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Etche LG Budgets N3.7bn For 2014

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The Chairman of Etche
Local Government Area of Rivers State, Barr Reginald Ukwuoma, has presented a budget estimates of N3.7 billion for the 2014 fiscal year.
Presenting the budget christened “Budget of Hope”, to  the legislative arm of the council at Okehi, last Thursday, the chairman said the budget  would strengthen the local government administration and also impact  positively on the lives of the people.
Ukwuoma said the essence of the budget was to enable the council administration continue with the provision of its obligations to the people as well as provide a financial footing for the incoming local government administration  and the area.
Giving the breakdown of the appropriation bill, the LG boss said the recureort expenditure would gulp N1.869.42 billion while the capital expenditure had N1.877, 179.57k adding that the recurrent expenditure represents 50.1%, while the capital expenditure represents the 50% of the total budget.
He thanked the councilors for their cooperation and support to his administration noting that the success recorded by the present leadership in the council was a function of  the unity and peaceful co-existence that  characterized the legislative arm and the executive since the inception of the 7th Assembly and urged them to continue to work in unity especially at this last lap of their tenure.
The council boss announced the immediate payment of their severance gratituity  package to the councilors adding that the executive arm  would continue to work in a harmonious relationship with the legislative arm to make life more meaningful to the people of the area.
He urged the councilors to give the bill accelerated hearing with a view to passing it in record  time adding that he will be handicapped to pay staff salaries and other entitlements of workers if the budget was not approved.
Responding, the leader of the Etche Legislative Arm, Rt Hon Henry Nwekwe commended the council boss for his pragmatic leadership in the area adding that his administration had lived up to expectation.
He assured to council boss of the readiness of the legislative arm give the bill the needed attention it deserve and state that the 2014 appropriation bill would be passed on time after the councilors have carried out the expected legislative oversight on the proposed estimate.

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LG Boss’ Strides In Security, Welfare Excite Group

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The Bangha Development Committee, has expressed delight in what it describes as the “proactive and simultaneous actions” taken by Khana Local Government Area Chairman, Dr. Thomas Bariere, to tackle insecurity and attending to the needs of the people of the area.
The Bangha Development Committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Don M. Baridam made the commendation when the group paid a visit to the Chairman of Khana Local Government Council.
The Bangha apex development group explained that the developmental strides already initiated by the Thomas-led administration had demonstrated his preparedness and strong will to tackle the myriads of problems confronting the area.
The group however, enjoined the Chairman to look into certain salient issues affecting the people of Bangha and beyond especially in the area of security, employment, electricity, primary health care and basic education amongst others.
The Tide reports that Bangha Development Committee is a rebranded version of the erstwhile Bangha Leadership Forum, which had been in existence over the years and which contributed in no small measures to the development of the entire Kingdom. Its scope and effect have been reinvigorated, in line with contemporary realities.
On his part, the Local Government Chairman, Dr Thomas Bariere expressed his appreciation to the leadership of the forum for the visit,
He assured that his administration would partner with the forum to ensure that lasting peace returned to Bangha Kingdom and Khana at large.
The council boss also stated that council would look into all issues raised by the forum and act within it means in actualizing them while promising to reconstruct the Dumua market which will serve as one of the economic hubs in Khana.

By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel

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Association Extols Media Role In Business, Maritime Success

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The Chairman, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA),Onne Chapter, Mr Mike Ebeatu, has said that the media is key to any successful business including that of the maritime industry.
Ebeatu said this during an interactive session with members of the Maritime Energy Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) who paid a courtesy visit on him at Onne in Eleme Local Government Area recently.
He pointed out that synergy with the media would encourage maximum productivity.
According to the ANLCA boss, the maritime industry in Lagos State was flourishing its closeness with the Media.
“The West has been able to harness the power of the media to their advantage, why should the case be different in the South or East “, he said.
To drive home his point, he promised his guests of a partnership deal so far as they would be committed to the tenets of the partnership.
Ebeatu highlighted some of the advantages of cordial relationship with the media, which included effective information dissemination, image laundering and productivity.
“We are prepared to work with MEMPON. The President should also be reached on the MEMPON forthcoming seminar/award. On our part as a chapter,we can also work it out and participate”, he said.
He also described the role the Lagos Media play in supporting operations at the ports as an ideal relationship.
”The congestion and insecurity in Lagos are played down by the media there, while the positive sides are hyped, because of the mutual relationships that exist between the media and industry players in the west. It is what you present that is accepted,” he said.
The Chairman, however, reiterated that his doors were open for members of MEMPON, who he described as seasoned journalists.
Meanwhile, President of MEMPON Amb. Ralph John had told the ANLCA Chairman that they were in his office to felicitate with him on his emergence as chairman of Onne Chapter of ANLCA and to express MEMPON’s willingness to partner with him and his team.
John who went memory lane , recalled how most members of the Group have reported the maritime industry faithfully and effectively over the years.
“MEMPON will partner with you professionally as media practitioners, having been duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to carry out its functions,” he said.
The President also used the forum to intimate his host about its upcoming event in November, and the need to be in attendance.

By: King Onunwor

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Philanthropist Tasks Orashi Region On NiMet Warnings

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Humanitarian award winner, Prince Kelvin Umejuru, has charged residents in the flood-prone Orashi region, comprising Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of the State, not to ignore the recent warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that the region was among other parts of the country at the risk of experiencing high probability of flood due to ongoing rainfalls and increased global warming.
The youthful philanthropist, who gave the charge in an interview with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport at the weekend, lamented that the debilitating flooding of 2012 and 2019 in Orashi region and other parts of the state, were still fresh in mind, adding that a repeat would have disastrous consequences.
The Managing Director of EN Global Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt who recently bagged the prestigious Golden Heart Award from Smart News Network (SNN), regretted that flooding incidents were manifesting just as predicted by the NiMet and NIHSA because people failed to heed the warnings issued by the Agency before the onset of flooding season in the country.
Prince Umejuru said the situation called for collaborative efforts by residents across the Orashi region to ensure that they are not caught up by the impending flood disaster while also advising that their gutters and other water channels should be regularly cleared of wastes.
He said the warning became necessary as residents often times fail to adhere to environmental rules by not throwing garbage into the gutters and other waterways, as these would impede the free flow of water.
“The flood disaster which devastated several parts of the State in 2012 and years after, is still very fresh in mind and should serve as a wakeup call for all residents in the Orashi region to take appropriate steps to avoid a repeat”, Prince Umejuru advised.
The youthful philanthropist further enjoined Orashi people to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of government’s policies and programmes.
He appealed to them to make it a routine exercise to constantly clear the rivers of water hyacinths, also known to be hampering the free flow of waters in the coast lines.

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