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Flooding: Price Of Food Items Goes Up

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The effect of flood currently rampaging the entire Niger
Delta region of Nigeria has started hurting residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa
State capital and its environs as prices of food items, meat, fish and other
edible fruits have gone up by 600 percent.

The reasons for this is attributed to the washing off of the
East/West Road which has reduced inflow of both food and cash crops into the
state.

At the pupular Swhali market, a rubber of garri now cost
about N1,500 as against N150.00 it cost previously, a bunch of plantain that
cost between N500 to N1000 before is now being sold at 2,000 to 3,000.

The prices of onions, rice, beans, mellon, and yams have also
increased. Part of the market has also meen submerged.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has
inaugurated the State Emergency Response Flood Management Committee for the
immediate evacuation of flood victims and provision of relief materials to all
the local government areas.

Governor Dickson, who inaugurated the committee in
Government House Yenagoa, has the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha
John Jonah (Rtd) as chairman while Secretary to the State Government, Prof.
Edmund Allison Oguru is to serve as secretary of the committee.

Membership of the committee comprising more than 20
government officials has commissioners, special advisers, all government
special representatives of local government areas as well as a representative
of the state Commissioner of Police, special adviser on security, House
committee chairman on environment in the state assembly as well as chief of
staff and deputy chief of staff Government House.

In addition to the Emergency Response Flood Management
Committee, local government chairmen are expected to serve as chairmen of their
respective Local Flood Relief Sub-Committees as well as commandants of their
various camps.

Governor Dickson, who listed 5 point terms of reference for
the committee, said it should establish Emergency Relief Camps in strategic
high land locations in every local government area of the state.

The committee is also saddled with the responsibility of
evacuating victims of all the flood ravaged communities to the relief camps.

Governor Dickson charged the committee to interface with all
relevant agencies of government and other international relief agencies to
provide succour for all victims in the camps and work out a post-flood relief
and possible mitigation measures to forestall adverse effects on the state’s
economy.

The Emergency Response Management Committee is also mandated
to undertake any other function in the course of its assignment which may
become necessary considering the peculiar nature of the flood.

Hon. Dickson said government has designated the Samson
Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa as camp for people displaced by the flood and
also urged the committee to identify high grounds in the local government areas
and set up camps.

According to the emergency situation created by the flood,
Governor Dickson said government has already taken steps to notify the
leadership of the state House of Assembly to reconvene and reminded it to
conclude work on the bill seeking to establish the State Emergency Management
Agency as well as approach the Assembly for an emergency appropriation to
tackle the problem of flooding.

Responding, Chairman of the committee, Rear Admiral
Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) stated that they would swing into action
immediately and gave an assurance that the committee would do its best to
deliver on its mandate.

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Monarch Raises Alarm Over Cattle Invasion Of Farm Lands

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A Traditional Ruler in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mene Godwin Apere, has raised alarm over the invasion of farm lands in the Community in Khana local government by cattle rearers and their herds causing damages to the crops of local farmers.
Mene Apere who addressed newsmen in his home town of Kaani recently decried the activities of the herdsmen in the area which he described as “a strange phenomenon” to the people of Kaani and Ogoni in general.
He said, “my people are predominantly farmers and earn their daily living through farming but recently, their major occupation is undergoing serious threats by herdsmen who let loose their cattle to destroy the crops of our farmers, this is totally strange and unacceptable and we cannot concede our means of livelihood to the strange herdsmen”.
The monarch, who is the Mene Bua Kàani Community, said he had made several complaints to security operatives in the area, but the issue had not been given due attention.
He cautioned against the activities of some elements who allegedly collected money from the herdsmen to allow them access to farms and pointed out that such actions amounted to economic sabotage to the local communities.
He called for proper investigation of the matter by the government and stoppage of farm lands invasion by herdsmen to allow the farmers to continue with their farming activities.
A visit to the farm lands revealed evidence of damaged farm crops, while the farmers are apprehensive because of the activities of the herdsmen.

 

Taneh Beemene

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179 Households To Benefit From Delta COVID-19 Palliatives

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About 179 vulnerable households across the 270 wards in the 25 local government areas of Delta State are expected to benefit from palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The targeted beneficiaries will be given one 10kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of gari, one carton of pasta, two cartons of noodles, one 5kg bag of sugar and one pack of salt each, according to the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mofe Pirah, who spoke at the flag-off of the distribution exercise.
Pirah said committees had been set up at various levels for the purpose of effective distribution to the targeted households, and said the exercise would be devoid of political influence.
“CACOVID believes if you can afford to recharge your phone with N1,000 in a month then you are not vulnerable.
“They also believe that for you to be part of this exercise, you should either have a national identity card or voter’s card for verification.
“Although some of the targeted beneficiaries are in the remote villages and do not even have phones, their community leaders know how to identify them and so, the state government has warned the exercise must be devoid of politics,” he said.
Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, on his part, re-assured that modalities were in place to ensure the items got to targeted beneficiaries.
Aniagwu called on well-meaning individuals to emulate the gesture of the Central Bank of Nigeria in conjunction with some other business concerns that provided the palliatives to support efforts of the state government to make life more meaningful for the people.
He said following prevailing economic situation in the country, the state government took the decision to reverse salaries of workers and political appointees to status quo to cushion the adverse effects of the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff.
Aniagwu said the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remained sensitive and responsive to the yearnings of Deltans.

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Group Tasks Diri On Consultative, People-Oriented Leadership

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The Ijaw Elders Forum (IEF) yesterday, charged Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on the need for purposeful, consultative, merit-based and people-oriented leadership for the state.
The group made the call in an open letter to the governor signed by Chief Bukazi Etete, Chairman and Chief Atamuno Atamuno, Vice Chairman, and made available to newsmen.
The group, while congratulating the governor, stressed that his emergence as the new governor, after the November 2019 gubernatorial election, was an opportunity for him to render selfless service to the state.
“It is not out of place to state that Bayelsa State has not enjoyed the best of leadership since its creation and there is a general outcry for better governance.
“It is in the light of this dismal state of affairs that we call on His Excellency, to seize the moment and turn things around for the state by providing purposeful, consultative, merit-based and people-oriented leadership for the state.
“In addressing the myriad of problems facing the state and the Ijaw nation in general, we implore the state government to adopt the ‘Top 10 Desirable Qualities for Leadership in Ijaw Land.
“This demand was transmitted to your office in May especially in the area of appointing and choosing people into leadership positions.
“We also enjoin Your Excellency to adopt the Ijaw Chapter and Ijaw Nation Code of Ethics, Leadership and Governance (CELG) in dealing with the affairs of state,” the letter read.
The group also drew the attention of the governor to eight areas of focus to move the state forward.
“We implore Your Excellency to use your good office in repositioning the Ijaws; and we draw your attention to the following: the state of insecurity in the Ijaw nation; establishment of agro-allies industries.
“Youth unemployment; need to prioritise educational infrastructure and resources at all levels.
“Regular payment of pensioners; improvement in the provision of power in Bayelsa State; coastal zone development and participation in the Infrastructure Development Programme,” they added.

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