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Who will save Port Harcourt from Black Soot?

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Port Harcourt residents are under chemical attack by illegal refiners of petroleum products. This is no longer a joke. Where is the government? Where are the Senators and House of Representative members?
What is going on in Port Harcourt is chemical massacre, people are dropping dead, even children from respiratory induced deaths caused by black soot.

Emissions of black soot from illegal refinery in Port Harcourt

The whole of Nigeria must joins hands in the campaign against the deliberate murder of Port Harcourt residents. No amount of money is worth the life of a fellow Nigerian. Continue reading

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Governor Wike places N200 million bounty on perpetrators of New Year Day Massacre in Rivers

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Governor Woke addressing the press after New Year Day Massacre in Omoku

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has placed a N200million bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Omoku massacre.

Governor Wike sympathies with a mother whose children were victims of the attack

Governor Wike spoke on Tuesday after he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact finding/sympathy visit to the families of the deceased. He also visited those injured during the attack.

Governor Wike met with security forces and traditional rulers over the attack

The governor also visited the sites of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigerian Police Area Commander, Mr Mike Nwafor and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr Olisa Osi.

He said: “We have placed a N200million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence. Continue reading

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Dakuku Peterside reacts to the New Year Day Massacre in Rivers

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Dakuku Peterside

Reacting to new year day massacre death toll in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government area of Rivers State, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dakuku Peterside sympathized with the families of the deceased.

“My heart goes to the people of ONELGA and the immediate families of the deceased. This is an act that must be condemned. The good people of Omoku have suffered enough and this has dealt a further blow on their sufferings.”

He said it was another set of death too many in a local government area that was held hostage by cult groups claiming supremacy and allegedly enjoying support from some politicians. Continue reading

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God will establish Rivers State for best in 2018 – Justice Nyesom-Wike

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Wife of Rivers State Governor, Justice Nyesom-Wike giving New Year gift to a nursing mother

Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike has declared that God will establish Rivers State for the best in 2018.

The Rivers Governor’s Wife also stated that the people of the state should look forward to a fruitful and rewarding year.

Justice Nyesom-Wike holding a new born baby in her hand

Speaking after her visit to New Year Babies at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and Police Medical Clinic in Port Harcourt on Monday, Justice Nyesom-Wike said 2018 will be a year of jubilation.

The Wife of the Rivers State Governor visited Baby Precious Nweke at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and Baby Olotoruwa Oluwatosin at the Police Medical Clinic.

Justice Nyesom-Wike addressing the crowd at the hospital

She said: “His Excellency, Governor Wike has described the year 2018 as our year of jubilation. Rivers State is going to be jubilant this year. The jubilation will be more than that of last year. Continue reading

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21 killed in New Year Day Massacre in Rivers

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Dead bodies lined up on the median at Omoku

Tragedy struck Omoku town in Egbema Ndoni Local Government  Area of Rivers State as Gunmen opened fire on people returning from New Year crossover service this morning. Twenty one people have so far been confirmed dead with several scores of people hospitalized and in critical condition.  Continue reading

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President Buhari’s New Year speech

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Nigeria’s President Buhari

I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE.

Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.

Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.

My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit. Continue reading

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NEW YEAR: Gov. Dickson calls on leaders to do more to unite the country

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Governor Dickson

…..TO CONSOLIDATE ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS ALREADY RECORDED IN BAYELSA.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has re-iterated his call on leaders of the country, across board to deliberately unite the country, while stressing that the nation was too divided along ethnic and religious lines.

The Governor, who made the call in his new message, believes 2018 provides a rare opportunity to put the country on the path of mutual co-existence and stability.

The Governor also urged the people to support the leadership and remain steadfast in God and pray for peace and stability of Nigeria. He said it is when the leadership deliver selfless services backed with the fervent prayers of the citizenry that the country will attain its pride of place in the comity of nations.

