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Heavy Rains Imminent In Rivers -Expert

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An environmental consultant in Rivers State, Pali-Alabo Maxwell Fubara, has alerted residents of the State of imminent heavy rain, amounting to 1.750mm in 2022, with attendant socio-economic implications for residents of the State.
Speaking with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, Fubara urged residents not to panic, saying government at all levels are mapping out strategies to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties.
According to him, “The predicted onset, cessation and rainfall amount of 2022 is similar to the prediction for 2021, and the implication is that we are anticipating to experience rain pattern of high intensity and frequency similar to that of 2021.
“Lagos Island is expected to have a rainfall on set date as June 6 cessation date as September 30 and a total rainfall amount of 1627mm.
“However, the Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) for River State, generally, signifies that the onset dates range between March 17 in the earliest, and April 6,2022 at the latest, while the cessation dates ranges between September 30 and November 5, 2022. The Maximum Annual Rainfall (AR) amount is predicted to be 1,750mm”, he said.
According to him, it was expected that the recent increasing frequency of extreme weather events would continue in 2022 with days of extremely high rainfall amounts, which might result to acute flooding .
“I call for caution as strong winds are expected during the onset and cessation of every rainfall, just as envisaged harmattan are predicted, which may cause reduction in visibility and bring about flight disruption and loss of revenue due to delays and cancellations in the aviation sector”, Fubara said.
On expected flooding, he said, “the State Government will continue to reap the gains of careful and vigorous planning and execution, as our flood control measures are being stepped up to contain any imminent heavy rainfalls”.
Fubara , a Rivers State University-trained environmental expert, said towards ensuring a flood-free and hygienic environment in the State, it became imperative for the government to embark on an all year round drainage maintenance for effective and efficient flood control, in addition to an efficient and sustainable solid waste management system .
Government, he said, should determine the maintenance of the long established synergy and partnership with the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), which, according him, has ensured control and monitoring of the steady and systematic release of water from River Niger to prevent flooding of the downstream reaches of Niger Delta river .
“This mutual relationship has been highly beneficial in the past and government should sustain it.” Fubara stated.

By: Bethel Toby

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NSCDC Parades 11 Suspects Over Vandalism

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command, in its renewed effort to fight vandalism and all forms of illegal dealings in petroleum products, has arrested 11 suspects for vandalism of oil pipelines.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSC Olufemi Ayodele, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The statement also confirmed that one wooden boat conveying locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), popularly called Diesel, was impounded.
According to the statement, the Command took over another nine suspects, two wooden boats, and two fibre boats arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder in Rivers State.
The statement, which was issued on behalf of the Acting State Commandant, DC Claire Okpo, noted that the Antivandal border patrol Team arrested one Tochukwu Uzoigwe, Male, 25, whose accomplice is now at large, for pipeline vandalism, unlawful tampering with Nigeria Agip Oil Company Pipelines, conspiracy and sabotage of critical national assets and Infrastructures.
“Avowed to leave no stone unturned on her assumption of duty, Deputy Commandant, Claire Okpo, who recently took over the Command’s leadership, affirmed that the Command under her watch will not go below the already existing standard in the fight against criminalities in the State,” NSCDC said.
The state further revealed that the suspect was arrested while conveying vandalised oil pipelines in a Toyota Bus with registration number, Anambra NSH 252 YY at Mbiama road in Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State.
“In addition, the Marine Team of the Command’s Antivandal Squad, patrolling the waterways, Impounded an abandoned wooden boat containing AGO while nine suspects, two wooden boats and two fibre boats were handed over to the Command by the NNS PATHFINDER based on the existing interagency collaborations and Synergy”, it stated.
NSCDC said that a preliminary investigation report showed that one of the suspects arrested in connection with sabotage of Critical National Assets and Infrastructures negotiated about N320,000 and paid ¦ N250,000 for the vandalised pipelines.

By: King Onunwor

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Elder Statesman Tasks Buhari On Restructuring

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An elder statesman and prominent Niger Delta stakeholder in Rivers State, Rev. (Dr) Sokari Soberekon has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement his proposal on restructuring before the presidential election.
According to him, the comprehensive proposal he sent to President Buhari and the National Assembly last year has the perfect solutions to the lingering problems of the country, and appealed to the President to without further delay, implement the proposal which he said will solve the problems of the country if well implemented.
He said, he is saddened that he has not got any feedback from the President or the National Assembly since he sent the document, adding that there is nothing to show that they are doing anything about it.
He felt the only reason they do not want to do any thing about the proposal is to continue to embezzle the resources of the Niger Delta and keep oppressing the oil producing Niger Delta and her people.
“There is no way you can get the best of yam without slicing or peeling it. The same way, Nigeria needs to be sliced for everyone in the country to enjoy the benefits of being a citizen of Nigeria and the slicing of the country is restructuring the country into six autonomous zones that will control their resources and pay taxes to the centre which is true federalism. Each of the zones should be headed by a Vice President that will be voted into power for a single tenure of 12 years which means there will be six Vice Presidents in the country”, he added.
He said in a statement in Port Harcourt that each Vice President will serve as a President General for two years on a rotational basis, which are all well articulated in the proposal.
“Every presidential aspirant that is contesting or willing to contest should contest in their zones for the Vice President”, he intoned
According to him, “this will drastically reduce the huge amount of money spent on election in every four years and also lessen the tension in the country in every four years due to electioneering activities”. He also said “the politicians will not use our God-given oil to play politics again.”
He also called on the British Government to come to the aid of the Niger Delta people “because it is the CORE states of Calabar, Ogoja and Rivers that gave them the trump card to win when 14 European countries were scrambling for Africa, Nigeria in particular at the Berlin Conference in 1884-1885”, It is the core states of Calabar, Ogoja and Rivers that brought in the Europeans, that is why the headquarters was in Calabar before it was moved to Lagos after amalgamation. The amalgamation document was only signed by the Obong of Calabar and the British should remember the commercial treaty signed in 1775 at the Bight of Brafia that opened way for trading between them and the Rivers people. Then, they were known as seafarers and the Rivers people, were known as bay farers. Seafarers are the sailors while the bay farers are the people living at the front of the sea. The Bight of Brafria is where the seafarers and the bay farers met to sign the commercial treaty” he said.
Soberekon who described himself as an agitator, emancipator and Senior Advocate of Niger Delta (SAND) said he was instrumental to the establishment of the oil derivation formula during the Second Republic under the watch of former President of the country, Alhaji Shehu Shagari in 1981. He is the General Overseer of Christ Jesus Link Gospel Publishers Church.

 

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Community Lauds LG Boss Over Youth Empowerment, Dev

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The people of Gure Community in Khana Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State, have lauded the Chairman of the LGA, Dr. Bariere Thomas, for what they called his pragmatic approach to development in the area within his one year in office.
The leadership of the community also commended the chairman for restoring peace, unity and love in the area, particularly in Gure community.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman of Gure, ASP. Nekabari Mmbip; Youth President, Comrade Bright Friday and Community Leader, Dr. Moses S. Neebee, and made available to The Tide.
According to the statement, the youth empowerment programme introduced by the Council Chairman has drastically reduced cultism and social vices in the area.
“We are happy that today peace and unity has returned to Khana LGA, particularly Gure community. Apart from that his youth empowerment scheme and grading of Gure Community road for easy access is worthy of commendation.
“We want to say that the Chairman engaging the youths meaningfully has drastically reduced cultism and other social vices in the area. Honestly we really appreciate him”, the statement said.

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