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Monarch Extols Roles Of Wrestling Festival In Ekpeye Kingdom

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The Eze Igbu Upata III of Upata Kingdom Ahoada East Local Government Area HRM Eze Felix Otuwarikpo said wrestling remains the most unifying factor among the Upata and Ekpeye people.
Eze Otuwarikpo said this while declaring opened the Upata wrestling festival at the ancient Ula Upata play ground.
He said the age long ceremony has been a unifying factor among his people.
According to the monarch the ancient wrestling festival which was preserved by their fore fathers is source of unity, peace and togetherness in Ekpeye kingdom.
He said the number of dignitaries at the event shows the relative peace in the area.
“The attraction of many Ekpeye traditional rulers to the event has vindicated my earlier position that there is no crisis in Ekpeye.
“We are brothers and in unity we move Ekpeye forward. We are looking for our people being united, thinking as one people.
“Whatever that have set us apart, as a people today have been laid to rest,” he said.
Also speaking Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim urged the people to be peaceful.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director Information Communications and Technology (ICT), Mr. Kenneth Okujagu, urged them to continue to support the state government to move the state forward.

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Ex-Khana LG Chairmen Pass Vote Of Confidence On Yobana 

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The Association of former elected Local Government Chairmen in Khana Local Government Area have passed a vote of confidence on the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Council, Amb. Marvin Yobana.
The Vote of Confidence was passed on Yobana at a meeting by former council chairmen in Khana, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, on Wednesday.
The former council chairmen led by Hon. Letam Alabi Korsi, said they were satisfied and impressed by the performance index of the CTC chairman since assuming office, and urged him to continue in that stead.
Addressing the Press after the meeting, Hon. Korsi who is the first Executive Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, said, “We, elected past Local Government Chairmen of Khana Local Government Council, having observed the performance of the Caretaker Committee Chairman who was just appointed about a month ago, are satisfied and impressed by all what he is doing for the Khana people and the projection of our governor in Khana Local Government Area.
“We, therefore, on behalf of ourselves and others, passed a Vote of Confidence on him and urge him to continue to perform accordingly so as to upgrade the people of Khana from this level to the next level before he hands over to the next elected chairman of Khana Local Government Area.”
The former chairmen also expressed support for two Ogonis in the State Executive Council, the State Commissioner for  Environment, Hon Sydney Gbara, and his Agriculture counterpart, Victor Kii, describing them as seasoned technocrats.
They thanked the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, for the confidence he has in the Ogoni sons and daughters, assuring him that the appointees would not disappoint him.
“We are also pleased that His Excellency has appointed these commissioners into the State Executive Council, and they are performing accordingly.
“We, therefore, endorse and urge them to continue to work with His Excellency to bring to Khana more dividends of democracy”, the former chairmen stated
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Stakeholders Charge Journalists, CSOs On Use Of Technology For Peace-building

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 Media professionals and civil society organisations have been urged to utilize technology for peace-building and tackling criminality and violence in the Niger Delta.
Niger Delta Country Director of Search For Common Ground, Mr. Yacinthe Agbajadan, made the call at a three-day training programme funded by the European Union, and held in Port Harcourt, recently.
The programme was organised by Search for Common Ground, in conjunction with Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), the Academic Associate Peace Works (AAPW) in 66 communities and 33 local governments in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers.
The training workshop brought together 25 participants from various civil society organisations, media workers and youth groups from across the State.
Speaking during the programme, Agbajadan stated that the training programme aimed at equipping participants with necessary skills to effectively communicate and disseminate information on peace-building efforts in the region.
“Conflict contents and misinformation on digital space could lead to more conflicts, thus, the need for journalists and CSOs to promote peace on the digital space and this cannot be over emphasized as long as the digital space is concerned.
“So, the digital space is a platform capable of providing participants with comprehensive knowledge on how to critically access, analyze and galvanize digital tools to promote contents that would help to reduce conflict and create a community-centered peace mechanism,” Agbajadan said.
Also speaking, representatives from the organising partners, Mr Sunny Dada, Mr Nelson Aso and Ms Afolashade Seye-Ojo, emphasized the importance of digital media literacy in shifting the narrative of the Niger Delta from one that is of violence and criminality to that of peace and development.
The organisers expressed their commitment towards capacity building for local actors in the region, while reiterating their commitment to supporting the participants in implementing the skills and knowledge acquired during the training in their respective communities.
Some of the participants who spoke to The Tide after the training programme, expressed their gratitude to the organisers and acknowledged the relevance of the programme in their efforts to promote peace and security in the Niger Delta region.
They promised to make good use of the knowledge acquired, noting that if media professionals and CSOs become more involved in seeking peace-building and unity in the society, the aim of the training in combating criminality in the social space will be achieved.
The training programme focused on the use of digital media tools and platforms to amplify peacebuilding efforts and counter the narratives of criminality and violence in the region; the ethical considerations in digital peace-building, and the importance of digital fact-checking tools and verification of information before dissemination, among others..
Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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Khana LG Chair Flags Off Remodeling Of Bori Police Station 

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Amb. Marvin Yobana, has flagged off the remodeling of the Bori Police Station, with a view to improving the welfare of officers in the area and also checking road accidents on the road.
Amb. Yobana, who flagged off the remodeling of the Police Station in Bori, on Monday, said his administration decided to embark on the project to appreciate the role of the security agencies in protecting lives and property in Khana Local Government Area.
“This constitutional duty of the Nigerian security forces cannot be overemphasised. We know that if Khana is not peaceful and there is no security in Khana, nobody will live there or do business in Khana Local Government Area ,” he said at the flag-off ceremony.
The CTC boss added that the remodeling of the Bori Police Station also became imperative to reduce cases of incessant accidents caused by the closure of the part of the road opposite the Police Station.
Responding, the Bori Divisional Police Officer, Femi Okanlawon, expressed delight over the commitment of the Yobana administration towards supporting security agencies in Khana.
He explained that the closure of the part of the road opposite the Bori Police Station had caused lots of challenges that have resulted in loss of lives.
The DPO noted that the remodeling of the Police Station and the distribution of vehicles to security agencies by the Khana Council boss would also boost the morale of officers to be diligent on duty.
In his vote of thanks, a former lawmaker representing Khana Constituency Two in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Prince Ngbor, thanked Amb.Yobana for his support towards security agencies in the local government area, and urged other local government councils in the State to emulate the gesture.
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