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Community Raises Alarm Over Threat

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Chiefs and people of Bille community in Degema Local Government Area have raised alarm over an alleged threat by some youths alleged to be from Ke Clan.
In a press conference held at the weekend at Bille Town, Vice Chairman, Bille Chiefs Council, Chief Ibitamuno Minapakama called on the federal and state government to come to their rescue as this is not the first time the threat had been made by their neighbours.
According to Chief Minapakama, problem started sometime in September when a video clip containing the alleged threat went viral online following destruction of illegal refineries in the area by federal authorities.
The Vice Chairman of the Bille Chiefs Council narrated that few weeks after the threat, some indigenes of the Kingdom were attacked on their way from Port Harcourt.
The attack, the traditional ruler narrated which occurred on Tuesday 16th October, along the New Calabar River, lefts two passengers dead while men and women sustained gun injuries.
In the words of Chief Minapakama, “we wish to re-emphasise that the Bille Kingdom is not involved and does not have any hands in the ongoing destruction of illegal refineries scattered all over the state”.
He affirmed that the destruction of illegal refineries was part of the policy programme of the federal government overseen by one laprado security company engaged by the government to dislodge the economic sabotage activities of hoodlums.
Unfortunately, he submitted that the activities of Lapado security was posing threat to the peace and safety of Bille community, as those engaged in illegal refining believed that they were the ones behind the exercise.
Reiterating their call for intervention, the Bille Kingdom spokesman urged the federal authorities to come to their rescue as the lives of men and women were under constant threat.
It’s against this backdrop that a petition had been addressed to the Nigeria Police, Director of State Security, Nigeria Army and other security agencies towards brining peace between Bille and Ke people.
Further stating he said, “behind this peace process there have been unconfirmed rumours of attacks on Bille Town, its village and, in fact, any Bille person found anywhere in the state from the several quarters either the destruction of illegal refineries had affected or earmarked for further destruction”.
Further stating he said, “behind this peace process there had been unconfirmed rumours of attacks on Bille Town, its villages and, in fact, any Bille person found anywhere in the state from the several quarters either the destruction of illegal refineries had affected or earmarked for further destruction”.

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Rivers Begins Fruit Garden Market Allocation, Today

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The Rivers State Government will today kick-off the process for the allocation of shops at the newly completed and commissioned ultra-modern Fruit Garden Market in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
This indication was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Committee on Allocation of New Ogbum-na-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Dr Bariere Thomas in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to the statement, “The committee on allocation of stalls/stores at the new Ogbum-Abali Fruit Garden Market has rolled out its time table as follows: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am prompt is for the distribution of forms to original 205 traders of the market. They are to come to the meeting with their proper identification”.
It also added that the distribution of forms to the other fruit/vegetable sellers who were not part of the original 203 to collect expression of interest forms would begin, tomorrow.
The statement further explained that on “Monday, March 2, 2020 is for the return of completed application forms by all applicants preceding the balloting exercise the same day”.
The committee emphasised that it would continue with the process on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, with the allocation and collection of certificates by the established original 205 and those who were successful in the balloting.
It, therefore, advised all affected persons to comply with the scheduled timeline for the allocation of the stalls to enable government complete the process without hitches in orer to achieve set goals.

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Association Tasks Old Boys On Alma Mater

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The Okrika Grammar School Old Boys Association (OGSOBA), has called on members of the association to work towards the development of the school.
Speaking at a dinner night organised by the association at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, recently, as part of events marking the 80th anniversary celebration of the body, the National President of OGSOBA, Sam Nwakohu, appealed to members to take matters concerning the school seriously.
He stated that the school has assisted many of the old boys to be what they are in the society, in terms of discipline and otherwise.
“I implore all of us to take matters pertaining to the development of the school as seriously as we take our personal progress.
In this age, our students need to be educated in an improved environment and with better facilities for learning in terms of academics and extra curricula activities “ Nwakohu said.
The National President noted with dismay that the association could not finish a building project for over 15 years.
“We should try and improve infrastructure of the school. It is not pleasant to note that we could not complete one building for over 15years. While most of us have houses in UK, US and some living in mansions”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Engr. Daso Derefaka, appealed to members to consider the school’s progress.
While noting that the school was currently in need of major repairs, especially auditorium, he thanked members that attended the anniversary and reunion celebration.

 

By: Tonye Orabere

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Oversight Functions Take Centre Stage

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Oversight functions dominated activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly in the week under review though there had been other programmes by the various legislators.
Last Monday, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie unveiled some projects he personally built to appreciate his constituents at Idoke and Edoha in Upata kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area.
The projects includes classrooms at Idoke and lock up shops at Edoha. He noted that they were not constituency projects but his own personal donation to the people.
Calling on the people to utilise the projects, Chairman of the Council, Barrister Benjamin Eke commended the lawmaker for his love for the people.
Tuesday last week, member representing Asari Toru ll in the House and Committee Chairman on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi George Alabo met with members of the Assembly correspondents corps.
The lawmaker said the Assembly planned to reorganise its information management policy towards improving public enlightenment and to consolidate some of the achievements of the House.
He sought for synergy between the Assembly and the press corps as a way to further inform the citizenry on what the legislature was doing.
Henceforth, he hinted that a central information structure would be set up for a unified dissemination system.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Assembly Press Corps, Ijeoma Tubosia congratulated and at the same time commiserated with Enemi George on his victory at the polls and death of his father respectively.
She said the meeting was part of steps to intimate the House authorities of a new press corp management executive.
Tubosia sought for the incorporation of the press corps in activities of  the House and to ensure that the public is fully updated of its programmes.
Last Thursday, House Chairman on Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Matthew Dike and that of Employment and Local Content, Hon. Dumle Maol met with Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in South East Senatorial District.
Dike and Maol urged the CLOs to ensure they champion the interest of their communities and that of the companies to foster peace and conducive operations for development of the state.
They stressed the need to implement Memorandum of Understanding and Local Content policy for fairness and equity for host communities of these companies.

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