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LG Accuses Security Agents Of Aiding Illegal Bunkering

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The people of Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State have called on the Federal Government to end the growing menace of illegal oil bunkering activities popularly known as kpo-fire.
The intervention of the Federal Government, they said was necessary, in order to avert loss of lives and properties in the area.
The people who made the call during a peaceful protest along the Emohua axis of the East-West Road accused some security personnel posted to the area of aiding and abetting oil bunkering activities.
They also lamented the effects of soot on the inhabitants of the local government area on daily basis.
The chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Dr. Chidi Lloyd who led the peaceful protest said efforts made by his administration to end the menace through the setting up of the local government taskforce on illegal oil bunkering could not yield the much needed result due to the support of security personnel to the operators of the illegal oil bunkering business in the area.
He alleged that truck tanks were being loaded with illegally refined petroleum products and escorted out of the local government area by federal government controlled security agencies while residents of the area battle issues of soot and water pollution, as well as destruction of farm lands, as a result of the menace.
Dr Lloyd said the activities of illegal oil bunkers if not stopped by the federal government which is the only tier of government that has powers over the security agencies, would perhaps expose the people of Emohua Local Government Area to the risk of cancer and other serious health-related challenges.
On their parts, leader of Emohua Legislative Assembly, Mrs Love Nyenke and the Secretary of the Local Government Council, Chief Vincent Chukwu in their separate remarks, supported the position of the council chairman.
They stated that the situation had become so bad that the people of the area who are predominantly farmers and fishermen could no longer go about their farming and fishing businesses due to the pollution of the Surounding Rivers and streams in the area, and their farmlands.
They called for the investigation of security personnel involved in the illegal oil bunkering activities and anyone found culpable be made to face the full wrath of law for sabotaging the nation’s economy.
According to them, the quick intervention of the federal government will not only help to protect lives and properties in Emohua Local Government Area but would also save the nation from loss of revenue.

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RSUBEB Plans First Govt-Owned Secondary School In Woji

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The Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB) has disclosed plans to establish the first government-owned school in Woji Town in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Executive Chairman of the board, Ven Fyneface Akah, said this during a courtesy call on him by the Woji Council of Chiefs and Elders led by the Paramount Ruler of the community, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, in his office in Port Harcourt.
Akah said construction of the 12-classroom school building will start once it is approved by the governor.
He said the proposal was in line with the mandate of Governor Nyesom Wike to the board to ensure that everyone has access to quality education.
The Executive Chairman, who promised to send an engineer to the proposed site for the school building this week, expressed regrets that Woji, which is one of the thickly populated urban centres in Rivers State, would remain without a government-owned school.
He noted that the school at Rumurolu is already congested with children, adding that a new school is needed in that axis of Port Harcourt because of its population density.
Akah further noted the economic implications of Woji not having a government school to the people.
He also commended the community for providing a conducive environment for the take-off of the school.
Earlier, the Eze Woji, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, had said the community has already acquired a site for the school, and also developed an architectural design of the new school building.
Ihunwo also described as worrisome the fact that his community has no government-owned school, noting that the situation is taking a toll on parents who have to send their children and wards to schools in far away places.
He said the community is ready to work with the government to ensure the realisation of the project.
The Woji monarch also commended the chairman for his leadership qualities at the board.

By: John Bibor

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Group Head Cautions Against Membership Of Secret Cults

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The National President, Community Reformed Youth (CRY)Initiatives, Engr Danagogo Wenike-Briggs, has cautioned young people, especially politicians, against belonging to any secret cult in the quest to acquire wealth or fame.
Wenike-Briggs, who stated this while addressing his members in Port Harcourt at the weekend, said the advice became important in this era when most people are seeking for political relevance at all cost.
The CRY leader expressed regrets that even some Rivers people could think in such direction when there is no known secret cult operated by any Rivers individual or group.
He stated that those who may wish to join such cults are doing so at their detriment, saying that they will remain perpetual slaves to such owners.
“We can do a lot without belonging to any secret cult. For example, Governor Nyesom Wike has opened our eyes to firmness which is a powerful tool “, he said.
According to him, such firmness is what any government or individual needs to drive home his demand or policies.
Wenike-Briggs, who is the governorship aspirant of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), also said he had both the impetus and determination to take the State to its promised land, come 2023.
The Engineer-cum politician further said he will coast to victory regardless of the existing big wigs in the state’s political terrain.
“I don’t mind the big names in Rivers politics. I depend on God’s words to proceed. I am determined to bring a change to the state”, he said.
One of his change mechanisms, he revealed, is to operate a cashless economy, adding that a standard bank will be established and managed by the government.

By: King Onunwor

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NGO Charges Journalists To Stand For People’s Rights

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Journalists in Nigeria have been urged to always stand for the rights of the people in their day-to-day activities.
The Executive Director, Media Career Development Network, Lekan Otufodurin, gave the charge during a public show of a film on Joseph Pulitzer, to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Port Harcourt, recently.
Speaking to The Tide shortly after the programme, Otufodunri urged journalists to always discharge their duties professionally by giving voice to the people.
He emphasized the need for a free press in the country as well as the need for journalists to create the needed balance between government and the people in the society.
He cited the roles played by Joseph Pulitzer in the video watched by over 100 participants, saying he stood for the people till his death.
“One of the most prestigious award in journalism was named after Joseph Pulitzer and we can see from the video we watched that it is possible that we have publishers, who can stand for the rights of the people, who find a balance between professionalism and business.
“This is just a reminder that we need to do our job properly, we need to show that there is freedom of expression, we ask for our rights, do journalism professionally, so that we can hold government accountable to the people.
That is how we can be the voice of the people and not only the voice of government”, Otufodurin said.
One of the panelists and Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, Stanley Job Stanley, highlighted the importance of the film, saying it is a reminder on how to practise journalism in the country.
“I think the video we watched will benefit a lot of us. As we can see from the video where freedom was given to the press even as far back as 1817, so we have a lot to learn from the American system. Joseph Pulitzer was allowed to practise journalism freely without the interference of anyone”, he said.
He urged Nigerian journalists never to be deterred nor discouraged despite threats, challenges and pains that confront them in the cause of discharging their professional duties to the society, adding that if they want positive changes in the country, they must keep on pushing till the change comes.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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