AKULGA To Prioritize Development Of Oceanic Communities

Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Rowland Sekibo has stated that his second term administration will devote more efforts in extending more infrastructural development to residents of oceanic communities in the local government area.

Sekibo who spoke to newsmen at the Abonnema said the development of the oceanic areas will top his priority during his second term in the local government.

The council boss stated that his second term as the local council chairman will be used to consolidate on the achievements of his administration, adding that issues of security and welfare of the rural communities will be of foremost task in his administration of the council.

Sekibo attributed his endorsement by the party to lead the council for another term to the goodwill and support of the people of the area, pledged not to abuse their confidence.”

He commended Governor Nyesom Wike and the leadership of the PDP for reposing confidence in him adding that Akuku-Toru area of the state will always remain the bastion of unweaving support for the ruling party and the governor.

Also speaking, chairman of the party in the local government, Hon. Stephen Emen commended the party members in the area for endorsing the incumbent chairman of the council, Rowland Sekibo.

According to the party chairman the endorsement of Hon. Sekibo is the right thing to do; adding that the projects executed by the chairman in the local government speaks for him.

He expressed optimism that issues of insecurity in some areas of the local government will be tackled effectively by the chairman. He also charged the councilors to join hands with chairman to ensure dividends of democracy is provided to the people.

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Ikwerre L G Boss Condemns Rights Abuse by OSPAC

Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike has urged residents of the local government to report all incidents of misdemeanor and abuse of rights of the people by the ONELGA security planning and action committee (OSPAC) to the Nigerian Police in the area.

Reacting to several complaints by residents of the local government on the activities of OSPAC, Hon. Nwanosike explained that citizens have the duty to report such abuses to the security agencies and the authorities in Isiokpo adding that the local government will never condone abuse by the vigilante group.

The Local Government boss frowned at several reports of misbehavior by the vigilante group, explaining that the authorities of the local government will investigate and deal appropriately with such cases against OSPAC in the area.

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Real Reason RIWAMA Sacked 2 Waste Managers

The sole administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has terminated the contract of two Service Providers with the Agency for non-performance.

Bro. Obuah who announced the sack of the Service Providers while carrying out his early morning routine checks in parts of Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs on Thursday, April 8, 2021, said the sack of the service providers, became necessary following their inability to keep their zones clean in spite of repeated warnings and appeals by the Agency, describing their actions as sabotage and dereliction of duty.

The Sole Administrator assured that the measure would serve as a deterrent to other recalcitrant Service Providers who do not want to take their jobs seriously.

Bro. Obuah also vowed that the Agency would no longer spare any service provider who is not ready to work and keep their areas clean, daily.

It will be recalled that the RIWAMA boss had recently, charged Service Providers with the Agency to take their work seriously or have their contracts terminated, even as he reiterated that the task to keep Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs clean at all times is a mission that must be accomplished and frowned particularly at the nonchalance of some contractors in the discharge of their duties.

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‘Aluu Contributes N100,000 Monthly For Security’

The traditional ruler of Omokiri Community in Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Alhaji, Eze Hassan Welewa (JP) has admonished youth and residents of the state to eschew violence and all forms of electoral malpractices during the April, 17, Local Government Election in the state.

Eze Welewa who spoke to newsmen in his palace at Aluu on the forthcoming election charged voters to turn out massively and exercise their franchise.

Eze Welewa commended the security agencies in the area for the prevailing peace in Aluu and the state and charged them to remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties during the election.

The monarch stated that the prevailing peace in the area was made possible by the efforts of the Onelga Security Planning and Action Committee (OSPAC), the IGP monitoring team and the police division in the area.

According to the monarch Aluu has been restored as a land of peace. Today Aluu is peaceful and no longer known for evils deeds.  We contribute at least N100,000 monthly to support OSPAC operation in our community in addition to donations from private individuals; so we are 100% in support of OSPAC and other security agencies to keep peace in Aluu, he said.

On the relationship between the University of Port Harcourt and the community, the Paramount ruler commended the university authorities for their contributions to the community.

Community Development Committee Chairman (CDC) of the community, Hon Worlu Prince Nduka expressed appreciation to OSPAC and the security agencies in the area for the peace in Aluu, stressing that they had depended on internal security arrangements before the arrival of OSPAC.

Hon. Worlu attributed the criminal activities to the community to the presence of some criminal’s elements that ran away from other communities to cause problem in Aluu.

