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Delta Waterways: NIWA Set To Open Channel For Boats

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Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu, has ordered immediate deployment of technical experts and equipment to the blocked area of Pessu Market river in Warri South Council area, in order to link it up to the main Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) outlet.
The NIWA managing Director’s fact-finding visit to the area may not be unconnected to the protest by traders and women of Pessu Market led by a prominent Itsekiri traditional title holder, Chief Ritalori Ogbebor, to the NIWA Warri office recently over their challenges in taking their goods across to other parts of the riverine communities due to the blockage of the channel.
Leading other top management staff of NIWA during the ‘on-the-spot-assessment’ of the area on Friday, Moghalu, expressed concern over the low water level he witnessed at this period of high tides and wondered how difficult the situation would be for those plying their trade in the area when there was low tides.
Moghalu, who took time to inspect the remote cause of the blockage, admitted that the situation requires an urgent intervention, in order not to endanger lives of residents who are mostly waterway users, especially the women who are fishermen and petty traders.
Consequent upon his findings, he immediately directed his men to mobilise the needed manpower and equipment to the place so as to commence the process of survey towards opening up the blocked side of the river and thereafter dredge the area as a way of averting delicate situation that could lead to loss of lives if proper measures were not being taken early enough.
According to him: “It’s a total blockage we are looking at here. And if you can have this volume of water in the high tides, imagine what the situation would be in the low tides.
“So am a little bit worried about it and I have directed now that a survey team should move in to start work immediately to get the hydro-graphic survey done completely from the beginning down to the major outlets”.
Continuing; “It is after this stage that we will begin to look at the program of dislodging the entire place and dredge it out. We want to clear it, otherwise we’ll lose the body of water here and that’s not in our best interest”
“Due to urgency we are attaching to solving this problem, I will be issuing a formal letter by Monday (today) so that the work can commence in earnest and we hope to complete it in good time too”, Dr. Moghalu assured.
Speaking to newsmen during the visit, a resident who identified himself as Mr. Obaro Arieigwe, (a trader) lamented how the resident of the area had suffered for many years due to the blockage and shallow river and applauded the NIWA for the efforts being made in coming to their rescue to clear the blockage and dredge the river.
“Look at the water level you are seeing now that is the best you can get and yet we are still experiencing high tides. By the time we get to the low tides, its the ground you will be seeing and by that time we can no longer do our business of farming and trading with our neighbouring communities as our boats can no longer move”.
He disclosed that the river blockage was a result of the activities of the wood traders and saw millers who heaped the saw-dust from their business into the river for many years and after a while they started experiencing some difficulties in making their way through till it got to this present state.
Another resident, Mrs. Beatrice Omadeli, a fish trader in the market for over 25years, expressed joy over the move about to be taking by NIWA to clear the river, stating that the blockage had made doing business in the area more demanding and expensive as they had to pay extra charges on transportation to get to where they buy their goods and where they sell.

 

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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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