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Bayelsa Faults World Bank 2010 Report

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Director-General, Bayelsa
State Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms Freda Murray-Bruce, says the state’s investment climate has improved since the 2010 World Bank Report.
The report had rated the state as the most difficult place to start investment in the country.
The World Bank report based its assessment on “the inefficient and undue delay in registration of company and employees with relevant authorities as well as clouded tax regime”.
Reacting to the report, the director-general said in Yenagoa on Tuesday that the report did not reflect the current state following the establishment of BIPA over one year ago.
Murray-Bruce said that the current administration in Bayelsa State had since repositioned the state and made it investor-friendly adding that this had resulted in influx of foreign and local investors.
She said, “We may have no problem with this assessment.
“But can categorically say without any fear of contradiction that the 2010 report is an old report and is not a factual and accurate reflection of the exact situation of things in Bayelsa State of 2013.
“Since 2010, and especially since February 2012, a lot of institutional changes for the better have occurred in the business climate in Bayelsa State. This present state of affairs is as a result of proactive measures and business friendly policies of the Hon. Seriake Dickson administration in the state. Conscious of the need to develop the real sector of the economy and provide investment haven in Bayelsa State, Gov. Seriake Dickson, on assumption of office, established the Bayelsa State Investment Promotion Agency,” she added.
She said that this had created a clearing house and one-stop shop for investors.
Murray-Bruce listed the investor-friendly policies to include collaboration with several Federal Government agencies, including Customs, Immigration, Corporate Affairs Commission and Federal Inland Revenue Service.
According to her, the agency has streamlined business documentation and start up processes for investors and is showcasing the investment potential of the state on its website.
She said that staff of BIPA had been trained to offer professional assistance to investors before, during and post investment stages.
rently existing in the state and not “the stale 2010 report of .the World Bank.

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Eastern Obolos, A’Ibom Bicker Over 56 Oil Wells

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At least 17 local communities of Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have vowed to resist the state government over its alleged redesigning of the state map which completely denies them the host status of more than 56 oil wells situated in their lands and waters.
At a press conference by the apex socio-cultural and political organisation of the Eastern Obolo people, called Ilima Obolo, held in their common town hall, President and General Secretary, Uye-awaji Zephenaih and Dr Amah Williams, respectively said the purported alteration and adjustment of the original Akwa Ibom State map is a vain imagination of both the state legislature and executive that will never be allowed to hold sway.
They alleged that the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, who hails from Onna LGA of the state, is the finger behind the state House of Assembly’s speedy move to redraw the map in order to also make Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi as well as his own Onna, littoral LGAs access to the Atlantic Ocean where these wells are situated.
President Muhammadu Buhari finally assented to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) a few weeks ago. The Bill, now a law, allows oil-bearing communities in Nigeria to benefit from 3% oil derivations.
On 16 September 2021, a member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly representing Eket State constituency sponsored a motion, which made the assembly direct the state surveyor-general to urgently redraw a ‘generally accepted’ map of the state.
The assembly also ordered that all other enactments relating to any old maps must be jettisoned and abrogated, urging the state governor to cause the new map so drawn by the state surveyor-general to gazette it.
Williams who addressed the press on behalf of the group said “The purported readjustment of the boundaries of Eastern Obolo and Ibeno LGAs which hitherto were the only two that had access to the Atlantic Ocean is a pointer and a further confirmation of the grand plot towards the extinction of their minority people in the state.”

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Organised Labour Resumes Indefinite Strike In C’River

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The organised labour under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, as well as the state Joint Public Negotiation Council in Cross River State have asked workers to begin an indefinite strike to press home their 14-point demands.
In a bulletin issued by the labour unions on Monday in Calabar, all state and local government workers were asked to “down tools to press home our demands.”
According to the bulletin titled ‘Commencement of strike action’, the workers’ union leaders stated, “Dear comrades, whereas an enlarged Congress of organised labour, met on Wednesday, 6th October, 2021 at Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU) Secretariat, to deliberate on the many issues troubling the workers of Cross River State; whereas the Congress, after extensive deliberation, resolved that all the workers in the state and local government should down tools to press home our grievances.
“Workers are hereby called upon to stay at home, from Tuesday 12th October, 2021. Comrades stay at home until you hear from us.”
At their October 7, 2021 Congress, the workers had summed up a total of 14-point demands as contained in a statement issued after the congress and jointly signed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Ben Ukpepi and the state Trade Union Congress Chairman, Monday Ogbodum, and four other officials.
The demands and grievances of the workers include implementation of promotions of both state and local government workers, non remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of minimum wage to both state and local government workers, and non implementation of full 27.5 per cent teachers’ enhancement allowance.
Others include, stoppage of tax exemption and allowance for teachers, payment of hazard allowances for medical and health workers, inclusion of all staff employed but not yet payrolled by the state, reinstatement of pensioners wrongly removed from payroll, nonpayment of gratuities to both state and local government workers, among other demands.

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Edo Warns Against ‘Fake’ Nursing Schools Admission

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The Edo State Government has alerted residents on the activities of fraudsters selling fake hard copy admission forms into Edo State College of Nursing Sciences.
Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, said there are no physical forms for admissions into the College, noting that all forms must be obtained from the official College’s portal.
Irowa reiterated the need for “applicants to avoid dealing with any person purportedly acting as an agent of Edo College of Nursing Sciences in respect of the sales of admission forms into the College, as anyone who elects to deal with such persons, does so at his/her own risk.”
The statement reads: “The attention of the Edo State Government has been drawn to the activities of some fraudsters, who in a bid to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, have resorted to the sales of fake hard copy admission forms into Edo State College of Nursing Sciences.
“We state unequivocally that there are no physical forms for admissions into the College. All forms must be bought from the official College’s portal.
“It is also imperative to inform members of the public that the state government has not appointed any agent, neither is it considering appointing an agent to liaise with applicants on its behalf.”
Irowa further stated that “the government has alerted security agencies to the nefarious activities of these fraudsters and will spare no resources in ensuring that they are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
“Applicants are however advised to visit the College’s portal or call 08104797237 and 0803 530 4611 for clarifications and further information, as those are the only official channels of communication for the sales of admission forms into the Edo College of Nursing Sciences,” he added.

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