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Rivers NUJ Distances Self From GJA Award

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The Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has disassociated itself from an award given to one Chief (Dr.) Goodluck Nwobike by the Grassroots Journalists Association (GJA).
The statement jointly signed by the council’s Chairman and Secretary, Stanley Job Stanley and Ike Wigodo, respectively, said the Grassroots Journalists Association that gave the award is not known to either the National Secretariat of the Union or the State Council.
“Both the National Secretariat of NUJ and the NUJ, Rivers State Council, are not aware of the existence of any group called Grassroots Journalists Association (GJA), let alone to be part of the award”, the statement said.
The NUJ, therefore, described the award as a fraud and the GJA as an impostor, and warned the public to be wary of fraudsters who may want to use the banner of NUJ to perpetrate economic fraud.
“For any group of journalists to function or operate, it must be an affiliate of the NUJ and must have registered with the Union.
“The only bodies or affiliates known to NUJ are its state councils and chapels, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN). Any other group or body outside these are impostors”, the NUJ warned.
The statement further explained that the Constitution of the NUJ does not permit the Union to sell awards to individuals or corporate organisations, but only grants the permission to recognise or honour members of the public who have made outstanding contributions to the growth of the society and the upliftment of the union and journalism profession.
“Moreover, the criteria for awards are decided by the National Executive Council (NEC). So, those who honoured Chief Goodluck Nwobike with an award under the guise of a group of journalists are nothing but impostors and impersonators”, the NUJ insisted.
The Union said it has notified its Ethics and Disciplinary Committee to investigate the award and those behind it and report back to the Union for necessary actions that may include arrest and prosecution of the culprits.

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Incest Cases Worry FIDA

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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.

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Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect

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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.

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LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community

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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.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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