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Emohua No Longer Safe Haven For Criminals -LG Boss

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Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, has declared that the area is no longer a safe place for crime and criminality to thrive.
He said there is no hiding place for criminal elements in the area as his administration has declared war on all activities that threaten peace and security in the area.
This, he said, was as a result of the security measures put in place by his administration in collaboration with security agencies and the local government vigilante services to forestall the resurgence of criminal activities in the area.
Dr. Lloyd made the declaration, recently, at the 2023 Armed Forces Rememberance Day celebration held at the Emohua Local Government Council headquarters.
According to him, Emohua, under his watch would ensure that members of the Nigerian Legion from the area do not regret risking their lives for the unity of Nigeria, while disclosing that plans are already underway to co-opt active legionnaires from the area into the local government vigilante services, with a view to tapping from their wealth of experience in crime fighting and community policing.
“We will do our best to ensure that you don’t regret risking your lives for our country Nigeria.
“We see a lot of you are quite young, so we are going to co-opt you into the local government vigilante services to tap from your wealth of experience in crime fighting.
“We will try to work out modalities with your leadership to ensure that you are carried along in whatever the council is doing; we must not wait for every armed forces remembrance day before we remember you. We will meet you at your point of need”, he said.
The Council Chairman, who noted that his administration had already fulfilled some of its promises to the legionnaires in the LGA, which include the provision of new uniforms and engagement of wives of the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price to keep Nigeria united, also promised to extend same opportunity to wives of the surviving legionnaires, to reduce the burden on their husbands.
“We have already fulfilled some of the promises we made during last year’s armed forces remembrance day; we have provided new uniforms for the Legionnaires.
“We have also engaged some of the wives of our fallen heroes in some of the already completed facilities in the council and we shall engage wives of the surviving legionnaires”.
Lloyd, who commended the people of the area and the security agencies for the uninterrupted peace witnessed across Emohua LGA during the yuletide period, enjoined members of the Nigerian Legion to support the security agencies and the local vigilante with reliable information to sustain the existing peace and security in the area.
He promised to engage the Legionnaires to provide security for some of the facilities in the local government council headquarters.
The 2023 armed forces remembrance day which had in attendance former Chairmen of Emohua LGA, Eze Paul Wokhe Wonodi (Emolga PDP caucus leader); Hon John Wokoma and Hon Nnamdi Abbah, was also attended by former Rivers State commissioner for housing, Elder Chinedu Tasie Nwobueze, former Chief Medical Director of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Prof. Aaron Ojule; Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Emohua LGA, Hon Uche Minikwu, traditional rulers and heads of security agencies.
Dr. Chidi Lloyd was accompanied by the vice chairman of Emohua LGA, Hon Mrs Edna Nyeche and members of the council management committee, the leader of Emohua legislative council, Hon Mrs Love Nyenke and members of the legislative council, as well as principal officers and appointees of the council.
Highlight of the ceremony was the inspection of the guard of honour by Dr. Chidi Lloyd, supported by heads of security agencies and special security units in Emohua LGA, which was followed by laying of wreath on the gravestone of the unknown soldier.

By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso

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‘Police Didn’t Authorise Vigilantes To Carry Arms In Rivers’

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Worried by the alarming concern by members of the public over the manner vigilante groups are bearing arms across the state, the Rivers State Police Command has restated its earlier stand that vigilante groups are not mandated to bear arms in the state .
Spokesperson of the Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, made this clarification while speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt, recently.
She said the state Commissioner of Police (CP) had not approved arms bearing by the vigilante groups across the state .
According to her, “ they are not licensed to bear arms. The CP has directed the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) within every jurisdiction to arrest anyone seen with arms. They do not have such powers to detain”.
She stated that anyone found bearing arms in the name of vigilante would be arrested and prosecuted .
“This clarification is coming as a result of public concern and worries. Of late, it’s been observed that some vigilante group members in Port Harcourt, particularly in Diobu axis, are bearing arms.
“For instance, some are seen at Oando Filing station, at Mile 3, Ikwerre Road, parading with pump action riffles. Some also bear the arms while on patrol in full glare of public. It was also reported that they detain suspects”, she said.

