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Dikio, CBN Controller, Others Bag Awards As Monarch Renders Account Of Stewardship

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The interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio(rtd), branch controller, Central bank of Nigeria,Calabar, Mr Chuks Sokari and former caretaker committee (CTC) chairman,Ahoada West Council area of Rivers state, Karibo Wilson, during the week received awards from their home town,Mbiama Communitiy.
Presenting the awards during a reception held by the communitiy in honour of her illustrious sons and daughters, the paramount ruler, HRH Otovie Smith Sylvanus, noted that the recipients deserved the awards following their track record of achievements and support towards the growth and development of the community.
The royal father, who also relived his achievements in the past one year mentioned some of his achievements as, restoring peace and curbing insecurity to the barest minimum, naming of streets after illustrious sons and daughters of the community, solving the problem of near total power blackout and monthly compulsory environmental sanitation as well as reinventing football competition which he said the community was noted for, amongst others.
The Tide reports that the presidential Amnesty coordinator was represented by his brother who himself was an award recipient, Professor Ezekiel Dikio of the Niger Delta University, just as the CBN branch controller, Chuks Sokari and the ex-CTC chairman, Karibo Wilson were among nine illustrious sons and daughters of the fast urbanising communitiy noted as the commercial nerve centre of the Ahoada West local government area.
The awards ceremony which was held as part of events to commemorate the first anniversary of the reign of the Mbiama monarch was christened ‘meritorious award of achievements and excellence/support for community growth and development’.
In his opening remarks, chairman of the occasion, ESV Ogah George, lauded the community for their harmonious living, stating that Mbiama is a good example and worthy of emulation by other Engenni speaking communities.
He added that reports at his disposal show that the feat the community has achieved was made possible by the consultative leadership they have in the person of Sylvanus as paramount ruler, supported by a committed Community Development Committee (CDC) membership as well as a peaceful and loyal youth leadership.
Also speaking, the Guest of Honour, an awardee and CBN Branch Controller, Calabar, Mr Chuks Sokari, thanked the leadership of the community for finding him and others worthy for the awards.
Sokari restated the need for continuous unity and peace in the community, noting that even before he was born decades ago the community has been a melting point of commerce where people from all walks of life had lived peacefully, eking out a living irrespective of tribe and languages, emphasising that the awards would spur the recipients to do more for the community.
Others who bagged awards were, Professors Ezekiel Dikio of the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island,Amassoma, Bayelsa State,and Amalo Dibofori-Orji of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,Port Harcourt, Comrade Inime Karibo Wilson, CEO, Chris-Nime Global Services Ltd.
Also receiving awards were, Hon. Ayanate Dikio, former councilor,Ahoada West LGA,Ward two, who also doubles as the chairman, Mbiama Communitiy revenue generation committee, Mr Simon Boma, Mr Tayo Olu, as well as football stars who garnered various categories of award after an inter-street football competition which was held earlier.
Meanwhile,in a welcome address presented by the community through their CDC chairman, Engr. Moore Sokari,the community have called on the Government and other interventionist agency to help fast track the pace of the community’s Development through the construction of pave roads, development of manpower and the provision of other social amenities to improve on their living conditions.
The community hinted that the absence of infrastructure has impeded its quest for genuine transformation from a semi-urban nomenclature to an urban centre.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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2023: Senatorial Aspirant Dispels Disqualification Rumours

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Lawmaker representing Ekeremor Constituency two in the BayelsaSstate House of Assembly and Senatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Hon. Wilson AyakpoDauyegha has called on his supporters and party faithful to discountenance recent rumours making the rounds that he was disqualified from contesting the forthcoming Senatorial primaries of the party.
The Senatorial hopeful who made the call during an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa shortly after addressing his supporters expressed surprise over the rumours, this was just as he stated that it was from the imaginations of some stakeholders of the party from the state’s Western Senatorial zone, who were bent on undoing him, that he is still strongly in the race.
He hinted that the purported rumours of his disqualification were borne out of the phobia for his person and political aspiration, describing those responsible for his concocted screening-out rumours as those ‘wanting to heat the polity’.
“My alleged disqualification was a figment of the negative imagination of some stakeholders who have phobia for my fast rising political profile and trajectory of political victories’, he said.
Wilson who averred that he would win the forthcoming primaries restated his resolve to work assiduously towards the empowerment and betterment of the Senatorial zone, noting that the sister local government areas of Sagbama and Ekeremor have an age-long agreement for rotation of both the Senatorial and House of Representatives positions.
The aspirant who also bared his mind on his chances of clinching victory at the general election supposing he wins the Senatorial primaries, noted that by virtue of the old existing arrangement between the Sagbama and Ekeremor people, it is literally and political right for the Ekeremor council area to produce the next senator from the district, hence his victory is assured.
He said: “Politically speaking, by the rotatory agreement between the Sagbama and Ekeremor people, it’s now the turn of Ekeremor to produce the next Senator from the Bayelsa West Senatorial zone. All those who are calling and supporting Dickson to contest the forthcoming Senatorial polls and Dickson himself are all polical robbers.
Meanwhile, the Ekeremor-born lawmaker and Senatorial hopeful has again vowed to leave a legacy of development in the Bayelsa West Senatorial zone if he wins the primaries and subsequent general elections.
He noted that he was willing to leverage on his youthful advantage and requisite experience he has garnered as a lawmaker to function effectively in the ‘Red Chambers’ if elected in the 2023 general elections.

