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ANPP Demands Apology From Sylva, Ebebi

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Bayelsa State branch of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has described the lingering political feud between Governor Sylva and his Deputy, Mr.  Peremobowei Ebebi as an embarrassment to the people of the state.  state Chairman of the party, Chief Livinus Opuakpa, said the two political  heavy weights have dragged politics in the state to the mud and therefore must apologise to the people.

“If you look at the whole episode, you will agree with me that it is embarrassing and an insult to the sensitivity of the people they  are supposed to lead.  Tell me, what kind of example are they  teaching their young political supporters”?

Chief Opuakpa who spoke to journalists in Yenagoa, while reacting to the quarrels the two party leaders declared that “they have droped their manly garments and put on petty and childish political cloths to the shame of their offices and humiliation of the people”. Opuakpa’s outburst followed accusations and counter accusations by the governor and his deputy on the pages of newspapers”, a development that had heightened tension and insecurity in the state as are result of the recent bomb blast in the state capital.

The situation, he said, calls for concern from every well-meaning citizens of Bayelsa, pointing out that if the chief security officer of a state is raising alarm about security of his life, then what will ordinary citizens do, he queried.

He insisted that whatever be the problem, the duo are supposed  to realize that they were holding public positions in trust for the people, hence  an abuse of such position cannot be tolerated. The ANPP leader advised them to reach out to their elders in the state for amicable settlement of all issues, if they cannot on their own reach a compromise. Meanwhile, wealthy Bayelsans, elites and traditional rulers have been accused of sitting on the fence while the state burns.

They have also been accused of chasing contracts and playing sycophantic roles to the powers that be instead of applying wisdoms to call government to order.  The state Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state, Chief Livinus Opuakpa, who stated this when speaking to journalists on the current state affairs in the state, called for the concern of all well meaning people and solutions on the way forward.

He pointed out that moves for purposeful leadership have started emerging prior to 2011 general elections, as the opposition groups are learning fast from the happenings in PDP to strategise.

According  to him, the opposition parties have resolved to work together and mop up mass support as part of the strategy to wrestle power from PDP with the expectations that the electoral reforms will be a reality and the votes of ordinary man counts during the election.

“The strength of the opposition parties in the state is the people who are disenchanted with the prevailing situation in the state, so we are going to reach out to them to let them see reasons for a change come 2011”. “Our major challenge in the opposition camp is that wealthy Bayelsans are not helping matters, they just sit down and keep quiet  even when they are supposed to stand up and resist anti-people policies and programmes.

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Abducted NLC Chairman Regains Freedom In C’River

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The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, who was kidnapped three months ago, has regained his freedom.
Our correspondent reports that Ukpepi was kidnapped from his house at CROSPIL in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the State on March 21, 2021.
The Vice Chairman, NLC, Cross River State, Comrade Lawrence Achuta, said the victim was released on Monday by 3.30pm.
In a statement, he said, “Recall that Ben Ukpepi was kidnapped from his CROSPIL estate residence in Akpabuyo on the 21st of March 2021.
“We are very glad, and thankful to God Almighty for his safe release by the Kidnappers.
“I use this opportunity to thank the Organised Labour family in the State, particularly the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Medical and Health Workers Union and some members of his family.
“He is undergoing some routine medical checks at the moment. Once again, I thank all who stood by us throughout this difficult moment,” he quipped.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Bayelsa Set To Inaugurate Environment Vanguard

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The Bayelsa State Government is set to establish a new body charged with the responsibility of protecting the environment from degradation and other environment related causes.
This was made known to newsmen, Tuesday during the celebration of the 2021World Environment Day by the state government in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Tide gathered that the United Nations had declared 5th June every year as World Environment Day, necessitating the Bayelsa State government to commemorate the 2021 Environment Day Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 following other activities which had earlier caused its postponement penultimate week by the state government.
Giving approvals to demands made by the State Commissioner for Environment, Iselema Gbaranbiri, as contained in his welcome address for the occasion, the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, restated government’s commitment towards protecting the state’s ecosystems and all matters relating to the environment within the available resources of the state.
Diri noted that following his willingness to promote policies and make decisions aimed at protecting the state’s Ecosystems from further degradation, the state government recently had made approvals for the shore protection work of Obogoro community in the Yenagoa council area of the state.
He promised to do same subsequently for other affected communities of the state, assuring that government would soon work on an executive bill to set up the state ‘Environment Vanguard’.
“The prosperity government shall soon work on a legislation to set up the state Environment Vanguard”, he said.
“This vanguard, when established would work with the ministry of environment and other relevant stakeholders in the environment sector to protect our Ecosystems and environment from continuous degradation”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Environment, Honourable Gbaranbiri, has said the ministry of environment intends to deal decisively with those who were in the habit of flagrantly disrespecting nvironmental safety rules and guidelines in the state.
Gbaranbiri cautioned people to desist forthwith from ecosystem and unfriendly environmental phenomena, just as he stated that the ministry of environment had recently apprehended some persons,(names withheld) whom he said were involved in some unfriendly activities on the environment.
He commended Governor Diri for making funds available to the ministry for the execution of various environmental functions, pleading that the governor shore up the financial provisions made available to the ministry due to rising environmental challenges.
“ I commend the executive governor, his excellency, Governor Douye Diri, for making funds available for the ministry of environment, for the execution of its functions and programmes. But I also want to plead that you increase the funding coming to the ministry, because of the increasing environmental challenges”, he said.
The Tide learnt that the theme of the 2021 world Environment Day was tagged: ‘Join the Campaign to Restore our Ecosystem’
Similarly, guest lecturer for the occasion and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Niger Delta University, professor, Ibaba, S. Ibaba has called on government to implement guidelines and rules governing the environment to the letter, noting that the lack of political will by state actors in managing the environment was the bane of a clean, healthy and safe environment for all.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Balyesa, United Nigeria Airline Sign MoU On Flight Operations

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The United Nigeria Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bayelsa State Government for the commencement of direct scheduled flight operations into and out of Bayelsa International Airport.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, confirmed the agreement in a statement in Lagos yesterday.
Uchegbu explained that according to the terms of the agreement, United Nigeria would operate four daily flights in and out of the airport.
“United Nigeria will service the Bayelsa International Airport daily from the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MM2) in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“With the MoU, the airline will commence direct flight operations to Bayelsa International Airport in July,” he said.
Uchegbu said that the MoU was signed in the presence of Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State and the state’s executive council.
Speaking, Diri noted that with the signing of the MoU, Bayelsans would begin to reap the benefits of the government’s investment in infrastructure.
The governor said that the venture would open Bayelsa, the resource base of Nigeria to the world.
Diri said the airline was chosen as partner because of its quality of service and efficiency.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO), United Nigeria Airline, Mr Osita Okonkwo, thanked the government and people of the state for choosing it.
He gave assurance that the airline would continue to offer the quality service that the airline was known for.

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