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WFD: RSG Assures Proactive Agric Dev Policy

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Rivers State Government has unveiled plans to embark on an aggressive agric development in across the 23 local government areas of the state.
The state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike gave this indication during this year’s World Food Day celebrations.
Against this backdrop, he called on the people of the state and entrepreneurs to invest in agriculture to create wealth, employment, and enhance food security.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Fred Kpakol, the governor charged farmers to take advantage of the vast arable land and water the state was endowed with to aggressively involve in agriculture.
The 2021 World Food Day celebration held at the Rumuodomaya Farm in Obio/Akpor, yesterday, had the theme, ‘Safe Food Today For A Healthy Tomorrow.’
The governor said, “We need to put our resources together and use the agricultural products to create wealth, create business and also generate employment.
“I want to let the world know that Rivers State is an ambiguous state with the products you have displayed here today. We also want the world to know that Rivers State is blessed with good and quality food”, Wike said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Fred Kpakol commended the governor for investing so much in agriculture with the construction of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Company in Afam, in Oyigbo LCA, and other agro-based projects in the state.
He noted that the cassava plant, when fully operational, would process 45,000metric tons of cassava tubers into 12,500 high-quality cassava flour that would be used by companies and would also provide Jobs for over 3,000 persons.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in partnership with the state government, had recently supplied 10,000 bundles of improved TMS419 cassava cuttings to farmers in the 23 local governments in the state.
“I want to encourage all of you that collected the high yielding cassava stems to cultivate it to provide food and raw material that will feed the Rivers State Cassava Processing Plant,” he said.
Kpakol also disclosed that the state government was constructing a state-of-the-art automated abattoir in Mgbousimini, Obio/Akpor LGA, and explained that the slaughterhouse can kill 400 cattle and 150 goats per day.
“The Mgbousimini abattoir is automated and will meet the demands of the people. It is strategically located by the seashore for easy accessibility to both the riverine and the hinterland; and it will generate revenue to the state, local government, and to individuals.
“Governor Nyesom Wike, just few days ago, approved the construction of a Veterinary Clinic and Laboratory here in Rumuodomaya, where animals and birds will be treated.
“Rivers State Government, in concert with the Benue State Government, has agreed to produce goods and services that they share different comparative advantage. They have identified rice as the goods, and modalities are in motion to produce what will be called ‘Benue/Rivers Rice.
“The state government through the Covid-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus, NG Cares is given access to input to poor and vulnerable households in agriculture,” Kpakol disclosed.
Kpakol further said that the state government has approved the rebuilding of the Taraba Jetty, also called Borokiri Jetty.
According to him, the governor has made recommendation of a high-profile company to handle the project.
He stated that the jetty when completed would promote deep sea and other types of fishing as well as creating employment.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy President, Port Harcourt Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Eze Mike Elechi, had called on the government to encourage those that are into agriculture.
“Our vegetation encourages agriculture, and I wonder why people are talking about a bad economy when there is arable land to cultivate.
“I believe if we can feed ourselves, we won’t also talk about a bad economy,” he said.
He urged farmers to form association and reach out to PHCCIMA and the state Ministry of Agriculture so that they can be recognized and work with.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Monarch Recommits To Peace, Security Of Ekpeye Land