By: AriweraIbibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Cleric Urges Widows On Children’s Education, Moral Upbringing

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Founder, Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, Prophet Joseph Igbodo, has urged widows to ensure education and moral upbringing of their children.
Igbodo gave the advice during the mission’s monthly outreach programme at Believers Gospel Church, Ile Quarters, Umunede in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said bringing the children up in the fear of God and giving them good education were the best legacies that they could give their children.
The cleric, who is also the Proprietor of Job’s Orphanage and Saint Stephen’s Trust Widows’ Home, Agbor, condemned the maltreatment meted out on widows by some families of their late husbands.
Saying that the practice was dehumanising, thus making them vulnerable in the society, Igbodo, however, said God loved widows and orphans in a special way.
He encouraged the women not to be weighed down by the death of their bread winners, saying that God would protect and provide for them.
The cleric also advised the widows to abhor sinful acts and idolatry, which could attract the wrath of God.
He urged them to distance themselves from false prophets and fake pastors, who would want to take advantage of them owing to their vulnerability.
Igbodo, who did not exonerate some of the widows from being responsible for the death of their husbands, said men should abstain from extra-marital affairs, which could engender several consequences, leading to untimely death.
He said that they should also check their health status regularly, while pursuing things of life.
The clergyman prayed for forgiveness for those who had hand in the death of their husbands and urged them to repent of their evil ways and be reconciled with God.He appealed to the families of the women’s late husbands to show them love and care rather than denying them access to their husbands’ property.
Igbodo also urged grown-up children, who had lost their fathers, to take care of their mothers who took pains to bring them up.
He said that the advice had become necessary, as many were known to have abandoned their mothers.
Meanwhile, the over 300 widows invited to the monthly outreach programme smiled home the items, such as rice, noodles, salt, biscuits, fruit juice packs and toiletries distributed to them by the clergyman.
Igbodo urged public-spirited individuals and organisations, who would want to identify with his ministry’s Home, to reach out to him, assuring that any donation made would be for the advancement of the work of God and humanity.

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Delta CJ Pledges Commitment To Effective Judicial System

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The Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Theresa Diai, has pledged the State Government’s commitment to effective delivery of justice and a conducive working environment for the sector.
Public Relations officer of the state High Court, Mr Timothy Agbaragu, disclosed this in a press statement made available to The Tide’s source in Asaba.
The statement said the Chief Judge spoke while on her 2022 second quarterly visit to the Warri Correctional centres.
The Chief Judge told the people who were at the Warri correctional centre to perform their civic responsibilities creditably, and with commitment.
She said Governor Okowa,’s government is poised to ensure that the state workforce got the best so that they could perform better in their duties.
Diai pardoned four inmates of the centre on the first day, based on legal advice from the Delta State Public prosecution.
According to her, the last visit in the first quarter of the year was not to open the gates of the correctional centres to all inmates to regain their freedom.
“The visit was to ensure that inmates did not stay more than expected in the correctional centres as stipulated by law.
“We went through their records to look out for such people who may have been deprived of justice and set such persons free.
“Our duty in visiting the centres is basically to ensure that those who are there are legitimately meant to be there and not those who have no case to answer,” she said.
The deputy comptroller of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Warri, Mr Joseph Edo, commended the CJ and her team for the visit.He applauded the CJ for conveying their request to the governor during her first visit, and appealed that their needs be supplied in the days ahead.
He suggested that more cells should be built in the centres to reduce the large number of inmates in court.
The CJ’s visit continues to Sapele, Kwale, Agbor and Ogwuashi-Uku correctional centres on May 27, 2022.

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