Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Rivers State, Amb Desmond Akawor, has urged the Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI) to continue with the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) sensitisation programme, but this time around, focus on collection of PVCs.
Speaking while ushering the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, to the podium to address the people of Eleme during the GDI PVC sensitisation programme held at Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogale, last Sunday, Akawor said that going forward, everybody would be required to show their PVCs.
Akawor thanked GDI for carrying out the programme but appealed to members of the group to continue to enlighten the people on the need to keep their PVC safe.
He expressed delight that Eleme was not only activated but totally connected to the Sim network.
Akawor, who is also the Rivers State PDP chairman, lauded the people of Eleme for turning out massively for the occasion, describing Eleme as the most lucrative LGA in Nigeria with the best seaport, fertiliser plant and a petrochemical industry.
Commenting on the massive crowd, Akawor said, “Are these human beings from Eleme, or are they imported from Port Harcourt or Akwa Ibom? I couldn’t believe that a local government with 10 wards can mobilise this large crowd”.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, reminded them that as the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ends today, according to the calendar set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), those who have not collected their PVCs should endeavour to collect them.
“The PVC is important. It is going to be your instrument to decide what happens come, March, 2023. You have registered, but ensure you retrieve every single PVC, and ensure they are kept safe”.
While sounding a note of warning to the people not to play into the hands of anyone who would demand for their PVCs for purposes of empowerment, Fubara said the PVC is not only for election but also serves as a form of identification.
Fubara charged the people of Eleme not to play into the hands of scammers who may disguise themselves as people who have come to support them.
He stated that they may come with the spurious notion of asking the people to bring their PVCs so they can be given empowerment: “Don’t listen to them”, he advised.
“Some of you don’t have driver’s license, some of you don’t have international passport. The PVC is your own identity”.
He commended the people of Eleme for the awareness and the massive registration to get their PVCs which has made the sensitisation rally simple and colourful.
In the same breadth, he applauded the people of Ward 10 for their impressive performance during the ward-by-ward rally at the mini-stadium.
In his remarks, President General of GDI, Hon. Bright Amaewhule, revealed that from the recent available records, the GDI family has the highest number of eligible voters in Eleme, adding that what happens in the LGA in the 2023 elections would be determined by that fact.
Amaewhule quickly admonished the people to be vigilant because wicked and crooked people can connive with INEC and agents of darkness to continue the exercise secretly in their houses.
To this end, he charged the people to monitor the activities of INEC and their collaborators, and report promptly to appropriate authorities, when found wanting.
He added that GDI members cannot be intimidated because they are ready and willing to resist all forms of manipulations no matter who is involved.
Earlier, the Eleme Local Government Council Chairman, Hon Obarilormate Ollor, in his welcome address, had said the message of the exercise was simply about preparing in time for the 2023 elections.
He lauded GDI members for their passionate service drive as a pressure group and consistency with the electoral process as it pertains to the PVC sensitisation rally.
Among those present at the event which featured colourful displays by GDI members from the 10 wards in the area, members of the National Assembly, PDP stalwarts and stakeholders.
Others in Fubara’s entourage at the event were the PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate in Rivers State, Prof. Ngozi Ordu; Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Amb. Desmond Akawor; the Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Edison Ehie; the Majority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Martin Amaewhule; the Deputy Chief Whip, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Major Jack; Hon Marcus Inengi; and Hon Felix Nwike.
The rest were chairmen of local government councils: Ikwerre, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike; Obio/Akpor, Barrister George Ariolu; Asari-Toru, Hon. Onengiyeofori George; Port Harcourt City, Sir Allwell Ihunda; Akuku-Toru, Hon. Rowland Sekibo; Abua/Odual, Hon. Daniel O. Daniel; Andoni, Barrister Erastus Awortu; Emohua, Dr Chidi Lloyd; Degema, and Hon. Michael John Williams; amongst other prominent government officials and chieftains of the party.
By: Nelson Chukwudi
Substance Abuse Becoming Thing Of Concern -Odu
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, has lauded the important role pharmacists play in the wellbeing of the society.
Odu gave this commendation while playing host to members of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch at the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The deputy governor said while others are sleeping, pharmacists work hard “to ensure we all live in a better society, especially when you talk about the dangers of substance abuse.”
Odu stressed that, “It is really becoming a thing of great concern because of the level of children getting involved in this thing. It is even coming down to primary schools which now increases the burden of what you are doing, so we appreciate you for what you are doing for the society which we all are living in.”
The deputy governor extolled the lady pharmacists for the scholarship scheme they were sponsoring, noting that it was “amazing because when you change the narrative of somebody’s life, you become what they call a destiny helper.”
The deputy governor added, “So, for me, it is something I would encourage. Even the Bible says when you do it for them you have done unto God. It is a thing we get a lot of blessings out off, you may not see it now but some day it will definitely come.”
She expressed gratitude to them for their support for the Fubara-led administration which according to her has continued to spur them into action.
“Let me thank you for upholding the governor and myself in prayers, because without prayers we won’t be here, many people have prayed and God has heard, please do not stop, even for good governance, we need God to grant us the wisdom and knowledge of what to do”, she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Branch of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ebelechukwu Odom, said they were at the Government House to identify with the Governor Fubara-led administration in the ongoing restructuring of the state, and pledged their allegiance and unflinching support to the administration.
She assured that they would utilize the competences of Lady Pharmacists in Rivers State and synergize with partners for improvement in health, education, research development and socio-economic wellbeing of humanity through relevant and appropriate interventions, projects and programmes.
RSG Denies Rumours Of Cholera Outbreak In Soku
The Rivers State Government says it is not aware of any cholera outbreak in Soku community in the Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, the clarification was necessary following numerous enquiries from the media over a purported outbreak of cholera in Soku community.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Ministry of Health has received numerous enquiries from the Press regarding an alleged outbreak of cholera in Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
“Public health teams dispatched to investigate these alleged cases and deaths have so far received no confirmation of such.”
While describing cholera as a waterborne infectious disease, the commissioner said that the disease is notifiable, warranting escalating reports from disease surveillance and notification officers at the community level.
The statement clarified that the ongoing medical outreach in Soku community is in no way related to any outbreak of cholera.
“Outreaches have always been a way of getting accessible health care to underserved and vulnerable population, however, all such outreach activities must be conducted with approval from and in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and as such no entity should be conducting outreaches outside the coordination of the ministry”, it warned.
The ministry further said that all infectious diseases of this nature are reported, managed and escalated by the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Oreh said the statement should serve as a strong warning to anyone conducting or planning health activities without due recourse to the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
She added that any such activities found to be carried out without the knowledge and clearance of the State Ministry of Health will be fully investigated and dealt with in order to ensure the protection of the lives of the people.
“Therefore, the general public and members of the Press are advised to disregard the rumours making the round on an ongoing outbreak of cholera and the death of some citizens of Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State as it is presently unfounded, misguided and capable of causing panic amongst citizens and residents.
“The general public is thus urged to remain calm and rest assured that the Rivers State Ministry of Health will continue to be a veritable source of public health information in the state”, the statement concluded.
Bill On State Police Scales Second Reading
The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill to provide for the establishment of state police in the country.
Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu and 14 others, the bill seeks to alter the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for states to establish their own policing outfits.
As lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary, Kalu who stood in for the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, urged members to look beyond political ambitions and think about the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”
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