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200 Eleme Ex-APC Members Pledge Support For Wike

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Celebration that followed the Supreme Court victory of Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the residence of Chief Emeh Glory Emeh in Port Harcourt, was further boosted by the visit of over 200 former members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Eleme Local Government Area, to announce their exit from the party and support for Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Speaking on behalf of other decampees, former Public Relations Officer of APC in Ward 8 in Eleme, Comrade Felix Ntobari Ogbuji said they were angry with the leadership of APC in Eleme for failing to fulfill its promises.
Ogbuji, who was also coordinator and youth leader of Unit 15 in Eleme, added, “I have been in APC, worked with them and found them to be liars. They find it difficult to keep to their promises.
According to him, “the APC go into projects they are not able to complete. I am tired and fed up with what is happening in APC. Eleme youth are crying.  We are angry. APC has used most of the youth and dumped them.
“That is why we decided to embrace what Governor Nyesom Wike is doing because he has brought good things to the people of Rivers State. We have decided to support the governor and beg him to do more for Eleme people so that come 2019, no  spirit or human will be able to stop him from being the governor”, the former APC leader in Eleme declared.
Ogbuji, who acknowledged that the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has empowered a lot of people in Eleme, said they were optimistic that their return to the PDP will encourage the governor to do more for Eleme, just as he added that they were pleased to be associated with the inclusive administration of Wike in Rivers State.
In his response, Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, recalled how APC used to hold its leadership meetings in his house in Port Harcourt, but added that he had to quit the party when it became obvious that the APC was lacking direction.
His words: “As a politician who studied under former Governor Peter Odili, I discovered that things were not going in the right direction, so, I had to leave. Governor Wike has just won the Supreme Court case in Abuja. So, you are coming at the right time when the PDP and the state are celebrating.
“Ahmed Makarfi, leader of our side of the divide in PDP has won in the case against Ali Modu Sherrif. Your coming to my place today is preparatory for Governor Wike to receive you.
“Since over 8,000 persons moved enmasse from APC to the PDP some weeks ago, another 1,728 have also decamped, just as you have done but we are yet to receive them because of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. And now that the celebration is over, Governor Wike will be prepared to receive you all.
“Politics is about interests. It is not about my brother or my sister”.
“The days of primordial sentiments are over. I don’t want to go into the problem of APC before now because you have already made up your minds to cross over to PDP. That’s why you are here,” Emeh explained.
He hinted that his role was to serve as the first anchor for people crossing over from APC to PDP, the same way he did, preparatory to their formal reception by the leadership of the PDP in the state.
The legal practitioner further maintained that Wike has shown that ability to perform should be the precondition for electing someone into office, even as he observed that the primary concern of citizens, irrespective of political, tribal and religious affiliations, are the dividends of democracy aimed at improving the welfare of the citizenry.
Noting that the people will always support whoever was doing the work, Emeh, who was commissioner for transport and aviation during the administration of Dr. Peter Odili, said the visible achievements of Wike in the past two years were eloquent testimonies that God has brought him to advance the course of development in the state.

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Rivers Monarchs Begin Another Round Of COVID-19 Vaccination, Today

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Members of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers will, today, begin another round of COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the state as part of the state government’s policy of ensuring that all Rivers people and residents of the state get fully vaccinated from the pandemic.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the council, Dr. Ogwuokwa Jonah, and made available to The Tide, last Monday, invited all government recognised traditional rulers to turn up at the council’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, for the crucial exercise.
The statement reads in part, “I am directed to invite you to take part in the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination exercise scheduled for Wednesday,January 19 through Friday, January 21, 2022, at the council’s secretariat.
“Vaccination begins at 10.00am each day. Please, note that there are other free medical examinations that have been arranged for you during the period.
“You are entitled to 15 persons either from your family or area/district council. Kindly attend during the turn of your LGA”, the statement added.
According to the statement, Abua/Odual, Akuku-Toru, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Andoni, Asari-Toru, Bonny and Degemawould receive their vaccinations today.
To be vaccinated tomorrow are traditional rulers and members of their families from Eleme, Emohua, Etche, Gokana, Khana, Ikwerre, Obio/Akpor and Oyigbo local government areas.
However, monarchs and their families from Opobo/Nkoro, Ogu/Bolo, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Okrika, Omuma, Port Harcourt and Tailocal government areas are due to get their shots on Friday.
The statement appealed to all affected traditional rulers to take the exercise seriously, and come along with the required number of persons to enable government reach as many Rivers people as possible.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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PDP’ll Surely Produce Next President -Ayu

