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Oil Theft: RSG Promises Navy 10 Gun Boats

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The Rivers State Government has pledged to donate 10 gun boats to the Nigerian Navy to enable it confidently perform its duties of protecting the nation’s territorial waters, particularly the volatile waterways in the state.
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who made the commitment while commissioning the six blocks of 120 rooms for officers and men of the Nigerian Navy, last Monday, said that the gun boats would increase the operational efficiency and capacity of the Navy to discharge its onerous responsibilities to Nigerians.
Wike commended the Navy for keeping their environment clean, and promised that the state government will deliver the 10 gun boats to the Navy as soon as possible to enhance their maritime security operations in the state.
While appealing to other states to support the Navy with gun boats for their operations, the state governor enjoined the security outfit to ensure that the gun boats were deployed for security of the territorial waters around the state.
“The 10 gun boats, which we said, we will give you will come soon. They should be used to protect the territorial waters within our state. My colleagues should do same to protect their own areas. Part of my job is to protect lives and property of the people and residents of Rivers State”, he said.
Responding, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, harped on the need for good welfare of Naval personnel in the country, saying that it improves their capacity to fight oil theft and other maritime security challenges.
Ibas said that the 120 tastefully-furnished rooms built for ratings at the Nigerian Navy Ship, Pathfinder, Rumuolumeni, near Port Harcourt, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Navy to the provision of decent accommodation for personnel.
“Provision of decent accommodation for personnel is not considered a luxury rather an obligation to which I remain committed”, the CNS added.

 

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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