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Ogonis Drum Support For Wike’s Re-Election …As PDP Ex-Councillors Forum Kicks Off In Gokana

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The Gbaaloodum Progressive Union has clarified that it has taken decision to support and endorse Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyeson Wike for the second term in 2019.
In a statement issued in Lagos, the group’s Chairman, Engr. Lewura Nikegedee said the position expressed by the group was based on Wike’s performance in the areas of compulsory primary and secondary education, construction and renovation of schools, and building and reconstruction of quality road networks across the state.
Speaking with some journalists in Lagos, recently, Nikegedee called on the various interest groups in the state to support Wike for second term in office.
Nikegedee, a radiographic engineer and frontline politician said the group was persuaded by the governor’s historic achievements in physical, economic and social developments in the state which have surpassed previous records since the creation of the state 50 years ago.
He assured Wike that the group will work assiduously to realize his return as governor of Rivers State come 2019.
The group’s chairman noted that the endorsement of Wike by the group has nothing to do with political, religious or tribal dichotomy but was a justification of the governor’s sterling performance as true leader.
Nikegedee also condemned, in strong terms, the spate of kidnapping and killing of innocent citizens in addition to the negative activities of miscreants who were causing insecurity in the state.
“They are trying in vain to thwart the efforts of the governor at state building, and are trying to defame and slander the character of our outstanding and illustrious son of Rivers State; we say enough is enough”, he said.
The group stressed its total support and endorsement of the candidature of Chief Nyesom Wike on account of his superlative performance in transforming the state for the better, entrenching peace, unity and stability.
He, therefore, called on the people of Rivers State and well-meaning Nigerians to tread the path of peace, tolerance and politics without bitterness in the quest for political power.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the ongoing local government area chapters’ inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ex-Councillors Forum across the 23 LGAs of Rivers State, the Rivers State Chapter Chairman of the forum, Hon LoveGod Nweze, has inaugurated the Gokana chapter of the forum.
Inaugurating the Gokana wing at the Gberesaako Hall, Gokana LGA Council Secretariat, Kpor, at the weekend, Nweze said the move was in fulfilment of the desire of the forum to pull all ex-councillors of the party into the dragnet of the present administration’s policy of inclusiveness and participatory governance at all levels in the state.
Addressing the Gokana chapter of the forum and other PDP faithful at the event, which had the presence of a prominent son of the LGA and Commissioner for Finance, Rivers State, Dr Fred Kpakol, the Deputy National Chairman/Rivers State Leader of the forum, Chief Prince Weli-Wosu restated the commitment of the party to bring every member together, saying that the PDP umbrella was large enough to accommodate all members.
Weli-Wosu emphasised that the forum has the duty of preaching the gospel of PDP to some of its former members who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return back to PDP, as APC has proven to be incapable of handling the leadership of Nigeria.
The Rivers State leader of the forum advised the newly inaugurated executive members to ensure equal loyalty to all the leaders of PDP in the LGA, as there was no division in the party at any level.
In his goodwill message to his people, Dr Fred Kpakol promised to give his full support to the forum, having been recognised by the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Kpakol charged all PDP  faithful at the well attended event to support the forum in all its activities.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos & Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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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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