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Governor Fubara Swiftly Appoints Caretaker Committees Across All Rivers State’s 23 LGAs

Siminalayi Fubara

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▪️Boughayefa Tonye-Graham (Port Harcourt)

In a move to maintain administrative momentum following the tenure expiration of elected council chairmen and councillors, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has appointed new Chairmen and members for Caretaker Committees across the state’s twenty-three (23) Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The newly appointed Caretaker Chairmen and their committee members were meticulously screened today by the Rivers State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Voctor Oko-Jumbo. The screening process, which was announced in an earlier public declaration by the Clerk of the House, G.M. Gillis-West, Ph.D., required nominees to present twelve (12) copies of their Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with the originals and photocopies of their credentials. The screening exercise was monitored on Channels TV.

Below is the list of the approved nominees capturing the critical leadership roles for each LGA:

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Victor Oko-Jumbo, Speaker, RSHA

1. Abua/Odual Local Government Area

Chairman: Madigai Dickson
Members: Akpila Asuo, Obiavel Abigo, Mayiton Adokiye, Ngozi Chioma, Egbagiri Udume Ebenezer, Gilbert Onyiwayi

2. Ahoada East Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Happy Benneth
Members: Chime Ezebalike, Harold Edema, Kenneth Kpasa, Udomazubuike, Mrs. Rachael Odum, Edward Azubike

3. Ahoada West Local Government Area

Chairman: Mr. Daddy John Green
Members: Mr. Awuche Chukwuemeke Gideon, Nnamdi Osokolo Esq, Avor Green Egbo, Ordu Chisa, Ben C. Obobula, John Paro

4. Akuku Toru Local Government Area

Chairman: Barr. Otonye Briggs
Members: Nyenemi Briggs, Isimama Ikiriko, Christian Obene, Bitebobo Nelson Amieye, Ekarika Emmanuel, Okorite Bob-Manuel

5. Andoni Local Government Area

Chairman: Barr. Reginald Ekaan
Members: Okereke Uche Kalu, Inwon Fyneface Ayayi, Kpenunkpo-Agok-Awayi Amakiri Gogo, John I. Idante, Warisofini E. Nkere, Emem Timothy Ekanem

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A cross-section of Chairmen and members of the LGAs

6. Asari Toru Local Government Area

Chairman: Orolosoma Amachree
Members: Jengoa Cotterel, Mrs. Akuroma-A Kenneth Abbey, Umualapuye Sukubo, Dagogo Churchill Whyte, Lolo P. Clifford, Lawal Sabiu

7. Bonny Local Government Area

Chairman: Alabota Anengi Barasua
Members: Warisenibo Opubo-Wilcox, Alali Hart, Sodienye Amah Pepple, Tamunosisi David Jumbo, Doris Hart Francis, Lukumanu Sdanu

8. Degema Local Government Area

Chairman: Anthony Soberekon
Members: Johnny Braide, Valentine Moses, Opunabo Benebo, Obrasua Johnbull, Jemina Erekosima, Remi Suku

9. Eleme Local Government Area

Chairman: Brain Gokpa
Members: Okaka Obe, Godwin Ollor, Patience Dabor, Emmanuel Osarokio, Mimi Gospel, Dikko Mohammed

10. Emohua Local Government Area

Chairman: David Omereji
Members: Uche Minikwu, Light Olomi, Jaja Dimkra, Monday Chima, Ngozi Okenwe, Ifeanyi John

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A cross-section of Chairmen and members of the LGAs

11. Etche Local Government Area

Chairman: John Otamiri Nkugbo
Members: Promise Onygam, Kingdom Nwakwoala, Austine Amadi, Nwodu Chima, Florence Nwala, Charles Echelobia

12. Gokana Local Government Area

Chairman: Kenneth Kpeden
Members: Dumiye Monday, Kogbara Aator Mrs, Isreal Mgbuelo, Leesi Susan Naasi, Kpobari Zarakpeye, Akaraka Nwaeze

