The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared the commitment of his administration to the completion of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road for the development of riverine communities in the area.
Addressing journalists after inspecting the ongoing construction of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road last Friday, Wike expressed confidence that the road get to Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area in May, and also to Ikuru Town in Andoni Local Government Area within the same period.
The governor stated that the early morning inspection of the road was necessitated by the complaints of stakeholders from Andoni Local Government Area during a solidarity visit in Government House, Port Harcourt, recently
He said though the contractor was working on the two aspects of the road, he had directed them to commit more personnel and equipment to speed up work for the early completion of the road.
“The contractors are working on the road, though the people don’t understand the processes required. But I have directed that more personnel and equipment be deployed to the site”, he said.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of piling works, road stabilisation and earth-works that had been carried out by the contractor.
He said: “By the grace of God, the road would be completed as scheduled. All promises made to the people will be fulfilled.
“The essence of government is to bring happiness to the people, and that is what we are doing. We are ensuring that all local government areas have access to the dividends of democracy”.
Wike assured that funding of the road would be maintained to ensure consistency in projects’ delivery.
Commenting on the dualisation of Saakpenwa-Bori Road, Wike expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done so far.
He said the road would be completed in May, this year.
The governor also inspected the Woji-Akpajo Bridge and Road, and expressed satisfaction with the pace of work ongoing on the project.
Earlier, the Project Manager of Raffoul Nigeria Limited, Mr Tony Astafan assured the Rivers State governor that all necessary equipment would be deployed to reach expected milestones.
He said the company had deployed more equipment and manpower to make the required difference on the two aspects of the road within two weeks.
Also speaking, Chairman of Raffoul Nigeria Limited, Mr Hanna Raffoul assured the Rivers State governor that the company would live up to the expectations of the people.
Wike was accompanied on the inspection of construction of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road by the state Commissioner for Works, Hon Dumnamene Deekor.
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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