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Nduka Joins Clamour For Restructuring of Nigeria

Emeritus Professor and elder statesmen, Professor Otonti Emenike Nduka has advocated for the immediate and comprehensive restructuring to ensure the continued survival of the country.

In a chat with newsmen at his residence in Port Harcourt, the Professor lamented the increasing spate of corruption and socio-economic wastages in the country, emphasizing that Nigeria will go nowhere if fundamental changes are not quickly undertaken to reposition the nation.

According to him, “The distribution of the nation’s resources in the way it has been has only set Nigeria backwards and our leaders have successfully stolen our common wealth overseas. What our leaders do with our resources have had implications for the negative growth of the country, they take away a disproportionate amount of our resources and fritter it away,”

The retired professor of the University of Port Harcourt called for radical changes in the mode of administration of the country, stressing the need for holistic amendment to the laws governing the Nigerian state.

Professor Nduka also advocated for demonstration of truthfulness and integrity in the way things are done in the country, arguing that insincerity and marginalization has been the bane of the country.

The emeritus Professor, who is also the chairman of Elegbam Community Elders forum however showered commendations on the Mohammadu Buhari administration over its corruption fight since coming to power.

He said the Buhari government come in a full way to sanitize the way things are being done in the country; adding that there have been clear exposures in tackling the rot in the nation’s socio economic systems.

The respected University Don equally bemoaned the wastages and corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), emphasizing that the probe of the NDDC by the Buhari administration will open up what he termed the Pandora box in the commission.

Professor Nduka recommended for leadership orientation for the nation’s leaders stressing that his foundation, the Otonti Nduka Foundation for promotion of education and leadership is designed to educate the public on the best way to administer and manage public institutions.

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Nwakaudu, Wike’s Media Assistant Is Dead

According to a press statement by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim,  Governor, Nyesom Wike expressed shock over the sudden death of his Special Assistant on Electronic Media.

He described late Nwakaudu as a loyal and dedicated professional who contributed immensely to the implementation of  The NEW Rivers Vision.

The governor on behalf of his family, the government and good people of the State condoled with the bereaved family and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss.

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Buhari Receives Madagascar COVID-19 Organic

President Buhari received the Madagascar covid 19 drink when he met with his Guinea Bissau counterpart, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, Saturday at the State House in Abuja, according to his Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Madagascan native formulation against the COVID–19 pandemic and reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians,” Ahmad tweeted.

He quoted Buhari as saying, “We have our institutions, systems, and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions.”

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had said the president ordered the airlifting of a consignment of Madagascar’s COVID Organics from Guinea Bissau.

“Madagascar has made allocations to various countries and sent them to Guinea Bissau. We’re supposed to make arrangements to freight Nigeria’s allocation from Guinea Bissau; it’ll be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals.

“Mr President has given instructions for the airlifting of Nigeria’s allocation of the Madagascar COVID-19 Syrup; also given clear instructions that it must be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals; there will be no exceptions for this,” Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, had said.

Some African countries have taken delivery of consignments of the Malagasy potion touted to cure coronavirus.

Madagascar said the drink is derived from artemisia annun, a plant with proven anti-malarial properties, and other indigenous herbs.

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LG Chairman Warns against Factional Politics in Oyigbo

The Executive Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Hon Gerald Offorji has advised the new executives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area to eschew factional politics in the affairs of the party in the Local Government.

Hon Offorji while addressing members of the party executives during their swearing ceremony at the party office in Oyigbo, congratulated both the out gone and new Excos of the party, stressing that their emergence was a divine call to serve.

Prince Offorji  adviced the new executive members of the party in the area to concentrate on mobilizing people for  the Party, adding that factional politics should be avoided in order to ensure that, the new state chairman of the party, Chief Desmond Akawoh who hails from the local government achieves success in his assignment.

“Our leader and brother must not fail in the task of leading the party in the state. All hands must therefore be on deck to ensure that his tenure surpass previous chairmen of the party in the state.” the chairman declared.

Speaking to newsmen after being sworn in, the new chairman of the Party in the area, Hon. Alex Ubeawuchi promised to run an all inclusive administration, stressed that his team will embark on the reconciliation and return of members of the opposition to the party.

Also speaking, Hon. Nancy Preye Chidi Nwankwo, a former Commissioner in the state from the area expressed the confidence that the new exco members will deliver on their mandate, describing the members as tested hands of the party.

