The tension generated at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be reverberating across the nation, following the new upsurge in the pandemic.
In Port Harcourt, residents are already under the grip of palpable tension, over the possibility of a return of the lock down scenario and its untold consequences.
With the latest report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, there is the rise of fatality in the pandemic especially among prominent Nigerians, who are already hounded by the disease which is now evidently man’s most mortal foe, that seems to defy solutions, posing the greatest threat to humanity. In Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs, residents are already deeply apprehensive, loathing the possibility of the sordid experience of the immediate past, that displaced the people.
A random interview by The Tide, reveals that there is palpable pall of apprehension on the part of the residents, who said they were still picking the scraps of their lives from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A food vendor, Mrs Ihifiwa Joshua said she and her family were yet to recover from the tough times of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I have been in this business for many years and my entire family including my relatives survive on it, but things became too difficult for us during this Covid-19 to the extent that I closed down, after eating up my capital during the period of lock down; I borrowed money to start up again and I do not want that experience again”.
Another respondent, Mr Desire Okeke, also expressed fear over the possibility of a lock down as a result of the new case of Covid-19 in the country.
Okeke, who is a herbalist said, it was not good for the government to just relax and wait for western solution to the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that more attention should be given to research in indigenous medicine to solve the medical challenge, especially some that appear intractable like the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Godwin Namane who also spoke with The Tide said the resurgence of the pandemic poses grave danger to the people and urged the government to handle the issue with care. He said, “it is most unfortunate, that there is a new phase of affliction by Covid-19 in Nigeria. We are struggling to come out of our experiences as a result of the series of lock downs. It is not something that the people want to experience again. We want the government to give attention to the measures of addressing not just the pandemic, but the social consequences of the pandemic, such as palliative distribution, rehabilitation which have made the people to be more afraid of the lockdown than Covid-19 itself.
Another respondent, Mr Desire Okeke, also expressed fear over the possibility of a lock down as a result of the new case of Covid-19 in the country, Okeke, who is a herbalist, said, it was not good for the government to just relax and wait for western situation to the covid 19, pandemic, stating, that more attention should be given to research in indigenous medicine to solve medical challenges, especially some that appears intractable like the covid 19 pandemic already had abiting effect on the populace, as signified by the doldrums preceding this years yuletide.
“It is already, few days to Christmas, but the normal Euphoria that characterised chrismas is not felt because of the effect of covid 19, the important thing is to be alive”.
Mrs Owunari pointed out that it was extremely difficult for parents to cope with school resumptions because of the interruptions and challenges of the moment.
“It was not easy for people like us that have four children, to get them back to school, its only God that helped us to cope with the tasks of paying schools fees and making daily provisions for the children and the entire house hold.
By: Taneh Beemene
Omoku Agog As Monarch Honours 29 Nigerians
Eze Ogba of Ogbaland, His Eminence Nwachukwu Nnam – Obuohna – Obi II has honoured 29 eminent Nigerians with chieftaincy titles and family chiefs in the area.
The conferment was done at the 2023 Nchaka festival among Ogba people.
The 2023 Nchaka festival which is marked annually among Ogba people also witnessed coronation of some family chiefs, and conferment of chieftaincy titles to Nigerians including leaders of the major ethnic groups residing at Omoku, aimed at promoting peace, oneness and development of Ogbaland.
The event witnessed supporters imcluding various cultural groups with their musical dance steps which were not left out as they kept all segments of the occasion lively.
The jubilant crowd of supporters could not hide their joy as they danced to the admiration of the people, while Oba of Ogbaland, Nnam – Obuohna – Obi 11 urged the newly recognised chiefs to uphold their culture and promote peace ,unity and progress of Ogbaland.
In their separate speeches, HRH Eze Enoch Achomikwu, Paramount Ruler of Ebogoro community expressed gratitude to God for making the day a dream come true, saying he is glad for being honoured by the Oba and his people, urging his subjects to embrace peace.
Eze Eluozo Vincent Eboh Ochi- Ohna Obieti 11 said he will support the Oba to protect the cultural values bequeated to them by their forebears
HRH Igwe Kingsley Amaechi, Ogena Otanima III of Ogbaland ( the King of Igoro group of families, on his part pledged to work together with everyone in truth to resolve disputes and foster unity through constant update of happenings in the domain.
Eze Henry Onyedibia promised to assist the Oba to sustain existing peace . Eze Henry assured that as an academia, he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in promoting peace, prosperity and development of Ogbaland.
He urged youths to shun cultism, anti-social behaviour as Ogba nation can only move forward if what is right is done.
Eze Christian Obi – Ochi – Ohna 1 of Ogugban community expressed aappreciation for the recognition done him by the monarch.
He described Ogba people as peace-loving and recognising those who merit it ,saying peace of Ogba is paramount, hence, working together to achieve it.
Eze Emmanuel Orike , Ochi-Ohna Ogbio OgoroOhna I of Ogbaland described the honour as the work of God and assured of his readiness to contribute to the cultural norms of his people and to assist in alleviating poverty in his community.
Prince Okechukwu Agbadugba – Omuosia in Obioho community Ogbaokata gave thanks to God.
He hinted that he will work in accordance with the Ogba-in-council to promote peace and progress of his people.
Eze Hector Woko said he is overjoyed with the honour while expressing happiness, as his dream has finally come to pass, and expressed his readiness to serve humanity based on the mandate given him, and to promised make a difference by improving lives.
