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2018 Northfest: Ayade Enjoins Youths To Embrace Farming

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Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ben Ayade, has challenged the youths of Northern Senatorial Zone of the state to participate actively in agriculture as a means of wealth creation. 

Making the call Saturday, during the 2018 edition of the agricultural festival tagged: 'NorthFest", a yearly celebration of the harvest of new yams across the five local government areas of the state, Governor Ayade said he was ready to uptake all produce from their farms at a cost above the market price, if the youths could take to farming.

At the RIce mill complex, Ogoja, venue of the event which is in its second edition, the governor charged: "As young men, if you want to make money from me, bring your produce here and Ayade will buy all. The significance of this NorthFest is not only to encourage our people to seek integration among us but above all to focus on agro industry."

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Xmas: How we will police Rivers, says CP

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Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaki Ahmed has spoken of the plans of the state police command to secure lives and property during the Christmas festivities, moreso as the state prepares for another elections.

He said festive periods were usually characterized by an upsurge in criminal activities and to this end, adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch free celebrations.

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God Will Launch Ijaw Nation Back To Power –Ibiyeomie

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There were fresh hopes at the weekend, that the Ijaw Nation will soon bounce back to power at the national level. This came from a celebrated preacher and senior pastor of the Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.

The pastor spoke in Yenagoa when he spoke as guest at an event organised by the Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, under the theme, leading a new narrative for Ijaw Nation.

The popular tele evangelist whose presence in Yenagoa caused a stir as hundreds of people thronged the ecumenical centre and struggled to either touch him or his car after the event, said the time had come for the narrative concerning the IYC to change.

 Sounding philosophical at some point as he addressed the crowd, he said “those who face God cannot be phased out. As Ijaw youths and Ijaw people, we cannot enthrone the devil, and expect God to intervene.

“We cannot enthrone Egbesu, Asawana, and other idols and expect God to intervene. You cannot get good with the devil, and you cannot get evil with God. All ijaw youths and people must believe in capacity building, those who train themselves will join the winning train.

“Any agitation without adequate preparation and capacity building will lead to frustration. The magnitude of any region is dependent on the mentality of our youths and stakeholders.”

He said there was an urgent need for youths to boost their capacity so that they can earn a living meaningfully. “To tell you how capacity is powerful, now pick any of the militants in Bayelsa and tell them to google these things, I tell you not one will be able, because by the time when professor comes to tell him we have to do this, he doesn't have the capacity to understand what the professor is talking.

“So, it is not enough that dictate, it is important that we build our capacity. All persons within the region must accept full responsibility for their activities and actions; once you blow up pipelines, destroy aquatic lives, who suffers? You or the people?

“If you blow up oil pipelines, who suffers? Did aquatic lives suffer? It's stupidity. Because the oil pipeline you are blowing is in your backyard, so you are the one who suffers; all your fishes die, the villagers are not going to fish. So, who suffers?

“ Think of better and legitimate ways of making money, avoid criminal activity like kidnapping, assassination, armed robbery, cultism, and lies. No development can be achieved and no system can survive in the face of insecurity and looting.

“As a youth, stakeholder, politician, living without values is like having a tree without roots, a car without an engine and a man without a heart.”

Dr Goodluck Jonathan remains the first and only Ijaw son to have risen to the position of president of the nation. His emergence came unexpectedly, in what people call a divine arrangement.

But Ibiyemomie said soon, the Niger Delta will produce another star that will occupy a top position in the country. He said the youths should get ready for it.

 “A person of value will never allow his personal interest affect the generality of the people, thereby causing them unbearable pain and regret. When you call Jamaica before, you first of all see India hemp, but today Jamaica is known for sports.

“That is how, after now, the Ijaw Nation where they used to go for hooliganism will turn to be a place of glory and honey. In our time, the bad name tagged on militants, terrorism and bloodshed shall become a thing of the past.

“Niger Delta and Ijaw nation will raise global giants, incredible front liners in all parts of the world. I will stand among all regions of this country by divine hand of God; in no distant time I decree, God will launch us again into the corridors of power at the federal and international levels, I speak as the man sent by God.”

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Vena Ikem Considers Returning To PDP

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A former gubernatorial aspirant of the APC in Cross River State, Mr Venatius Ikem is considering returning to the PDP in his state.

Ikem is a former national publicity secretary of the PDP. He defected to the APC and was among those who pilloried the PDP for non performance. He lost out during the contest for the ticket of the party for the gubernatorial election.

But last week, speculations were rife that Ikem was contemplating to return to the party he dumped many years ago.

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Kidnappers, Go Beserk In Rivers …. Robbers Disguise As Policemen To Rob At Garrison, Waterlines

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As the Christmas season draws closer, kidnappers appear to have intensified their criminal activities, making life unbearable for people in some parts of the Rivers State.

Apart from the kidnappers, armed robbers are devising other means to get at their victims. One of the measures they now adopt is to disguise as policemen at the Garrison axis and Waterlines axis of Port Harcourt.

The Emohua end of the East-West Road has remained the operational base of the kidnappers. In the last six months, the kidnappers have terrorised the area and would sometimes kidnap and entire commercial bus alongside the passengers.

