Worried by the damage done to some parts of Queenstown and Kalaibiama communities in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, recently ravaged by erosion, President of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the United Brothers of Opobo Kingdom (UBOK), Mr. Mike Fubara has passionately appealed to the State Govrnor, Chief Nyesom Wike to come to the aid of the communities.
Fubara who made the appeal in Opobo Town while exchanging views with The Tide last Tuesday, lamented that various parts of the towns are currently under threat by erosion.
While noting that some self-help efforts embarked upon by indigenes of the erosion-prone areas had not yielded the required results, he stressed that unless the state government takes steps to rescue the affected towns, most habitable structures and fishing settlements as well as farmlands were at the risk of being washed away by erosion especially now that the rainy season is severe.
“If you visit places such as Queenstown, Kalasunju, Kalama which comprises Aya-Minimah, Okpukpo, Iloma, Oloma, Epellema and Ekereborokiri, Opobo Town, Kalaibiama and Nkoro communities this time, you will discover the enormity of the damage the erosion has done to these places”, he said. According to him “most, houses in these communities are under severe threat and unless someting serious is done about it, anything can happen. It is true that sometimes ago, government did its best to create drainages to check the menance at the satellite towns of Opobo and Nkoro, but it appears it is not enough as the scourge persisted.”
As he puts it, “If you are opportuned to visit these areas in questions, you will certainly weep for the inhabitants due to the menace of erosion in the places which had subjected the people to untold hardship”.
He expressed the belief that with the support of the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, the problems bedeviling these communities will be a thing of the past because there is no amount of self-help project that can check the erosion problem facing the populace of these towns.
Meanwhile, Fubara has commended the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for his accelerated development of Rivers State in the past two years, especially on road construction, rehabilitation and the face-lifting of other sectors for blissful future, adding that with this lofty strides, the governor has been able to prove the opposition parties and book-makers wrong.
He used the opportunity to appreciate the governor in his office to renovate the abandoned and dilapidated hospitals, schools and other moribund infrastructure across the 23 local Government Areas of the state, including the Opobo General Hospital.
He also appealed to Governor Wike ensure the early completion of the Opobo Unity road under construction by prevailing on the constructors handling it to keep to specification.
The group leader also used the opportunity to enjoin Rivers people no matter their political inclinations to rally round the governor and his team to be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to them.
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Host Community Set To Resolve Chieftaincy Tussles
Otuasega community of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State has said they were willing to resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle bedeviling the community before August this year.
The Tide learnt this at the weekend by the community’s interim leader and CDC chairman, Mr Igbuasi Gbanibebi.
Igbuasi who also doubles as the chief security officer of the SPDC’s host community hinted that the community’s leadership has resolved to end all contentious court cases on who becomes the Paramount ruler of the community.
He regretted that the suits instituted by the contenders to the throne, owing to the 2018 disputed chieftaincy election of the community have impeded development.
“We’ve decided as a community to withdraw all the cases concerning our chieftaincy election from court.
Though our tenure as CDC and community leadership would end by August this year, we’re resolve to end all cases and install a paramount ruler before we leave office on or before August”, he said.
“We’re talking to the contenders to the throne, hopefully they’re are cooperating, but should they refused, we would ask all of them to stop drawing us backwards and use the old traditional means or ask the clergy in the community to fast and pray, and then tell us whom God has ordained as our Paramount ruler”, he added.
Igbuasi who also spoke on the prevailing peace in the community in the absent of a substantive monarch commended the joint task force, JTF, Police and the community’s own vigilante service for sustaining the peace in the area.
Diri Solicits S’Korea’s Partnership On Agric, Infrastructure Dev
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
At a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja, Governor Diri said given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa State, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
He said his administration pays serious attention to the issue of security as top priority and has conscientiously worked with the security agencies to make Bayelsa and its maritime domain safer than before.
“The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou. We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in”, he said.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector. Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area”, he added.
Governor Diri noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Anambra Guber Poll: Bayelsa Deputy Gov Predicts Victory For PDP
Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would coast home to victory in the south-east state.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the optimism at the state Party Secretariat in Awka shortly after leading a committee to conduct the election of local government delegates for the forthcoming PDP primaries in Anambra State.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor was quoted as, describing the exercise as smooth and successful, noting that 21 delegates were elected in the process.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who is the Chairman of the committee, disclosed that additional 21 physically challenged persons representing the 21 local government areas of the state were also chosen by members of the party.
While expressing delight at the show of unity and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the PDP in the state, he maintained that there were strong prospects, that the party has what it takes to win the November 6 election.
According to the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, the PDP delegates were elected in a peaceful, free and fair manner under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He added that as a law abiding party, the PDP would soon conduct its primaries in accordance with the timeline provided by INEC and give whoever emerges as its flag bearer all the needed support with a view to winning the election.
He thanked the National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state for giving him and members of the Committee the opportunity to serve the party.
“It has been a very successful programme. As you can see, there is no protest going on. Everywhere is peaceful and calm. So we have successfully completed the exercise, which was witnessed by INEC. Members of our party have freely elected 21 delegates of their choice and also 21 physically challenged persons to represent those who are going to participate in the primaries”, he said.
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