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Bayelsa Monarchs Applaud Dickson Over Stool Upgrade

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Paramount rulers of Agbura and Ekeki communities of Atissa and Epie clans,Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King, E.N Daufa and Bernerd Odoki have eulogised the outgone Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson for keeping to his reelection campaigns promises of reclassifying traditional stools in the state.
The two Royal Fathers gave the commendations at the weekend in separate interviews with our correspondent in their palaces in Yenagoa.
King Daufa and Odoki who were openly elated over their new statuses expressed appreciation to the immediate past Governor on their upgrade from third to second and from an unclassified to third classes respectively.
According to the monarchs, with their new statues as 2nd and 3rd class royals, fathers, there morales are now boosted to render more sacrificial leaderships to their respective communities, saying the preceding administration have also commenced paying them according to their new statuses before handing over to his successor.
The paramount rulers described their upgrade as overdue, maintaining that for more than three decades and years they have been functioning in their former classification and unclassified stools.
The Agbura monarch, Daufa said,”for more than 30 years I’ve been on this throne.Initially unclassified, but as time went on I was later classified to third class. I thank God that former Governor Dickson kept to his campaign promises to us. Today I’ve been upgraded to second class, and who knows maybe someday I’ll become a first class traditional ruler. I give God all the glory.”
“Agbura plays host to some Government projects. There’s a low cost housing estate being built here that has not been completed, there’s a road linking here to Swali and other parts of Yenagoa that hasn’t also been completed. With this new status I shall continue to press on the Government and other well meaning individuals to bring more projects to this community.”
For his part, paramount ruler of Ekeki said the magnanimity of the out gone administration to the traditional institution in the state would not be forgotten in a hurry.
He emphasized that from time immemorial the monarchial stool of his community had remained unclassified, saying with this and every other privileges attached to his new nomenclature Ekeki community would be better off, just as he advised that successive administrations do upward review of chieftaincy stools in the state with a view to making the services of paramount rulers worthwhile.
In a related development, the Agbura monarch has commended the member representing Yenagoa Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Oforgi Oboku for constructing the paved road through his palace to other parts of the community.
King Daufa reiterated his commitment towards ensuring peaceful coexistence in the community, stating that with the road completed and other projects ongoing in the community there would be rapid transformation in the landscape of the area and prayed that God uplift the lawmaker in achieving more for the Epie-Atissa clans and other communities of the constituency.

 

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.

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Ibom Developers Prioritise Health Through Medical Outreach Programmes In A’Ibom

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On February 6 and 7, 2024, Ibom Developers took a significant step towards improving the health and well-being of residents in the Ikot Okwo, Ikot Ikwot, and Ndauku communities of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State through its two-day comprehensive medical outreach programmes. Operating under the theme ‘Good Health Your Greatest Asset,’ the initiative’s primary goal is to facilitate the early resolution of community health issues, recognising the pivotal role that timely intervention plays in safeguarding the overall well-being of the community.
Good health is vital for the sustainable development of host communities, serving as a foundation for economic and social progress.
A healthy population is more productive, enabling greater workforce participation. Sound health reduces healthcare costs, encouraging economic stability. Socially, it enhances the quality of life, ensuring communities thrive.
Speaking at the events, Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert said, ‘‘Our community is grateful for this generous gesture, and we sincerely acknowledge Ibom Developers’ dedicated efforts and compassion. This initiative by the company empowers the community by fostering a culture of health consciousness and preventive care.’’
Public health involves preventing diseases, promoting health, educating communities, providing healthcare access, maintaining a healthy environment, and being prepared for emergencies. This helps build resilient communities, a priority for the company.
Also speaking, Chief Ukpe Uyo Amanama said, ‘‘Ibom Developers’ medical outreach programme is a testament to the transformative impact that community-driven health initiatives can have on the lives of individuals and the health landscape of a region.’’
The medical camps, conducted by Ibom Developers, targeted prevalent health concerns in the region, addressing key diseases that have a substantial impact on the communities, such as malaria, typhoid, blood pressure, cough, and skin rashes. Medical supplies were provided during the medical outreach programmes. Sugar tests were also conducted given the increasing rates of diabetes in the region. Those diagnosed were provided with guidance on lifestyle changes.
Dignitaries present at the programme were Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert – Women Leader, Ndauku Community; Prince Felix Albert – Vice Council Secretary, Ndauku Community; Chief Happy Negro Dickson – Compound Head of Dickson Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Ufot Frank Udoekpo – Compound Head of Udoekpo Family, Ndauku .

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Edo Labour Party Aspirant Writes INEC Over Party Congress

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Labour Party (LP )aspirant for the Edo State governorship election, Olumide Akpata has said the political party is not ready for its primary poll.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), said this in a letter dated February 18 and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National ELectoral Commission (IINEC) and alleged that the party leadership is plotting to handpick a candidate for the election.
It would be noted that the Labour Party had initially fixed February 22 as the date for the conduct of its primary but later shifted it to February 23.
The letter reads, “i write to you in my capacity as an aspirant for the Edo State gubernatorial ticket on the platform of the Labour Party.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the lack of preparedness and transparency surrounding the labour party’s planned primaries to produce a gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in edo state.
“As you are aware, the Electoral Act 2022 mandates political parties to conduct transparent primaries to produce candidates and also mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC” or “the commission”) to stipulate timelines for conducting these primaries.
“Numerous aspirants, including myself, have observed with dismay the conspicuous absence of transparency in the process, which has led to a mass exodus of aspirants from the race.
“All of the aspirants, without exception, who have withdrawn from the process so far, have voiced concerns about its undemocratic nature.
“While some have diplomatically cited “personal reasons” for withdrawing, others have been more forthcoming in directly alleging that the party leadership plans to handpick a preferred aspirant regardless of the outcome of any primaries held.”
Akpata added that his attempts to get the leadership of the party to provide accountability fell on deaf ears.
“I have become constrained to speak out at this point because my repeated attempts to get the party leadership to see reason and provide transparency around preparations for the primaries have failed to elicit any positive response.
“Rather, my candid inquiries have been met with disdain and an attempt to bully me into silence.
“I am aware that INEC has demonstrated courage in the past to stand on the side of due process in political parties and entrench internal party democracy. the LP’s primaries in Edo State provide you with another opportunity to walk the talk.
“Mr Chairman, if things go awry, it could result in pre-election disputes to which INEC will inevitably be joined as a necessary party, thereby tying down its already meagre resources and leaving the commission to grapple with yet another unnecessary and avoidable display that could have been averted had the right thing been done and the warning signs heeded.”

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Councillor In Delta As Police Launch Manhunt

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A Councillor representing Owhase Ward in the Udu Local Government Area Legislative Council, Delta State, identified as Honourable Festus, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The Tide’s source gathered that the councillor was shot in the head by gunmen on Monday at his residence.
The source who confirmed the incident to our source said his death was related to cult activities.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, who also confirmed the incident stated that the police had begun intense discreet investigation and manhunt of the assailants.
“Yes one Festus was shot on his head by unknown assailants, the wife informed the brother. We are searching for his killers,” Edafe said.

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