The Movement for the Survival of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has threatened to resume hostilities in Niger Delta, if Federal Government fails to give considerable attention to issue of restructuring in Nigeria.
MOSIEND also threatened to shut down Dangote Firms if Niger Delta was not included in its proposal to build refineries in Nigeria
The president of MOSIEND, Eastern zone, Comrade Kennedy Tonjo West said the decision was part of the group’s communique reached at the maiden congress held recently in Port Harcourt.
West said the people of Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaws were vulnerable to the concocted Nigeria’s constitution which was put together by some few military junta in the country,
He said the constitution was intentionally planned to exploit the resources from Niger Delta in order to impoverish the region as way of reducing the economic power of the people after the civil war.
According to him, Nigerian Government is not only using the means of Nigeria constitution on Niger Delta, but also militarising the region particularly the Ijaw territories in the region.
The MOSIEND leader expressed the readiness of the group to shut down all oil facilities, if federal government delay to yield to the yearnings of the people, especially on restructuring and resource control.
He said the time had passed when governments and multinational companies neglected and subdued the region to abject poverty, despite the huge resources contributed to the treasury of the nation.
He said: “Our focus is to ensuring poverty is reduced to the bearest minimum, especially amongst the Ijaws in the area.
“Our concern is to make sure Ijaws in all the States of Nigeria have its rightful positions amongst the comity of other ethnic groups in the country.
“We will work to have positive impact on the lives of people of Ijaw and to ensure that our interest is protected across the boards”
Speaking, the chairman of the Ijaw Elders Forum, Comrade Kezier T. Ogoriba who described the new MOSIEND president as fearless leader said he was ready to make sacrifice for the development of the Ijaw landed and charged the people of Ijaw to remain committed and focused and not to allow politicians to mislead the struggle of Ijaw forefathers.
Ogoriba promised the support of the elders in any good steps taken to liberate and develop the Ijaw nation in the country.
Also speaking, the chairman of the newly inaugurated chapter of Bundu MOSIEND, Comrade Mathew Mathew said companies that refused to abide by the Ijaw requests, must be closed.
We are going to close down all companies in Ijaw area that refused to follow the request of the Ijaws, we cannot continue to remain in abject poverty, while our land is decaying because of the resources taken away from the land,” he said.
“Our occupation is fishing, and now oil exploration has driven away all aquatic lives from the creeks, yet governments and companies are denying us our right. Enough is enough.” He said.
By: Enoch Epelle
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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