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Ahoada East Legislative Assembly Leader Declares Support For Fubara

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The Leader of Ahoada East Legislative Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bernard ThankGod Unwhe, has declared unalloyed support and loyalty to the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, and the State Government.
Similarly, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the 2023 election for Ahoada East Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. MacSunday Ugwu, has dumped the party and also declared total support and commitment to mobilise the people in the area to key into the Fubara’s policies and programmes for the State.
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Rivers State Governor, Nelson Chukwudi, in Port Harcourt, last Thursday.
The statement said both top politicians in Ahaoda East Local Government Area made their position known during a meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Edison Ehie, at Government House, Port Harcourt, last Thursday.
The two key leaders in the area were accompanied to the meeting by the former Councillor representing Ahoada East Ward 11, Hon. Daniel Igbudu.
Also present at the meeting was the Managing Director, Rivers State Signage and Advertising Agency (RISAA), Hon. Aye Pepple.
Pepple was also a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly between 2007 and 2015 and represented Bonny State Constituency in the State’s Legislature.
Speaking at the meeting, Rt. Hon. Unwhe, said that having watched from the fence the drama orchestrated by some politicians in the State since October last year, he had no reason to continue to support what is wrong, even when they had realised the obvious truth.
According to him, “I will be doing the people of my Ward 11 a disservice by ignoring their clarion call for unity of purpose in efforts to give the State Government the needed support to fulfill its mandate, and take the State to the next level.”
Unwhe said that “there is no denying the fact that Governor Fubara won the March 18, 2023 election in the State, as affirmed by the Supreme Court”.
He stated that “as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there can only be one Governor in a State at any given point in time,” adding that “until Sir Siminalayi Fubara serves out his term as prescribed by law, nobody has the right to claim the powers vested in the Chief Executive Officer of the State”.
Unwhe promised to go back to the grassroots to mobilise thousands of his supporters to join the SIMplified Movement in order to help Governor Fubara succeed in the delivery of good governance and democratic dividends to Rivers people.
Also speaking, the SDP Assembly candidate in the March 18 elections, Rt. Hon. MacSunday Ugwu, said that he decided to dump the party and collaborate with all people of good will and conscience, with a view to making the governor proud and succeed in the governance of the State.
He further pledged to galvanise his supporters to join the SIMplified Movement, to defend and protect the governor in his initiatives designed to build a more peaceful, united, and progressive generation to come.
In his response, Chief of Staff, Government House, Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie, encouraged the new entrants into the SIMplified Movement to remain steadfast and resolute in their support for the governor.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians To EU Ban On Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted Nigerians on the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by the European Union (EU).
The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.
“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.
“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.
“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.
NAFDAC boss urged marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, stressing that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.
She enjoined members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Communities, Volunteers Ready To Face Upcoming Floods – Red Cross

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The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.
Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.
The Tide’s source recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.
The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.
Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.
According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.
“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.
“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.
“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.

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Nimet Forecasts Three-Day Sunshine, Thunderstorms

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorm from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released yesterday in Abuja, forecasts sunny skies on Monday with a few patches of cloud over the northern cities and prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba later in the day.
According to the forecast, sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with prospects of morning thunderstorm over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi and Benue States.
“The southern region is expected to be cloudy with spells of sunshine with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States.
“ In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, Lagos and Bayelsa States,” it said.
NiMet also anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with few patches of cloud over the northern states with prospects of isolated thunderstorms envisaged over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna States during the afternoon and evening hours.
It envisaged the North Central region to be sunny with patches of cloud during the morning hours.
The agency also envisaged isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Kwara and Niger States, later in the day.
“Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South, with chances of morning thunderstorm over parts of Cross River, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
“In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa States ,” it said.
It predicted a sunny atmosphere on Wednesday, with patches of cloud over the northern region, during the forecast period.
“Sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory and Benue States, during the afternoon/evening periods.
“ Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.”
Other states to experience cloudy atmosphere, are “Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, later in the day.”
NiMet urged the public to take adequate precaution as strong winds might precede rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.
The agency also urged airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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