He however disagreed with the notion that the existence of the University of Port Harcourt in the area may have contributed to the influx of criminals in Aluu.

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He Is Chairman In Waiting -Ex-envoy

The campaign train of Barrister Vincent Nemieboka, Chairmanship candidate of PDP in Ogu/Bolo for the forthcoming Local Government Election paid a solidarity campaign visit to the Ogu Divisional Council of Chiefs (ODCC) at their secretariat in Ogu.

The Leader of the delegation, Senator George Thompson Sekibo who is the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District said the PDP in the LGA has selected men and women of character that will take the LGA to a greater height, and described Nemieboka as the most capable candidate for the restructuring and remodelling of Ogu/Bolo LGA.

He said that although Barrister Nemieboka is from Ele, he has worked for the development of Ogu and in Ogu/Bolo politically and has served as a leader during the SDP and NRC era.

According to him, he was also instrumental in the creation of Ogu/Bolo LGA working with the likes of Chiefs A.C. Iyaye, M.D. Nemieboka and A. W. Alamina where he served as the Secretary of the committee. He was the one that strengthen the committee members and kept pushing until the aim was achieved.

He said, seeing that the LGA is not achieving its purpose, the PDP decided to bring in   Nemieboka due to his wealth of experience to help in relaying the foundation of the LGA.

Senator Sekibo lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his support to the LGA. andformally introduced Barrister Vincent Nemieboka as the PDP Candidate for Ogu/Bolo in the forthcoming Local Government Election.

In his remark, Barrister Nemieboka reiterated his respect for the Chieftaincy institution, stating that he would partner with them if he becomes the LGA Chairman.

He promised among other things to correct the wrongs in the LG council especially the issue of over staffing which has affected the allocation of the LGA and the execution of developmental projects, and also resolve security issues such as the Wakama and Kporgor communal crisis and the land dispute between Ogu and Ele, stating that without peace there is no development.

He introduced his Vice Chairman, Mrs Eunice Alabo who is a Health-care expert and the 12 Councillorship Candidates from the wards.

Responding on behalf of the ODCC, Chief LT Williams Tuboibo-Iyama, said he has not heard any political candidate vying for any office talk so confidently about his plans for the community, adding that it is an indication that Barrister Vincent Nemieboka will perform well.

He affirmed   the blessings of the Chiefs and their willingness to work with him if voted into office and thanked the PDP in Ogu/Bolo for according them the respect they deserved.

In his vote of thanks, Chief S.M.K. Taribo-Amgbara described Barrister Vincent Nemieboka as chairman-in waiting noting that his candidacy cuts across party lines.

He said as the first Secretary of the committee for the creation of Ogu/Bolo LGA, Barrister Vincent Nemieboka  worked passionately and patriotically and expressed joy to see him  contest as Chairman in a Local Government he worked so hard to be created.

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Monarch Charges Ogu/Bolo PDP Candidate On Ele Dev.

The Amanyanabo of Ele Kingdom in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, King Felix Tamunoseipiriala Okuru, Apina VII has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in April 17 Local Government election would use his wealth of experience to take the local government to an enviable level.

King Felix Okuru, who made the assertion when the chairmanship candidate, Barr. Vincent Nemieboka and his campaign team visited him at his Palace at Ele last Friday.

The Ele Monarch who thanked God for the candidate, commended the party for considering a son of Ele to fly the party flag in the forthcoming election in Ogu/Bolo Local government area stating that it is historical.

He assured that the people of Ele kingdom would massively vote for their own to reciprocate their gesture, and enjoined the people to vote for candidates that would put smiles on the faces of the Ele people.

 In his speech, the PDP candidate for Ogu/Bolo LGA in the April 17, 2021 Local Government election, Barr. Vincent Nimieboka reiterated his desire to work and serve the people of the local government, adding that he would take Ogu/Bolo to another level if voted into power.

Barr. Nemieboka noted that Ele kingdom which is one of the ancient nine clans of Okrika ethnic nationality deserved rapid development and assured that during his tenure, priority would be given to the people, so that they would also enjoy the dividends of democracy.

He promised to improve the chieftaincy institution and also build a befitting palace for the traditional rulers if resources are available, but frowned at the misunderstanding between Ogu and Ele communities, which he assured would be settled in order to move the communities forward.

In their separate speeches, the PDP Party Chairman, Marcus Thompson and the Campaign Committee Chairman, Hon Isaac Tamunoiminabo said they were in the palace of the Ele Monarch as tradition demands to introduce the candidates for the April 17, Local Government elections to the king for his Royal blessing.

