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Ember Months: FRSC Introduces Help Areas

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Commuters and drivers who are stranded along major roads may heave a sigh of relief with the introduction of help areas by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
This forms part of this year’s Ember month safety campaign, according to Zonal Commanding Officer (Zone 6) of the commission in charge of Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, Jonathan Owoade.
Across the nation, there are 22 help Areas which he said will help in rescue services, removal of obstructions so as to reduce carnage during the ember months period.
From now to the September to the end of January next year, motorists and drivers will be intensely monitored by officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) as part of the exercise.
This follows the flag-off of the ember months safety campaign last week in Port Harcourt.
Owoade said 499 officers have been deployed with 1,050 Marshals across the zone.
To further give strength to the campaign, 45 patrol vehicles, five ambulances and two trucks have been deployed across roads in the zone that cover Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Bayelsa States.
The zonal commanding officer assured that there will be strict enforcement of the law on critical offences such as overloading, speeding, use of worn out or expired tyres, use of phones as well as driving against traffic.
He submitted that, “ember months are periods where a series of programmes and celebrations result in several activities, thereby giving rise to high volume of traffic on roads which, if not properly checked, could lead to avoidable crashes that may lead to loss of lives and property.”
The theme of this year’s exercise is,”Avoid Speeding, Overloading and Unsafe Tyres to Arrive Alive.”
He pointed out that,” speeding leads to an increase in the degree of crash severity, possibly resulting in more fatalities and/or injuries.”
Another area of focus is overloading, Owoade said and warned that overloaded vehicles can cause tyres to overheat and wear rapidly, which increases the chance of premature, dangerous and expensive failure or blow out. The driver’s control and operating space in the overloaded vehicle is diminished, escalating the chances of crash.
Studies have shown that tyres among all motor parts have short lifespan as second hand tyres or substandard ones flood the market, hence, every four to six months, drivers are expected to check or change them.
In this light, the agency said it will beam its searchlight in motor parks and synergise with unions to achieve less accidents this season.
In Rivers State, Corp Commander Salish Galadunci said it has reduced road accidents since he assumed office.
Galadunci said the commission has adopted the use of technology for improved service by introducing a toll free line for drivers to call for emergencies.
The Rivers State command has equally introduced a National Traffic Radio, as the station can be reached using the internet for its operations.
He praised the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for the urban renewal programme that has improved road network particularly in Port Harcourt..
The new road network, he maintained has improved time of doing business, as it opens up the business environment and improves the economy.
Galadunci warned drivers against overloading as it poses danger and reduces the lifespan of vehicles and causes much stress on the roads and wearing out the durability of the road as well.

By: Kevin Nengia & Nita Eseoghene

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Ogbogolo Kingdom Excited Over Stool Elevation ……Assures Total Peace

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His Royal Highness James Rowland, Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo Kingdom in Ahoada West Local Government Area, has hailed Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the elevation of Obenemaibe stool.
Hon. Rowland described the elevation of Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo kingdom by Chief Wike as one of the best things that could happen to his people.
Hon. Rowland, occupant of the stool, made the assertion in swift reaction to the governor’s pronouncement.
The Obenemaibe III of Ogbogolo kingdom said he lacked words to appreciate Governor Wike for his love, passion and development of his people
He revealed by this singular gesture Governor Wike has proved he is God’s gift to Rivers State and the people of Ogbogolo kingdom will go any length to reciprocate.
According to him, “Today is the best happiest day for us. It is the best day so far because our dear governor and in-law has surprised us with the elevation of Ogbogolo stool.
“I’m most overwhelmed because it happened during my reign.
“What the governor has done is a big lesson that patience is good .
Our people were patient enough and their patience has finally paid off.
“Many thanks to our dear governor. We assure him of our total support during the elections”, he said.
He stressed that peace and unity of the kingdom would remain his watchword.
Hon. Rowland noted that no meaningful development can thrive in environment where there is no peace hence all hands will be on deck to ensure peace of the kingdom.
While commending the governor for the flag-off of Obodhi-Ozochi communities’ roads which will bring development to the rural areas, he expressed joy over the governor’s developmental strides in the state, urging him not to relent as the people of Ogbogolo will give him maximum support.

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Amadabo Palace Lights Up Finima Town

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The landscape and cultural atmosphere of Finima got lighted up yesterday as Amadabo palace in the ancient community was unveiled.
A jubilant atmosphere engulfed the NLNG host community in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State with indigenes and visitors taking a peek at the massive building on Thursday.
The architectural masterpiece houses the Amadabo of Finima.
Tide Metro learnt that the various strata of Finima society are excited to represent themselves at the event yesterday at Sonia Suu in Zone 4, Finima.
The new palace of the Amadabo of Finima. The palace, which sits on 4 plot of land, was described by an urban development enthusiast, who preferred anonymity, as a “quintessential edifice and an architectural marvel”, which celebrates the centuries old enterprise of the Ibani nay Ijaw people of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
A former Public Relations Officer of the Buoye Omuso Brown Major House (BOBH) Asawo, Idatonye Lambert told The Tide Metro over the phone on Wednesday that “the palace has 250 seated capacity palace halls, executive chamber, four bedroom quarters for the Amadabo, secretariat, security control room and watchtower”.
Idatonye Lambert Brown said, “I’m inviting all and sundry to Finima Community today to share in our joy as we unveil our Amadabo’s palace for this and coming generations to behold the awesome beauty of our dear community, the ancient Finima Community.”
The Tide Metro investigations revealed that peace pervades the length and breadth of the community as residents go about their normal activities uninterrupted by anyone, a situation bolstered by the presence of security personnel drawn the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Finima Division as well as other sister security agencies.

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New Iriebe Yam Zone Gets New CTC

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The Iriebe Yam Zone in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area now has a new caretaker to pilot its affairs.
Mallam Msugh Kukwa-led caretaker committee was inaugurated earlier this week and has sued for peace among members of the market association.
While speaking with newsmen in his office shortly after assuming office, Kukwa urged all factions to sheathe their swords.
Recall that two factions in the market were claiming leadership after the expiration of Alhaji Mohammadu Gembe-led exco.
Kuwka said members need to embrace peace in all forms to move the market forward and sustain development in the state.
He said everyone will be carried along for equity, peace and social harmony in the market, while appealing for total support and collaboration of members.
The new caretaker chairman further commended the timely intervention of the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies.
Kukwa noted that the fatherly role played by Iriebe traditional institution, led by Eze Jeremiah Worenwu, cannot be over emphasised.
He noted that the market had been peaceful since it was established many years ago, where different tribes in Nigeria and beyond transacted their businesses and assisted in building the economic base of the state.
The Chairman of the Iriebe Yam Zone assured the traders that he would work in synergy with all bodies to achieve success
Kukwa hinted on his readiness to hand over to new leadership after election must have been conducted, describing Iriebe as a peaceful community that always protected the interest of strangers
He said marketers and business communities were happy with the way the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike had transformed and piloted the state.
He assured the governor that Iriebe yam traders will continue to support him.
Some of the traders, who spoke said the new chairman has all it takes to deliver and protect their interest.
They said the new chairman will bring his wealth of experience to bear, pledging to give him necessary support to excel and consolidate on the successes recorded by Alhaji Mohammadu-led executive.

By: Kevin Nengia

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