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‘Elevation Of Opusingi Stool’ll Foster Peace, Development’

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Traditional rulers in Ibiame /Agudame , Offion ama and Opukula /Singiama communities in Kula Kingdom in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, have commended the Governor, ,Chief Nyesom Wike for the   classification of the Opusingi Stool as  a recognised third class chieftaincy stool in the state ,with King Hope Dan Opusingi, the Amanyanabo of Opukula Singlama as the occupant.
The Chairman of Offoin Ama Council of Chiefs, Chief Season Oturon made the commendation while speaking to newsmen at the residence of the Opukula Singiama monarch in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Chief Oturan stated that the elevation of the Opusingi Stool and subsequent recognition accorded to King Hope Dan Opusingi by the state governor  would bring the desired peace and accelerated development in the area, and expressed the appreciation of the entire people of the 19 settlements that make up the area to the Governor.
In his speech, King Emmanuel Alalibo Gold Ekeke II, the Ayananabo of Ibiame/Agudame Group of Communities while thanking the state governor for the recognition noted that the people of his communities were strongly behind the new monarch.
He disclosed that the recognition of the new stool in the area was a good thing that has happened to the   people of Kula Kingdom.
“We are happy that the governor has recognised one of us in the person of Hope Dan Opusingi as the Paramount Ruler of Opukula Singiama. This will bring unprecedented transformation to Kula Kingdom. There are many oil companies operating here so there will be robust interface and dialogue with the companies and the people now, “he stated.
Also speaking, the newly recognised Amanyanabo of Opukula Singiama, King Hope Dan Opusingi thanked the state chief executive for finding him worthy through his magnanimous recognition and classification of the Opusingi Stool as a third class chieftaincy stool and described the governor as a true friend of Kula Kingdom and other oceanic communities in the state.
He assured the governor and the entire people of Kula Kingdom that peace would be the hallmark of his reign in the area and urged the people to give him the needed support in order to move the area forward.
The monarch opined that the elevation by the state government was a great task to him even as he called on all sons and daughters of the area to rally round him for the growth of the area.

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Host Community Set To Resolve Chieftaincy Tussles

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Otuasega community of Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State has said they were willing to resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle bedeviling the community before August this year.
The Tide learnt this at the weekend by the community’s interim leader and CDC chairman, Mr Igbuasi Gbanibebi.
Igbuasi who also doubles as the chief security officer of the SPDC’s host community hinted that the community’s leadership has resolved to end all contentious court cases on who becomes the Paramount ruler of the community.
He regretted that the suits instituted by the contenders to the throne, owing to the 2018 disputed chieftaincy election of the community have impeded development.
“We’ve decided as a community to withdraw all the cases concerning our chieftaincy election from court.
Though our tenure as CDC and community leadership would end by August this year, we’re resolve to end all cases and install a paramount ruler before we leave office on or before August”, he said.
“We’re talking to the contenders to the throne, hopefully they’re are cooperating, but should they refused, we would ask all of them to stop drawing us backwards and use the old traditional means or ask the clergy in the community to fast and pray, and then tell us whom God has ordained as our Paramount ruler”, he added.
Igbuasi who also spoke on the prevailing peace in the community in the absent of a substantive monarch commended the joint task force, JTF, Police and the community’s own vigilante service for sustaining the peace in the area.

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Diri Solicits S’Korea’s Partnership On Agric, Infrastructure Dev

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has sought the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
At a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja, Governor Diri said given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa State, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
He said his administration pays serious attention to the issue of security as top priority and has conscientiously worked with the security agencies to make Bayelsa and its maritime domain safer than before.
“The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou. We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in”, he said.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector. Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area”, he added.
Governor Diri noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Anambra Guber Poll: Bayelsa Deputy Gov Predicts Victory For PDP

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Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would coast home to victory in the south-east state.
Ewhrudjakpo expressed the optimism at the state Party Secretariat in Awka shortly after leading a committee to conduct the election of local government delegates for the forthcoming PDP primaries in Anambra State.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor was quoted as, describing the exercise as smooth and successful, noting that 21 delegates were elected in the process.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who is the Chairman of the committee, disclosed that additional 21 physically challenged persons representing the 21 local government areas of the state were also chosen by members of the party.
While expressing delight at the show of unity and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the PDP in the state, he maintained that there were strong prospects, that the party has what it takes to win the November 6 election.
According to the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, the PDP delegates were elected in a peaceful, free and fair manner under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He added that as a law abiding party, the PDP would soon conduct its primaries in accordance with the timeline provided by INEC and give whoever emerges as its flag bearer all the needed support with a view to winning the election.
He thanked the National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state for giving him and members of the Committee the opportunity to serve the party.
“It has been a very successful programme. As you can see, there is no protest going on. Everywhere is peaceful and calm. So we have successfully completed the exercise, which was witnessed by INEC. Members of our party have freely elected 21 delegates of their choice and also 21 physically challenged persons to represent those who are going to participate in the primaries”, he said.

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