13. Ikwerre Local Government Area

Chairman: Dr. Darlington Orji
Members: Engr. Newton Amadi, Engr. Chiene Wodike, Mr Daniel Eluke, Dr. Aaron Chiliobu, Ichem Thankgod, Onuocha Harold Onyema

14. Khana Local Government Area

Chairman: Amb. Marvin Yobana
Members: Legborsi Yamaabana, Chief Charity Deemua, Mr Effort Ndeesor, Constance B. Nwifa, Jumbo Neenaenee, Joseph Akpasa

15. Obio/Akpor Local Government Area

Chairman: Amb. Chijioke Ihunwo
Members: Frederick Ihuigwe, Owhorngu Nyache, Michael Out, Chile Ogwutum, Abigail Chiorlu, Dr. Mrs Eucharia Ibeabuchi.

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16. Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area

Chairman: Princewill Ejekwe
Members: Major Anthony, Kenneth Ebiri, Dr. Lucky Nwaoburu, Eric Ogbamgba, Kingsley Ogwe, Akuwata Egbo

17. Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area

Chairman: Rt. Hon. Evans B. Bipi
Members: Mr. Aribibia Ngerebara, Mr Daddy Ogu, Kenneth Akari Wakama, Tarila Nyanabo Peaceman, Daniel M. Wisdom, Mutaga Muhammed

18. Okrika Local Government Area

Chairman: Princess I.B. Ogan
Members: Toku Obianime, Ameietamunopirp Loveday, Tamunosiki Longjohn, Christian Kendrick, Daniel Isaiah O., Andy Okereke

19. Omuma Local Government Area

Chairman: Promise Reginald
Members: Chinedu Nwodu, Hon. Chika Nweke, Tony Nwuji, Kingsley Ogbonna, Michael Onwuli, Okechukwu Mmakwe

20. Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam
Members: Goddy M. Pepple, Chariah Fiberesima, Godwin Jacob, Harvey Jim Jaja, Diri Dandison Tumini, Mr. Eno Peter.

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21. Oyigbo Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Gogo Phillip
Members: Mr. Ihuoma Samuel, Mr. Okedinachi Uchenna, Mr Eric Alozie, Ikechi Golden Ugwuoma, Christian Nwankwo, Ujalele Mathew

22. Port Harcourt Local Government Area

Chairman: Ichemati Ezebunwo
Members: Chief Ogbams Ojimah, Matthew Tekena Gbosi, Amadi Kinikanwo, Olumati Isaiah C., Chinwe Nmerukini, Lukeman Oladele

23. Tai Local Government Area

Chairman: Hon. Matthew Dike
Members: Hon. Leyii L. Cuninwa, Hon. Brownson Nkpen, Hon. Letura Sampson, Sunday Baribie Denebari, Ntar Big Jop E., Ikechukwu Adimonye

Governor Fubara’s initiative to instate these Caretaker Committees ensures the continuation of governance in the LGAs, thus maintaining stability and administrative efficacy in Rivers State. The swift screening and approval by the House of Assembly reflect the urgency and dedication to uphold the functionality of local governments as new elections are on the horizon. GMTNewsng

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FG and Labour Unions Agree on ₦70,000 Minimum Wage—Minister Announces

In his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, the President had assured that an executive bill proposing the new national minimum wage for workers would soon be forwarded to the National Assembly for passage.

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In a significant development for Nigerian workers, the Federal Government has reached an agreement with Organised Labour on a new minimum wage of ₦70,000. The announcement was made by the Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, following a crucial meeting held in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting, which included President Bola Tinubu and leaders from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), resulted in the breakthrough decision. “We are happy to announce today (Thursday) that both the Organised Labour and the Federal Government have agreed on an increase on the ₦62,000 minimum wage. The new national minimum that Mr President is expected to submit to the National Assembly is ₦70,000,” said a visibly elated Idris to the State House correspondents.

