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Ex-Chief Whip Credits Political Success To God, Wike

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The immediate past Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi, has attributed his successful political career in the last 12 years to the benevolence of God and the support of former Governor of the State, Cheif Nyesom Wike.
He said this at a special family Thanksgiving Service at the St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Ogu, in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Hon Bipi said he felt fulfilled that God had given him the opportunity to serve the people of Ogu/Bolo LGA in the last 12 years.
“As I stand before you today on this momentous occasion of a Special Thanksgiving Service, I feel a deep sense of fulfilment and an immeasurable gratitude to the Almighty God and to Rivers people, especially the good people of Ogu/Bolo Constituency on whose mandate I rode on to the Rivers State House of Assembly”, he said.
According to the former lawmaker, “this Special Thanksgiving Service was borne out of the need to express my profound gratitude and immense appreciation to God for seeing me through in my journey to the Rivers State House of Assembly, where I represented the good people of Ogu/Bolo Constituency and contributed towards the advancement of good governance in our dear State.
“But for God, who is the lifter of men, and the sustained support of some well-meaning individuals whom God used to create my pathway in destiny, I would not have been able to fulfil my dream in politics thus far.
“Let me acknowledge with a heartfelt gratitude, our amiable former Governor and Honourable Minister of FCT, His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, Life Bencher, for being instrumental in my journey to the Rivers State House of Assembly vis-à-vis my successful terms in office.
“It is pertinent to state that the former Governor was not just instrumental in my election and re-elections, he graciously granted approvals while in office which enabled me attract and execute several critical people-oriented projects in my constituency.
“My gratitude to him knows no bound and I will never take his kindness towards me and my family for granted”, he said.
Rt Hon Bipi also thanked the political leaders of Ogu/Bolo LGA for what he called their immense support and encouragement.
He listed for commendations the new Executive Director of Finance and Administration of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Boma Iyaye, and Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, Women and Youth Leaders of the LGA.
“I also acknowledge the commendable role played by the various political groups of Ogu/Bolo in my journey to the Rivers State House of Assembly, most importantly the Women Group led by Miss Christy Tamunobereton-ari for standing up against some unknown gunmen in military uniform who came to steal votes and subvert the free will of the people of Ogu/Bolo during my re-election in 2019.
“I, therefore, crave the indulgence of all who made it to this auspicious occasion in my honour to kindly join me as I make my way to the alter to appreciate and return all the Glory to God for my successful terms in the Rivers State House of Assembly”, he said.
In his sermon at the occasion, the Bishop, Diocese of Okrika Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia Obianime, called on Nigerians to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
Obianime, whose sermon was titled “Sure Mercy of God”, said God always established covenant with those whose ways are pleasing to Him.
He also said Christ is the solution to the numerous problems facing the country, adding that Evans Bapakaye Bipi has done so much for the church.
Also speaking, Chairman of Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs, Chief Adokiye . O. Chuku, said the community is impressed with the achievements of Rt. Hon Bipi in the last 12 years as a lawmaker.
Chief Chuku said the former lawmaker has attracted numerous development projects to Ogu Town and its environs.
Similarly, a former lawmaker, Chief Michael Okey Chinda, said Rt, Hon Bipi never disappointed those who came in contact with him.
The event was attended by several dignitaries, including Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Dumle Maol , the Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, and Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon. Boma Iyaye, among others.

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Environmentalist Urges RSG to Revive Sanitary Officers

