The Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, has led a team of medical personnel to the ancient Bille Kingdom in Degema Local Government Area.
The visit was in response to the perennial outbreaks of Cholera and other waterborne diseases plaguing the kingdom periodically.
Speaking at the Palace of the Amanyanabo of Bille Kingdom, King Igbikingeri Nicolas Cornelius Herbert, the council Boss stated that the visit was to have a background information of the situation, with a view to permanently addressing it, to forestall a future recurrence.
He said, following the outbreak, State Governor, Chief NyesomWike, immediately directed the ministry of health and affiliate agencies to quickly respond to the health crisis and bring it under control.
Hon. Williams stated that the council would give all necessary support to the experts from the health sector to ensure that the issue did not reoccur, assuring that the state government in conjunction with the council will do all it could to restore normalcy in Bille.
The chairman, who also commended the people of Bille for making good use of the Surveillance boats, procured by his administration to secure their waterways, further pledged the council’s support to undertake its maintenance for a sustainable use of the facility.
In his speech, the Amanyanabo of Bille Kingdom, King Igbikingeri Nicolas Cornelius Herbert, expressed the appreciation of the Kingdom to the chairman for his continued love and affection for his people.
He noted that Bille was the first community in the local government area to feel the impact of the Chairman, through the donation of fully equipped surveillance boats to curtail the security challenges experienced by commuters along the Bille/Port Harcourt waterways.
While thanking the state government for its swift response to the outbreak of the disease through the ministry of health, the Royal Father appealed for more drugs to be made available in the interim, noting that the ones earlier sent were very effective in containing the effect and spread of the disease.
He appealed to the government to build a bigger water treatment plant for Bille Kingdom, as the one they currently have was too small and the treatment process, equally too slow, thus, inefficient in serving the area.
The second class traditional ruler also appealed to the chairman to support the Bille security architecture by taking over the responsibility of its logistics, as the kingdom alone could not shoulder the huge responsibility.
Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of the Bille Chiefs’ Council, the Spokesman of the Council and former Caretaker Committee Chairman of DELGA, Hon. Boma Dappa, lauded the Council boss for always prioritising the issues of Bille, noting that the kingdom had never had it this good in the history of local government administrations.
While praying God to continually grant the council’s chairman good health and more wisdom to positively impact lives, Hon. Dappa pledged the unalloyed support of the entire Bille Kingdom to the local government area’s chief executive.
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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