As part of his Easter message, Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has underscored the importance of the church in promoting good health among the people.
Addressing members of St John’s Anglican Church, Ataba Parish, Andoni Archdeaconry on Easter Sunday, he said the church could help propagate good health through messages to the people.
He said the high prevalence of tuberculosis and other health challenges could be curbed through sermons and educating of church members.
Ibani stated that early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis is key, as he underscored the importance of a healthy population to the economic development of the state.
Assuring that tuberculosis is curable, the speaker urged the people to seek medical attention in government hospitals since it is free of charge.
On the Easter celebrations, Rt Hon Ibani, enjoined the world to learn from the triumphant entry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, what life human beings should choose to live here on earth.
The Speaker who was in company of his wife, Lady Rose Ibani at the church service sued for peace in the world, regretting that the world today lacks peace.
He said: “Let me join His Excellency, Nyesom Wike, to restate the commitment of Rivers State government in bringing about meaningful development to the state. And in doing so, all hands are required to join the state government to bring about its realisation.
“As part of my own Easter message, as a man of peace, I see the world is not at peace. It is my admonition, on behalf of the Rivers State House of Assembly, that the world should know peace.
“The church has significant role to play in bringing about this. The vulnurable group should be protected by those who are stronger. The women, the children and the very old should know peace in all communities where we come from so that the world would be a better place.
“I also join in similar manner to admonish those who have to extend to the needy because you have the mass of the people in the valley and only a few at the peak of the mountain. Those who have access to economic means should always look back, knowing that the world has more of the downtrodden than those who are on top”, lbani declared.
Given the disparity and lack of development in the state, the Speaker took a swipe at the last administration, condemning the wastages it incurred while poverty stared citizens in the face.
“Imagine that the money that was wasted on the monorail is in the hand of Governor Wike, what would have happened in terms of development of the state? I wish that this Easter would usher in a fresh lease of life in terms of leadership acknowledging the presence of the poor and having the
urgency to help the poor.”
Rt. Hon Ibani said he decided to worship at St. James’ Anglican Church Ataba, his home church, because he believes everybody in leadership position comes from a community.
He also lent his voice to the call for the release of the only Dapchi school girl still in the hands of Boko Haram, who was retained because she would not renounce her faith.
In his sermon, Reverend Canon John Ubulom described Easter as a special day without which there would be no Christianity. He said the resurrection of Christ reordered Sabbath, the day of worship, with people working and worshipping God on the last day in the old order, while in the new order, Jesus has made people to worship God on the first day of the week, thus receiving power to face the rest of the week, a fact buttressed by His resurrection on the first day of the week.
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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