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NICA Registrar, Shola Oshodi-John

The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, NICA, has expressed displeasure over alleged intimidation of Niger Delta communities by multinational companies operating in the area.

The body which is advocating for the use of mediators and arbitrators in handling differences between firms and individuals, communities or workers stated that big firms use their huge resources to marginalise their host communities during dispute.

While speaking at a three day Fast Track Associate Training Programme for over 20 personnel in Port Harcourt on dispute management, the Chairman, NICA, Bayelsa State, His Royal Majesty, King Collins Daniel, expressed worry that oil producing communities are being marginalized by multinationals operating in their areas.

Daniel explained that reason for the training is to build capacity of persons that would serve as mediators between communities and firms to reduce frictions and encourage friendliness.

He said, “When it comes to dispute resolution communities suffer in the hands of companies. The multinationals have the money but the communities are poor and sometimes they find it difficult to retain legal practitioners that can effectively handle disputes for them and in that scenario you find out that the oil producing communities are marginalised they are oppressed and sometimes that leads to violence when they don’t have the means to confront these multi nationals.

Daniel said, “We should know that there is a body that can take your case to consideration and you don’t need to hire a lawyer. Arbritation is not all about going to retain your legal practitioner, although it’s a choice so that is what we do.”

Meanwhile, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the body, Shola Oshodi-John said focus of the body is in line with the Federal Government’s drive on the ease of doing business.

Oshodi-John said that NICA is building capacity of professionals in order to tackle litigation between organized institutions and individuals or communities, noting that it would make the business environment of the country safe for investors.



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Lead discussant, Col. Chinedu Owonda (Rtd).

As part of the peace building effort in Rivers State, the director of National Orientation Agency, OLIVER WOLUGBUM has called on the Rivers state Governor, Chief Barrister Ezenwo Wike and the Transportation Minister Chibuke Amaechi to settle their differences for the peace of the state adding that the quarrel has caused setback in the state.

“We are appealing to the Rivers State Governor and the Transportation Minister to forgive each other; elections are over they should forgive each other. When their supporters see the two of them in peace, some of those things they are doing will stop. Their quarrels have stopped development in the state. It has set the state backward”.

NOA Director, Oliver Wologbum during his speech.

OLIVER WOLUGBUM also appealed to traditional rulers, churches and non-Governmental organizations to preach peace in their various gathering just as he called on the youths to remain peaceful.

“While religious bodies are preaching on prosperity and salvation, they should also preach morals. The youths should be peaceful in all their doings”.

The National Orientation Agency, Rivers state Boss, also said that the local government officers have started sensitizing people on the need for peace.

” National Orientation Agency has been going to different communities in the state to sensitize people on the need for peace. We are also getting requests from Local Government Council chairmen. Once they call National orientation Agency, we will visit and address them. What we are doing here today, is done across the state. Our National Director flagged off the peace campaign last month in the state”. Continue reading



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The Rivers State College of Health science and Technology chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Colleges says it is very careful with federal government reaching a former agreement to suspend the ongoing strike.

The chairman of the ASUP Negotiation Team, PROMISE IGOMA said the strike will be called off pending the seriousness of the federal government to implement the agreements reached.

IGOMA however commended the Governor the state NYESOM WIKE for the appointment of Doctor FRANKLYN NLERUM as the new Provost, Rivers State college of health science and technology which he said would cover of the lapses in the college.

The achievement of the outgoing Provost of the college, Doctor GOODLUCK AZUONWO was not also left out if commendation just as they called on all staffs of the college to work as a team for the interest of developing the College. Continue reading



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The All Progressive Congress in Rivers State says it will soon begin to invoke the party constitution against anyone found violating the party rules and regulations.

The State chairman of APC, Chief DAVIES IBIAMO IKANYA made the statement during a Town Hall sensitization forum between the leadership of the party in Khana Local Government Area and state leadership as part of effort to resolve internal issues confronting the party.

Chief IKANYA also charged the leadership of the party in various Local Governments across the state to midwife and make peace among members of the party and ensure open room for new members.

After responding to questions from the participants, he cautioned those making party affairs a public matter to resist it and work for the unity, growth and success of the party especially in 2019 general elections.