Eze Ben Edoso – Odori of Ogbaland described it as a call to service, urging them to work in ensuring peace of the land , as it ushers the best especially this festive season where the people understand the timing.
Group Tours Varsities On Change The Tide Initiative
A non-governmental body that taggs itself, Funky Four Foundation, has begun sensitisation tour in universities around Port Harcourt to educate students on the need to use their skills for self reliance.
The tour is in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) and is an advocacy programme to various universities within the nine States of the Niger Delta region.
Speaking to newsmen on the programme titled, ”Change The Tide Initiative”, the Director of Operations of the foundation, Dr. Michael Adagogo Ogolo, stated that the event was put together to encourage students to identify and develop their individual talents and be skilful while pursuing their studies.
Dr. Ogolo believed that this would enhance their independence and self reliance after graduation.
He explained that it would also enable them to be able to employ others, instead of going searching endlessly for white collar jobs, which might not be easy to come by, due to the high rate of unemployment from the hard economy of the Nation.
“The idea of Change The Tide Initiative of the Funky Four Foundation in conjunction with NDDC, as the sponsor, is to encourage undergraduates in the universities not to look down on their talents, as most of them are highly talented, in terms of music, acting, comedy and the creative economy.
He said, “Creative economy means, going about, using what God has given to you as a talent to fend for yourself and equally employing others. We use ourselves, the funky four as examples. To those of us whose parents were not able to sponsor our education, we used our talents in music, drama, comedy and other skills to train ourselves, pay rents, even assisted our parents with some financial needs and employed one or two persons that followed us to run around, thereby creating employment, which they in turn emulated by employing others as well.”
Ogolo stated that skills in the entertainment sector have become big in various fields; as comedians, and actors, musicians and make money.
By mastering a skill, he explained that while in the university they can be able to create job for yourself and become entrepreneurs.
“We keep telling people that there are no jobs, and that is the reason you should develop your talent to becoming a skill so that you can grow yourself to become big by being self employed. “
Encouraging the young students, he stressed that those with skills already have jobs, as all they need is to develop, nurture them to build businesses, create jobs for the Niger Delta region.
According to a member of the group, Mr. Tekena Iyalla, who is also one of the Directors of the NGO, the title, ‘Change The Tide Initiative’ was chosen for the shift in the creative industry which allows creators to combine studies and work.
Tekena told young artistes that school and education will nuture them and improve their skills so they can be able to create jobs and employ others.
He regretted that in the Niger Delta a lot of youths waste their God given talents, and advised them to see how they ca use the advocacy to better their lives.
Informing them of changes in society , Iyalla said certificates would only serve as back ups, asserting that they were optimistic that they had reduced unemployment from the sensitization.
Both Ogolo and Iyalla narrated how they gave back to the society, a situation which informed why the NGO was formed and registered on the heels of their satire programme, ‘Funky 4’ which is running on radio stations for 18 years now.
In the phase two of the event that would come up from next January to March, about fifteen to twenty students would be picked randomly from each of the 27 schools that would be visited across the region.
Beneficiaries would be camped for a week, which would be done in three zones, and prominent artistes who had made names in different areas, like Ali Baba, 2Face Idibia and others would be invited to tutor them on how to be self reliant, using their personal experiences as case study.
Once they complete their mentorship, the NDDC has assured of sponsoring their trainings on their different fields and provi de start up packages would be given to boost them on their skills
The members of the Foundation also comprise of Kunle Oluwole and Daniel Nworka disclosed that they had visited the universities of Port Harcourt, Calabar, Uyo Benin, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Niger Delta University, Abraka, Federal University of Technology, Owerri and several others, out of the twenty seven that were mapped out.
They commended the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) Dr. Samuel Ogbuku and his management team for the initial push given to them on the initiative and urged them not to relent in their efforts of sponsoring the talent training so they would be able to get something to fall back to.
The initiative is aimed at reducing unemployment, possible cases of depressions, graduate suicide , social ills and unemployment in the country.
By: Kevin Nengia
Woji: Slain Landlord’s Widow Seeks Justice
Wife of Mr. Kenneth Nyebuchi Eke, the landlord who was allegedly shot by police officers, has begged the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Rilwan Disu, to bring the killers of her husband to book.
The widow made this appeal, on Tuesday, when the Police Commissioner and his management team visited her in her late
husband’s house in Woji Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
Eke, who is the younger brother to former Chairman of the Local Government Council, Solomon Eke, was allegedly murdered by police officers who were called by his tenant to arrest him for allegedly throwing the tenant’s properties outside.
The wife who wept uncontrollably, begged Disu to help her that, “my children are there now without a father. I
don’t have any helper; I want you to help me, Sir.”
She insisted that, “it’s a police man that killed my husband, two police man (sic) with tenant, I need justice. I need justice. Sir, I need justice.”
In response to her plea, the Commissioner of Police promised that, “Justice will be served.”
Disu went ahead to confirm that, “those involved have been arrested and that investigation is going on and then everybody will get feedback, that I assure her justice will be served.”
Recall that last Saturday, youths of the community went on rampage as they protested the killing of Kenneth Nyebuchi Eke.
It was learnt by The Tide Metro that an altercation between late Eke and his tenant had led to invitation and arrest of the landlord, before it was alleged that he was shot by the police.
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