressed satisfaction with the team for demonstrating interest in the environmental challenges facing the state, and urged  the delegation to transmit the exact situation on ground in their assessment report. “Let me thank  you for the painstaking job you have done. I am happy that you came to see things for yourself”, he remarked.
The state chief executive noted that the visit has opened up new windows of partnership, and assured them of the state government’d cooperation in the task  of ensuring a healthy environment in the state.
Earlier, Team leader of Rights Monitoring Group, Mr.  Olufemi Aduwo, said the group had visited  several parts of the state to gather facts on impacted areas.
Aduwo observed that a high chemical   concentration of industrial wastes empties into the Rivers in  Okrika and other areas, noting  that  the World Bank would be requested to intervene to  ameliorate the plight of the people. The team leader thanked the state government for the warm reception and hospitality accorded them through out their stay in the state.

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LG Boss’ Strides In Security, Welfare Excite Group

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The Bangha Development Committee, has expressed delight in what it describes as the “proactive and simultaneous actions” taken by Khana Local Government Area Chairman, Dr. Thomas Bariere, to tackle insecurity and attending to the needs of the people of the area.
The Bangha Development Committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Don M. Baridam made the commendation when the group paid a visit to the Chairman of Khana Local Government Council.
The Bangha apex development group explained that the developmental strides already initiated by the Thomas-led administration had demonstrated his preparedness and strong will to tackle the myriads of problems confronting the area.
The group however, enjoined the Chairman to look into certain salient issues affecting the people of Bangha and beyond especially in the area of security, employment, electricity, primary health care and basic education amongst others.
The Tide reports that Bangha Development Committee is a rebranded version of the erstwhile Bangha Leadership Forum, which had been in existence over the years and which contributed in no small measures to the development of the entire Kingdom. Its scope and effect have been reinvigorated, in line with contemporary realities.
On his part, the Local Government Chairman, Dr Thomas Bariere expressed his appreciation to the leadership of the forum for the visit,
He assured that his administration would partner with the forum to ensure that lasting peace returned to Bangha Kingdom and Khana at large.
The council boss also stated that council would look into all issues raised by the forum and act within it means in actualizing them while promising to reconstruct the Dumua market which will serve as one of the economic hubs in Khana.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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Association Extols Media Role In Business, Maritime Success

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The Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA),Onne Chapter, Mr Mike Ebeatu, has said that the media is key to any successful business including that of the maritime industry.
Ebeatu said this during an interactive session with members of the Maritime Energy Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) who paid a courtesy visit on him at Onne in Eleme Local Government Area recently.
He pointed out that synergy with the media would encourage maximum productivity.
According to the ANLCA boss, the maritime industry in Lagos State was flourishing its closeness with the Media.
“The West has been able to harness the power of the media to their advantage, why should the case be different in the South or East “, he said.
To drive home his point, he promised his guests of a partnership deal so far as they would be committed to the tenets of the partnership.
Ebeatu highlighted some of the advantages of cordial relationship with the media, which included effective information dissemination, image laundering and productivity.
“We are prepared to work with MEMPON. The President should also be reached on the MEMPON forthcoming seminar/award. On our part as a chapter,we can also work it out and participate”, he said.
He also described the role the Lagos Media play in supporting operations at the ports as an ideal relationship.
”The congestion and insecurity in Lagos are played down by the media there, while the positive sides are hyped, because of the mutual relationships that exist between the media and industry players in the west. It is what you present that is accepted,” he said.
The Chairman, however, reiterated that his doors were open for members of MEMPON, who he described as seasoned journalists.
Meanwhile, President of MEMPON Amb. Ralph John had told the ANLCA Chairman that they were in his office to felicitate with him on his emergence as chairman of Onne Chapter of ANLCA and to express MEMPON’s willingness to partner with him and his team.
John who went memory lane , recalled how most members of the Group have reported the maritime industry faithfully and effectively over the years.
“MEMPON will partner with you professionally as media practitioners, having been duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to carry out its functions,” he said.
The President also used the forum to intimate his host about its upcoming event in November, and the need to be in attendance.

By: King Onunwor

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Philanthropist Tasks Orashi Region On NiMet Warnings

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Humanitarian award winner, Prince Kelvin Umejuru, has charged residents in the flood-prone Orashi region, comprising Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of the State, not to ignore the recent warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that the region was among other parts of the country at the risk of experiencing high probability of flood due to ongoing rainfalls and increased global warming.
The youthful philanthropist, who gave the charge in an interview with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport at the weekend, lamented that the debilitating flooding of 2012 and 2019 in Orashi region and other parts of the state, were still fresh in mind, adding that a repeat would have disastrous consequences.
The Managing Director of EN Global Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt who recently bagged the prestigious Golden Heart Award from Smart News Network (SNN), regretted that flooding incidents were manifesting just as predicted by the NiMet and NIHSA because people failed to heed the warnings issued by the Agency before the onset of flooding season in the country.
Prince Umejuru said the situation called for collaborative efforts by residents across the Orashi region to ensure that they are not caught up by the impending flood disaster while also advising that their gutters and other water channels should be regularly cleared of wastes.
He said the warning became necessary as residents often times fail to adhere to environmental rules by not throwing garbage into the gutters and other waterways, as these would impede the free flow of water.
“The flood disaster which devastated several parts of the State in 2012 and years after, is still very fresh in mind and should serve as a wakeup call for all residents in the Orashi region to take appropriate steps to avoid a repeat”, Prince Umejuru advised.
The youthful philanthropist further enjoined Orashi people to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of government’s policies and programmes.
He appealed to them to make it a routine exercise to constantly clear the rivers of water hyacinths, also known to be hampering the free flow of waters in the coast lines.

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