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Port Harcourt Residents Count Losses Over Carniriv’s Cancellation

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CarnivalSome residents of Port Harcourt say the cancellation of the annual carnival by the Rivers Government has affected recreational and tourist activities in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a carnival – Carniriv – used to hold every December in Port Harcourt by the immediate past administration in the state.

The residents observe that the event, described as biggest after Carnival Calabar, was cancelled by the present administration of Gov. Nyesom Wike.

The residents, who spoke with NAN on Monday, said that the importance of the carnival in the life of the people should have been considered before the cancellation.

They said that the carnival attracted many local and foreign tourists and investors to the city which increased economic activities.

According to them, the event, not only showcases the state and the people’s cultures to would-be investors.

A hotel owner, Mr Chris Tamuno, said that he upgraded his hotel in anticipation to accommodate many tourists that would have visited the city but was disappointed by the cancellation.

“I never had the slightest premonition that the annual event would be cancelled, especially as the state government is doing all it could to impress the people.

“Instead of outright cancellation, government ought to have reduced the budget by trimming down the size of the events”, he said.

Mr Nath Uwaifo, a commercial bus driver, said that with the influx of visitors in December during the period of Carniriv, his daily income always tripled, saying that the story had changed negatively this season.

He said the authorities ought to have considered the economic benefits the festival impacted on both residents and government.

“Rather than featuring street parade and freestyle parade among others, government would have paid for only cultural and musical shows for people to have fun and relax”, he said.

Miss Esther Ebite, who sells recharge cards, said she had purchased enough cards in anticipation that the festival would hold.

She said that she usually made more sales as a result of high influx of people and commercial activities in the city during the festival.

Ebite, a student of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, explained that she habitually used the money she made during the carnival to pay her tuition fees in the new semester but regretted that the cancellation had caused her hardship.

Dr Fyneface Briggs, a civil servant, said that government decision to cancel the festival was a right one, especially as the economy could no longer accommodate “frivolous spending”.

According to him, such funds should be used to pay salaries and in sustainable ventures that would have direct and long term impact on the people. (NAN)

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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