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Cleric Charges Women On Nation Building

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Women world over have been charged to be nation builders as it is the only way to engender growth, peace and development in the society and nation at large.
Speaking during the Annual Women’s Convention and Awards, held last Saturday (Dec 5), at Gateway International Church Headquarters, Port Harcourt, the Lead pastor of the church, Pastor George Izunwa charged women in the state and world over to be nation builders.
Izunwa described the charge as spiritual uplifting, remarked that they should sustain the existing peace and commitment in the propagation of the gospel, adding that society will be a better place for all to live if peace and harmony prevailed.
He expressed joy and satisfaction that women today are hard-working, determined, focused and committed as they venture into several disciplines of life, competing favorably with their peers across the world. Speaking with The Tide in an exclusive interview, the Co-pastor of the church, Barrister Manuela George Izunwa noted that women were more than what the society makes them to be.
She said women were not made to be left behind remarking that they have potential, capacity to perform and deliver.
“We have entrepreneur women leading in businesses, ministries and politics among others, it is time for more women to get up and do what they can do by building our homes.
“This year’s annual convention and awards the church is recognizing some great women in Rivers State that have positively impacted on the society and nation as well, women who have contributed to nation building”, citing one of them is Mrs Lilian Okonkwo-Ogabu.
“Mrs Lilian Okonkwo-Ogabu is a hardworking and committed child of God, whose inputs have taken her to places and in which she is to be honoured by Gateway Women Ministry with an award of excellence and impact,” she added.
She urged her to continue in the same spirit and should not be distracted by challenges that will come on her way in the cause of discharging the responsibility she is saddled with in her career, President Gateway International Ministry, Dr. Onyeije Ebere said the theme: “Thrive”, is to celebrate women, who have made positive impacts in the society, while encouraging them to be model of excellence instead of just mothers or women.

 

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana & Theresa Frederick

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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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