The announcement was further endorsed by the presence of notable figures such as NLC President Joe Ajaero, TUC boss Festus Osifo, and Labour Minister Nkiruka Onyejeocha. These officials flanked the minister as he broke the news.

Joe Ajaero confirmed this agreement, stating, “₦70,000 was where we were on the issue of the minimum wage.” He emphasized that the minimum wage is set to be reviewed every three years, moving away from the erstwhile five-year period. “What they have announced in terms of the amount of ₦70,000 happens to be where we are now. But we will not wait for another five years to come and agree,” Ajaero reiterated.

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In turn, Onyejeocha revealed that President Tinubu has instructed the Ministers of Finance and Budget, Wale Edun and Atiku Bagudu, to devise strategies to address ongoing disputes, particularly concerning the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).

This landmark agreement follows a prolonged series of discussions between labour leaders and the President over recent weeks, succeeding months of unproductive negotiations with a tripartite committee on the minimum wage, constituted by President Tinubu in January.

The tripartite committee, encompassing representatives from state and federal governments and the Organised Private Sector, had proposed ₦62,000. However, labour unions had staunchly demanded ₦250,000, recognizing the current ₦30,000 wage as unsustainable given the country’s economic conditions, including inflation and the high cost of living spurred by the removal of the petrol subsidy.

During last Thursday’s meeting, Tinubu called for realistic expectations regarding the minimum wage, saying, “You have to cut your coat according to available cloth. Before we can finalize the minimum wage process, we have to look at the structure.”

In his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, the President had assured that an executive bill proposing the new national minimum wage for workers would soon be forwarded to the National Assembly for passage.

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Confirming this on Thursday, the information minister stated that the ₦70,000 “agreed” amount would be communicated to the National Assembly in the coming days, signaling a prompt follow-up to the decision reached.

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EEDC Commends TCN for Its Support Towards Efficient Service Delivery

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▪️Ferdinand Agu

Enugu, Nigeria – The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has lauded the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for its invaluable assistance in ensuring network stability and enhancing service quality across the South East. This commendation underscores the significance of cooperation between these key players in the Nigerian electricity sector.

During the second-quarter interface meeting held at the TCN Enugu region office over the past weekend, the Deputy Managing Director of EEDC, Dr. Ernest Mupwaya, expressed his appreciation. He emphasized the critical role TCN has played in helping EEDC address operational challenges and improve power supply to its customers.

Dr. Mupwaya, who led the EEDC delegation alongside Chief Technical Officer Engr. Vincent Ekwekwu and other senior management staff, highlighted the importance of these interface meetings. He noted, “The meetings have been incredibly useful in resolving operational challenges, thus enhancing the quality of supply to our customers.”

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Further praising the relationship between the two organizations, Dr. Mupwaya described it as both cordial and fruitful. He reassured all stakeholders of EEDC’s commitment to ongoing collaboration with TCN to sustain and improve service delivery.

Representing TCN’s General Manager, Dr. Thomas Inugonum, the Assistant General Manager of TCN Enugu Region, Engr. Charles Iwuamadi, also spoke highly of the collaboration. Accompanied by the Regional Operations Manager, Engr. Anthony Akinuli, and other management staff, Engr. Iwuamadi reiterated the significant impact of these interface meetings.

Engr. Akinuli echoed these sentiments, pointing out the mutual benefits of the partnership. “If EEDC grows, part of the credit will come to TCN,” he stated, underscoring TCN’s commitment to supporting EEDC. He called for enhanced communication between the entities to ensure seamless operations and efficient service delivery.

The quarterly interface meeting, marking its second session for the year 2024, was instituted to foster collaboration between EEDC and TCN. This initiative focuses on reviewing operational activities and discussing challenges affecting network performance and customer service.

