The Rivers State Government says its partnership with Donor Agencies, such athe World Bank and European Union (EU) is to bring development to the doorsteps of every community in the State.
Commissioner for Chieftaincy/Community Affairs, Dr. John Bazia, disclosed this, during the flag-off of projects for six Rivers communities under the World Bank/European Union sponsored State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOL) project in Saakpema Tai Local Government Area.
Dr. Bazia, who described World Bank sponsored projects as the cheapest and most effective ways of developing rural communities urged the benefiting communities to see the projects as theirs, adding that, it behoves them to ensure that they are properly utilised for the benefits of other peoples.
In his address, the Project Director, Community Driven Development (CDD) Social, State Employment And Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR), Sir ThankGod Amaewhule said that, the event marked an important milestone in the effort to enhance rural development across the state.
“The event of today, shall definitely enhance our rating as an organization that is capable of matching words with action, respective community development in very remote parts of the state.
“Your communities are blazing the trail as communities in the state to have met up the various requirements necessary for our funding their projects”.
Sir Amaecwhule, also charged them to ensure that monies released for the projects are justified.
“This project will not fail, if everyone of us put in our best to the realization of its objective.
“I therefore call on all sons and daughters of this community as well as other residents to see these projects as their own”, he said.
The benefiting communities and their projects are, Kere ????? Civic Centre/Borehole, Botem Tai ICT/Borehole, Samanga community hall/Borehole, Ogbogbo Ama drainage/modern toilet, Akpajo market, while benefinited from electrification.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
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.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
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.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
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.
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