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RSG Approves Security Stipends For Rulers …Says No More Abandoned Projects

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Rivers State Governor, Chief  Nyesom Wike has  approved  the  release  of  security stipends  to traditional  rulers to assist them  enhance  community  security.
Addressing  the 102nd Quarterly General Meeting of the  Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers on Wednesday,  Governor Wike said  that the security  stipends will assist  the traditional  rulers  generate intelligence  which  will be  forwarded  to  the  security  agencies for necessary  action.
He said: “the security stipend to traditional rulers which will be disbursed to recognised traditional rulers will start from 2016. This stipend should not be used outside of gathering security intelligence.
“We shall also introduce special awards to traditional rulers who maintain peaceful communities.  We believe these awards will encourage communities to take steps to improve security across the state”.
Governor  Wike  charged the traditional  rulers  to  insulate themselves  from partisan  politics by ensuring  that they remain  neutral in all political  matters.
He stated that being involved in politics diminishes the respect people accord to traditional rulers.
According to him: “You are custodians of customs and traditions and not custodians of politics. Your duty is to bless anyone that comes to you and not to make political pronouncements”.
Speaking  further,  Governor Wike  said that  the  support  of  traditional  rulers played a key role in the achievements  of  his administration.
He noted that his administration has restored the dignity of traditional rulers, noting that he will continue to liaise with them to attain greater development.
In his address, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo ,  commended Governor  Wike  for restoring the  Quarterly General  session of the council’s  meeting.  He said  the  last meeting  was held over two years ago.
The Traditional Ruler  commended the  Governor Wike  administration  for the execution  of  pro-people development  projects and the release  of  logistic support to security  agencies.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that under his leadership the era of abandoned projects  is gone for good.
Commissioning  the completed Abuluoma-Woji-road with  Bridge in Port Harcourt on Wednesday,  Governor  Wike  stated that no local government  area  in the  state  would  be  neglected  in the renewal  programme  of  his administration.
He said : “I will never do any project that will be abandoned. No part of the state will be neglected  in  the  infrastructure  renewal  programme  of  my administration “
The  governor  urged communities  to always provide  a  peaceful  environment  for  contractors to  complete ongoing project.
He appealed to  the  people  of  the state  to support  the  administration’s execution of projects for the  benefit  of the state.
“You can see the level of  development  in the state. That is why you should  always give you mandate to those who will use it to implement  projects for all people irrespective  of  political  affiliations.
“We have shown  that it doesn’t  matter  what  political  parties  you belong  to.  Once a government is formed,  it works for everyone”, Governor Wike said.
Governor Wike said  that  aside the Abuluoma-Woji-road,  his administration  will  in 2016 commence the construction  of a Fly-Over on Peter Odili road.
In his address, Rivers State Commissioner for Works,  Kelvin Wachukwu said the 1.672kilometre road was inherited  at the earthwork and filing stage before Governor  Wike carried  out  the completion of the road, sidewalls,  median ,  toll point, the median  and 275 metres bridge.
He said  the immediate  past administration  initially  awarded the  contract  for N3.5 billion, but due to change  of scope of work and variations,  the immediate  past  administration  increased the cost to N13.6billion in 2014.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Port Harcourt Local Government Area,  Mr Samuel  Ejekwu  praised Governor  Wike  for completing the road which will ease the traffic pressure  on Aba-Port Harcourt road, Dr Peter Odili  road and also enhance  free flow of  traffic  in Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt and Eleme.
So far, Governor Wike  has commissioned  the Obonomma-Abonnema link road with Bridge and  Eagle Island -Iloabuchi link road.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians To EU Ban On Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted Nigerians on the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by the European Union (EU).
The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.
“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.
“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.
“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.
NAFDAC boss urged marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, stressing that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.
She enjoined members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Communities, Volunteers Ready To Face Upcoming Floods – Red Cross

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The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.
Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.
The Tide’s source recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.
The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.
Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.
According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.
“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.
“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.
“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.

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Nimet Forecasts Three-Day Sunshine, Thunderstorms

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorm from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released yesterday in Abuja, forecasts sunny skies on Monday with a few patches of cloud over the northern cities and prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba later in the day.
According to the forecast, sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with prospects of morning thunderstorm over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi and Benue States.
“The southern region is expected to be cloudy with spells of sunshine with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States.
“ In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, Lagos and Bayelsa States,” it said.
NiMet also anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with few patches of cloud over the northern states with prospects of isolated thunderstorms envisaged over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna States during the afternoon and evening hours.
It envisaged the North Central region to be sunny with patches of cloud during the morning hours.
The agency also envisaged isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Kwara and Niger States, later in the day.
“Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South, with chances of morning thunderstorm over parts of Cross River, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
“In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa States ,” it said.
It predicted a sunny atmosphere on Wednesday, with patches of cloud over the northern region, during the forecast period.
“Sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory and Benue States, during the afternoon/evening periods.
“ Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.”
Other states to experience cloudy atmosphere, are “Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, later in the day.”
NiMet urged the public to take adequate precaution as strong winds might precede rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.
The agency also urged airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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