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Rivers NUJ Elects New Officers

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has elected a new set of officers that will steer the affairs of the union for the next three years.
In a keenly contested election witnessed by over 300 members of the union, Comrade Stanley Job Stanley of the Radio Rivers Chapel defeated his main contender and former vice chairman, Paul Bazia of the Rivers State Information Chapel. Stanley clinched 150 votes against his opponent’s 140 votes to emerge as the chairman of the council for the second term.
Okechukwu Maru of the State Information Chapel emerged the Vice Chairman with 145 votes against 140 votes scored by his opponent, Ibim Watson Asako of the Radio Rivers Chapel, while Ike Wigodo of The Tide Chapel was returned as the secretary for the second term having scored 169 votes to beat his main challenger, Obiandu Madume of the Rivers State Television (RSTV) Chapel to a distant second. Madume scored 119 votes.
The election also threw up three female officers including Mrs Doris Morrison of RSTV Chapel as Treasurer, Mrs Esther Obialor of the Treasure FM as Assistant Secretary and Mrs Ominini Leslie-Wokoma of the Rivers State Information Chapel as Auditor.
Mrs Morrison scored 152 votes to defeat her opponent and former Treasurer, Mrs Ifeoma Ossai, who scored 132 votes, while Mrs Obialor garnered the highest number of votes (191), beating her male rival, Lillybox Imikubi, who scored 94 votes to a distant second.
Mrs Ominini emerged the first female Auditor in the history of NUJ, Rivers State Council. She clinched 162 votes to defeat her male opponent, Tonye Orabere of The Tide Chapel who polled 125 votes.
The position of the Financial Secretary went to Fubara Miebaka, having polled 149 votes to beat his only contender and former Financial Secretary, Martins Giadom, who scored 134 votes. Both contenders are from the Radio Rivers Chapel.
The new executive officers who were sworn in Wednesday at about 6.30pm promised to abide by their oaths of office.
The newly elected chairman, Stanley Job Stanley, in his acceptance speech, sued for the cooperation and support of every member of the union and promised to run an all inclusive and transparent government.
He also promised to use his second term to consolidate on the achievements recorded during his first term.
He commended the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim and elders of the union led by former House of Representatives member, Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, for restoring peace to the union.
Stanley also commended his supporters, especially members of his consolidation team, for working hard to ensure his re-election and election of other officers of the union.
Earlier, the Vice President, NUJ Zone F, Opaka Dokubo had described the election as free, fair and credible.
He commended journalists in the state for their large turnout and peaceful conduct throughout the voting process in spite of seeming frustrations.
The Tide recalls that the just concluded election had suffered six postponements since August 5, last year when it was scheduled to hold due to misunderstanding arising from the delegates’ list between the two opposing camps that contested the election.
The election impasse was, however, resolved following the intervention of the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Nsirim and elders of the union.

By: Boye Salau

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RSNC Seeks Partnership With Silverbird, Multimesh Communication

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The Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), publisher of The Tide Newspaper, says it is seeking partnership with the management of Multimesh Communication, owners of Family Love FM 97.7 and its Silverbird counterpart, which operates Rhythm 93.7 FM, to improve its services.
General Manager of the corporation, Chief Ernest Chinwo, stated this in Port Harcourt, yesterday when he led other members of RSNC management on separate courtesy visits to the two radio stations.
Noting that the media organisations have a lot in common, the General Manager said it has become necessary for them to work together for the good of the people.
According to him, the forthcoming general elections in the state has made it imperative for the media organisations to work together to enlighten the people on the new Electoral Act.
Chinwo said, The Tide, which is 51 years old, is the only surviving state government-owned newspaper in both the South-South and South East, noting that the paper also has extensive coverage of events across the country.
He said the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation is also into various printing businesses, and stressed the need for the two stations to include The Tide in their daily newspaper reviews.
At Love FM 97.7, Chief Chinwo commended the station for inculcating in the society high moral standards.
He said The Tide is ready to support the two stations in terms of coverage of their activities and others.
Earlier, the Business Manager, Port Harcourt Station, Silverbird, Miebaka Inyenengi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Multimesh Communication, Mrs. Greg Okonkwo, had thanked the RSNC management for the visit.
They commended the management of the corporation for the continued existence of The Tide Newspaper, in spite of the economic downturn in the country.
They also pledged their readiness to work with the RSNC management, assuring that The Tide would be included in their newspaper review programmes.

By: John Bibor & Oribim Ibama

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2023 Guber: MOSOP Threatens Protest If…

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Ogoni people in Rivers State, have threatened to embark on massive protest if the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to pick candidates from the Ogoni ethnic nationality as their candidates.
Speaking through the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), they also rejected any “secondary status”, warning those canvassing for an Ogoni Detputy Governor to stop, stressing that the ethnic nationality would not settle for Deputy.
The positions are contained in a statement signed by factional President of MOSOP and Secretary-General, Prince Biira and Festus Legbara, respectively.
Biira expressed regret in what he called the political injustice meted out to Ogoni people, saying the Central Committee of MOSOP observed that Rivers South-East senatorial district had been grossly marginalised since the creation of the State.
“For the 55 years of the existence of the State, Ogoni has not occupied its proper place in terms of appropriate and adequate political representation in Rivers State, especially regarding holding the office of Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge.
“For over half a century of the existence of Rivers State, Ogoni had been supporting other communities in the State to achieve their political, social and economic dreams and desires, aware that citizens of these nationalities have occupied the office of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge of the State.
“Out of the three senatorial districts in Rivers State, it is only Rivers South-East Senatorial district, which accommodates Ogoni, that has not produced a Governor of the State.”
MOSOP also warned that only the political party that offers its platform for the actualisation of Ogoni ambition that would enjoy electoral goodness and benevolence of the senatorial district.

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Wike’ll Clinch PDP Presidential Ticket –Ijaw Group

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A frontline group advocating power shift to riverine axis of Rivers State in 2023, RG23 Movement, has expressed optimism that the State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike will clinch the presidential ticket of the party at the forthcoming primaries of the party slated for Abuja.
The group, which canvassed this position in Port Harcourt in an interview with newsmen after submitting an appreciation letter to the PDP in the state recently said Governor Wike is sure of clinching the PDP presidential ticket.
The Convener of the group, Mr Pureh Kalango, who spoke on behalf of the group also stressed the need for power to shift to the riverine axis of the state during the governorship election in the state, contending that the position of the group tallies with the clamour for power to shift from the North to the South of the country, on which premise it is confident that Governor Wike would clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP, being a Southerner.
According to Kalango, if PDP in the state allows a riverine person to emerge as its governorship candidate, during the forthcoming primaries of the party, the party would generally be seen as one that believes in equity, fairness, inclusiveness and justice which are hallmarks of peaceful coexistence.
He thanked the PDP leadership in the state for providing direction and leadership to Rivers people within the past seven years, and prayed that the party finishes strong as it strives to resolve all pending issues in the state with the countdown of the 2023 general elections.
Also speaking, the head of mobilisation of the group, Mr Samuel Urang as well as the leader of the Igbo Interest Group, Rivers State of the body, Mr Rommel Ojigwe toed the same line, and advised PDP in the state to pick its governorship candidate from the riverine areas of the state.

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