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About Nelson
Nelson Chukwudi holds Diploma (Mass Comm); BSc (Public Admin); and Post-Graduate Diploma (Journalism). He began Journalism practice over 33 years ago at The Tide Newspapers in Rivers, Nigeria. He has held various Editorial positions: Reporter; Investigative & Crime; Oil & Energy Correspondent, Editor Production, Online, Special Projects, Op-Ed & Features, and Deputy Editor. He became Editor in 2010, Director/Managing Editor 2014, member of Editorial Board 2000. He became Chairman, Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief 2020.
As Reporter, Correspondent and Editor, Nelson has written hundreds of published News stories, Opinions, Special Reports and Feature Articles on various issues, focusing especially on Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region. He was the first Nigerian investigative journalist to visit Nembe in Bayelsa State during the 1996 Ogbolomabiri/Bassambiri war, interviewed the combatants and filed reports direct from the scene of conflict. Many scholars, researches, organisations and institutions have referenced his writings.
Nelson has participated in more than 170 local and foreign professional training programs across four continents. He won 7 Best Reporter/Writer awards in The Tide and Rivers State in Sustainable Community Development, Investigative, Environmental, and Oil & Energy Reporting -1997 and 2004.
He became Nigerian Guild of Editors member in 2015 and member Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) since 1990, serving in various executive leadership positions. He is a US State Department Alumnus, Reuters Alumnus, and belongs to many national, African and international journalism organisations. He is a leading influencer in journalism in Niger Delta, and helps facilitate training programs and partnerships that enable capacity building for journalists in Nigeria. 
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US Backs FG’s Efforts To Tackle Flooding With $1m

21 Oct 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has warned outgoing local government chairmen against violence and urged them to conduct themselves peacefully. He emphasized the importance of peace and transparency in governance, highlighting the Elele-Egbeda-Omoku Road project funded by the state's Internal Generated Revenue. The project aims to improve connectivity and commercial activities in the region. The governor also received support from the Ijaw Youth Council, which celebrated the legacy of Major Isaac Adaka Boro. The council pledged to support the governor's efforts to maintain peace and development in the state.

RSG Begins 3rd Phase Verification Of Retirees, Today

12 Sep 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The Rivers State Government is set to begin the third phase of verification for state civil service retirees who left service between 2016 and 2017. The verification, approved by Governor Nyesom Wike, will help process gratuity, pension arrears, and death benefits. In other news, the Christian Association of Nigeria and Alliance Defending Freedom are suing two Katsina State universities for banning Christian fellowships, alleging religious discrimination. The National Identity Management Commission and Nigerian Communications Commission have partnered to streamline the linkage of National Identification Numbers with SIM cards. Meanwhile, labor unions NASU and SSANU have commenced a warning strike due to unpaid salaries, despite President Bola Tinubu's directive to pay withheld salaries. Lastly, political commentary criticizes Senate President Godswill Akpabio for inappropriate remarks at a funeral, urging him to maintain decorum in public discourse.

Three Governors and PDP BoT Member Flag Off, Unveil Four Projects In Rivers

29 Aug 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, discussed his efforts to resolve a political crisis in the state, emphasizing his role as a peace-seeking leader. He received a delegation from Bayelsa State, led by former Governor Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, expressing the importance of unity and cooperation between the states. Fubara criticized a group of lawmakers led by Rt Hon. Martin Amaewhule, stating they are no longer recognized by law. He also highlighted his administration's readiness to leverage artificial intelligence for governance and operational efficiency, as discussed during a visit from the National Institute for Security Studies. The Governor called for teamwork and an end to politics of bitterness.

Unity Road’s Completion, Priority Of Wike’s Govt -Akawor

24 Aug 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The completion of the Ogoni-Andoni Unity Road is a top priority for Governor Nyesom Wike's administration, as stated by Amb Desmond Akawor, IPAC Chairman and PDP State Chairman, during a PVC collection sensitisation program in Andoni. PDP Governorship candidate Sir Siminialayi Fubara, an Andoni native, emphasized PVC collection and unity for a stronger GDI. The electorate was urged to protect their PVCs and use them wisely in the upcoming 2023 elections. The event included speeches from political figures and stakeholders, affirming the presence and support for the PDP in Andoni. Governor Fubara also discussed his policy plans with the Christian Council of Nigeria, receiving praise for his peaceful approach and relationship with churches.

We Can’t Feed Everybody, Nwanosike Tells Empowerment Projects’ Beneficiaries

15 Aug 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Engr Samuel Nwanosike, Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area in Rivers State, encouraged residents to utilize council provisions for farming and self-sufficiency, acknowledging that the government cannot meet all needs. During an empowerment program, he emphasized the importance of party loyalty and supported a South-South presidential pursuit led by Governor Nyesom Wike. The event also included political endorsements, a defection from APC to PDP, and commendations for Nwanosike's administration. Additionally, the Nigeria Customs Service signed an MoU with China's General Administration of Customs to foster bilateral relations and economic growth.

