The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has joined other people of goodwill across the world to felicitate with the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan on his 63rd birthday.
A statement signed by Owupele Benebo, Head of Press, Deputy Governor’s office stated that Dr. Banigo, described Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan as a great patriot and a true democrat who worked concertedly to give Nigeria a pride of place in the comity of nations.
According to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Jonathan’s programmes and policies during his tenure yielded positive results that were steadily leading the nation into the path of peace, progress, unity and prosperity.
Dr. Banigo, while wishing him many happy returns, prayed the Almighty God to continue to bless and keep the former president in good health.
In a related development, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has saluted former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his 63rd birthday.
In his congratulatory message contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Governor Diri described the former president as a Nigerian, African and global icon with exceptional democratic credentials that endeared him to many across the world.
“Dr. Jonathan is a statesman and patriot of repute whose legacies in office consistently speak of his unrivalled candour.
“As a former governor of this state, he remains our pride. As a People’s Democratic Party leader, who left indelible imprints in our clime, he is a hero.
“On behalf of the government and people of our dear state, I warmly felicitate and extend hearty congratulations to an outstanding symbol of democracy on his 63rd birthday.
“It is our prayer that the Lord will continually bless our great Nigerian leader with sound health, greater grace and long life.
Similarly, the Ijaw Youth Council(Worldwide) has joined millions of well-wishers, friends and admirers of the former president to felicitate with him on his 63rd birthday celebrations.
IYC in statement issued to newsmen through their spokesman, Comrade, Ebilade Ekerefe described the former president as the father of Democracy in Africa.
They said his humility, statesmanship and steadfastness as a leader had endeared him to many across the political divides, not only in Africa, but the entire globe, praying for God to grant him long life to continue impacting the world positively.
“Former President, Jonathan is a humble leader who sacrifices his interest for the general good, wellbeing and stability of Nigeria”, IYC said.
“We commend him for his wisdom, tact and pragmatism during his saddle of the ship of state”, The IYC added.
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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