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Wike, Doyen Of Rivers Infrastructural Dev-Cookey-Gam

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The Executive Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Council of Rivers State, Rt Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam has described Governor Nyesom Wike, as doyen of infrastructural development in the Rivers State, going by his quest to transform the oil and gas rich state in road construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation in all three senatorial zones of the state, since his emergence as governor six years ago.
Speaking with journalists recently in Opobo, while assessing the governor’s performance six years after, Cookey-Gam said that Chief Wike had taken the state to a greater development pedestal, which had never been envisaged by previous administration in road and other infrastructural development, noting that everywhere in Rivers State, including the rural communities, which Opobo/Nkoro is one among them, remains connected or getting connected with roads of good standards.
According to him, “Within this period, Governor Wike has delivered over one hundred kilometers of road network, including trunk A roads, bridges and flyovers, spreading to nearly every local government area of the state, while several communities now have paved internal roads for the first time since the creation of the state, years back.”
He added that at last, over eighteen major single lane roads, including Igwuruta-Chokocho road, Tam David West Boulevard, Saakpenwa-Bori road, Rumuokurushi-Eneka-Igwuruta road, Rumue-pirikom-Rumu-olumeni road and Rebisi Trans-Amadi-Oginigba road.
He maintained that other roads are Elelenwo-Woji road, Eagle Island –Iloabuchi road, Iche-Ndu-Elelenwo-Akpajo road, Forces Avenue, Birabi, Emeyal, Tombia and Olumeni roads while Harley Street has become a dual carriage way, as well as the dualisation of Elimgbu, Eastern By Pass, Ahoada-Omoku and Egbema-Omoku roads are also underway.
“In 2019, Governor Wike pledged to deliver three flyovers to tackle the perennial traffic congestion in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the state. But, today, the governor has not only delivered the promised made, he also has gone ahead with the delivery of seven additional flyovers to the surprise of critics who confirmed what was ongoing in Rivers State on road delivery,” he said.
He averred: “Governor Nyesom Wike is not only delivering roads, rather is dishing out to the people quality roads through seasoned contracting firms and other service providers. And because no place is left out, even some of the very remote communities in Andoni and Opobo/Nkoro local government areas, including Opobo town, can now boast of roads linking them to Port Harcourt, the state capital for the first time in the history of the existence of these catchment areas.
“The Governor has also provided the first phase of the trans-kalabari road, which is poised to be a relief of the people under the present dispensation. It is also on record that the governor, within the space of six years, was able to deliver trunk A roads across the 23 local government areas of the state to create inter-connectivity and driving trade, commerce and economic growth at an unprecedented scale.”

By: Bethel Toby

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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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