Earlier, the spokesman of Ele Divisional Council of Chiefs, Chief Sample Amatarime Onumodu Amakiri described the PDP chairman candidate for the April 17 election as an Ele project and assured that they would not fail or disappoint them during the election.

According to him, the people of Ele ward 12 were grateful for such an opportunity and further assured of their massive support for the party on April 17, 2021.

Some chieftains of PDP in Ogu/Bolo LGA in the entourage include former Ogu/Bolo LGA Chairman and past Managing Director of Onne-Ikpokiri Oil and Gas Free Zone, Sir Victor Alabo, a Board Member of Rivers State Schools Board, Chief Faith Amaso, a former Catakeer Committee Chairman of Ogu/Bolo, Mrs. Daizy Tuboalabo and PDP women leader of the LGA, Martha Ibifari.

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Who Will Succeed Eze Robinson?

…As Monarchs Split Over Eze Ekpeye Logbo Stool   

First class traditional rulers in Ekpeye clan in Ahoada West and East Local Government Area are divided over who should occupy the Eze of Ekpeye Logbo stool.

The division among the first class traditional rulers from the area became public during the 2021 General Congress of the Uzugbani Ekpeye held at the Information Centre in Ahoada town on Easter Monday .

Speaking at the event, HRM Eze Felix Otuwarikpo (JP) frowned at the attitude of some traditional rulers seeking to occupy the stool of the Eze Ekpeye  Logbo.

Eze Otuwarikpo described the actions of the monarchs as sacrilegious, stressing that the late occupant of the stool, HRM Robinson O. Robinson was yet to be accorded his rightful royal burial by the entire Ekpeye clan.

The traditional ruler maintained that until the burial rites are dully carried out, anybody aspiring to occupy the stool is only evoking crises.

Eze Otuwarikpo who is the regent of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool called for the enactment of a constitution that will guide elections of the Eze Ekpeye Logbo Stool, adding that such rules should also define the responsibilities and duties of the occupant.

His Royal Majesty, Eze A. Okpokiri the Eze Igbu-Ubia who also spoke at the event however canvassed to occupy the stool, noting that an election is not required to select the replacement for the stool.

He expressed doubt on the ability of the conveners of the forum to provide solution to the crises.

HRM Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi, the Eze Igbu-Akoh II condemned what he termed the unnecessary struggle for the position of Eze Ekpeye Logbo.

Eze Ikegbidi urged the monarchs to remain contented with their traditions as traditional rulers of their communities.

Some indigenes of the area, who spoke to The Vortex on the lingering crises over the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool, condemned the bickering among the monarchs.

High Chief Coraham Okposiminim from Edeoha told The Vortex that the purpose of the meeting was to find solution to the problem of the Ekpeye clan.

He called for peace and advised that any traditional ruler desiring to contest for the position should first resign from his position.

Chief Thompson Noman Otobo, the Paramount Ruler of Ogbede Community in Ahoada West told The Vortex that he believes the Uzugbani Ekpeye would define the appropriate road map to solve the problems in the area.

Also speaking to the media, the state Director of NECO in the Rivers State Dr. Nwabuwa Ekele Princewill, expressed the hope that the initiatives by the Uzugbani Ekpeye will define the standard on who occupies the stool.

He disagreed with the opinion to leave the Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool vacant, insisting that it will deprive the Ekpeye people of benefits from the government.

He advocated for the conduct of elections to elect occupier of the stool.

Former caretaker chairman of Ahaoda East and Director Women affairs Uzugbani Ekpeye, Beatrice Awala in a chat with the media, stated that a lot of effort was being made by the group to resolve the tussle among the Ezes in Ekpeye clan.

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Why I Can’t Decide My Successor – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has thrown light on the issue of who will succeed him at the end of his tenure in 2023.

Speaking during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  grand finale campaign for the April 17 council election, the governor said no single person will decide where the party’s governorship position would be zoned stating that PDP stakeholders in the state will decide his successor. 

The governor said: “I don’t want to talk about politics of who is from here and who is not from there. At the appropriate time, the PDP family will sit down, the leaders of the party will sit down and look at everything together and then take a decision, not one man and even me as a governor cannot say this is where we are zoning it to.

You cannot say that. It is not your father’s property. So, nobody should panic. It is not for one man who thinks he owns Rivers State. Somebody said he is going to give governorship slot to the Kalabaris. Now, it’s no longer to the Kalabaris, but to the riverine area,” he added.