Hon. Nwankwo also hailed Chief Desmond Akawor as the new helmsman of the party in the state, noting that the new state chairman of the party as a model politician of character who will sustain the goodwill of the party in the state.

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Monarch Lauds Emergence Of Akawor as PDP Chairman

The Ezeoha of Oyigbo, HRH Eze Mike Nwaji (JP) has lauded the emergence of Ambassador Desmond Akawor as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State.

The Oyigbo monarch described the development as an additional boost to the people of Oyigbo Local Government and the entire state.

In a chat with the media in his palace, Eze Nwaji commended Amb. Akawor as a tested and proven administrator who will bring greater glory to the ruling party in the state.

The Traditional Ruler charged Oyigbo people to lend their massive support to the new chairman who he described as the true son of Oyigbo land and a reputable member of the palace.

Eze Nwaji equally admonished residents of the area to adhere to all precautionary measures and guidelines issued by the State Government and relevant authorities to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease.

The Monarch said he had constituted a local taskforce to sensitize and enforce the various orders of the state government, adding that he had personally visited various places to speak to the people to observe the orders of the Governor on the pandemic.

The Traditional Ruler also lauded the various security agencies in the area for their cooperation in ensuring peace and security of lives and property in the area, especially the control of the border areas of the state.

He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for all the proactive steps taken to contain the spread of the disease which he added were aimed at preserving the lives of Rivers people.

The Monarch advice Oyigbo people to cooperate with the local taskforce on covid-19 in the area, stressing that he had equally cautioned the taskforce members against high-handedness and extortion.

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Umuebulu Stool Tussle: Why Gov. Wike Should Intervene

The Ochumba of Umuebulu Community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, HRH, Eze Augustine Okechukwu Njoku has called on the Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike to come to the aid of the community and resolve the protracted chieftaincy tussle in the community.

Eze Njoku who described himself as the authentic Paramount Ruler of the community said anybody claiming to be the Traditional Ruler in the area is an impostor and a pretender to the throne.

Speaking to newsmen in his palace in Umuebulu, Eze Njoku buttressed his claims with documents of recognition from the highest traditional institution of Etche led by Eze E.N. Opurum.

He stated that recent judgment of a State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice Suzzette Wike, affirmed his status as the authentic Traditional Ruler and Ochumba of Umuebulu Community, adding that none of the claimants to the throne in the community has challenged the judgment in any Court of law.

He said Governor Wike needs to wade into the crises and resolve it to preserve the peace of the community, and alleged constant threat to his life by his opponents who he accused of colluding with a foremost Traditional Ruler to create confusion to the community.

On who controls the royalties due the community, Eze Njoku expressed dismay at the oil giant Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) who he alleged is also contributing to the crises in the community, adding that the oil company uses divide and rule in its dealing with the community.

He explained that Shell has been dealing with unauthorized person in the community in sharing the resources due to community.

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Okrika Community Demands Remedy For NNPC Pipeline Leakage

The people of Ibuluya Community in Okrika Local Government Area have called on the government to come to their aid as the community is on time bomb following the incessant leakage of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline in the area.

The Central Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman of the Local Government, Comrade Temaso Sekibo Benjamin who disclosed this to our correspondent at Okrika said with the recent explosion of the pipeline in the area, aquatic life and other source of livelihood had been affected, thereby posing a great danger to the people.

Comrade Temaso Sekibo Benjamin opined that the entire environment has been polluted as the fisher-folk including those whose source of income is from sale of periwinkle, oyster, and other species are facing serious hardship.

According to him, this is the fifth time the community is experiencing such disaster within two years, and expressed dismay over the lackadaisical attitude by the company over their response to the pipeline. He call for an immediate remediation to repair or replace the outdated pipelines.

“The neglect by NNPC in response to faulty pipelines in the area that they have been operating for over 50 years, had been a source of worry” he said. He also called for an immediate fumigation of the community to avoid airborne disease and loss of lives with covid-19 pandemic in the state.

He however enjoined the people of the area to remain calm and be law abiding as efforts were being intensified to ameliorate their suffering through dialogue.

Meanwhile, our correspondent gathered that the pipeline has been cramped as the people of the community are still waiting for the company to effect total change of the old pipes.

It was also learnt that the company had promised to change the pipeline after the lockdown for the safety and healthy environment of the people.

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Obuah, Ex-PDP Chairman Becomes Elder Statesman

Former Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Brother Felix Obuah last Wednesday stepped down from his chairmanship of the Party in the state.

