BY Pat PA Okon
THE Rivers State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that all ethnic nationalities in the State are given a sense of belonging.
Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo statedthis during the Annual Adult Thanksgiving Service of St. Alban’sAnglican Church Obuama, in the Degema Local Government Area.
She said some people were fanning the embers of strife in DegemaLocal Government Area by insinuating that there is a Kalabari and anon-kalabari dichotomy in the LGA, noting that the State ChiefExecutive NyesomEzenwoWike in his wisdom appointed a Female
Care-Taker Committee Chairman from Bille, Mrs. Okorite Carrie Adiele,who according to her has performed even better than her malepredecessors, thereby putting an end to the erroneous believe thatthere is division in the Local Government Area.
“I want to thank the Chiefs and Elders of Bille Community who havewritten severally to thank and appreciate His Excellency, Chief Barr.NyesomEzenwoWike, CON, GSSRS the Governor of Rivers State, andmyself for the nomination and appointment of Hon. Okorite CarrieAdiele” she stressed.
Dr.Banigo further said “In the last dispensation of the DegemaCare-Taker Committee, we also appointed a Supervisory Councilor fromUsokun, a feat which had never been done in Degema. We want to assureUsokun-Degema people that they are next in line for a State Governmentappointment”.
She said in the last re-run election detractors said there will betrouble in Degema, but the elections took place in a very peacefulatmosphere, stressing that there is nothing volatile about DegemaLocal Government Area.
Dr.Banigo who said she is mindful of the fact that leadership comesfrom God, disclosed that it will be very unscriptural for her to beinvolved in leadership tussle in the Local Government Area.
In his Sermon the Vicar in Charge Ven. S.L.G Nteile said it is thelove of God that keeps us alive because we are not more righteous thanthe dead. We owe him a sacrifice of thanks giving, stressing that thefirst and best thing we have to offer is our lives.
The Vicar who said this year’s Harvest is a harvest of divine enlargement prayed for the Almighty God to enlarge the coast of the congregation in all aspects of their lives.