As part of measures to tackle insecurity in Riverine communities of the state, the Rivers State government has called on coastal communities to assist in checking crime in their domains.
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, gave the charge at Opobo Town, while declaring open the fourth edition of the Opobo International Boat Regatta.
Represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry, the Governor remarked that the need to beef-up security at the riverine communities has become imperative following the difficult terrain of the state.
He noted that maintaining security in the upland area is easy but stressed that the difficult terrain of most riverine communities makes it difficult for security operatives to operate, hence the need for communities to assist government.
He, however, commended the people of Opobo Kingdom for their peaceful disposition, saying the area has not witnessed any major disturbance and urged them to keep it up.
The Governor pledged assistance to the OIB, being the only nationally recognised festival in the state adding that, the event has shown remarkable improvement from the previous editions.
Responding to the plea by the custodian of OIB, King Dandeson Jaja for more financial assistance, the Governor said, “The state will give you every support for this event to continue, because this event has put the state in the right position in boat festival”.
In his remarks, the Amayanabo of Opobo expressed gladness over improved security in the state. He recalled the nightmare that gripped the people of the state last year over frequent kidnappings but commended the state government for tackling the menace.
He called on the people of the state to desist from all forms of violence and vice; stressing that government on its own part should fulfill its electoral promises to the electorate by creating better economic opportunities.
The King prayed that in 2010, the country will experience real peace following the amnesty and attempts by the government to revive the economy.
Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community
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
Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates
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
Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee
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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