In a ceremony held at the Obi Wali Cultural Centre, attended by Party big wigs including Rivers State Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike, the former PDP state chairman, handed the party to Chief Desmond Akawo as the new chairman of the party in the state.

In a chat with reporters after the ceremony, Chief Obuah said he has become an Elder Statesman for his services to the state.

The former PDP chairman, popularly called Go-Round by admirers emphasized that as one who has paid his dues in the service of the state and the party, he will be going into retirement as an Elder Statesman in the state.

The former party chairman however declined to speak on his next political moves on the party’s platform, stressing that he will continue to remain loyal to the party.

Chief Felix Obuah has been a frontline politician in the state since 1999. He held the position of state chairman of the party for the two consecutive terms from 2014-2020.

Chief Obuah is widely tipped as a front-liner for the governorship race in 2023 in Rivers State.

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Missing Patrol Van, Gunboat …PCRC Alerts Area Commander

The Eleme Area Commander of Nigeria Police, ACP Martins
Nwoguh has assured members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC),
Ogu Police Division of collaboration for better community policing.

ACP Nwoguh who gave the assurance during his familiarization
visit to the Division, Thursday said PCRC members as the core in community
policing, would not be molested and enjoined them to use their membership in
line with the objectives of the founding fathers.

According to him, as friends of the police that have sworn
to serve humanity, they should help the police avert crime with timely
information and whatever assistance, to encourage them carry out their duties
professionally and commended the PCRC of Ogu Division for supporting the Police
in the area.

The commander called on DPOs under the command to ensure
that they work in synergy with members of PCRC for effective policing, directed
that all DPOs and PCRC Exco members should attend the monthly PCRC meetings at
the Area Command to share ideas for improved services.

In his response, the chairman of PCRC Ogu Police Division,
Sir Faithful Onumodu Dagogo-Abaji welcomed the new Area Commander and also
reiterated that members will always do their best to help the police perform
their duties effectively for the people of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area to
sleep well.

Sir Dagogo-Abaji highlighted some of their assistance to the
Division, but noted that the Operation Sting Patrol Van and Gunboat given to
the division by the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike were yet to be seen,
adding that this was causing security threat with increased sea piracy, crime
and kidnapping as a Chief was recently kidnapped.

In his remarks, Secretary of Ogu Divisional Council of
Chiefs, Chief Anthony Ibifuro-Tamunonime thanked the Area Commander for the
visit.

He harped on some security challenges facing the area, and
called on the Police authorities to take urgent attention before the matter is
taken to the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

Earlier in a lecture with the ranks and file of the police
in the Division, ACP Nwoguh opined that after assuming duty on March 17, 2020,
he decided to familiarize himself with all the Divisions under his command.

He also lectured on weapons handling and how to prevent the
Coronavirus pandemic by adhering to all health measures and government order.

ASP Otunte Moses was appointed as Provost of the Division to
further instill discipline.

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Monarch Warns Against Criticizing Police

Paramount Ruler of Alesa Eleme, His Royal Highness
Emere  Emperor J. D. Nkpe II, has cautioned
against hasty criticisms of the Nigeria Police as they perform their
professional duties.

Emere NKpe II who is the Oneh-El-Eto Alesa, spoke when the
Area Commander of Eleme Area Command and executives of the Police Community
Relations Committee (PCRC) of the command paid him a thank you visit in his
Palace.

The monarch said the sacrifice made by the police in
securing and protecting lives and property need to be encouraged and noted that
whatever God directed him to do for the police, he would not hesitate to do it
despite financial constraints.

He assured that he would assist the Area Command to carry
out their constitutional duties to the society and said people should not
criticize the police unnecessarily but they should help them to  achieve their objectives of ensuring peace
and public safety.

The Alesa monarch also commended the Eleme Area Commander,
ACP Martins Woguh for assuring traditional rulers of co-operation and members
of the PCRC for assisting the police.

In his speech, the Commander, Eleme Area Command, ACP
Martins Woguh said the visit was to thank Emere Nkpe for being the first
monarch to respond to their needs after his visit to traditional rulers in the
area.

Also speaking, the Chairman, PCRC Eleme Area Command, Chief
Harrison Olungwe lauded the monarch for his assistance to the command and
called on others to emulate him.

He prayed that officers and men of the Area Command would
perform their duties effectively to the glory of God and mankind.

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