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Monarch Renders Account Of Stewardship

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Paramount ruler of Otuokpoti Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, King Rescue Orisa Abi, has said that under his leadership of the community, since the deposition of the former paramount ruler, HRH A.C.T Wongo, that the community has recorded a significant level of development.
In January 2022, due to allegations bothering on the kidnap of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Federal Otokito, a native of the community in his home town by some alleged illegal oil bunkering operators, the former paramount ruler of the community, A.C.T Wongo was deposed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, and subsequently appointed Chief Rescue Orisa Abi in acting capacity.
The monarch, while restating his continuous quest to make the community better, noted that during the past four months in which he has been acting as paramount ruler, his Council of Chiefs and the entire community leadership have been more determined to fast track development in the area.
While also commending the State Governor for his intervention in the construction and extension of the community’s internal roads and the parameter fencing of its secondary school, the royal father pleaded with the government to also put into consideration a new shore protection contract of the now fading old shore protection works of the community in order to avert the looming erosion problems in the area.
He enumerated some of the projects executed upon his ascension to the coveted Otuokpoti throne to include the recent self-help works embarked upon by the community on damaged spots of the community’s old erosion control project executed by the late Chief Melford Okilo’s administration in the old Rivers State, as well as the major repair works on damaged drainage in the community.
Abi also stated that in a bid to leave no stone unturned in the developmental efforts of the community under his stewardship, the community recently inaugurated committees on education, health and environment.
He re-emphasized that while the education committee would liaise with the Government and relevant institutions to improve education in the community, the health and environment committee was expected to ensuring that the community’s environment is clean and safe.
According to him, the security committee would in collaboration with the Government’s security formations continue to ensure that lives and properties were secured in the community.
“In the past four months that I’ve been Acting Paramount Ruler of this Communitiy, we’ve done a shore embarkment work to control erosion in the community.
”We’ve also reconstructed some damaged drainages and have been carrying out periodic routine inspection on old projects in the community to ascertain their state.
“We want to thank Governor Diri for approving the construction of some internal roads in the community, and the fencing of our only secondary school.
“But we also want to call on the Government to do something about the resurging erosion crisis which has started eating up parts of the damaged old shore protection work executed by the late Chief Melford Okilo’s administration in the old Rivers State for the community.
“Again, because we don’t want to be left behind in development, as a Community under my stewardship, we’ve also set up three major committees: Health and Environment; Security; and Education”, he said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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NSCDC Graduates 169 Personnel In Calabar

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has graduated 169 personnel of the corps for the first batch of their training.
Speaking on Tuesday in Calabar, Mr Samuel Fadeyi, Commandant of NSCDC in Cross River, said that the graduates had completed their first three months training at the state headquarters of the command.
Fadeyi said that they were to proceed to Katsina State for another three months training before their deployment to various commands of the corps across the country.
He said that the personnel were those that were taken in 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was stalled.
He explained that 5,000 Nigerians were recruited nationwide in 2019 for the training to become full personnel of the corps.
“We are glad today to witness the passing out parade of these 169 personnel from Cross River. In 2019, NSCDC got the approval to recruit 5,000 Nigerians into the corps.
“This is the first round of their training; they are expected to undergo another training before they will be deployed to various commands across the country,” he said.
He commended the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, for providing the command with the necessary equipment and facilities to carry out the training and other operations.
Also speaking, the Commandant General of NSCDC, who was represented by Mr Bassey Bassey, a Deputy Commandant General, congratulated the graduates for scaling through the first phase.
Audi said that NSCDC had been equipped and better repositioned to fight all forms of illegalities in the country.
The state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who was represented by Dr Alfred Mboto, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Governor’s Office, said the recruitment had reduced unemployment in the state.
The Tide reports that security chiefs in the state ranging from the Navy, Army, Police, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps were present at the event.

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Police Nab Seven Suspected Cultists, Recover Ammunition

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Edo State Police Command says its men have arrested seven suspected cult members in the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, and made available to The Tide’s source in Benin.
The source recalls that the police command last Friday arrested and presented seven cult members, allegedly members of Eiye and Aiye cults.
Iwegbu listed the suspects as Andrew Owhoyavwosa (22), Joseph Meshak (25), Osazee Solomon (35), Godswill Obasohan (25), Charles Odiase (52), and Okoh Peter (68).
They were arrested by Ekiadolor Sector, within Ekowe Community, while the seventh one was arrested at Igbe Road, in Auchi Etsako West LGA of the State.
According to her, the arrest is to check the menace and excesses of cultism in Edo State and also unnecessary killings in the State.
“On the 02/07/2022, operatives of Edo State Police Command, Ekiadolor Sector, while on routine township patrol within Ekowe Community and environs, intercepted some suspected cultists at the Community Youth House.
“The suspects, on sighting the police operatives, took to their heels from the scene of their unlawful assembly.
“This action attracted the attention of the operatives and they gave them a hot chase which led to the arrest of the six suspects.
“On the spot search conducted at the scene led to the recovery of two locally made single barrel guns, one locally cut to size single barrel gun, 30 live cartridges, one first aid box, Kolanuts, eggs, cowries, one dead chicken, seven handsets and cash sum of thirty-seven thousand Naira,” she said.

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Diri Seeks Ijaw Culture Preservation In US

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values, culture and tradition of ijaw in their children.
Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark, New Jersey State in the United States of America.
“A man who has no culture is lost. The beginning of a man’s culture is language and then his dressing. So, I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture.
“My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation.
“I am equally happy with what this group is doing, bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together.
“Consciously, we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves. That applies to all of you abroad”, he said.
Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state.
He used the opportunity to keep the diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state, including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads.
“Through the three senatorial roads, we are connecting many riverine communities by roads. We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected.
“For the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West, we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government
“In Bayelsa Central, the Yenagoa-Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama Community to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded.
“Just about two weeks ago, the last one in the East, Nembe-Brass road was flagged-off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board,” the governor said.
He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC).This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.
In his address, the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Fred Agbedi, stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite.
Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home.
The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council, Prof. Mondy Gold, expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation.
He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande, Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigerian Amb. to Cuba, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, among others.

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