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Youths Continue Agitation Despite Harassment

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The Patriotic Youth of Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State has vowed to continue to agitate for the rights of the youths despite harassment and intimidations over their stand in ensuring accountability and transparency.
The President of Ubima Youths, Wisdom Chimakpa Igwe, who stated this, said the Patriotic Youth of Ubima was agitating against the under development and high rate of unemployment in the community despite the numerous companies operating in the community.
The youth president demanded that the community’s leadership and the elders must make details of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed with the various companies in the community or else peace would not be guaranteed.
According to him,” Starvation of youths and denial of their rights in conspiracy with some security agencies were considered torture and intimation but we will not relent in our struggle to liberate the community.
He called on the various levels of government to urgently call the leadership of Ubima Community Development Committee (CDC) and some elders to order to avoid further crisis in the community.
Igwe lamented that the majority of the youths had been passing through difficult times in the community because of what he described as bad and corrupt leadership.
“The youths are still waiting for the leadership of the community to make known and public the details of implementation of the MoU signed with various companies operating in the community. We have no light, no water, no scholarship for youths and no developmal plans, yet we have SIAT, Agip Oil Company, All Grace Energy and Western Ord, etc”, he said.
Igwe further alleged that the revenue generated as royalties from the companies operating in the area for the development of the community were misused.
He said the youths had endured and kept mute for a long time.
When contacted the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman of Ubima, Barrister Mono Akono, said the CDC was handicapped over the implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) because it does not give them power to interface with the company.
Barrister Okono explained that when he took over leadership of the community in 2015, the MoU had been signed with All Grace Energy and Western Ord Limited.
According to the CDC chairman, part of what is in the MoU is that the community would interface with the company through what he described as “MIC”.
He further explained that he was not a member of the body called MIC and each time he wrote to the company, they would reject his letter and ask him to pass through the right channel.
According to him,” I have made a written complaint to the ministry of chieftaincy and community affairs on this issue and I am waiting for them.
“Reports we gathered said that the company has an internal issue in the court between the financial partners and the technical partners. Their issue is that one partner will not implement the MoU with the community”, he said.
Okono regretted that the community was losing but cannot do otherwise based on what is in the MoU.
He revealed that All Grace Energy and Western Ord are owing the community over N200 million but had paid N50 million only.

By: Ike Wigodo

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Nwanosike Intervenes In SIAT Dispute …Makes Peace Among Warring Factions

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The misunderstanding between the Barrister Wilkinson Aaron Anujum-led faction and Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction of Siat Landlord Association, Elele Estate has come to an end, as the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Engr Samuel Nwanosike, has made peace among the two factions.
Recall that members of the association few weeks ago brought their misunderstanding before the Ikwerre Council Chairman for settlement after all efforts for reconciliation proved abortive.
Siat Nigeria Limited, Elele Estate, comprises of 11 communities spanning Emuoha Local Government Area, Ikwerre Local Government Area, and Ahoada East Local Government Area, with the office situated in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha LGA.
Among the contending issues the Council Chairman resolved were: that both factions should sheathe their swords for the interest of peace and benefit of the host communities and harmonious co-existence with the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited;
That the tenure of Barrister W. A. Anujem-led Executive will be completed and another election conducted to usher in new executive;
That Siat Landlord Association is free to have any number of patrons and grand patrons it wishes to have; that the faction of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi should work with the Executive of Barrister W. A. Anujem in producing the correct measurement of the number of hectares of land acquired by the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, in order to enable the company pay land rate;
That the agitation of Mr. Hyacinth Amadi-led faction for the removal of the Public Relations Manager of Siat Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lucky Ezihuo, should be dropped with immediate effect in the interest of Rivers people, particularly host communities;
That the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited should review its relationship approach with the host communities and respect their diverse interests and peculiarities;
That Siat Nigeria Limited should set up a mediation and conciliation team to mediate amongst members of the host communities and the company; and that all parties are to work collectively for common goal of attracting development in their various communities through Siat Nigeria Limited.
The resolution, which was read by the Legal Adviser of Ikwerre Local Government Council, Barrister Kposoruchi Wobodo, was accepted by both warring factions and copies of the verdict issued to the Management of Siat Nigeria Limited, host communities and security agencies.

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RSG Hails APHN On HealthCare Delivery

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The Rivers State Government has commended the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) for the support and synergy it gives towards health care delivery in the state.
Speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the APHPN held in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary, speaking through Dr. Golden Owhonda, described public health physicians as the backbone of the health care in the state.
He gave plaudits to APHPN over the synergy and support, saying they have been at the frontline in the fight against disease and ailments, urging them not to relent.
In his goodwill message, Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Agiriye Harry, admitted the importance of public health physicians.
He said, “a lot of the practising physicians come under primary health” , hence he enjoined the organisers to ensure that the conference proffers practicable solutions to health care delivery in the country.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Promise Abua, described public health physicians as “the life of public health care.”
Dr. Abua expressed gladness that 10 years later has found Port Harcourt worthy to host the body’s annual conference, as he challenged them to ensure that they evolve to meet the new challenges in the industry.
National President of APHPN, Prof. Esara, encouraged participants to utilise the conference to arm themselves with latest knowledge and techniques which the conference provides.
On his part, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Daprim Ogaji, while welcoming participants, said the theme of the conference, “Public Health Practice: New Opportunities”, is key transforming health care provision.
He assured that the conference affords experts to cross fertilize ideas on burning health issues, and therefore enjoined members to exploit the opportunity.

By; Kevin Nengia

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Evo King Lauds Wike Over Conference Organisation

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The Eze Oha Evo III, HM King Leslie N Eke JP, Eze Gbakagbaka, has lauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over what he tagged timely response to the yearnings of Rivers people.
Eke said this when he spoke with newsmen during the Conference organised by the State Government christened: “Deepening The Democratic Culture And Institutions For Sustainable Development And Security In Nigeria”, in Port Harcourt.
The Evo King said the Conference was timely considering the electioneering period and the current insecurity in the nation.
According to him, the Conference has given the people an insight over understanding the principle of democracy and its workings.
He praised Governor Wike over the event and called on the people to ensure that all that was revealed by the paper presenters were put in practice.
“The Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, is so gifted that he does things in line with the happenings of the time. I can liken him to the Children of Issachar in the Bible who excelled more than others because of their knowledge of the times and season”, he said.
The Monarch stated that democratic government must be practiced devoid of any form of military or any other style of governance in order to achieve its core mandate.
He expressed satisfaction over the move by the Rivers State Government, saying such ought to be emulated by others, if the people were prepared to follow up on the words and letters of democracy.
On former President Olusegun Obasanjo who visited the state for the purpose of the Conference, he said it was to prove its importance and why the people must key in to it.
He recalled that Obasanjo, who has served both as Military and Civilian Head of State of the country, has a better bite of what its challenges are.
Still on OBJ’s visit, he stated that there was nothing political about it and urged the people to be prepared to learn from those who have been trusted and proven in governance.
“Part of the challenges we have in this side of the helmisphre is that we do not know how to celebrate people. That is why we don’t have regard for our leaders. We must try to jettison such attitude in order to make room for excellence”, he said.
He also lauded all who contributed to the success of the event and prayed God to always give them the needed wisdom to enable them execute similar project for the state and in people in the future.

By: King Onunwor

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