Hundreds of indigenes of Aggah community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have been rendered homeless, houses sub-merged and property valued at millions of naira destroyed by rampaging flood.
Lamenting the flood disaster, the Chairman of the Community’s Development Committee (CDC), Comrade Ironye Evidence Paddy explained that indigenes were now taking refuge in neighbouring communities following severe flooding which left in its wake sorrow and grief.
Comrade Ironye said private and public buildings, including schools, churches, civil centre (town hall) farms, fish ponds, among others, were mostly affected by the flood.
He disclosed that farmers were now harvesting their crops pre-maturely as victims were seeking for relief materials to alleviate their predicament.
The CDC boss therefore appealed to the federal and state governments as well as NEMA and other voluntary orgainsations to come to the aid of the community.
He noted that there were not Internally Displaced Persons camps in the area, adding that water-borne diseases may have hit the area as there were no potable water for indigenes.
On relief materials, the CDC Chairman wants beverages, drugs, food stuff and tents urging NEMA to consider the community which is the second largest and most populated community in ONELGA in the N3 billion Federal Government bailout for flood victims.
Ironye said Aggah community boasts of over 13 oil locations producing a chunk of the nation’s oil and gas resources, yet the community had nothing to show for it.
He lambasted the NDDC for not recognising the Community in the scheme of projects and warned that indigenes may resort to self help if NDDC did not accord the community its rightful place.
“The level of infrastructural decay in Aggah is horrible and we can no longer tolerate the pitiable situation”, he declared.
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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