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Kaani Town Begging For Govt’s Presence

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As one passes the Birabi Memorial Grammar School in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, a road veers from the left hand-side of the road beside the High Court premises, into Kaani community.
Going to Kaani with a motorcycle is barely up to five minutes and is just 50 meters from the junction. The community is separated by a narrow bridge from Bori metropolis. It has a calm and serene outlook with few paved roads leading to the only secondary school in the community. The road terminates at Sogho, linking the East West Road, leading to Akwa Ibom State.
Apart from lack of paved roads, Kaani does not have electricity, functional health centre or potable water, and one expects that its proximity to Bori would attract modern amenities to the ancient town.
On the left hand side of the major road in the town, another path leads to an untarred road leading to Methodist Church, one of the early churches that came into Kaani, that same road leads to Kaani II. Delimitation of Kaani was for administrative convenience, according to Chief Joseph Dinee. “The missionaries did it for administrative purpose. During one of the harvest programmes, they divided the community into Kaani 1 and Kaani II, but they are one and the same people- Teyor and Gbor people.
After moving round town to get a feel of the community, the traditional ruler of Kaani, Mene Barikpoa Apere, Mene- Bua Kaani told The Tide Metro that the situation of Kaani has been a challenge over the years, “maybe if we had somebody in government, we would not be having what we are passing through now.”
He continued, “Ironically, Kaani is the largest community in Khana Local Government Area, and yet we do not have power, water and hospital.” The only secondary school in this community was built in 1978 and was through a community effort,” he added.
The traditional ruler recalled that during one of the visits of the Governor to Bori last year, during which he was honoured by Ogoni people, he promised to connect us to national grid, but that has not been fulfilled.
The quest to provide power to the community has been a long and unfruitful one, recalled Elder Clarkson Agara. “We have pursued this matter for many years. It is like biblical prayer to continue in prayers. The unfortunate aspect of it is that while our neighbour, Bori is connected to power, there is none here.”
The community leader, Clarkson Agara told The Tide Metro that there have been attempts to reach out to agencies of government as he blamed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for failing to complete the electrification project. “We learnt that a budget and proposal was made for the project. We have contacted the commission and sent delegates and nothing has happened”.
A similar tale was stated by Pastor Gbaranor John, as he recalled that the community started pushing for power during the administration of Sir Peter Odili. “The community visited the governor, a number of times and shortly after a meeting, a survey of the area was conducted and that was the last we heard about it.”
Mene Barikpoa Apere is not happy that all these efforts have failed to yield results.
We are an agrarian community he told The Tide Metro and power is basic to most of our activities.
The traditional ruler emphasised that power is key to development and without it; it is difficult for the community to move forward.
He lamented that most of the small scale businesses are dependent on power. These include barbing saloons, hair dressing, welding and other activities that require electricity. As he reasoned that water boreholes also need to be powered to provide water.
In addition to that, he made a plea for government to complete the abandoned health centre in the community.
He added, “I want to believe that the next government would give us attention, but it is not too late for our governor to fulfill his pledge for now.”

By: Kevin Nengia

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Illegal Refineries : Rivers NSCDC Parades Suspects, Impounds Vehicles

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The Anti-Vandal Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Rivers State Command has arrested five suspects for their alleged involvement in illegal petroleum products.
Briefing newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the State Commandant, Basil Igwebueze hinted that the command under his watch will continue to fight relentlessly the activities of illegal oil bunkerers in the State.
He relayed that it is high time the perpetrators turned a new leaf by engaging in legal ventures instead of engaging in sabotaging the nation’s economy.
Igwebueze said the arrests were made in different locations across the State, noting that the five suspects named: Abdulrasheed Nuhu a male, 25years; Hussaini Ciroma, a male, 24years; Shamsudeen Umar, a male, 23years; Al-Amina Ismaila(M), 19years; Ibrahim Usman, male and 23years, were arrested at Alesa-Eleme-Okrika road, Eleme Local Government for laying galvanised pipes close to NNPC/PPMC line/right of way. The suspects were caught with some galvanised pipes to be connected and used for tapping crude oil.
Preliminary investigation report however revealed that the suspects carried out the act with the intention of siphoning petroleum products from the pipeline at late hours of the night.
The State Commandant said other arrests were made at East-West Road in Eleme LGA, Iwofe road, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor LGA, Station Road, Water Font in Elelenwo Community, Okehi Town in Etche LGA, Location Flyover Mgbuoba Community, New Road off Ada George and Eagle Island Jetty, Port Harcourt.
Consequently, some vehicles were impounded that include Toyota Camry Car Lagos EJ297LSD with 1600 litres of AGO,and a red Mazda Saloon Car Lagos DN 30 APP while conveying 1,000 litres of AGO concealed in cellophane bags.
Also, a Toyota Sienna car with registration number Rivers NDN 797 GM conveying 2,500litres of AGO, together with a white tricycle bus with registration number BRR 553 XA conveying 500litres of AGO, together with a blue selica saloon car Rivers PHC 506 HK abandoned with 1,700 litres of AGO concealed in a cellophane bag.
Another blue and white coloured Volkswagen saloon car RIVERS PHC KNM 111 XA with 1,200 litres of AGO, a black Nissan Pathfinder Jeep RIVERS PHC 853 KK WITH 3,000 litres of AGO, a dark grey Volkswagen car RIVERS PBT 531 SY with 1,000 litres of AGO and a green colour Toyota Camry ABUJA ABJ 611 JN laden with 2,500 litres of AGO were all impounded same time.
The Command helmsman said that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of a thorough investigation while the contents and the mode of conveyance would be forfeited and proceeds remitted to Proceeds Of Crime Account (POCA).