By; Akujobi Amadi

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Indigenous Oil Company Reaffirms Commitment To Host Community’s Development

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All Grace Energy Limited (AGEL), an indigenous oil company operating (OML17) in Rivers State, has reaffirmed commitment to the development of its host community in compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
The Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Development, AGEL, Prof.Adeola Adenikinju, gave the assurance recently during the inauguration of the Board of Host Community Development Trust (HCDT) in Port Harcourt.
Adenikinju noted that the inauguration of the seven-member board would provide a unique opportunity to begin a new era in the development of the community.
According to him, since the signing of the PIA in 2021, the company has ensured commitment to advancing understanding of the act, with regard to establishment of the HCDT.
Adenikinju said that compliance with the PIA would deepen the existing mutual relationship and trust-building between the company and the host community.
He said: “The PIA contains relevant provisions which form the basis of strong governance and management structure for the host communities’ development trust.
“Consequently, we have ensured that our sustainable development initiative is geared towards direct social investment programmes to address development deficits through providing empowerment of women and youths.”
He said this would be done through skill acquisition, scholarships, health outreach, direct community contracts, infrastructure, and a lot of other sustainable development initiatives.
Adenikinju commended the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and Rivers State Government for their continued support to foster positive development outcomes in the host community.
The Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs in Rivers, Engr. Charles Amadi, said that implementation of the act, would enable All Grace Energy Limited and the host community to operate in a mutually beneficial way.
He urged the host community to work together with the company to ensure peaceful coexistence.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Board of Trustee(BOT), Mr Dandyson Onigah, said that implementation of the PIA marked a new dawn where there would be no bickerings between oil companies and host communities,
Onigah said with the operation of the PIA, the community could make plans toward sustainable development, knowing that there would be funds for that purpose.
He said that the newly inaugurated board would work in synergy with the company to ensure peace and achieve success in their operations.
The BoT chairman gave the assurance that every misunderstanding or complaint would be properly addressed to ensure free flow of business in the area.
Also, the Chairman of Ogbakor-Ubima, Mr Emmanuel Azubuike, lauded the company for steps taken to implement the act, saying that the community would continue to sustain the existing mutual relationship with the company.

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Engineers Blame Building Collapses On Quackery

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The National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Engr. Chukwudi Ezugu, has blamed the incessant building collapses in the country on quacks.
Ezugu, who said this during his investiture in Port Harcourt, recently, advised members of the public to stop patronising quacks and employ the services of professional engineers in their building projects.
Ezugu assured that his administration would improve on the practice of engineering in the country, saying continuous professional development and welfare of members will be given top priority.
“Improving the skills and competence of our members is a priority to this administration. Good professional practice demands that civil engineers will continually be updated with latest technologies which enhance our practice through seminars, workshops and trainings.
“We shall, therefore, collaborate with competent training firms which will update our engineers with latest operating softwares, techniques, materials, processes and procedures,” he said.
Engr. Ezugu said the society would also collaborate with relevant organisations to improve the competence of its members.
“It is our plan to organise a conference in the next few weeks to bring together our universities, research institutions and industry practitioners to start creating an enduring relationship that is key to solving our infrastructural needs.
“It is common knowledge that civil infrastructures in Nigeria are grossly inadequate from urban and rural roads to rail lines transportation systems, housing to potable water supply,” he said.
The NICE chairman said his administration would engage policy makers and government to prioritise development in the country with a view to tackling the ones with higher socio-economic values.
According to him, the present situation where many trunk A roads are in disrepair is counterproductive with the resultant collossal loses to the country GDP and economy at large.
Chairman of the occasion and former Acting Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, urged Nigerian engineers to up their game to enable them compete with their foreign counterparts.
He called on the government to patronise local engineers, stressing that continuous patronage of multinational construction companies at the detriment of their Nigerian counterparts is not in the interest of the country.

By: John Bibor

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