The APC leader however assured that the party will improve in the welfare of its members as he charges all hands to be on deck to move the party forward. Continue reading



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1. In the early hours of Monday, 20th November, 2017, as part of their continued efforts to rid the Niger Delta of criminals and acts of criminality, troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army, based on a tip-off by some patriotic citizens, raided the camp and shrines of a notorious militant, cultist, kidnapper and ardent illegal oil bunkerer, Mr. Igwedibia Johnson, (aka “Don Waney”), who has been terrorising the peace-loving Omoku community in particular, as well as the entire people of Rivers and Bayelsa States.

2. After about an hour of gun fight, the gallant troops overpowered the criminal elements. Some of them scampered in disarray and are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds through River Orashe in Omoku. The troops however, arrested , 7 others including 2 ladies while they were trying to escape during the encounter. It is believed that the main kingpin, DIgwedibia Johnson, (aka “Don Waney”), was not at the location during the encounter as concerted efforts are on by security agencies to track, arrest and bring him to justice.

3. The troops recovered quite a number of items at both the camp and the shrines which include; 10 human skulls, various human bones, 2 AK-47 Rifles, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 18 AK-47 Rifle Magazines, 4 pairs of military camouflage, 5 camouflage T-Shirts, 3 Fabrique Nationale (FN) Rifle Rifle magazines, 39 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 1 round of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition. Others are
2 bags weighing about 25kg containing substances believed to Cannabis (Marijuana), 3 ICOM Hand-held Radios and 2 MAG ONE Hand-held Radios.

3. The Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army wishes to thank the good people of Omoku, Rivers State, for the timely information, understanding and also wish to solicit for their continued support in our determined effort to rid our area of responsibility of militants, illegal oil bunkerers and kidnappers.

4. You are kindly requested to disseminate this information to the general public.

5. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

Deputy Director Army Public Relations



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Governor Wike

There is no money in government Governor Wike says as he swears in Special Advisers, Permanent Secretary

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sworn-in 39 Special Advisers to help strengthen the machinery of governance in the state.

The governor also swore-in a new Permanent Secretary, Mr Paulinus Nsirim as part of the process of re-positioning the state’s civil service.

While performing the swearing-in of the Special Advisers and Permanent Secretary on Monday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike directed the State Head of Service to effect the posting of all Permanent Secretaries after the inauguration.

He charged the appointees to see their appointments as a call to service, saying that they should work to establish their place in the history of the state.

He said: “There is no money to be made in government. What you have is the opportunity to serve and you must make the best of this opportunity.

“That you are a part of this administration is a privilege. It is a privilege that you are part of those transforming the state for the good of the people”.

He said that the administration is for the generality of the people, noting that projects and programmes would be executed for their welfare.

It will be recalled that the Rivers State Governor had earlier relieved all the Special Advisers of their appointments, leaving only the Special Adviser on Religious Matters.

Amongst the 39 Special Advisers to the Rivers State Governor, five are newly appointed.


WHY NIGERIA IS POOR? By Prince Omasanjuwa Oshodi

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The pitiable condition of Nigeria’s future.

It is no gain saying that Nigeria would become the poorest country by 2037 because of its dramatic rise in population and slowdown in economic productivity. It is presently the third poorest in the world, according to Global Living Index, says Credit Suisse in its Annual Global Wealth Report. The former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs, Jim O’Neil believes that corruption is a key driver for Nigeria’s growing levels of poverty with attendant misallocation of resources.

There are a lot of things that are wrong with the economic dynamics of Nigeria. Its market and economic structure from the export of crude oil, farm produce to the organization of its sub-sectors, such as industrialization, petroleum refining, agriculture, tourism, health, education and power are suffering serious inefficiencies and sectoral leakages.

Many have alleged that the nation’s managers have mismanaged the country’s economy. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, a government agency, it revealed that since 1961, Nigeria has received N118 trillion from crude oil sales, with little or nothing to show for it, as most of its state institutions are in comatose compared to other oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and United Arab Emirate. Reports from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) show that Nigeria’s current production capacity is 2.5 million barrels per day. The country is ranked Africa’s highest producer of crude oil and 6th largest producer in the world.

The nation has not made any conscious effort to diversify its economy beyond oil. It is over reliant on crude oil and that is why the economy is deeply affected by the fluctuation in international oil price and militant activities in the Niger Delta. Manufacturing which would have helped to deepen the economic productivity has been left idle. Even the existing national budgets are not awarded in a way that it would power the industrialization sector. The multi trillion naira budgets of national and state governments fail to deploy local technologies and the involvement of local research in the universities. There cannot be a home grown technology, if the government keep importing without the domestication of local skills.

