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Monarch Announces Date For New Yam Festival … Condemns DPO Killing In Ahoada

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His Imperial Majesty, Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo, Eze Ekpeye Logbo III of Ekpeye Land has declared 18th, 19th and 24th September as date for 2023 Ekpeye New Yam Festival.
Eze Anugwo made the pronouncement during the festival date fixing ceremony organized by Scepter (Owor) holders of Ubie, Saturday at Odiereke Ubie Community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Anugwo enjoined the people of Ekpeye ethnic nation and other residents to embrace the age-long festival, describing it as peaceful period of jubilation from what was harvested from their farms.
He further advised the celebrants to imbibe the tenets of the festival, which abhorred stealing for the purpose of celebrating the festival, fighting, among others.
Earlier, the Chief Priest of the Scepter holders, Mr. Andy Chikobi, Libated, praying for peace, good health, long life and robust celebration of the festival in Ekpeye Kingdom.
He made permutations, resulting in the picking of 18th and 19th September billed for folklore night, and will climax with cleansing ceremony at the wee hours of the 19th, while 24th is fixed for the day of the festival.
The Akalaka XII, who is held at high esteem by women in the community and youths, thanked the hosts for the gesture.
Eze Ekpeye also used the fora to condemn the dastardly clubbing to death of the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Bako Angbashim, by die-hard criminals in the area.
Anugwo, who was deeply touched by the sudden demise of Angbashim, noted that for some time Ekpeye Kingdom did not have peace until the redeployment of the late DPO to Ahoada.
He vowed that “Ekpeye land must unmask those behind the heinous crime”.
Recalling his promise to bring about peace, security and development in Ekpeye Kingdom during his election, the Eze noted that he had extended the olive branch to the hoodlums in the past, but the turned it down.
He stressed that by their action of murdering the DPO, “the battle line has been drawn between them and government”, promising that he would do everything within his powers to assist government in fishing out the culprits.
While sympathizing with the family of the late D.P.O, he advised the people of Ekpeye and other residents not to panic, but go about their lawful businesses, promising that the law would catch up with the criminals in no distant time.
SP Bako Angbashim was mobbed to death by irate youths who laid ambush against him and his team at Odiemudie Community at about 7:30pm last Friday.
By: Agimo Emenike Benson
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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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