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NGO Confers Life Patron Honour On LG Boss

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The Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, has been conferred with “Life Patron of the Rivers Equity Group”by a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) in the State.
Announcing his nomination during a one-day medical outreach in Bakana, tagged, ‘Simplify Your Health Status & Public Lecture On Electoral Act,’ the NGO noted that his emergence as Life Patron was based on his massive support to the group, and his investment in the health sector.
Coordinator of the Rivers Equity Group, Elder Clapton Ogolo, while thanking the council chairman for his support for the medical outreach, further disclosed that the outreach was initiated by the Rivers State Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara, due to his desire to have a healthy society, where helpless citisens with various health challenges can be assisted.
“I want to thank our chairman, who has supported us because he is “SIMplified”. He has done everything possible and made sure that we are here to attend to you, because he knows that health is wealth.
“We’re here to reach the unreached, to assist those who do not have the financial muscle and capacity to go to the clinics to examine their eyes.
“To go to the optician alone would have been very difficult for a lot of you, but thank God that the chairman has supported us to come to you at your doorstep.
“Also, one of our patrons, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, mandated us to come to Degema, to go and see his people and bring them his message of hope, adding that his administration, when it comes on board, has great plans for them,” Ogolo said.
Elder Ogolo, who stated that the people of Degema needed to have good sights, in order to vote appropriately during the 2023 general elections, added that Degema is the father of the PDP in Rivers State, having started in Harry’s Town with the late Chief Marshal Harry and has remained a stronghold of the party since 1999.
The council chairman commended Sir Siminialayi Fubara for having the people of Degema at heart, declaring that Bakana and Degema LGAs were solidly behind him.
He stated that the PDP Governorship Candidate was coming to consolidate on the legacies of Governor Nyesom Wike, noting that the people of Degema had resolved to give Sim Fubara 100 percent support to actualize the ambition.
He enjoined beneficiaries of the outreach to make good use of the opportunity by being orderly and paying keen attention to prescriptions and instructions from the medical team.
The medical outreach featured free eye check, free glasses, drugs, general medical checkups, counseling, amongst others.

By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso

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Youth President Launches N10m Grant For Obio/Akpor Women

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The leader of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Simplified Movement, Ambassador Chijioke Ihunwo, has unveiled a N10 million grant aimed at empowering women in Ward 1 of Obio/Akpor LGA.
Making the announcement during the recently concluded Obio/Akpor Ward 1 town hall meeting, Ihunwo revealed that the grant will be distributed in amounts of N100,000 to 20 women per community, including non-indigenes.
He stated that the gesture is a token of appreciation for the women’s unwavering support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Ihunwo emphasised the Governor’s commitment to ensuring that Ward 1, Obio/Akpor LGA, and Rivers State as a whole benefit from good governance.
Special Adviser on Power to the Governor, Hon. Solomon Abel Eke, highlighted the transparency and fairness that define the current leadership of the Obio/Akpor Simplified Movement, assuring that it operates without nepotism or impunity.
During the event, former leader of the Obio/Akpor Legislative Assembly, Hon. Achor Nna, criticised former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, who is also from Ward 1, for actions deemed uncharacteristic of true sons of Obio/Akpor LGA.
Also in attendance at the town hall meeting were Hon. Darlington Orji, Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the Governor of Rivers State, along with other prominent figures as well as other sons and daughters of Obio/Akpor.
They congratulated the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo, and collectively reaffirmed their support for the Fubara-led administration, underscoring a shared commitment to the progress and development of Rivers State.

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RSG Approves N225bn For Trans-Kalabari Road Project

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The Rivers State Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved N225 billion for the construction of the Trans-Kalabari Road project.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Joseph Johnson, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting.
The meeting was presided over by Governor Siminalayi Fubara at the state Government House in Port Harcourt.
He said the project would be funded with savings from the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
“We shall not borrow to fund the project. We are bent on generating money to fund our projects”, he said.
Johnson stated that the contractor had been mobilised with 30 per cent of the contract, worth to commence implementation.
The commissioner further said the project would be completed within a period of 32 months.
“This is the main Trans-Kalabari Road, the one that happened in the past was building of bridges.
“We are now doing a Trans-Kalabari Road that will run from NSS Pathfinder, immediately after Mgbuodohia community and extend to about 2km to the Aker Base Road in Rumuolumeni”, he said.
He also said the road would pass through the swamps behind the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, moving southwards towards the first bridge crossing.
“It will continue through a series of bridges, connecting many communities up to Tombia Town.
“The road will traverse very difficult terrains of swamp across rivers and creeks upon which series of bridges, decking and piling works will be done”, he said.
The Commissioner further said the state recently recorded some giant strides in the sporting sector.
Also briefing, the Acting Director-General, Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement, Dr Ine Briggs, explained that the bureau diligently managed the proceedings leading to the award of the Trans-Kalabari road contract.
Briggs said the submissions of the state Ministry of Works were reviewed and all the supporting documents examined by the Ministry.
“Having fulfilled all the necessary procurement procedures and guidelines as prescribed by the Rivers State Public Procurement Law 2008 as amended, the Bureau is satisfied that all the elements leading to this award is sufficient to issue a certificate of no objection.
“Therefore, in consideration of all the relevant documents submitted by the Ministry of Works pursuant to the construction of Trans-Kalabari Road and bridges, the Bureau has issued the certificate of no objection, and that the contract be awarded to Lubrick Construction Company Limited”, Briggs said.

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Ongoing Elele-Omoku Road Awarded At N80bn – RSG

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Joseph Johnson, has said the ongoing dualisation of the Elele/Umudioga/ Egbeda/Ikiri/Omoku Road was awarded at N80 billion.
Johnson disclosed this in Port Harcourt yesterday while speaking to newsmen on the achievements of the Governor Siminalaye Fubara-led administration after one year in office.
He said the road, which cuts across three Local Government Areas, would facilitate easy movement of people and goods, saying “it will boost cross-community commerce.
“The farming communities along this area will find it easy to move their produce to markets in neighbouring towns.
“This project is a deliberate effort to make movement easy for our people, it’s no politics but service delivery”.
The Commissioner said the State Government had already paid 50 per cent of the contract value amounting to N40 billion.
“We are not paying lip service to governance, we mean business. We want Rivers people to see something new.
“We have devised ways of generating money to fund our projects, we are not indulging in any borrowing festival”, he said.
Analysts say the state capital will be decongested if the government successfully implements the line up of road projects in the state.

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