The implication is that with the use of foreign technology you provide jobs for people abroad. The Nigerian economy cannot grow by prayer, but by conscious effort in growing the capacity of its youths.

For example, in India, GSM handsets are produced for as low as N1, 000 for her people which makes economic sense considering the amount of people who need to be connected via phone. And if such monies are allowed to go abroad for the importation of phones it means a lot of foreign exchange and transfer of jobs from India.

India has also conserved its resources in smart ways; it is managing its petrol chemical industry efficiently. India only imports crude oil and processes the derivatives, as to minimize the cost of production. Another advantage is that it provides employment for its teeming youth population and makes its exports competitive in the international market.

Local processing of crude oil makes a lot of economic sense because  several end products are derived, which include gaseous fuel, gasoline, Naphtha,  lubricants, wax (paraffin), sulphur, bulk tar (tar gravel roofing) asphalt, petroleum coke, petrol chemicals, such as olefins, polymers and for the manufacturing of fertilizers. Continue reading



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An agricultural expert, Pastor Mrs. IJEOMA OKEKE has called on government to diversify our economy adding that agriculture will increase financial value to the Nigeria economy.

“It will do a lot of things. It will increase our financial value, it will stop our importation, when will produce our things that is development, agriculture will develop us too”.

IJEOMA OKEKE also advised the government to empower farmers stressing that loan is not the best way to empower farmers.

‘The government should sponsor people. They have failed. Technically they have failed. They will say it with the mouth but we will not see the cash. After a training there is no empowerment. Nobody that you will train that doesn’t have the capital will go into agriculture. Loan is not the key. To go into agriculture, am advising people, people should not go for loan”.

Our correspondent report that this advised was during the Women in Aviation week held in Port Harcourt.



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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured Ekpeye people that his administration will complete all ongoing projects in the area in line with his campaign promises.

Speaking during the traditional reception for Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu by the Igbu Ehuda General Assembly, Governor Wike also elevated the stool of Eze Igbu Ehuda III to a First Class Status.

He said: “We are making promises because the people of Ahoada deserve projects. I can assure you that all the projects awarded in this area must be completed before the end of our first term.”

The governor said that the developmental projects initiated by his administration across the state are meant to improve the living condition of the people.

While elevating the stool of Eze Igbu Ehuda III to a First Class Status, Governor Wike noted that the Eze Ekpeye Logbo remains the paramount traditional ruler in Ekpeye Kingdom. Continue reading



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Young women have been encouraged to take academics seriously as it gives them better opportunity in future.

The chairperson of Women in Aviation, Rivers State branch, Ogazi Ladi has advised young girls to be serious in their academics adding that better opportunity awaits them in the Aviation Sector.
” My advice for young girls is that they should be serious with their academics. They should read hard, work very hard to get a job in the Aviation sector. They can become a pilot, controller, forecaster. We have so many possibility skills in the Aviation sector. We are encouraging women, the time has passed where women will just sit at home. We are encouraging them to come into the Aviation sector”.

The chairperson Mrs. Ogazi Ladi gave this advice during an interview with our correspondent at the women in Aviation conference held in Port Harcourt with the theme; connect, engage, and inspiring the next generation.

“It’s all about encouraging women in Aviation sector. Telling them that they can get to that level, that what a man can do, a woman can do it better. And also to encourage the younger ones coming up that there are possible careers in the Aviation sector that they can choose. The Aviation sector is very large, we have up to six parastatals that make up the Aviation industry. They are all here from different organisations, but one body as an association under the Aviation sector”.

In her part, the National President of Women in Aviation, Rejoice Ndudunachi Called on government to give women opportunity to perform better in the industry just as she advised women to be competent in all spheres

” My advice for women is that, we need to be competent in all our doings. Work hard, we are all together. We need to be competent, better equips and strife as others are doing. we are all together.

Aviation women at work

The Aviation industry requires professionalism. and there’s a platform for excellence in Aviation industry. Let the government understand that women are in the industry to also promote what is happening in the system. We stand for safety, we stand for security, we stand for the upliftment of our nation. The government should also give the women the opportunity to perform better in this industry”. Continue reading

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