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NAWOJ @ 27: Women Journalists Present Score Card

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The Rivers State chapter of
the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) yesterday, concluded its 2016 Press Week with a Thanksgiving Service to appreciate God for His faithfulness and abundant mercies upon members as well as for propelling the association to new heights in the past 27 years of its existence.
It also took the opportunity to list a litany of achievements recorded over the years under review, including fighting for women’s rights and mobilising efforts to protect the girl-child, among others.
The event, which took place at the Royal House of Grace International Church, Port Harcourt, also coincided with the celebration of the church’s 24 years of existence.
The President and Founder, Royal House of Grace International Church, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, who presided over the service enjoined believers and worshippers to always be ready to work for God, who alone is the rewarder, of them that diligently seek Him, adding that they should all work for heavenly instead of earthly rewards.
Aggrey emphasized that the increase in his ministry has been God’s doing as many that started their ministries with him are no longer in existence, because there was no biblical watering and increase, noting that the increase of his ministry good beyond Nigeria.
The man of God, called the church’s increase unstoppable by man, adding that earthly protocols, rules and regulations have been suspended as the church continues to break grounds to greater heights.
On her part, the Rivers State chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs Lilian Okonkwo enumerated the roles women journalists have played to sensitise the society on negative vices unleashed on women and the girl-child and called for support.
She described Rivers NAWOJ as very lucky for being part of the celebration 24 years anniversary of the Royal House of Grace, adding that it was a divine arrangement by God for both NAWOJ and the church to jointly celebrate together.
While handing over a plaque in recognition of Apostle Zilly Aggrey as an outstanding NAWOJ Friend, Okonkwo thanked the Apostle for always being there for journalists in Rivers State, especially Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and NAWOJ.
In his acceptance speech, Aggrey said receiving awards was one of the things he does not like to do, but noted that as a friend of NAWOJ and a women group committed to righting the ills and wrongs metted out on the womenfolk, he would accept the award without hesitation.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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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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