Governor Dickson said the Restoration Government was sensitive to the yearnings of Bayelsans and will never let them down. He enjoined them to be hopeful of better things to come in 2018, as his administration is working very hard to finish strong and consolidate on its legacy achievements. Governor Dickson made the call in his New Year message to the people of the State. Continue reading

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HYPREP conducts medical outreach in Ogoniland

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HYPREP medical outreach in Ogoniland

As part of the campaign promises of the Ogoni land clean up in Rivers State by the President Muhammad Buhari led Administration, as being handled by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation project(HYPREP) has continued it’s medical outreach for the people of Ogoni.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at Terabor in Gokana Local Government Area, the Coordinator of the HYPREP, MARVIN DEKIL expressed his gratitude towards the massive turn out for the health outreach adding that the essence of the Medical outreach was to capture the health history of the Ogonis’ just as he called the Rivers State Government to join hands and support the Ogoni land clean up.

“I am overwhelmed with the number of people I saw receiving treatment from the experts. It is something that is quite pleasing to me. I believe that the mandate of HYPREP is being realised and the commitment of Federal Government to this project is also something that we will continue to appreciate. And you will recall that this program started on 26 December in Khana Local Government Area where the team of doctors also attended to a huge crowd. We proceeded to Tai on the 28 December, we experience even more turnout.

Today, we experienced more than the number we expected, telling us that the people need help and the government is here to provide that help. Implementation of the UNEP report is providing the help. Apart from providing medical services, one of the essence of this exercise is to capture the health history of all the patience that we interact with, that health history is one of the things that will build the foundation, the database for the health impact study, a larger scale impact study which we will be starting soon. The Rivers State government which we are calling on at this point to also support the program because it’s a collective process. We are here in Gokana, which means we need the support of Gokana Local Government, we are here in Rivers State, the project is in Rivers State, so we need the support of Rivers State Government. The Federal Government has started it, so it’s a collective project for all of us and there’s something for us to win. There’s a win for the Federal Government which they have started, there’s a win for Rivers State Government when they participate, and there’s a win for Gokana Local Government when they participate. I also want to use this opportunity to state clearly that those who wants to cause trouble, the project will not tolerate detractors.

Elderly women undergo medical screening

We are appealing to Ogoni people to continue to support us. We have over 30 doctors here. I’m seeing thousands of people being attended to.” Continue reading

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NSCDC arrests over 60 suspects

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The Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it has arrested more than 60 suspects and secured the conviction of 10 people for various crimes within 100 days in the state.

Mr Awili Pedro, the State Commandant of NSCDC, announced this on Friday during the commissioning of the divisional headquarters, ‘B’ Division of NSCDC in Iju, Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the building is donated to NSCDC by the Iju Community in Akure North area.

“Since my assumption of duty 100 days today, the command has held four press briefings and paraded over 60 suspects for various crimes, including vandalism, petroleum products adulteration and diversion. Others are destruction of farm products by herdsmen, robbery, child abuse and trafficking, obtaining money under false pretence (419) and operation of private guard company without valid licence, to mention a few. Within this period, we have recovered vandalised petroleum products, telecommunications and power equipment such as high tension cables, solar batteries and transformer accessories, including vehicles recovered from robbery suspects. Most of these suspects are now facing trials and about 10 convictions have been secured within three months”. Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan in talks over the status of Jerusalem

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President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has had a telephone conversation with Pope Francis on Friday stressing the importance of preserving the city’s status.

During the talks, both Erdogan and the Pope stressed that the protection of Jerusalem’s current status was crucial in order to ensure stability in the region.

According to the NAN, the sides also agreed to hold a meeting soon to discuss bilateral ties, international developments as well as the issue of Jerusalem.

Erdogan and the Pope welcomed the UN General Assembly’s resolution, adopted on Dec. 21, rejecting the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The resolution was adopted by 128 votes to nine, with 35 abstentions.

It will interest you to know that on Dec.6, President Donald Trump has announced his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructed the State Department to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.

The decision by Trump caused mass criticism across the world.

NAN

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