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Continuous voters registration would not end on 31st January, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked some speculations that the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will end in January 31, 2018, rather says it will end December 2018.

In a statement on Friday by Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the commission’s Head of Publicity in Lagos State, said it has come to the notice of the Commission in Lagos State the rumours going round that the CVR would end on Jan. 31, 2018 therefore urged Nigerians to register as the process is still on.

“We, therefore, wish to inform the people that the Continuous Voter Registration is still on. In line with the provision of section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), Continuous Voter Registration will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the General Elections scheduled for February, 2019”. Continue reading


Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Special Press Release

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January 25, 2018


The National leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has watched with bewilderment the controversies surrounding the activities of some characters purporting to act on behalf of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide. Their activities have brought disgrace and public opprobrium to the umbrella body of Ijaw youths, the IYC touted to be the most revolutionary organization in sub-sahara Africa.

These characters have within a short period of time engaged in despicable activities ranging from outright fraudulent claim to have attended and presented a lecture in a non-existent seminar in faraway United States of America to becoming members of a Presidential Aspirant campaign team in the name of the IYC to outright endorsement of the sitting President as their preferred candidate in the 2019 Presidential election.

We are not surprised by the activities of these persons. We knew all these while that the desperation to seize the IYC was to use the platform to become overnight billionaires.

These characters thought that once they call themselves leaders of IYC, manna will fall from heaven and make them rich overnight. They fail to realize that IYC is not a business name and that if you must lead IYC and lead well, you must have a source of living. This was the reason why some of their associates in the past had consistent running battles with the IYC led by Kuromiema Abiye and Udengs Eradiri as Presidents.

However, the President of the IYC, Eric Omare has vowed to restore sanity to the IYC while stating clearly that the IYC is neither a political organization nor a business name for people to beg money from one office to the other.

The IYC is a revolutionary grassroots movement with a mandate to achieve resource control and self-determination for the Ijaw people in solidarity with other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria in line with the historic Kaiama Declaration.

Therefore, we would not allow strange elements who know nothing about the founding philosophy of the organization to destroy the fabrics of the IYC.
The IYC has not endorsed any Presidential Candidate and would not be part of the campaign team of any of the Presidential candidates in the 2019 elections, except an Ijaw man or woman is the Candidate of any of the leading parties or a candidate that has done something extra ordinary for the Ijaw people.

Of course the IYC cannot endorsed a candidate leading a government that is after the lives of key Ijaw leaders, frustrating the take-off of the only university sited in the riverine areas of the Ijaw nation and has not done anything significant in terms of infrastructure for our people.

This brings to the fore why we refused to accept the strange and absurd decision of the Ijaw Elders Committee that was set up by Governor Dickson of Bayelsa State. Though the members of the committee have been very apologetic since their mistakes became glaring but have been appealing ‘’in the interest of the Ijaw Nation’’. And if we may ask: what is the interest of the Ijaw nation in turning the IYC to beggars associations?

What is the Ijaw interest in turning the IYC to political endorsement platform? What is the Ijaw interest in using the IYC platform to become members of campaign team of a Presidential Aspirant who is not even an Ijaw?

The point must be made that the IYC support for the election of former President Jonathan both in 2011 and 2015 elections is distinguishable from the present situation? The Jonathan presidency was an Ijaw project and it was the general consensus of the Ijaw people to support his election bid and the INC and IYC as the umbrella bodies had the duty in the Ijaw national interest to lead the campaign in reaching out to other ethnic nationalities.

This was what the Abieye Kuromiema and Udengs Eradiri leadership of the IYC did. The present situation where some characters are using the IYC platform to endorse candidates left, right and centre is totally unacceptable and has brought the IYC into serious disrepute. The half-hearted denial by the leader of this dishnourable hustlers’ team is just an afterthought.

Consequently, we call on all Ijaw patriots to join hands with the President of IYC, Eric Omare and his executive council to restore sanity to the IYC. This is the time the IYC is most needed to lead the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria towards achieving resources control.