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Founder and Coordinator of the Street Neighbourhood Marshals and Volunteers, Sodin Akiaba, has urged the Rivers State Government to engage fresh personnel as Environmental and Health Officers in the State.
While speaking at the weekend on a live radio programme, “Viewpoint”, in Port Harcourt, Akiaba said many Environmental Health Officers have retired while others have aged.
He explained that the state needed a new environmental policy that will reflect the current growing population and urbanisation in the metropolis.
Listing the benefits of having environmental health officers, he argued that such personnel will help in improving sanitation in both rural and urban areas.
“As much as I know, government has not employed sanitary Officers in the past 15 years, and that is not going to help. I will advise government to employ new ones and this will improve sanitation in the state”, Akiaba said.
The head of the Sanitation Marshals stated that environmental health is key to the wellbeing of the people, and explained that the organisation was established during the tenure of former Governor Peter Odili to provide support in cleaning and improving environmental health.
Decrying the poor attitude of the public in disposing waste, Akiaba suggested need for stringent enforcement of laws to serve as deterrent to those who flout the laws.
He stressed need for sensitisation and enlightenment of the public on proper waste management, saying this will reduce indiscriminate waste disposal, assuring that the Sanitation Marshals were established as volunteers to close the gaps in poor waste management.
Urging more people to volunteer as members of the body, Akiaba stated that it was not a paid job but rather a selfless contribution to improve the environment and health of the society.
The body, he further stated, was planning to organise awards and recognition among streets and public agencies that kept their environment clean.

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Environmental Society Honours Fubara

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Environmental Society has bestowed on the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Environmental Appreciation Award as part of the celebration of the 2024 World Environment Day, and successful presentation of the First Distinguished Lectures Series, which was delivered by the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu.
Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of the Society, Sir Daminabo Amos Atuboyedia, who gave the commendation, said the programme was very successful and the turnout was overwhelming, because of the love and support the Society received from the Governor.
According to him, all the environmental practitioners in the State were present to deliberate on the Marine and Blue Economy to the Industrialisation of Rivers State, and discussions were held on what can be done to better the State at the event.
This was contained in a statement by the Head of Press, Deputy Governor’s Office, Owupele Benebo.
Atuboyedia also commended Fubara for what RIWAMA was doing in evacuating wastes on roads, stressing that everyone could see the improvement in that sector.
“As environmental professionals, we want the sustainability of our environment in Rivers State to be strong, because when our environment is conducive, everyone will feel it.
“If we take care of our environment, people living in Rivers State will enjoy the State, because they have clean environment where they can breathe fresh air. So, we thank him.
“You can see that black soot has reduced drastically, everyone can attest that it is no longer rampant as it used to be, all these are efforts of the present Government on ground”, he said.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the society, Dr. Kingsley Nwogbidi, said the society has received tremendous support from the Fubara-led administration, which manifested during the celebration of the 2024 World Environment Day, and called for greater collaboration with stakeholders.Environmental Society
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Commissioner Seeks Team Work Among Staff

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The Rivers State Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Hon. Prince Charles E.O Bekee, has charged the staff of the ministry to work as a team in the discharge of their duties.
Giving the charge recently during a meeting he held with staff in his office, he said “the objective of the meeting was to educate and let them know that the only way to move the Ministry of Local Government Affairs in the state to an enviable height was by collective cooperation from the staff, adding that as children of God they should hold God firm and shun gossip, backbiting, do their work, and allow the will of God to prevail”.
The Commissioner explained that as civil servants, especially staff of the ministry, they should see themselves as the light of the ministry, and abide by the rules by being punctual to their duty post and make transparency and a countability their watchword.
This, he said, was to project the image of the ministry and the administration of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, in the State.
He declared that for him to be in the ministry as a Commissioner, God has a purpose, same for staff working in the ministry, urging them not to misuse the opportunity given to them by taking things for granted because none of them read Ministry of Local Government Affairs as a course in the university.
The Local Government Affairs boss, who noted that coming together was the beginning, said “staying together is progress, and working together is success”.
He, therefore, appealed to all the staff to cleanse themselves of all acrimony and discharge their duties effectively and efficiently, “because the Ministry of Local Government Affairs is a very sensitive ministry that determines the activities of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state”.
Bekee further urged them to be open to bring to his office rational criticisms that will promote and enhance the welfare of the ministry.
In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dame Itong Awani, thanked the Commissioner for his commitment and zeal to change the negative narrative of the Ministry, and assured him that the staff of the ministry will give him the maximum support to enable him succeed.
She also appealed to the staff to be diligent in their duties.

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