Through these regular interactions, both EEDC and TCN aim to synergize their efforts, ensuring that the electricity sector’s overall performance continues to improve. The ongoing dialogue and cooperation exemplify a shared passion for excellence and a commitment to meeting consumer needs.

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By maintaining this collaborative relationship and addressing challenges head-on, EEDC and TCN are setting a precedent for how partnerships can drive growth and service improvement in the power sector.

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BHSO Old Boys Association Inaugurates Health Insurance Committee, Pledges N1 Million Support

“Your first task is to identify, assess, and select a capable insurance company to partner with for this project. This initiative underscores our dedication to providing quality healthcare services for all,” Chief Nnamede stated.

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Ferdinand Agu (Enugu)

In a move towards enhancing the well-being of their members, the President General of Boys High School Ozalla (BHSO) Old Boys Association, Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State, Chief Ambrose Nnamede, this afternoon inaugurated the Health Insurance Committee of the body through a Zoom meeting. During this virtual event, Chief Nnamede read his address and offered words of encouragement to the committee, underscoring the association’s commitment to providing quality healthcare services for its members and their families.

“This moment marks a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance the well-being and security of our members and their families,” Chief Nnamede stated. “Your first task is to identify, assess, and select a capable insurance company to partner with for this project. This initiative underscores our dedication to providing quality healthcare services for all.”

The committee is tasked with creating a comprehensive and affordable health insurance plan, educating members on the plan’s benefits and health practices, efficiently managing insurance claims, and ensuring the plan’s financial sustainability. Regular assessments and stakeholder engagement will guide the committee’s progress towards fostering a healthier community.

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Responding on behalf of the committee, Honourable Chijioke Ogbodo, the Deputy President General (DPG) of the association and Chairman of the committee, expressed his gratitude to the President General and the entire association for the confidence reposed in them. “We are honoured by this trust and will diligently work to meet and exceed the expectations set before us,” Honourable Ogbodo said. “Our commitment is to ensure that every member and their family can access quality healthcare services.”

In a gesture of significant support, Chief Nnamede pledged 1 million naira to the project, which will greatly bolster the committee’s efforts as they embark on this crucial initiative. This generous contribution exemplifies the association’s dedication to the well-being of its members.

The Health Insurance Committee comprises notable members, including the association’s Secretary General, Olisemeka Obi, who serves as the committee secretary; BoT Chairman, Chief Chris Arum; Pharmacist Vincent Nwani; Chief Magistrate Osondu Chukwuani; and Prince Chijioke Chukwuani. Each member brings valuable expertise and commitment to the table, promising a robust and effective approach to the project.

Honourable Ogbodo further emphasized the importance of the committee’s mission, stating, “Our work will not only provide immediate health benefits but will also build a foundation for long-term health security within our community. We are committed to making a tangible difference.” His dedication and leadership are expected to drive the committee towards achieving their goals efficiently and effectively.

The BHSO Old Boys Association’s initiative is a call to action for other associations and the wider society to prioritize health and well-being. “We encourage other associations to take similar steps towards ensuring the health and security of their members,” Chief Nnamede urged. “Healthcare is a fundamental need, and collective efforts can lead to substantial improvements.”

The inauguration of the Health Insurance Committee is a testament to Chief Ambrose Nnamede led Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the BHSO Old Boys Association’s proactive approach to member welfare. The committee’s efforts are poised to set a benchmark for other organizations aiming to enhance their members’ quality of life.

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As the committee begins its work, the association looks forward to the positive impact this initiative will have on its members. The collective effort of the committee, supported by the generous pledge from the President General, promises a brighter, healthier future for all.

This inauguration marks the beginning of a transformative journey for the BHSO Old Boys Association. The focus on health insurance reflects a broader commitment to comprehensive member welfare, setting a powerful example for other organizations to follow.

Chief Nnamede reiterated the association’s commitment, “Together, we will make a difference in our members’ lives. This is just the beginning, and we are confident that with the dedication of our committee, we will achieve our goals and more.” GMTNewsng

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