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Body Takes Breast Cancer Awareness To PH Schools

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As the world marks Cancer Awareness Week from the February 4 annually, a non- governmental organisation (NGO), that labeled itself as Engraved Life Foundation has taken breast c ancer campaign to some schools in Port Harcourt.
So far, female students at Government Secondary School Orominike in D-line Port Harcourt and Community Secondary School at Nkpolu Oroworukwo were schooled on care and dangers of breast cancer.
The campaign covered special speeches, demonstrations and sharing of pads and accessories to the young female students aged between 12 -17 years old.
Rivers State Coordinator of the Engraved Life Foundation, Joy Roberts told The Tide Metro that the annual campaign had been over four years, and that the target this year was to reach 200,O00 students across three states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Lagos States.
“ So far this year in Rivers State, we have covered over 1,500 students and by the time we round up other schools of our target, the coverage will increase,” she said.
The target of the campaign she revealed is to “catch them early” – those young girls who may be vulnerable to Cancer.
Unfortunately, it’s not just Breast Cancer that is common among women. Cervical and womb cancer are also more prevalent among the female folk.
A medical doctor who joined the campaign, and who served as one of the spokeswomen, Dr. Stella Jerry said the campaign is very crucial at a time breast cancer has grown.
Dr. Jerry told the school girls to be on the alert of any changes, growth or pain in their breasts.
She related her experience years ago when she discovered a young girl of 13 years who had breast cancer.
In her words,” one of the things that put girls or women at risk is that they are black , because this kind of cancer is prevalent among black people.
“ And if you have any of your relatives with breast cancer either mother or aunty, that puts you at risk as well,” she declared.
The young medical doctor urged them to always feel their breasts for lumps or growth,” if you see any thing that is not part of the breast, please, talk to somebody or go to a health centre.”
For her, early detection is very important in the cure for cancer as she emphasised,” Breast cancer is treatable if it’s discovered early.”
Some of the students were excited after the lectures and told The Tide Metro that they will serve as ambassadors to the campaign.
Naomi Madufo, a Senior Secondary Three student of Orominike Girls said,” today I have learnt a lot, on how to care for my breasts and I will tell my sisters at home.”
Beatrice Egali, another student said her grandmum had been battling breast cancer and that from what she learnt, she would be more cautious and be on the watch out.

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Bonny-Nembe-Bille Jetty Inferno: Frantic Search For Bodies …RSG Plans Fire Station At Waterfront

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Search for bodies of a driver and four passengers drowned last Monday during Bonny/Bille/Nembe waterfront fire outbreak has commenced, according to Chairman of the Maritime Workers, Comrade Israel Waribo Pepple.
He told The Tide Metro that the boats that were affected by the fire had been fully loaded with passengers and goods about to sail before the incident occurred.
According to him, the driver of the affected boat had not been found and they were still watching the tide to see if the drowned person(s) will float up from the depths of the river to the surface to ascertain the number of deaths.
Meanwhile, Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara says government will ensure that such incident does not occur again as it plans a fire service station at the waterfront.
Governor Fubara further expressed his determination to work with the operators of the jetty to streamline measures that will end the occurrence of these annual infernos in the area.
The governor gave the assurance through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Tammy Danagogo, who represented him with top government officials on a visit to the scene of the inferno.
“Governor Fubara would have been here himself but was on another engagement. He has directed us to be here to get a first-hand report from us before he returns.”
“We have seen the situation on the ground. We have heard from the maritime workers’ chairman; the complaints and of course the recommendations he has made concerning a quick reaction time in terms of fire service response.”
“We will assess the situation in terms of what has been damaged; the building that has been completely burnt down, the damaged jetty and other items that were damaged. Be assured he will take every possible step to assuage your feelings and loss,” said Dr. Danagogo.

 

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