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Flood: Community Cries Out For Help

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Hundreds of residents of Rumuowa community, Eneka in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State have been rendered homeless following the total takeover of the community by flood waters.
Some of them interviewed told The Tide correspondent Saturday,that they can no longer access their homes due to the high level of flood water in the community.
They called on the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to come to their aid by addressing the perennial flooding in the community.
They further said they were dying as a result of the menace this year and attributed it to the failure of the company that constructed the Eneka Rukpokwu road to construct drainage.
.They appealed to the Rivers State government, the National Emergency Maintenance Agency (NEMA) and other agencies to come to their assistance.
According to a resident, Chizy Opara, “I can’t access my building, it is really pathetic; this thing started sometimes in 2015 when I packed to this place in that year’s September  and that was the peak of the rainy season, but there was no flood, until after the construction of the Eneka, Rukpokwu Road, the drainage that the construction company did was not properly channelled. They just did the drainage and channelled it to this place which is not proper. This time around it is worse as we no longer know where it is coming from. We need the government to get back the contractor to come and do the needful.”
On his part, the Rumuowa Youth President, Chimenem Worlu said the flood has crippled economic activities in the area, as many businesses, markets and investors have vacated the area to other places.
“Indeed residents have passed through mess, lot of businesses and people have vacated from their houses just about three days ago, we nearly recorded loss of lives of a pregnant woman and a baby as a result of the flood. The people are really suffering, hotels, markets have shut down; people have suffered more than enough and this is not what the community can do, it is what the state government can do”, Worlu lamented.
Also the Chairman, Community Development Committee, Eneka, Charles Nworgu attributed the flood in Rumuowa to the failure of the contractor that constructed the Eneka-Rukpokwu Road to make provision for drainage in the area.
“Last year, we cried and begged for the government to assist us because they are the only people that can help us redeem this mess. You can see for yourself this is the power station and nothing is happening here because it is completely flooded. This road links the Eneka Igwuruta road.
“If you go to the front there you will see mansions, good buildings, but they are completely flooded, no way to pass. So we are begging the state government under the leadership of our project Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to come to our aid,” he added.

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has intercepted and seized no fewer than 100,000 bottles of codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325 kgs at the Onne seaport, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the 100mg illicit cough syrup with codeine packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing made in India imported face masks, was discovered on Thursday, 10th June.
The syrup was found in a warehouse at the Onne port complex during a joint examination by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) State Security Service and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), among others, he added.
He said that the seizure followed intelligence received by the NDLEA, as a result of which the container was detained and moved to the Customs’ government warehouse within the port complex.
The NDLEA spokesman added that no importer or agent had, however, come forward to claim the container, but that efforts were ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, (NDLEA) retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as hailing the synergy between various government agencies at the Onne port.
He charged them not to rest on their oars as they continued working hard daily, to keep Nigeria safe.
In particular, he commended the Commander, officers and men of the Port Command in the Rivers capital, and their Abuja airport Command counterparts, for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.
“The damage 100,000 bottles of codeine could have done to our youths, if they had slipped through the port to our villages, towns and cities, is unimaginable. 146.95 kgs of khat could have done the same damage if allowed to go unto our streets.
“We’ll continue to motivate our officers and men so that they can give their best in the discharge of their responsibilities across the country,” he said
“We will ultimately, with the support of all our stakeholders and partners, win the battle against illicit drug trafficking and abuse”, he said.

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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