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has urged Nigerians to keep faith with the party as it was poised to produce the next president of the country.
He maintained that the current inept rule of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, which has pulled the country backwards economically, has to be changed.
Ayu gave the assurance at the gala night hosted by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for PDP governors at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt, last Sunday night.
The PDP national chairman emphasised that the APC leadership has been unable to harness the rich diversity of Nigerians into better fortunes that should strengthen the bond of brotherhood and promote peaceful coexistence.
“Unfortunately, a very poor leadership has presented Nigeria at home and abroad as an extremely divided country.
“We must change this narrative, and the only way to change this narrative and harness not just the culture, but the environment and the richness therein, is to back the Peoples Democratic Party which is determined to produce a new leadership for this country.”
Ayu also enthused that Nigeria would bounce back again with the PDP at the saddle because the project of rescuing the country and making it great was realisable.
The PDP national chairman stated that the expected leadership they would offer at the national level would change the negative characteristics associated with the APC that have been used to deepen the divide among Nigerians in the country.
“The PDP will definitely produce the next president and take the country back to the days when we were in power, when we cleared all foreign debts, when we were developing this country at reasonable speed.
“At a time, we became the richest country on the African continent. But today, we are the poverty capital of the world. All that will change”, he said.
In his welcome address, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike said the gala night was a pride to the usual meeting of PDP governors, adding that it was rotational.
He stated that such meetings have always been used to discuss salient issues of economy, politics and others that bother on how to chart a virile Nigerian society.
“It has been ritual for PDP governors to gather and meet and discuss about the welfare of the party. And this has been rotating from one state to the other.”
On his part, the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal said the PDP governors and other party leaders were already working in synergy towards rebuilding the party.
He said the focus was to rescue Nigeria, which would also require all Nigerians of goodwill to join forces with the PDP to achieve that goal.
“All Nigerians of goodwill who believe in this country, who believe Nigeria is going the wrong direction, ought to join us.
“And like I always say, there are two divides in Nigeria today. Those who are happy with the confusion because they are benefiting from what is happening at the centre, and those of us who are truly patriotic enough to disagree with the way our country is being governed and being run.
“I appeal and beseech every Nigerian, even those in APC that are patriotic enough, to join hands with us as we continue to march towards rescuing Nigeria together.
“I believe it is our responsibility to do so, not for ourselves but for our younger ones and generations unborn.”
Governors present at the gala night were, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Mohammed Bala (Bauchi); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).
Also in attendance were the deputy governors of Rivers and Zamfara, Dr Ipalibo HarryBanigo; and Aliyu Gusau; PDP National Secretary, Senator Sam Anyanwu; and several other dignitaries.

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UPTH Begins Transplant Procedures In 2023 …Launches Five-Year Strategic Dev Plan

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The management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has said that the hospital would begin transplant procedures in 2023.
The UPTH said it was its desire and dreams to transform the hospital to a five-star hospital in the region.
The management said the infrastructure for the transplant procedures and Cardiac Unit would be completed soon.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), UPTH, Prof. Henry Arinze Ugboma stated this during the official Hospital Strategic Development Plan Implementation Workshop and Roll Out held in the hospital Auditorium, in Choba, near Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Ugboma said the Amenity Ward project was also mapped out in its five year strategic plan, which began from June, 2021 to 2026.
He noted that the hospital was ready to begin the transplant procedures as arrangements had been concluded for its take off next year.
Ugboma said as part of the commencement of the project, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited had donated $500,000 to support the hospital.
“Transplant procedures are an important area we need to invest, as a hospital, such will be beneficial to the hospital and the society”.
The CMD said, as part of its capital projects in 2022, the hospital would change its aesthetics and make the hospital more beautiful.
“We shall change the aesthetics of the hospital to attract investors and beautify the environment”.
On the problems faced by the hospital, Ugboma said workers’ poor attitude to duty was a great challenge to the management.
“Work ethics, relationship to patients and visitors are not encouraging and must improve for a better hospital.
“If workers change, UPTH will grow faster.People come to work whenever they like and leave whenever they also like”, Ugboma said.
“You look for files, you will not see, most of our consultants are not always on duty call, there is no handover note amongst them”, he lamented.
He also said that part of the plan was to build residential quarters for staff of the hospital to enhance efficiency and productivity.
Earlier, the Board Chairman, UPTH, Muktar Anka, had appealed to the staff of the hospital to be diligent to duty and shun truancy.
Anka noted that a change in the attitude to work would enhance productivity and efficiency in the hospital.
The chairman insisted that idleness and truancy on duty promote bad attitudinal behaviours and tarnish the corporate image of the organisation.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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