It is now crystal clear that the transferred aggression by some stakeholders of the IYC and Ijaw nation against the Eric Omare leadership would not do the Ijaw nation any good. We cannot allow the fabrics of our dear IYC that our founding fathers and successive leaders have labored hard to build to become the envy of others to be destroyed by hustlers who are ready to do anything to make money.

The IYC is not a business name


APC bows to restructuring, as committee Okays State police, others…..

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All Progressive Congress (APC) committee on True Federalism has finally presented its report on restructuring that would see that several items such as, police, judiciary, labour issues, food, drugs, poison, mines and minerals, oil field, mining, geological surveys, natural gas and prisons are placed in the concurrent list.

By this development the Chairman of the APC committee on restructuring, Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State said that states would now have power to legislate on the above mentioned items. He however said that states would now be in control of the land, minerals and hydrocarbon resources. Though, crude oil exploration in the continental shelf of Nigeria would be the exclusive preserve of the federal government, since it is the federal resources and security apparatus that are being used to protect the seas and borders.

On citizenship, he said that the issues of local government and state of origin, the committee are recommending state of residence in order to resolve the issue of residence. El Rufai advised that an arrangement has to be made to amend the Federal Character Commission Act. Continue reading


Girl found dead in a septic tank

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The remains of the girl brought out from the septic tank

SUSPECTED MURDER: The River state police command on 24/1/18 at about 0530Hrs, stormed Ibe Street in Elekahia, PHALGA, where one Chiburuoma Boms ‘f’ 19yrs was allegedly strangled to death and forced into a Septic Tank by persons said to be her relations.

Body of dead girl found in a septic tank

In a statement by the police public relation officer, DSP NNAMDI OMONI said men of the Elekahia Police Station acting on credible information arrested six persons and they are helping the police with the investigation, while her corpse has been evacuated from the pit and taken to the mortuary for autopsy.

The statement said the CP has ordered for the transfer of the matter to State CID, while efforts are on to arrest other suspects at large.

The statement further said the Commissioner of Police, Zaki M. Ahmed appealed to residents of Elekahia to remain calm as the Police is poised to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice, urging the public to be vigilant and report all suspicious movements/persons to the Police. Continue reading


Improving Maternal Health care in sub-Saharan Africa – By Elfredah Kevin

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President Elect, Dr. Vetty Agala giving lecture to participants

The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, (MWAN) Rivers State branch, as part of its duty in promoting the lives of the mother and child have been at the forefront of ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages, as it is essential to sustainable development in sub- Saharan Africa.

A cross-section of participants at the event.

In recent past, the group had conducted a medical outreach campaign for over 2,500 persons, including women of reproductive age and health workers in four LGA’s in Rivers State, Nigeria. Continue reading


Rivers State government accuses FG of planning to grant amnesty to wanted cultists in the state

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Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Government has declared that the APC Federal Government has concluded plans to grant amnesty to cultists declared wanted for generating security crisis in the state.

Addressing journalists at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Rivers State Information and Communication Commissioner, Mr Emma Okah said that credible intelligence indicate that the plot would be executed for political reasons.

Okah said: “The Rivers State Government is in receipt of credible intelligence that the Federal Government has concluded plans to Grant Amnesty to 32 Cultists Declared Wanted by the State Security Council.

“Details of the intelligence indicate that the Federal Government is granting the said cultists amnesty for the purpose of undue electoral advantage in the 2019 General Elections. Continue reading


Iyaye responds to Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi’s call for his arrest

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Boma Iyaye

Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Honourable Boma Iyaye has reacted to reports in some sections of the media that he misappropriated the sum of two billion naira (N2 billion) earmarked for the construction of a Sports Academy in the State in 2014.

In the said reports, former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi who made the allegations also called for the immediate arrest of Hon Iyaye for the misappropriation of the said funds.

Honourable Iyaye described the allegations as baseless and unsubstantiated as the award for the said contract was done in 2014.

He further noted that it was impossible for him (Hon Iyaye) to be responsible for the supervision of the said project since he was not saddled with the administration of Sports in Rivers State during the period.

