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MCC Staff, Others Arraigned In Court Over Sanitation Law

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Two Staff of Monier Construction Company (MCC) were among seven persons arrigned in the Chief Magistrate Court Rumuodomawya, Tuesday for allegedly defaulting the Rivers State Government law on Environmental sanitation.

The accussed were alleged to have been caught by officials of the Environment Sanitation Authority in conjunction with staff of the Rivers State Ministry of Environment while they were disposing refuse at authorized dump sites but outside the official garbage disposal period of 6 pm and 12 midnight.

The two staff of MCC who pleaded not guilty were however granted bail with the sum of N100,000 and one surety.

They said they were not disposing refuse at the site but rather were helping in evacusting refuse as directed them by their company.

While the two MCC Staff, Gibson Isaac and Eneberi Naka were bailed, the other five persons were remanded in custoday by order of the presiding magistrate till 15th October being the day of Environmental Sanitation Court.

Addressing journalists in his office, the Rivers State Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Kingsley Chinda said the ministry has designed more strategies to arrest and prosecute offenders of sanitation law in the state.

He express dismay that inspite of the awareness campaigns, people were still in the habit of contravening the law and reiterated that the present administration was determined towards changing the free for all attitude of some persons in the state as regards public health.

The commissioner appealed to members of the public to co-operate wit the government toward arresting offenders of sanitation law especially within Port Harcourt and its environs stressing that since clean environment is for the good health of all, it would be foolhardy to expect only the government to pursue the course alone.

Meanwhile the ministry sealed another super market in Port Harcourt J and J super market,  for displaying expired food items for the purchase and consumption of memers of the public.

Chairman, Committee for Environmental Health and Saintation in the ministry, Mr Ewule Napoleon displayed before the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Kingsley Chinda and members of Press, 43 items of expired food items from J and J supermarket and explained that the items were inimical to the health of consumers.

Directors of the super market, John and Joseph apologized to people of the state for their negligence and pleaded for forgiveness. Barrister Chinda who granted they plea, warned that should the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on the sup market and directed the committee to unseal the place.

Barrister advised members of the public to be careful over what items they by form the super markets and other sales points.

He said experience has shown that good number of items in the market are expired and inimical to the health.

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NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has intercepted and seized no fewer than 100,000 bottles of codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325 kgs at the Onne seaport, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the 100mg illicit cough syrup with codeine packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing made in India imported face masks, was discovered on Thursday, 10th June.
The syrup was found in a warehouse at the Onne port complex during a joint examination by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) State Security Service and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), among others, he added.
He said that the seizure followed intelligence received by the NDLEA, as a result of which the container was detained and moved to the Customs’ government warehouse within the port complex.
The NDLEA spokesman added that no importer or agent had, however, come forward to claim the container, but that efforts were ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, (NDLEA) retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as hailing the synergy between various government agencies at the Onne port.
He charged them not to rest on their oars as they continued working hard daily, to keep Nigeria safe.
In particular, he commended the Commander, officers and men of the Port Command in the Rivers capital, and their Abuja airport Command counterparts, for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.
“The damage 100,000 bottles of codeine could have done to our youths, if they had slipped through the port to our villages, towns and cities, is unimaginable. 146.95 kgs of khat could have done the same damage if allowed to go unto our streets.
“We’ll continue to motivate our officers and men so that they can give their best in the discharge of their responsibilities across the country,” he said
“We will ultimately, with the support of all our stakeholders and partners, win the battle against illicit drug trafficking and abuse”, he said.

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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