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Oil Well Crisis: Imoke Bans Side Comments, Protests

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Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has urged Cross Riverians to maintain the paces can not to embark on any activity that may lead to a breakdown of law and order following the ceding of its 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom and its delisting as an oil producing state.

In a state wide broadcast to the people, Imoke said he was compelled to address the state on the issue of the oil wells and the purported delisting of the state under the guise of the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon stressing that those far reaching decisions were taking without any reference to consultation between the two states and the relevant federal agencies and at a time when the maritime boundary of the two states was neither in doubt nor in dispute.

According to Imoke, “As uncautionable and provocative as this action may appear to be, we have reacted in a must continue to do same until the matter is resolved”, adding that, “as you may be aware, Mr. President’s attention was drawn to the matter even before the implementation of the purported new indices and he accordingly directed that the decision of the relevant agencies be revisited. In line with Mr. President’s directive, several meetings have been held under the leadership of the Vice President towards resolving the impasse.”

The governor assured the people that justice will be done, and that oil wells restored, and thanked Cross Riverians for their unprecedented solidarity and support through the challenging periods remarking that, “from our youths to our women and our elders, we have all spoken with one voice, condemning the action and seeking justice. You have once again demonstrated your love for state ad this administration and we are quite appreciative.”

He said as provoking as the decision may be he appealed to Cross Riverians to maintain the peace and not to embark on any activity that may lead to a breakdown of law and order because the state has absolute confidence in the ongoing efforts of Mr President and the Vice President towards resolving the matter amicably.

Imoke noted that Cross River is a peaceful state, and Cross Riverians very hospitable and accommodating people and for years have enjoyed an excellent relationship with its neighbouring states, which the people are committed to maintaining, emphasizing that they must continue to exhibit the warmth and hospitality that they are known for and for no reason must they disrupt the peace which has contributed greatly in making the state the estination of choice for business or leisure in Nigeria.

The Governor reiterated than all programmes and projects remain on course, inspite of the setback and for the state to achieve its desired set goats, the people must ensure that they maintain the peace while thanking Mr. President, the Vice President and all well meaning Nigerians, who have stood by the state in one way or the other in these trying times.

Chairman of the occasion and member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal contituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu (right) having a handshake with the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby during the 10h Anniversary lecture in honour of late Evans Oi, founder of the Port Harcourt-based Independent Monitor Newspaper, at the Minstry of Justice Auditoum, Port Harcourt. Phone: Donatus Ken.

Chairman of the occasion and member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal contituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu (right) having a handshake with the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby during the 10h Anniversary lecture in honour of late Evans Oi, founder of the Port Harcourt-based Independent Monitor Newspaper, at the Minstry of Justice Auditoum, Port Harcourt. Phone: Donatus Ken.

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Monarch Tasks NDDC  On Due Process

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The Mingi of Nembe Kindom and former Minister for Petroleum Resources, His Royal Majesty, King Edmund Dakoru, has called on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to follow due process in all its activities for the development of the region.
He said he was not interested in who was right or wrong, but only cared about the development of the region through due process. 
The Nembe monarch in Bayelsa State disclosed this while speaking to aviation correspondents last Friday, shortly on arrival from Abuja.
He noted that the Niger Delta people had become enemies to themselves even when the creation of the NDDC itself had not yielded the desired development in the region.
He said that the setting up of the board of the commission was long overdue since two years ago.
“The question is, are we getting enough from both NDDC and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs? The answer is No, we are not getting enough.
“It is ourselves that is our own enemies, and we later turn to blame other people. They have given us NDDC and the Ministry of Niger Delta, and what have we actually done with it.
“We are not getting enough from the establishment of the commission and the ministry because we are not following the enabling law, and in years to come, they will say: “We gave you NDDC and Ministry of Niger Delta, and what have you done with them”, Dakoru said.
On the regulation of the social media, especially the Twitter, the former minister frowned at the way it is being currently used by the citizenry, and said there was nothing wrong if government in its wisdom decides to regulate it.
According to him, government in every nation has the right to decide what is good for its own citizens.
“Government is doing what it is supposed to do to protect the social reputation of the people by regulating the social media and the unnecessary spread of lies.
“It is not about the social media itself, but the way people use it is the issue, and if government in its own wisdom decides to regulate it, I do not think that there is anything to question”, he said.