Hon Iyaye then urged former Governor Amaechi to direct the outburst of misappropriation of funds to Hon Fred Igwe who served as Rivers State Sports Commissioner during the period.

He also wondered why former Governor Amaechi failed to take immediate steps to ensure that the said project was not implemented or that those who failed in this regard were not brought to book during the said period in which he served as Chief Executive of the State.


The construction of Real Madrid’s Football Academy to begin in March, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has revealed that the management of Real Madrid Football Club will be in Nigeria by the first week of March to lay the foundation for the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state.

Speaking during an interactive session with Sports Editors at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday night, Governor Wike said that the Academy will be completed six months after the foundation laying ceremony. Continue reading


Breaking news!!! Obasanjo joins the wailers club, asks President Buhari not to recontest in 2019

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Former President Obasanjo interacting with President Buhari.

President Buhari and his ruling All Progressive Congress party (APC) received heavy knocks from former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday,after he gave a blistering and excoriating 13-page statement asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

Former President Obasanjo, in a special press statement entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” said Mr Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”

The two-term president on the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP), former President Obasanjo said he feels disappointed by Mr Buhari, whom he supported during the 2015 election over then incumbent and candidate of his former party, Goodluck Jonathan.

The former President had written a condemnatory open letter in December 2013 titled “Before it is Too Late” where he highlighted the numerous failings of the Mr Jonathan administration.

Mr Obasanjo argued that his decision to go against Mr Jonathan, at the time was the right one as events in the last three years have since proved, was for the good of the nation and nothing personal.

“Even the horse rider then, with whom I maintain very cordial, happy and social relationship today has come to realise his mistakes and regretted it publicly and I admire his courage and forthrightness in this regard,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

“He has a role to play on the side line for the good of Nigeria, Africa and humanity and I will see him as a partner in playing such a role nationally and internationally, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria again.”

Likening the state of the nation to lice-invested clothes, he said the country’s fingernails is stained with blood as it tries to kill the lice by pressing them in-between two fingernails. According to him, in other to make sure that our fingernails remains blood-free we must do what it takes rid our clothes of lice.

“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today,” he wrote.

“With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’,” he added.

While thanking Mr Buhari for the effort of his administration in rolling back the Boko Haram insurgency and his fight against corruption, Mr Obasanjo said Mr Buhari has ultimately failed in other areas where he had thought he would be efficient.

The octogenarian, who bagged a PhD over the weekend, admitted he knew Mr Buhari was weak in handling the economy, he went ahead and voted for him because at the time “it was a matter of ‘any option but Jonathan'” and because he thought Mr Buhari would appoint qualified Nigerians to help out in that area.

He slammed Mr Buhari for turning a blind eye to corruption within his government saying it amounted to condonation and cover-up saying whoever is “going to justice must be with clean hands.”

He also berated Mr Buhari for allowing the clashes between herdsmen and farmers to go “sour” and messy saying the endorsement of the President by some governors to seek re-election barely 24 hours after 73 people who were killed by herdsmen in Benue State were given mass burial was “a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness.”

But Mr Obasanjo reserved his harshest words for what he described as Mr Buhari’s clannishness, lack of understanding of the dynamics of politics, and his tendencies to pass the buck of his government’s inadequacies to the immediate past administration.

“But there are three other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation. It would appear that national interest was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic interest. What does one make of a case like that of Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of responsibility or kinship and friendship on the part of those who should have taken visible and deterrent disciplinary action? How many similar cases are buried, ignored or covered up and not yet in the glare of the media and the public? Continue reading


President Buhari plans to construct railway to Niger Republic

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Railways in most cities around the world have been used to create infrastructural and economic burst. In a place like London, the rail carries about 4.5 million to and fro work daily. It is one of the tourist attractions of Queen Elizabeth’s city. Unlike Nigeria with a massive population of over 180 million, the rail carries about 1 million people annually. It shows that the rail system is largely underdeveloped in the country. Teriba told the Punch that “no nation with the population of Nigeria can ever hope to attain economic development without efficient railway system.” Continue reading

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