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Mariner Dedicates Maiden Sail To Monarch’s Anniversary

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Bonny Kingdom’s ferry line, Asimini Line has dedicated the success of its maiden sail to the commemoration of the silver jubilee anniversary of the coronation of the Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of Bonny Kingdom, Dr Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III.
Director General of the Bonny Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BOCCIMA), Mrs. Constance Nwokejiobi, who disclosed this, said “there is no better gift to confer on the Amanyanabo at a time like this, given that this was his vision, and today it has become reality”.
The Tide learnt that about 48 passengers were delivered in the maiden sail which had a morning and afternoon trip, which took off from NIWA jetty at Marine Base, Port Harcourt and arrived at the Coal Beach, Bonny.
Mrs. Nwokejiobi said as an expression of gratitude to the early birds, passengers on the first sail enjoyed a rebate of about 17 percent with refunds made to them after their bookings were confirmed, noting that “those first set of passengers made the success of our first sail a reality and we needed to say ‘Thank you’ to them”.
“We shall extend same privilege to those who make their bookings for Monday through Wednesday, and that is those who pay. If you make a reservation and your payment is not made you won’t benefit from this and if you change your mind and ask for a refund, you also lose the privilege. It is strictly for our passengers, those who pay.”
The BOCCIMA DG explained that the take-off of Asimini Line was an actualization of the BOCCIMA vision of ‘Bonny Beyond Oil’, as the ferry line will create employment opportunities, open up development opportunities for investors to latch on to and expand the Tourism potentials of Bonny Kingdom.
She pointed out that it also created a partnership opportunity for relevant public sector institutions such as the security agencies, informing that Asimini Line, a brainchild of the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, is a deliverable from a collaboration between Sealink Consortium, Nigerian Export and Import (NEXIM) Bank, and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), and facilitated by BOCCIMA.
The ferry line, which began sailing Monday with a 12 seater cruise boat with fortified security will soon add a 100 seater cruise boat and later integrate about six other big and small boats to accommodate the growing number of passengers in the run-up to the commencement of the Nigeria LNG Train 7 project.

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RSNC Seeks Partnership With Silverbird, Multimesh Communication

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The Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), publisher of The Tide Newspaper, says it is seeking partnership with the management of Multimesh Communication, owners of Family Love FM 97.7 and its Silverbird counterpart, which operates Rhythm 93.7 FM, to improve its services.
General Manager of the corporation, Chief Ernest Chinwo, stated this in Port Harcourt, yesterday when he led other members of RSNC management on separate courtesy visits to the two radio stations.
Noting that the media organisations have a lot in common, the General Manager said it has become necessary for them to work together for the good of the people.
According to him, the forthcoming general elections in the state has made it imperative for the media organisations to work together to enlighten the people on the new Electoral Act.
Chinwo said, The Tide, which is 51 years old, is the only surviving state government-owned newspaper in both the South-South and South East, noting that the paper also has extensive coverage of events across the country.
He said the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation is also into various printing businesses, and stressed the need for the two stations to include The Tide in their daily newspaper reviews.
At Love FM 97.7, Chief Chinwo commended the station for inculcating in the society high moral standards.
He said The Tide is ready to support the two stations in terms of coverage of their activities and others.
Earlier, the Business Manager, Port Harcourt Station, Silverbird, Miebaka Inyenengi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Multimesh Communication, Mrs. Greg Okonkwo, had thanked the RSNC management for the visit.
They commended the management of the corporation for the continued existence of The Tide Newspaper, in spite of the economic downturn in the country.
They also pledged their readiness to work with the RSNC management, assuring that The Tide would be included in their newspaper review programmes.

By: John Bibor & Oribim Ibama

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2023 Guber: MOSOP Threatens Protest If…

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Ogoni people in Rivers State, have threatened to embark on massive protest if the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) fail to pick candidates from the Ogoni ethnic nationality as their candidates.
Speaking through the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), they also rejected any “secondary status”, warning those canvassing for an Ogoni Detputy Governor to stop, stressing that the ethnic nationality would not settle for Deputy.
The positions are contained in a statement signed by factional President of MOSOP and Secretary-General, Prince Biira and Festus Legbara, respectively.
Biira expressed regret in what he called the political injustice meted out to Ogoni people, saying the Central Committee of MOSOP observed that Rivers South-East senatorial district had been grossly marginalised since the creation of the State.
“For the 55 years of the existence of the State, Ogoni has not occupied its proper place in terms of appropriate and adequate political representation in Rivers State, especially regarding holding the office of Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge.
“For over half a century of the existence of Rivers State, Ogoni had been supporting other communities in the State to achieve their political, social and economic dreams and desires, aware that citizens of these nationalities have occupied the office of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker (House of Assembly) and Chief Judge of the State.
“Out of the three senatorial districts in Rivers State, it is only Rivers South-East Senatorial district, which accommodates Ogoni, that has not produced a Governor of the State.”
MOSOP also warned that only the political party that offers its platform for the actualisation of Ogoni ambition that would enjoy electoral goodness and benevolence of the senatorial district.

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Wike’ll Clinch PDP Presidential Ticket –Ijaw Group

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A frontline group advocating power shift to riverine axis of Rivers State in 2023, RG23 Movement, has expressed optimism that the State Governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike will clinch the presidential ticket of the party at the forthcoming primaries of the party slated for Abuja.
The group, which canvassed this position in Port Harcourt in an interview with newsmen after submitting an appreciation letter to the PDP in the state recently said Governor Wike is sure of clinching the PDP presidential ticket.
The Convener of the group, Mr Pureh Kalango, who spoke on behalf of the group also stressed the need for power to shift to the riverine axis of the state during the governorship election in the state, contending that the position of the group tallies with the clamour for power to shift from the North to the South of the country, on which premise it is confident that Governor Wike would clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP, being a Southerner.
According to Kalango, if PDP in the state allows a riverine person to emerge as its governorship candidate, during the forthcoming primaries of the party, the party would generally be seen as one that believes in equity, fairness, inclusiveness and justice which are hallmarks of peaceful coexistence.
He thanked the PDP leadership in the state for providing direction and leadership to Rivers people within the past seven years, and prayed that the party finishes strong as it strives to resolve all pending issues in the state with the countdown of the 2023 general elections.
Also speaking, the head of mobilisation of the group, Mr Samuel Urang as well as the leader of the Igbo Interest Group, Rivers State of the body, Mr Rommel Ojigwe toed the same line, and advised PDP in the state to pick its governorship candidate from the riverine areas of the state.

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