Last weekend, the kidnappers were also said to have spread their dragnet to Oyigbo area.  Some of the victims said the kidnappers use commercial motorcycles to operate.

TNN observed that the activities of armed robbers have increased in Port Harcourt. A victim who narrated his experience to TNN during the weekend said he was accosted by three men at the Garrison roundabout after the traffic light signalled him to stop.

He said the men who were dressed in police uniform ignored the truck that was in front of him and jumped into his car on the excuse that he was about to beat the traffic light. He had to follow them to Moscow Road, near the state CID, where they made him to park.

The man who gave his name as Uzoma said while they were on the way to Moscow Road, the three men pointed guns at him and compelled him to take his phone and start making transfers to their account, an order he had to obey to avoid being killed.

He said it was ironical that the drama was playing out in front of a police station. According to him, the men only left him after he had called his friends and pastors to send some money to his account to enable him make transfers to the robbers.

He advised Port Harcourt residents not to wind down the glass of their car while in traffic or any other busy place in the town when not in motion, to avoid being accosted by robbers.

The police image maker, Nnamdi did not take our calls, neither did he respond to text messages sent to him on the issue. As the Christmas season draws closer, kidnappers appear to have intensified their criminal activities, making life unbearable for people in some parts of the Rivers State.

Apart from the kidnappers, armed robbers are devising other means to get at their victims. One of the measures they now adopt is to disguise as policemen at the Garrison axis and Waterlines axis of Port Harcourt.

The Emohua end of the East-West Road has remained the operational base of the kidnappers. In the last six months, the kidnappers have terrorised the area and would sometimes kidnap and entire commercial bus alongside the passengers.

Last weekend, the kidnappers were also said to have spread their dragnet to Oyigbo area.  Some of the victims said the kidnappers use commercial motorcycles to operate.

TNN observed that the activities of armed robbers have increased in Port Harcourt. A victim who narrated his experience to TNN during the weekend said he was accosted by three men at the Garrison roundabout after the traffic light signalled him to stop.

He said the men who were dressed in police uniform ignored the truck that was in front of him and jumped into his car on the excuse that he was about to beat the traffic light. He had to follow them to Moscow Road, near the state CID, where they made him to park.

The man who gave his name as Uzoma said while they were on the way to Moscow Road, the three men pointed guns at him and compelled him to take his phone and start making transfers to their account, an order he had to obey to avoid being killed.

He said it was ironical that the drama was playing out in front of a police station. According to him, the men only left him after he had called his friends and pastors to send some money to his account to enable him make transfers to the robbers.

He advised Port Harcourt residents not to wind down the glass of their car while in traffic or any other busy place in the town when not in motion, to avoid being accosted by robbers.

The police image maker, Nnamdi did not take our calls, neither did he respond to text messages sent to him on the issue.

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I Used To Be A Taxi Driver –Ayade

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Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade has assured that the socio- economic and infrastructural development of the state remains the priority of his administration.

He said he will therefore, stop at nothing in ensuring that the people of the state enjoy quality standard of living.

This is coming just as the governor has told taxi drivers in the state that as a former taxi driver, he was familiar with what they were going through and was willing to assist them.

While addressing cheering traders at the Marian Market in Calabar during the flag off of a state-wide market water project scheme, Ayade advised the traders to guard the project jealously when completed, saying they deserved clean, portable water as water is life.

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Stress-free Life Is Possible, Says Medical Expert

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Stress isn't always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you are constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it's time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself and improve how you think and feel, by learning how to effectively manage stress.

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A’Ibom Stands Still As Lawyers Strike, Boycott Courts

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All is not well with the judiciary in Akwa Ibom State, where lawyers have gone on strike to protest what they call unfriendly processes of filing cases in the courts.

The lawyers from the four branches of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) started the boycott of the 26 High Courts, 37 Magistrates Courts and many Customary Courts in the state from Thursday, December 13. The effect of their action got worse on Monday.

Apart from staffers seen in the courts, lawyers are not seen while judges stay in their offices to handle official matters.

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Group Unveils 15-Point Peace Agenda For Bayelsa

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The Fostering Advocacy and Community Empowerment ( FACE) Initiative in conjunction with a Dutch based organization CORDAID has unveiled a 15-- point nonviolent techniques to community leaders across Bayelsa state and the Niger Delta at large to sustain endearing peace and development in the region.

Unveiling the techniques at a one day non violent conflict management strategies workshop held in Yenagoa with over 56 community leaders in attendance, the programme officer, Mr. Ngowari Alfred noted that the region in recent times had used the arms struggle to send their message to the federal government without much results.

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Court Gives Marching Order To INEC On Olory's Candidacy aFor CRSHA Seat'

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A federal high court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has ordered INEC to include the name of Chief Mathew Olory as candidate for the Akamkpa 1 constituency seat in the state house of asseambly election.

The court presided over by Mr Justice S.A. Amobeda gave the order following a suit jointly filed by the PDP leadership and Olory, protesting the exclusion of the legislator who won the party's primary for his re-election bid.

In line with the plaintiffs' demands, the court gave a declaration that “the exclusion of the first claimant (PDP), the 5th claimant(Olory) in the publication of candidates forms by the defendant to contest the 2019 elections into the Akamkpa 1 state constituency of the Cross River State House of Assembly is unlawful and void.”

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