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RSG Debunks Alleged MEND Attack On Oil Installations

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The Rivers State Government, Sunday, described as false the alleged attack on an oil installation in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Seminetari in a chat with newsmen, said all the oil installations in Rivers State are intact, and that no damage has been detected in any part of the state.

She said no oil company operating in the state has reported any damage on their pipelines or facilities anywhere within the state.

According to the commissioner; “there is no iota of truth, not a single iota of truth. The fact is that all the oil installations in Rivers State are intact; no damage has been done to any pipe anywhere. We have sent security agents to verify, and as I am speaking to you, the information we have is that Shell has all its oil installations intact, all other oil companies have their installations intact, Abonnema is peaceful, the people of Rivers State are ready to welcome the Christmas celebration, every body is keen right now, and so there is actually no problem”.

Mrs Seminetari, however, advice the people of Rivers State who wish to travel for the Christmas season to riverine communities to do so without fear of molestation.

She said that Rivers State is calm, and that security has improved, “was there is no reason for worry, security in Rivers State has been very much taken care of, and the Governor of Rivers State has invested time, not only in  security but in development projects, so the people of Rivers State are happy. No body is interested in making trouble”.

The commissioner also called on Rivers State indigenes outside the state and abroad to come and partake in the beauty that the state has become.

However, the MEND, Saturday said that it has broken the cease fire agreement with the federal government as it is said that it attacked a major Shell/Chevron crude oil pipeline located in Abonnema.

About 35 militants belonging to the group armed with rocket launchers, heavy calibre machine guns and assault rifles carried out the attack, MEND claimed.

Jomo Gbomo, spokesman of MEND, who confirmed  the attack, said the operation which was carried out in  five boats was a warning strike and added that MEND would review the indefinite cease-fire it ordered Sunday, October 25 within thirty days from December 19.

The MEND spokesperson said the militant group decided to carry out the attack because “while the Nigerian government has conveniently tied the advancement of talks on the demands of the group to a sick president, it has not tied the repair of pipelines, exploitation of oil and gas as well as the development and re-tooling of troops in the region to the president’s ill-health”.

Spokesman for Chevron and Shell did not respond to calls for comment Saturday morning but a repentant militant leader, Ateke Tom, has condemned the attack with advice to all repentant militants involved in the President Yar’Adua’s amnesty deal to remain patient and committed to the agreement.

 

 

Corlins Walter

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Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community

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Crisis is about to erupt in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the continued under development and alleged mismanagement of funds in the area.
The Tide gathered that some youths of the community have demanded that the leadership of the community be dissolved as a result of poor performance and lack of leadership focus.
The President of Patriotic Youth of Ubima, Wisdom Chimankpa Igwe alleged that the Community Development Committee (CDC) leadership was accused of being responsible for the underdevelopment of the community.
Igwe disclosed that the youth body has written to the CDC through her lawyer, Ndubuishi Okeah Esq of SALOD Chambers, demanding to know the details of Memorandum of Understanding signed with the various companies operating in the area and the level of implementations, but unfortunately they decided to use security agencies to shut them up.
He warned that the youth would resist any intimidation and may resort to violence if their demands were not met.
According to him,” It is unfortunate that since September, 2021 when that letter was written, they are yet to either reply or give details of implementation of the MoU. We are not happy but must work towards dialogue and seek peace”.
He alleged that majority of the leaders are jobless and have no legitimate means of livelihood, alleging that funds from multi-national companies are mismanaged.
“The leaders of Ubima Community have no legitimate job, this is the sole reason that all the huge revenue from all the multi-national companies ranging from Nigeria Agip Oil Company, SIAT, All Grace and Western Ord are mismanaged”, he alleged.
He also alleged that the leadership also converts every revenue meant for the community and youth development to personal use, thereby under developing the community.
He said the youths have decided to take over the mantle of leadership of the community and alleged that those in power have failed the people.
“The youths wants to remain in power, without a constitution and without tenure. We are tired of handpicked leaders, our employment quotas are sold out to strangers by these jobless and visionless leaders. The little things we enjoy today are what the Rivers State government gave to us,” he said.
He accused the community leadership of using security agencies to intimidate the youths, adding that they are out and stood for justice.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates

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The Rivers State Ministry of Education says plans are underway to issue certificates to candidates who sat for the July 2021, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, Faustina Eugene-Nwanekwu, last Wednesday, quoted the commissioner as saying that it would be the first time BECE certificate will be issued shortly after publication of results”.
Ebeku, according to the statement, noted that the development is fundamental and in line with the current National Policy on Education.
The commissioner, in the statement, assured that the date of the planned launch of the certificate will be made public as soon as arrangements were concluded.
She said that the commissioner urged the students, principals, parents and the general public to watch out in order for them to know when these certificates will be available at the public domain.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee

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The President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed.
Dr Dimkpa said the visit was to intimate the Nigerian Army on activities lined-up to celebrate the 2022 Golden Jubilee Tournament of Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Dimkpa, while addressing the GOC also said the 50th anniversary tournament scheduled to commence in January 2022, was expected to attract dignitaries, corporate bodies and visitors from across the country and beyond, thus the issue of security will be paramount.
Engr Dimkpa stressed that the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership and working collaboration with the Nigerian Army, especially in area of providing security coverage for the tournament and guests.
He thanked the GOC and the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating crime and criminality in the state, and the privilege of the visit, used the opportunity to extend an official invitation of the club’s Golden Jubilee tournament to the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the club in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen M. D. Danja, assured of intimating the GOC on the invitation.
He also promised adequate security co-operation in order to have a hitch-free tournament.
“The 50th anniversary tournament of the Port Harcourt Polo Club scheduled to commence January, 6th to 15th, 2022, is open for sponsorship and participation by individuals and corporate entities, and will provide avenue to showcase their products and services”, the president said.

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