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Remodelling Obio/Akpor ’ll Continue Under My Govt, Fubara Assures

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, has promised to continue with Governor Nyesom Wike’s urban renewal drive in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, when elected governor of the state.
Fubara gave the assurance while addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, venue for the grand finale of Rivers PDP state-level campaign rally, last Saturday.
He said the remodelling of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area has become imperative because the area is no longer a remote area but a mega metropolis accommodating millions of people from every part of the State and Nigeria.
“Today is a very special day because it marks the end of our campaign rally. We have journeyed 22 local government areas before today. We thank the Almighty God that we did not record any casualty throughout the campaign across the state, this shows that God is with us.
“Let me thank Obio/Akpor as a whole because you have shown me so much love. Let me say this today, Obio/Akpor people have adopted me, so you can say I am an Obio/Akpor man.
“Obio/Akpor is no longer a remote LGA, it is now a big city. I will continue with the remodelling of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. I will continue with the siting of major projects here that will change the face of Obio/Akpor and better its standard.
“I live in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, we all live in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor, therefore, I will provide adequate security in Obio/Akpor because anything done here is not just for Obio/Akpor people but for everybody living and doing business here.
“My good people of Obio/Akpor, I thank you for your support and love. I promise you that I will not disappoint you for believing in me. All the candidates of our party in the state are grateful to Governor Wike and the leaders of our party,” he said.
In his remarks, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, scored Obio/Akpor Local Government Area best in terms of mobilisation and organisation, followed by Khana Local Government Area, and Akuku-Toru Local Government Area in second and third positions respectively.
“Let me say this without bias, in terms of mobilisation and anything you can think of as long as this campaign is concerned, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area is the best, followed by Khana Local Government Area in the second position, and Akuku-Toru Local Government Area in the third position.
“Sincerely, let me thank the leadership of the party in this LGA, for working together to produce this marvellous result. Some of the presidential rallies do not come close to this,” he said.
Wike asserted that the PDP governorship candidate in the state is a very honest, humble and committed person who talks less and do more, assuring that Fubara will not disappoint Rivers people.
“The incoming governor, Siminialayi Fubara, is a very honest, humble, and committed person who is not going to disappoint the people of the state. He is not the talking type, he is the working type.
“I am supporting him because I want someone who will do better than what I have done to succeed me. He was the Accountant-General of the state, he followed all our workings and he understands our vision. He will continue and consolidate on our gains,” the governor added.
On his part, the National Vice Chairman of the party, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, said Governor Wike’s achievements in Rivers State for the past eight years are the weapons the party is going to use to win the election in the state.
“Your Excellency, I want to specially congratulate you for what you have done in Rivers State. Your achievements are our weapons to win this election.
“I have lived in Rivers State for many years, the Rivers State I knew yesterday is different from the Rivers State of today. Governor Wike has transformed the entire state,” he said.
Governor Wike had earlier led Sir Fubara and leaders of the party in the State to Obiri Ehie Apara Kingdom in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, to seek the support of government-recognised traditional rulers in the kingdom for the governorship candidate.

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15 States Risk Severe Flooding This Month -FG

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The Federal Government has issued a warning about potential severe flooding in 15 States due to heavy rains expected later this month.
The Federal Ministry of Environment, through its spokesperson, Haruna Ibrahim, announced that these States should brace for significant rainfall from July 21 to July 25, 2024, which could lead to widespread flooding.
According to the release, the states are, Adamawa State, Benue State, Jigawa State, Borno State, Kebbi State, Kano State, Kaduna State, Katsina State, Kogi State, Nassarawa State, Niger State, Plateau State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Zamfara State
Steps for Effective Flood Preparedness
1. Stay Informed: Monitor weather forecasts and heed local alerts. Use trusted sources like government websites, local news stations, or radio for real-time updates.
2. Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, extra batteries, and crucial documents. Keep it in a place that’s easy to access.
3. Elevate Electrical Units: Lift electrical systems and appliances above expected flood levels. Disconnect them during heavy flooding to avoid electrical hazards.
4. Use Sandbags: Deploy sandbags to shield your home. Arrange them effectively to redirect water away from critical areas.
5. Secure Loose Items: Fasten down outdoor items such as patio furniture and garbage bins to prevent them from becoming hazardous in strong winds.
6. Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes and plan accordingly. Determine safe locations or higher grounds for refuge.
7. Flood Insurance: If you reside in a flood-prone zone, consider getting flood insurance since typical homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage.
8. Communication Plan: Set up a reliable way to stay in contact with family during a crisis. Make sure everyone knows the emergency plan.
9. First Aid Skills: Acquire basic first aid knowledge to help yourself and others in emergencies.
10. Avoid Floodwaters: Never attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. They can be unexpectedly deep and forceful, presenting severe dangers.

