As the August 5, Triennial Delegates’ Conference and Election of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council draws closer, a chairmanship hopeful, Comrade Paul Bazia of the state Ministry of Information Chapel, and Comrade Obiandu Madume, vying for the position of secretary from Rivers State Television Chapel, are among others under the NUJ Liberation Team, who have obtained their nomination forms to contest for the forthcoming election.
Also in that slate are Comrade Walson Ibim of Radio Rivers Chapel for vice chairman; Mrs Ifeoma Ossai, the current state council treasurer; Comrade Martins Giadom, financial secretary; and Comrade Tonye Orabere of The Tide Chapel for the post of auditor.
Both Bazia and Giadom have served as executive officers of the state council for the past three years, as vice chairman and financial secretary, respectively.
Speaking after collecting his nomination forms at the NUJ Secretariat in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the chairmanship hopeful promised to run a transparent, accountable and all-inclusive administration, adding that improved members’ welfare would be the fulcrum of his administration, if elected.
Bazia, averred that his administration must be accountable to the congress, saying that members whose mandate executive officers hold in trust must be accorded the due honour and respect they deserve through humility, empathy, quality representation and selfless service.
“The congress must be supreme in all our dealings. We shall accord congress that respect. They gave us the position, and the office we are occupying. Moreso, we will carry everybody along, and ensure that transparency, accountability and the well-being of our members form the basis of our administration,” he stated.
Also speaking, the aspirant for the secretary position, Comrade Obiandu Madume, promised to give the needed support to the chairman and other executive members to ensure that the team delivers progressive and people-oriented leadership to the union in the state, adding that as the engine of the secretariat, he would ensure quality record keeping, effective and efficient administration of the union, if elected.
The Tide reports that the chairmen of The Tide and Radio Rivers chapels, Comrade Amadi Akujobi Samuel and Lekia Godspower Anya, were among other numerous NUJ members that accompanied the aspirants to pick their forms under the 2021 NUJ Liberation Team.
It would be recalled that, last Monday, the current State Council Chairman, Stanley Job Stanley; and his Secretary, Ikechukwu Wigodo; also picked up their forms from the Credential Committee to contest for re-election.
By: Miracle Peters
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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