RSU VC Charges Student Leaders To Be Selfless

08 Aug 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University, urged student leaders to be selfless during a workshop for PGSA and SUG officials. Former Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Austin Opara and Hon. Kingsley Chindah also addressed the students, emphasizing leadership and synergy. President Bola Tinubu praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for reducing diesel prices, which is expected to lower inflation and benefit the economy. The Rivers State High Court ordered the maintenance of status quo ante belum regarding the tenure extension of local government councils. The IMF projected Nigeria's inflation to decline in the coming years, with economic growth attributed to recovery in the oil sector and improvements in agriculture and IT.

Stakeholders Emphasize Collection of PVCs as Okrika Hosts GDI Sensitisation Rally

05 Aug 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials in Okrika, Rivers State, have urged voters to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the 2023 elections. The call was made during a PVC sensitisation rally. Dignitaries including state PDP Chairman Amb Desmond Akawor and GDI President-General Hon. Bright Amaewhule spoke on the importance of voter participation. The event also saw solidarity from various stakeholders and commendations for Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara's developmental projects and governance.

Don’t Allow Anybody Steal Your PVC, Fubara Warns ONELGA People …As Obuah Hails GDI’s Success On Awareness Campaign

27 Jul 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The Grassroot Development Initiative (GDI) held a rally in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers State, to encourage voter registration and PVC collection. PDP officials, including gubernatorial candidate Siminialayi Fubara, praised the initiative. The National Bureau of Statistics reported a significant increase in petrol prices, while the Presidency advised forex speculators to sell their dollars in anticipation of the Naira's appreciation. The Central Bank of Nigeria cleared a $7 billion foreign exchange backlog, boosting external reserves.

DFC Commits $280m In Financing To Boost Small Businesses In Nigeria

27 Jul 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has committed $280 million in financing to Access Bank Plc in Nigeria to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with a focus on women-owned and -led businesses. The loan aims to address the financing gap and advance financial inclusion in Nigeria. U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, and Access Bank Managing Director, Roosevelt Ogbonna, expressed positive sentiments about the impact of the loan on Nigeria's economic growth. Citibank facilitated the loan as the coordinator and arranger/co-lender. The loan is expected to support at least 4,000 new SME loans and will be distributed across various sectors, emphasizing longer tenors for borrower flexibility. Additionally, Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, assured the protection of lives and property and the continuation of development projects, while the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) praised Governor Fubara's commitment to civil service capacity building.

Nemieboka Sponsors Bill To Domesticate Traditional Rulers Council

11 Jul 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
The Ogu/Bolo Legislative Assembly held a public hearing for a bill to establish a traditional institution council, sponsored by Barrister Vincent Nemieboka. The bill aims to domesticate the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Institution and Chieftaincy Matters of 2015. President Bola Tinubu praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for reducing diesel prices, which is expected to lower inflation. The Rivers State High Court ordered the maintenance of status quo ante belum regarding the extension of local government councils' tenure. The IMF projected Nigeria's inflation to decline in the coming years, with economic growth attributed to recovery in the oil sector and improvements in agriculture and the financial and IT sectors.

NGE, NPAN, NUJ, Other Stakeholders Insist On Self-Regulatory Framework

22 Jun 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Media stakeholders in Nigeria, including the NGE, NPAN, NUJ, MRA, and IPC, supported by the US Embassy, met in Lagos to discuss a self-regulatory framework for media regulation. They aim to protect media freedom and independence from government interference. The meeting resulted in a communique advocating for the implementation of a Code of Ethics and the appointment of local Ombudsmen. A committee was formed to develop the self-regulation framework. Separately, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, stated that Nigeria has the capacity to manufacture cars locally, and APWEN called for tax exemptions on electronic components imports. The NUF praised Dangote Group for reducing diesel prices, which is expected to lower the cost of goods.

First US Military OEM Sets Up Facility In Nigeria

20 Jun 2022  |  thetidenewsonline.com
The United States and Nigeria have strengthened their military partnership with the establishment of Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) office in Abuja, marking the first private sector investment in Nigeria for the production of hi-tech original military equipment. The inauguration event was hosted by US Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen FitzGibbon and attended by Nigerian military and government officials. SNC, a recognized US defense contractor, has previously delivered 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force, which have been used to counter Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa. Additionally, the Defence Headquarters announced the killing of terrorist kingpins in operations, and the Federal High Court awarded N5million damages against the EFCC for wrongfully parading a photographer as a fraudster. The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Joseph Johnson, refuted claims by the APC that Governor Fubara is plotting to declare the state House of Assembly illegal.

Governance About Service, Adding Value To Humanity - Ariolu

13 Jun 2022  |  www.thetidenewsonline.com
Barrister George Ariolu, Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, emphasized his administration's commitment to service and adding value to the lives of citizens. He discussed partnerships with the Nigerian Society of Engineers for an Engineering Resource Centre and project inspections. Human rights lawyer Femi Falana criticized the Federal Government and the Minister of Power for increasing electricity tariffs without proper legal procedures. JAMB released the 2024 UTME results, with a high failure rate. The Central Bank of Nigeria's former Director of IT, John Ayoh, testified in court about facilitating bribes for the former governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, who faces charges of abuse of office and accepting gratification.


Some of Nelson's works on Oil, Gas & Energy, Crime, Conflicts & Violence, Infrastructure Development issues can be found on the website: www.thetidenewsonline.com, nelsonchukwudi686.blogspot.com, nelscavenltd.blogspot.com


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