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Jonathan Urges NDDC To Complete Abandoned Projects In N’Delta 

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the Ministry of Niger Delta Development and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to prioritize the completion of abandoned projects in the region.

He also encouraged state governments within the Niger Delta to collaborate closely with the NDDC, so as to foster efficient synergy to achieve legacy goals.

This is as the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, has emphasized the urgent need to address environmental sustainability and economic diversification in the Niger Delta.

Speaking at the Niger Delta Stakeholders Forum 2024, at the Obi Wali International Conference Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the former President commended the Minister and the NDDC board and its management for their effective performance so far and advised them to complete all abandoned projects.

On his part, the Minister of the Niger Delta Development and Chief host, Engr. Momoh, while speaking on the theme, “Renewed Hope for Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta Region,” emphasized the urgent need to address environmental sustainability and economic diversification in the region.

The Minister in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah, highlighted efforts like the Ogoni Clean-up Project and initiatives for cleaner energy such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Momoh stressed the importance of diversifying the Niger Delta’s economy by investing in various sectors and pointed out the region’s untapped potential in tourism and the blue economy.

He assured the audience of the government’s commitment to infrastructure development, citing recent projects like the 25.7km Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa State.

He said that the summit’s theme was a call to action, aligning it with the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Tinubu’s administration and emphasizing the need for collective effort to harness the region’s resources and cultural heritage for sustainable development.

He also emphasized the need for peace and security in the Niger Delta, urging all stakeholders to address the root causes of unrest and conflict.

Momoh advocated for inclusive development that reaches every community, prioritizing the empowerment of women and youth.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Development and the NDDC’s board and management for their commendable work.

He highlighted the stalled East-West Road project, emphasizing the need for strategic project management and continuity.

A former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke called for investments in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and technology to ensure the region’s long-term prosperity.

The event, co-hosted by NDDC Managing Director Samuel Ogbuku and Board Chairman Chiedu Ebie, was graced by former President Goodluck Jonathan; Senate President Godswill Akpabio, who represented President Tinubu; Senator Adams Oshiomhole; former Cross Rivers Governor Donald Duke; former Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson; and traditional rulers from across the Niger Delta.

Other attendees included Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, HM Ekperikpe Ekpo, Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Abia State Deputy Governor, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.

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Expedite action on minimum wage – NAAT tells Tinubu

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The leadership of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has called on President Bola Tinubu to expedite action on the new national minimum wage for workers.

Mr Ibeji Nwokoma, NAAT President said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Nwokoma said the union was worried over the continuous delay by the President in transmitting the new National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.

“NAAT, as an affiliate of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), stands by the position of the organised labour and call on the federal government to expedite action on the matter to avoid industrial action,” he said.

He said the union condemned in strong terms, the unpatriotic position of State Governors claiming inability to pay even the N62, 000 proposed by federal government, though, rejected by the organised labour.

“The refusal of the Governors Forum to recognise the efforts of workers in creating wealth and prosperity in the states and the country in general, is most unfortunate.

“This undermines the essence and model adopted for national minimum wage. We therefore, demand that the Governors Forum should reconsider the position and toe the path of honour.

“The proposal by the governors to pay minimum wage based on their peculiarities is condemnable and rejected in its entirety,” he said.

He stressed that the constitutional provisions, on issues of minimum wage is contained in the exclusive legislative list.

The NAAT president also called on the federal government, to immediately implement the payment of the withheld salaries of its members and the resolutions of all other outstanding issues.

“NAAT is compelled to issue this press statement as a response to the non-payment of five and half months withheld salaries, non-payment of 25 per cent and 35 per cent salary increment arrears.

“Others issues are, the non-payment of Occupational Hazard and Responsibility Allowance arrears, release of enabling circular for CONTISS 14 and 15.

“Also, the non release of arrears of Earned Allowances as contained in Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) of 2020, 2021 and 2022,” he said.

Nwokoma recalled that the union embarked on a three-day warning strike in March, 2024 and had also met with the Minister of Education, Prof.Tahir Mamman and the
the House Committee on University Education and yet nothing came out of the steps taken

He added that in all the meetings, assurances were given, especially the withheld salaries, but, unfortunately, nothing had been done in that respect by the federal government.

“Having waited this far, the National EXCO at the end of its emergency meeting held at the National Secretariat, University of Abuja, resolved to toe the path of diplomacy and advocacy in actualising its demands.

“However, if this fails, the issue will be referred to the National Executive Council (NEC) at her regular meeting scheduled to hold this July 2024 for next line of actions,” he said.

Nwokoma, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, National Assembly, among others to prevail on government and ensure implementation of all the outstanding issues for a sustainable industrial harmony.

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