A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Senator Magnus Abe, has commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his developmental strides in Ogoniland.
Speaking at the grand reception of Wike by the Ogoni ethnic nationality, Abe, who is a prominent indigene of Ogoni, said his people would remain grateful to the Governor.
Addressing the Governor, Abe said: “I am here today because you have helped my people, you have respected them. And for that reason not just because of the project, I am here today because I know that my presence will make you happy, and it will make our people happy.
“There will be a day we will talk more, but today we have gathered here to thank you, for what you have done for my people, for what you have done for us and the respect you have shown to my people.
“Somebody can give you the whole world yet does not respect you. Is that a good person? This is a gathering where if you are a true Ogoni, you can’t afford to be absent.
“If you are not here, Ogoni does not lose anything, you lose because Ogoni is here. We are gathered here to say thank you. The governor has helped us in so many ways.
“The good politician isn’t the one with many enemies. It is the one with the most number of friends.”
Abe said an average Ogoni person would rather commit suicide than become a slave, adding that the Governor’s intervention in Ogoni was for the benefit of the entire country.
He said the Bodor Bonny and the East-West roads of the Federal Government would benefit from the Sapenwa-Kono road built by Wike.
Speaking to Wike, he said: “They have made numerous requests before you, you are not just a friend. Our history goes back a long way. All the things we have done together we would not discuss it here.
“We came here to make you happy and to thank you for what you have done and the more you will do.
‘’I thank you for all the Ogoni people you have brought into your government, giving them an opportunity to serve.
“If Governor Odili did not give me a chance I will not be known today, that same opportunity you have given to others. Those you have given the opportunity should serve our people well. Anyone, who helps the Ogonis we will appreciate it, it does not matter the political party you belong to”.
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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