By: Corlins Walter

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Diri Promises Bayelsans Better Deal

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, Saturday re-echoed his administration’s readiness towards bettering the lots of the state through developmental projects and policies.
Governor Diri stated this in Yenagoa, during a live broadcast on radio stations across the state to commemorate this year’s June 12 Democracy Day celebration which was monitored by The Tide.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, shortly after the broadcast, the governor was quoted saying:
“Democracy was about the people, Nigeria had come a long way with 22 years of uninterrupted civilian rule. We’ve also observed that the nation’s Democratic journey had not been very smooth but it’s worth celebrating. The urban renewal programme and other projects as well as policies of the prosperity administration were part of the efforts to accord the state a facelift, making it better and more attractive to tourists and investors”.
Speaking against the backdrop of the ongoing demolition of illegal structures in the state capital, the governor stated that it was in line with his administration’s urban renewal policy, noting however, that since the demolition commenced, sanity had been restored in some of the major markets in the state, regretting that the shanties in such areas were hide-outs for criminals.
In the same vein, governor Diri has made clarifications on the Federal Government’s infrastructure development refund to the state.
He said the actual amount the state received was N27.5 billion and not N38.4 billion as was earlier speculated, just as he explained that the total refund due the state was N38.4 billion.
Diri however maintained that the Federal Government has said the release would not be possible in the next four years and therefore offered the state a second option of a discounted amount of N27.5 billion through the Debt Management Office, DMO which he said the state has since received last December, 2020.
“The Federal Government infrastructural refund had been committed to constructing critical capital projects; the Yenagoa- Oporoma road in the state’s Central Senatorial district, the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Western district,and the AIT-Igbogene ring road project were being constructed, with the refund”, he said.
“We’re also constructing the dualised Glory Drive-Onopa road, the Nembe unity bridge and we’ve done and will continue to do the installation of street lights in the state capital and other projects”, he added.
On open grazing, Diri maintained that he was not counteracting the Federal Government’s stance on resuscitating grazing routes, saying that his administration has, however, put in place a legal framework to ban open grazing.
Diri mentioned that the southern governors had adopted same instrument as part of measures to forestall, farmers/herders fracases.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Police Nab 126 Suspected Criminals In C’River

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The Cross River State Police Command has arrested 126 suspected criminals in the Northern and Central Senatorial districts of the state.
Sixty-eight suspects were arrested in the Northern senatorial district while 58 were arrested in the central senatorial district of the state.
Speaking to journalists in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Akande, said “My officers who are in the central senatorial district have carried out similar operations and they have 58 different suspects while those in the North have about 68 different suspects
“In the Southern senatorial district, we have 109 criminals arrested from different areas. We want to restore peace which is the mandates of the current police administration and we are to use all tactics to ensure that peace is restored in our region”
CP Akande said in every armed robbery, there is cultism, in every kidnap, there is cultism, cultism emboldens the heart to do and undo and in most cases, these people use cultism for nefarious activity because cultism is an impressive instrument in the society
Following the arrests of many suspects, The Police boss said efforts are on top gear to curb cell congestion, especially as the courts are still on strike.
He said, “We are going to use the opportunity to screen them to the last person so that if it is possible for us, we put of the fire that is likely to come from that area
“We will profile them and send them back to their different communities to police the place Now that we have their pictures, now that we have their fingerprints, anything that happens in that area, they will be held responsible
“We have a template, criminals before now don’t have identities, now they do, we are going to profile them we are going to send them back to their community with a digital monitoring capacity. What we want to do is that we want to use them as forces against future criminality because what we have now is a large number of people from different parts of the city.
‘If anything happens in their areas, they are going to be the first suspect to be pick up. If they don’t want to suffer, they will maintain peace. The numbers of creeks created by these individuals are too much. Those who stay around these areas, when they see strange face say something” he stated.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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