He urged Nigerians not to listen to APC politicians who made promises of ensuring that the naira and the dollar would be equivalent, create jobs for youths and contain insurgency, but failed to live up to their promises.

Senator Lee Maeba who also spoke noted Wike’s developmental strides in Ogoniland, while the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Barry Mpigi, expressed the Ogonis  satisfaction with the development projects of Gov. Wike in Ogoniland.

PDP chairmanship candidate for Khana Local Council, Dr. Bariere Thomas promised to tackle   insecurity, cultism, and disclosed that he would establish ICT centres in the 19 wards of the council.

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New LG Chairmen To Emerge

… As RSIEC Conducts Council Polls, Saturday

In a couple of weeks, new Local Government Council chairmen will be sworn into office as the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) conducts elections for chairmen and councilors in the 23 local government areas on Satursday April 17, 2021.

In the absence of a formidable opposition against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the boycott of the polls by the All Progressives Congress, the PDP candidates are likely to sweep the polls.

Among those expected to emerge as chairmen are a former leader of Rivers State House of Assembly and former APC stalwart, Hon. Chidi Lloyd for Emohua Local Government Area and a former state vice chairman of the PDP, Barr. Vincent Nemieboka for Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.

Governor Nyesom Wike had stated that only council chairmen who proved themselves through project execution in their first term would be allowed to return as fifteen  chairmen failed to get second term tickets.

According to sources, some of the dumped chairmen were victims of interests of political leaders close to the governor while in some cases, the chairmen were victims of their own actions as they were torn between godfathers who felt dissatisfied and wanted some other persons for the position.

“I must tell you some of the incumbent chairmen had their own personal baggages which were brought to the notice of the governor and he used it to stop them from returning for a second term. For instance, there was the case of a council chairmen who slapped a woman who came to demand debt owed her by the council boss. The woman took the matter to the wife of a prominent politician close to the governor. Another person was chosen from the same ward as his replacement,” the source said.

The Vortex investigation learnt that in Ikwerre Local Government Area, some powerful politicians were determined to replace Hon. Samuel Nwanosike  but his sacrifices and loyalty to the party during previous state elections in the area could not be ignored even as his performance speak volume in his favour

 The governor was said to have also considered that Ikwerre Local Government needed a strong personality to ensure the PDP holds sway against the All Progressives Congress (APC) where former Governor Chibuike Amaechi hails from.

For Etche Local Government, where the incumbent Hon. Obinna Anyanwu is due to return, it was learnt that the swell of opposition against him almost overwhelmed the Governor in favour of Chief Orwell Onyeso’s choice.

Hon. Chisom Christian of Omuma local government’s return defies permutations as there were claims of non performance.  Fingers point to a member of the Rivers State Assembly said to be a prominent godfather in Omuma politics.

Rowland Sekibo of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area is seen as one of the chairmen deserving a second term due to what is described as his superlative performance and level headedness.

Apart from identifiable projects executed in the area, Hon. Sekibo is seen as a formidable politician who can hold his own at all times.

Other chairmen, who are billed to return include Hon. Hope Ikiriko of Ahoada West and David Irimagha of Bonny Local Government.

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Ikoku Market Chairman Slumps, Dies in PH

The Chairman of Port Harcourt Spare Parts Dealers Union, High Chief Anthony Alaribeole’s slumped during a meeting of the executive body of the association in Port Harcourt, last Thursday.

Secretary of the body, Nnamdi Amadikwa confirmed the incident to The Vortex in his office at the Spare Parts Market.

The Secretary stated that the family of the deceased chairman had met with the Union on the matter adding that a date for his burial will be announced.

The vice chairman of the union, Prince Don Uche expressed sadness at the death of the chairman and explained that he was not at the meeting where the chairman slumped and could therefore not give details of what transpired at the meeting.

He however commended the leadership qualities of the late Alaribeole stating that the union will give him a befitting burial.

According to reports, Chief Alaribeole who doubles as the chairman of all line chairmen in the market was presiding over the exco meeting of the union he called to resolve the lingering crises in the executive body when he slumped and has rushed to a hospital where he was confined dead.

There are indications that the late chairman and some of his exco members had a running battle over allegations of fraud.

However, the late chairman Alaribeole had in a chat with The Vortex on the allegation few weeks before his death denied any financial  irregularities..

He had also refuted allegations that he sidelined some members of the exco in the running of the Union. 

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