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 Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, His Imperial Majesty, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, has reiterated his commitment to peace, security and development of Ekpeye land.
Eze Anugwo stated this last Saturday, during the 2nd anniversary of his coronation, in his palace at Ula – Upata Community, in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
 Anugwo who recalled  the painful incident that led to the detention of all the first class traditional rulers in Ekpeye land, appealed to Police authorities not to arrest any other traditional ruler.
Eze Ekpeye Logbo III called for a minute silence in honor the  slain Divisional Police Officer, SP Bako Angbashim and prayed  that the ghost of Bako should continue to haunt those responsible for his death.
He also hinted how he scaled through the keenly contested election of Eze Ekpeye Logbo held in 2022, at Ahoada, the administrative headquarters of Ekpeye Kingdom and thanked his guests for honouring him.
In their separate solidarity speeches, Ada Ekpeye Logbo, Dr. Patricia Wudhiga Ogbonnaya; the President- General of Uzugbani Ekpeye, Dr. Michael Ukechukwu Nyemenim; His Royal Highness, Eze Macauley Esonwo among other speakers extolled the virtues of the celebrant.
While pledging their unalloyed support to the administration of Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, they equally charged him to be stronger.
High points of the occasion include visitation of the ancestral home of Ekpeye people Ula-Ubie Community in Ahoada West Local Government Area, where the King was crowned;  thanksgiving service at the First African Church Ula-Upata and presentation of assorted drinks by the people of Igbu Orlukowor clan.
Recall that Anugwo, a business mogul, who beat three other contenders to emerge as the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, in an election conducted on April 9, 2022 and was crowned on May 4, 2022  following the demise of His Imperial Majesty, Eze (Flt. Leut.) Robinson O. Robinson (rtd.).
The Tide learnt that Eze Anugwo, until his emergence as the Eze Ekpeye Logbo III, was occupying other traditional offices such as the Nye-Udu (King) Ede I, Agida Ekpeye II, and a member of corporate and professional bodies.
Present at the colourful occasion include the  Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Dr. Gift Worlu, who represented Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara; His Majesty, Eze (Hon.) Cassidy O.W Ikebhidhi, Eze Igbu Akoh II; His Majesty, Eze Chinemerem Idoke, regent of Igbu Ehuda;  High Chief (Prof.) Kingsley Beke Kalagbor; High Chief Peter Wobeareri Wagbara, (Nye Weli Elele); ACP Cecy Brown, Ahoada Area Commander; among other dignitaries.
 Agimo, Emenike Benson
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Delta Attorney-General Laments Hike In Human Trafficking

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Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekemejero Ohwovoriole (SAN) has lamented the increasing rate of human trafficking, especially the girl child in the state.
Ohwovoriole decried the increase in his office in Asaba when the zonal commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mr Nduka Nwawenne paid him a courtesy visit.
The Attorney-General stated that it was against the dignity of the state and disheartening to see that Delta State now ranked first in human trafficking, overtaking Edo State.
He stressed the need for stakeholders to tackle the menace, adding that if it was one single victim that was rescued, they would be rewarded for their efforts.
Ohwovoriole stated that young girls were the most vulnerable ones in the issue of human trafficking, stressing that children from poor family backgrounds also fall victim to human trafficking.
While saying that their request for an office space in the state would be looked into, to see how the government could be of assistance to them, he assured them of his ministry’s partnership in the fight against human trafficking.
He said that the Task Force on human trafficking and irregular migration, which he chairs, should be having regular meetings.
Earlier, the Zonal Commander of Naptip, Mr. Nwawenne informed the commissioner that Delta state had overtaken Edo state as the foremost state in human trafficking in nigeria.
He told the Attorney-General that their Zonal Command was the first to be established in Nigeria because of the prevailing issues of human trafficking in the area, noting that ika south was the highest in cases of human trafficking as a result of its proximity with edo state.
Nwawenne appealed to the Commissioner and the State Government to provide office accommodation for their officials to operate in Asaba.

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Army Arrests 50 Foreigners, Others For Job Racketeering

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The Nigerian Army said it has arrested 50 suspects, including foreigners, for alleged international job racketeering in Lagos.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who addressed journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested during an operation jointly conducted by the Army and the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He also disclosed that no fewer than 13 criminals were killed and 88 arrested during various operations across 20 states of the federation.
Among those arrested include 50 suspects comprising foreigners who were nabbed for alleged International job racketeering.
Onyema said, “In the South-West region, on November 2, 2023, troops of 9 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with personnel of Nigerian Immigration Service, Lagos State Command, conducted a raid operation on a suspected criminal hideout at Ifako Ijaye.
“During the operation, 50 suspects, including foreigners who specialise in international job racketeering, were arrested. In a similar development same day, the same troops arrested two suspects at a hotel in Ogba in the Ikeja LGA.
“The arrest was in connection with the murder of one Mallam Idris Ardo, the Ardo of Panya Village in Plateau State. Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the arrested suspects masterminded the killing of Ardo and fled the community since the incident occurred.”

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